Dr. Dardari leads the Bank’s Flagship program on Building for Peace: Reconstruction in the MENA region. Previously, he was Chief Economist at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA) and Director of the Economic Development and Globalization Division, supporting Arab efforts to deepen regional economic integration, and assisting member states in designing policies that would lead to inclusive growth, job creation, and human security. Prior to UN ESCWA, he was Deputy PM for Economic Affairs (2005-11), and Minister of Planning and Chairman of the State Planning Commission (2003-05), in the Syria government. He also served as Assistant Res. Rep. in UNDP Syria (2001-03).