Dr. Mohamed Evren Tok | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Dr. Mohamed Evren Tok

Dr. Mohamed Evren Tok (PhD)

Associate Dean for Community Engagement
College of Public Policy

  • Phone+974 44542894
  • Office locationC.04.016

Dr. M. Evren Tok is the Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the MA program in Islam and Global Affairs at the College of Islamic Studies and the Assistant Dean for Innovation and Community Development.

He has extensive experience in building disruptive mechanisms in education and learning in post-graduate studies. He is the founder of the first makerspace in Qatar Foundation, built around the concept of “Green Economies, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship.’

Dr. Tok is also the Lead Project Investigator for a Qatar National Research Priorities Program on ‘Localizing Entrepreneurship Education in Qatar.’ 



Research Interests

  • Global Affairs
  • Religion
  • Entrepreneurship Education
  • Innovation
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


Program Coordinator, MA in Islam And Global Affairs


Aug 2018 – Present
  • Associate Professor of Islam And Global Affairs


    Jun 2018 – Present
  • Assistant Professor of Public Policy in Islam


    Jan 2012 – Jun 2018
  • Distinguished Research Associate

    North South Institute, Ottawa

    Feb 2012 – Sep 2017
  • Research Associate

    Carleton Center for Community Innovation, Carleton University, Ottawa

    Sep 2011 – Present
  • Adjunct Professor

    Carleton University, Ottawa

    Sep 2006 – May 2011


Diploma in Global Law and Policy

Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School

  • Collaborative PhD in Public Policy and Administration & Political Economy

    Carleton University, Ottawa

  • MA in Political Economy

    Carleton University, Ottawa

  • BA in Economics (Minor in International Political Economy)

    Koç University, Istanbul


Selected Publications


  • Tok, E., Besada, H., & MacMillan, L. (2019). Innovating South South Cooperation: Policies, Modalities and Challenges.

    Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press.

  • Tok, E., & Pal, L. A. (2018). Global Governance and Muslim Organizations.

    London: Palgrave MacMillan.

  • Tok, E., Al Khater, L., & Pal, L. A. (2016) Policy Making in a Transforming State: The Case of Qatar.

    London: Palgrave MacMillan.


  • Tok, E., & Lestra, M. (2019) Development and Humanitarian Aid: The Case of Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

    In Turan, K. & Petersen, M. J. (Eds.), Organization of Islamic Cooperation and Human Rights. University of Pennsylvania Press.

  • Tok, E., & D’Alessandro, C. (2019). Locality, Leadership and Pedagogies for Entrepreneurship Education.

    In Samier, E. A., & Elkaleh, E. S. (Eds.), Teaching Educational Leadership in the Gulf and the Middle East: Theoretical and Cultural Foundations? Singapore: Springer Nature.

  • Tok, E., McMillan, L., & Besada, H. (2019). Innovating South-South Cooperation: Conceptual Overview.

    In Tok, E., McMillan, L., & Besada, H. (Eds.), Innovating South-South Cooperation: Challenges, Modalities and Policies. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press.

  • Tok, E. (2018). Organization of Islamic Cooperation and Global Governance.

    In Pal, L. A., & Tok, E. (Eds.), Muslim Perspectives to Global Governance. Palgrave MacMillan.

  • Tok, E. (2018). Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Qatar: Is Blockade a Golden Opportunity?

    In Miller, R. (Ed.), Qatar and the 2017 Crisis: A View from Within. HBKU Press.

  • Tok, E.; Elbassiouny, N. Showkath, S. and Samper, S. (2018). Arab Spring and the MDGs: Shedding Light on the Preludes.

    In Besada, H., Agarwal, M., & Polonenko, L. (Eds). The Global 2015 Development Agenda: Challenges and Prospects. Policy Press.

  • Tok, E. (2015). Gulf Donors and the 2030 Agenda: Towards a Khaleeji Mode of Development Cooperation.

