Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation

Minister

H.E. Dr. Mohamad Al-Ississ

EXPERIENCE

 

GOVERNMENT OF THE HASHEMITE KINGDOM OF JORDAN

Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, and

Minister of State for Economic Affairs

 

 

2019

THE ROYAL HASHEMITE COURT, Amman-Jordan

Special Advisor to His Majesty King Abdullah II

 

Advisor to His Majesty King Abdullah II for Economic Affairs

Director, Economic and Social Development

 

THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN CAIRO, Cairo-Egypt

School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, Associate Dean

School of Business, Economics Department, Tenured Associate Professor

School of Business, Economics Department, Assistant Professor

 

HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL, Cambridge, MA
Visiting Scholar

Lecturer, Mid-Career MPA Program.

 

EDRAAK in partnership with Harvard and MIT's Edx platform
Founding professor of first Arab Massive Open Online Course

 

 

2019

 

2018-2019

2016-2018

 

 

2014-2016

2016-present

2010-2016

 

 

Spring 2014

2011-present

 


2014-present

CHEMONICS INTERNATIONAL AND USAID, Amman-Jordan

 

Manager, Investment Promotion, USAID’s AMIR Program

2004- 2005

 

 

EUROPEAN UNION DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, Amman-Jordan

 

Senior Competition Advisor to Jordan’s Minister of Industry and Trade

2002 – 2004

 

 

THE BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP, Boston, MA

 

Associate Consultant

2000-2002

 

 

EDUCATION

HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Cambridge, MA

Ph.D. in Public Policy – Focus: Economic Development and Financial Markets.

  • Dissertation Committee: Alberto Abadie, Iris Bohnet, and Asim Khwaja.
  • Dissertation topic: The Role of Beliefs in Financial Markets: Three Essays on Violence, Trust, and Religion. Dissertation explores how investment behavior is affected by political violence, religious experience, and insurance. It investigates the impact of violence and faith on financial markets, and the effect of insurance on trust and trustworthiness in the Middle East through lab experiments.

 

HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Cambridge, MA

Masters in Public Administration/International Development

  • Awarded Fulbright scholarship after ranking first in Jordan's national selection.

 

HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Cambridge, MA
Master of Arts, Middle Eastern Studies

 

HARVARD COLLEGE, Cambridge, MA

Bachelor of Arts in Economics with honors and advanced standing status.

  • Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences Scholarship “in recognition of outstanding academic and extracurricular accomplishments” (1996-2000)
  • Harvard College Dean’s List (1996-2000)
  • Harvard College Scholarship (1996-2000)
  • Harvard Foundation Award of Recognition for contributions to intercultural life
  • Harvard World Model United Nations special award for “outstanding service to the cause of international peace and understanding” and best chairman award

2007-2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2005-2007

 

 

 

1999-2000

 

1996-2000

FELLOWSHIPS AND APPOINTMENTS

  • Fellow, The Economic Research Forum
  • Member, Global Future Council on Economic Growth and Social Inclusion.
  • Member, Global Agenda Council on the Arab World , The World Economic Forum.
 
  • Faculty Fellow, Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies
  • Member, Presidential Advisory Council, The American University in Cairo.
  • Fellow: Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative grant.
  • Fellow: Harvard University Belfer Center’s Dubai Initiative.
  • Fellow: Harvard Program On Negotiations.
  • Fellow: Harvard Kennedy School Presidential Public Service Program.

2015-present

2016-present

2011-2016

 

2012-present

2012-2016

2008-2010

2008-2009

2008-2009

2007-2008

 

 

GRANTS & AWARDS

  • Best Teacher Award, School of Business, American University in Cairo.
  • School of Business Award for top-tier publication, American University in Cairo.
  • Harvard University Women and Public Policy Program grant.
  • Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching.
  • Harvard University Public Policy grant.

 

2013

2013

2008-2009

2007

2007

 

RESEARCH

  • “What Does Health Reform Mean for the Health Care Industry? Evidence from the Massachusetts Special Senate Election”, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, American Economic Association, 5(3): 1-29, 2013 (with Miller, Nolan).
  • “Patronage and Electoral Behavior: Evidence from Egypt First Presidential Elections”, European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, 37, 241-248, 2014 (with Atallah, Samer).
  • “The Holy Day Effect”, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance, Elsevier, 5: 60-80, 2015, DOI: 10.1016/j.jbef.2015.02.007.
  • “The Cross-Border Financial Impact of Political Violence”, Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, DeGruyter, 21 (2), 239-272, 2015.
  • “Risk-Mitigation and Trust: Experimental Evidence from Jordan and the United States”, (with Bohnet, Iris), Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, 53, 83-98, 2015.
  • “Preference for Democracy in the Arab World”, Politics and Governance 4 (4), 16-26 (with Diwan, Ishac)
  • “Bias in Aid Allocation: Genetic Distance-Based Evidence”, (with Abdallah, Dina), Working paper.
  • “The Elasticity of Trust: How to Promote Trust in the Arab Middle East and the United States”, chapter 7 in “Restoring Trust in Organizations and Leaders Enduring Challenges and Emerging Answers”, Oxford University Press, 2012 (with Bohnet, Iris, Herrmann, Benedikt, Robbett, Andrea, Al-Yahia, Khalid, and Zeckhauser, Richard).
  • “Where Did All the Revolutionaries Go? Evolution of Preference for Democracy In Egypt and Morocco After the Arab Spring”, (with Diwan, Ishac), Working paper.
  • “Individual Preferences for Democracy In the Arab World”, (with Diwan, Ishac), Working paper.
  • "Diffusion of Dissidence in Arab Public Opinion", (with Atallah, Samer), Working paper, 2015.
  • “Market Reaction to Competition Law: Empirical Evidence From Jordan”, Working paper, 2014.
  • “Evaluating the Impact of Domestic, Regional and International Violence and Instability on the Jordanian Economy using the Event Study Methodology”, Working paper.
  • “Jordan’s Competition Legislation and the Transplant effect: Overview and Analysis”, Working paper.

