Melanie is a senior research manager at Economist Impact and the general manager of The Economist office in Dubai. She has over ten years of experience delivering consulting and thought leadership projects to public, private and non-for-profit organisations. Based in Dubai, she leads the Middle East and Africa team on research across food sustainability, recycling and the circular economy, renewable energy, fintech, trade and supply chains. She is a specialist in advanced recycling technologies and international trade. Melanie is a seasoned moderator; she has chaired numerous panel discussions and presented Economist Impact's research at global in-person and virtual conferences. Melanie has an MSc in International Strategy and Economics from the University of St Andrews and a bachelor’s degree in business administration.