Rhiannon Smith – Managing Director
Rhiannon Smith is Managing Director of Libya-Analysis® and Deputy Director at EyeOnISISinLibya.com. She is also the North Africa Editor for Norwegian NGO Hate Speech International. She is aided by consultants with a wide range of backgrounds in government, business, journalism, law, due diligence, and academia located in New York, London, Cambridge, Oxford, Washington, DC, Tripoli, Tubrok, Dubai, Rome, and Madrid who vastly enhance the capacity of Libya-Analysis ® to field longer and more complex projects.
Previously, Rhiannon was the Programme Manager for the Middle East at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS). As part of this role she managed the Middle East Research Centre at CJBS, focusing on the particular leadership and management challenges facing Middle Eastern organisations. She lived in Tripoli, Libya from September 2010 to February 2011, then October 2011 through to January 2014, working for a number of organisations including Libyan research consultancy Know Libya and international NGO No Peace Without Justice. She has also worked as a Libya analyst for Control Risks.
Rhiannon has published extensively on Libya including writing articles for the Politico, Al Jazeera, the New Statesman, Religion & Geopolitics, Hate Speech International & the Middle East Eye. She also wrote a regular column on Libya for open Democracy. Rhiannon holds an MSc in Development Management from the Open University and a BA Hons in Arabic, with French and Persian from the University of Exeter. She speaks, writes and reads Arabic and French.
Jason Pack – Founder
Jason Pack is the Founder of Libya-Analysis. Jason has recently accepted the position of Executive Director of the US-Libya Business Association (USLBA) and is therefore no longer involved in the day-to-day running of Libya Analysis.
Over the last eight years, Jason Pack, has worked to promote US-Libyan commercial, academic, and governmental ties. After helping Western businesses operate in Tripoli in 2008, he served as US-Libya Business Association (USLBA) Program Manager in 2009-10. He then completed an M.St. in Global and Imperial History at St. Antony’s College, Oxford in 2011. Since then, he has been affiliated with the University of Cambridge, where he was a PhD student and researcher of Middle Eastern History.
Jason has advised the UN, NATO and most Western governments on formulating policy towards Libya. Via his consultancy, Libya-Analysis®, Jason specializes in producing bespoke reports for Western companies which monitor specific aspects of the political and security situation in Libya, while also providing big-picture forecasting. In this capacity, he is an affiliated North Africa Analyst at Risk Intelligence, a Danish company specializing in maritime risk, and the Senior Libya Analyst at CRCM North Africa, a German strategy firm.
In 2015, Jason founded EyeOnISISInLibya.com a
Lydia Jabs – Research Assistant
Lydia Jabs is a Research Assistant at Libya-Analysis and is based in Washington, D.C. She also serves as research assistant at the Middle East Institute for Johns Hopkin’s SAIS professor Daniel Serwer. Previously, Lydia worked at the Tunis-based NGO Al-Bawsla as an intern with their Public Budget department. During her time living in Tunisia in 2016, she assisted researcher Laryssa Chomiak with her upcoming book concerning the progress made in the first five years after the 2011 revolution. In the summer of 2015, Lydia lived in Rabat, Morocco where she studied Arabic and worked with a local social enterprise, Au Gran de Sesame, to advance the mission of the organization, draft grant proposals and strengthen connections with the West. Lydia will graduate from Dartmouth College in Spring of 2018 with a BA in Middle Eastern Studies, International Relations and Arabic.
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Are you interested in Libya? Do you have strong research and writing skills? Are you looking to gain some experience in MENA focused reporting and analysis?
If so, we would love to hear from you. We are currently expanding our team and are looking to recruit a range of part time copy writers, consultants, researchers, informers, etc. Hence, if you have specialized knowledge on Libya that is commercially relevant, possess good writing skills and have a few hours a month to spare, please get in touch as we might be able to forge a mutually beneficial arrangement. If you are interested in being a part of the Libya-Analysis.com ® team, please contact Rhiannon Smith on firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.