Paul Dyer

Nonresident Fellow


Paul Dyer is a nonresident fellow at the Middle East Council on Global Affairs. He has over 20 years of research and policy analysis experience on governance and economic development issues in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  

Dyer’s work has focused on labor market policy and youth development, small and medium enterprise development, the promotion of access to finance, and broader issues of economic inclusion. Recently, he has worked on conflict resolution and post-conflict recovery in Libya, Syria, and Yemen, with attention to rebuilding institutional capacity; as well as the MENA region’s policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

In this capacity, Dyer has worked with the World Bank Group, the Islamic Development Bank, the International Labour Organization, and many government agencies and non-governmental organizations in the MENA region. He has published widely, contributing to numerous reports and edited volumes on economic development in the MENA region, as well as implementing several long-term impact evaluations.  

In the past, Dyer served as managing associate at Maxwell Stamp, Inc. and knowledge program manager at the Silatech Foundation in Qatar. He was also a fellow at the Dubai School of Government and extended-term consultant at the World Bank. Dyer co-managed the Middle East Youth Initiative, a research initiative focused on understanding institutional barriers to youth economic inclusion in MENA and programmatic solutions to persistent challenges in terms of employment, entrepreneurship, and social development. He also was a founding advisor to the Taqeem Initiative, evaluating youth employment programs in the MENA region.  

Research Areas

  • Youth transitions
  • Labor markets
  • Post-conflict recovery
  • Institutional reform

Countries of Focus

  • Gulf (GCC)
  • Yemen
  • Libya

Other Areas of Interest

  • Demography
  • Education reform
  • Conflict resolution
  • Governance


  • M.A., Arab Studies and Economics, Georgetown University, DC, 2002
  • B.A., International/Global Studies, College of William and Mary, 1996


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