Eckart Woertz, Scientific Advisor of the Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po, 2016-2018

Dr Eckart Woertz is the Scientific Advisor of the Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po, based at the Paris School of International Affairs. He has taught courses on “Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa” and “Food Security in International Politics: the Middle East and Africa“.

Dr Eckart Woertz is also a senior researcher at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB). Formerly he was a visiting fellow at Princeton University, director of economic studies at the Gulf Research Center (GRC) in Dubai and worked for banks in Germany and the United Arab Emirates.

He is author of Oil for Food, The Global Food Crisis and the Middle East (Oxford University Press 2013) and editor of GCC Financial Markets: The World’s New Money Centers (Berlin: Gerlach Press 2012). His articles have been published in Globalizations, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Foreign Policy, Financial Times, The Handbook of Oil Politics and other edited volumes. He has been a commentator for international media outlets such as the BBC and Al Arabiya and has contributed to various policy papers.

He has consulted for international and regional organizations such as UNCTAD, the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Saudi Ministry of Economy and Planning. His research interests include food security, energy issues, economic diversification, sovereign wealth funds, and the impact of the global financial crisis on the GCC countries.

He holds a PhD in Economics from Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he conducted research about structural adjustment politics in Egypt.

Stéphane Lacroix, Scientific Advisor to the Kuwait Program

Dr Stéphane Lacroix is Scientific Advisor to the Kuwait Program, an Associate Professor at Sciences Po, researcher at CERI (Sciences Po, Center for International Studies), and Associate Researcher at the Center for Economic, Judicial, and Social Study and Documentation (CEDEJ) in Cairo, Egypt. He teaches a course on “Islam and Politics in a Changing Middle East”. Dr Lacroix previously served as a post-doctorate researcher under the Abbassi Program, Islamic Studies Department, Stanford University.

He has published several books, including “Awakening Islam: The Politics of Religious Dissent in Contemporary Saudi Arabia” (Harvard University Press, 2011), “Post-Islamism: The Changing Faces of Political Islam” (Ed. Asef Bayat, Oxford University Press, 2013), and “Taking to the Streets: Activism, Arab Uprisings and Democratization” (Ed. L. Khatib/E. Lust-Okar, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). Dr Lacroix has also published research articles in The International Journal of Middle East Studies, The Middle East Journal, The Journal of Democracy, la Revue des Mondes Musulmans et de la Méditerranée, and Politique Étrangère.

Dr Lacroix received his PhD from Sciences Po, and holds two Master’s degrees in Language and Arab Civilizations (INALCO), and Mathematics (Paris VI). In 2008, he received the “prix de thèse” from the French Association for the Social Sciences of Religion (AFSR).

Morgan Packer, Kuwait Program Manager

Ms. Morgan Packer is Manager of the Kuwait Program at Sciences Po. She holds a Master’s Degree from Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action, with a thematic focus on global risk and a regional focus on Middle East studies.

She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, USA. Ms. Packer has previously worked in consulting and project management at UNESCO, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Harvard University, Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Pathfinder International.