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 restructuring of Tunisia’s state-owned banks under 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. After graduating from the London School of Economics and then Columbia University on a Lorana Sullivan Fellowship, Nizar got his start in journalism with fellowships at Barron’s and the Financial Times. Nizar separately writes freelance corporate investigation and risk assessment consultancy reports with a regional focus on the Maghreb, Horn of Africa, and Great Lakes. He’s also co-authored a forthcoming book chapter on for the Center for International Development at Harvard/ESID, provisionally titled, ‘Political Economy of a Family-Led Sector in Crisis: Industrial Policy and Political Connections in the Egyptian Automotive Industry.' Honours include nominations for a Morton Frank Award for Best magazine international business news reporting, Overseas Press Club of America; Investigative Reporting Award, European Press Prize; Best Financial/Economic Story of the Year, Foreign Press Association in London; Investigative Reporting Award, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE/NICAR); and Transparency International Corruption Reporting Award.