Samir Pradhan is an economics specialist based in the UAE. Previously, he served as a senior consultant, macroeconomics research at Tanween,a leading consultancy in Doha, Qatar. Before that, he was senior researcher, GCC economics and Gulf-Asia programmes at the Gulf Research Center, Dubai/ UAE, the leading think tank of the Gulf region. He has extensive research and consultancy experience in GCC and emerging Asia. His research interests include the political economy of the Gulf, GCC-Asia interdependence, GCC-India relations, energy security, and regional economic integration. Dr. Pradhan is a regular contributor and commentator to major international and regional newspapers in the Gulf region. He has also several peer-reviewed publications to his credit which includes two books among others. He holds an MA in Economics and a Ph.D. in West Asian Studies from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, where he conducted research about emerging energy interdependence between the GCC and India from the perspective of international economic relations.