Yousef Gamal El-Din

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Yousef Gamal El-Din
Born (1985-10-15) October 15, 1985 (age 29)
Education American University in Cairo, B.A., 2007
American University in Cairo, M.A., 2009
Occupation Broadcast journalist, news anchor
Notable credit(s) CNBC Access: Middle East host (2012-)
CNBC Capital Connection co-host (2010-2011)
CNBC Gateway to the Middle East host (2010-2011)

Yousef Gamal El-Din (Arabic: يوسف جمال الدين‎) (born October 15, 1985) is an Egyptian-Swiss journalist and news anchor. He is currently the host of CNBC's Access: Middle East. He is also the channel's regional correspondent, based in Dubai and regularly contributes analysis for Previously, Gamal El-Din was a co-host of CNBC's Capital Connection from the network's Middle East studios in Bahrain.


Gamal El-Din graduated from the American University in Cairo, Summa Cum Laude, in 2007, majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication. He went on to receive a Master of Arts degree in the same field. In addition to outstanding academic achievement, he was awarded the prestigious Ahmed H. Zewail Prize for Excellence in the Sciences and Humanities.[1] Gamal El-Din describes himself as a 'car enthusiast' on his Twitter page and used to be seen frequently at the Bahrain International Circuit.[2]


After a short off-screen stint with OTV as a scriptwriter,[3] Yousef Gamal El-Din joined Nile TV as an English presenter and reporter in July 2007. He made his debut on the "Top Stories" on July 17, 2007, and thereafter anchored the news regularly at the top of the hour live from Cairo. He reported on major events across Egypt and interviewed a wide range of prominent ministers, activists and experts. He also covered Wikimania 2008 and interviewed Jimmy Wales for Egyptian Television.[4] In July 2008, he took charge of the bi-weekly political program the News Hour. Later in September, Gamal El-Din began hosting the new Business World show. He also made occasional appearances on Yas3ad Saba7ak on Channel 2.


Gamal El-Din joined CNBC in June 2010 as the first anchor based at the channel's newly opened Bahrain bureau, which is operated under the auspices of CNBC Europe. On June 14, 2010 he became the third co-host of Capital Connection, joining Anna Edwards in London and Chloe Cho in Singapore.[5]

During the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, CNBC added extensive coverage of the turmoil and violence. Yousef Gamal El-Din, reporting live for the network and MSNBC during the height of the protests in Tahrir Square, was heard "urging protesters to leave him alone so that he could report". Anchors urged him to "stay safe" only minutes after the Battle of the Camel broke out. CNBC has described him as reporting under "the toughest of circumstances".[6]

Gamal El-Din returned to Cairo several times since the beginning of the revolution to cover protests, and interviewed the Egyptian Interim Prime Minister Essam Sharaf [7] only hours before July 8 “Friday of Determination” demonstration. He also reported on the Bahraini uprising,[8] the 2011 Jordanian protests[9] and the Turkish general election, 2011[10]

On July 4, 2012, Gamal El-Din debuted Access: Middle East, a primetime series giving key insights on regional economic and business developments. The show has featured several billionaires, including Güler Sabancı [11]

Outside of day-to-day programming, Gamal El-Din is frequently at key summits of the World Economic Forum and has moderated sessions at events such as the Abu Dhabi Media Summit and the DIFC Forum.

Awards and Popular Culture[edit]

  • The Future of Egyptian Television, Enigma Magazine, October 2008[12]


  1. ^ "Ahmed Zewail Prize Winners". American University in Cairo. 2008-07-12. Retrieved 2009-01-18. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Twitter Bio", Retrieved August 11, 2011
  3. ^ "More About Yousef Gamal Eldin", "The American University in Cairo", Retrieved January 16, 2009
  4. ^ [1], Retrieved January 17, 2009[dead link]
  5. ^ "CNBC’s Editorial Hub Starts Broadcasting Live From The Middle East" (Press release). CNBC Europe. 7 June 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "Media and Cairo Protests". Mediaite. 2 February 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  7. ^ Gamal El-Din, Yousef (2011-07-06). Egyptian PM: Democracy Key for 'New' Egypt (Interview). Egypt: CNBC. 
  8. ^ Gamal El-Din, Yousef (22 April 2012). "Despite Death Protests Bahrain Grand Prix Goes On". CNBC. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Gamal El-Din, Yousef (16 May 2011). "GCC Expansion Could Create Monarchs Club". CNBC. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  10. ^ Gamal El-Din, Yousef (2011-06-13). Ruling Turkish PM Wins Election (Report). Turkey: CNBC. 
  11. ^ CNBC (27 Jun 2012). "CNBC Announces New Middle East Programme". CNBC EMEA Press Releases (CNBC). Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  12. ^ Huq, Yashreeka, "The Men We Love for Spicing Up the Airwaves", Enigma Magazine, October, 2008

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