Sultan Barakat is the Director of the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS), which he founded in 2016 and a Professor at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. Prior to establishing CHS, Professor Barakat was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy and Director of Research at the Brookings Doha Center. Professor Barakat is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of York, where he founded and led the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) until 2016. Professor Barakat regularly consults for the United Nations, European Union, other governments and international non-governmental organizations. He has published widely, with his most recent book, Understanding Influence: The Use of Statebuilding Research in British Policy published in 2014. Most recently, he has co-led mediation efforts in Yemen, Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan, and he serves on the Advisory Board of the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute in London. He is a member of the joint Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) Commissioning Panel for research on poverty reduction.