IFPRI-Egypt is made up of globally renowned experts with extensive technical expertise in policy research, capacity strengthening and communication to reduce poverty and to improve food and nutrition security in Egypt. The team draws upon a unique set of skills, with demonstrated analytical, technical, interpersonal skills, and collective experience implementing research and building capacity in Egypt and the Arab world.
Clemens Breisinger is senior research fellow and IFPRI’s country program leader. Since 2010, Clemens also leads the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) team, which provides knowledge, strengthens capacity and aims at influencing policy and investment decisions for an Arab World free of poverty and malnutrition. The team’s academic papers, reports and policy briefs are widely read and quoted by media such as Reuters, Time Magazine and The Economist.
Clemens’ research covers a broad range of issues related to the roles of agriculture and mineral resources for economic development, building resilience to crises and climate change, and designing policies for improving food and nutrition security. He received his PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Hohenheim in 2006, where he also worked as a research and teaching associate since 2003.
Fatma Mahfouz Abdelaziz is a Senior Research Assistant. Prior to that, she had teaching positions, and worked as consultant with the UNDP and PwC.
Fatma holds an MSc in Public Policy and Administration from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the American University in Cairo (AUC). Fatma’s Research interests include Social Protection and the Role of institutions, Eradicating Poverty and Inequality, behavioral public policy and behavioral economics.
Hagar ElDidi is a Research Associate. She holds a BA in Economics from the American University in Cairo and an MSc in Interdisciplinary Studies in Sustainability, with a specialization in Ecological Economics, from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Her research interests include equitable and sustainable communal governance of natural resources, environmental justice, rural development and food security for vulnerable communities.
Hoda El Enbaby is a Research Associate. El Enbaby was a Researcher at the Economic Research Forum (ERF). Prior to that, she was as an Economist at Beltone Financial and a Business Development Officer at Taqa Arabia.
El Enbaby holds a Master of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the American University in Cairo (AUC).
José Luis Figueroa is an Associate Research Fellow. He completed his Ph.D. in Economics from Ghent University, Belgium in 2015 and holds a Masters in Economics from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. From 2003 to 2009, he was Senior Research Assistant at the Center for Evaluation Research and Surveys at Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health. In Mexico, he collaborated in the impact evaluation of health programs such as Oportunidades, Mexico's biggest anti-poverty program, and conducted research regarding sexual health of Mexican migrants in the USA. His dissertation work focused on the effect of the Oportunidades program on inequality of opportunity.
Mariam Raouf is a Senior Research Assistant. She holds a BA and Master of Science in Economics from the faculty of Economics and Political Science (FEPS). She also completed her PhD in Economics in 2016 from FEPS, Cairo University. Her dissertation focused on the impact of financial openness on total factor productivity growth in selected countries in the MENA region.
Raouf worked in the Institute of National Planning and the Ministry of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform. Her research interests include macroeconomics, economic growth, national accounts and international finance.
Mai Mahmoud is a Senior Research Assistant. Before joining IFPRI, she has worked as a research assistant at the American University in Cairo (AUC), New York University (NYU), the Middle East Centre of the London School of Economics (MEC), and the Egyptian Foreign Policy Forum (EFPF). Her research interests include development economics, Middle East studies, political economy, and water and food security. Mahmoud holds MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and BSc in Banking and Finance from the University of London (UOL).
Mogeda Ramadan is the Office Manager. She Graduated from the Faculty of Commerce- Cairo University- Major Accounting. She worked as a Senior Secretary at the Program Support Unit (PSU)- in collaboration with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) at the Canadian Embassy. Later she worked as an Executive Assistant on a project Support to the Primary Schooling Project (STEPS II)- funded by CIDA– a 5 years Project and it aimed at enhancing the quality of Primary Education in Upper Egypt ( Sohag, Qena & Assuit Governorates). Worked as Senior Executive Assistant at the Early Childhood Education Enhancement Project (ECEEP)-Canadian Assistance Team – funded by CIDA- the aim of this Project was to enhance the quality of Education at the Kindergarten stage in Upper Egypt Governorates. Worked as Administration Associate at ICARDA Cairo office for 3 & half years. Responsible for the office overall Administration and Financial procedures.
