Dr. Lassaad LACHAAL
Senior Advisor to the President-MENA Region & Algeria Res. Rep.
African Development Bank Group
Dr. LACHAAL, a Tunisian citizen, is a globally respected thought leader and scholar in the field of development economics. A challenge oriented person with a background in development economics and over 25 years of professional experience in economic policy, management, as well as, field experience in humanitarian work. He has worked with UN development agencies, government, MDBs and academia.
Before his appointment in March 2018 as the President Special Advisor for the MENA region and country Director for Algeria, he served as Director for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. In this role, he supported the Government of Niger to design and implement programs for eradicating poverty and hunger, fostering livelihoods and building resilience. He mobilized resources to provide emergency assistance to refugees and victims of terrorism and internally displaced persons.
From 2014 to May 2015, LACHAAL was the Minister of Agriculture, Hydraulic Resources and Fisheries in Tunisia during which he provided strategic leadership to the agricultural sector transformation in the areas of value chain development, market access, as well as, veterinary and sanitary surveillance among other areas.
In his past career, he worked as Chief Development Economist at the African Development Institute between 2010 and 2014, in which role he contributed to the development and delivery of capacity building programs for public sector officials across Africa and served as the Managing Editor of the African Development Review.
Between 2008 and 2010, Dr. LACHAAL was Deputy Director at the Joint Africa Institute jointly founded by
the IMF, the World Bank and the Africa Development Bank.
Dr. LACHAAL holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, a Master of Arts in Economics and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Missouri, Columbia, USA. He also holds a certificate in Innovation for Economic Development from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard. He has a proven publication record in peer-reviewed outlets (two of which won Research Contribution Awards).