RN welcomes Prof. Ishac Diwan to International Advisory Board


I am an eternal optimistic and see many opportunities in the current situation. At least, the immobilism of the past is gone, and the search for better outcomes is ongoing:

Prof. Ishac Diwan

Prof. Ishac Diwan is a leading international development economist with a formidable record of applied experience with the World Bank spanning more than two decades and encompassing direction of successful, ambitious initiatives most notably around issues of economic development related to commercial agriculture and natural resources, employment for youth, and protection of basic services. WB country director for Ethiopia, Sudan, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, and Guinea, Diwan also worked closely on conflict prevention and on state building – in Palestine, Sudan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Yemen, and Guinea – and participated in the negotiations on the Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement, as well as in the Darfur Peace and Oslo negotiations. Currently at Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a lecturer in public policy and director of the Africa Growth Project at the School’s Center for International Development, he also chairs the Economic and Political Transformation group at the Cairo-based Economic Research Forum, a prestigious network of regional economists he helped formed.

A native of Lebanon, Diwan received a PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and is author or co-adruthor of numerous published articles or chapters – focused in particular on Middle East economies and regional integration – in referred journals and books respectively. Current research interests are centered on foreign aid policies, regrowth strategies, the political economy of development, and the pro-active management of natural resources, with a special interest in the current political/economic transformations in Africa and the Middle East. ‘It is a great privilege to work with Professor Diwan from within Right to Nonviolence,’ said RN’s Chairman Chibli Mallat. ‘The expertise and leadership he provides is unique for the formulation of a much needed economic agenda for the Middle East Revolution. One can see some of that creative and learned thinking in his RN interview.

One can see some of that creative and learned thinking in his interview with RN conducted in August of 2011.


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