Ilyas Saliba is non-resident fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. He previously worked at GPPi as a research fellow, where he focused on democracy and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa and contributed to GPPi’s work on measuring academic freedom.
Ilyas is currently on sabbatical while completing his PhD at Humboldt University Berlin and is a guest researcher at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. In the course of his research, he has conducted extensive fieldwork in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia and has been a research fellow at the WZB’s research unit on democracy and democratization, as well as a visiting researcher at the European University Institute in Florence, Oxford University, the American University in Cairo and the Ecole de Gouvernance et d’Economie in Rabat.
Ilyas has been a guest on ARD, ZDF and Deutsche Welle as well as on German Public Radio, among others. His commentary has been published in Open Democracy, Qantara, Süddeutsche Zeitung, DIE ZEIT, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurter Rundschau, and Tagesspiegel.
In 2022 Ilyas co-authored the book: “University Autonomy Decline. Causes, Responses, and Implications for Academic Freedom”. In 2020, Ilyas contributed two chapters to the book“Researching Academic Freedom” and co-authored“Safer Field Research in the Social Sciences”. Previously, he co-authored the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development’s annual country report on Morocco. Ilyas also gained parliamentary experience working as a foreign policy advisor to an MP in the Bundestag during 2022. He is an election observer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and a member of the European Coordinating Committee for Academic Freedom Advocacy.
Prior to joining GPPi, Ilyas worked with Amnesty International in Berlin as MENA advocacy officer, as well as with the Center for Security Studies (CSS) in Zürich, the German Institute for Foreign and Security Policy (SWP), and the WZB Berlin Social Center.
Ilyas studied political science and international relations at the University of Hamburg, University of Gothenburg, ETH Zürich, and the Free University of Berlin. His studies were supported by scholarships from Bucerius Zeit Foundation, the German National Academic Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).