 

ARTICLES AND POLICY BRIEFS

  • "Democracy and division in the Arab world", with Diwan, Ishac, The World Economic Forum, June 2014.
  • “الدول العربية وتخبط البحث عن الذات على مشارف الهاوية الاقتصادية”, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat Newspaper, December 10, 2012.
  • “Storm Clouds Gather after the Arab Spring”, The World Economic Forum, 2012.
  • “The Access to Credit Dichotomy: Arab Financial Markets Between the Pull of the Disenfranchised and Push of the Entrenched”, The World Economic Forum, 2012.
  • “After the Spring: Arab Economies in Search of Elusive Trust”, The Compendium on Economic Governance In the Arab World, The World Economic Forum, 2011.
  • “The Great Arab Mutation: A Front Seat to History”, The Harvard Crimson, March 2011.
  • “Applying For-Profit Principles in Water Management and Agricultural Policy in the Middle East and North Africa”, Dubai Initiative Policy Memo, The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, 2009.

 

REFEREE

  • The Review of Economics and Statistics.
  • The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.

 

CONFERENCES

  • The World Economic Forum Global Agenda Summit, Abu Dhabi 2011, 2013 Dubai 2012, 2014.
  • Moderator and Panelist, The World Economic Forum Summit, Dead Sea 2011, 2013, 2015 and Istanbul, 2012.
  • Speaker, Association for Analytical Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies Conference, Princeton University, 2014, and Stanford University, 2012.
  • Speaker, The Pulse of the Arab Street after the Spring, Harvard University, 2014.
  • Speaker, Workshop on Trust and Cultural Evolution, University of Valencia, ERI-CES, 2011.
  • Speaker, Conference on Economic Development in the Middle East: Past and Present, Duke University, Durham, NC, 2010.
  • Speaker, Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative Annual Review, Washington, DC, 2009.
  • Speaker, Workshop on Economic Experiments in Developing Countries, McGill University, Canada, 2008.
  • Speaker, Euro-Med Market Program on Competition, Germany, 2003.
  • Organizer and Speaker, Tunisian Competition Experience: Lessons Learned, Tunisia 2004.
  • Organizer and Speaker, Jordan’s Competition Law and implementation, Jordan 2003 & 2004.

 

MEDIA

  • Frequent commentator in live interviews on CNN, BBC and other international and regional media.

 

 

TEACHING & ADVISING

  • Harvard Kennedy School, Economics for Policy, Mid-Career MPA.
  • Edraak MOOC, Arab Economic Development: Current State and Future Trajectory.
  • The American University in Cairo, Microeconomic Theory.
  • The American University in Cairo, Economic History of the Modern Middle East.
  • The American University in Cairo, Economic Development in The Middle East.
  • Harvard College, Quincy House, Resident tutor in economics, public policy and business.
  • Harvard University, The Historical Origins of Middle Eastern Development, Teaching Fellow.
  • Harvard University, Upper-Level Spoken Modern Standard Arabic, Teaching Fellow.
  • Harvard University, Modern Arabic Literature and Culture, Teaching Fellow.
  • Harvard University, Advanced Modern Arabic II, Teaching Fellow.

 

CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT

HARVARD ARAB ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

2014 - 2016

Director of Communications, member of the Executive Board

 

HARVARD SOCIETY OF ARAB STUDENTS, Cambridge, MA

1996 – 2000

President and Treasurer. Reelected to a second term. Coordinated activities, finances, guest speakers (included HM King of Jordan, Coptic Pope, intellectuals, authors, and cabinet members).

HARVARD WORLD MODEL UNITED NATIONS, Cambridge, MA

1996 – 2000

Chairman, Middle East Multilateral Peace Summit in Athens’00, London’99, Brussels’98, and Budapest’97 conferences..

 

SKILLS

COMPUTER:

STATA, HTML, and image applications.

LANGUAGES:

Fully bilingual Arabic-English, conversational French.

       

 

General Information


Vision

 

 

“Towards a comprehensive and sustainable development”

Mission 

 

"To contribute to the development of the Jordanian society in light of its existing and projected needs in order to improve Jordanians’ standards of living, through participatory planning on both local and national levels, and to provide and coordinate assistance through an integrated framework in cooperation with partners".

 

 

Values

 

  • Teamwork.
  • Continuous improvement.
  • Commitment and loyalty .
  • Transparency.
  • Initiative and innovation.
  • Cooperation, coordination and integration with partner


Contact Information

  • City
  • Amman
  • PO Box
  • 555 Amman 11118
  • Address
  • Location: 3 rd circle, Tawfiq Abu Al Huda St,Building No.4
  • ZIP Code
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  • Fax
  • 00-962-6-(4649341 or 4642247)

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