Ashraf Swelam

Ashraf Swelam

Counselor; Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Senior Advisor; Egyptian National Competitiveness Council

Ashraf serves as Senior Advisor to the Chairman and Executive Director of the Egyptian National Competitiveness Council (ENCC). Before joining the ENCC, he was senior strategist/policy advisor to Amre Moussa’s presidential campaign in the country’s first democratic elections. He is the editor and chief contributor of the candidate’s presidential platform, “Egypt’s Second Republic,” widely recognized as a blueprint for the country’s future. Ashraf remains actively involved in the challenging democratic transition in his country. In 2007 he became a Yale World Fellow after a long service in the Egyptian Foreign Ministry. Following his time at Yale, Ashraf decided to take time off from government to lead Egypt’s International Economic Forum, a non-partisan, non-governmental organization committed to ensuring the comprehensiveness, sustainability, and consistency of Egyptian reform efforts. He is a visiting professor of Egyptian and Contemporary Foreign Policy at the American University in Cairo, and writes frequently for Egyptian and international media.


Why restoring the old paradigm in Egypt is not enough. Financial Times, May 15, 2013
From the Potomac to the Euphrates, Guest Blogger entry for the Council on Foreign Relations Blog of Stephen A. Cook, March 5, 2013
Ägypten ist wieder am Nullpunkt, Die Zeit, June 26, 2012
Auf dem Weg zu einer neuen arabischen Identität?, Korber Foundation Forum, June 12, 2012
Egypt begins countdown to presidential election, The National, March 11, 2012
Zauberformel der Revolution (The Magical Formula of the Revolution - English Version), Süddeutsche Zeitung, Feburary 2, 2012
Another blow: Egypt’s economy pays the price of continued political instability, Al-Ahram Weekly Online, October 2011
Is the military council leading Egypt toward an economic crisis? Almasry Alyoun, October 3, 2011
Egypt’s referendum: Why “No” lost and what to do next, Ahram Online, March 26, 2011
Observations about the inevitable price of freedom, Ahram Online, March 14, 2011
Egypt’s economy: A clean break with the past, Ahram Online, March 8, 2011
Tip of the iceberg, Al-Ahram Weekly Online, 23-29 September 2010, Issue No. 1016
Gaza: A View from Cairo, The Star (Malaysia), January 11, 2009.


The Egyptian Economy Post Morsi”  on The Voice of Russia, July 11, 2013.
Yale World Fellows Netcast:  Yale World Fellow on US-Middle East Relationships, October 29, 2007.  Click here for Netcast
“European Response to Developments in Egypt”
on The Voice of Russia, September 12, 2013.


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