Richard Thompson is the Editorial Director of MEED. He is responsible for the content of MEED Magazine and MEED.com.
A keen student of Middle East political and economic affairs, Richard regularly writes and contributes articles to the wider media, including Financial Times and the BBC. He is also a regular speaker on the Middle East economy. Richard joined MEED as Managing Editor in February 2003. During his time at MEED, he has covered many areas of the Middle East economy including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.
He was named MEED editor in April 2007 and became Editorial Director in February 2010. He has a Masters degree in International Relations, and a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering with Management Law. Prior to becoming a journalist he worked in the UK construction industry for Atkins and for Laing O’Rourke.