Amr Abdallah

Senior executive who brings organization’s deepest purpose to life weaving strategy into operations to boost efficiency and productive. He currently leads programs supporting youth across the MENA region.

Education and Certification

Master’s of Public Administration:

Mason Fellow of Public Policy,

Harvard Kennedy School of Government, 1999.

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Project Management Institute (PMI),

Harrisburg, PA.

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Project Management Institute (PMI),

Harrisburg, PA.

Career Summary:

  • Senior-level experience with PMP certification.
  • Managed projects/programs in Youth Employment, Education, Workforce Development, Health, Civil Society, Youth, and Women Empowerment, Judiciary, worth $100 million.
  • Led World Bank consulting sessions for improving Youth, Education, and socioeconomic conditions in MENA and Gulf regions.
  • Expertise in policy development, basic education reform, social policies, election reform, anti-corruption, governance, and advocacy.
  • Skilled in business development, writing project proposals, and advising NGOs in the MENA region.
  • Extensive experience in leading multicultural teams and providing consulting services to government and business leaders.
  • Quality management expert using EFQM excellence standards.
  • Certified trainer with World Bank, UNDP, USAID, and Arab Organization for Administrative Development.

Professional Experience:




Education for Employment Foundation

Director of Programs, Gulf Region

December 2015 – Present

International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

Program Manager, Middle East and North Africa Division (MENA)

July 2013 – November 2015

Unified Group for Consulting (UG)

Capacity Building and Governance Expert

May 2011 – June 2012

Pathfinder International

Management, Systems Development and Capacity Building Expert

August 2010 – April 2011


Policy and Planning Expert/Deputy Chief of Party, Administration of Justice Support (AOJSI & II) Project

July 1997 – August 2010

Various Private and Public Sector Organizations

Consultant (Ministry of Social Affairs, ITC, Egyptian Family Planning Association)

October 1989 – June 1997


  • Project Management:
    • PMP certified with senior-level experience managing projects worth $100 million
    • Expertise in financial management, HR, procurement, sub-grants, and gender mainstreaming
  • Strategic Planning:
    • Developed national standards, policies, and position papers for public sector reform in MENA and Gulf region
    • Led World Bank in-country consulting sessions on youth, education, and socioeconomic improvement
  • Education and Training:
    • Academic background in teaching and business research as an adjunct professor
    • Certified trainer with World Bank, UNDP, USAID, and Arab Organization for Administrative Development
  • Business Development:
    • Successfully wrote winning project proposals for funding from local, regional, and international donors
    • Advised NGOs and foundations on cross-sectoral development issues
  • Leadership and Team Management:
    • Led multicultural teams to improve government organizational operations and staff capacity
    • Provided consulting and coaching services to senior government and business leaders
  • Quality Management:
    • Expert in European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) excellence standards
    • Provided expert advice on quality management, organizational development, and good governance
  • Regional Experience:
    • Director of Programs in the Gulf Region, overseeing program establishment and launch
    • Experience in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, and other MENA countries
  • Language Skills:
    • Native Arabic speaker with proficiency in English and some French

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