Mohammed Soliman is the director of MEI's Center for Strategy and Emerging Technology, and a Manager at McLarty Associates’ Middle East and North Africa Practice. His work focuses on the intersection of technology, geopolitics, and business in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Mohammed frequently appears on Arabic- and English-language television to provide commentary on unfolding events in the Middle East.
A native of Cairo, Mohammed started his career as an engineer and worked as a consultant, providing strategic advisory services for local and international businesses. In Washington, DC, he has also served as a country analyst for the Peace Tech Lab at the US Institute of Peace, as a Huffington Fellow at Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, and as a Junior Centennial Fellow at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service.
Mohammed is a 2017 recipient of the Open Society Foundation's Civil Society Leadership Award. In 2021, he was selected by the Middle East Policy Council (MEPC) as one of their 40 Under 40 Professionals Making a Difference in US-Middle East Relations. That same year, Mohammed was named to the Center for Strategic and International Studies' (CSIS) 2021 U.S. National Security & Foreign Affairs Leadership List, which honors the contributions of diverse practitioners in U.S. national security and foreign policy.
Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS), Georgetown University; BSc in Infrastructure Engineering, Egypt Aviation Academy
Regions of Expertise
Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, Iran, Sudan, North Africa, Israel
Issues of Expertise
U.S. Middle East policy, AI, Cryptocurrency, Internet of Things (IoT), Geopolitics of 5G, Information warfare, Business diplomacy, Political economy
Arabic, English, German, Persian, Turkish
Recent External Publications
- "The Gulf’s quest to reconfigure its relations with the US," Observer Research Foundation, April 22, 2022
- "China Is Winning the Middle East’s Data, Cyber, and Technology Race," The National Interest, April 13, 2022
- "A new overarching Asian order," Hindustan Times, Oct. 27, 2021
Twitter Handle: @ThisIsSoliman