Dr Mahmoud A.T. Elkhafif is the Coordinator of UNCTAD’s (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) Assistance to the Palestinian People, and the Focal Point for the Arab States. His work focuses on the Palestinian economy, its constraints and development, and the economies of Arab countries. Before joining the UN, he was a Senior Country Economist with the African Development Bank, and held positions with the Federal Government of Canada, Central Bank of Kuwait, Government of Ontario and the Institute of National Planning in Egypt.
He has taught Economics at Ryerson Polytechnic University, Toronto, Canada. Dr Elkhafif has published and edited books on the Egyptian economy and on the economic and trade policies in Arab countries. He has also published several papers in refereed journals and chapters in edited books. He has a PhD in Economics from York University, Toronto, Canada and MSc in Agricultural Economics from Guelph University, Canada and MA in Economics from McMaster University, Canada.