Dr. Naufel Alhassan is a researcher in institutional reform and social economic policy. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Euphrates Consulting Group (ECG). Formerly, he served in many high executive and advisory positions in the Iraqi government, including as chief of staff and senior advisor for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. He played a prominent role in designing and implementing the government's economic reform agenda as  head of the Economic Reform Unit (ERU) in the Prime Minister’s Office in partnership with the World Bank, IMF, EU, UNDP, USAID, and other G7 missions in Iraq. He participated in key governmental committees such as the National Security Council, Energy Committee, Reconstruction and Investment Committee, and the High Committee for Coordination between Federal and Local Governments. Dr. Alhassan also led the “Ta’heel” project for job creation and vocational training to facilitate weapons reduction for Iraqi society in partnership with the government of Japan and participated in writing the “Iraq Vison 2030 and Development Strategy” with a team of local and international experts. 

Between 2008 and 2014, Dr. Alhassan served as commercial counselor for the Iraqi Government in Washington, DC. Prior to his service in the government, he worked in the semiconductor sector for a decade in engineering and management positions. 

B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from University of Basra (Iraq); M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering focused on Semiconductor Manufacturing and Processing from Arizona State University; Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership from University of Phoenix. 

English and Arabic 

Countries/Regions of Expertise
Iraq, the Gulf, and the Levant

Issues of Expertise
Institutional Reform, Social and Economic Policy, State Building, Democracy and Governance

Contact Information

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Twitter Handle: @naufelalhassan