    In Chandran, R., & Cooper, H. (Eds.), Meeting the Challenges of the 2030 Agenda: Alternative Forms of Development Cooperation and the United Nations. Available at: http://cpr.unu.edu/meeting-the-challenges-of-the-2030-agenda-alternative-forms-of-development-cooperation-and-the-united-nations.html 

  • Tok, E., Gharib, R., & Zebian, M. (2016). Neoliberal Urbanization and “Smart Cities” in the Gulf Region: The Case of Masdar City, United Arab Emirates.

    In Kamrava, M., & Babar, Z. (Eds.), Gateways to the World: Port Cities in the Persian Gulf. C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd.

  • Tok, E., McSparren, J., Besada, H., & Shaw, T. (2015). Inclusive Development, Natural Resource Management and Sustainability in Africa: A Qatari Perspective.

    In Eickelman, D., & Abusharraf, R. (Eds.), Gulf-Africa Relations: A Closer Look. Berlin: Gerlach Publishers.

  • Tok, E., McSparren, J. J., Ali, F. M., Elghaish, H., & Al Merekhi, M. (2015). Crafting Smart Cities in the Middle East: Comparison of Masdar and Lusail.

    In Harrison, D., Handbook of Research on Digital Media and Creative Technologies. IGI Publishers.


  • Tok, E., & D’Alessandro, C. (2019). Development Aid in Tumultuous Times: A Perspective from Islamic Geographies.

    Arab World Geographer.

  • Tok, E., Al Horr, A., & Gagoshidze, T. (2019). Rethinking Qatar’s Soft Power in the Post Blockade Times.

    Digest of Middle Eastern Studies (DOMES). 28 (1).

  • Tok, E., Kaya, A., Koc, M., Mezher, T., & Tsai, I. T. (2019). Economic Diversification Potential in the Rentier States Towards a Sustainable Development: A Theoretical Model.

    Sustainability, 11. 911.

  • Tok, E. (2018). Can GCC States Achieve Sustainable Economic Diversification and Development by Driving Entrepreneurship Efforts?

    Center for Middle East. Rice University and Carnegie Corporation of New York.

  • Tok, E., Olawuyi, D., & D’Alessandro, C. (2018). Cleantech Entrepreneurship in Qatar.

    Global Journal of Comparative Law.

  • Tok, E., & Kaminski, J. (2018). Islam, Entrepreneurship and Embeddedness.

    Thunderbird International Business Review.

  • Tok, E., & D’Alessandro, C. (2017). Khaleeji Mode of Development Cooperation.

    Gulf Affairs, Oxford Gulf Peninsula Studies Forum.

  • Tok, E., McSparren, J., & Olender, M. (2017). The Perpetuation of Regime Security in Gulf Cooperation Council States: A Multi-Lens Approach.

    Digest of Middle Eastern Studies (DOMES), 26 (1).

  • Tok, E. (2017). States, markets, and communities: Rethinking sustainability and cities.

    QScience Connect, 2017, (2). 7. http://dx.doi.org/10.5339/connect.2017.qgbc.7

  • Tok, E., and O’Bright, B. (2017). Islamic NGOs Shaping Geographies of Religion in Africa: Financing Post-2015 Development Agenda [Special Issue: From MDGs to SDGs: Africa in the post-2015 agenda: a geographical perspective].

    African Geographical Review.


  • Tok, E., Heydarova, A., & Kent, E. (2017). Sustainable Development and the Rule of Law: A Policy Perspective from Qatar.

    Middle East Institute: Insight. National University of Singapore.

  • Tok, E., McSparren, J., & Sanz, F. R. (2015). Contours of Qatar-Sub Saharan Africa Relations: Shedding Light on Trends and Prospects.

    Mapping GCC Foreign Policy: Resources, Recipients and Regional Effects. (Collected Papers 3). London School of Economics (LSE) Middle East Center.