Although based in Dubai, Yousef travels across the Middle East and North Africa in pursuit of market moving stories. He has reported on major events throughout the Arab World for CNBC's signature programs, from Squawk Box to Closing Bell.
At the peak of the violent 2011 and 2013 uprisings in Egypt, Yousef was on the ground in Tahrir Square, providing unprecedented coverage for the network in the toughest of circumstances. His coverage of the Arab Spring, financial markets, and the region's economic trends have been an important component of CNBC programing.
He has also been on assignment for NBC News and MSNBC,appearing on programs such as "Nightly News with Brian Williams", the top network evening newscast in the United States.
When not on-air, Yousef often moderates at conferences and private sessions, including the World Economic Forum.
In more than six years of live television, Yousef has interviewed top regional and international leaders in politics and business.For two years, he co-anchored Capital Connection, a daily show serving as the bridge between markets in Asia, Europe and the US. Prior to joining CNBC in early 2010, Yousef was an anchor for Egyptian Television.
Yousef graduated Summa Cum Laude from the American University in Cairo, with both a B.A. and M.A. in journalism. A native of the region, he is fluent in English, Arabic, German and formerly, French.
With the rising tide of stricter regulation in traditional financial centers, more investors from around the world are now using the Middle East to trade in foreign currencies and commodities. A number of players are also jumping on the opportunities brought on by regional investors seeking higher returns amid a lackluster performance in equity and fixed-income markets.
At a time when Gulf carriers have effectively redrawn the balance of power in the aviation industry, Etihad Airways is showing no signs of slowing down its global expansion. And part of that strategy remains focused on buying minority equity stakes in other airlines, the company’s President and CEO, James Hogan, told CNBC’s “Access: Middle East.”
Popular social media platforms including the likes of Twitter and Facebook were pushed further into the limelight with the onset of the Arab Spring. The increased adoption of powerful communication tools holds prospects for businesses to grow, while keeping the pressure on regional governments to liberalize, analysts have told CNBC.
Dubai’s recovery is happening, at least that’s what stakeholders and data points are showing. And yet, for some an overreliance on Dubai before the crisis means that if one lesson has been learned, it’s that more geographical diversity is key.
Turkey may be a net energy importer, but its geostrategic location in serving as an “energy corridor” means a further escalation with neighbor Syria could reverberate to market prices and weigh on energy investments, analysts have told CNBC.
A sense of optimism prevails among players in the real estate market of the world’s top oil exporter. For good reason: In less than two years, several key developments in Saudi Arabia have come together, which will create a wealth of opportunities for years to come, analysts have told CNBC.
Following the acquisition of Aureos Capital, the Middle East’s largest private equity firm is poised to stretch further into the developing world, particularly in the sometimes-underrated African markets, according to Abraaj Chief Executive Officer Arif Naqvi.
The chairman of Sabanci Holding, one of Turkey’s most powerful family-run conglomerates, said no decision had yet been made on the fate of its joint venture with Europe’s largest retailer, Carrefour.
Samer Khoury, president of the Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), discusses the challenges facing businesses in the Middle East due to political instability.
The chief executive of Qatar's largest private commercial bank, R Seetharaman tells CNBC how he plans to reclaim lost market share and go global.
As many governments struggle to provide quality in the classroom, global private education provider GEMS is looking to expand aggressively. The firm's chairman, Sunny Varkey, outlines the long-term goals and explains why making profit from running schools is not a bad thing.