John Hamilton is Managing Director of CbI, where he plays a key role in the company’s business development and strategy. He is a specialist in North Africa and produces regular analyses, detailed monitoring reports and briefings on Libya, Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt for CbI's private clients. He has been covering these countries since 2007 and has followed closely the political changes which started in 2011. He is a contributing editor of African Energy and is a regular correspondent for the newsletter from Tripoli and other places in the region. He is a frequent commentator on Libyan energy, security and politics at conferences, and in national and international media. He reads, writes and speaks standard Arabic and is also fluent in Bulgarian. His travel memoir of five years spent in Bulgaria entitled The Good Balkans was published by Wild Man Books in 2009.