Imad Fakhoury

Minister of Planning & International Cooperation, Jordan

Since March 2015, Imad N. Fakhoury has been serving in successive governments as Minister of Planning & International Cooperation and has been Chairperson or Deputy Chairperson for Economic Development Cabinet Committee as well as overseeing the Department of Statistics of Jordan. He has also been serving as Chairperson of King Abdullah II Fund for Development since October 2014. Prior to that, Minister Fakhoury was a Senator in Jordanian Parliament during 2014/2015. From 2011 to 2014, he served as Chief of Staff/Director of Office of His Majesty King Abdullah II at the Royal Hashemite Court. 

During 2009-2011, he served as Minister of Public Sector Development and Minister of State for Mega Projects. He also chaired two ministerial cabinet committees (Public Sector Development Committee and Infrastructure & Mega Projects Committee) in addition to chairing the Civil Service Council and the National Training Institute. Since March 2015, Mr. Fakhoury has been also a leading member of PPP ministerial committee and Jordan Investment Commission ministerial board as well as Deputy Chairperson of Jordan Investment Fund since June 2016.

Mr. Fakhoury started his university education at University of California Berkeley and graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a BSc. in Biomedical Engineering and an MSc. in Engineering Management in 1990. In 1992, he graduated with a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  In 1998, he obtained an executive MBA degree from Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University.

Mr. Fakhoury’s interdisciplinary policy track record in strategic planning, decision-making support systems, national security management, economic management, development economics & national planning, aid mobilization & coordination, political & economic & public sector reforms, public private partnerships (PPPs), mega projects & infrastructure development, business development and overall public policy-making stretches from serving in above-mentioned capacities and starting as a Regional Program and Policy Manager at the Bureau for Arab States of the UNDP in New York (1992-1995); Director of Research and Economic Affairs and Economic Adviser on the Peace Process at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (1995-1999); President and COO of a leading industrial holding group (1999-2000); Commissioner for Investment and Economic Development at the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority [ASEZA] (2000-2003) and one of the founders of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone; Chief of Staff to His Majesty King Abdullah II for Planning & Programming at the Royal Hashemite Court (2003); Deputy Chief Commissioner & Commissioner for Investment & Economic Development of ASEZA (2004-2005); and, from 2004 until he was appointed as Minster, H.E. Mr. Fakhoury served as CEO of the Aqaba Development Corporation.  He was also Chairman of the Board (2004-2007) and Deputy Chairman (2007-2009) of ADC.

In 2008, he was awarded Al Hussein Medal by His Majesty King Abdullah II in recognition of his dedicated efforts towards economic development and investment attraction. He was also awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship in 2002. Mr. Fakhoury was also awarded by His Majesty The King of Belgians the Grand Croix De L’Ordre De La Couronne as national decoration of Belgium.