Dr Mahfoud Amara joined Qatar University in the fall of 2015. He is Assistant Professor in Sport Management and Policy at the College of Arts and Sciences (Sport Science Program). Before joining Qatar University he was Assistant Professor (from 2004-2015) in Sport Policy and Management and Deputy Director of the Centre for Olympic Studies and Research in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University. Dr Amara has a specific interest in sport business, culture, and politics in Arab and Muslim contexts. He has published material on the politics of the Pan-Arab Games, sport in colonial and post-colonial contexts, sport and the business of media broadcasting, the sport and modernization debate; sport development and development through sport. He has undertaken research for a range of national and international bodies including, British Academy, European Commission, UNESCO, ICSS. He was a member of an external assessment panel of BBC's regional sports coverage in 2007. He has been invited as speaker to a number of international conferences, seminars and expert panels for his research on sport in the Middle East and North African region and on sport policy and multiculturalism debates in Europe. In 2012 he published a new book on Sport Politics and Society in the Arab World. He recently co-edited a book with Alberto Testa on Sport in Islam and Muslim Communities.