Our Founding Partners

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Dr. Yasar Jarrar, PhD

Senior Partner

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Dr. Nabil Alyousuf

Managing Partner

Our Associates & Expert Advisors

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Michael Kouly

President & CEO, Cambridge Institute for Global Leadership, formerly Visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

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Dr. Wafi Dawood

CEO of Strategy & Planning at KHDA and Subject Matter Consultant with PWC

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Dr. Nasser Yassin

Professor of Policy and Planning at the AUB, Director of Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs

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Afshin Molavi

Senior Fellow, FPI at Johns Hopkins University SAIS

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Muna Hakooz

Former Secretary General, Ministry of Public Sector Development in Jordan

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Ammar Mango

Founder of Case In Point Consulting

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Ashraf Zeitoon

Director of Public Policy, Middle East, Turkey & Africa at Netflix

Our Management Team

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Hala Hatamleh

Manager

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Omar AL Khabbaz

Operations Manager

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Barkha Shah

Research Manager


Dr. Yasar Jarrar, PhD – Senior Partner

  • Professor of Practice, Hult International Business School, USA
  • Board of Trustees Member, Dubai Future Academy, UAE
  • Senior Fellow, MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth, USA
  • Co-Chair, Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government, World Economic Forum
  • Visiting Fellow, Cranfield School of Management, UK
  • Senior Advisor, Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Innovations in Government, UAE
  • Fellow, Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (previously Dubai School of Government), UAE

Yasar is a strategy advisor focused on Emerging Markets with over 30 years’ experience in Public Sector Modernization, Technology for Development, and Education. Yasar is the co-founder of the Arabic portal for the Future of Government ( www.01government.com), and a co-founding Partner in 2 emerging markets professional service firms focused on development: IAG (www.iag.sg) and THC (www.thc.xyz). Yasar is also a Board Advisor for Tarjama and Ureed (www.tarjama.com)

Formerly, Yasar was a Partner at Bain & Company (www.bain.com) heading the Public Sector practice in the Middle East for 3 years and prior to that was a Partner at PwC ( www.pwc.com) leading Middle East Strategy Group and the Global Education Group for 5 years.

Before PwC, Yasar served as the founding Executive Dean of the Dubai School of Government (UAE) and as a Research Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Before that he served as the Strategy Director at The Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in Dubai from 2001 to 2005.

Prior to that, Yasar worked in the UK as a Research Fellow in Cranfield School of Management and Bradford School of Management. Yasar published extensively in various academic and professional journals, and his insights have been quoted in global and regional media.

For more details, see LinkedIn profile ae.linkedin.com/in/yasarjarrar/

For sample publications, see website www.yasarjarrar.com


Dr. Nabil Alyousuf – Managing Partner

Nabil Alyousuf is the Chief Executive Officer of International Advisory Group (IAG). Previously he worked as the Director General of The Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai.

He led the development of Dubai Strategy 2015 and established Dubai School of Government, a public policy institute created in collaboration with Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He was also Dubai Institute for Human Resources Development, a training institute providing programs for the development of employees in government institutions. And he established the Mohammed bin Rashid Program for Leadership Development, a program that develops future leaders in Dubai in collaboration with international schools and universities such as Cranfield, INSEAD, the London School of Business.

In 2010 Nabil was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

In 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree in Business Administration from The University of Strathclyde. He has a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Strathclyde, a Master of Science in Operations Research from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from The University of Arizona.


Michael Kouly – President & CEO, Cambridge Institute for Global Leadership, formerly Visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

  • President and CEO, Orbit
  • President & CEO , Cambridge Institute for Global LeadershipExecutive
  • Board Member: Reuters Europe/Middle East/Africa – Geneva, Reuters Group

Michael Kouly, a World Bank Fellow, senior international executive, writer, journalist & a PhD scholar who has studied and researched Global Leadership at Harvard, Princeton, Maastricht and Michigan-Ann Arbor universities.

Michael has spoken on Leadership, Strategy and policy-making to thousands of top government, education, NGO and business executives in dozens of countries stretching from the United States to Asia. His practical knowledge comes from a 17-year international career with Reuters where he worked in 22 countries leading people from 47 nationalities. His last responsibilities were Managing Director of Reuters Middle East Ltd. and executive board member of Reuters Continental Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Michael is currently the President of Cambridge Institute for Global Leadership (CIGL), a leadership Think-Tank that generates knowledge on the subject of leadership and builds the leadership capacity of people and organizations worldwide. He is the Founding President of Leaders Across Borders LAB, a non-profit international body that promotes leadership initiatives across national, racial, religious, social, ethic and cultural boundaries.


Dr. Wafi Dawood – CEO of Strategy & Planning at KHDA and Subject Matter Consultant with PWC

Dr. Wafi Dawood is a Board member and the CEO of Strategy & Planning in the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). He is also an Adjunct Professor in the British University in Dubai. Dr. Dawood also serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of the 2 the Point international consultancy based in Zurich. In addition, he is a subject matter consultant with PWC and IBM Kenexa. Dr. Dawood is also a member of the editorial committee of the Ministry of Interior Quality Journal.

