Lecturer Economics& Political Science Program Director


Adel El-Adawy is the Economics and Political Science program director at Galala University, and also the founder of the Galala Youth Conferences series, and responsible for the establishment of the political awareness hub on campus. El-Adawy also lectures at American University in Cairo, and the Egyptian Police Academy, and is the founder and executive director of the Cairo Center for African Studies think-tank. He previously served as the executive director of Egypt’s International Economic Forum and was also a fellow at NATO Defense College in Rome. El-Adawy held several positions in prominent think-tanks, such as the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, American Security Project, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Middle East Institute, and the International Research Center in Cairo.

El-Adawy’s research and publications focus on transnational security, economic trends, and geopolitical issues in the MENA region, and twenty-first-century Egyptian foreign policy. Currently, he is working on multiple research projects, with the most notable project being with the renowned Nasser Military Academy. El-Adawy is a frequent commentator for major Egyptian and international print, radio, and television media outlets, including BBC, CNN, and Radio France Internationale. El-Adawy holds a doctoral degree from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London.


  • M.A. in Political Science, American University, 2013.
  • PhD in Political Science, King’s College London, 2018.
  • Executive Leadership Program, Georgetown University, 2019.

Area of Research

  • International Relations.
  • Foreign Policy.
  • Political Economy.
  • Geopolitical issues in the MENA region.

Job Grades

  • Next Generation Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
  • Executive Director of Cairo Center for African Studies
  • Executive Director, Egypt’s International Economic Forum.
  • Chief of Staff of Osni Naguib Sawiris.


  • Assistant Secretary General of the Youth Secretariat at Humat Al Watan Political Party.

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor at American University.
  • Interim Director of AUC’s Middle East Center.
  • Interim Director of AUC’s Center for American Studies and Research.
  • Lecturer at the Police Academy.

Awards& Honourable Mentions

  • World Youth Forum, Keynote Speaker.
  • G20 Suadi Arabia, T20 Expert delegate.