Prof. Ishac Diwan is a leading international development economist with a formidable record of applied experience with the World Bank spanning more than two decades and encompassing direction of successful, ambitious initiatives most notably around issues of economic development related to commercial agriculture and natural resources, employment for youth, and protection of basic services. World Bank country director for Ethiopia, Sudan, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, and Guinea, Diwan also worked closely on conflict prevention and on state building – in Palestine, Sudan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Yemen, and Guinea – and participated in the negotiations on the Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement, as well as in the Darfur Peace and Oslo negotiations. Currently at Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a lecturer in public policy and director of the Africa Growth Project at the School’s Center for International Development, he also chairs the Economic and Political Transformation group at the Cairo-based Economic Research Forum, a prestigious network of regional economists he helped formed. A native of Lebanon, Diwan received a PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and is author or co-author of numerous published articles or chapters – focused in particular on Middle East economies and regional integration – in referred journals and books respectively. Current research interests are centered on foreign aid policies, regrowth strategies, the political economy of development, and the pro-active management of natural resources, with a special interest in the current political/economic transformations in Africa and the Middle East.
Prof. Ishac Diwan in the Media:
Prof. Ishac Diwan speaking on “The Middle Class and the Rich in the Arab Revolution” on April 16, 2012 as part of the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative Speaker Series.
Prof. Ishac Diwan – then working at the World Bank – speaking at the Economic Research Forum (ERF) 17th Annual Conference looking at the role of economics in this transition phase, and what economists can contribute to re-shape the political and economic space, March 22, 2011.