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Governance Of GERPA

CAWTAR is the executing agency for GERPA. The Steering Committee of GERPA acts like a board of directors. It consists of highly respected individuals inside and outside the Middle East and North Africa region who determine the strategic direction for GERPA activities, approve the allocation of resources, and select the supported research activities.

Steering Committee

Chair: Ismail Serageldin, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt

Secretary : Soukeina Bouraoui, Director of CAWTAR, Tunis

Suhair Al-Ali, International Consultant, Jordan

HE Fatima Al Balooshi, Minister for Human Rights and Social Development,Bahrain

Gary Becker, Nobel Laureate for Economics, University of Chicago, USA

Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Laureate, Iran

Rahma Bourqia, University Hassan II, Morocco

Nadereh Chamlou, Senior Advisor MENA Region, The World Bank

Yousef Ibrahim, Economic Advisor, Kuwait 

HE Mustapha K. Nabli, Governor of the Central Bank of Tunisia

 Shantayan Devarajan, Chief Economist for the MENA Region, The World Bank   


The Advisory Committee acts like a management committee and is made up of prominent thinkers and experts. The Committee advises the Secretariat on the technical issues of the projects, the quality of the process, and the mobilization and utilization of resources.

Advisory Committee

Chair: Soukeina Bouraoui, GERPA

Secretary/Research Coordinator:  Yasmina Reem Limam, the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and CAWTAR

Ragui Assad, Professor of Planning Affairs at the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute USA/Egypt

Mohamed Bakir, statistician and international consultant

Nadereh Chamlou, Senior Advisor MENA Region, The World Bank

Mouna Cherkaoui, University Mohammed V, Morocco

Taieb Hafsi, Professor of Strategic Management, University of Montreal, Canada/Algeria

Mona Chemali Khalaf independent consultant on gender issues

Golnar Mehran, Assoc. Professor of Education, Al-Zahra University, Iran

Guity Nashat, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Research Fellow, Hoover Institute, USA

Tarik M. Yousef, Chief Executive Officer, Silatech, Qatar

In addition, GERPA research is refereed by a group of researchers from leading universities and research institutes. Each proposal is reviewed and rated by two researchers. If the ratings differ markedly, a third reviewer rates the proposal. For large proprosals, a member of the Advisory Committee of GERPA also reviews and rates the submission. Once selected, the research undergoes two rounds of reviews – usually by the same team to ensure consistency - and can only be considered completed if it is cleared/approved by the reviewers.GERPA also provides editorial assistance to researchers who want to publish their papers in journals.

Notes on GERPA Committee Members

Steering Committee

Ismail Serageldin, (Chair) is the Director of the Biblioteca Alexandrina (BA) in Egypt, and chairs the Boards of Directors for each of the BA's affiliated research institutes and museums. He serves as Chair and Member of a number of advisory committees for academic, research, scientific and inter¬national institutions and civil efforts which include the Institut d'Egypte (Egyptian Academy of Science), TWAS (Academy of Sciences for the Developing World), the Indian National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He is former Chairman, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR, 1994- 2000), Founder and former Chairman, the Global Water Partnership (GWP, 1996-2000) and the Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest (CGAP), a microfinance program (1995-2000) and was Distinguished Professor at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Serageldin has also served in a number of capacities at the World Bank, including as Vice President for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development (1992-1998), and for Special Programs (1998-2000). He has published over 60 books and mono-graphs and over 200 papers on a variety of topics including biotech¬nology, rural development, sustainability, and the value of science to socie¬ty. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Cairo University and Master's degree and a PhD from Harvard University and has received 26 honorary doctorates.

HE Suhair Al-Ali was appointed as Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs of Jordan on July 28, 2010. Prior to this appointment and since 2005, she was Minister of Planning and International Cooperation. Prior to entering Government, Mrs. Al-Ali held the positions of General Manager and Country Officer of Citigroup in Jordan since 1996, and General Manager of the Saudi American Bank Representative Office in New York since 1993. Ms. Al-Ali joined Citibank in Jordan after obtaining a Masters Degree in Development Economics from Georgetown University in the United States and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Foreign Service also from Georgetown University. Mrs. Al-Ali has served, by appointment of His Majesty King Abdullah II, as Member of His Majesty's Economic Consultative Council, and as Member of the “Jordan First” Campaign Committee. In addition, Mrs. Al-Ali is a member of many boards, among them: the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development, the Jordanian National Commission for Women, the King Hussein Cancer Center, the Royal Society for Fine Arts, the Royal Film Commission, the Higher Council for Science and Technology, the Privatization Council, the Jordanian American Business Association, the Talal Abu Ghazaleh College for Business, and a founding member of the Jordan Chapter of the International Women's Forum (IWF)."

