Eurasia Group | Ayham Kamel


Practice Head, Middle East & North Africa


Middle East & North Africa, Persian Gulf GCC, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria

As head of Eurasia Group's Middle East and North Africa research team, Ayham Kamel leads coverage of regional geopolitics, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Iraq, and the Levant area. His work focuses on the US/Russia roles in the Middle East, Iran-Saudi relations, energy policy, terrorism threats, and financial trends in the region. Ayham is a regular contributor to global foreign policy expert discussions and has testified before the British House of Lords. He has experience in policymaking, strategy, valuations, and business development.

Ayham has likewise conducted research on geostrategic issues, foreign aid, democratization, and business operations in emerging markets for the US Senate, the National Democratic Institute, and the Center for International Private Enterprise. Ayham is on the advisory board of the Middle East Institute's Defense and Security Program. He holds a master's degree in foreign service from Georgetown University, which he earned as a Fulbright scholar, and bachelor's degrees in business administration and international relations from the Lebanese American University.