Amal A. Kandeel is an advisor to government, quasi-government, international, and private entities on economic and public policy; natural resources and development; and conflict/peace and human security. She is a policy advisor to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute. Her work is focused on the Middle East and North Africa’s political economy and development, freshwater resources, climate change, food security, and women in development. She is an expert on Egypt and Jordan, and her work has also been focused on Syria, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Morocco.
Amal taught at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, worked as an expert advisor to the Library of Congress, and advised Arab diplomatic missions and organizations, on socioeconomic development and security in the Middle East and North Africa, including on transboundary freshwater and food security issues. She has founded and directed Pioneers International, a small consultancy focused on identifying and supporting the adoption of renewable energy, eco-friendly construction, and public health solutions for small project development in Egypt, including in rural areas.
Her contributions to conferences, roundtables, private meetings, publications, and other projects are sought by national and international agencies, non-profit and academic institutions, and private firms. This has included the United States Institute of Peace, Qatar National Food Security Program, Jordan Institute of Diplomacy, MEC International, Istituto Affari Internazionali, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Atlantic Council. She is a writer published internationally, including with the United States Institute of Peace, International Food Policy Research Institute, Middle East Policy Council, and Al-Arabiya, as well as in Arab Studies Quarterly, the National (UAE), and the Saudi Gazette.
Amal has multicultural experience and is well-traveled in four continents.
She has dual master's degrees in international public policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced and International Studies, and in economics from the American University, Cairo. She graduated as a valedictorian from the Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences, Cairo University, Egypt. She is bilingual in English and Arabic, and a self-taught artist.
Bachelor of Science in Economics, Cairo University; Master of Art in Economics, American University in Cairo; Master of International Public Policy, concentration in Energy, Resources and Environment, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced and International Studies (SAIS)
Countries of Expertise
Egypt, Jordan, Syria, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Morocco
Issues of Expertise
Water and food security, international water issues, agriculture and climate change, rural poverty, gender, and development