Dr. Omar Razzaz


Dr. Omar Razzaz is Chair of the Board of Trustees, King Abdullah II Fund for Development and Chair of the Jordan Strategy Forum. Until recently, he led the national team responsible for the preparation of the National Employment Strategy in (2011-2012). He was the Director General of Jordan’s Social Security Corporation (2006-2010). Prior to his return to Jordan, he served as Country Manager of the World Bank’s Lebanon Country Office (2002-2006). His World Bank experience covers areas of private sector development and infrastructure finance. His country experience includes Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Estonia, Belarus, Macedonia, South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, Central Africa, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Lebanon, and Jordan. Dr. Razzaz was Assistant Professor at MIT in the International Development Program and the Regional Planning Program. He holds a PhD from Harvard University in Planning with a minor in Economics, and a post-Doctorate from the Harvard Law School. He is a member of several boards of private and not for profit organizations. He has a number of publications in refereed journals.