As CEO of JA Worldwide's MENA region, INJAZ Al-Arab, Akef brings over 17 years of experience in educational leadership and management with a solid track record in strategy, business development, and operations.
A policy advocate with expertise in corporate-government relations, networking and board stewardship, Akef was among the originators of the first JA MENA branch in Jordan, managing public relations, volunteer recruitment and fundraising.
His extensive involvement establishing INJAZ Jordan as a regional role model enabled him to successfully implement an operational strategy to roll out JA across 14 countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
During his remit at INJAZ Al-Arab as Deputy Regional Director and Chief Operating Officer, Akef provided strategic operations and fundraising support to INJAZ country offices, which contributed today to empowering over 2 million Arab youth supported by over 22 thousand volunteers and 200 board members.
Prior to joining JA, Akef held planning and research positions at Jordan’s Ministry of Water and Irrigation, and Swiss healthcare intelligence conglomerate IMS Health. Akef holds a BA in Archaeology from Mu’tah University in Jordan.