Minister of Planning and International Cooperation
Nasser Shraideh was appointed as Minister of Planning and International Cooperation in October 2020. He is a seasoned economist with over 30 years of experience in the public sector as well as the fields of international economics and development policy analysis, coupled with knowledge of the United Nations system, multilateral and inter–agency coordination processes.
Nasser brings vast experience to his position from his longstanding work in the field of international cooperation and fundraising, economic and trade policy, tourism, investment, private sector development, SME financing, community development and institutional capacity building.
Prior to serving in Prime Minister Khasawneh’s cabinet, Shraideh served as Chief Commissioner of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority from 2016 to 2019. From June 2011 to May 2016 he was Chairman of the Board for the Jordanian Free Zones Company. In 2010 Shraideh served as Minister of Environment, prior to which he was Chief Commissioner of the Petra Development & Tourism Region Authority from 2009 to 2019.
During his early career at the Ministry of Planning he was Secretary General of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation from 2007 to 2009. He joined the Ministry in 1998 and assumed the Director’s position for several departments including the International Cooperation Department, the EU-Jordan Association Unit, Aid Coordination Unit, and the Bilateral Cooperation Department.
Shraideh was also appointed to represent the Government of Jordan in a number of boards including the Chairmanship of the Aqaba Development Cooperation, the Aqaba Container Terminal, the Aqaba Airport Company, the Aqaba Ports Management & Operations Company. He also served on the board of Royal Jordanian Airlines, the National Tourism Council, Jordan Investment Board, Central Electricity Generating Company, Industrial Development Bank, Jordan Petroleum Refinery Company, Queen Alia Airport Hotel, Madaba Mosaic School, the Water Authority, the Jordan Valley Authority, and the Jordan Water Company (Miyahuna).
Mr. Shraideh obtained both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Economics with ‘Honors’ from the Yarmouk University. He also has extensive U.S. and Europe based training in macro and micro economics, program management, fund raising, planning and research methods, negotiation skills, project appraisal and evaluation, small enterprise promotion, and training and moderation techniques.