Tarek Osman is an essayist and columnist at several international newspapers. His writings draw on history, culture, politics, and the political economy to try to understand social dynamics and future trajectories. He is the author of “Islamism: A History of Political Islam” and the internationally bestselling book “Egypt on the Brink”. He wrote and presented several BBC documentary series including “Minds at War” (2016), “Sands of Time: A History of Saudi Arabia” (2015), “Islam Divided: Sunni-Shii” (2015), “The Making of the Modern Arab World” (2014), and “Coffee Culture in the Arab World” (2013). Having given the 2015 inaugural lecture at Oxford University’s Middle East Centre, Oxford University Press included him among the international scholars who contributed to its 2017 “Democracy Under Threat”. He was also selected by Project-Syndicate to contribute to its state of the world report, launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2017. He is currently working with Cambridge University Press on a major project on British interests in the Middle East in late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Tarek is the inaugural senior political counselor for the Arab World at the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD). He advises the board of directors and senior management on the politics and political-economy of the Middle East and North Africa.