HE Fatima Al Balooshi is the Minister for Social Development of the Kingdom of Bahrain. She was previously Dean of the College of Education at the University of Bahrain and the Chairman of theDepartment of Educational Technology. She has been granted many fellow¬ships and awards including the Excellence of Achievement Award Conferred by His Highness the Late Amir of Bahrain (1992) and the International Volunteer Day Award Granted by Children & Mothers Welfare Society (1998). She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Information Center for Women and Children (Bahrain) and the Bahrain Information Technology Society, as well as Chairman and founding member of the "Women andInformation Technology Special Interest Group." She was appointed as amember of the Supreme Council for Women by His Majesty The King ofBahrain and served on the Supreme Council between 2001 and 2004. Dr. al Balooshi received her Doctorate of Education from Columbia University andholds a Master of Education as well as a Master of Arts from the same uni versity. The foci of her Master studies were "Instructional Technology andMedia" and "Computing in Education"

Gary S. Becker who won the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Science in 1992, is a Professor of Economics and Sociology at the University of Chicago and the Rose-Marie and Jack R. AndersonSenior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. In addition to being a Nobel laurea¬te, Becker is a recipient of the 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom. He received the National Medal of Science in 2000 for his work in social policy. He is the 2004 recipient of the Jacob Mincer Prize for lifetime achievement in the field of labor economics and is one of the initial fellows of the Society of Labor Economists. Becker is recognized for his expertise in human capi¬tal, economics of the family, and economic analysis of crime, discrimination, and population.His current research focuses on habits and addictions, formation of prefe¬rences, human capital, and population growth. Becker's most recent publi¬cations include ”Uncommon Sense: Economic Insights, from Marriage to Terrorism” (2009) co-authored with Richard Posner, (with Guity Nashat) The Economics of Life (McGraw Hill, 1997) and Accounting for Tastes (Harvard University Press, 1996). He is the author of numerous books, including the seminal work Human Capital (Columbia University Press, 1964; 3d edition, 1993), which was awarded the prestigious W. S. Woytinskty Award in 1964. Other books by Becker include A Treatise on the Family (Harvard University Press, 1981; expanded edition, 1991) and The Economic Approach to Human Behavior (University of Chicago Press, 1976). Becker was editor of Essays in Labor Economics in Honor of H. Gregg Lewis and (with Gilbert Ghez) The Allocation of Time and Goods over the Life Cycle (Columbia University Press for the National Bureau of Economic Research, 1975).Becker received an A.B. (summa cum laude) from Princeton University in 1951, an A.M. from the University of Chicago in 1952, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1955. He holds honorary degrees from a dozen universities, including Hebrew University in Jerusalem (doctor philosophae honoris causa), Knox College, Illinois (doctor of laws), Princeton University (doctor of humane letters), Columbia University (doctor of humane letters), and the University of Illinois at Chicago (doctor of arts).

Shirin Ebadi is a human rights and democracy activist, and a lawyer, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003. She is the first Iranian and the first Muslim woman to receive the prize. Born in Iran,she received a law degree from the University of Tehran and became the first female judge in Iran. Mrs. Ebadi has lectured law at the University of Tehran, and has been a campaigner for strengthening the legal status of children and women. In 1996, Human Rights Watch honored Mrs. Ebadi as a leading human rights defender for her contribution to the cause of human rights in Iran. Mrs. Ebadi recently established a nongovernmental organization in Iran, the Center for the Defense of Human Rights. She has written a num¬ber of academic books and articles focused on human rights. Among her books translated into English are “The Rights of the Child - A Study of Legal Aspects of Children's Rights in Iran” (Tehran, 1994), published with support from UNICEF, and “History and Documentation of Human Rights in Iran” (New York, 2000).
 
