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Yara Salem - Special Representative to Iraq - World Bank

Yara Salem


Special Representative to Iraq
World Bank

Ms. Salem joined the World Bank in 2007. Prior to her current post in Iraq, Ms. Salem worked as a Senior Operations Officer and Private Sector Development Specialist working on various countries across the globe with focus on Africa and Middle East and North Africa.

Ms. Salem started her career as an entrepreneur, establishing the first life insurance company in Palestine. Prior to her international career, Ms. Salem was a Director at the Palestinian Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation and an Advisor at the Ministry of Economy. Prior to joining the World Bank,

Ms. Salem also worked with UNDP and UNIDO in Sudan and Somalia. Mr. Salem holds an MA Degree in International Commerce and Trade from Middlebury Institute of International Studies, United States; MA Degree in International Relations from Birzeit University, Palestine; and a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from University of Jordan, Jordan. 

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