Ioannis Bournakis

Dr. Ioannis Bournakis is an Associate Professor in Economics at the American University in Cairo. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Kent, UK, and an MA in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Manchester, UK. His research interests are in the areas of Applied Macroeconomics, Productivity, Regional Economics, and Innovation.

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James Shires

James Shires is an assistant professor at the Institute for Security and Global Affairs, University of Leiden, a fellow with the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council, and an associate fellow with The Hague Program for Cyber Norms. James Shires is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Security and Global Affairs, University of Leiden,

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Azza Sultan

Azza Sultan is a Sudanese American queer activist, currently serving as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Program Advisor at OutRight Action International. She came to OutRight in 2020 from Grindr, where she was the associate director of Grindr for Equality (G4E), the app’s initiative to promote justice, health, and safety for LGBTIQ people

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Daniel Brumberg

Daniel Brumberg is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at Arab Center Washington DC, Director of Democracy and Governance Studies at Georgetown University, and a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED). From 2008 through 2015 he also served as a Special Adviser at the United States Institute of Peace. In addition to his

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Samuel Tadros

Samuel Tadros was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at the Hoover Institution. Tadros is currently a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom and a Professorial Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Tadros is the author of Motherland Lost: The Egyptian and Coptic Quest for Modernity (Hoover

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Habiba Abdelaal

Habiba Abdelaal is a graduate student studying public administration and non-profit management, focusing on women, gender, and sexuality studies. She also works as a graduate researcher for Ohio University’s Women’s Center and has volunteered and worked in many NGOs, civic initiatives, and social institutions in Egypt, across the MENA region, and the United States.

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Robert P. Beschel Jr.

Robert P. Beschel Jr. is currently a nonresident senior fellow with the Brookings Doha Center, where his research interests concentrate on governance and public sector reform throughout the Middle East and North Africa region.  He is helping to oversee the Center’s work on the policy and institutional responses to Covid-19. Previously Beschel served as Chair of

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