Khaled Abdelhalim graduated as an architect and planner from Cairo University in 1990, received M.A. in architecture: housing studies from the University of Newcastle, UK in 1995, and Ph.D. in housing policy, planning and practice from the University of Central England in Birmingham, UK in 2003. He worked for more than six years for German Technical Cooperation (GIZ-Egypt) in participatory upgrading of informal areas. He also worked as a consultant to UN Habitat for strategic planning of governorates in Egypt and contributed to a number of Habitat regional reports. Abdelhalim has been the director of the Local Development Observatory at the Local Administration Reform Unit; a UNDP program supporting the Ministry of Local Development on decentralization, local development and governance reforms. He is now the program director. Abdelhalim has also been a lecturer in the Department of Architecture at Helwan University, and regularly lectures at other Egyptian universities. He is currently an assistant professor of urban policy at AUC, in the Public Policy and Administration Department at the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. He is also a founding member of the Egyptian Earth Construction Association since 1996, an NGO that promotes appropriate building technologies and sustainable development. He is also a co-founder of TAKAMOL, a foundation for integrated development. Abdelhalim has publications, studies and a combination of research and practice interests in the fields of informality, participatory development, local governance and local administration reform.