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GUST Faculty Member Appointed to Advisory Committee of Regional Think Tank’s Board of Trustees

Date: 
29 September 2020

Dr. Fida Karam, Associate Professor of Economics at Gulf University for Science and Technology, has been appointed to the Advisory Committee of the Economic Research Forum (ERF)'s Board of Trustees (BOT). The nine-member Advisory Committee is appointed by the Board to advise the Board and Managing Director on substantive issues of relevance to both the research community and policymakers, and to screen nominations for ERF affiliations.

 

The Economic Research Forum (ERF) is a regional network of academics, policymakers, and influential figures dedicated to promoting high quality economic research to contribute to sustainable development in the Arab countries, Iran and Turkey. ERF operates from two offices in the region, in Cairo and Dubai, with its main office located in the Egyptian capital.  It is supported by multiple donors, both regional and international, such as the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD).

 

ERF activities include mobilizing funds for well-conceived proposals; managing carefully selected regional research initiatives and providing training and mentoring programs to junior researchers. It also includes organizing seminars and conferences based on research outcomes; and publishing research output through multiple channels including working papers, books, policy briefs and through the ERF Policy Portal – The Forum.

 

Dr. Fida Karam, Associate Professor of Economics at Gulf University for Science and Technology, said, “In the 9 years of my affiliation with the Economic Research Forum, I have seen the economic research on the Middle East and North African region grow in strength every year and I am continually amazed by the achievements of the ERF network. I am honored, as a GUST faculty member, to have the opportunity to serve in the ERF BOT advisory committee. This nomination will enhance GUST's exposure to international and regional research collaboration as well as its reputation in promoting impactful research.”

 

This is a prestigious nomination that will enhance GUST's exposure to the international and regional level of research collaboration and reputation, and will enhance the place and influence GUST maintains amongst the top universities that can contribute in economic research on the Middle East and North African region.