Ismaeel Tharwat

Ismaeel Tharwat


PhD Candidate

54, Boulevard Desgranges
92330 SCEAUX

Office: D103

Ismaeel’s passion lies in developing innovative, inclusive and accountable communities to build a better world. Ismaeel is an economist and engineer by training who is passionate about innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. His research focus is on the economics of innovation, digitization & globalization, with a particular focus on developing countries. In 2018, Ismaeel graduated from the Master of Economics at Ecole Polytechnique, ENSAE & HEC, with a specialization in Financial Economics. His master thesis studied the impact of import competition on innovation in developing countries.

Prior to that, Ismaeel earned a master’s degree in the Economics & Management of the Digital Economy & Network Industries from Ecole Polytechnique, Telecom ParisTech and Paris Dauphine University. Ismaeel also has a master’s degree in Business Decision Engineering from EPF-Ecole d’Ingenieurs in Paris. As an undergraduate at the American University in Cairo, Ismaeel double majored in Construction Engineering & Economics. Ismaeel has always been involved in developmental initiatives including being co-founder and president of Junior Enterprise Egypt, a student-led organization promoting entrepreneurship and providing affordable consultancy services to SMEs. A former competitive student-athlete, Ismaeel enjoys playing tennis and basketball in his free time. He is also an occasional standup comedian but he know’s he’s not that funny.

Ismaeel’s diverse set of professional experiences include stints in government, startups and Fortune 500. Most recently in 2017, Ismaeel served as Dr. Hisham ElSherif’s Assistant Minister for Local Development in Egypt, where he led the economic team in the planning and first phase implementation of the World Bank’s 500 million-dollar Upper Egypt Local Economic Development Program. In 2016, he worked as a growth marketer for Egypt’s fastest growing startup, the YC backed Instabug. Prior to that, Ismaeel worked as a Financial Services Consultant for IBM Global Business Services in Paris, France.

Fields of Research

Economics of Innovation, Digitization, Globalization & Entrepreneurship

University and Community Service

African Union – European Union Youth Cooperation Hub                            Africa – Europe

Young Expert in the Governance & Social Inclusion Cluster                October 2018-present

World Economic Forum – Global Shapers                                                         Cairo, Egypt

Global Shaper & Project Leader                                                         October 2017-present

United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC)                                        Nairobi, Kenya

UNODC Youth – Project Coordinator                            November 2018 – December 2018

 Junior Enterprise Egypt – The American University in Cairo                          Cairo, Egypt

Founder & President                                                                           June 2012 – May 2013

International Conference on Global Economy – The American University in Cairo    Egypt

Academic Committee Head                                                               June 2012 – May 2013

Research Grants

Best Youth Economic Essay, World Bank & Economic Research Forum


2018: Master’s Dissertation –  The Impact of Import Competition on Innovation in Developing Countries

2016: Master’s Dissertation –  The Economics of Mobile Payment Platforms in Egypt, Kenya & Africa