Yousef Al-Ebraheem is a former Minister of Finance, Minister of Planning of Kuwait, and Minister of State for Administrative Development Affairs from February 2001 to January 2003. He alsoheld the position of Minister of Education & Higher Education from July 1999 to February 200. Presently, he serves as the Economic Advisor at the Amiri Diwan in the capacity of a minister. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Gulf Investment Corporation, member of the Board of Directors of the “American Kuwaiti Alliance“ (an NGO), member of the Board of “INJAZ“ Kuwait – a part of the international non-profit NGO Junior Achievement Worldwide, member of the Board of Advisers of Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University, USA, and was vice Chairman of Al Mal Investment Company. In Kuwait, he served as the Dean of the College of Administrative Science at Kuwait University 1995-1999. From 1993-94, Dr. Al-Ebraheem held the post of Cultural Counselor/Director at the Cultural Division of the Embassy of Kuwait in Washington. He received a Ph.D. in economics from Claremont Graduate School, California, in 1984. He has written a number of publications, reports papers and books on the topic of Economics and Development.
 
Rahma Bourqia is President of Hassan II Mahommedia University. The first woman appointed to the presidency of a Moroccan university after a long academic carrier as a professor of sociology and anthro pology, and Dean of the School of Humanities. Dr. Bourqia has written books and many articles on Moroccan society, culture, women, youth and values. She is an expert on women's rights in Morocco and the Arab World. As a member of the committee created to discuss the status of women in Morocco, Professor Bourqia contributed in the adoption of the country's New Family Law in 2003 that recognized the equality between men and women. She has been actively involved in the reform of higher education in Morocco, and has been active in breaking traditional cultural, social and gender roles throughout her professional career. Dr. Bourqia’s publication include “Femmes et Fécondité” Afrique/Orient, Casablanca, 1996. - in col¬laboration with Mounira Charrad (University Of Pittsburgh) and Nancy Gallagher (University of California at Santa Barbara) and "Femmes, Culture et Société au Maghreb” Afrique/ Orient, 1996.

Mustapha Nabli is currently an international consultant. From 2008 to September 2010, he was Senior Advisor at the Development Economics-Presidency at the World Bank. And, prior to this function hewas the Regional Chief Economist and Director of the Social and Economic Development Group within the Middle East and North Africa Region of the World Bank since 1999. Dr. Nabli joined the World Bank in 1997 as Senior Economic Advisor with the Development Prospects Group, Development Economics. Prior to joining the Bank, Dr. Nabli was an international consul¬tant, before which he served as Minister of Economic Development and Minister of Planning and Regional Development in the Government of Tunisia from 1990 to 1995. From 1988-1990, Dr. Nabli held the position of Chairman of the Tunis Stock Exchange. Prior to 1988 he was Professor of Economics, Faculté de Droit et des Sciences Politiques et Economiques, Universite de Tunis and served as Visiting Professor at various universities in Canada, USA, Belgium and France. Dr. Nabli holds a Ph.D. and an MSc in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Ritva Reinika is director of the Social and Economic Development Group in the Middle East and North Africa Region of the World Bank. Since she joined the Bank in 1993 as a country economist in theEastern Africa Department, she has held various positions in the Africa Region and the Development Research Group, and was co-director of the 2004 World Development Report "Making Services Work for Poor People." Prior to her current assignment she was the World Bank country director for Botswana, Madagascar, Mauritius, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland. Her research and professional interests include public econo¬mics, incentives and service delivery, micro foundations of private sector development as well as macroeconomic and trade policy. She has published widely on development in peer reviewed journals as well as through policy-oriented outlets. Prior to joining the Bank, Ms. Reinikka was a researcher at the Centre for the Study of African Economies in the University of Oxford and the Helsinki School of Economics. She also held operational positions at UNICEF and with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Finland. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oxford.

Nadereh Chamlou is Senior Advisor to the Chief Economist for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region of the World Bank. In her three decades with the World Bank, she has worked in technical,advisory, and managerial positions across several regions and in fields such as private and financial sector development, infrastructure and environment, corporate governance, and the knowledge economy. She co-authored a World Bank report on "Corporate Governance: A Framework for Implementation" (1999), and co-founded the World Bank/OECD-sponsored Global Corporate Governance Forum, which she headed from 1998 to 2000. From 2002-2008 she led the Gender agenda in the MENA region and was the principle author for the flagship report on "Gender and Development in the Middle East and North Africa Region–Women in the Public Sphere" (2003), and advanced the issue of women’s entrepreneurship through her book on "The Environment for Women's Entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa Region" (2008). She speaks frequently at international and regional conferences. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Tunis-based Center for Arab Women's Training and Research (CAWTAR); Chair of the Friends of the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund, a scholar¬ship fund for women from developing countries. She is Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Policy and a member of the International Steering Committee of Nyenrode University of The Netherlands. She served as a member of the scientific committee of the Dutch Gender Task Force--24orMore. She has a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Masters in Development Economics from its Graduate School of Economics.

