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IFI Introduces Senior Fellows

​​​​​IFI introduces Senior Fellows

As part of its mission to bridge the gap between academia and policymaking by conducting high quality research on the complex issues and challenges faced by Lebanese and Arab societies within shifting international and global contexts, the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut is honored to introduce its new Senior Fellows who will serve and advise its different programs.

Adnan ElAmine

By joining IFI as a Senior Fellow, Adnan ElAmine will advise the Education and Youth Program.

ElAmine was a full-time professor of Education at the Lebanese University and lecturer at AUB, and a consultant for UNESCO on higher education. He co-founded the Lebanese Association for Educational Studies (LAES) in 1995 and the Arab Educational Information Network (Shamaa) in 2007.

Adnan ElAmine holds a doctorate in Sociology of Education and a "Doctorat d'État en letters" from the Sorbonne University-Paris. He is the author of 24 books and has more than 50 published papers in Lebanese, Arab, and international journals. His latest publication is a book titled “Production of the Void: Arab Research Traditions."


“By integrating Dr. Adnan El-Amine to the ranks of its fellows, IFI is adding a valuable talent and resource to its Education and Youth Program and to the Institute's intellectual life. As a leading figure in his field, one unanimously respected in Lebanon and in the Arab region, Adnan will undoubtedly bring new breath to an essential Program, and widen its horizons. In the immediate, and along with LAES, he will be leading IFI's efforts in launching a new webinar series titled 'Youth in Marginalized Settings in Lebanon: Lebanese Poverty Pockets, Palestinian Camps, and Syrian Gatherings'. This series will present the challenges marginalized youth face in Lebanon on the educational, professional, familial, social, and identity levels."

- Dr. Joseph Bahout, IFI Director

Ali Ahmad

In his new capacity as IFI Senior Fellow, Ali Ahmad will be advising the Energy Policy and Security Program at IFI. He is also leading efforts in the Physics and Policy Initiative at the American University of Beirut.

Ali is currently an energy policy scholar at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a senior consultant to the World Bank advising the Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice. In 2016, Ali started a journey at IFI as the Energy Policy and Security Program Director where he managed the program for over four years. From 2013 to 2016, Ali was a research fellow at Princeton University's Program on Science and Global Security where he worked on informing nuclear diplomacy with Iran.


“IFI owes much to Dr. Ali Ahmad, who was key in the inception of a  promising Energy Program. By having Ali Ahmad as a Senior Fellow, and as an advisor to the Energy Program, IFI will be able to further benefit, from his remarkable talent and expertise, as well as from his ever-expanding network. On behalf of IFI's team, I wish Ali a successful  journey" 

- Dr. Bahout

Ali's recent work has focused on studying the political economy of Lebanon's electricity sector and energy systems and climate change. His research interests lie at the intersection between energy, development, and international security.


"I am delighted to be back at IFI in this new capacity, at an opportune time of growth, empowerment and reflection"

- Dr. Ali Ahmad 

Ali holds a first degree in Physics from the Lebanese University and a Ph.D. in Engineering from Cambridge University.

Ishac Diwan​

In his new capacity as Senior Fellow, Ishac Diwan will serve as the main advisor on a new IFI Program, the Political Economy and Development of the Middle East.

He is currently Professor of Economics at Paris Sciences et Lettres where he holds the chair of the Economy of the Arab World. He also teaches at Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris and directs the Political Economy Program of the Economic Research Forum, as well as the Globalisation and Development Program at CEPREMAP in Paris.


“Ishac Diwan has a long and rich career and is the bearer of a solid experience in the field of international economic development, both on the theoretical level and as a practitioner. IFI in general, and the new program we are launching in particular, will benefit greatly from his extensive experience and input"

- Dr. Bahout

Ishac has previously held teaching positions at Columbia University, School for International Public Affairs, and at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also a frequent consultant with international organizations and governments. His recent work focus on the political economy of the Middle East, in addition to broader development issues, and international financial issues. His recently (co-authored) two books; A Political Economy of the Middle East, and Crony Capitalism in the Middle East. He is also widely published in a variety of journals.

Ishac received his PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He taught international finance at the New York University's Business School before joining the World Bank where he worked in the Research Complex, the Middle East department, and the World Bank's Institute. He then became Country Director for East Africa between 2002 and 2007, and for West Africa between 2007 and 2011.


“I am honored to join IFI and to help build a new program that focuses on the important economic challenges facing the country and the region. The AUB community has much to offer in these challenging times, and I intend to work with all interested faculty to make IFI a dynamic Institute for the translation of academic research into policies and impact on the ground"

- Dr. Ishac Diwan

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