Dr. Peter J. Middlebrook is a former staff member of the World Bank, UK Government and European Union, and a leading international economist with a Ph.D. from the University of Durham (2002) Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (CMEIS) on social inclusion, growth and employment.
He has more than 25 years international development experience, living and working in North and East Africa, the Middle East and Central and Southern Asia covering various aspects of governance, economic growth and state stability. He has worked in more than 40 countries, traveled 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 adviser to numerous Heads of State and Cabinet Offices, as well as multilateral, bilateral, sovereign bodies and the World Economic Forum.
An economic growth economist, he is a regular advisor to the World Bank, United Nations, US Government, EU, Her Majesty’s Government, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and African and Asian Development Banks, while also working with the Gulf States on critical regional issues including Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Yemen. He has directed more than 200 significant projects, including leading the economic work on the proposed the Arab Stabilization Plan (ASP), as Director of the largest (US$28 billion) post-conflict needs assessment ever conducted, as the lead economist on the US Government New Silk Road in Central Asia and more recently supporting The Hague Institute Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance; aimed at restructuring the global institutional order.
Middlebrook is the author of countless national development and sector strategies including OECD Papers on Economic Liberalization and the Financial Crisis. He has led multiple Regional Economic Cooperation Conferences and Trade Discussions in Central and South Asia and East Africa, and large scale national economic reform initiatives including strategic infrastructure development. He has a particular passion on issues related to:
• The emergence of China and expanding Shanghai Cooperation Organization;
• Evolution and implications of GCC Taxation;
• Global and country demographic transitions;
• Emerging trade routes and energy and commodity futures; and,
• Reform of the global order.
He has been an invited speaker at the US Council on Foreign Relations, attended NATO New Transatlantic Compact meetings with EU Heads of State and was an Adjunct Fellow at Cranfield University; teaching Defense Economics at the Defense University in Jakarta, Indonesia.
He is a regular contributor to Aljazeera and other international media and his work has been covered by BBC, CNN, Time Magazine, the Financial Times and other media outlets.