MENASP Network Database

Social Policy Database

Database of Middle East North Africa Social Policy Expertise

Dr. Abd Elrahman ALI

Abd Elrhman Elzahi Saaid Ali Senior Research Economist, Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah, KSA Education B.A (Honors) 1994 Sudan University of Science & Technology Sudan Banking & Finance M.A. 1998 Omdurman Islamic University Sudan Economics PhD 2002 International Islamic University Malaysia Malaysia Economics Professional Experience  2013- present, Senior Research Economist, IRTI, Research Division  2006-2008, Associate Professor, Sudan University of Science & Technology  2003-2006 Assistant Professor, Sudan University of Science & Technology  1994-1998- Teaching Assistants Sudan University of Science & Technology  1999-2002 instructor/teaching/research assistant, International Islamic University Malaysia  Coordinator of IRTI Scholarship in Islamic Economics and Finance, 2008-2013  Coordinator of IRTI Research Grant in Islamic Economic and Finance, 2013 -2016  Head of IRTI Poverty Alleviation Cluster, 2017 - Present  Director of Sudanese Malaysian Study Center, Sudan University of Science & Technology 2007-2008  Head of Banking and Finance Division, Sudan University of Science & Technology 2005-2006 Intellectual Contribution

Doctorate, International Islamic University Malaysia
Current or most recent Employer

Head of Poverty Cluster

Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)
Time in Post - 11

Organisation Type: Development partner

Regional Expertise

Iran, Jordan, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen,

Disciplinary or professional background

Development Studies, Development (applied), Economics, Education, Evaluation research

Contact Info


Islamic Development Bank, Islamic Research and Training Institute
Current Areas of Policy Interest


Poverty or deprivation reduction

Poverty or deprivation measurement

Gender equality

Economic development

Islamic finance

Other macroeconomic issues

Work relates to groups



Areas of Policy Interest over the last ten years

Areas of Policy Interest researched, programmes designed and/or delivered in the last ten years

Poverty/deprivation reduction

Poverty/deprivation measurement


Gender equality

Islamic finance

Innovative finance (New modalities in financing social sectors e.g. impact bonds)


Academic publications
 Abd Elrahman Elzahi Saaid Ali, Khalifa Mohamed Ali, M Kabir Hassan, Revitalization of Waqf for Socio-Economic Development, (2019), Volume II, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 978-3-030-18449-0, DOI:

Academic conferences
Thematic Workshop on Enhancing Poor’s Capability (TWoEPC 2017) And Financial Inclusion from Islamic Perspective 11th to 12th December, 2017 Islamabad, Pakistan

Consultancy Reports