Rana Hendy is currently an assistant professor of economics and public policy at the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) at The American University in Cairo (AUC). Hendy is also a research associate at the Economic Research Forum in Cairo where she served as the thematic director for equity and inequality as well as for gender-related projects between 2012 and 2014. Hendy received her doctorate in labor and development economics from the Paris School of Economics in 2011 and a master's degree in labor and demographic economics from the same school. From 2006 to 2011, Hendy received a full fellowship from the Research Center in Economics and Statistics (CREST) in France.
Hendy researches labor and demographic policies in developing countries with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. Her current work focuses on gender inequality, inequality of opportunity in education, labor markets, family formation and international migration, as well as the impact of trade and fiscal policies on inequality and poverty.
Between 2016 and 2019, Hendy was an assistant professor of economics at the School of Public Administration and Development Economics at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. Before that, Hendy served for three academic years at the College of Business and Economics at Qatar University. She worked as an Economist for the Economic Research Forum from 2011 to 2014.
Hendy has served as a consultant to several international organizations such as the World Bank Group, the International Labor Organization and the International Development Research Center and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission among others.
She has a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals such as Applied Economics, International Journal of Educational Development, Demographic Research, Journal of North African Studies, Middle East Development Journal, and, International Trade Journal. She also contributed to four Oxford University Press volumes on labor markets in the Middle East and North Africa region.