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Ibrahim Elbadawi is the Director of the Macroeconomics Research and Forecasting Department, Dubai Economic Council and Visiting Fellow at CGD. Until recently he was Lead Economist at the Development Research Group of the World Bank, which he joined in 1989; and before that he was an Associate Professor of economics at the University of Gezira in Sudan. He holds a PhD in economics and statistics from North Carolina State and Northwestern universities.
During his work at the World Bank he also served as Research Director of the African Economic Research Consortium (Nairobi, 1993-1998), on leave from the Bank. He has published widely on several areas of macroeconomic and development policy: exchange rate regimes, real exchange rate and macroeconomic competitiveness, macroeconomics of oil management and economic diversification; conflict, post-conflict transitions and peace-building; aid effectiveness and development partnership; and, investment climate and export performance. His regional specialization covers Africa and the Middle East, where he is widely networked with academic research and policy forums in the two regions. His other affiliations include Research Fellow, the Economic Research Forum for the Arab World, Iran and Turkey (ERF): 1993-present; Chair (and member since 2000) of the Advisory Committee of the ERF; and Member of the Advisory Board of the Arab Planning Institute, Kuwait: March 2009-present. He is also an Associate Editor of the Middle East Development Journal (since 2008).