Fellows

TIMEP offers fellowships to outstanding experts who have proven excellence in their fields, and whose work demonstrates their commitment to TIMEP’s mission. TIMEP currently supports both non-resident and resident fellows, and it works in partnership with Atlas Service Corps to offer opportunities for professionals from the Middle East and North Africa to develop their careers with TIMEP in Washington, D.C.

In January 2015, TIMEP announced the Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship. This fellowship, established in memory of Egyptian political writer and commentator Bassem Sabry, will support youth from the Middle East or North Africa in a six-month fellowship post.

TIMEP Fellows

Hassan Hassan
Hassan Hassan

Hassan Hassan is a senior fellow at TIMEP focusing on militant Islam, Syria, and Iraq. He was previously an associate fellow at Chatham House’s Middle East and North Africa Program in London, a research associate at the Delma Institute in Abu Dhabi, and a deputy opinion editor for the National, the leading English language daily in the Middle East. Working in journalism and research since 2008, Mr. Hassan focuses on Syria, Iraq, and the Gulf States, and he has written extensively on Sunni and Shia movements in the region, including for think-tanks such as the European Council on Foreign Relations, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Chatham House, and the Brookings Institution.

Mr. Hassan is the author, with Michael Weiss, of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, a New York Times bestseller chosen as one of the Times of London’s Best Books of 2015 and the Wall Street Journal’s top ten books on terrorism. He is a weekly columnist for the National and has contributed to the Guardian, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, the Financial Times, and the New York Times, among others. He has appeared on flagship television programs, such as the O'Reilly Factor, Amanpour and the Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell. Mr. Hassan received an M.A. in international relations from the University of Nottingham. You can follow him on Twitter: @hxhassan.

Osama Diab
Osama Diab

Osama Diab is a Nonresident Fellow focusing on development and economic issues who is currently completing his Ph.D. in political science with the Middle East and North Africa Research Group at Ghent University in Belgium. Besides his academic research, Mr. Diab is also a researcher, advocate, and campaigner at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), producing analysis of Egypt's macroeconomic policies on the realization of economic and social rights. Formerly a business reporter, Mr. Diab has developed a passion for longform and investigative journalism, working on a number of projects for the BBC and Mada Masr on issues of financial secrecy. His opinion articles on a wide range of social, economic, and political topics has appeared in a number of international and Egyptian publications including the Guardian, the New Statesman, Jadaliyya, al-Ahram, al-Shorouk, and Mada Masr.

Sherif Azer
Sherif Azer

Sherif Azer is a Nonresident Fellow focusing on freedoms and human rights. An Egyptian human rights activist and defender, Mr. Azer is the Assistant Secretary-General of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, where he has worked in a number of capacities since 2003. He has also served as the Middle East and North Africa Protection Coordinator of Front Line Defenders, an international organization based in Dublin with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders, and the MENA Coordinator for the International Network for Freedom of Expression. Mr. Azer is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at the Center for Applied Human Rights at the University of York, where his research focuses on the role of Egyptian cyberactivists in vernacularizing human rights. Mr. Azer received his B.A. in political science and an M.A. in international human rights law, both from the American University in Cairo. His thesis studied cyberactivism in Egypt from a human rights and sociological perspective. Mr. Azer has produced a number of publications, including a guide to blogging and a book, Cyberactivism in Egypt: A New Social Movement, published in 2012, reporting on the results of his research.

Mohamed El Dahshan
Mohamed El Dahshan

Mohamed El Dahshan is a development economist and a nonresident fellow with TIMEP. He previously held the position of Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard University Center for International Development. Mr. Dahshan regularly writes and lectures on Middle Eastern transitions, economic development and entrepreneurship, and technology. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness. In the past, he has consulted for the United Nations Development Program and the World Bank, as well as national governments in the Middle East. In 2011, he received the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Journalism Award for his coverage and analysis of the Egyptian revolution for traditional and social media. He is the co-author of Diaries of the Revolution, a collective memoir of the revolution, published in Arabic and in Italian. Mr. Dahshan is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Sciences-Po Paris, and Cairo University.

