Christopher Grace is a consultant at International Alliance Associates, a private equity boutique concentrating on the Middle East, and was Director of Energy and Commodities Research at OnFrontiers, an investment research start-up focused on frontier markets. Mr Grace also worked as a research assistant for oil and natural gas to Alexandros Petersen of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Additionally, Mr Grace was an oil & gas and commodity analyst at Gerson Lehrman Group. Mr Grace has a background in international relations having studied in Guatemala at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin, at the Baku Energy School in Azerbaijan, and in Poland at the College d’Europe where he wrote a thesis on energy, economic, and geo-political relations between Europe, Russia and Central Asia. Mr Grace is a member at the Middle East Institute and has traveled and lived extensively in western, central, and eastern Europe, Asia, the near East, and Latin America. Mr Grace is a published writer for the Financial Times.