Dr. Peter J. Middlebrook is a former staff member of the World Bank, UK Government and European Union, and an international political economist with a Ph.D. from the University of Durham (2002) Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (CMEIS) on welfare economics, natural resource management and growth.
He has more than 25 years of international development experience, living and working in North and East Africa, the Middle East and Central and Southern Asia covering various aspects of economic governance, growth, environment / climate, financing (including blended finance) and state capacity. He has worked in more than 40 countries, travelled to more than 100, led teams (ranging from 5 to 200) on more than 30 significant exercises and is widely published. Dr. Middlebrook has worked as a senior advisor to numerous Heads of State and Cabinet Offices, as well as multilateral, bilateral, sovereign bodies and the World Economic Forum. He has worked with the US Government, U.A.E. Government, World Bank, Her Majesty’s Government, European Union, OECD and United Nations.
His work has been covered on BBC, Aljazeera, CNN, Time Magazine, The Financial Times, Sky News, USA Today, Reuters, Bloomberg and national media including the Gulf News, Albaweba, Alarabiya, the UAE National and Egypt News, The Times of India, The Hindu Times etc. He has been an invited speaker as the US Council On Foreign Relation (CFR), the Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) and numerous international conferences. He is also a member of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Capital Club and a regular contributor to Al Jazeera on Middle East, North African and Central Asian current affairs.