Head, US and the Americas Programme; Dean, The Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs
Xenia Wickett
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Xenia Wickett is head of the US and the Americas Programme at Chatham House and dean of the Academy for Leadership in International Affairs, Chatham House’s new leadership training initiative. Prior to this she was the executive director of the PeaceNexus Foundation, based just outside Geneva, which she launched in 2009. From 2005 to 2009, Xenia was at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center where she was the director of the Project on India and the Subcontinent and the executive director for research at the Belfer Center, as well as being a member of the center’s board.

From early 2004 to August 2005, Xenia served as director for South Asia at the USG's National Security Council (NSC). Prior to her NSC post, Xenia served as a foreign affairs specialist in the Bureau of South Asia at the Department of State. During her tenure at the Department of State, Xenia was also a special adviser at the Homeland Security Group, and an officer in the Bureau of Nonproliferation. Shortly after September 11, 2001, she was detailed from the Department of State to the Office of the Vice President (OVP) to help launch the Office of Homeland Security Affairs.

Xenia is the author of numerous articles and op eds in publications such as The Washington Quarterly, The Washington Post, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor and International Herald Tribune, and she has been interviewed on radio and television for such programs as the BBC, NPR, CSPAN, CNN, Fox News, Al Jazeera and the Jim Lehrer News Hour.

Prior to her government service, Xenia worked in the nonprofit and private sectors in California, Israel and the West Bank, and the UK, and for UNICEF in New York. She is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government where she completed her Masters in Public Policy. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Oxford University.


  • US foreign policy
  • America's role in the world
  • Geopolitics in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal)
  • US policy towards South Asia


2009 - 2011Executive Director, PeaceNexus Foundation
2005 - 2009Executive Director for Research, Director for the Project on India and South Asia, Member of the Board, Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
2004 - 2005Director for South Asia, US National Security Council
2001 - 2004Foreign Affairs Officer in the Bureau of South Asia and the Bureau of Nonproliferation, US State Department. Office of the Vice President, Office of Homeland Security
1999 - 2001Masters in Public Policy, Harvard's Kennedy School
1997 - 1999Program Officer, Direct Relief International
1995 - 1997Consultant, The Kalchas Group
1992 - 1995BA, Oxford University

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