Tamer Nagy Mahmoud ’02 says he came to Earlham with very little understanding of the academic skills required to succeed in the United States, but within 10 years of graduating, he found himself counseling governments, including advising the drafters of a new constitution for his home country of Egypt.
“Earlham’s faculty took the time and effort to teach me these invaluable skills that I use on a daily basis,” he says. “Studying economics and politics, in particular, provided me with a useful foundation to pursuing a career as an attorney at an international law firm with clients and on matters that span the globe.”
Immediately after graduating, Mahmoud was awarded the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he worked on issues of democracy promotion and the rule of law in the Middle East. He then pursued a joint Juris Doctor degree in law and a master’s degree in international affairs, and in 2006 he became an attorney at the international law firm of White and Case LLP in Washington, DC, where he continues to work today.
“My practice focuses on antitrust matters, international dispute resolution, and defense of clients in multi-jurisdictional investigations,” Mahmoud says. “Law is a multidisciplinary and dynamic field. With every new matter, I get to learn about the intricacies of a whole new industry or field of work.”
Mahmoud says among the most rewarding experiences have been the opportunity to work on a variety of pro bono matters throughout his career, including representing those who fear persecution in their home countries to secure asylum in the United States. A major highlight included moving back to Cairo from 2011 until 2013 after Egypt’s revolution to serve on a pro bono secondment with the Public International Law and Policy Group to advise on the process of constitutional and legislative reforms during the democratic transition.
“I worked with civil society, political parties, parliament, and the constitutional assemblies that drafted Egypt’s new constitution,” he says. “My job was to advise these stakeholders on the comparative best practices for reform based on the standards of international law and the tried experiences of other countries around the world.
“It was probably the most exciting and equally challenging experiences of my career. Despite the challenges and disappointments that continue to stifle Egypt’s path toward democracy, it was an honor to participate so close in my country’s constitutional process.”
In addition, Mahmoud also has worked on investment funds in emerging markets, including Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
“Whether it’s working on a corporate merger, representing a government in a transnational dispute, helping protect the rights of an asylum seeker, or advising on drafting Egypt’s new constitution, I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on such diverse matters,” he says.