Edward James has been with MEED for more than 17 years, working as a journalist, consultant and research director. Until September 2008 he was MEED’s Gulf Bureau Chief, after which he moved over to head up the consulting arm of the business. For the last six years he has been responsible for content and research at MEED Projects, the region’s leading projects tracking service. His specific areas of expertise are construction, hydrocarbons, power and water, and the petrochemical market, and is considered one of the foremost experts on the MENA projects market. 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.