Ahmed Galal


Ahmed Galal

Ahmed Galal

Ahmed Galal is currently managing director of the Economic Research Forum, a regional research institution covering the Arab countries, Iran and Turkey. Between 2000 and 2006, he was the executive director and director of research of the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies (ECES), another independent think-tank dedicated to economic development in Egypt. He held the same position in 1996 and 1997, while on leave from the World Bank. Galal was a staff member of the World Bank for 18 years between 1984 and 2006. During his long tenure there, he served as industrial economist in the Europe, Middle East and North Africa regions; as senior then principal economist at the research arm of the Bank; as economic advisor at the private sector development department; and as economic advisor for the Middle East and North Africa regions. His work combined research on different issues as well as policy advice to several countries in Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Europe. 

Galal has published extensively. He coauthored and coedited ten books on a wide range of issues including privatization, regulation of monopolies, trade, monetary policy and fiscal policy. His better known books include Welfare Consequences of Selling Public Enterprises, Bureaucrats in Business, and Regional Partners in Global Markets. His other publications include a large number of journal articles and chapters in books. Concerned with public discourse, Galal also writes occasionally in newspapers and magazines, both in English and Arabic. Ahmed Galal is an Egyptian national. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in economics from Boston University.