About the Board of Directors

Board of Directors

 
 
- Mr. Majdi Marji
 
Management and Team
 
-Dr. Hadeel Abushama Bader, Deputy CEO
 
 
 
::: H.E. Eng. Raed M. Abu Soud :::
 
H.E. Eng. Raed Abu Soud has held several key positions in a number of Jordanian Government Cabinets, with his first appointment being that of Jordanian Minister of Transportation between 2000 and 2003. He also served as Jordanian Minister of Public Works and Housing in two cabinets between 2003 and 2005, and held the position of Jordanian Minister of Water and Irrigation in 2005, and once again between November 2007 and December 2009. 
 
Serving as the Director of The Program Management Unit (PMU-EU) at the Jordanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation during the period of 2000-2003, His Excellency was responsible for managing the PMU’s portfolio of projects, including the Greater Amman Water Sector Improvement Program, the Private Sector Participation Projects (PSP), in addition to other national water sector programs at a total value of $400 million. He also played a leading role in finalizing negotiations on behalf of the Jordanian Government in July 2009 for the Disi water project, a $1 billion project which will pump 100 million cubic meters of water 320 km from Disi in the south, to the capital Amman. 
 
His Excellency also led negotiations on behalf of the Government for the Khirbet Assamra wastewater project, one of the three most advanced water treatment plants in the World. The project, which is the outcome of a joint USAID and private sector funding venture, was constructed to treat 250 cubic meters of wastewater per day. 
 
Prior to his ministerial tenure, His Excellency had an extensive career in construction, where he was directly involved in negotiating contract conditions, variation orders, claims with clients, consultants and sub-contractors with a number of Jordanian private sector companies between 1982 and 1985. 
 
His Excellency was also involved in several construction projects at the Royal Hashemite Court of Jordan between 1985 and 1990, which included the construction of governmental offices in Amman, an extension section at Al Nadwa Palace and the private offices of H.M. Queen Noor, in addition to construction tasks at Basman Palace and Aqaba Palace.
 
He has also held a number of positions overseas in Dubai as Production Manager with Cloisall Company, between 1992 and 1994, and as the Building Division Manager at Lilley International between 1994 and 1997. 
 
Mr. Abu Soud holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering and an MS in Construction Management both from the University of Miami, FL. USA and has extensive training experience gained through a diverse number of training courses he attended through USAID and the John Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
 
 
 
::: Mr. Maher S. Matalka :::
 
Mr. Matalka is Chief Executive Officer at the International Pharmaceutical Research Center (IPRC). Prior to this, Mr. Matalka served as a Senior Advisor also at IPRC, a leading regional full service Contract Research Organization (CRO). He is also a founding member of the newly established Clean Energy Company (CEC). 
 
Mr. Matalka was appointed Director of the Economic Affairs Directorate between 2006 and 2008 at the Office of His Majesty King Abdullah II at the Royal Hashemite Court of Jordan. In this role, Mr. Matalka was entrusted with several diverse and key portfolios, which include but are not limited to water, energy, transport, ICT, healthcare, environment, labor, fiscal and monitory policies, trade and investments. During his tenure, Mr. Matalka advised the Royal Court on key socio-economic issues which are paramount to the economic development and advancement of Jordan. During his time at the Royal Court, Mr. Matalka served as the rapporteur for the Royal Commissions on energy and water. 
 
Between 2003 and 2006, he served as Director of the Economic and Commerce Bureau (ECB) at the Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Washington D.C. Established by Mr. Matalka, the ECB capitalizes on the many facets of the Jordan-U.S. Free Trade Agreement which include trade, investment and trade policy matters between Jordan and the U.S. During his tenure, Mr. Matalka established a trade and investment outreach program under the name JOIN-US, (Jordan Overseas Investment Network U.S.) to foster and promote Jordanian exports and attract U.S. investments to Jordan. 
 
Prior to his appointment in Washington, and as of 1997, Mr. Matalka served as Secretary General of the Jordanian Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (JAPM), where he advised the pharmaceutical industry on key domestic and international strategic and development related issues, as well as healthcare matters. He represented the industry on various committees such as the Pharmaceutical Reforms Committee of the World Bank, the WTO Membership Committee, the Jordan-U.S Free Trade Agreement Committee, the Intellectual Property (IP) Committee, and the Trade Policy Issues Committee. 
 
He has participated in various regional and international fora on Intellectual Property and presented several papers on the challenges and opportunities facing the pharmaceutical industry in developing countries. 
 
Mr. Matalka has contributed significantly to the economic development of Jordan by developing the pharmaceutical industry infrastructure, as well as leading the Jordanian industry into unconventional markets such as the European Union, which ultimately resulted in registration and sales of Jordanian generics in such markets. Moreover, Mr. Matalka participated in developing “Jordan Vision 2020 “, an ambitious initiative that aims to achieve a clear private sector-driven economic strategy to guide Jordan into the 21st century. 
 
