Ambassador - Jordan
A Sustainable Development Policy and Planning Expert in Jordan
Ruba Al-Zu’bi recently led the Clean Technology Sector Development at USAID Jordan Competitiveness Program with focus on enhancing private sector’s competitiveness, creating jobs and increasing exports in the clean energy, solid waste management and water resources management clusters.
She has contributed to the successful implementation of a number of key reform and development projects in the sustainable development arena from both a private and public sector positions. This includes the environmental reform and institutional strengthening process and several Regional initiatives on such as Horizon 2020. She became the first Policy and Development Director (and the first female Director) at the Ministry of Environment and participated in developing the governance and legal frameworks for Jordan’s Environmental Fund; the decentralization strategy and several other strategic initiatives in the environmental policy arena. Ruba led several departments at the Development and Free Zones Commission including environmental sustainability, project management, business development and communications. She led donor cooperation and negotiated donors assistance and programming.
“There were many male mentors in my life. Women role models are not as prominent in Jordan right now.This is something I’m trying to change as a mentor with Mowgli Mentoring. “
Women in Development
A Q&A with Ruba as part of a series on Women in Development highlighting the role women play in DAI’s work around the globe. The interview was conducted by DAI Communications Specialist Sara Lehman.
An Institutional Development and Transformation Expert. Believer in the ‘can do’ principle and dedicated to community-oriented development and promoting synergy between economic development, environment and society. Strong advocate for green economy/ investments and passionate about clean tech innovation and social entrepreneurship.
With over 16 years of professional experience in sustainable development policy and planning, institutional development (regulatory and operational), sustainability mainstreaming into development sectors, strategic planning, program management, partnership and alliance building, donor coordination and fundraising.
Eisenhower Fellow, Founding Member of Jordan Green Building Council, Initiator of #InspireMENA, Plus Social Good Connector, Green Entrepreneurship Trainer, Mowgli Mentor, Speaker, and Writer.