Jos Meester

Senior Research Fellow


  • Conflict and Fragility
  • Business and Fragility


  • Sub Saharan Africa

Jos Meester is a Senior Research Fellow at Clingendael. He leads the research unit’s work on the Horn of Africa and business operations in developing countries. Besides this, he also works on Climate Change, geopolitics vis-à-vis China and other advisory services for Corporate Clients. He combines experience in corporate strategy and operations with hands-on knowledge of political-economic development in the Horn of Africa. He frequently acts as a speaker, facilitator and trainer on investment in difficult contexts.

Prior to his work at Clingendael, Jos worked as a management consultant at KPMG in both the Netherlands and Brazil. In these positions he worked on strategic and operational issues, such as market entry assessments, operational optimisations and procurement improvement projects. These projects took place mainly in the Oil & Gas, Construction, Transport and Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals sectors.
Jos holds a Master degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Leiden University (the Netherlands), during which he specialized in the stability of formal and informal political institutions.

My work



Conflict and Fragility

Rethinking responses to pastoralism-related conflicts

06 August 2021 - 11:42
Business and Fragility

Designed in Ethiopia; made in China 'a widening partnership'

30 July 2021 - 10:47
Conflict and Fragility

The UAE and China in the Horn of Africa

24 June 2021 - 17:23
Conflict and Fragility

Financial disruption and fragile markets

17 May 2021 - 19:16
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