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SHAF Center for Future Studies& Crises Analysis (Middle East & Africa)

The Shaf center for future studies and crisis analysis (Middle East and Africa) is a non-partisan, independent institution established in September 2021, working aside any political or ideological considerations. Considering the crises and conflicts encountered by Both Arab and African States, the Center's various academic and applied activities seek to contribute substantive and analytical material to decision makers and decision-makers that will assist them in reaching effective proposals for action on various crises and issues.

Our Vision

  • The Center’s access to leadership and to be classified as one of the most powerful thinks tanks in the Middle East and African studies specializing in crisis and conflict analysis by 2030.
  • Work to be a source of trust and engagement with all decision-making institutions and become one of the most important think tanks for decision-makers at the national and regional levels.
  • To be a specialized scientific platform for studying and anticipating international and regional changes and their implications for the region, and to enrich this debate between academics and specialists, while presenting a distinctive and unique knowledge perception about all changes.
  • To include the Center as the most prominent platform for political awareness, dialogue, and education in the public sphere, and to contribute effectively to the international and regional debate and decisions on current and future challenges.
  • Keeping abreast of the ambitious development visions of the Center’s countries of interest and focusing on them as inspiring models locally, regionally, and continuously, and looking ahead in the light of current challenges and threats, in the light of accelerated technological developments.

Our Mission

  • Work to serve the objectives and determinations of the national interest at various levels, to contribute actively to the decision-making process in the Arab and African countries through high-quality studies and research.
  • Enriching local, regional, and international public opinion, while raising awareness on various Arab and African issues.
  • Strengthening research contributions to crisis and conflict management in the Middle East and the African continent.
  • Work to highlight the Center’s opinion on the problems involved, by providing researchers and experts with a free and objective approach within the limits of the rules and regulations of scientific research.

What We Stand For:

  • The Center should serve as a global platform for discussion on changes in the international and regional systems, particularly in the Middle East and Africa.
  • Conducting future studies and research papers on issues and developments in the political, security, and economic fields, as well as presenting perspectives and attitude estimates to provide a cognitive academic contribution from within the Middle East on the region’s vision of the transformations and changes of the international system.
  • To analyze and study the impact of changes at the level of the international and regional systems on the internal situation in the affected States.
  • Support decision makers through the preparation of research and reports containing different scenarios and recommendations in the most appropriate policy alternatives.
  • Prepare monthly reports on contemporary and emerging issues, such as the course of the conflict in the Middle East and Africa, the Observatory on Extremism and Terrorism, and others.
  • Building a strong network of relationships and partnerships with various think tanks inside and outside Egypt, as well as international and regional organizations and bodies, and launching a series of research initiatives to enrich the debate on issues of mutual interest.
  • Providing special programs to serve the community through scientific activities and organizing seminars, lectures, conferences, specialized workshops, and panel discussions, which discuss topics related to the Center’s work and research interests.
  • The Center actively contributes to the development of the professional skills of research staff through training programs.

Center Units:

  • Middle East Studies Unit: Divided into
    • Arab States Section
    • Regional States Section: includes “Israel – Turkey – Iran – Pakistan -Afghanistan – etc.)
  • African Studies Unit: includes all African countries.
  • International and Contemporary Issues unit
  • Extremism and Terrorism Studies Unit

Shaf organizational structure

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Head of the Center

Ambassador Mohamed Al-Orabi

Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Egypt

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Secretary-General and Executive Director

Dr. Zayn El-Sadat

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General Director

Major General Dr. Ahmed Al-Shahat

Regional and International Security Consultant

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African Affairs & Training Adviser

Ambassador/Mona Omar

Former First Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs for Africa

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African Affairs Adviser

Ambassador Mohamed Al-Sufi

Researchers Team

  • Radwa El-Sherif (Middle Eastern Researcher)
  • Hasnaa Tamam (African Researcher)
  • Ahmed Fahmy (Regional Affairs Researcher)
  • Marwa Samaha (Middle Eastern Researcher)
  • Mayar Hany (Contemporary International Issues Researcher)


  • Akram Elsaid (Contemporary international issues Researcher)
  • Gamila Hussein (Extremism and Terrorism Issues Researcher)
  • Mustafa Maklad (African Affairs Researcher)
  • Maram Akram (Economic Researcher)
  • Ahmed Sayed (Economic Affairs Researcher)
  • Basma Anwar (African Researcher)

Media Team

  • Youssef Alaa
  • Sara Ihab
  • Toqa Ashraf
  • Rawan Ahmed
  • Aya Amr
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