Obaid Younossi Named Head of RAND-Qatar Policy Institute

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July 1, 2011

RAND senior researcher Obaid Younossi has been named the new director of the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute, RAND President and CEO James A. Thomson announced today.

"Obaid's long career in public policy research and analysis and his experiences in the region make him the perfect candidate to help the Institute continue to grow and expand its work in Qatar and elsewhere in the region," Thomson said.

Younossi has been a part of the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute staff since August 2008, where he worked on projects aimed at improving Qatar's school transportation system, developing an energy and environment research portfolio for the Qatar Foundation, training the staff of Qatar's Supreme Council of Family Affairs on policy analysis, and participating in the planning activities for Qatar's National Food Security Programme.

Younossi previously worked in RAND's Washington, D.C., office as a management scientist from 1998 to 2008. He has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a doctorate in public policy analysis with emphasis on science and technology policy from the George Washington University.

Younossi succeeds Bruce Nardulli, who will be returning to the RAND Washington, D.C., office after serving as the institute's director for two years. Under Nardulli's leadership, the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute widened the scope of its research and expanded many of its programs.

The RAND-Qatar Policy Institute is a collaborative undertaking of the RAND Corporation and the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development. Launched in 2003, it has provided Middle Eastern policymakers with objective research on a wide range of public policy issues.

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