Rafat Ali Al-Akhali

Fellow of Practice – Strategic Projects

Rafat Ali Al-Akhali was appointed in November 2014 as Minister of Youth and Sports in the Government of Yemen, a post he held until September 2015. Prior to his appointment, Rafat was leading the Policy Reforms team at the Executive Bureau for Acceleration of Aid Absorption and Support for Policy Reforms. In that position, Rafat led the planning and implementation of key reforms in Yemen including fuel subsidies, power sector, and civil service reforms. He also led business environment reforms and government efforts in private sector development.

Prior to joining the Yemeni government, Rafat has served as a Senior Consultant and Analyst for organizations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM in Canada. He has also worked in the field of development with a number of international development agencies in Yemen, and was a member of the Accessions Division at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva where he participated in the accession process of several countries including Yemen.

Rafat earned his second Master degree in Public Policy (MPP) at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, UK. His first Master degree was in Business Administration (MBA) from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) Montréal, Canada.

In addition to his professional career, Rafat has been active in the field of youth development and youth political inclusion since 2004. He is the Co- Founder and Chairman of Resonate! Yemen, a leading non-profit foundation that specializes in the field of engaging youth in public policy in Yemen. He is also a co-founder and member of the political bureau at the Justice & Building party, a young party formed during the Arab Spring in Yemen.

Rafat is a non-resident fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council, and was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2015.

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Rafat Al-Akhali writes a piece about the desperate conditions of the population in Yemen and the need to act
Daily Telegraph - Saturday, 29 October, 2016
The West must turn to the world's "forgotten crisis" - before it becomes too big to forget, writes Rafat Al-Akhali
New Statesman - Saturday, 29 October, 2016
Rafat Al-Akhali is quoted in article about the Yemen conflict
Yemen News - Monday, 26 September, 2016
Rafat Al-Akhali co-writes a piece about the role of the central bank in the conflict
World Politics Review - Thursday, 15 September, 2016