17 January 2017

Chatham House is pleased to announce that Adam Ward will join the institute in a new role as deputy director.


Adam Ward takes up the position of deputy director on 10 April 2017 and will join Chatham House from the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, where he has served as director of studies since 2009.

As deputy director, Adam will oversee and coordinate Chatham House's multiple areas of research, help manage the institute's relationships with key external constituencies, ensure the delivery of high-quality publications and deputize for the institute’s director, Dr Robin Niblett.

This is a new position, created after a period of sustained growth for Chatham House, especially in research and policy outputs. The appointment also coincides with the opening this spring of new working and meeting space for the institute in Ames House, the building adjacent to Chatham House on Duke of York Street in the St James's area of central London.

At IISS, publishers of the renowned annual Military Balance and other high-quality publications and organizers of influential annual security summits, including the Shangri-La Dialogue, Adam was responsible for the oversight of its worldwide research activities, which are also conducted from IISS offices in the Middle East, Asia and the US. Adam led the establishment of the office in Washington and was previously a senior fellow for East Asia.

Dr Robin Niblett, director of Chatham House, said:‘I am delighted that Adam Ward will shortly be joining Chatham House. At a time of great uncertainty and risk in international affairs, his experience in leading research at the prestigious IISS and knowledge of how research institutes can develop and communicate their ideas on public policy will be of enormous value. His wide-ranging expertise on geopolitics and the foreign policies of China and the United States will also help the institute develop integrated projects that reflect the changing balance of world power. I very much look forward to working with him.

Adam Ward said:‘I am excited to take up this opportunity to join Chatham House's executive leadership and to work with Robin Niblett and his senior management team. Chatham House has a well-deserved reputation for rigour and excellence in its research and for providing insights and solutions across a comprehensive range of international challenges. Chatham House's capacity for inter-disciplinary research is one of its distinctive strengths, and I look forward to ensuring its ideas are brought to bear on an ever more complex policy environment.’ 

Editor's notes

About Chatham House

Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is an independent policy institute based in London. Its mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world. Founded in 1920, Chatham House engages governments, the private sector, civil society and its members in open debate and confidential discussion on the most significant developments in international affairs. Each year, the institute runs more than 300 private and public events – conferences, workshops and roundtables – in London and internationally with partners. Its convening power attracts world leaders and the best analysts in their respective fields from across the globe.

About Adam Ward

As director of studies of the IISS, Adam Ward has since 2009 led the execution of the Institute’s worldwide research activities, including setting priorities, raising funds and the management of a research staff distributed across four international offices. Between 2009 and 2014 he organized the annual series of IISS Global Strategic Review conferences. He represents the institute internationally among its audiences in government, the expert community and business.

Adam was previously, from 2006, executive director of the IISS office in Washington DC, where he led the relocation of the office to larger premises, an expansion in its staff, the development of a busy events programme and research activities and acted as the institute’s principal liaison with US government agencies and the Washington-based diplomatic and academic community. Prior to this, he served from 2001 simultaneously as the IISS senior fellow for East Asian security and editor of Strategic Comments, a series of analytical briefing papers on global topics.

He began his career in 1997 as an analyst and editor at the consulting firm Oxford Analytica, focusing on the Asia-Pacific region. He holds a bachelor’s degree in German and Politics and an MA in International Relations, both from the University of Warwick, and also studied for one academic year at the University of Salzburg in Austria.