Rhiannon Smith – Managing Director
Rhiannon Smith has been the Managing Director of Libya-Analysis® and EyeOnISISinLibya.com for two years during which time she has overseen all of Libya-Analysis’s research and consultancy projects. She regularly delivers high level briefings on Libya to government entities, international organisations, corporations and academic conferences. She is also the North Africa Editor for Norwegian NGO Hate Speech International, where she commissioned and edited a series of papers on extremism in North Africa including .
Rhiannon has authored or co-authored several think tank reports and journal articles, including ‘Al-Qaida’s Strategy in Libya: Keep it Local, Stupid‘ for the journal Perspectives on Terrorism, ‘The Origins and Evolution of ISIS in Libya’ published by the Atlantic Council and ‘Non-military Perspectives on Recent Developments in Libya’ for NATO. Rhiannon regularly gives media interviews, appearing on France 24, Al Jazeera English, TRT World and Voice of America, to name a few. She has also 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 during her time in Libya.
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 2010 to 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 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
Lachlan Wilson – Research Analyst and Program Assistant
Lachlan Wilson is a Research Analyst and Program Assistant for Libya-Analysis. Based in the MENA region, he has nearly a decades experience working as a researcher engaging with academia and think tanks. Lachlan’s recent research work has focused on transnational jihadism and local militia organisations, with a particular emphasis on the militant dynamic in Libya. Lachlan holds a Ph.D and a Masters of Arts, and his writing on geopolitical and security issues has been published by the National Interest and the Middle East Eye, amongst others.
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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 always interested in expanding our team 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.