Dr John Sfakianakis

Associate Fellow


Dr John Sfakianakis is a Scholar at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge and the Chief Economist and Head of Research at the Gulf Research Center. He is a board member of Cambridge Middle East and North Africa Forum at the University of Cambridge.

He was the Middle East Director for Ashmore, a FTSE 100 asset manager. At Ashmore he served as a member of the Investment Committee and a board member of the firm’s funds in Saudi Arabia, regulated by the Capital Market Authority (CMA). He was the Chief Investment Strategist of MASIC, one of the oldest family offices in Saudi Arabia. Previously he was the Chief Economist of Credit Agricole C.I.B. for the Middle East, Chief Economist and Group General Manager of Banque Saudi Fransi, Group Chief Economist of Saudi British Bank and Chief Regional Economist of Samba Financial Group.

Dr Sfakianakis has advised public and private clients on investment strategy, macroeconomic outlook and asset allocation strategies. He has more than 20 years of experience working in senior positions in government, banking and private family offices. For the last sixteen years, he lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has advised with public and private institutions in Europe, the US and the Gulf region, including BCG, McKinsey, PwC, EY, Berkley Research Group, Burohappold and Deloitte Monitor.

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