Economist Amal A. Kandeel is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Science, Technology and International Affairs, Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; and a Washington-based development adviser. She has experienced the pragmatic side and intricacies of economic development and international economics in her career and life that have been in both the United States and Arab countries, and in travels beyond these areas. She lived in Egypt for twenty-four years, where she taught at Cairo University and worked as an independent consultant, and in Yemen for four years. Her regional specialty is the Middle East and North Africa, to which she travels regularly. Her work has been concentrated on the connections between development and competition over natural resources (particularly freshwater); water and food security challenges and policy; transboundary freshwater use and international water law; and Arab economic integration and development. Her travels and fieldwork have given her close access to diverse business, professional, intellectual, civil society, and political communities. They have also brought her in close touch with the harsh realities in rural villages and refugee camps; and the complex security challenges that face the region’s countries, most particularly in Egypt and Jordan. In her teaching, advising, consulting, writing, research, and field work, she has focused on addressing poor living conditions in Arab countries. She has lectured at, or provided advisory and consulting services to, government and non-government entities in the US, UK, Egypt and Jordan, including on Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq.
Professor Kandeel is an expert on water and food security issues in the Middle East, Arab cultures, and the economics and politics of Egypt and Jordan. She earned her MA in Economics from American University, Cairo, and BA in Economics from Cairo University, Valedictorian and Suma Cum Laude. She is fluent in spoken and written English, as well as in classical and modern standard Arabic.