Sanam Vakil

Sanam Vakil

Director of Middle East and North Africa programme, Chatham House

Areas of expertise

Iranian domestic and foreign policy, Gulf politics, regional security and geopolitics, gender politics, political leadership


Sanam Vakil is the director of Chatham House’s Middle East and North Africa programme, where she leads project work on Iran and Gulf Arab dynamics.

She is also the James Anderson adjunct professor with the Middle East Studies department at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna. Sanam is the author of Action and Reaction: Women and Politics in Iran (Bloomsbury 2013). She publishes analysis and comments for a variety of media and academic outlets.