Melanie Noronha is a senior editor for The Economist Intelligence Unit’s thought leadership division in EMEA. Based in Dubai, she specialises in research on the Middle East and African markets. In addition, she has managed global projects across a range of sectors including financial services, healthcare, infrastructure, energy and trade. Before joining The Economist Group, she was a senior analyst at MEED Insight, a research and consulting firm serving Middle East and North Africa. At MEED, she developed an expertise in bespoke market studies and financial modelling across a range of sectors spanning construction, finance, power and water, oil and gas, and renewable energy. She held previous posts at the Office of the Chief Economist at the Dubai International Financial Centre and at the San Francisco Center for Economic Development. Melanie has an MSc in International Strategy and Economics from the University of St Andrews and a bachelor’s degree in business administration.