Nizar Manek

Reporter, consultant on African issues

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Freelance reporter on business, economics, military, and political issues for Africa Confidential, Foreign Affairs, and others. Reported across a range of African countries, from Egypt to Djibouti. Series include award-winning revelations of Egypt’s $9.4bn. slush funds concealed from budgetary accounting, toxic loans and restructuring of Tunisia’s state-owned banks, $1.1bn. Nigerian oil licence secretly awarded by Abacha-era minister to himself, coverage of saga over Ethiopia’s $4.8bn. Grand Renaissance Dam and Nile Basin hydro-politics. Reporting earned several prizes and nominations, including Citation from Overseas Press Club of America for The Morton Frank Award for best international magazine business reporting. Separate freelance work as third-party regional expert hired to write corporate investigations and risk assessment reports on the Maghreb, Horn of Africa, and Great Lakes, as a research assistant to AC’s editor-in-chief Patrick Smith on a West Africa book project, and co-author of a forthcoming book chapter commissioned by the Center for International Development at Harvard/ESID, ‘Political Economy of Family-Led Sector in Crisis: Industrial Policy and Political Connections in the Egyptian Automotive Industry.’ Studied at London School of Economics, Columbia Law School, Columbia Journalism School, followed with fellowships at Financial Times in London and Barron’s in New York.

  • Work
    • Africa Confidential
  • Education
    • London School of Economics and Political Science
    • Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism