I am a postdoctoral researcher at the ERC-funded project 'Global Correspondent Banking, 1870-2000' where I focus on how correspondent bank relationships were affected by cross-border banking crises and vice versa.
I hold a BA in Banking from Sadat Academy for Management Sciences (Egypt), a postgraduate diploma in Investment Management from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (Egypt), an MSc in Development Finance from the University of Reading, and a PhD in International Business & Strategy (Business History) from Henley Business School, University of Reading.
My PhD dissertation investigated cotton commodity networks, foreign banking and business networks of interlocking directorates in Egypt in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The doctoral thesis was awarded the Association of Business Historians Coleman Prize.
Outside academia, I am a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) holder. I have worked for more than twelve years in the banking industry in Egypt, spanning corporate banking, credit risk and, more recently, enterprise risk management.
I am an international business historian of developing countries, with a focus on the Middle East. In addition, I have research interests in financial and banking history.