Yasmine Hafez

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Lakeview: An Alternative History of Nile Basin Water Politics


Yasmine Hafez is a researcher on water security and trans-boundary management with a focus on the Nile Basin. She holds a Masters in Conflict, Governance, and International Development from the University of East Anglia (UEA), and bachelor’s degree in Political science with double minors in Economics and Community development from the American University in Cairo (AUC). Earning a distinction, her masters’ thesis after conducting a fieldwork in Addis Ababa, analyzed the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), through its significance to Ethiopia, exploring it in relation to the country’s historical, economic, and social grievances, and the central role those grievances played in shaping the socio-political process of its construction.

The combined academic background and professional experiences in governmental research institutes, international organizations and research collaboration with several water scholars and consultants on hydro-politics have exposed her to different stories in the Nile Basin, and together, inspired and shaped her interest in conducting interdisciplinary research on the communities living around the lakes along the river.


  • Governance for Development in Africa PhD programme full scholarship, Mo Ibrahim Foundation, May 2020.
  • School of International Development Masters’ full tuition scholarship, University of East Anglia, September 2017- September 2018.
  • Academic Achievement Scholarship, The American University in Cairo, September 2012 – June 2016.

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