Course: MSc Development Management
Saifedean Ammous is Assistant Professor of Economics at the Lebanese American University, and Foreign Member of the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University. He is an effective communicator of complex cutting-edge economic ideas in print and visual media. His research interests include energy and environmental economics, monetary economics, political economy, dynamism and innovation. He has recently published a book on the Bitcoin entitled "The Bitcoin Standard: Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking".
An interview to Saifedean discussing on the topi of Bitcoin is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukjDCeuNK3Y
Ammous’s research is motivated by a consideration of the knowledge problem in economics and social affairs, the concept of spontaneous and emergent order, the limitations of centralized planning, and the enormously important distinction between the products of human design and the outcomes of spontaneously emergent collective human action. He has applied this framework to his study of energy systems and energy policy, in particular, the case of biofuels policies.
Ammous has researched the political economy of the Arab world and the economic underpinnings of the recent Arab revolutions and conflicts, a topic on which he has published academically and in the popular press. He has also written on the economic implications of digital currencies and the economic potential of these innovations, and is a leading Arabic-speaking authority on the topic. Ammous holds a PhD, M.Phil and MA in Sustainable Development from Columbia University, an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut.
Ammous lives with his wife Afkar and baby daughter Jasemina in Beirut. His favorite hobbies are playing and watching football, as well as grilling.
His website: https://saifedean.com/