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, 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 also an award-winning writer and journalist. I have a weekly – more or less – article in the Foreign Policy magazine’s Transitions blog, 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. I am regularly listed among the “Top 100 Arabs” online. And I was described as 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.
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 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 my resume here.