Dr. Tarik Yousef

CEO of SILATECH Foundation


Tarik M. Yousef was appointed in July 2011 as Chief Executive Officer of Silatech after serving for five years as the founding Dean of the Dubai School of Government. Prior to that, he worked at Georgetown University, where he held the positions of Associate Professor of Economics in the School of Foreign Service, and Sheikh Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah Professor of Arab Studies at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies.

An expert on the economies of the Arab world, he received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University with specialization in development economics and economic history. His current research interests include the study of youth inclusion, the political economy of policy reform, the dynamics of transitions to democracy, and development policies in oil-exporting countries of the Arab world. 

His policy experience includes working in the Middle East Department of the International Monetary Fund, the Middle East and North Africa Region of the World Bank, and the Millennium Project at the UN. At present, he is also Senior Fellow at Brookings and Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Arab World in 2011-2012.