Chris is the Director of Caabu. He has worked with the Council since 1993 after graduating with a first class honours degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Exeter University. As part of this course he spent a year in Alexandria. Since then he has travelled widely in the Middle East and North Africa. In 1996 Chris moved to work for a professional government relations firm but returned to a more senior role at CAABU in 1997. In November 2002, he was made full-time Director.
As the lead spokesperson for Caabu and as an acknowledged expert on the region, Chris is a frequent commentator on TV and Radio, having given over 148 interviews on the Arab world in in 2012 alone. He gives numerous talks around the country on issues such as the Arab Spring, Libya, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Islamophobia and the Arabs in Britain. He regularly has articles published in the British and international media.
In January 2013, Chris appeared as an expert witness in front of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee in Parliament discussing UK relations with the Gulf.
He has travelled to nearly every country in the Middle East. He has organised and accompanied numerous British Parliamentary delegations to Arab countries. Most recently he took Parliamentary delegations to the West Bank in November 2010 and November 2008, he accompanied a delegation including Edward Davey MP, the Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesman, to Israel and the West Bank.
He has spoken at numerous international conferences. In March 2008, he spoke at a major conference in Kuwait on the media's role in the dialogue between Islam and the West and, in the past, he has given talks at Chatham House, RUSI, the Dubai Press Club and the annual Doha Forum on Free Trade and Democratisation in Qatar.
In 2003, he observed the elections to the Kuwait National Assembly. On 29th November 2005, Chris addressed the United Nations on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinians. His statement was delivered on behalf of the International Coordinating Network on Palestine. He urged members of the UN General Assembly to increase their efforts to establish a meaningful peace process with the aim of creating a viable Palestine state on the territory occupied in 1967.
Chris writes for a number of journals about the region and was the UK correspondent for Middle East International covering all aspects of the British relationship with the Middle East. He also researched and wrote an educational pamphlet that accompanied John Pilger's documentary "Palestine is Still the Issue". He was a Visiting Lecturer at St. Mary's College, University of Surrey, lecturing on religion in the Middle East. He was also Chair of Friends of Birzeit University, a former trustee of Medical Aid for Palestinians and the Coordinator of the Joint Committee for Palestine. He is also a member of the Royal Institute for International Affairs.
Chris was the winner of the 2015 Annemarie Schimmel Award for Excellence in championing a Muslim cause. He also won a Special Tribute award from the Arab Screen Independent Film Festival in 2001 for his work with the media.
He was also the subject of a documentary for Al Jazeera Arabic in 2012
To contact Chris email: email@example.com
You can also follow Chris on his personal Twitter account @doylech.