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Abdulwahab Alkebsi

Senior Program Officer, Center for International Private Enterprise, Washington

Abdulwahab Alkebsi is the Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), one of the four Core Institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and a non-profit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

CIPE strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. Alkebsi supervises a 30-member staff in Washington, Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, and Ethiopia, and manages over 40 programs in more than 20 countries. In his role at CIPE, Alkebsi oversees democracy and market reform projects that combat corruption, build the capacity of business associations to represent private sector voices, strengthen entrepreneurship ecosystems, empower businesswomen, organize the informal sector, protect property rights, enable access to market information in the region, and improve corporate governance.

Prior to joining CIPE, Alkebsi served as the Director of the Middle East and North Africa division at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), where he managed a $70 million grants portfolio for democracy promotion programs and oversaw a crucial region that included Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, North Africa, the Levant, the Gulf, and Yemen. Prior to that, Alkebsi helped found and served as the Executive Director at the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), a non-profit think tank, based in Washington DC, dedicated to studying Islamic and democratic political thought and merging them into a modern Islamic democratic discourse. A distinguished expert on Middle East politics, Alkebsi has lectured extensively around the world and has been interviewed or quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, U.S. News & World Report, United Press International, PBS, CNN, CNBC, BBC, Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabiya, Al-Hurra, MBC, Abu Dhabi TV, ANA, Nile TV, and many others. Mr. Alkebsi was born in Yemen, and resides in Virginia with his wife and three daughters.