Abdullah Ensour

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Abdullah Ensour
Abdullah Ensour 2014.jpg
Prime Minister of Jordan
Assumed office
11 October 2012
Monarch Abdullah II
Preceded by Fayez al-Tarawneh
Personal details
Born Abdullah Abdulkarim Hamdan

(1939-01-20) 20 January 1939 (age 77)
Salt, Transjordan (now Jordan)
Political party Independent
Alma mater American University of Beirut
Pantheon-Sorbonne University
Religion Islam

Abdullah Ensour (About this sound pronunciation  AHB-duh-lah ehn-SOOR[needs IPA], Arabic: عبد الله النسورʿAbd Allāh an-Nasūr; born 20 January 1939) is a Jordanian economist who has been Prime Minister of Jordan since October 2012. A veteran statesman and politician, he has held various cabinet positions in Jordanian governments.

Early life and education[edit]

Ensour was born in Salt.[1][2] He studied at the American University of Beirut where he obtained his bachelor's degree in statistics. He then continued to get his master's degree in institutions management, at the University of Michigan in the United States. He also obtained his Ph.D. in planning at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University[3]


Ensour was first elected as a deputy to the Jordanian Parliament in 1989, and again in 1992, and has served continuously ever since. His first ministerial post was as Minister of Planning in 1984. He then became Minister of Planning again in 1985; he also served as Minister of Education (1989); Minister of Foreign Affairs (1991);[2] Minister of Industry and Trade (1993); Minister of Higher Education (1996); Deputy Prime Minister[4] and Minister of Administrative Development (1997); and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Information (1998). He also served in the parliament in the lower house of representatives from 1989 to 2001. Until this date, Ensour is a senator in the Jordanian parliament and chairman of the board of trustees in Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan.

Ensour was also governor of Jordan to the World Bank, deputy of Jordan to the International Monetary Fund and deputy permanent delegate to UNESCO; he sits on a number of boards including the Arab African Bank, Nuackchott (President); the University of Jordan (Vice-President); and the French Universities' Graduates in Jordan (Honorary President).

In October 2012, he was appointed as Prime Minister by King Abdullah II, replacing Fayez Tarawneh.[1] After general elections in January 2013, King Abdullah reappointed Ensour as Prime Minister on 9 March 2013.[5] His second cabinet was sworn in on 30 March 2013.[6]

Ensour is a member of Prague Society for International Cooperation, a respected NGO whose main goals are networking and the development of a new generation of responsible, well-informed leaders and thinkers.[7]

Personal life[edit]

  • Dr. Ensour is married and has eight children[8]

Honours and awards[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Hazaimeh, Hana (10 October 2012). "Abdullah Ensour to head new government". The Jordan Times. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Index E". Rulers. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Jordan PM CV". 
  4. ^ "King Hussein warns of 'destructive darkness' unless peace talks progress". Jerusalem Post. 21 April 1998. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Al-Khalidi, Suleiman (9 March 2013). "Jordan's King Abdullah reappoints Ensour as PM". Reuters (Amman). Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ensour 19-member Cabinet sworn in". The Jordan Times. 30 March 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Members of Prague Society
  8. ^ "Hala Khleifat, PM’s wife, passes away". The Jordan Times. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Profiles of new ministers". World economic forum website. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Profiles of new ministers" (PDF). Jordan Times. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Profiles of new ministers". Prime-ministry of Jordan website. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Profiles of new ministers". Prime-ministry of Jordan website. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Fayez Tarawneh
Prime Minister of Jordan