George Richards


George Richards is the Director of Community Jameel, one of the world’s leading private funders of scientific research.

Committed to advancing science-informed policy for human security, he is an advisor to research initiatives at Imperial College London and the Paris School of Economics, and a founding member of the advisory council of the Future Resilience Forum.

An established leader on cultural heritage protection, including in conflict zones, George served as the Special Rapporteur for Cultural Heritage to the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq and is a specialist assessor for the British Council's Cultural Protection Fund. He has led field expeditions to document endangered cultural heritage on behalf of the British Library and the British Institute for the Study of Iraq.

George graduated with a First in Arabic and Persian from the University of Edinburgh in 2003. A qualified solicitor, he practised law at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer until 2015. He is a trustee of The King's Foundation, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

George has climbed to the summit of Jabal Sawda, the second-highest peak on the Arabian peninsula.

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