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Nizar Manek is a freelance writer, and has been a correspondent for London's Africa Confidential for three years and, for two years, a strategy consultant with assignments across most of the Horn of Africa, Maghreb, Egypt, and Great Lakes. Reported across a range of African countries, from Egypt to Djibouti. Series included award-winning revelations of almost $10bn. of Egyptian slush funds concealed from budgetary accounting, Tunisia state-owned bank bad loans, restructuring, and non-public privatisation plans after the fall of Ben Ali, a $1.1bn. Nigerian oil licence secretly awarded by an Abacha-era minister to himself, and the saga over Ethiopia’s $4.8bn. Grand Renaissance Dam and Nile Basin hydro-politics. Earned several prizes and nominations, including Citation from Overseas Press Club of Americafor The Morton Frank Award for best international magazine reporting. Other assignments include a forthcoming book chapter commissioned by the Center for International Development at Harvard/ESID, titled, ‘Political Economy of a Family-Led Sector in Crisis: Industrial Policy and Political Connections in the Egyptian Automotive Industry.’ Studied at the London School of Economics, Columbia Law School, and Columbia Journalism School, following this with fellowship at the Financial Times and Barron’s.