Mohamed El Dahshan

Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme


Mohamed El Dahshan is an associate fellow with the Chatham House Middle East and North Africa Programme, where he focuses on economic development, regional cooperation, and fragile states.

He is also managing director of OXCON, a public sector consulting firm, advising governments and international organisations on Africa and the Middle East. Prior to this, he was senior cooperation advisor at the African Development Bank, and senior research fellow at Harvard University.

He is an award-winning writer and columnist, and the co-author of Diaries of the Revolution (2012), a memoir of the Egyptian revolution, as well as several book chapters, academic papers, and more than 100 media articles for outlets such as Foreign Policy the New York Times, and the Guardian, among others.

He was honoured as an Archbishop Desmond Tutu fellow, a fellow of the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations, and is listed among the 100 Africa Future Economic Leaders by the Institut Choiseul.

Mohamed holds Master degrees from Oxford, Harvard and Sciences-Po Paris.

Past experience

2017 - present Managing director, OXCON Frontier Markets & Fragile States Consulting
2014-15 Regional economist / Senior cooperation officer, African Development Bank
2012-13 Middle East manager, Senior research fellow, Center for International Development, Harvard University