Robert Mogielnicki

Robert Mogielnicki is a non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington and a senior analyst with The Siwa Group. He is also a PhD researcher at Magdalen College, University of Oxford, where he specializes in the political economy of the Middle East and North Africa. From 2013- 2017, he worked as Head of PR & Marketing for Oxford Strategic Consulting, a UK-GCC consultancy that focuses on human capital development. Prior to his consulting career, he served as a journalist covering political and economic developments in post-revolutionary Egypt and Tunisia. His work and commentary on the region have appeared in  Forbes Middle East, Al Jazeera’s Inside Story, Al Jazeera English, MEED, Al Bawaba, The National (UAE), Gulf Daily News, Tunisia Live, Egypt Oil and Gas Magazine, and Egypt Daily News.

Mr. Mogielnicki’s PhD dissertation examines the political economy of free zones in Gulf Cooperation Council countries. His research draws on extensive fieldwork conducted in the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait. He earned his MA in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford and completed a master’s thesis on labor policy formulation and implementation in the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. He received his BA from Georgetown University as a double major in Arabic and Government, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Mr. Mogielnicki specializes in Modern Standard Arabic and the Egyptian dialect, and he possesses a working knowledge of the Tunisian dialect. He is a former recipient of the Sultan Qaboos Arabic Language Scholarship (2007-2011), and he served as a Critical Language Scholar in Tunisia during 2011. Mr. Mogielnicki has lived in the UAE, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Turkey, and Jerusalem.

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