Timothy E. Kaldas
Timothy E. Kaldas

Timothy E. Kaldas is a nonresident fellow at TIMEP focusing on political analysis. His research interests include transitional politics in Egypt, regime survival strategies, and U.S.-Egyptian relations. Beyond Egypt, his research examines the social and political history of sectarianism in Iraq, U.S. policy toward 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 have 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 M.A. in Arab studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. You can follow him on Twitter: @tekaldas.

Mai El Sadany
Mai El Sadany

Mai El-Sadany is the Non-Resident Fellow for Legal and Judicial Analysis with TIMEP. She has previously worked at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights; the American Civil Liberties Union; Human Rights First; Kohn, Kohn, and Colapinto LLP; and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Ms. El-Sadany has been published on legal and constitutional issues in Egypt, 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.

Amira Mikhail
Amira Mikhail

Amira Mikhail is the Nonresident Eshhad Project Fellow with TIMEP. Prior to joining TIMEP, Ms. Mikhail worked with the EgyptSource team at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council and worked as a scholarship coordinator for the MEPI Tomorrow’s Leaders Program at the American University in Cairo. She has been published in the Atlantic Council, OpenDemocracy, and Fikra Forum. Ms. Mikhail is a J.D. candidate at the Washington College of Law at American University with a focus on international human rights law and refugee and asylum law in the Middle East. She focuses on minority rights and international law in Egypt and Middle East. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Covenant College. You can follow her on Twitter: @amiramikhail.

Mohamad Adam
Mohamad Adam

Mohamad 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.

Aymen Abderahmen
Aymen Abderahmen

Aymen Abderahmen is the TIMEP-Atlas Corps Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellow. A native of Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia, he is the founder of the Tunisian Organization for Peace, the first secretary of the Tunisian watchdog organization iWatch, and the former secretary of Youth-Can. For the past three years, Mr. Abderahmen has worked for the BBC Media Action office in North Africa, overseeing media development projects in the MENA region and working over the past year with the Tunisian Television on developing new youth programs and expanding their social media presence.

Mr. Abderahmen earned a B.A. in English language, literature, and civilization from the University of Tunis-El Manar. He is interested in the role of media in the context of democratic transitions, transitional justice as a key factor for peace-building, and youth participation in decision-making.

Kamal Chomani
Kamal Chomani

Kamal Chomani is a Kurdish political analyst and TIMEP nonresident fellow writing on Kurdish political affairs. He cofounded the Kurdish Policy Foundation in 2014. Chomani has an M.A. in English literature from Bangalore University in India. His writing has appeared in Limes magazine, Foreign Policy, Al-Monitor, the Times of Israel, Jadaliyya, the Kurdistan Tribune, Awene weekly, Hawlati newspaper, Lvin, NRT TV, and other outlets. He is based in Choman city in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan. Follow him on Twitter at @KamalChomani.

Sherif MohyEldeen
Sherif MohyEldeen

Sherif MohyEldeen is an Egyptian researcher focusing on security and political sociology, and a master’s degree candidate at Durham University. He has worked at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights as a researcher in human rights while countering terrorism. Mr. MohyEldeen also served as the head of research and studies unit at the Adalla Center for Rights and Freedoms and as a political researcher and analyst at Egyptian think tanks and research and development centers, such as the House of Wisdom for Strategic Studies, as well as Anadolu Agency. Additionally, Mr. MohyEldeen has worked on projects with Yale University in the United States and Wits University in South Africa, and as a consultant for the Committee for Justice in Geneva and the Center of Development Services. He received his bachelor’s and pre-master’s degrees in political science from Cairo University. His research interests are security, human rights, politics and culture, and nongovernmental and social movements. You can follow him on Twitter: @Shereqoo.

TIMEP is currently accepting applications for its  Non-Resident Fellowship program.

Additionally, TIMEP recruits twice a year via its Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship. For more information on this fellowship, including deadlines, please visit TIMEP Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship.