Emily Burlinghaus is an assistant director with the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center, where she focuses primarily on the annual Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi and research and programming related to nuclear energy. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council in June 2019, she served as a program officer with the Institute of Regional and International Studies at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS), where she worked with academics and entrepreneurs to inform research and private sector development priorities across Iraq. Prior to her time at AUIS, she worked as a research assistant with The Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Iran Security Initiative. She also spent a year abroad in the United Arab Emirates and conducted research at think tanks in Washington DC, including the Hudson Institute and the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins.