Dr. Magued Osman is an expert in statistics and public opinion research, as well as the founder and Managing Director of the Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research, Baseera, which was established in April 2012 as the first independent public opinion polling center in Egypt.
Prior to establishing Baseera, Dr. Osman acted as the Chairman of the Egyptian Cabinet of Ministers’ Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) from January 2005 to February 2011, when he was appointed Minister of Communications and Information Technology in the post-revolution caretaker government.During his tenure at the IDSC, Dr. Osman led a highly qualified national team in setting up the Public Opinion Poll Center, which is affiliated to the Egyptian Cabinet of Ministers and has paved the way for the development of this field in Egypt.
Dr. Osman also acted as the director of the Cairo Demographic Center and supervised the “Evidence-Based Population Policy Project,” a UNFPA-funded project responsible for issuing the official report on the population status in Egypt.
Moreover, Dr. Osman is a professor at the Department of Statistics at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University, and has served on the boards of a number of universities, associations and NGOs. He is the founding Chairman of the Arab Network for Public Opinion Polling Centers and the Vice Chairman of the Arab Union for Statisticians.
Dr. Osman has provided short term consultancies to a number of regional and international organizations, including the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Women, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Bank, the Canadian International Development Research Center, the Ford Foundation, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the Economic Research Forum (ERF).
He has a number of publications in public opinion research, statistics, demography and governance. He led a number of national survey activities in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, including the Egyptian World Values Survey and the National Corruption Perception Survey. Furthermore, he has designed and supervised a large number of public opinion polls since 2005. Recently, he was responsible for a series of polls on Egyptian presidential elections and initiated the first series of presidential approval ratings in Egypt.