Focus areas: political economy of the middle east: state-business relations, opinion surveys; the social impact of the globalization of capital markets

Ishac Diwan is a visiting professor at SIPA, where he teaches courses on Corporate Finance, and Middle East Economics. He holds the chair of the Socio-Economy of the Arab World at Paris Sciences et Lettres, a consortium of Parisian universities, based at the Paris School of Economics.

Diwan received his PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1984. He taught at the New York University’s Business School between 1984-87, before joining the World Bank, working in the Research Complex (1987-92), the Middle East department (1992-96), the World Bank Institute (1996-2002), and the Africa Department (2002-11). He held teaching positions at Harvard Kennedy School during 2011-13, and at Dauphine University in Paris during 2014-16. He was the Kuwait visiting professor at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2016-17. Diwan is a frequent consultant with international organizations and governments.

Diwan’s work on international finance is widely published. His current research interests focus on the political economy of the Middle East, in addition to broader development issues. Diwan directs the Political Economy program of the Economic Research Forum, an association of Middle East social scientists, where he manages research projects on the study of the political economy of state-business relations, and the analysis of opinion surveys.

Diwan lived in Addis Abeba (2002-07) and Accra (2007-11), as the World Bank’s Country Director for Ethiopia and Sudan, and then for Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, and Guinea.  In these capacities, he led several ambitious initiatives, such as Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net, Ethiopia’s Protection of Basic Services Program, and in West Africa, initiatives to improve the governance of natural resources, among others. He has worked extensively on conflict prevention and on state building in Palestine, Sudan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Yemen, Guinea.

Mr. Diwan is the professor for the MPA in Economic Policy Management (MPA-EPM) program's Corporate Finance for Emerging Countries course.