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I am a development economist and a writer. I have worked with the Center for International Development at Harvard University, and consult/have consulted for various international organisations, including the African Development Bank, UNDP, IFC, the World Bank, IDRC, and UNIDO, as well as for national governments (Government of Palestine, Government of Dubai…), and think tanks and research centres to develop policy oriented research with real applications and real impact.

I work primarily on issues of private sector development and investment promotion, entrepreneurship,  with a special focus on post-conflict countries. I have, in that respect, published a couple of papers and book chapters.

I am a United Nations Alliance of Civilisations fellow, on Choiseul’s 100 African Economic Leaders for Tomorrow, on Arabian Business’ 100 Influential Arabs under 40 list [ahead of Nancy Ajram. True story.], and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils of experts.

I am also an award-winning writer and journalist. I write more or less regularly (working on that) for Foreign Policy magazine’s Transitions section, TIMEP’s website, and write/have written for the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Guardian, Yale Global, Egypt Independent, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, Hurriyet Daily News, among many others.

I was profiled in the Times of London, Al-Ahram, Le Temps, Enigma magazine, and appeared on Al-Jazeera, CNN, BBC News, France 24, CBC, France Info, France Inter, and have been featured/interviewed by a number of newspapers around the globe.

I co-authored “Tahrir Diaries”, a collective memoir of the 18 days of the Egyptian 2011 revolution. The book is currently available in Arabic and in Italian. An award-winning essay of mine was also published in Arab Spring Dreams.

A heavy user, consumer of, and trainer in social media, I regularly update my blog, where I write about Egypt, Middle East politics, development, and travel, among other issues. Apparently I’m a “dedicated Twitterer” [we’ll forgive their misuse of the word here] by the New Yorker magazine and a ‘Twitterati’ by Enigma magazine – which probably means that I need to cut back on tweeting.

Oh and Buzzfeed calls me “This guy“.

I am also a professor of Development Economics at Cairo’s Ain-Shams University.

For all of the above, I am regularly invited to speak at international public as well as corporate events on a range of issues, including economic reform, the Arab revolution(s), social media, among others.

I am a graduate of the Oxford Said Business School (MBA), the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Master of Public Administration in International Development), the Paris Institute of Political Studies – SciencesPo (Master in International Economic Relations), and Cairo University‘s school of Economics and Political Science.

And I coined the word “Demubarakization“!

You can download (the even longer version of) my resume here.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah permalink
    October 26, 2011 12:15 pm

    You’re amazing. Few people have the guts to live their dreams while building a better world and seeing the world while doing it.

  2. Marou permalink
    November 19, 2011 3:40 am

    Reading you gave me hope for Egypt tonight. Unfortunatly,last July I had to leave my second home ( Egypt ) but I still feel strongly attach to it…
    Seing Egyptian like you and Aala make my heart sing for once !
    keep us posted on what`s going on in Tahrir…

  3. December 17, 2011 5:10 am

    Keep up the great work. It is through your efforts and the efforts of others like you that the world is paying attention to the demand for change in Egypt and the Middle East at large. Thanks for inspiring and making us care!

  4. Carrie permalink
    February 27, 2012 6:33 pm

    Love your bio! We are blessed to live such interesting and international lives that allow us to experience so many different peoples, cultures, traditions, foods, festivals, etc. Keep up the great blogs and tweets!

  5. blackvelvetsea permalink
    March 6, 2012 3:08 pm

    Really impressive!

  6. Dahshsn permalink
    January 14, 2013 7:11 pm

    Really interesting

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