Angus had worked with MEED for more than 23 years. In that time, he established himself as one of the world’s most respected experts on the Middle East. Angus’ ability to communicate his expertise and knowledge has helped shape the lives and careers of thousands of friends, colleagues and contacts in the region and around the world.
Angus joined MEED in 1989 after graduating in Arabic from Durham University and completing a post-graduate degree at Exeter University. Initially based at MEED’s head office in London, Angus travelled extensively around the region, reporting on a wide range of sectors including construction, oil and gas, petrochemicals, and power and water.
In 1995, Angus was instrumental in establishing MEED’s presence in the Gulf when, as Gulf Editor, he helped to set up MEED’s first office in the region in Dubai. In his nine years leading MEED’s editorial team in Dubai, Angus established MEED as the world’s leading source of business intelligence about the fast-emerging GCC markets.
In 2004, Angus was pivotal in launching MEED’s online project tracking service MEED Projects, which represented a major shift for MEED into digital information services from its historical magazine publishing and conferences business. In 2007, Angus returned to the UK as the founding member and Research Director of MEED’s newly established Insight research unit, providing bespoke and off-the-shelf research reports for a wide cross-section of both private and public clients. He was regularly called on to chair and speak at conferences giving audiences the benefit of his broad experience and knowledge.
Richard Thompson, Editorial Director, MEED commented: “We are all absolutely devastated to lose such a dear friend and well-respected colleague. Angus has been at the heart of so much that MEED has achieved over the past two-and-a-half decades, and for all of us he was a friend and mentor as well as a colleague. Although one of the world’s leading experts on the Middle East, Angus’ modest and unassuming manner meant that he was always approachable and ready to help.
“Nothing describes better the high regard held for Angus’ expertise, professionalism and humanity than the huge number of heartfelt messages of condolence that we have received from friends and colleagues alike since we heard the news. We will all miss his sense of humour, friendship and advice. But most of all, our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time.”
Ed James, Head of MEED Insight, said: “Angus always amazed everyone with the depth and breadth of his market knowledge and expertise, which he was always more than happy and patient enough to pass on to his colleagues. His professionalism, humility and accessibility meant he was also always sought out by key players in the market for information and advice. With his passing, the region has lost one of its greatest sources of knowledge as well as one of its best-known and loved personalities.”
Angus is survived by his partner and two young sons.
Thank you to David Butter and The Guardian for the words about Angus, which can be found here: