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[liberationtech] Reforming the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Post-revolutionary Egypt and Tunisia - CDDRL

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Mon Oct 21 16:32:10 PDT 2013

Reforming the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Post-revolutionary Egypt
and Tunisia
ARD Research Seminar

October 23, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Open to the public
 RSVP required by 5PM October 22

Lina Khatib (moderator) - Program Manager, Arab Reform and Democracy at CDDRL
Amr Adly (panelist) - Postdoctoral Scholar at CDDRL
Gregory Simpson (panelist) - Deputy Regional Director of the Middle
East and North Africa division at the Center for International Private
Enterprise at CIPE


The seminar session will present findings from a new study on the
entrepreneurship ecosystem in post-revolutionary Egypt and Tunisia.
The discussion will focus on the challenges facing entrepreneurs and
would-be entrepreneurs in these countries and the MENA region, and
will highlight the importance of reform of the legal and regulatory

Speakers bio:

Lina Khatib is the co-founding Head of the Program on Arab Reform and
Democracy at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law
at Stanford University. She joined Stanford University in 2010 from
the University of London where she was an Associate Professor. Her
research is firmly interdisciplinary and focuses on the intersections
of politics, media, and social factors in relation to the politics of
the Middle East. She is also a consultant on Middle East politics and
media and has published widely on topics such as new media and
Islamism, US public diplomacy towards the Middle East, and political
media and conflict in the Arab world, as well as on the political
dynamics in Lebanon and Iran. She has an active interest in the link
between track two dialogue and democratization policy. She is also a
Research Associate at SOAS, University of London, and, from 2010-2012,
was a Research Fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy at the
Annenberg School.

Amr Adly has a Ph.D. from the European University Institute-Florence,
Department of political and social sciences (Date of completion:
September 2010). His thesis topic was "The political economy of trade
and industrialization in the post-liberalization period: Cases of
Turkey and Egypt". The thesis was published by Routledge in December
2012 under the title of State Reform and Development in the Middle
East: The Cases of Turkey and Egypt.

He has several other academic publications that have appeared in the
Journal of Business and Politics, Turkish Studies, and Middle Eastern
Studies, in addition to articles in several other periodicals and
newspapers in English and Arabic.

Before joining Stanford, he worked as a senior researcher at the
Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, heading the unit of social
and economic rights, and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a

At Stanford, he is leading a research project on reforming the
regulatory environment governing entrepreneurship after the Arab
Spring in Egypt and Tunisia, which will result in policy papers as
well as conferences in the two countries.

Greg Simpson is Deputy Regional Director of the Middle East and North
Africa division at the Center for International Private Enterprise
(CIPE), where in addition to co-managing the division with the
regional director, he also directly oversees CIPE’s sizeable Egypt
portfolio. A veteran of the nongovernmental sector with eighteen years
of experience in strengthening democratic institutions, Simpson came
to CIPE from the U.S. online political firm New Media Communications,
where he focused on developing and managing the company’s
international initiatives. Prior to New Media, Simpson worked at the
International Republican Institute (IRI), where he held three
successive country director posts in the Balkans. There he directed
assistance programs in political party development, political
communications, local governance, grassroots organization and
mobilization, civil society development, public opinion research, and
election observation. During this time, Simpson advised and trained
hundreds of political activists and elected officials, and directly
advised two of the region’s presidents. Before joining IRI, Simpson
held positions at the American Council of Young Political Leaders
(ACYPL) and the Center for Civil Society in Southeastern Europe. He
holds a B.A. in International Studies from American University in
Washington, DC. Simpson currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia with
his wife and two children.

One of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for
Democracy and an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Center
for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) is a U.S. non-profit
organization with the mission of strengthening democracy around the
globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE has
supported more than 1,300 initiatives in over 100 developing
countries, involving the private sector in policy advocacy and
institutional reform, improving governance, and building understanding
of market-based democratic systems. CIPE provides management
assistance, practical experience, and financial support to local
organizations to strengthen their capacity to implement democratic and
economic reforms.

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Stanford University

Stanford, CA 94305

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