Dr. Ruba Jaradat was appointed ILO Assistant Director General and Regional Director for Arab States, based at the Regional Office in Beirut, with effect from November, 2015. Dr. Jaradat has extensive experience in designing and managing complex and highly visible economic growth programmes on the national level, and in leading teams through strategy development and implementation. She has managed programmes with budgets exceeding US$ 300 million and with more than 250 multinational staff. She holds a PhD in Management and International Development from the United Kingdom. In 2013, Dr. Jaradat established and managed the Jordan Strategy Forum, the most influential private sector-funded think tank in Jordan. From 2005 to 2008, Dr. Jaradat managed the U.S. Jordan Cash Transfer Program that substantially improved fiscal conditions and business environments in the country, and from 2008 to 2013 she managed the USAID Economic Development Program that created 63,000 high value jobs. She also previously has worked as an international business development consultant in higher education in the United Kingdom. Dr. Jaradat chaired Jordan’s Board of the British Universities Alumni Association. She was a member of several councils including the Advisory Committee of the Euro Mediterranean Council, the Jordan Economic and Social Council, the Jordan National Competitiveness and Innovation Council, and the UK Arab Partnership Initiative. Dr. Jaradat holds several certificates in economics and leadership from international institutions such as Harvard University, the World Bank Institute, Georgia State University and the U.S. Federal Institute.