Edmund O’Sullivan (www.edmundosullivan.com) is an economist, consultant, author and broadcaster with more than 30 years’ experience of doing business in and with the Middle East region. Now based in London, O’Sullivan was for 13 years until the start of 2016 a leader of MEED’s regional activities from Dubai, most recently as chairman of its conference business. Before that, he was a director of EMAP Business International, a UK-based LSE-listed multichannel media firm. In 2003, O’Sullivan was named business publisher of the year by the UK’s periodical publishing association (PPA), the UK trade association for the magazine industry. He began his career in the media industry as a reporter with Reuters in Fleet Street.
O’Sullivan’s books include The New Gulf, a definitive modern history of the Gulf region. At present, he has a portfolio of business activities including as a consultant for the Energy Industries Council (EIC), the largest association of UK energy supply chain firms. O’Sullivan chaired the EIC’s annual conference which was attended by more than 600 representatives of UK and international energy firms in Manchester in November. He is also developing the Saudi Mining & Minerals initiative for Montgomery, the international exhibition and symposium organizer, which is based in London’s West End. In his spare time, O’Sullivan has developed The Irish Brigade website (www.irishbrigade), a source of information about the celebrated formation of the British Army that campaigned during the Second World War in Algeria, Tunisia and Italy. He is also as member of the bass section of the London Welsh Male Voice Choir. O’Sullivan is a graduate in monetary economics from the LSE.