Nesreen Barakat

Founding Partner, To-Excel Consulting

Mrs. Barakat has more than 25 years of professional experience in the area of economic and social development, working with government, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector in Jordan. She is currently a Member of the Central Bank of Jordan Board of Directors, and a Member of the Jordan's National Center for Human Rights (NCHR) Board of Trustees. Prior to that, she served as a Minister of Social Development, Minister of Public Sector Development and General Director of the National Aid Fund. Also, she was a Council Member of the Greater Amman Municipality, Economic Adviser to the Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW) and a Director of the Competitiveness Unit at the Jordanian Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation. In 2006, Mrs. Barakat founded and still managing an innovative boutique company that specializes in providing evidence-based services in the fields of strategic planning, socio-economic development, and recovery, as well as monitoring and evaluation, qualitative and quantitative research, situation analyses and organisational capacity building & restructuring. Nesreen has extensive experience in managing and implementing result oriented technical assistance projects: she was the lead of the Enhancing Productivity Component (Economic Development Program) at SABEQ, a USAID funded Program, and previously she was the manager of the Policy Support and Institutional Strengthening Component at EJADA, an EU funded program to support the private sector and its business environment. Nesreen has substantial knowledge of sectoral competitiveness, investment and industrial policies and strategies at the national level and she played an active role in the design and implementation of such policies. She is a member of the UNWOMEN NGO Advisory Group in Jordan, member of the Business and Professional Women Association (BPWA) and fellowship member of Vital Voices. She is a founding member of the National Global Compact Network Association in Jordan, Corporate Governance Association and the Competition Association. She served on the boards of Jordan Enterprise Development Corporation (JEDCO), the National Fund for Enterprise Support (NAFES) and Amman Arab University Board of Trustees. Mrs Barakat has been selected as one of the Forbes 200 most powerful Arab women in 2014. She holds an MBA degree from the Business School at Durham University in the UK and B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the University of Jordan. She also received intensive international training on enhancing the competitiveness of nations, scenario planning, strategy development and its implementation.