Prior to joining AGDA, Dr. Rashad was a Senior Economist at the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism-Government of Dubai; He served as an Economic Consultant – Rethinking Inequality in Arab Countries Report at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA); as well as an Economic Expert for the Arab Development Portal Project at the United National Development Programme (UNDP).
He also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management in Germany, as well as an Economic Researcher at Philipps University Marburg in Germany and the American University in Cairo. Dr. Rashad is a Research Fellow at the Economic Research Forum and member of the Arab Council for Social Science.
Dr. Rashad has penned numerous policy writings, research projects, books, and reports for prominent organizations, including the United Nations, and has co-authored more than 13 publications in academic journals, including Oxford Development Studies, Social Indicators Research, Journal of International Development, Health Economics Review, and the European Journal of Development Research. According to Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) ranking (Nov-2022), Dr. Rashad is ranked among the top 18% of economic authors in Africa and his research has been cited more than 378 times. He is also a regular commentator in the media, where he shares his analysis and insight on prominent economic events.
Dr. Rashad received his PhD in Economics from Philipps University Marburg, Germany, and his MA in Economics from the American University in Cairo (AUC) and a Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Administration from the same university.