Saskia van Genugten is an Associate Director at MacroScope Strategies, a boutique consultancy focused on Europe-Arabian Gulf relations. Previously, Saskia served as Strategy and Policy Advisor at the Netherlands Ministry of Defence. From 2015-2018, she was a Senior Research Fellow at the Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy in Abu Dhabi, where she led a research program on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), as well as an initiative focusing on stabilization efforts in the MENA region. Before that time, she served as a Manager in the Government and Public Sector Advisory arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and as a staff member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Cooperation of the Senate of the Netherlands.
Her main research interest is in security and defence developments in the MENA region and the Gulf. She has an extensive publications track-record in international affairs related issues, both in Europe and the Middle East and is the author of Libya in Western foreign policies, 1911-2011 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), as well as co-editor of L’Africa mediterranea, Storia e futuro (Donzelli, 2011) and of Stabilizing the Contemporary Middle East and North Africa: Regional Actors and New Approaches (Palgrave MacMillan, 2019).
Saskia holds a PhD in European and Middle East Studies from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), an MA in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), an MA in the History of International relations and a BA in Italian Literature from Utrecht University. She also holds professional certificates in Decision Making (Yale) and in Multi-Stakeholder Strategies (TU Delft).