Joined Oct 18 2011
79 years old
Education: Master’s Degree in City Planning (MCP), MIT 1976; AADipl, AADip (Trop), London1967
Expertise & Focus: Urban Management and Development; Policy Analysis and Program Development; Institutional Development and Reform; Infrastructure and Housing; Tourism and Cultural Heritage Preservation; Working in Complex and Difficult Environments.
Experience: Joined World Bank, Washington as Urban Planner in 1985. Developed/worked upon a wide range of urban projects worldwide. Joined Bank's MENA Urban Department in 1993. Participated in developing World Bank's $ 1 billion Program of Assistance to Palestine as Urban Team Leader, after the October 1993 Peace Agreement with Israel. Established & led the World Bank's Palestine Urban Program (including projects in both West Bank and Gaza) from 1994-2000 & involving some $250-300m while resident on the ground in Palestine. Developed & led Bank's multi-component $98m urban project in 1994--the Bank's first ever project in Palestine. Principal Urban Planner in MENA Region in 1997. World Bank Consultant on cultural heritage and tourism project in Jordan (including Petra) during 2004-9, particularly Second and Third tourism projects for Ministry of Tourism. Established and led Consolidated Consultants' (CC's) urban planning group in 2007 & led 350 km2 Amman Development Corridor Strategic Master Plan. Currently engaged as team leader in building a municipal services and infrastructure database for Ministry of Municipalities, including Zarqa, Irbid & Madaba, as well as MOMA itself. Currently also serving as a World Bank consultant for a variety of urban projects in Palestine, including major infrastructure improvements in Gaza.
Professional Associations: Member of the Society of Engineers, Jordan; Member, Institute of Architects, Jamaica. Interests: Reading; Exploring Jordan's cultural heritage. Other Personal: Married to a Palestinian. 2 children ages 9 and 10