Soukeina Bouraoui is the Executive Director of the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR) since 1999 She received her Aggregation Diploma in Private Law and Criminology in 1982 fromthe University of Tunis. She has since taught diverse disciplines of law, ran¬ging from criminal law, to economic and political law, civil law, constructions and urban planning law, environmental law and human rights. She is a visiting professor of law at several foreign universities and an active member of com¬mittees on legislative reforms. She serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tunisian Society on Criminal Law, the International Association on Economic Law, and the International Center on the Comparative Environmental Law. From 1987 to 1991, she was the head of the department of private law and criminology, where she created an MA diploma in environment, land management, and urban planning law. In 1991, she foun¬ded the Center of Documentation, Research, and Media on Women (CREDIF) and was its Chief Executive Officer up to 1996. She was the chairperson of the committee on “Women and Development” in the eighth economic and social development plan of Tunisia (1992-1996). She has published a great number of articles and studies on the issue of women’s rights. In 1997, Dr. Bouraoui received the Order of the Republic, was elected as a regional gover¬nor of the International Council of the Environment, and was appointed mem¬ber of “the International Court for Arbitration and Reconciliation on Environment”.

Advisory Committee

Soukeina Bouraoui (Chair) is the Executive Director of the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR) since 1999 She received her Aggregation Diploma in Private Law and Criminology in 1982 fromthe University of Tunis. She has since taught diverse disciplines of law, ran¬ging from criminal law, to economic and political law, civil law, constructions and urban planning law, environmental law and human rights. She is a visiting professor of law at several foreign universities and an active member of com¬mittees on legislative reforms. She serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tunisian Society on Criminal Law, the International Association on Economic Law, and the International Center on the Comparative Environmental Law. From 1987 to 1991, she was the head of the department of private law and criminology, where she created an MA diploma in environment, land management, and urban planning law. In 1991, she foun¬ded the Center of Documentation, Research, and Media on Women (CREDIF) and was its Chief Executive Officer up to 1996. She was the chairperson of the committee on “Women and Development” in the eighth economic and social development plan of Tunisia (1992-1996). She has published a great number of articles and studies on the issue of women’s rights. In 1997, Dr. Bouraoui received the Order of the Republic, was elected as a regional gover¬nor of the International Council of the Environment, and was appointed mem¬ber of “the International Court for Arbitration and Reconciliation on Environment”.
 

Yasmina Reem Limam(Secretary/Research Coordinator) is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and the Research Coordinator of the Gender Economic Research and PolicyAnalysis (GERPA), managed by CAWTAR and funded by the World Bank. Dr. Limam obtained her PhD (2002) and her MA (1996) in Economics at the University of Connecticut, USA and a Bachelor Degree in Economics at the Faculte des Sciences Economiques et de Gestion de Tunis in 1992. From 1994 to 2002, Dr. Limam was a Graduate Assistant and a Lecturer at the University of Connecticut. She has various research interests especially in the areas of Economic Development, Economic Growth, Technological Change, Financial Liberalization and Gender and Economics. While she was a researcher at Comete Engineering, Dr. Limam participated in a num¬ber of projects including “the Integrated Programme of Rural Development,” upon the request of the Center of Rural Development in Tunisia and led the project on “Service export in Tunisia: Assessment and Performance,”, upon the request of the Center of International Trade in Geneva. She also parti-cipated in a number of conferences on Economic Development, Technological Change and Efficiency Analysis.

