Alia El-Mahdi , Ph.D.  Professor of Economics in Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences, Cairo University, and CEO of Egypols. As head of Egypols she contributed in leading policy research supporting different ministries as well as national authorities, private sector companies

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and international organizations. El Mahdi was the ex-Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences (2008-2011), previously the Director of the Center of Economic and Financial Research and Studies (2005- 2008) and the Vice president of MSA University (2004-2005).

Area of specialization is in the fields of labor market studies, especially the informal labor market, and the Micro and Small Enterprises dynamics and performance, as well as several research studies on the macroeconomic fiscal, monetary and trade policies, FDI, industrial policies, education, social protection in Egypt and the Arab countries.

El Mahdi has published numerous articles and chapters in books published internationally as well as regionally and in Egypt.  She also led numerous research projects in various fields of socio-economic research.

She contributed in drafting and revising the Labor Law 2003, the MSEs Law 2004 and the Social Insurance Law2010. She is currently working on drafting the new tax law for MSEs..

In the last fifteen to twenty years, she led teams of researchers and conducted over 30 socio-economic surveys for different domestic agencies/ ministries and research centers as well international organizations.

She acted and still acts as consultant and policy advisor to several ministries and international organization such as ILO, UNDP, UNICEF, WB, ADB, UNIDO, Brookings Institute, ESCWA, JAICA, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, GIZ, Arab Labor Organization, WFP, MSMEDA, UNHABITAT,,,,,etc.

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