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Outside Professional Activities For Ishac Diwan
The Economic research Forum for the Arab Countries, Iran and Turkey
-- director of the Arab Political Transformation Research Project - -2011 until now: directed the ongoing research program involving researchers from the Middle East, wrote and presented academic research papers, orgamized conferences.
The World Bank
-- consultant by the Good Governance and Anti-Corruption grpoup, reviewed and commented on funding proposals.
-- occasional presentation of papers at various fora
The World Economic Forum
-- member of the Global Economic Council on the Arab Countries, participated in conferences.
-- wrote and presented paper on Opinions of Youth in Egypt.
Ethiopian development Research Institute
-- supported a project to increase Saving rates in Ethiopia (pro-bono).
Right To Non-Violence
-- member of the board (pro-bono)