Middle East Staff

  • Ladan Akbarnia
    Curator (Assistant Keeper), Islamic Collections, Iran, Central Asia and India
  • Gareth Brereton 
    Curator, Mesopotamia
  • Irving Finkel 
    Assistant Keeper, Ancient Mesopotamian (i.e. Sumerian, Babylonian and Assyrian) script, languages and cultures
  • Alexandra Fletcher 
    Assistant Keeper, Anatolia and Prehistory, Turkish archaeological material and Prehistoric collections within the Department of the Middle East
  • Zeina Klink-Hoppe
    Phyllis Bishop Curator for the Modern Middle East
  • Benedict Leigh
    Curator, Ancient Near East
  • John Macginnis 
    Lead Archaeologist, Iraq Emergency Heritage Management Programme
  • Amandine Mérat 
    Project Curator: Islamic Galleries
  • Venetia Porter 
    Assistant Keeper (Curator), Islamic and contemporary Middle East
  • Sebastien Rey
    Lead Archaeologist, Iraq Emergency Heritage Management Programme
  • St John Simpson 
    Assistant Keeper, Iran & Arabia, Ancient Iran and Arabia
  • Fahmida Suleman 
    Phyllis Bishop curator for the Modern Middle East
  • Jonathan Taylor 
    Assistant Keeper (Curator), Cuneiform collections, Mesopotamia
  • Jonathan N Tubb 
    Keeper of the Department of the Middle East

The work of the department is supported by a team of Museum Assistants and administrative staff.