Matthew Burnard

Director

Dubai

Matthew designs, manages and delivers complex research, analysis and consulting engagements across the Middle East and Africa. He translates on-the-ground intelligence, data and analysis on local dynamics in complex environments into actionable recommendations to inform strategic and operational decision-making for public and private sector clients.

  • MENA
  • Political Risk Governance Programmes
  • Scenario Analysis and Strategy Consulting
  • Social Risk and Impact Assessment


Matthew designs, manages and delivers complex research, analysis and consulting engagements across the Middle East and Africa. He translates on-the-ground intelligence, data and analysis on local dynamics in complex environments into actionable recommendations to inform strategic and operational decision-making for public and private sector clients.

 

Matthew’s recent experience includes:
  • Directing a multi-year research and analysis platform for a major western government-funded stabilisation programme in Libya. This involved managing quantitative and qualitative primary research on Libyan political, security and economic issues to inform programme design and delivery.

  • Managing multi-country monitoring, evaluation and learning programmes for major regional development funds in the Middle East, North Africa and the Sahel and Lake Chad regions.

  • Leading research, consulting and technical assistance assignments for international development organisations on political transitions, stabilisation, conflict and reconciliation, governance, public finance, media and migration, with a strong focus on fragile and conflict-affected states.

  • Conducting socioeconomic impact assessments and designing stakeholder engagement strategies for major oil and gas and infrastructure investments in the Middle East and North Africa.


Before joining Control Risks, Matthew was a Director at Altai Consulting, where he led research-driven consulting, monitoring and evaluation, and technical assistance projects for public and private sector clients across the Middle East and Africa. He previously worked for PwC in the UAE and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.

Matthew speaks Arabic and holds a BA in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from Cambridge University and an MA in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Thouron Scholar.

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