Dr. Ragui Assaad holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and MSc. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. He is currently Professor of Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies for its Master of Development Practice program.
Dr. Assaad is a research fellow of the Economic Research Forum in Cairo, Egypt, and serves as its thematic director for Labor and Human Resource Development. He is also a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany, and a non-resident senior fellow with the Global Economy and Development program of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. He previously served as Regional Director for West Asia and North Africa for the Population Council in Cairo, Egypt, from 2005 to 2008.
His current research focuses on labor markets in the Arab world, with a focus on youth and gender issues as they relate to education, transition from school-to-work, employment and unemployment, informality, responses to economic shocks, migration, and family formation.