Khalaf, George

George Khalaf serves as the Middle East/North Africa Regional Director for the Synergos Institute as well as the Director for Synergos Consulting Services. Over the past five years, Mr. Khalaf has designed and implemented programs and partnerships that address the systemic challenges underlying issues of poverty and inequality in the MENA region. As a regional director Mr. Khalaf has designed, built, and supported a network of over 300 social entrepreneurs whose work is impacting the lives of tens of thousands of women, children, youth, and people with special needs. In parallel, he has forged relationships with philanthropists, foundations, and leading multinational organizations to enables social entrepreneurs to reach more people, expand or replicate their projects, and increase their capacity as local leaders to bridge economic and social divides.

He was previously a Sr. Project Manager with Dalberg Global Development Advisors where he advised leading multilateral organizations and corporations in the areas of strategy, multi-sector partnerships and business process re-engineering. He has extensive experience in several development sectors, including health, education, and conflict resolution. He has worked on a diversity of clients including developing a business case for a global subsidy for antimalarial drugs; conducing an end-to-end business process re-engineering of UNICEF's work processes; advising the United Nations Development Programme's Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery on their organizational redesign; and designed a strategic partnership between a multilateral development agency and a multinational insurance company.

Prior to joining Dalberg, Mr. Khalaf worked in Accenture's Strategy Practice for three years, where he served a wide variety of companies, donor organizations, and public agencies in the United States, Middle East, and North Africa, concentrating on strategic planning and performance management issues. Prior to joining Accenture, Mr. Khalaf worked as a client relations' Director for a start-up company in Chennai, India. Mr. Khalaf holds a Masters in International Development from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service and an under-graduate degree in Political Science and International Relations from Swarthmore College. He is fluent in Arabic, English and French.

Posts by Khalaf, George

  • Q&A with George Khalaf: In the Middle East, Social Entrepreneurs Fill Voids Left by Public Sector (08.04.15 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board, and George Khalaf, Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa, The Synergos Institute Social enterprises are becoming a popular driver of social impact. This is true in the developed world, where organizations such as Lava Mae and Feeding Forward—both of which presented to The Conference Board Contributions Council […]

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