Wael Gamal is the El-Erian fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on political economy in the Middle East and North Africa, the growing inequality gap, and the hollowing out of the middle class in the Arab world.
Prior to joining Carnegie, Gamal was head of research of the Alternative Policy Solution Project at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Before that, he was chief editor at the alternative online news platform Mada Masr, in Cairo. In 2015, Gamal was a founding member of the Arab Studies Institute’s Political Economy project at George Mason University in Washington DC.
A political economist, columnist, and researcher, Gamal has 18 years of experience as a journalist working for Al-Alam Al-Youm, Al-Ahram Weekly, Reuters, CNBC Arabic TV channel, BBC Arabic Service, and others. In October 2008, he cofounded the Egyptian daily newspaper, Al-Shorouk, where he was first head of the economy desk, then managing editor from October 2009 to October 2013. He later became Al-Shorouk’s director of planning and training and senior economic reporter between October 2013 and February 2015. Gamal then moved on to become a journalism trainer with the Thomson Reuters Foundation and the BBC Trust. Between 2014 and 2016, he was the principal trainer of Thomson Reuters’ Wealth of Nations project for investigative journalism in North Africa. More recently, with Salma Hussein, Gamal translated Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century into Arabic, which was published in June 2016. He was the editor of a volume (in Arabic) entitled The Egyptian Economy in the 21st Century published by Dar Al-Maraya in 2017.