He holds a Ph.D. in Performance Management and has also completed the Sheikh Mohammed leadership program. In 2004, Dr. Wafi was awarded by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, as the Distinguished Employee of Dubai Government.

His professional career included working as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dubai Quality Group, the Vice Chairman of the Global Benchmarking Network. He has also worked in Dubai World Trade Centre as the Director of Corporate Performance & Quality. Before that, he worked as the Quality Senior Manager in DP World, where he assisted the organization to win Dubai Government Excellence Program – Golden Category in 2005.

Dr. Wafi Dawood has led KHDA’s participation project in the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) program, and assisted the organization to be awarded the 5 Star Recognized for Excellence as the first organization in the Middle in 2013.

Dr. Dawood has also worked in consultancy Projects in UAE, UK, Singapore, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi. He has many Publications related to Performance Management and Quality in international conferences. He has also spoken in many National and International Conferences.


Dr. Nasser Yassin – Professor of Policy and Planning at the AUB, Director of Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs

Nasser Yassin is a Professor at the Department of Health Management and Policy (HMP), Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut. He is also the Director of Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, and Professor of policy and planning at the Health Management and Policy Department at the AUB.

He co-chairs the AUB4Refugees Initiative that brings together and builds synergy among faculty and departments in AUB responding to the Syrian refugee crisis.

He researches and advises on policy and social innovation especially in areas of health, youth and refugee policies and programs. His work looks at how civil society actors, community groups and informal networks can influence policies as well as development and humanitarian programs. He is currently leading a research project on understanding the informal adaptive mechanisms among refugees and their host communities in the Middle East. He is author of more than 30 internationally published articles and reports.

His research Interests are policy and social innovation especially in areas of health, youth and refugee policies and programs. His work looks at how civil society actors, community groups and informal networks can influence policies as well as development and humanitarian programs.

His teaching Interests are Public Policy; Health Policy; Innovation and Health; Civil Society and Policymaking.


Afshin Molavi – Senior Fellow, FPI at Johns Hopkins University SAIS

Afshin Molavi is a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, where he writes broadly on emerging markets, particularly on themes related to ‘The New Silk Road,’ South-South trade, global hub cities, new emerging market multinationals, global aviation, the geopolitics of energy, and the intersection of Middle East states and the global economy.

Molavi was also a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, a non-partisan think tank, and a former director of the World Economic Roundtable, an ambitious effort to re-map the global economy in the wake of the Great Recession. He is also the founder and editor of the New Silk Road Monitor, a site that examines the markets, societies, cultures and politics of countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and beyond (from Bollywood to Bond Markets).

A former journalist with postings in Dubai, Riyadh, Jeddah, and Tehran, his dispatches from the Middle East and essays have been published in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, Businessweek, The Journal of Commerce, National Geographic, and dozens of academic and specialty publications. He is also a contributing writer to the Washington Post Global Opinions section and, most recently, to Newsweek Japan.

He is a regular speaker at investment conferences, universities, think tanks, and the media, and has also served as an analyst at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector development arm of the World Bank, and is co-founder of emerge85 Lab, an initiative dedicated to exploring change in the emerging world and its global impact.


Muna Hakooz – Former Secretary General, Ministry of Public Sector Development in Jordan

Muna Hakooz has more than 30 years of experience in good governance, NGOs, institutional capacity building and assessment, human resources management and development including: HR competency-base framework, drafting HR bylaws and HR policies and procedures manuals, performance management, selection and recruitment, training and development, human resources planning, career paths and planning, restructuring including organizational function analysis and clustering, organizational structure designing, job descriptions, ToT, EU technical team leader, family affairs and gender mainstreaming, integrity and transparency assessment, code of ethics and public and private sectors experience.

She held the position of Executive Director for HR Policy Administration/ Secretary General at the Ministry of Public Sector Development for more than two years. Recently she is working as a short-term senior consultant for the Legislative and Opinion Bureau with the Rule of Law-USAID project to develop its organizational structure and competency-based job descriptions. She worked with the JCP-USAID to design the organizational structure, job descriptions and all HR are manuals and systems for a new company to be established in Jordan. She worked in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in developing competency dictionary, articulating job description, training needs assessment, career paths and succession planning. She worked as a Capacity Building/ Key Expert for -EU funded project-t to provide technical assistance to the MoJ 2007-2008. She was the Director of Organizational Development and Resources Management Department, at TRC for 7 years. She worked for the MoICT for two years as the Director of Planning, Management Development and Training. She also worked for Jordan Telecom in the Human Resources Management Department for 12 years.

She has MSc. in Human Resources Development (HRD), Manchester University, 1997, B.A in Business Administration and Economics from University of Jordan, 1984, and Senior Executive Program for the Middle East (SEPME) in Harvard University, USA, 2002-2003.


Ammar Mango – Founder of Case In Point Consulting

Ammar W Mango is an Organizational Consultant, Entrepreneur, and Facilitator. With more than 25 years in the strategic consulting field, he has a strong global consulting background especially in organizational project management.

