Michael Keating is a Senior Consulting Fellow at Chatham House in London. Until November 2012, he served as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General in Afghanistan, as well as Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator. He is an Advisor to a conflict mediation body, Inter-mediate; to the Centre for International Cooperation at New York University; and, until July 2013, led a team that prepared a Plan of Action for the UN Secretary-General to strengthen the UN’s capacity to protect people at risk of massive violation of their rights.

Keating previously worked as the Executive Director of the Africa Progress Panel, a policy group chaired by Kofi Annan for promoting sustainable development and good governance in Africa. His earlier career has been divided between assignments with the UN, where he served in Malawi, Gaza/Jerusalem, New York and Afghanistan/Pakistan, and the private sector – in publishing, management and strategic communication.

Keating has contributed to a wide range of books and publications on international affairs, development and humanitarian issues. He serves on the Board of several non-profit bodies, including Population Action International and the Ashden Awards for sustainable energy.

He has an M.A. in History from the University of Cambridge. Born in Uganda, he is married and has four daughters.