Saudi Aramco’s proposed partial privatisation is the start of much needed GCC reform.
Patricia McCall is currently the Executive Director and the Centre for Economic Growth, based in Abu Dhabi. The Centre for Economic Growth is a partnership with INSEAD and focuses on developing policy recommendations for regional governments and private sector in the area of economic growth, job creation and youth employment. She is also the Executive Director of the Arab Stabilization Plan, a regional policy initiative that aims to address the youth unemployment crisis in the MENA region but large-scale infrastructure development.
She was previously the Regional Director for the Middle East region for Duke University where she was responsible for the University's expansion in the region including the development of regional research initiatives, Duke's Dubai campus, public-private partnerships, graduate degree development as well overseeing the marketing and outreach for the University.
Prior to Duke University, she was the Head of Research at Jasper Consult, a Dubai-based consulting and corporate finance firm where she conducted regional economic and industry analysis for clients, and consulted on various regulatory reform advisory projects for regional governments. Prior to that, she worked as a senior consultant to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), completing an in-depth analysis of foreign direct investment and corporate social responsibility in post-conflict countries with a focus on Afghanistan. She also worked for the International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, in Cairo, Egypt where she focused on regional investment climate and regulatory reform, developing business enabling environment programs in Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt. Prior to Egypt, she was working in international finance for over ten years in New York City, with five years as a senior global macroeconomic and equity analyst at Banyan Fund Management and Black Arrow Capital Management, two emerging market hedge funds.
McCall graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. She received her Master's degree in International Affairs, focusing on Middle East studies and economic development, from Columbia University's Graduate School of International and Public Affairs, New York. She is Lebanese-American and is a member of the Young Arab Leaders UAE Chapter.