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Osman to speak on measuring public opinion in Egypt

Magued Osman, founder and managing director of the Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research, “Baseera,” will speak on “Measuring Public Opinion during Egypt’s Struggle to Democracy” on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. in Bowl 1 Robertson Hall at Princeton University. The event, which is free and open to the public, is presented by the Workshop on Arab Political Development.


**Media who would like to attend should RSVP by March 24, 2014 to Christine Riley at or 609-258-8237**


Osman is an expert in statistics and public opinion research and a professor in the Department of Statistics at Cairo University; Baseera was established in April 2012 as the first independent public opinion polling center in Egypt. From 2005–2011, Osman was chair of the Egyptian Cabinet of Ministers’ Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC). In 2011, he was appointed as minister of communications and information technology in the post-revolutionary government.


Osman, who has designed and supervised a large number of public opinion polls since 2005, has provided short-term consultancy to a number of regional and international organizations including the United Nations Development Program, the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Children's Fund, the World Bank, the Canadian International Development Research Center, the Ford Foundation, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and the Economic Research Forum, among others. In addition, he has led a number of national survey activities in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Emirates, including the Egyptian World Values Survey and the National Corruption Perception Survey. Recently he was responsible for a series of polls on Egyptian presidential elections initiated the first series of president approval rating in Egypt and conducted the first exit-poll in Egypt.


Amaney Jamal, associate professor of politics, is the director of the Workshop on Arab Political Development. The lecture is cosponsored with the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice; the Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia; and the Department of and Program in Near Eastern Studies.


For more information contact the Christine Riley, or 609-258-8237.