Raed Safadi is Executive Director of the Research and Policy Sector at Dubai’s Department for Economic Development where he leads a team entrusted with the implementation of Dubai’s Strategic Plan 2021 and promoting the diversification and sustainable growth of Dubai’s economy.
Dr. Raed is a leading expert on development economics and has extensive experience advising governments on economic policy and management. He has published an array of books and articles covering such areas as economic development, regional trading arrangements and the world trading system. His most recent publication “Inclusive Global Value Chains” written with World Bank colleagues focuses on making GVCs more inclusive by overcoming participation constraints for SMEs and facilitating access for low income developing countries.
Dr. Raed has also worked for the OECD, World Bank, ESCWA and as a consultant for numerous governments, regional development banks and UN agencies.

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