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, the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, 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 the Federalist Society 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.