Ahmed
El Safty

Position
Associate Professor of Practice
Department
Department of Economics
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Profile

Brief Biography

Dr. Ahmed R. El Safty has over 20 years of experience working for think tanks, policy-making institutions, and regional organizations. He also provided technical support and consultation in the area of economic policy management for policy makers in 12 MENA countries, and participated in teaching and training on both academic and executive levels.

Dr. El Safty has a Ph.D. degree in International Economics and Finance, as well as a M.Sc. in International Economics and Finance form Brandeis University. He also has a MIA - Economic Policy Management, from Columbia University.

Currently, Dr. El Safty is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Economics at the American University in Cairo, as well as the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Delta Research Center.

Before that, he held the following positions:

  • The Director of the Economic and Social Studies Department at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
  • The Chief of Loans and Technical Assistance Division, at the Arab Monetary Fund, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
  • Senior Economist - Money, Banking and Financial Markets Division, at the Central Bank of Egypt, Cairo, Egypt.

Dr. El Safty authored and co-authored a number of papers, articles, studies, reports, and books, covering the areas of business cycles, energy, financial sector reforms and macroeconomic reforms in general.

Dr. El Safty provided consultations in the areas of macroeconomic policy management for a number of MENA countries, including: Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Djibouti, Oman, Morocco, Mauritania, Yemen, Sudan, and Egypt.

Intellectual Contributions
Published Studies

  • El Safty, A. October 2015 “Economic Power of China: Facts vs. Fiction”, Future for Advanced Research & Studies, Abu Dhabi, UAE. (In Arabic).
  • Tigani, A., A. El Safty, and M. Sabah. April 2003. “Macroeconomic Fluctuations in the Arab Countries”, Arab Monetary Fund, Abu Dhabi, UAE. (in Arabic).
  • El Safty, A. 2007 “Financial Sector Reforms in the Arab Countries”, Economic Studies Series, No. (8), Arab Monetary Fund, Abu Dhabi, UAE. (in English).
  • El Safty, A. 2007 “Economic Reforms and Enhancing the Investment Environment in Yemen” Economic Studies Series, No. (6), Arab Monetary Fund, Abu Dhabi, UAE. (In Arabic).
  • Kara, M., M. El-Haj, A. El Safty 2007 “The Role of the Arab Monetary Fund in Helping Member Countries Affected by the Increase in the International Oil Prices – A Study for Establishing the Oil Facility”, Arab Monetary Fund, Abu Dhabi, UAE. (In Arabic).

Published Articles

  • El Safty, A. May 2016 “Economic Diversification in KSA – A Look on 2030 Vision”, Future for Advanced Research & Studies, Abu Dhabi, UAE. (In Arabic).
  • El Safty, A. May 2016 “Sovereign Wealth Funds – Increasing Importance in the Global Economy”, Future for Advanced Research & Studies, Abu Dhabi, UAE. (In Arabic).
  • El Safty, A. April 2016 “Towards Strengthening Economic Cooperation between the GCC and Latin America”, Future for Advanced Research & Studies, Abu Dhabi, UAE. (In Arabic).
  • El Safty, A. March 2016 “Agreement on Freezing Oil Production - Limited Effects on the Market”, Future for Advanced Research & Studies, Abu Dhabi, UAE. (In Arabic).
  • El Safty, A. February 2016 “Towards Strengthening Economic Cooperation between the GCC and Latin America”, Future for Advanced Research & Studies, Abu Dhabi, UAE. (In Arabic).
  • El Safty, A. February 2016 “UAE beyond Oil”, Future for Advanced Research & Studies, Abu Dhabi, UAE. (In Arabic).

Published Books
Al-Suwaidi, Jamal Sanad, and A. El Safty (Editors). 2014. “Islamic Political Movements and Authority in the Arab World: The Rise and Fall”, The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, UAE. (Arabic/English).
Contributions to Published Reports

  •  The Annual Strategic Report of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR).
  •  The Annual Unified Economic Report for the Arab Countries.
  •  The Annual Report of the Arab Monetary Fund.
  •  The Annual Report, and the Quarterly Economic Bulletin of the Central Bank of Egypt.
Research Interest

Economic development, business cycles, energy, monetary and fiscal policies.