Samir Raafat 

Samir  Raafat was born in Cairo in 1949. The holder of a BA in economics from the American University in Cairo, he worked for Bank of America for several years and later for KREIC, a leading Kuwait real-estate company. Switching careers, he later became a columnist for two Egypt-based English-language magazines and a freelance correspondent for regional and international publications while publishing four books on Egypt’s contemporary architectural and social history. He is currently a private researcher.