Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources
Glada Lahn

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Since joining Chatham House in 2004, Glada Lahn has worked on a range of international resource projects and established the Fossil Fuels Expert Roundtable series in 2008.

Her research areas have included petroleum sector governance, Asian foreign resource investment, access to energy in developing countries, sustainable transitions in oil and gas-exporting economies and transboundary water relations in the Middle East and Asia.

She has managed several major projects involving facilitated international workshops on natural resource issues.

Since 2009, she has worked on issues of domestic energy and water management and pricing and climate policy with partners in the Arab Gulf countries and is currently leading an international initiative called Valuing Vital Resources on the costs and price linkages between energy, water and food.

From 2002 to 2004, she was senior research fellow at the Gulf Centre for Strategic Studies and has since worked for a number of organizations as a freelance consultant.

She has a BA in Arabic and international relations, including a year spent at the University of Damascus between 1999 and 2000.

She also has an MA in Near and Middle Eastern studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

Areas of expertise

  • Transition towards energy sustainability in the MENA region
  • Government-industry relations in petroleum exporting countries
  • Energy-water-food linkages and pricing 
  • Energy and water security and geopolitics

Past experience

2013-presentSenior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment & Resources, Chatham House
2007-08MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies (SOAS)
2007-08Research Fellow, Chatham House
2002-07Freelance Consultant/Researcher (energy, Middle East, governance reform)
2002-04Senior Researcher, Gulf Centre for Strategic Studies
1997-2001BA Arabic with International Relations, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)