The Arab World Competitiveness Report 2018 was prepared by a joint team comprised of Margareta Drzeniek Hanouz, Attilio Di Battista, Malik Faraoun, Liana Melchenko, and Ciara Porawski from the World Economic Forum; and Ali AbuKumail, Faleh Alrashidi, Khaleda Atta, Barak Hoffman, and Jean Michel Marchat from the World Bank.
The work was carried out under the general direction of Richard Samans, Managing Director, Mirek Dusek, Deputy Head of Geopolitical and Regional Affairs and Head of the Middle East and North Africa, and Saadia Zahidi, Head of Social and Economic Agendas, at the World Economic Forum; Mouayed Makhlouf, Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa, at the International Finance Corporation; and Najy Benhassine, Director, Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Practice, at the World Bank.
We are grateful to all staff from the two institutions who have worked hard to make this joint report possible and who have provided comments at different stages of the report preparation.
From the World Bank, we thank Sufyan Abed Alhameed M. Al Issa for his strong support of the World Bank Group’s participation in The Arab World Competitiveness Report. We also thank peer reviewers Paul Brenton, Paolo Correa, Mona Haddad, Emmanuel Pinto Moreira, and Sona Varma for their extremely helpful guidance. We similarly appreciate suggestions and contributions we received from Alejandro Alvarez de la Campa, Nabila Assaf, Lemya Izzet Ayub, Tulu Balkir, Kevin Carey, Ayah Elhashash, Laurent Gonnet, Arti Grover, Zeina El Khoury, Laura Manley, Andrei Mikhnev, Jean Denis Pesme, Justin William Piers Hill, Qursum Qasim, Carlo Maria Rossotto, Daniel Skaven Ruben, Abdel Karim Samakie, Serene Shalan, Meriem Ait Ali Slimane, Daria Taglioni, and Elaine Tinsley. We would like to express our gratitude to John Tapia for invaluable administrative support.
From the World Economic Forum, we thank Silja Baller, Sophie Brown, Marcus Burke, Oliver Cann, Gemma Corrigan, Roberto Crotti, Remy Duverney, Genesis Elhussein, Thierry Geiger, Maroun Kairouz, Khaled Kteily, Ilaria Marchese, Georg Schmitt, Jessica Toscani, and Jean-François Trinh Tan.
We are also grateful to those that have moderated and led the discussion with key stakeholders from the region at the World Economic Forum 2017 on the Middle East and North Africa: Masood Ahmed (Center for Global Development), Rania Al-Mashat (International Monetary Fund), Lino Cattaruzzi (Google), Tarek Elmasry (McKinsey & Company), Scott Gegenheimer (Zain Group), Sami Mahroum (INSEAD), and Safwan Masri (Columbia University).
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