Ethan Chorin has spent more than 20 years living and working in the Middle East and Africa, as a diplomat and government relations executive. He is currently the CEO of Perim Associates, LLC, providing economic analysis and strategic advice to companies and governments. A two-time Fulbright Fellow (Yemen, Jordan), Chorin holds a PhD in resource economics from the University of California, Berkeley, an MA from Stanford in international policy studies, and a BA from Yale in Near Eastern Languages. Chorin is the author of two books: Exit the Colonel: The Hidden History of the Libyan Revolution (2012, PublicAffairs), and Translating Libya: The Modern Libyan Short Story (2008, Saqi Books/2015 Darf), and written for a range of international publications including the New York Times, Forbes, Foreignpolicy.com and The Financial Times. He has appeared on The CBS Morning News, BBC Newsday, CNBC, Amanpour, Newsmax, C-SPAN Book TV, and NPR.
As a U.S. diplomat (2004-2008) Chorin was posted to Tripoli, Libya; Washington, D.C. and the United Arab Emirates. From 2008-2011, he was head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sr. Manager for Government Relations at Dubai Ports World, where he brokered a Global Development Alliance between Dubai Ports, the government of Djibouti and USAID, and oversaw content for a 2011 U.N.-sponsored conference on Counter Piracy. He has been a Yale-SOM Social Enterprise Fellow, a non resident fellow at the Dubai School of Government, and is cofounder of the Avicenna Foundation, which funds health and environment projects in Africa and the Middle East.