After 13 years of consulting in the United States for Fortune 100 companies, including Visteon, Ford Electronics Division, Ford Motor, and Detroit Edison, Mr. Mango started offering his services in the Middle East region, based out of Jordan.

As a facilitator, Mr. Mango trained thousands of Professionals on subjects that include Project Management, Leadership, Program Management, and Six Sigma. He is Certified Simulation Leader by TOPSIM Germany.

His entrepreneurial endeavors include starting Method Corp as a company specializing in Organizational Project Management, and starting Case in Point, a company specialized in Simulation Based Learning. He is also acting President for Walid Mango Housing Company and Investor in FindikSuyu Villas and Spa in Turkey.

With a diverse experience working across industries, Mr. Mango provided his consulting services for companies in the fields of IT, Governmental, Automotive, Construction, Banking, Engineering, Utilities, and Nuclear.

Mr. Mango is the first Jordanian to become PMP certified in 1991, and became Six Sigma Black Belt in 2005. He participated as guest speaker and led panel discussions at global professional conferences.


Ashraf Zeitoon – Director of Public Policy, Middle East, Turkey & Africa at Netflix

Ashraf Zeitoon is the director of Public Policy, Middle East, Turkey & Africa at Netflix. Earlier he held the position of Advisor to the Head of HUB71, and the former Head of Public Policy for Middle East & North Africa at Facebook. He leads the company’s public policy work in the region on a broad portfolio of issues including privacy, online child safety, freedom of expression, e-commerce regulation and public sector uses of social media.

Prior to joining Facebook in the summer of 2014, Ashraf worked in senior positions in Public Affairs and Communications with leading corporations in the Middle East and North Africa, including Aramex and Arabtec Holding. Before that, he held senior positions with the Governments of Jordan and Emirate of Dubai in several capacities including Special Aide to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Jordan, Assistant Director of Government performance Directorate at the Prime Ministry of Jordan, and Director of Special Projects at the Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

Ashraf is a former associate of the Dubai Initiative at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and his writing has been published in the Financial Times and Foreignpolicy.com. He holds a B.A. in Political Science & English Literature from Yarmouk University in Jordan.


Hala Hatamleh – Manager

Hala Hatamleh is a Program and Research Manager at the International Advisor Group (IAG). She worked earlier as a senior research and program development officer at the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development in Jordan

She was leading on early childhood development research and pilot at the Foundation. Hala has a Master’s degree from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in Development Management and two Bachelor degrees; Computer Engineering from Yarmouk University in Jordan and Applied Arts and Sciences from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, USA. She was a member of several organizations and networks such as Minhati, a scholarship program.


Omar AL Khabbaz – Operations Manager

Omar Al Khabbaz is the Operations Manager at IAG. He handles the support services management for designing and delivering the government advisory projects and leadership development programs across the GCC region.

He project-managed a number of leadership programs like Qatar Government Leadership Development Program, Oman Government Leaders Program, Ajman Leaders Program, Leaders Development Program for Ministry of Oil & Gas in Oman, and the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization Leadership Program.

Omar holds Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences – English Language Division – Damascus University.


Barkha Shah – Research Manager

Barkha Shah is the Research Manager at International Advisory Group (IAG) . Before joining IAG, Barkha worked as an independent/freelance researcher and strategy consultant in Dubai for 4 years. Specialization areas include government/public sector modernization and education strategy and reform in GCC countries. Key clients included PriceWaterhouse Coopers, INJAZ Al-Arab, World Bank, International Advisory Group, Dubai Executive Council, Sharjah Tatweer Forum, Pink Tank and Arab Thought Foundation.

Barkha holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. Between 2008 and 2010, Barkha was a Manager with PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Dubai with the firm’s Government, Education and Nonprofit Advisory team. During this time, she worked on several strategy and performance improvement assignments for various government and non-profit institutions in the MENA region. Key projects included the development of a strategy for a regional forum on public sector excellence in service delivery (Abu Dhabi government), strategy and process development for the establishment of the Director General’s office within Dubai Customs, designing the 5-year strategy for Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority, and the development of Dubai’s philanthropy strategy. Recently, Barkha has co-developed a report titled “Empowering Arab Youth with Skills for Success: K-12 Education Reform” with INJAZ Al-Arab, World Bank and PwC. Barkha also has expertise in the formulation of business plans and feasibility studies for the education sector in GCC countries. In 2013, Barkha facilitated the Executive Council in Dubai with the development of a case study on the Dubai Model Centre. She also designed the program for the 11th FIKR Conference (Dubai) on “The Citizen and the Future of Government”.

Before moving to Dubai in 2007, Barkha worked in Singapore as the Research Assistant to the Dean of S. Rajaratanam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University. During her stay in Singapore, she authored and contributed several commentaries on socio-economic and political issues in Pakistan. Before moving to Singapore, Barkha worked as a Fundraising Strategy Consultant at MADADGAAR (a UNICEF project) in Karachi, Pakistan.

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