Tarik M. Yousef is the CEO of Silatech, a not-for-profit organization that aims to empower
young people in the Arab world by connecting them to opportunities for employment,
enterprise, and civil engagement. Prior to joining Silatech, he was the founding Dean of the
Dubai School of Government. He joined the School from 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, and development policies in oil-exporting countries. Dr.
Yousef's policy experience includes working at the International Monetary Fund, the Middle
East and North Africa Region of the World Bank, and the Millennium Project at the United
Nations. At present, he is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has contributed
numerous articles and chapters, and co-edited several volumes including Generation in
Waiting: The Unfulfilled Promise of Young People in the Middle East; (Brookings, 2009).