Bilal Y. Saab is resident senior fellow for Middle East security at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council, specializing in the politics, security, and defense-industrial affairs of the Middle East, with a particular focus on the Gulf and the Levant. Previously, he served as the founding executive director and head of research at the Washington, DC office of the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA), a Dubai-based security and defense consulting firm. Since 2007, he has been a monthly Middle East contributor to IHS Jane's. Bilal is a prolific author. His articles and studies have been published in a number of peer-reviewed academic journals and policy magazines including Middle East Journal, Nonproliferation Review, Middle East Policy, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Washington Quarterly, and World Today. He has been a regular contributor to Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and National Interest and has written for various news outlets including New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Christian Science Monitor, Haaretz, Daily Star, Hurriyet Daily News, and Al Hayat. More about Bilal here.
Carl Y. Saab is a Neuroscientist studying diseases of the nervous system. He obtained his PhD in 2001 from the University of Texas Medical Branch in the field of pain research, mapping pain pathways in the nervous system. He then completed his postdoctoral fellowship from Yale University. He works with laboratory models of neurological disorders such as pain and multiple sclerosis. His technical expertise spans a wide range of electrophysiological techniques (nerve conduction, single-unit recording in vivo,patch-clamp recording), as well as behavioral and cell culture assays in vitro. His most recent work focuses on the interaction between the immune system and the nervous system. Carl has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications in the neurosciences and 3 book series, and currently contracted by Elsevier to author and edit a book on “Chronic Pain and Brain Abnormalities”. He has received grant money to support his laboratory work from the private and public sectors, including the National Institute of Health, Stryker, and Medtronic. He is consultant to the Gerson Lehrman Group®, Healthcare & Biomedical Council member. More about Carl here.
Samer Y. Saab is debt management expert consultant for the World Bank and the IMF, where he specializes in sovereign debt management and strategy. Prior to joining the World Bank, Samer was a research officer at the Monetary and Capital Markets department of the International Monetary Fund, specializing in financial sector surveillance and diagnostic, macro-prudential analysis, and banking stress testing. His combined 10 years experience at the IMF and WB has taken him to two dozen countries around the globe on technical assistance missions advising central banks and ministries of finance officials on international best practices in the fields of debt management and financial sector stability and soundness. Samer holds a BBA in Business Management from the American University of Beirut, an MBA in Finance from the University of Houston, and an MS in Development Economics from the Johns Hopkins University - SAIS. More about Samer here.
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