Mhamed Biygautane is a Research Associate at the Dubai School of Government. Mr. Biygautane has completed a Master of Public Policy and Management (Distinction) from the Graduate School of Business and Economics at Monash University, Melbourne Australia. Earlier, he had been awarded a master’s in Jerusalem Studies (Honors) from Kings College in the United Kingdom. His bachelor’s degree is from Kent State University, Ohio, USA, where he majored in International Relations with a focus on International Economics.
During the course of his studies, he was actively involved with a wide range of relationship building as well as leadership experiences. He has presented in conference in the US, China, Australia, UK, Belgium, France and countries in the Arab World like Syria, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Morocco. Mr. Biygautane brings to DSG a unique international academic and professional experience which he had accumulated in various academic institutions where he studied and worked in the past. His work experience includes being a researcher at the Department of Business and Economics at Monash University in Australia. Also, he had an internship with the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), Government of Victoria, where his main duties included drafting policy proposals and making recommendations to Austrade’s CEO and playing a leading role in a research project aimed at increasing Austrade’s role in the government’s new innovation agenda. Moreover, he also served as a research assistant at several of the institutions where he had studied. Since joining DSG in early 2010, Mr. Biygautane has actively contributed to the research Department and produced studies on Knowledge Management in the Public Sector, modernization and reforming of public sector and improving its performance, governance challenges in the Arab world and contributed as well to case studies that the DSG has co-published with the World Bank.
- The political economy of privatization in the Maghreb region: How domestic and external factors have shaped the privatization process and outcomes? (With Mohammed Lahouel). Published in: Europe and the Mediterranean Economy. Joan Costa-Font (ed) at London School of Economics. London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. June 2012.
- Downsizing Morocco’s Public Sector: Lessons from the Voluntary Retirement Program (With Khalid El-Massnaoui). Published in: Public Sector Reform in the Middle East and North Africa: Lessons of Experience for a Region in Transition. Robert Beschel, Tarik Yousef and Khalid Al-Yahya (ed). World Bank Publication. Forthcoming in 2013.
- South-South Cooperation and the experiences of Africa and the Maghreb region: Missed opportunities and the way forward (With Nicolas-Chevin Depetris). Published in: The Rise of the Global South: Philosophical, Geopolitical and Economic Trends of the 21st Century. Justin Dargin (ed). World Scientific Publishing Co. May 2013.
- Japan’s Immigration Policies towards Muslims: Trends and Realities. Forthcoming in Demography and Immigration, Tai Wei LIM and Stephen Robert Nagy (ed). Edwen Millen Press. Forthcoming in July 2013.
- Economic and Territorial Intelligence: Lessons from Dubai (with Dale Murphy). Published in: Intelligence territoriale et développement régional par l'entreprise - Expériences internationales comparées. Actes de la Rencontre Internationale de Dakhla. Driss Guerraoui and Philippe Clerc (ed). L'Harmattan. April 2012.
- Government by Network: The case of SADAD in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Lessons and Challenges (With Khalid Al-Yahya). Published in: Public Sector Reform in the Middle East and North Africa: Lessons of Experience for a Region in Transition. Robert Beschel, Tarik Yousef and Khalid Al-Yahya (ed). World Bank Publication. Forthcoming in 2013.
- Talent Management in the MENA region: Challenges and Opportunities. In “Global Talent Management - Challenges, Strategies, and Opportunities”– Series Management for Professionals. Gary Dessler and Akram Al Ariss (ed). Springer, Forthcoming late 2013.
- Managing training budgets during times of financial crises: The experience of Dubai’s government. (With Ahmad Al-Nuseirat). In Business Performance Management, Cambridge Scholars Publications, Forthcoming in July 2013.
Case Studies and reports:
- Co-Author of UNDP report: An Assessment of UNDP Contribution to Development Results in United Arab Emirates 2011.
- Co-Author of OECD report: MENA-OECD Development Programs: Improving Governance and Attracting Foreign Direct Investments in: Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia.
- Downsizing Morocco’s Public Sector: Lessons from the Voluntary Retirement Program (With Khalid El-Massnaoui). Published by DSG and the World Bank. Case Studies’ series 2012.
- Government by Network: The case of SADAD in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Lessons and Challenges. (With Khalid Al-Yahya. Published by DSG and the World Bank. Case Studies’ series 2013.
- Report on the Development and performance of think tanks in the MENA region: Challenges, opportunities and requirements. 2012.
- Models of Policy Making in the UAE: Recommendations for a More Evidence Based Policy Analysis. (With Khalid Al-Yahya). (Forthcoming in November 2013)
- The Marrakesh bombings and Morocco's precarious security environment. (With Marco Pantelakis). Published in European Geopolitical Forum on May 2011.
Op-eds in National News papers:
- The Challenges facing Arabic language in the era of globalization. Published in Al-Bayan Newspaper 2nd of March 2011.
- The Challenge of Human Resources in the UAE: Generating Change from Within. Published in Al-Khalij Newspaper on 3rd of March 2011.
- Nation-building is about creating human capital. Published in Gulf News Newspaper on 15th May 2011.
TV Interviews and appearances:
- Hosted for an 8 minutes interview with Dubai TV’s “Money Map” Program. Aired on November 22nd 2012.
- BBC Middle East Business Report. Participated in a debate over the election of Islamic governments in the Middle East and its implications on the business environment. Aired on August 17th 2012.
- Interviewed by Kuwaiti TV Al-Wataniya on March 15th 2012 about knowledge creation in the Arab World.
- Interviewed by Kuwait TV about the quality of scientific research in the Arab countries on March 15th 2012.