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About Mostafa

Mostafa Allam is an Egyptian writer who was born in Austria and has lived in over a dozen countries. He is the author of three novels: Daydreaming in Cairo, What These Eyes Have Seen, and The Young Man and the Sea.  His essays and opinion pieces can be found on The Romantic Revolutionary, his online blog. His writing has appeared in Al Ahram, Egypt’s leading newspaper, Xinmin Pinglun, the official academic journal of Schwarzman College, and the Myth, Migration & Egyptomania Stories Series of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London. He is a recipient of the Schwarzman Scholarship and a graduate of the University of Virginia, London Business School, INSEAD, and Tsinghua University.

In addition to being a writer, Mostafa worked as a management consultant for nine years across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. He was also a founding member of Circles.Life (Singapore’s fourth telecom operator) and served as a pro bono consultant for Alfanar (the Middle East’s first venture philanthropy organization) for several years. He currently lives in Abu Dhabi.

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I first started writing at the age of five, when I received my first notebook as a birthday present. I mostly journaled for myself until I started sharing my writings in 2008 on The Romantic Revolutionary, my first online blog.

I wrote my first novel, Daydreaming in Cairo, in 2011. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of designing and writing a novel. Ever since then, I knew that I had found my voice and that writing is my calling in life.

Over the years, I have been privileged to connect with readers through my writings, talks, and workshops. Every moment I spend writing and connecting with readers is a blessing that I am truly grateful for.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website and read my writings.



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