Dr John Chipman

John Chipman

Director-General and Chief Executive


Dr John Chipman CMG is Director-General and Chief Executive of The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). He is Special Adviser to the Chairman of Reliance Industries (Mumbai), a member of the Board of Directors of private equity firm The Abraaj Group (Dubai) and consults widely. He speaks regularly to business audiences on political risk, regional security and global trends. He is the author of two books and numerous articles and opinion pieces.

He holds a BA (Hons) from Harvard, an MA (Distinction) from the London School of Economics and an M.Phil and D.Phil from Balliol College Oxford. Prior to assuming the Directorship of the IISS in 1993 he served as a Research Associate (1983-4), Assistant Director (1987-1990) and Director of Studies (1990-1993) at the IISS with a spell (1985-1987) as a Research Associate at the Atlantic Institute for International Affairs in Paris. 

As CEO of the IISS he has directed its growth globally as the world’s premier institute providing facts and analysis on international security issues and has developed its role as a convenor of vital inter-governmental summits. He conceived and established two regional security institutions under IISS auspices: in the Asia-Pacific the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue hosted by Singapore, and in the Middle East the IISS Manama Dialogue hosted by Bahrain. 

He was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 1999. He is married with two sons.

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