Taleb Rifai

Taleb Rifai
  • Secretary-General
    World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

1973, in Architectural Engineering, University of Cairo; MSc in Engineering and Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago; 1983, PhD in Urban Design and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania, US. 1973-93, Professor of Architecture, Planning and Urban Design, University of Jordan; 1993-95, headed Jordan's first economic mission to Washington DC; 1995-97, Director-General, Investment Promotion Corporation, Jordan; 1997-2000, Chief Executive Officer, Jordan Cement Company; several ministerial portfolios in Jordan as Minister of Information, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation and Minister of Tourism and Antiquities; 2003-06, Assistant Director-General, International Labour Organization. With World Tourism Organization: 2006, Deputy Secretary-General; since 2009, Secretary-General.