Simon Henderson is the Baker fellow and Director of the Gulf and Energy Policy Program at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, specializing in energy matters and the conservative Arab states of the Persian Gulf. A former journalist with Financial Times, Henderson has also worked as a consultant advising corporations and governments on the Persian Gulf. He started his career with the British Broadcasting Corporation and served as a foreign correspondent in Pakistan in 1977-78 and reported from Iran during the 1979 Islamic revolution and seizure of the U.S. embassy.
Henderson earned his degrees from Nottingham University (BA) and Cass Business School, London (MBA). His publications include: Nuclear Iran: a Glossary (2015); After King Abdullah: Succession in Saudi Arabia (2009); Energy in Danger: Iran, Oil, and the West (2008); Reducing Vulnerability to Middle East Energy Shocks: A Key Element in Strengthening U.S. Energy Security (2005); The New Pillar: Conservative Arab Gulf States and U.S. Strategy (2002); and After King Fahd: Succession in Saudi Arabia (1994).