Mohamed El Dahshan is an economist and writer with multiple passions.
His academic and policy research, primarily advising governments and IGOs, focuses on entrepreneurship, small and medium enterprise development, and investment promotion in developing countries, with a focus on post-conflict nations, from Aceh to Palestine.
This focus has led him to serve as an election observer in the Sudan twice, including during the 2011 Southern Sudanese self-determination referendum.
He also regularly contributes to the media on a wide array of topics. His articles have been published in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Guardian, Foreign Policy, Al-Masry Al-Youm, the Huffington Post, Daily News Hurriyet, among others.
Mohamed has maintained his blog www.travellerwithin.com and Twitter account as anonymous until the end of the January 25th 2011 revolution in Egypt, in which he took part from day one. He has live-reported the revolution for social and traditional media, and has since been a speaker on and contributor to the global discussion about the interface between traditional and social media, notably in emergency circumstances. Most recently he was a speaker at the inaugural TEDxRamallah conference.
He is a graduate of Cairo University, and holds master degrees from Sciences-Po Paris (M.Sc) and Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPA/ID). He is also an alum of the Swedish Instituteâ€™s Young Leaders Visitors Programme (YLVP).