Alex Vines has been head of the Africa Programme at Chatham House since 2002 and in 2008 became director for Regional Studies and International Security. In 2012 Alex was appointed director for Area Studies and International Law.
He chaired the UN Panel of Experts on Côte d’Ivoire from 2005 to 2007, and was a member of the UN Panel of Experts on Liberia from 2001 to 2003. He was also a member of the Commonwealth Observer Group to Ghana in 2016.
He has also been a UN election officer in Mozambique and Angola, and served as a consultant for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
He worked at Human Rights Watch as a senior researcher on business and human rights. He is also a senior lecturer at Coventry University.
He was awarded an OBE in 2008 in recognition of his work including founding and developing Chatham House’s Africa programme.
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2012 to date Research Director, Area Studies and International Law, Chatham House
2002 to date Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House
2013 to date Fellow (Hon.), Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos
2009 to date Senior Lecturer (previously Lecturer), Department of International Studies and Social Science, and Co-Director, African Studies Centre, Coventry University
2016 Member, Commonwealth Observer Group, Ghana
2012 – 2013 Visiting Lecturer, Peace Studies, University of Bradford
2008 – 2012 Director of Regional and Security Studies, Chatham House
2005 – 2007 Member, later Chair, UN Panel of Experts on Côte d’Ivoire
2001 – 2003 Member, UN Panel of Experts on Liberia
2002 – 2010 Senior Researcher, Business and Human Rights, Human Rights Watch (part time)
1999 – 2002 Associate Fellow, British-Angola Forum, Chatham House
1993 – 2002 Researcher/Senior Researcher, Arms and Africa Divisions, Human Rights Watch
1997 MacArthur NGO Fellow, Department of War Studies, King’s College, University of London
1994 – 2000 Research Associate, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford
1994 Electoral Officer, UNOMOZ, Mozambique
1992 Electoral Officer, UNAVEM II, Angola
1990 – 1993 Africa Analyst, Control Risks
1990 Consultant, Centre for Southern African Studies, University of York
1989 Research Assistant, National Museums and Monuments, Masvingo, Zimbabwe
1988 Graduate Scholar, British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya