Hamed El Said, PhD

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Hamed K. El-Said, PhD – Chair and Professor of International Business and Political Economy at the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School (UK), and advisor to the United Nations al-Qaeda and Taliban Monitoring Team (2008-2013). He is an active member of the Arab Thought Forum, founded and chaired by HRH Prince Hassan ben Talal of Jordan. From 1990-92, served as a member of the Centre for Strategic Studies at Royal Scientific Society (Amman-Jordan), then the research arm of HRH Prince Hassan ben Talal (Crown Prince of Jordan between 1965-1999).

In 2008, he headed the research team of the United Nations Counter Implementation Task Force’s Working Group on Addressing Radicalisation and Extremism that Lead to Terrorism. This position was responsible for analysing counter radicalisation and de-radicalisation programs of United Nations Member States, identifying best practices and lessons to be learnt from these experiences,and evaluating the effectiveness of counter radicalisation programs in general. The findings were collated in a report submitted to the United Nations Member States in late 2008 (http://www.un.org/terrorism/pdfs/radicalization.pdf).

Professor El-Said best known for his work on economic and political reforms in the Arab World; the social and economic impact of IMF/World Bank Stabilisation and Structural Adjustment Programmes in the Middle East and North Africa; institutional and economic impediments to reform and foreign investment in the Arab World; the rise of Islamist parties to power in the Arab World; and alternative counter terrorism models.

He published extensively on the Arab World. His books include: ‘Globalisation, Democratisation and Radicalisation in the Arab World’ (With Jane Harrigan, 2011), ‘Deradicalising Violent Extremists: Learning from Counter Radicalisation and De-radicalisation programmes of Muslim-Majority States’ (Routledge, 2013), and New Approaches in Fighting Terrorism: Designing and Evaluating Counter Radicalisation and Deradicalisation Programs. He is a Jordanian by birth but lives in the United Kingdom and holds a British nationality. 

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