Ragui Assaad is Professor of Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute. He is also a non-resi¬dent Senior Fellow at the Wolfensohn Center for Development at theBrookings institution and a Research Fellow at the Economic Research Forum. His current research focuses on inequality of opportunity in the Arab World as well as youth and gender issues in the region, with a focus on edu¬cation, employment and livelihoods, and family formation. His recent publi¬cations include two edited volumes on the Egyptian labor market and jour¬nal articles and book chapters on youth transitions to adulthood, female labor supply, the informal economy, wage formation and unemployment, and gender and structural adjustment. He was from 2005 to 2008 Regional Director for West Asia and North Africa for the Population Council, based in Cairo, Egypt. Assaad has led the design, implementation and analysis of two major nationally–representative surveys of labor market conditions in Egypt in 1998 and 2006 and has recently completed a similar survey in Jordan. He holds a Ph.D. degree in City and Regional Planning and a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Mohammed Bakir worked at the Ministry of Planning in Iraq during 1968-1993, and held positions such as Director of Living Conditions Statistics Department at the Central Statistical Organization, Directorof Planning Methods Department at the National Planning Institute and Chief Consultant at the National Centre for Planning and Management Development. During 1994-1998 he joined Al Zarka University and Amman University in Jordan as an Associate Professor. Since 1994, he worked as an international consultant for different international and regional organiza¬tions including UNDP, World Bank, CAWTAR and ESCWA. The countries that he worked in include Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Tunisia, UAE, USA, and Yemen. His consultancies involved the production, capacity building and application of social statistics in areas of development planning, human development, gender, and poverty. Dr. Bakir was a member of teams that produced 14 reports acting mainly as the lead statistical consultant. Two of the said reports were CAWTAR reports, the Globalization, Gender and the Economic Participation of Arab Women Report published in 2001 and the Arab Adolescent Girl Report published in 2003. Besides, four of the said reports were human development reports and six of them were on poverty issues. Moreover, he was the (co)author of 24 books and studies, on appli¬cation of statistics and quantitative techniques for measurement and analy¬sis of economic and social issues. He obtained a B.Sc and M.Sc from the American University of Beirut in Mathematical Statistics and a Ph.D. in Economic Statistics in 1979 from Leeds University, UK.

Nadereh Chamlou is Senior Advisor to the Chief Economist for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region of the World Bank. In her three decades with the World Bank, she has worked in technical,advisory, and managerial positions across several regions and in fields such as private and financial sector development, infrastructure and environment, corporate governance, and the knowledge economy. She co-authored a World Bank report on "Corporate Governance: A Framework for Implementation" (1999), and co-founded the World Bank/OECD-sponsored Global Corporate Governance Forum, which she headed from 1998 to 2000. From 2002-2008 she led the Gender agenda in the MENA region and was the principle author for the flagship report on "Gender and Development in the Middle East and North Africa Region–Women in the Public Sphere" (2003), and advanced the issue of women’s entrepreneurship through her book on "The Environment for Women's Entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa Region" (2008). She speaks frequently at international and regional conferences. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Tunis-based Center for Arab Women's Training and Research (CAWTAR); Chair of the Friends of the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund, a scholar¬ship fund for women from developing countries. She is Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Policy and a member of the International Steering Committee of Nyenrode University of The Netherlands. She served as a member of the scientific committee of the Dutch Gender Task Force--24 or More. She has a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Masters in Development Economics from its Graduate School of Economics.

Mouna Cherkaoui is Professor at Mohamed V University, Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences in Rabat Morocco, where she has been responsible for a number of curriculum development, andis the National Coordinator of the Network of Economic Research. She wasinvited as a professor and as a researcher to many Universities such as theUniversity of Montreal, Duke University and Arizona State University. Sheconsulted to various national and international organizations. Cherkaoui served as principal investigator for a number of studies. Her areas of inter¬est in research include issues in international economic but also poverty and gender issues. She served as an Advisor to the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. Mouna Cherkaoui holds a Masters and a PhD in economics with a specialisation in international trade and finance from Arizona State University. She is an Economic Research Forum research fel low and is in the board of trustee of the Economic Research Forum. She also serves in the advisory committee of the Gender Economic Research and Policy Analysis.

Taïeb Hafsi is Professor of Strategic Management at HEC Montreal, the business school of the University of Montreal, where he holds the Walter J. Somers Chair of International Strategic Management. He has beenawarded several prizes of which the 1989 P. Laurin Research Prize, the 1998 Coopers-Lybrand Best Business Book award, the 2000 Outstanding Teacher award, the 2001 François-Albert Angers Best Teaching Book award, and the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences’ 1990 and 2004 Best Paper awards, the 2007 Public Administration Review best paper award, and the 2009 best business book award. He has conducted research programs on divestment in public and private sectors, on organizational responses to globalization of markets, on strategic change, on issues of competitiveness and national strate¬gies, on strategic management of highly dependent organizations, and on stra¬tegic management and institutional theory of organization, and on governance. He has around 100 articles in academic or professional management journals. He is the founder, and was until 2004 the editor of a trilingual academic journal, “International Management”. He is a member of the Academy of Management, of the Academy of International Business, of the Administrative Science Association of Canada, a founding member of the Strategic Management Society and of its French speaking counterpart AIMS, and a member of the Advisory Board of the World Association of Case Research and Application. He collaborates, as a reviewer, to many academic and professional journals. He also sits on the Board of Directors of several small technology firms, and has conducted consulting assignments in large firms in Canada, Europe, the United States and in a variety of emerging countries. In addition to an MSc in chemical engineering, Dr. Hafsi holds an MSc in management, from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a PhD in Business Administration, from Harvard Business School.

