Doctor, Political Commentator on Middle East Issues


Nervana is a practising Anaesthesiologist in England with a British Fellowship (FRCA) and an Egyptian M.D. in Anaesthesiology. She started blogging and writing on Middle East issues after the Egyptian revolution in 2011.

At the start of 2013, Nervana began publishing a weekly compilation of Egyptian news, reports, and analyses under the name of Egyptian Aak (which means mess in Arabic). It was featured in The Economist‘s list of what to read about Egypt. She writes mainly about Egypt, but also about political Islam, and Turkey. She has contributed to several outlets including The Telegraph, Al-Monitor, Now Lebanon, and Egypt’s Ahram and Daily News Egypt. Nervana has also written guest posts for the US’s Council on Foreign Relations CFR.

Nervana’s twitter account (29.000 followers) was featured in The Washington Post’s must-follow Twitter accounts to understand Egypt, and by The Daily Beast’s list in 2013.

In November 2013, Ms. Mahmoud was featured by the BBC as one of its 100 women of the year. In 2015, she was nominated for Lebanon’s Samir Kassir Award. She has given several talks about Egypt, women rights, and radicalism in various institutes, as well as many Radio and TV interviews.

Nervana is member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies IISS.


LANGUAGES: English and Arabic