Sikandra Kurdi is an Associate Research Fellow. She completed her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at the University of California, Berkeley in 2015, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at Paris School of Economics. Her dissertation work looked at the impacts of Labor Intensive Public Works program in Yemen on household incomes and the use of store credit for coping with shocks.
Yumna Kassim is a Senior Research Assistant. Before joining IFPRI she was Junior Research Fellow at the European Institute of the Mediterranean and Union for the Mediterranean Secretariat in Barcelona. She holds a BA in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo and an MSc in Ecological Economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Her research interests include exploring the impact of environmental policy on natural resource management and governance, human development and livelihoods, poverty alleviation and social inclusion.
Mohamed Ali is the Office Driver and Logistics Assistant. He holds Diploma in Travel and Hotels from Orman Tourism and Hotels, Egypt. Mohamed started as Driver with Ericsson company, after that he worked in the UNICEF office as a driver in Egypt until he joined IFPRI Egypt.
Dan Gilligan is Deputy Division Director in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division. His research addresses the economics of household investments in childhood nutrition and education in developing countries, as well as the impact and cost-effectiveness of social protection and agricultural and nutrition interventions. Much of his research is based on experimental and quasi-experimental impact evaluations.
Two recent projects address (i) the role of information and social networks in the diffusion and sustainable adoption of biofortified crops, and (ii) parental incentives to improve cognitive outcomes for children attending early childhood development centers. Dan’s research has been featured in The New York Times, the Economist, The Atlantic online and in blog posts at the World Bank and The Guardian online. Dan holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from University of Maryland.
Jef Leroy, a Belgian citizen, is a Senior Research Fellow in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division. He studies the impact of two large-scale integrated food and nutrition programs in Burundi and Guatemala on maternal and child nutrition and health. He is also involved in research on the impact of aflatoxin on child linear growth in Kenya and Mexico and studies the measurement of linear growth retardation. Before joining IFPRI in July 2009, he was a research associate at the Center for Evaluation Research and Surveys at Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health in Mexico. In Mexico, he worked on the impact evaluation of large scale programs, including the impact of Mexico’s urban and rural Oportunidades programs on child nutrition and health, and the impact of the Programa de Apoyo Alimentario (a cash and in-kind transfer program) on household food consumption and women's weight. He has also conducted research on child mortality.
Jef Leroy has a PhD in International Nutrition (Cornell University, USA) and a MSc in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (Ghent University, Belgium).
Olivier Ecker is a Senior Research Fellow in the Development Strategy and Governance Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Olivier is an economist specializing in development strategy and policies for poverty reduction and food and nutrition security in the Middle East and North Africa region and Sub‐Saharan Africa. Before joining IFPRI in 2009, he worked as a Research Associate in the Department of International Agricultural Trade and Food Security at the University of Hohenheim, Germany. Olivier received his doctoral degree in agricultural economics from the University of Hohenheim.
James Thurlow is a development economist whose research focuses on the interactions between policies, economic growth and poverty, primarily using computable general equilibrium and micro-simulation modeling. Past research focuses on evaluating public investments and policies; rural, regional and urban development; and climate change and other external risks. He has worked with governments and researchers throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, and in Bangladesh, Peru, Tunisia and Vietnam.
Alejandro Nin Pratt is Agricultural Economist at IFPRI since 2005. His research topics are development, economic growth and growth linkages and poverty, agricultural productivity and trade. He has also worked in international trade of livestock and livestock products and sanitary measures affecting trade and their impact on domestic markets, smallholder producers and poverty.