Mona Chemali Khalaf is an independent consultant on gender issues. She has served as professor of Economics at the Lebanese American University (LAU) until October 2009 and as director of theInstitute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World at the same university from October 1997 to September 2005. Previously she was a member of the Lebanese National Commission for the Preparation of the 1995 Beijing World Conference on Women, the Lebanese National Commission for Women Affairs (1996-1999), and the Board of Trustees of the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW), 1996-1999. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Gender Economic Research and Policy Analysis Initiative (GERPA), established by the World Bank and CAWTAR in 2006, and a member of the editorial board of Al-Raida, a quarterly magazine dealing with women’s issues in the Arab world. Prof. Khalaf was also the Coordinator of the World Bank Gender Consultative Council for the MENA Region. Author of several publications focusing essentially on women's empowerment through education and work, she has written extensively about women, gender, and the labor market in postwar Lebanon. Her research presently focuses on migration and women.

Golnar Mehran is Associate Professor of Education at Al-Zahra University in Tehran, Iran. Since 1991, she has also been an educa¬tion consultant for UNICEF in Jordan (1995), Oman (2000), and Iranand acted as education consultant to UNESCO and the World Bank. She was a member of the World Bank’s Gender Consultative Council for the MENA Region. Her specialization is gender and education, an area in which Dr. Mehran has published extensively, particularly on female education in the Islamic Republic of Iran and in the Middle East and North Africa region. Professor Mehran received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), where she has frequently been Visiting Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Education.

Guity Nashat is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern history at the University of Illinois at Chicago. An economic historian, she has written about the role of womenin Iran and Islamic society. Her current research deals with the evolution of government in the Middle East since the rise of Islam. Nashat has authored The Origins of Modern Reform in Iran, 1870-1880 (1982) and Middle Eastern History Selected Reading Lists and Course Outlines from American Colleges and Universities (l988), co-authored (with Nobel laureate Gary Becker) The Economics of Life (1997) and (with Judith Tucker) Women in the Middle East and North Africa (1999). She has edited Women and Revolution in Iran (1984) and co edited (with Lois Beck) Women in Iran from the Rise of Islam to 1800 (2003) and Women in Iran from 1800 to the Islamic Republic (2004). She has contributed chapters and entries to Encyclopaedia of the Modern Islamic World, Encyclopaedia Iranica, Encyclopedia of Women in World History, Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender, Blackwell Companion to History, and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History. She has also written numerous scho¬larly articles on women and reform movements in the Middle East for scholarly journals. Her work has been translated into Persian, Arabic, and Italian. In addi¬tion, she has presented papers in numerous national and international confe¬rences and seminars and has been invited to lecture at conferences in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Nashat participated in the task force organized by the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations on Muslims American Civic and Political Engagement. Nashat is a member of the Iranian Studies Association, the Middle East Studies Association, and the Mont Pelerin Society. She is currently on the visiting committee of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. She received a B.A. from Barnard College, an M.S. from the Columbia University School of Journalism, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Tarik Yousef is the founding Dean of the Dubai School of Government. Prior to this position, he joined the School from Georgetown University, where he held the positions of AssociateProfessor of Economics in the School of Foreign Service, and Sheikh Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah Professor of Arab Studies at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. His current research interests include the dynamics of labor markets, the political economy of policy reform, and development policies in oil-exporting countries. Dr. Yousef's research and policy experience includes working as an economist at the Middle East Department of the International Monetary Fund, as Visiting Professor in the Middle East and North Africa Region of the World Bank, and as Senior Advisor for the Millennium Project at the United Nations. At present, he is a Senior Fellow in the Wolfensohn Center for Development at the Brookings Institution and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University with specialization in develop¬ment economics and economic history.
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