Mr. Sholto Byrnes is a commentator and analyst with over 20 years’ experience in journalism at the national and international level. His past roles have included being Chief Interviewer and Columnist at the Independent, Senior Editor at the New Statesman, and Editor of Qatar Foundation's quarterly international magazine. In those roles, he reported from countries including the US, Malaysia and Indonesia, and his work has appeared in almost all major UK publications, as well as newspapers around the world. For The National, Abu Dhabi, he writes a weekly International Affairs column. He has also provided television and radio commentary for the BBC and Al Jazeera. He was awarded both his BA and MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford University, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2009.