For the last six years, Laura has pursued an academic and professional career specialising in Middle East politics and culture. She has lived, studied and worked in the Arabian Gulf and speaks Arabic, Spanish and French. Laura is now the Director of Al Ishara Consulting, which provides bespoke advice to businesses, governments and organisations with an interest in the Middle East. She is also the Founding Editor of Pink Jinn, a politics, culture and travel blog focusing on the Middle East and North Africa. She has two first class degrees in Middle East Politics and Arabic, and her areas of focus include security and extremism in the Gulf. Above all, Laura is a passionate traveller who believes that active learning and cross-cultural interaction will make the world a better place.