Middle East specialist, particularly about the strategically important Persian Gulf region. He holds a Marie Curie grant of the European Commission for research about Iraqi food security and manages CIDOB’s partnership with Moroccan OCP Foundation. He is an adjunct lecturer at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) and was visiting faculty at the Paris School of International Affairs at SciencesPo. Formerly he was a visiting fellow at Princeton University, Director of Economic Studies at the Gulf Research Center (GRC) in Dubai and worked for banks in Germany and the United Arab Emirates. He has consulted international and regional organizations such as UNCTAD, the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the American University of Beirut and the Saudi Ministry of Economy and Planning. His commentaries and op-eds have been published by international and regional media outlets like the Financial Times, The National, CNN, BBC and Al Arabiya. He has dealt extensively with food security, energy issues, sovereign wealth funds, economic diversification and the impact of the global financial crisis on the Gulf countries. He is author of Oil for Food (Oxford University Press 2013) and editor of GCC Financial Markets (Gerlach Press 2012). Among his other publications are articles in Third World Quarterly, Globalizations, The Handbook of Oil Politics and The Brown Journal of World Affairs. He holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies and a PhD in Economics from Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg.