Prof. Islam Magdy Aly Elsayed

Prof. Islam Magdy Aly Elsayed

Assistant Professor of Business Practice and Assistant Dean (International Collaborations)

BSc. (The British University, Egypt)

MSc.  (Queen Mary University of London)

Islam Elsayed Alhalwany earned his master’s degree with distinction in Development and International Business at Queen Mary University of London. He is a Chevening Scholar who has an interdisciplinary professional background combining global security, development policy, and international business. He has worked as a senior research Analyst for Standard & Poor’s (S&P) in London. Furthermore, his work experience includes working for both the public and private sectors in the MENA region. After graduation, Prof. Islam worked as a research assistant at the Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping, and Peacebuilding (CCCPA), affiliated with the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His specialization area was transnational threats, with a particular focus on combating human trafficking and smuggling of migrants. Later, he joined the Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC), affiliated with the Cabinet of Egypt, as a Policy Researcher to work on economic development and crisis response amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With IDSC, Islam published a policy brief on the pandemic’s geo-economic implications and opportunities for the MENA countries, particularly Egypt. In 2021, Islam started working as a senior research analyst at Infomineo, through which he cooperated with the team of one of the biggest three global consulting companies to help multinational businesses expand their investments in the MENA region, primarily GCC countries.

He also interned at the Department of Economic Affairs at the League of Arab States, the Center for Arab-West Understanding (CAWU), and the London International Development Centre.

Islam attended several summer programs, including in the US, Lebanon, and Denmark on several topics including International relations, public policy and urban studies.

Islam holds a BSc degree in political science from the British University in Egypt. He previously published with the Atlantic Council and IDSC.

Israel is becoming a cybersecurity guarantor in the Middle East. Here’s how. [2021]

Brief: The article analyzes the role of Israel’s cyber diplomacy in consolidating the Abraham Accords, and how it fulfils the vacuum left by the contractionary US presence in the region. It looks at these dynamics also through the lens of the global cyber race, and how Israel’s position and capabilities in the cyber arena have been a target for acquisition by China.

Would Covid-19 undermine China’s hegemony over the global industrial map? and how?[2020]

Brief: The policy brief examined the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for the global industrial map and concluded with recommendations to the cabinet of Egypt on how to attract foreign direct investments. The paper was published by the Information and Decision Support Center, affiliated with the Cabinet of Egypt.

  • Chevening Scholarship
  • The U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative