David Rundell is widely regarded as one of America’s foremost experts on Saudi Arabia. He is the author of Vision or Mirage: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads which has been acclaimed by numerous scholars and statesmen including Henry Kissinger and David Petraeus. David served as an American diplomat for thirty years, fifteen of which were spent in Saudi Arabia. He worked at the Embassy in Riyadh as well as the Consulates in Jeddah and Dhahran. His assignments included Chief of Mission, Deputy Chief of Mission, Political Counselor, Economic Counselor, and Commercial Counselor. David helped negotiate Saudi entry into the World Trade Organization. He conceived the Joint Commission for Critical Infrastructure Protection which has strengthened global energy security. He won numerous awards for his analysis and reporting from Saudi Arabia including four Superior Honor Awards and the Cox award. After leaving the State Department David worked as a business strategy consultant with the Monitor Group. His work included engagements with the Saudi Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Saudi Aramco, the King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST), and the Saudi Arabian General Investment Agency (SAGIA). For the past five years, David has been a partner in Arabia Analytica a consulting firm which advises hedge funds and corporate clients on Saudi Arabia, energy markets and the broader Middle East. David has been actively engaged in the production of oil and gas in the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico for over 30 years. He holds a BA cum laude in economics from Colgate University and a Master’s in Middle East Studies from Oxford University. He lives between London and Dubai with his wife and daughter.