Amal A. Kandeel
Founder and director, Amal A. Kandeel, is an economist, public policy analyst, professional writer and entrepreneur who has been involved in work and independent initiatives in countries of North Africa and West Asia (the “Middle East”) throughout her career. She has developed a pragmatic understanding of international economics, business, politics, security, and the complexities involved in cross-cultural relations and communications from her life, work, study, and travel experiences in North America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.
Prior to establishing Pioneers International, Ms. Kandeel worked as an independent analyst and adviser, as well as lecturer and writer, on economic, business, geostrategic, foreign policy and social issues in North Africa and West Asia. Her clients have included the Library of Congress, the United States Institute of Peace, Economists for Peace and Security, Georgetown University, The Analysis Corporation, Qatar National Food Security Program, and Arab governments and non-profit organizations.
Ms. Kandeel has provided advisory support, research products, and analysis to Arab government agencies on vital sub-regional, regional and international economic security matters. She has also provided similar services to US-based entities to further in-depth understanding of regional conflict-related issues and their economic dimensions and ramifications. In addition, Ms. Kandeel has advised US-based companies and Egyptian entrepreneurs on geostrategic, business, and investment issues in the region, and on potential joint US-Egyptian business ventures.
Ms. Kandeel has lectured in forums in the US, Egypt, Jordan, and Germany, on peace and conflict, food and water security, international water law, and agricultural and economic development. She has published for the United States Institute of Peace, Washington D.C.; Economists for Peace and Security, New York; and MEC International, London. Her publications have also appeared in Middle East Policy Journal; Arab Studies Quarterly; Al-Arabiya News; Middle East Economic Digest; Middle East Times; the National, UAE; the Saudi Gazette, and the National’s Security Experts Blog. Some of her articles can be accessed here.
Ms. Kandeel is fluent in written and spoken English, modern standard Arabic, and Egyptian Arabic. She is also functionally fluent in the Arabic dialects of the Levant and the GCC. She is quite well-versed in the complexities and nuances of intercultural communications, especially between the US and Arab societies, given her extensive and intensive living and work experiences in both.
She has a Master’s degree in International Public Policy from the School of Advanced and International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and a Master’s degree in Economics from American University, Cairo, Egypt.