Reporter, consultant on African issues
Nizar Manek is a writer for Africa Confidential and Foreign Affairs, among others, and has reported across a range of African countries, from Egypt to Djibouti. Series include Egypt’s $9.4bn. slush funds concealed from budgetary accounting, the toxic loans and financial restructuring of of Tunisia’s state-owned banks after Ben Ali, a $1.1bn. Nigerian oil licence secretly awarded by an Abacha-era minister to himself, and the saga of Ethiopia’s $4.8bn. Grand Renaissance Dam. Nizar’s reporting has earned several prizes and nominations, including a Citation from the Overseas Press Club of America for a Morton Frank Award for best international magazine business reporting. He's separately worked as a freelance corporate investigations consultant focusing on the Maghreb, Horn of Africa, and Great Lakes, and as a research assistant to AC's editor-in-chief Patrick Smith on a West Africa book project, and co-authored 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 Egypt's Automotive Industry.' Nizar is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Columbia University, and began his career with fellowships at the Financial Times and Barron’s.