MENA-OECD Government-Business Summit


Ahmed Safar

General Union of Chambers of Commerce

Strategy & Economic Affairs Adviser


Ahmed E. SAFAR is an expert-generalist and strategist in governance, public policy & diplomacy, leadership, management and capacity building & development. He recently founded, and is currently managing, a boutique consultancy "Qudorat Strategy Consulting" from his base in Tripoli, Libya. His former ambassadorship post in Rome, Italy, as Libya's ambassador (2014-2018) has been very insightful into critical areas of international diplomacy, post-conflict stability and migration, particularly in the Mediterranean and MENA regions. In his capacity as deputy minister (2011-2013) in post Arab Spring Libya, SAFAR had a strong focus on public sector reforms, skills, innovation & employment and socio-economic development policies including in areas of SMEs, trade & investment. His current career path as Policy & Strategy Senior Expert, operating as an independent consultant, is likely to harness the accumulated knowledge, experience and value added exposure he has had over the years, both in the public and private sectors, for the benefit of his potential clients. Mr. Safar is currently contracted by the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR Tripoli) as Public Policy Adviser affiliated with the Economy, Trade & Investment Select Committee. He is also Strategy & Economic Affairs Adviser to the Libyan General Union of Chambers of Commerce (GUCC). Here are his key career highlights over >10 years: - Policy & Strategy Senior Expert & Executive Coach (2018 - Present) - Libyan Ambassador to ITALY (To Slovenia & San Marino as non-resident acting ambassador) - Director to the Board of Management, Al-Bounya Investment and Service Co., (Libya's Telecom) - SMEs Policy & Strategy National Advisor/Consultant, The OECD, London/Paris/Tripoli o National Expert, Libya's Natural Resource Revenue Management-critical discussions (2013) o Libya's representative in MENA-OECD Investment & Governance Programmes (2013/2014) - Deputy Minister, Labour & Capacity Building, The Libyan Transitional Government (NTC) o Chair of UNDP's initial "Capacity Building" planning group in post-conflict Libya (2011) o Chairperson, Libya's post-conflict emergency stabilization fund (2011/2012) o Trustee of the Board of Trustees of Libya's Social & Economic Development Fund (2012) o Chairperson, Libya's Good Governance "GG" National Team (2012/2013) - Director of Human Resources & Training AND Acting Director of Communications Al-Naseem for Food Industries, Libya/Tunisia (Dec 2009 – Oct 2011) - Head of Communication & HR Support (Change Leader) Sahara Bank BNP Paribas, Tripoli, Libya (Jan 2009 – Nov 2009) - Consultant – Strategy, Change & Development Projects (Part-time) Al-Naseem for Food Industries, Tripoli/Misurata/Benghazi, Libya (Mar 2007 – Dec 2008) - Projects Officer & Press Reviewer, British Embassy (FCO), Tripoli (Oct 2006 – Dec 2008)

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