Ahmed Galal - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Ahmed Galal

Research Fellows

MENA Health Policy Forum

Ahmed Galal is currently the President and Chairman of the Board of Forum Euroméditerranéen des Instituts des Sciences Économiques (FEMISE). He is a member of the Board of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the MENA Health Policy Forum.


Mr. Galal was Egypt’s Finance Minister between July 2013 and February 2014 and the ERF Managing Director from 2007 to 2016. Previously, he worked for the World Bank for 18 years where he conducted research and provided policy advice to governments in several regions. While on leave from the Bank (2000-2006), he was the Executive Director and Director of Research of the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies (ECES).


Galal authored or co-authored more than dozen books, including Welfare Consequences of Selling Public Enterprises and The Road Not Traveled: Education Reform in the Middle East and North Africa. He also authored several journal articles and book chapters.


In 2004, he was awarded the prestigious regional prize for Economic and Social Sciences by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences. Galal holds a PhD in economics from Boston University.

Edited Volumes

Economic Management under Fire

FEMISE Euro-Med Report 2017. This report analyses the transition experiences of five Southern Mediterranean countries ... read more

Policy Research Reports

Financing Higher Education in Arab Countries

Education can be a powerful force in the process of speeding up economic growth, improving ... read more

Policy Perspectives

Development Prospects for North Africa

This edition of Policy Perspective explains why the North African region has been successful in ... read more

Policy Perspectives

Egypt Post January 2011: An Economic Perspective

This paper offers a road map for future economic development in Egypt post-January 25th Revolution. ... read more

Working Papers

The Elusive Quest for Arab Economic Development

This paper reviews the development experience of the Arab countries since World War II, arguing ... read more