Alejandro received his B.S. degree in Agronomy (1987) and a M.S. in International Economics from the Universidad de la Republica in Uruguay. He recieved his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics (specialties: trade and production) from Purdue University in 2001. After obtaining his degree he worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Agricultural Economic Department at Purdue. In 2002 he moved to Africa where he worked for the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Ethiopia and Kenya. In 2005 Alejandro joined IFPRI in Washington DC, USA.
Naureen Karachiwalla is a Research Fellow in the Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division (PHND) and is a non-resident Fellow at the Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR). She obtained her PhD in Economics from the University of Oxford and was an AMID Fellow at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.
Her research focuses on empirical development microeconomics, and within that sphere, on public and labor economics. Her research interests include incentives and accountability in the public sector, education, social protection, and technology adoption. Her work has been published in the Journal of Public Economics and Economic Development and Cultural Change, among others, and has focused on incentives and accountability in China, Uganda, and Pakistan, as well as caste and learning outcomes in Pakistan, agricultural technology adoption and counterfeiting in Uganda, and nutrition and social protection in Bangladesh and Egypt.
Josée Randriamamonjy is a Senior Research Analyst at the Development Strategy and Governance Division of IFPRI since 2006. Her research topics cover the driving forces affecting the global food system, their links to agricultural production, and related policy options to better achieve reducing poverty, food insecurity, and malnutrition. Previously she worked in the Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division of IFPRI where her work focused on assessing the impacts of the UNICEF nutrition interventions in Ghana, and on poverty analysis in Mozambique. Prior to her work at IFPRI, she was in charge of the Modeling Service of the National Statistics Institute of Madagascar. She received her M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University and her M.A. in Economic Policy Management from Auvergne University (CERDI) in France.
Xiaobo Zhang is a Senior Research Fellow in the Development Strategy and Governance Division at IFPRI. Zhang earned B.S. in mathematics from Nankai University, China; M.S. in economics from Tianjin University of Economics and Finance, China; and M.S. and Ph.D. in applied economics and management from Cornell University in January 2000.
Zhang joined IFPRI in 1998. He has published widely in the fields of economic growth, income distribution, public investment and rural industrialization in China and other developing countries. He is a Co-editor of Chinese Economic Review. He was selected as the president of Chinese Economists Society from 2005 to 2006.
Tewodaj Mogues joined IFPRI in 2005, and is a Senior Research Fellow in IFPRI’s Development Strategy and Governance Division. She leads the research cluster on Public Investments and Institutions under the CGIAR research programme on Policies, Institutions and Markets. Her research interests include public investments in rural areas, local public finance and decentralisation, political economy, public service delivery, and social capital. Much of her empirical research has been on Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Uganda. Dr. Mogues received her Bachelors degree in Economics from Kalamazoo College (1995), and her Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2005). She is born in Ethiopia and is a German citizen.
Dr. Mogues has published numerous journal articles and book chapters, serves as co-editor of the 'European Journal of Development Research', and is editor of the book 'Public Expenditures for Agricultural and Rural Development in Africa'.
Manfred Wiebelt is a senior research fellow at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, an adjunct professor of economics at Kiel University, and director of the Poverty Reduction, Equity and Growth Network (PEGNet). Before joining the Kiel Institute in 1989, he held research positions at the South Asia Institute at Heidelberg University and at the Centre for International Agrarian Development in Heidelberg. His research interests are trade and agricultural policy in developing countries, pro-poor growth, management of natural resources, and empirical general equilibrium analysis.
Nadim Khouri chairs the Arab Spatial Blog that is run by IFPRI and is devoted to the exchange of evidence-based knowledge on food and nutrition security. From 1988 to 2015, Nadim held operational and leadership positions at the World Bank, IFAD and UN-ESCWA. His responsibilities included the development and implementation of strategies and investments for rural development and food security in the MENA Region. As an Independent Researcher, he also presently supports the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program hosted by the World Bank. He has a PhD in Agriculture.