Clemens_BreisingerClemens 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.

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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_ElDidiHagar 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_ElDidiHoda 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-1Mariam 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_RamadanMogeda 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.

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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 gilliganDan 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 Lejef leroyroy, 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 eckerOlivier Ecker is a 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.

Perrihan Al RiffaiPerrihan Al-Riffai joined IFPRI in September of 2009. She is a Senior Research Analyst in the Development Strategy and Governance. She received an MPhil in Economics from George Washington University and an M.A. in Economics from the American University in Cairo. Perrihan has held several positions amongst which include; teaching positions and international development consultancies with the World Bank, IFPRI and the UNDP mostly on the MENA region. Her background is in CGE modeling and its application to poverty reduction and agricultural development. Her research at IFPRI had focused on trade and biofuels and now focuses on food security in the Arab world. Her previous areas of work include: public expenditures reallocation and poverty reduction and agricultural sector development.



Key Collaborators

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 KhouriNadim 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.