Ishac Diwan is a senior fellow at IFI. He is a professor of economics at Paris Sciences et Lettres where he holds the chair of the Economy of the Arab World. He currently teaches at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, and has held in recent years teaching positions at Columbia University, School for International Public Affairs, and at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Ishac received his PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He taught international finance at the New York University’s Business School before joining the World Bank, working in the Research Complex (1987-92), the Middle East department (1992-96), and the World Bank Institute (1996-2002). He was the World Bank’s country director for East (2002-07), and then West Africa (2007-11).
Ishac directs the Political Economy program of the Economic Research Forum, an association of Middle East social scientists. He is a frequent consultant with international organizations and governments. His current research interests focus on the political economy of the Middle East, in addition to broader development issues, and international financial issues. His recent (co-authored) books include A Political Economy of the Middle East (Westview Press 2015); and Crony Capitalism in the Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2019). He is widely published in a variety of journals.
Issues of Expertise
Economics, international finance, political economy
Countries/Regions of Expertise
Arabic, English, French