Galal Amin (Chair) is an Egyptian academic and writer, Professor Emeritus of Economics at the American University in Cairo. He studied law at Cairo University and economics at the London School of Economics. He has written many books in Arabic and English on Egyptian and Arab economic, social and cultural development. Among his better known works are: The Modernization of Poverty (Brill, 1974) and Whatever Happened to the Egyptians? (AUC, 2001). He has also written two books of autobiography in Arabic: What Life Has Taught Me (2007) and The Nectar of Life (2010). For several years he has written a weekly column in the Egyptian Arabic daily Al-Shorouk, including some literary criticism.