Francis Ghilès

Member and contributor to the Frontier Energy Network, the world-leading network for those changing the face of the energy industry. Associate Researcher, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs Francis Ghiles is one of the leading European experts on the Maghreb. He analyses emerging security, economic and energy trends in the region and connects them to European, Russian, Chinese and American policy priorities. A trilingual (English, French and Spanish) political scientist, Francis Ghiles earned advanced degrees from St Antony’s College Oxford and the University of Keele. He graduated from Science-Po Grenoble with distinction. After eighteen years at the Financial Times, he gained extensive experience in organising business conferences on the Western Mediterranean. He has acted as consultant to leading international oil and gas companies, the Pentagon and the UK Ministry of Defence.


Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, the Council of Foreign Relations & the Peterson Institute (US); Science-Po Paris, EHSS & IFRI (France); The Royal College of Defence, RIIA, IISS & The Bow Group (UK); NATO Defence College; The Japanese Institute of Middle Eastern Studies; The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies; The Konrad Adenauer & Friedrich Nauman Stiftung; the Institute of Global Strategy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Algeria); ISCAE and ECONOMIA (Morocco), The University of Tel Aviv.

Freelance assignments

The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Le Monde, Le Monde Diplomatique, El Pais, La Vanguardia, Middle East Eye and The Arab Weekly. He regularly contributes to the BBC World Service, France 24, al-Djazeera and al-Arabiya.

Other experience

Co-Founder with IEMED of The North Africa Business Development Forum (Barcelona, 2002); with ToledoPax, From the Cost of No Maghreb to the North African Tiger (Madrid, 2006); with Office Chérifien des Phosphates (OCP Group) and CIDOB, North Africa in a Multipolar World (Barcelona 2010). Francis Ghiles lives in Paris.