Those of you who have visited Dubai in recent years may relate to what I am going to say: Dubai is in the middle of the desert, and its land, not that long ago, was really worth nothing. Now it is one of the most vibrant international cities in the world. All this happened in a relatively short time span.
Global Lead, Land Policy and Geospatial
Wael Zakout is the Global Lead for Land and Geospatial at the World Bank. Prior to March 2015, he was the Country Manager for Yemen. From 2007-2011, he served as the Sector Manager for Urban, Water and Disaster Risk Management in Europe and Central Asia Region. Mr. Zakout has a PhD from the University of Wisconsin Madison in civil and environmental engineering and undergraduate degree from Bir Zeit University in the West Bank. Mr. Zakout joined the World Bank in 1994 and held several positions in East Asia and Europe and Central Asia regions and worked extensively on land policy and titling programs in more than 30 countries.