Ms Xenia Wickett

Xenia Wickett is the head of the US and the Americas Programme and dean of the Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs at Chatham House.  Prior to this she was the Executive Director of the PeaceNexus Foundation, based just outside Geneva. From 2005 to 2009, Xenia was at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center where she was the Director of the Project on India and the Subcontinent, the Executive Director for Research and a member of the Center’s board.

From early 2004 to August 2005, Xenia served as Director for South Asia at the USG's National Security Council (NSC). Prior to this, she worked at the State Department’s Bureau of South Asia, Bureau of Nonproliferation and Homeland Security Group and, shortly after September 11, 2001, in the Office of the Vice President to help launch the Office of Homeland Security Affairs.

Prior to her government service, Xenia worked in the nonprofit and private sectors in California, Israel and the West Bank, and the UK, and for UNICEF in New York. She is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where she completed her MPP. She earned her BA from Oxford University.