He also served as Marketing Manager for Glaxo Pharmaceuticals in the Northern Arabia Region (Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Cyprus) between 1988 and 1995. Mr. Matalka is licensed by the American Board of Pharmacy and is a Member of the Licensing Executive Society (LES). 
 
He is a graduate of the Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord New Hampshire with a Master of Law Degree in Intellectual Property (MIP) and holds a B.Sc. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, which he earned at Samford University’s School of Pharmacy in Birmingham, Alabama. 
 
Mr. Matalka was born in Amman, Jordan where he currently resides with his wife Nadia and daughter Farah.
 
 
::: Mr. Ghaith Zureikat :::
 
Mr. Zureikat is an experienced manager and coordinator of development projects and programs. He has extensive experience in developing private and public sector partnership initiatives in various sectors. He has successfully managed and improved aid coordination techniques and financing operations for a variety of developmental projects and programs in Jordan, specifically projects funded by the United States, Canada, Australia, Spain, Sweden, the World Bank Group, and UN agencies. Mr. Zureikat has played a key role in setting developmental plans, public policies, and priorities in many social and economic sectors, and has assisted in evaluating financing requests and feasibility studies for developmental projects. He has also participated in setting and accrediting executive project plans which require workflow reports and periodic field visits.
 
He has served as Advisor to the Jordanian Minister of Planning and International Cooperation on competitiveness issues and also as Coordinator of the Government of Jordan’s plan for enhancing the business environment. During his tenure at the Ministry of Planning, Mr. Zureikat also served as the Director of American and International Organizations Relations Department and Senior Economic Analyst on competitiveness issues.
 
Prior to his tenure at the Ministry of Planning and Cooperation, Mr. Zureikat was the Development Manger at Advance International Semiconductors Company (AIS) in Amman Jordan between 1994 and 1996, where he set up new expansion strategies for new technologies for countries in the Middle East.
 
Between 2008 and 2009, he served as Deputy Governor of Jordan to the World Bank Group and is a member of the National Committee for the Forum for the Future; the National Committee established to organize and prepare The BMENA Trade and Investment Conference in Amman 2005; the Privatization Committee of the Silos and Grains Sector; the Jordanian National Committee for Public-Private Partnership and the National Committee for Enhancing the Business Environment in Jordan.
 
He has attended and participated in numerous international forums and conferences, some of which include the Third Mediterranean Development Forum (MDF3), where he presented a tourism study at the conference; the Global Competitiveness Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, the Donors Dialogue Meeting in London, United Kingdom in 2003 and the IMF-World Bank Development Strategies in Washington D.C. in 2005 and 2007. He also represented his country at the G11 Initiative in El Salvador in 2008, as a member of the attending Jordanian delegation.
 
Mr. Zureikat holds a B.A. and M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Jordan. He also holds a Certificate on Project Management Applications, from George Washington University in 2006, and a Certificate on USAID Regulations and Contracting. He has also received specialized training with Harvard Business School on Firms and Sectors Competitiveness between 1997 and 2001.
 
 

::Dr. Hadeel Abushama Bader::

Dr. Hadeel Bader is Deputy CEO, Board Member and Managing Partner for ConsultUS. Dr. Hadeel holds a Ph.D in Education with focus on the responsiveness between the undergraduate curricula and the labour market demands.  She has extensive professional experience in leading and managing education, youth and community development programs. Dr. Hadeel possesses both leadership and technical proven capacities in areas related to formal and informal education, youth employability, teachers’ training, curriculum development, digitized educational solutions, program management and programs’ evaluation.

She worked with different international non-governmental organizations managing complex educational projects funded by USAID, PBRM, UNICEF and others. Dr. Hadeel also provided regional technical assistance on areas of expertise to several NGOs in West Bank, Yemen, Egypt, Iraq and Ethiopia.

Throughout her career, she managed several evaluation and assessment studies conducted for national and international organizations in Jordan including UNESCO, UNICEF, Queen Rania Teacher Academy, IDS at University of Sussex, GIZ, Save the Children International and others.

Serving as the Education Manager in Menhaj Educational Technologies, she managed the Department of Instructional Design and led the development of digitized eLearning lessons for different subject matters in the region. Later in her career, she served as a senior researcher with King Hussein Foundation for national studies on child labour in Jordan and migrant labour in the qualified industrial zones.

Dr. Hadeel led the establishment and roll out of the School to Career Program from 2006 till 2010 which was funded by USAID and implemented by AED and Save the Children. Later in her career, she served as the Component Leader for Youth, Technology and Careers Component of the Education Reform Project in Jordan (ERfKE) in partnership with the Jordanian Ministry of Education.

Dr. Hadeel has professional certificates in PMP, NGO Management, Advanced facilitation skills and USAID grants rules and regulations.  

 

 

::: Mr. Majdi Marji :::

Mr. Marji leads and manages all financial and adminstration arrangements of ConsultUs inside jordan and in other countries in the region. Mr. Marji has over 25 years of experience in managing and reforming financial mangement systems.

 
 

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