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Professor of Practice and Director of Center for Migration and Refugee Studies
Department of Public Policy and Administration


Brief Biography

Ibrahim Awad is at present professor of practice in global affairs and director, Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, at the American University in Cairo (AUC). He holds a BA degree in political science from Cairo University and a PhD degree in political science from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland. He has worked for the League of Arab States, the United Nations and the International Labour Organization (ILO), holding positions of secretary of the commission, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA), director, ILO sub-regional office for North Africa and director, ILO International Migration programme. He currently is chair of the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD), hosted by the World Bank, chair of the Steering Committee of the Euro-Mediterranean Research Network on International Migration (EuroMedMig) and senior fellow at the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He also serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals.

      • The Challenge of Global Governance in the Sustainable Development Agenda, in Sustainable Development Goals. Goal 16: Peace and Justice and Strong Institutions, edited by Paloma Durán La Laguna and Cástor Miguel Díaz Barrado. Toronto, Thomson Reuters, 2018
      • Multiple Levels of Governance of International Migration: Understanding Disparities and Disorder. AJIL Unbound, 111, 153-158. doi:10. 1017/aju.2017.36
      • Egyptian Irregular Migration in the GCC Countries, in Skillful Survivals: Irregular Migration to the Gulf, edited by Philippe Fargues and Nasra M. Shah. Fiesole, European University Institute, 2017
      • Towards a Joint Approach to Migration and Asylum in the Euro-Mediterranean Space, in Beyond the Migration and Asylum Crisis, edited by Ferruccio Pastore (Aspen Institute Italia, 2017)
      • The Making and Unmaking of the 2012 Constitution in Egypt, in North Africa: from Status Quo to (R)evolution, edited by Yahia Zoubir and Greg While (Routldge, 2015)
      • Labour Migration Governance in Times of Political Transition: A Comparative Analysis of Egypt and Tunisia, Migration and Development
      • Population Movements in the Aftermath of the Arab Awakening: The Syrian Refugee Crisis between Regional Factors and State Interest, in Migration in the Mediterranean (University of Malta 2014)
    Research Interest
    • International Migration
    • Employment
    • Human and Labor Rights
    • Development
    • Politics and political transitions in the Middle East and North Africa
    • International Relations
    • Global Governance