Mr. Mohammad Jamal Alsaati is the Special Advisor to the President of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the Director of the President’s Office. In addition to his present roles, he leads task forces on formulation and rollout of a comprehensive action plan for enhancing IsDB’s field presence and decentralization under the president’s five-year program. As part of this work, he has played a pivotal role in coordinating the establishment and operations of new IsDB country gateway offices (Turkey, Indonesia, Nigeria and Bangladesh), the empowerment of existing four regional offices (Morocco, Senegal, Kazakhstan and Malaysia), and the enhancement of the field representatives program.
He has served in a number of technical, operational and managerial positions at the bank since joining it in 1998. He previously held the posts of the Director of the Operations Policy and Services Department; the Director of the Country Programs Department; Officer-in-Charge for the Operations Complex in absence of the Vice President (Operations); Officer-in-Charge for the Cooperation & Country Programing (CCP) Complex in absence of the Vice President (CCP); and the Special Advisor to the Vice President (CCP). As the Director of the Country Programs Department, he oversaw efforts to maintain and strengthen relationships with 57 member countries through, among other things, economic programs and policy dialogues at country and regional levels. Mr. Alsaati has been a board member at ICBA since 2010. He also sits on the boards of several organizations associated with IsDB.
Mr. Alsaati holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from San Jose State University, California, USA, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco, California, USA. He also holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia, and is pursuing a doctorate degree on a part-time basis. He is a member of many international professional associations.