Relocated to Tunis, reporting on Tunisia and regional corporate, economic, political, and diplomatic issues; developing a beat on state-owned financial institutions and enterprises, distressed and confiscated assets, foreign investment, and military and foreign affairs policy. Regular with the London-based fortnightly Africa Confidential newsletter, also contributing to Africa Report, Le Monde diplomatique, & others; and preparing a co-authored book on Nigeria's liquefied natural gas sector. Previously based in Cairo, have a record of in-depth corporate and financial investigative stories and political economy and regional diplomacy stories for specialist readership based on analysis of non-public information and interviews with insiders on countries from Egypt, Tunisia, Ethiopia, and Sudan to Morocco, Western Sahara, Congo-Kinshasa, Guinea, and Nigeria. After graduating, began as a Marjorie Deane fellow at the Financial Times in London and a trainee reporter at Barron’s Business and Financial Weekly in New York, then went independent. Freelance contributions to the Sunday Times of London and British satirical magazine Private Eye, syndications by the Jordanian Arabic daily Al-Ghad.
For an articles portfolio, click here. Please feel free to be in touch; always happy to help where possible: firstname.lastname@example.org; nizar.manek1 (Skype); +216 54 390 298 (Tunis).
Presently studying toward the ACFE’s Certified Fraud Examiner qualification, before becoming a full-time reporter consulted for Norton Rose Fulbright LLP's Business ethics & anti-corruption group and Transparency International on international anti-corruption treaties; mapped oil concession allocations for Olive Group's BSOC Insight Services, which works in liaison with Iraqi lieutenant general staff in Basra Operations Command; interned at the UK Serious Fraud Office Proceeds of Crime Unit and BBC Africa World Service; and was a research assistant on PBS Frontline-New York Times documentaries on the BAE Systems and TSKJ US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases.
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