Hady Amr is a thought leader on a range of socioeconomic and geopolitical issues facing the Middle East with a focus on the Levant, Israeli-Palestinian relations and the Gulf, as well as Arab human development, Middle East economic growth, U.S. public diplomacy, and countering violent extremism. He draws on three decades of experience related to the Middle East including working as a senior U.S. diplomat on Arab economies, U.S.-Arab relations, and the entrepreneurial leadership of start-ups related to the Middle East. Amr most recently left the Obama administration where he served as a White House appointee and a senior diplomat. From 2013 to 2017, Amr served at the United States Department of State working under the leadership of Secretary of State John Kerry and Special Envoys Martin Indyk and Frank Lowenstein, most recently as deputy special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, with a focus on key economic issues in the Israeli-Palestinian relationship. From 2010 to 2013, he served as deputy assistant administrator for the Middle East at the United States Agency for International Development, deputy head of a 600-person bureau that managed $1.6 billion annually in U.S. foreign assistance to the Middle East, including to Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, and Yemen. He tweets at @HadyAmr. Read more. . .