Mohamed Adam is a nonresident fellow with TIMEP and a Cairo-based journalist whose work has been published in The Economist, Mada Masr and Egypt Independent. Mr. Adam studied physics at Cairo University but became engaged in politics at the start of the Egyptian uprising in 2011. He was driven to document the events as they unfolded, and by 2012 he had fallen comfortably into a career of journalism. In 2013, Mr. Adam co-founded Mada Masr, an independent news website, with a group of fellow journalists. He spearheaded the website’s Arabic section, where he wrote, translated, and edited content. Mr. Adam also freelanced for international publications such as The New York Times and provided analysis and reports on current Egyptian affairs for the Washington-based Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, and worked as a local producer on an English documentary for Al Jazeera. In 2014, he joined the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights—a leading Egyptian NGO—as a media officer. Mr. Adam covered topics ranging from Islamist affairs and the health sector to workers’ and human rights. He also authored investigative pieces on police affairs in Egypt for Egypt Independent and Mada Masr. Mr. Adam was a TIMEP-Atlas Corps Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellow in 2015.
Amr Adly has a Ph.D. from the European University Institute-Florence, Department of Political and Social Sciences. He is currently the ARD Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, where he is leading a research project on reforming the regulatory environment governing entrepreneurship after the Arab Spring in Egypt and Tunisia.
Before joining Stanford's CDDRL, Adly worked as a senior researcher at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, where he headed the unit of social and economic rights. He was previously a diplomat with the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”
Amro Ali is a PhD scholar in the Department of Government and International Relations, and the Sydney Democracy Network, at the University of Sydney. His research examines the emergence of political public spaces in Alexandria, Egypt, since 2000. View his blog at www.amroali.com
Nelly Ali is a Ph.D. student focused on international childhood studies at Birkbeck, University of London, and she lectures on Children’s Rights, Social Studies of Childhood, and Human Rights Research Methods in universities in the UK and Germany. She holds an LL.M. in Human Rights and is a volunteer Project and Implementation Manager for Hope Village Society. Nelly Ali is also an activist for children’s rights and is a member of the Egyptian Coalition on Children’s Rights.
Evan Fowler is a Research Associate at TIMEP focusing on North African and Libyan affairs. Prior to joining TIMEP, he interned at the Iraq Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development, the Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and the Jerusalem Fund. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Yale Journal of International Affairs, Jadaliyya, and Muftah, among others. He holds a Master of Arts from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he pursued a degree in International Relations, with a dual concentration in African Studies and Middle East Studies.
Youssef Beshay is an Egyptian banker and researcher. He graduated with a master in public policy from the London School of Economics. His research interests encompass economic development, public finance and social protection.
Basil El-Dabh is a Cairo-based writer and editor and is a contributor to TIMEP,. He was formerly Politics Editor at Daily News Egypt, and his work has been featured in the Middle East Institute and the Atlantic Council.
Mai El-Sadany is the Nonresident Fellow for Legal and Judicial Analysis with TIMEP. She has previously worked at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, among other places. Ms. El-Sadany’s published work has covered legal and constitutional issues in Egypt, human rights issues in Syria, sectarian violence in the Middle East, and the split between Sudan and South Sudan. She holds a J.D. and certificate in refugees and humanitarian emergencies from the Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.A. in political science from Stanford University. You can follow her on Twitter: @maitelsadany.
David Johnson served as the initial Research Director for TIMEP before returning to the private sector as an analyst. He remains an occasional contributor to TIMEP's activities. He holds a master’s degree from American University’s School of International Service and graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a degree in economics and political science.
Timothy E. Kaldas is a non-resident fellow at TIMEP focusing on political analysis. His research interests include transitional politics in Egypt, regime survival strategies, and US-Egyptian relations. Beyond Egypt, his research examines the social and political history of sectarianism in Iraq, US policy towards the Arab-Israeli conflict, and discrimination against Muslim Europeans, particularly in France.
Mr. Kaldas is a visiting professor at Nile University in Cairo. His commentary and analysis has been featured on CNN, France 24, BBC World, Radio France International, Al Jazeera English, and Mada Masr. He was a contributing photographer for “The Road to Tahrir,” a photobook documenting the early days of the Egyptian uprising in 2011, and he contributed a chapter to Looming Shadows: Migration and Integration at a Time of Upheaval on the politics and history surrounding discrimination against French Muslim citizens.
Mr. Kaldas holds an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Sara Khorshid is an Egyptian journalist, writer, and policy analyst who has covered Egypt and the region, as well as Muslim Western relations, for the past 12 years. Her articles are published in The New York Times, The Guardian, Jadaliyya.com, Al Shorouk (Egyptian daily), Aljazeera.net, Alarabiya.net, Al-Monitor, Asharq Al-Awsat, Common Ground News Service, and numerous other media outlets. Until 2009 she was the managing editor of the Politics in Depth section at IslamOnline.net. She frequently speaks at media outlets and in international conferences and events. Topics that she has often written about revolve around US-Egypt relations; Egyptian politics, social justice; gender issues; democracy and the rule of law in Egypt; the fight against corruption, poverty, police brutality and human rights abuses; and how Arabs/Egyptians and "Westerners" have viewed each other at both the popular and government levels.
