Tarek Osman is an author, essayist, and broadcaster focused on the Arab and Islamic worlds.

He is the author of Islamism: A History of Political Islam (Yale, 2017) and the international bestseller Egypt on the Brink (Yale, 2010 – the first edition was published weeks before Egypt’s 2011 uprising).

Tarek wrote and presented several BBC documentary series, including The Making of the Modern Arab World, Islam Divided: Sunni-Shii, Sands of Time: A History of Saudi Arabia, Gertrude Bell (in the Minds at War series), and Stirring a Revolution: Coffee Culture in the Arab World.

He is a regular contributor on the Arab and Islamic worlds for leading newspapers and magazines worldwide.

Tarek is the senior political counsellor for the Arab world at the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD). He advises the Board of Directors (representing over 65-countries) and senior management on the region’s geo-politics and political-economy, and on the dynamics and challenges of political and economic reform.

He has 18-years experience researching Arab history and societies. He has worked in political-economy advisory, strategy consulting, and private equity.

He studied at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.