Rana Hendy

Former Nonresident Senior Fellow


Rana Hendy is a former nonresident senior fellow at the Middle East Council on Global Affairs. She is also an assistant professor of economics and public policy and the program director of the Master of Public Policy Program at the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at The American University in Cairo.

Hendy is a research fellow at the Economic Research Forum in Cairo where she used to serve as the thematic director for equity and gender thematic projects between 2012 and 2015. Her research focuses on labor and demographic policies in developing countries with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). She is currently examining the post-COVID-19 challenges for female employment in Arab economies, family formation and international migration, and the impact of trade and fiscal policies on inequality and poverty, among other topics.

Previously, Hendy was an assistant professor of economics at the School of Public Administration and Development Economics at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. Prior, she lectured at Qatar University’s College of Business and Economics. She also consulted for various international organizations including the World Bank, the International Labour Organization, and the United Nations Development Programme.

Hendy has published in several peer-reviewed journals such as Demographic Research, Applied Economics, International Journal of Educational Development, and the Journal of North African Studies. She also contributed to four Oxford University Press volumes on labor markets in MENA.

Research Areas

  • Labor markets
  • Inequality
  • Gender economics

Countries of Focus

  • Egypt
  • Jordan
  • Middle East and North Africa

Other Areas of Interest

  • Public policy
  • Marginalized groups


  • Ph.D., Labor and Development Economics, Paris School of Economics, 2011
  • M.A., Economics, Paris School of Economics, 2006
  • B.A., Economics, Cairo University, 2005