Experts Committee

Experts Committee

1. Dr. Khalid Wazani – Chief economist and chairman and Co-founder of Issnad consulting.
Dr. Khalid holds Masters degree in Economics from American University at Cairo, followed by PhD in Economics at Cairo University.
He is currently the CEO, Chairman & Founding Partner of Issnaad Consulting; a diversified Business Consulting, Business Reengineering, Economic Policy & Project Management Firm found late 2011.
Dr. Khalid started his career at the Hashemite University where he was promoted to deputy dean of faculty of economics. His career also includes a number of high level positions such as the CEO of Darat Jordan Holdings, General Manager of Taameer Jordan and Saraya Aqqaba, Economic Researcher at the Arab Bank PLC in Egypt, Director General of the Jordanian Customs Department, as well as serving as the Head of His Majesty King Abdallah II Economic team in addition to Deputy Chairman and Director General / Social Security Corporation.

2. Dr. Ruba Jaradat – CEO at Jordan Strategic Forum
Ruba Jaradat is a senior professional in international development, experienced in private sector development and fiscal reform. She holds a PhD degree in International Development from the UK.
Dr. Jaradat managed a USAID/Jordan economic growth programs, Previously, Dr. Jaradat worked as an International Relations Consultant for a consortium of British universities. Dr. Jaradat chairs the Board of Directors of the British Universities Alumni Association. She holds several certificates from international institutions such as Harvard University, the World Bank, Georgia State University and the U.S. Federal Institute.

3. Mr. Laith Al Qasem – Chairman at Arabian Business Consultants for Development
Mr. Al-Qasem graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Michigan Ann Arbor, where he received B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. He also has an MBA with concentration in Finance /Investment Management, from Georgetown University, Washington.
Laith Al Qasem’s experience integrates technology, innovation and economic development, as it extends from working with technology entrepreneurs and venture capital investment, to developing and managing start-up companies.
He was the Vice Chairman at Amman World Trade Center, and at RUBICON (Jordan Training Technology Group). He was also CEO of Jordan Technology Group, where he worked with Jordanian entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas for specific products and services, and was involved with 16 technology oriented start-up companies He is currently the Chairman at Arabian Business Consultants for Development, a company which facilitates entrepreneurial start-ups in Jordan, and helps entrepreneurs and early stage SMEs to avoid many of the risks associated with start-up and early stage companies. He is also a member in the Jordanian Economic and Social Council.

4. Mr. Salamah Darawi- Economist and Editor in Chief at Al Maqar news website
Mr. Darawi, a former Editor in Chief at Al Arab Al Yawm newspaper, highlighted the importance of encouraging local journalists to pursue the track of investigative journalism. Salamah is familiar with the international organizations such as the World Bank, IFC, and IMF as he attended courses at each.
Holds a Master degree in International Economics from the University of Jordan.

5. Mr. Awni Dawoud- Managing Editor at Addustour official newspaper, Vice President of Jordan Press Association

6. Mr. Abd Al Moniem Zubi- Economic Researcher and Analyst at Cairo Amman Bank
Economic Analyst & Columnist - Al Arab Al Yawm News Paper
Asset/Liability Manager - Cairo Amman Bank
MBA in Finance and Investments - University of Nottingham - UK
BA in Finance - University of Jordan