Rafat Al-Akhali

Nonresident Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East

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Economic aspects of the Arab transitions , Political economy of the Middle East , Youth employment in the Arab world


Gulf, Middle East, Yemen


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Recent Activity

  • November 02, 2015
    The figures reported for the ongoing conflict in Yemen speak for themselves: more than 5,000 dead and 26,000 injured (according to the NGO Action on Armed Violence and the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, a staggering 86 percent
  • October 22, 2015
    Rafik Hariri Center Nonresident Fellow Rafat Al-Akhali cowrites for The Guardian on war in Yemen and its effect on terrorist groups and young people: 
  • June 26, 2014
    Rafik Hariri Center Nonresident Fellow Rafat Al-Akhali joins CCTV's The Heat to discuss the current situation in Yemen:
  • May 28, 2014
    As Yemen’s Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) begins to work out the details of the country’s proposed federal system, the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East launched “The Challenge of Federalism in Yemen,” an issue brief by nonresident
  • May 28, 2014
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A new Atlantic Council issue brief maps key considerations as Yemen embarks on the next stage in its political evolution—the transition from a unitary to federal state system, as outlined by the final agreement from the multistakeholder
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Full Bio

Rafat Al-Akhali is a Nonresident Fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.

He has served as a Senior Consultant and Analyst for organizations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada and IBM Canada. He has also worked in the field of development with a number of international development agencies in Yemen, and was recently a member of the accessions division at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva where he participated in the accession process of several countries including Yemen.

Al-Akhali earned his master's degree in public policy (MPP) at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, where he was a Weidenfeld scholar. He also holds an MBA from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) Montréal, Canada.

He is the Cofounder and Chairman of Resonate! Yemen, a nonprofit foundation that specializes in engaging youth in public policy in Yemen. He has represented Yemen as a participant and a speaker in many international events and contributes regularly in a number of specialized blogs and research centers as an analyst and a writer in the field of Yemen's political economy analysis.