Dr. Hussein Amach
Nonresident Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center
TopicsDemocracy, Economics, Foreign and economic assistance to Arab countries, International Financial Institutions, Syrian Conflict, Workforce Development
RegionsMiddle East, Syria
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Dr. Hussein Amach is a nonresident fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. He is a Syrian economist specializing in economic reform and development.
Amach founded Aljazeera University in Deir Ezzor, Syria in 2007 and served as the university’s first president. Aljazeera University was one of the first private universities founded in eastern Syria and focused on engineering, medicine, and business.
He served as the first executive director of the UNDP’s Agency for Combating Unemployment (ACU) from 2002 to 2005. The ACU was a Syrian government financial agency envisioned to work (in cooperation with the UNDP) to address high employment and poverty problems in the country. Prior to that, he worked for sixteen years as a senior economist at the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) in Kuwait. Amach currently works as an independent consultant in the areas of business development and financial institutions for the Arab region.
Amach holds a PhD in economics from Penn State University, an MBA from Monmouth University, and a BA from the University of Aleppo. He has written two books on economic reform and freedom and development, and has published extensive research and policy papers.