Mohamed Younis is Gallup's subject matter expert on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). He also serves as a Senior Analyst for the Gallup World Poll. His research at Gallup focuses on employment challenges in the Arab world and relations between Muslim majority and Western societies. Younis provides briefings to world leaders and institutions on Gallup's research and provides expert insight to television, radio and print media worldwide.
Since 2012, Younis has led one of Gallup's newest initiatives focused on advanced analytics. Relying on Gallup's sciences as well as external data sources, Younis leads a team of strategic advisers who monitor and consult on real-time geopolitical shifts around the world.
During his time at Gallup, Younis helped design the most comprehensive and wide-spanning public opinion study on youth unemployment in the MENA region. The study's goals included measuring entrepreneurial aspirations among young people in the region and exploring the local challenges they face in attaining job training, using job placement services and accessing capital for their start-ups. Younis briefs policymakers on how Gallup's findings can inform decisions when tackling youth unemployment.
Younis has also served as a Senior Analyst on Gallup's work regarding Muslim-West relations. As the MENA region expert for the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, Younis regularly briefed global leaders on the statistical drivers of Muslim-West tensions and perceptions across and within Muslim majority societies and Western ones on attitudes toward Islam, extremism and prejudice.
Younis studied political sociology at the University of California, Riverside, with an emphasis on social change in the MENA region and the Muslim-American experience. He received a juris doctorate degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law and is a member of the Virginia State Bar. Younis has studied and worked in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Qatar and is fluent in Arabic.