Middle East Careers
BRISMES and LSE Middle East Centre are hosting this careers event for students interested in working in or with the Middle East. There will be a panel discussion with professionals from five different sectors – government, journalism, academia, business and not-for-profit – followed by a networking reception, where students will have the chance to speak to other professionals also present.
It's a great opportunity to hear from and meet with experienced professionals who have been or are currently based in the region.
Nick Alton, FCO
Nick is currently Deputy Head of the Arabian Peninsula and Iran Department in the FCO. He has worked on Middle East issues for a number of years with postings to Damascus and Beirut and as a Middle East analyst in Cabinet Office. Prior to joining FCO, Nick worked in the NHS and Private Sector.
Dania Akkad, Middle East Eye
After graduating from Wellesley College in 2003, Dania worked as a daily newspaper reporter at The Salinas Californian and The Monterey Country Herald, covering everything from crime to agribusiness. In 2008, she moved to Syria and worked as a staff writer for Syria Today before completing a Master's in Near and Middle Eastern Studies with a focus on politics at The School of Oriental and African Studies. Tweets at @daniaakkad.
Dr Courtney Freer
Courtney Freer is a Research Officer at the LSE Kuwait Programme. Having received a BA from Princeton University in Near East Studies and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, she recently completed her PhD in Politics at the University of Oxford. Courtney previously worked as a Research Assistant at the Brookings Doha Center and as a researcher at the US-Saudi Arabian Business Council.
Dr Mina Toksoz
Mina is an Emerging Markets and Country Risk Consultant. Her current associations include Honorary Lectureship at the University of Manchester Business School, Associate Fellow of International Economics at Chatham House (RIIA), and Independent Director on the Supervisory Board of the EIU Country Risk Service. She has 15 years of experience in investment banking, most recently as Senior Consultant Economist for the Sovereign and Country Risk Department at Lloyds Bank Group and previously as Head of Country Risk at Standard Bank International.
Anna Chernova, Oxfam
Anna is a Conflict Sensitivity Advisor with the Conflict and Fragility Team. She provides strategic steer, guidance and support on operating in conflict settings. She is working to establish a Community of Practice on these thematic issues within Oxfam, and to support programs in ensuring that our work (and that of our partners) is conflict sensitive. In her previous role at Oxfam, she coordinated regional policy with the MENA/Eurasia regional centre, where she advised on policy and advocacy in key campaigns.
Date and Time
Wolfson Lecture Theatre, London School of Economics and Political Science