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.
There always is a plethora of questions any stakeholder has for a presidential hopeful. For both local and foreign investors, those will often pertain to economic policies that will help the Arab world’s most populous nation out of its slump. But for most Egyptians and as a corollary the 13 presidential candidates in this month’s election, it’s not.
Sudan has warned nascent South Sudan it would not allow what it described as widened aggression along the border. A state of emergency is already in effect after several weeks of clashes and fears are growing of an escalation into a full-blown war.
Democracy is “well within reach” in Egypt and has “significant upside potential” in the medium term, Renaissance Capital said in its latest report. It expected investments to increase after the country’s presidential elections, scheduled for later this month.
Anti-government protestors calling for political reform burned tires as a controversial Formula One race was held in Bahrain on Sunday.
As drivers and teams prepare to travel to the Kingdom of Bahrain for the fourth race of the season, protests in the capital Manama reflect a political situation that is far from resolved. And it isn’t the first time Formula 1 has courted international condemnation in order to keep its racing schedule.
The nomination of a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood to run in Egypt's presidential race has further clouded an already complex political transition, making an immediate economic recovery less likely and heightening the risk of a currency crisis, according to analysts.
New information suggests that Iran’s oil production may not have fallen as much as other industry reports have speculated. The latest publication of data by the Joint Organizations Data Initiative (JODI) published on Sunday showed Iran produced 3.72 million barrels per day in January, marking the highest output since December 2008.
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Samer Khoury, president of the Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), discusses the challenges facing businesses in the Middle East due to political instability.
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