Our Team

Mrs. Barakat is the Chief Executive Officer of the Jordan Strategy Forum. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Durham University in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Information Technology from the University of Jordan. She received multiple training courses from Harvard University and UC Berkeley in enhancing competitiveness, strategic planning, and future scenario development. In 2014, she was recognized in Forbes' "200 Most Powerful Arab Women".

With over 25 years of experience collaborating with the public and private sectors, international organizations, and civil society in economic and social development fields, Mrs. Barakat founded "To-Excel Consulting" firm in 2006 to deliver evidence-based solutions in strategic planning, socio-economic development, recovery, and monitoring and evaluation. She previously served as the Minister of Social Development, the Minister of Public Sector Development, and the Director of the National Aid Fund. She led the Institutional Strengthening and Policy Support Component of the EU SME Support Program "EJADA". Earlier, she led Jordan’s National Competitiveness Team at the Ministry of Planning.

Recently, Mrs. Barakat is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Jordan, a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Jordan, Chairwoman of the Businesswomen Committee at the Amman Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Board of Directors of the Development and Employment Fund, and a trustee of the Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II Award for Voluntary Work. She also serves as a member of the Economic Advisors task force to the Jordan National Committee for Women's Affairs (JNCW).

H.E. Ms. Nesreen Barakat

Chief Executive Officer

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Head of the Research Department at the Jordan Strategy Forum, a full professor at the Department of Finance / University of Jordan where he has been since 1991. Ghassan received a BA (Economics) from Essex University. MA from the University of Liverpool, and a Ph.D. in Finance from Brunel University in 1990. During his career, Professor Omet held several posts including Dean of Economics and Dean of Academic Research. He is the author of many peer-reviewed publications and numerous conference papers. His research focuses on pricing and operational efficiency of stock markets, financing of listed and family firms, financial development, and bank performance.

Dr. Ghassan Omet

Director of Research

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The Head of Communication at the Jordan Strategy Forum, she holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Jordan, Previously, she worked as a project supervisor at Easyinfo, a company specialized in providing technical solutions to serve tourists, in addition to her work in many organizations on managing the communication of its initiatives and projects and organizing conferences and events.

Amani joined the Jordan Strategy Forum team in 2016, and she supervises institutional communication and content development for JSF's various communication channels. In addition to developing the communication and advocacy strategy to promote JSF's role in constructive engagement and dialogue on pressing economic developments and reach out to local and international organizations.

Amani Kanaan

Head of Communications

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Senior Designer at the Jordan Strategy Forum. Ahmad holds a bachelor’s degree in design and visual communication from the Jordan University of Science and Technology. Previously worked as a graphic designer at ITBEEP, in addition to his work in advertising and designing the brand identity for many companies

Ahmad Al Tal

Senior Designer

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Senior Economic Researcher at the Jordan Strategy Forum (JSF). Ahmad holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Yarmouk University. Mr. Al-Kufahy's experience in research is centered around foreign trade and the industrial sector. Previously, he worked as an economic researcher at the Jordan Chamber of Industry, where he participated in various economic reports, such as the industry section of the State of the Country Report (published by the Economic & Social Council of Jordan), the Industrial Competitiveness Report, and the Jordan Industry Index. Additionally, Ahmad has earned several certificates in economics and industrial studies.

Ahmad Al Kufahy

Senior Economic Researcher

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Reem holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from the Arab Open University. Previously, she worked in Regional and Local organizations in the field of management, research and development, Human Resource, project management and fundraising, public relations, and networking.

Reem Abdeen

Institutional Development & Membership Affairs Officer

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Administrative and Financial Officer in the Administrative and Financial Affairs Unit and assistant of the Communication Unit. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and Banking from Yarmouk University. Previously, she worked as a coordinator for the diploma program at Jadra University and has extensive experience in day-to-day management from her work in several companies.

Samah Abu Samra

Administrative and Financial Officer

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Communications Officer at the Jordan Strategy Forum. Aghyad hold’s a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Hashemite University.
Aghyad Ghraiz

Communications Officer

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