Dr. Farrukh Iqbal is Director of the Strategic Cooperation Department in the Middle East and North Africa region of the World Bank that is responsible for relations with the GCC group of countries and with regional development finance institutions such as the various Arab Funds and the Islamic Development Bank. He has more than twenty five years of experience in the World Bank across a diverse range of countries and sectors. He is the author of several books and published articles on various aspects of economic development including growth strategies, poverty, small and medium enterprises, trade and foreign investment reforms, local government development, and political economy issues. He has a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a Ph. D. in economics from Yale University.