Abdullah Dardari

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Abdallah Al Dardari
Abdallah Dardari.jpg
Deputy Prime Minister of Syria
In office
2005 – 29 March 2011
Prime MinisterMohammed Naji al-Otari
Succeeded byOffice disestablished
Personal details
Born1963 (age 55–56)
Damascus, Syria

Abdallah Abdel Razzaq Al Dardari (born 1963) is the United Nations Development Program's Resident Representative in Kabul, Afghanistan. Prior to his appointment in 2019, he worked for the World Bank. He has also served in several positions in the government of the Syrian Arab Republic.

In September 2014 he was appointed as Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCWA. On this occasion, he has been criticized for never publicly criticizing the current Syrian Government [1]. He has also been accused of maintaining ambiguous relationships with both the various rebel groups and the Syrian Government [2].

Early life and education[edit]

Mr. Al Dardari was born in 1963 in Damascus, Syria. He is the son of Major General Abdul Razzaq Dardari, commander of the Operations Division in the war of 1973[3]. 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,[1]


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.[2] 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.[3] He was removed from office due to his conflict with Rami Makhlouf, Bashar Assad's cousin.[4] Mr. Al Dardari joined the United Nations's Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in September 2011 he began to serve as the Director of the Economic Development and Globalization Division (EDGD) and Chief Economist.

Personal life[edit]

Mr. Al Dardari is married and has three children. He speaks fluent English and French.

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Hinnebusch, Raymond (2011). "The Ba'th Party in Post-Ba'thist Syria: President, Party and the Struggle for 'Reform'". Middle East Critique. 20 (2): 109–125. doi:10.1080/19436149.2011.572408.
  3. ^ Landis, Joshua (17 April 2011). "Syria's New Government". Eurasia Review. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  4. ^ Koelbl, Susanne (25 April 2011). "Syria on the Edge of the Abyss: Assad's Government Escalates Crackdown on Protesters". Der Spiegel. Retrieved 9 March 2013.

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