Contact Dr Nashwa Saleh


Dr. Saleh is a Senior Policy Advisor, CNED, educator and published author. She is Director of the Full-time MBA Programme & Senior Lecturer at Cranfield School of Management. Prior to joining Cranfield she was a  Senior Lecturer in Finance at De Montfort University in the UK, DMU and visiting professor at ESCP Europe, Cambridge Judge Business School and the American University in Cairo.

She has more than 20 years of experience across global EM with a special focus on EMEA, holding various senior policy, equity, debt and capital markets roles with a number of international organizations and regulatory bodies.

Her track record spanned mandates with USAID, EBRD, AfDB, Central Bank of Egypt, S&P Global and KPMG Corporate Finance.

She has covered financial markets & institutions across a number of Global EM and frontier markets including:

Brazil, Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Morocco, Jordan, Tunisia, Yemen and a number of Sub-Saharan African markets: Sudan, Ivory Coast, Togo, Uganda, Kenya, Botswana, and South Africa.

She is also founder of BAST Ratings (, aspiring to become the first premium provider of SME ratings in EMEA.

Nashwa was recipient of the Cass Business School bursary award and received her PhD degree from Cass in 2012, with her dissertation on Early Warning Signals for Financial Crises. She published a book in 2010 entitled An Anatomy of the Financial Crisis, Blowing Tumbleweed.

She is a Chevening Scholar, receiving her MSc in Finance from London Business School, and obtained her BA in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo (AUC). She is a CFA charter holder, member of the UK CFA Society. She also holds a CFA certification in ESG Investing and is a Certified Company Director from the UK Institute of Directors (IoD) and holds a number of roles including non-executive director & board member, chair of the audit committee at Sandah Microfinance (founded by KfW & AAIB).

She speaks French, English and Arabic.