Ali  AbuKumail

Ali AbuKumail

Senior Private Sector Specialist

Ali Abukumail joined the World Bank as a regional Private Sector Specialist in 2012. He‘s been leading projects focused on entrepreneurship and innovation development, small and medium enterprises growth, business environment reforms, and industry/services development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Ali led key development projects in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Palestine, Oman, Bahrain, Libya and Tunisia. He served at World Bank offices in Palestine, Washington DC, Kuwait, and Jordan. Ali was the World Bank regional coordinator for innovation and entrepreneurship between 2016 and 2018 (MENA-wide). Before joining the Bank, he worked as a Private Sector Development Adviser to the Quartet Representative Tony Blair from 2009 to 2012. He led policy dialogue and provided advice on private sector development issues in Palestine. Ali was a Trade Development Manager at the Palestine Trade Center (PalTrade) from 2004 to 2009, where he managed the implementation of strategies to enhance the capacity of Palestinian exporters. Between 2001 and 2004, he worked in several technical positions at Development Alternative Inc. (DAI) to support the development of Palestinian SMEs. Ali holds a Master in Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering (BSc) from the Islamic University.