Ali Souag is Lecturer at the University of Mascara and researcher at the Research Centre in Applied Economic for Development (CREAD), Division of Human Development and Social Sciences in Algiers, Algeria. He took his secondary diploma in 2000 and has done graduate studies in Superior National School of Statistics and Applied Economics (SNSSAE), Algiers, Algeria. His first position was as an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Mostaganem, Algeria and from there he moved to University of Mascara, Algeria. In his early research he evaluated the impact of flexibility of the
labor market on the competitively of the enterprises in the Maghreb region (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia). Then he worked on salary discrimination and the segmentation in the labor market. Currently is his working on the issue of informal employment in Algeria.
The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota was granted funds for a limited number of fellowships for social scientists from Arab universities to spend a semester in residence at the Humphrey School. In two years a total of nine scholars from around the Middle East and North Africa participated in the program, coming from universities and research centers in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. The fellowships were funded by the Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellowship, a program of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.