Dr. Taleb Rifai, former Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, served as Secretary-General until December 31, 2017. With extensive experience in international public service, private sector, and academia, Rifai has held various ministerial portfolios in Jordan, including the Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Minister of Information, and Minister of Tourism and Antiquity. He has a Ph.D. in Urban Design and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in Engineering and Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a BS.c. in Architectural Engineering from the University of Cairo.

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