Amr Kotb is the Advocacy Director at TIMEP. His writing and comments have appeared in the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, the Huffington Post, CNN, Al Jazeera America, Mada Masr, and the Atlantic Council, among others. He earned an M.A. in international relations and an M.P.A. from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. You can follow him on Twitter: @AmrQotb.
"Ziya Meral is a Turkish researcher and writer. He frequently comments in international media and lectures across the world on developments in the Middle East and Turkey. He has given expert statements and talks at the US Congress, British House of Commons and House of Lords and briefed various governments. He is the author of opinion editorials, special reports and two books on a wide range of issues. His latest book was a study of the lives and thoughts of Nietzsche and Dostoyevsky and his special reports include Legatum Institute's Prospects for Turkey study. A play Ziya wrote has been produced for stage at a leading theatre in Istanbul. In 2011-2012, he was a Fellow at a US federal commission in Washington DC, conducting research on ethno-religious violence in Egypt and Nigeria. Trained as a sociologist at the London School of Economics, Ziya is a PhD candidate in politics at the University of Cambridge and a Research Associate of Foreign Policy Centre in London."
Imad Mesdoua is a political analyst specializing in North Africa, the Sahel, and West Africa. He has previously worked as a political risk analyst and as a consultant in the MENA region advising political officials on policy and communication.
Imad has appeared before various government hearings and regularly attends security conferences as a speaker. He provides on-air analysis as a guest commentator for the BBC, Al Jazeera, and France24.
Imad holds a master's degree in International Public Policy from the University College London (UCL).
Adel is a Senior Legal Officer of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), an organization that uses research, advocacy and litigation to address rights violations in Egypt. In this role, Adel is involved in exploring areas for strategic litigation, conducting legal research and providing legal assistance to victims of violations. Adel was a PILnet visiting fellow at Columbia University Law School in 2014-15.
Tom Rollins is a freelance journalist based in Cairo, regularly writing for Al-Monitor, Middle East Eye, NOW Lebanon and Mada Masr. Earlier this year, he launched a reporting series on irregular migration and refugee rights on Egypt's north coast through crowd-funded journalism platform, Beacon.
Mohannad Sabry is an Egyptian journalist based in Cairo. He was a finalist for the 2011 Livingston Award, and his articles have been published by The Miami Herald, among several McClatchy newspapers, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Times, GlobalPost and others. He speaks and understands a multitude of Arabic dialects and frequently collaborates with internationally known media outlets and documentary filmmakers. Sabry is currently writing a book on the security and political situation in the Sinai Peninsula.
Nesreen Salem is a PhD student at the University of Essex with an MA in Creative Writing. She is a researcher in feminist studies, cultural studies, medieval history and mythology in Alf Leila we Leila. She is also a fiction writer and the UK representative for Egyptian Women’s Union.
Dr. Ahmed Wagih is an associate at a top global engineering firm. He has previously worked as a freelance consultant for many regional & international organizations, and he taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Cairo University before resigning as an assistant professor in 2004. Dr. Wagih earned his Ph.D. in Regional Planning in 1998 through a jointly supervised program run by Cairo University and the University of Pennsylvania.
David Degner is a freelance photographer working mainly for magazines and newspapers, represented by Getty Reportage. He will be living in Cairo, Egypt for the foreseeable future and his apartment beside Tahrir Square will be his base for photographic adventures and hijinx.
He is also co-editor of the Egyptian photo story magazine, Panorama by Mada Masr: http://panorama.madamasr.com/. Degner has worked for TIME Magazine, Newsweek, New Statesman, Businessweek, Adbusters, Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, The National (UAE), MSNBC.com, Financial Times Magazine, Corriere della Sera, ABC -المصرى اليوم
Mosa’ab Elshamy is a Cairo-based freelance photojournalist who specializes in news, politics and current affairs. He has covered the Egyptian revolution, the latest Gaza war, as well as in-depth socio-economic and cultural photostories. Elshamy’s images have been featured in TIME, The Economist, Harper’s Bazaar, Foreign Policy Magazine, and Al Jazeera.
In 2012, he won the Egypt International Photography Contest and Arab Union of Photographers competition and was shortlisted for numerous awards including the Terry O’Neil award, Hasselbald and Professional Photographer of The Year. His photography has been exhibited in Egypt, Germany and England.
Jonathan Rashad is a self-taught documentary photographer who grew up in Cairo and started his career in 2008. He has covered events in Egypt as they have unfolded over the past few years.
His work has been published and distributed widely, including the New York Times, Forbes, Aljazeera, CNN, Jadaliyya, AFP, Prix Pictet, Le Monde, Amos, Secours Catholique, Egypt Independent, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post and The Guardian.
Amir Beshay is a Masters of Urban Science student at New York University. After completing his degree in Computer Science and Engineering in Cairo, Egypt, Amir worked for two years in the UK as a volunteer and then worked for a year in Egypt’s financial sector. He has been a freelance translator since his final years in school. His interest lies in how technology and the media can affect policy and social issues.