Nizar Manek | independent journalist

Independent journalist contributing to the fortnightly Africa Confidential newsletter & Le Monde diplomatique, currently preparing a co-authored book on Nigerian corporate history. Work has also been syndicated by the Jordanian Arabic daily Al-Ghad and Addis Ababa's the Standard. Previously a contributor to the Financial Times in London as a Marjorie Deane fellow and Barron’s Weekly in New York. For a portfolio of articles, please click here. To be in touch, it's nizar.manek@gmail.com

Based in Cairo from the coup through the referendum on Egypt’s military-backed constitution, have written on corporate, diplomatic, and economic issues on countries from Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan to Morocco, Western Sahara, Congo-Kinshasa, Guinea, and Nigeria. Graduated with a law degree from the London School of Economics in 2011 on an Alan Elias scholarship and a master’s in 2012 from Columbia University on a Lorana Sullivan Fellowship in investigative business journalism. While in New York, received a Harper’s Magazine scholarship in memory of I.F. Stone from Overseas Press Club of America, and a Robert E. Bedingfield Scholarship from the New York Financial Writers’ Association.

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 instruments, and mapping oil concession allocations for Olive Group's BSOC Insight Services, which works in liaison with Iraqi lieutenant general staff in Basra Operations Command. Also served as a research assistant on PBS Frontline-New York Times documentaries on the BAE Systems and Halliburton US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases, and interned at the Proceeds of Crime Unit of the UK Serious Fraud Office and the BBC World Service.