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|Abdullah Al Dardari|
|Deputy Prime Minister of Syria|
2005 – 29 March 2011
|Prime Minister||Mohammed Naji al-Otari|
|Succeeded by||Office disestablished|
|Born||1963 (age 50–51)
Abdullah Abdel Razzaq Al Dardari (born 1963) is the Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). Prior to his appointment in 2014, he served for three years as ESCWA's Chief Economist and the Director of the Economic Development and Globalization Division. Before joining ESCWA he was the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and the Minister of Planning (and Chairman, State Planning Committee) of the Syrian Arab Republic.
Early life and education
Mr. Al Dardari was born in 1963 in Damascus, Syria. He holds a Masters in International Political Economy from The University of Southern California, a Bachelors in Economics from The Richmond University London, and conducted Post Graduate Research at The London School of Economics. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Yalova University in Istanbul,
Mr. Al Dardari began his career as a journalist in Alhayat, pan-Arab daily. Then he became UNDP’s Assistant Resident Representative in Syria from 2001 to 2003. He was brought to the government first as Head of the State Planning Commission where he served in from 2003 to 2005. It was there that he started authoring Syria's 10th five year plan, seen as the blueprint of reforms in Syria from 2006 to 2011. In 2005, Dardari was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Economic Affairs. Mr. Al Dardari also served as minister of planning from 2006 to 2008. His term ended in March 2011. The office, deputy premiership for economic affairs, was also abolished. He was removed from office due to his conflict with Rami Makhlouf, Bashar Assad's cousin. Mr. Al Dardari joined the United Nations's Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in September 2011, and began to serve as the Director of the Economic Development and Globalization Division (EDGD) and Chief Economist. In September 2014 he was appointed as Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCWA.
Mr. Al Dardari is married and has three children. He speaks fluent English and French, and is a popular face among the elite of Syria, as well as among journalists and foreign visitors.
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