Edward James has been with MEED for more than 13 years. Until September 2008 he was MEED’s Gulf Bureau Chief. He wrote features and news for MEED magazine on nearly all of the countries of the region. His specific areas of expertise are hydrocarbons, power and water, and the petrochemical market. He has also worked as a consultant in the Gulf for UK risk consultancy firm Control Risks. He is a regular guest commentator on Middle East issues for news channels such as the BBC, CNN and ABC News and is a regular speaker at events in the region. He has an honours degree in Arabic and Middle East Politics.