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Abdullah, Samir




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Samir Abdullah Ali- Ph.D.


Dr. Samir Abdullah Ali is an Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS). Prior to this position, he was the Director-General of MAS for two terms (2004-2007 and 2010-2013). He also served as the Minister of Planning and the Minister of Labor in the Palestinian National Authority in 2007-2009.


Dr. Abdullah received his Ph.D. in Economics in 1984 from Prague School of Economics, and the B.Sc. of Economics from Jordan University in 1976. He started his academic career at Al-Najah University in 1985, as an Assistant Professor, and served as the Head of the Department of Economics (1987-1990) and promoted to Associate Professor in 1990. He won the Fulbright Scholarship to do research and teach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the 2000/2001 academic year. Dr. Abdullah was selected as a member of the Palestinian Delegation to the Bilateral and Multilateral Peace Negotiations and participated in the Madrid Peace Conference in November 1991 and the Washington Bilateral Negotiation 1992-1993. He headed Palestine Counterpart Team to the World Bank and the IMF (1992-1994) and served as the Deputy Minister of Economy (1994-1995).

Dr. Abdullah also worked in the private sector as the General Manager of the Arab Palestinian Investment Bank (1996-1999) and as the General Manager of the Palestine Trade Center (Paltrade) (1999-2003). He also served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Palestine Monetary Authority (PMA) from 2004-2016 and elected as Chairman of the Palestinian Economists Association for the periods 1993-1997, and 2013 to 2018.

He has published numerous research papers and articles, which were published by MAS (, and in local, regional, and international journals.



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