Areas of Expertise

  • Regional dynamics
  • Egypt
  • Germany’s policies toward the MENA region
  • European Neighborhood Policy


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In March 2020, Dina Fakoussa-Behrens became an associate fellow of DGAP. Previously, she had served as head of its Middle East and North Africa Program, formerly the EU-Middle East Forum, since March 2011.

Before that, she worked as a program and project manager on issues regarding political and economic reform, democratization, human and women’s rights, media, strengthening civil society, and culture in the Arab region.

Fakoussa-Behrens was head of programs at the Böll Stiftung in Lebanon, among other positions, and was active with other German NGOs and development institutions in Jordan and Egypt, where she planned conferences, training workshops, and publications on the aforementioned topics in addition to building up networks for political and social actors. She also wrote analyses of current political and economic developments in the Arab region.

A German-Egyptian, Fakoussa-Behrens studied political science at the Frei Universität Berlin and American University in Cairo. She holds degrees in political science and economics.

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