ALI KAMEL ALl
Senior Associate, Economic Growth Group
GETTING TO KNOW ALI KAMEL
For 25 years, Mr. Kamel worked in USAID/Cairo’s Office of Economic Growth. He specialized in implementing medium and large developmental projects in agriculture reform; evaluating economic, commercial, trade, fiscal, and legal/regulatory requirements; designing large activities in economic growth areas; and managing implementation of large economic reform activities. He is the two-time recipient of the Foreign Service National of the Year Award for sustained outstanding performance and contribution to success in public financial management and program management. Mr. Kamel has his Bachelor’s degree from Cairo University, a Master’s in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University (where he was also a PhD candidate). He has done post graduate studies at Harvard University and the University of Colorado. He is fluent in Arabic and English, and knows basic German.
Please tell us about your area(s) of expertise.
I am an economic development expert and senior economic growth advisor. I have more than 30 years of experience managing and implementing programs in economic growth, agricultural development, capacity building, and competitiveness projects. In addition, my work has focused on reforming policies related to agriculture, economic policy, finance, administration and human resources.
Do you have an accomplishment, programmatic result or activity that you are particularly proud of?
While working at USAID, I received the global Foreign Service National of the Year Award in 1992 and 2013 for sustained outstanding performance and contribution to success in public financial management and program management. I left behind many good legacies that are sustained and still performing well in many aspects of agricultural and economic growth. From my more than six years with Creative, I am very proud of our support to farmers and vulnerable populations in Asia and in the Dry Corridor of Honduras.
Do you have a favorite, unique or fascinating story about your work in development?
My favorite was when I worked on agricultural policy – I was named “Samurai of Reform” because the sector was very controlled by government laws and regulations. The team was able to significantly reform and liberalize the sector.
What is it that drew you to the company?
It has a good reputation and an emphasis on teamwork. I have now been part of Creative’s success in over 26 countries.
Agricultural Development, Economics, Policy Reform
Post-graduate studies in Macroeconomic and Food Policy, Harvard Institute for International Development | Graduate Studies in World Banking and Finance, University of Colorado, Boulder | AbD in Economics, Michigan State University | MS in Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University | Georgetown University Law Center, International Law Institute | BSN in Agricultural Economics, Cairo University
USAID Egypt, 1989 – 2014
Arabic, English, Basic German