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Hafez Ghanem

Nonresident Senior Fellow - Global Economy and Development

Hafez Ghanem is senior fellow in the global economy and development program, leading the Arab economies project. His current work focuses on the impact of political transition on Arab economic development.

He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Davis. He is a development expert with extensive experience in policy analysis, project formulation and supervision and management of multinational institutions. He has worked in over 21 countries in Africa, Europe and Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa and South East Asia.

He joined the Brookings Institution in 2012 as a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program to lead the Arab economies project. During the period 2007-2012, he worked at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as the assistant director general responsible for the Economic and Social Development Department. This department, with more than 300 employees from all over the world, is responsible for FAO’s analytical work on agricultural economics and food security, trade and markets, gender and equity, and statistics.

Prior to joining FAO, he spent 24 years on the staff of the World Bank where he started as a research economist and then senior economist in West Africa and later South Asia. In 1995, he moved to Europe and Central Asia where he was sector leader for Public Economics and Trade Policy. In 2000, he returned to Africa as country director for Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles. In 2004, he became country director for Nigeria where he led a multinational team of more than 100 professionals, managing the Bank’s loan portfolio of some USD 1.5 billion.

He has many publications in professional journals and was a member of the core team that produced the 1995 World Development Report. He is fluent in Arabic, English and French.

Hafez Ghanem is senior fellow in the global economy and development program, leading the Arab economies project. His current work focuses on the impact of political transition on Arab economic development.

He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Davis. He is a development expert with extensive experience in policy analysis, project formulation and supervision and management of multinational institutions. He has worked in over 21 countries in Africa, Europe and Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa and South East Asia.

He joined the Brookings Institution in 2012 as a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program to lead the Arab economies project. During the period 2007-2012, he worked at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as the assistant director general responsible for the Economic and Social Development Department. This department, with more than 300 employees from all over the world, is responsible for FAO’s analytical work on agricultural economics and food security, trade and markets, gender and equity, and statistics.

Prior to joining FAO, he spent 24 years on the staff of the World Bank where he started as a research economist and then senior economist in West Africa and later South Asia. In 1995, he moved to Europe and Central Asia where he was sector leader for Public Economics and Trade Policy. In 2000, he returned to Africa as country director for Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles. In 2004, he became country director for Nigeria where he led a multinational team of more than 100 professionals, managing the Bank’s loan portfolio of some USD 1.5 billion.

He has many publications in professional journals and was a member of the core team that produced the 1995 World Development Report. He is fluent in Arabic, English and French.