Dahlia Khalifa is an Egyptian and US national and has been with the World Bank Group since 2004. In her current managerial role, Dahlia provides team and strategic leadership and operational oversight for the World Bank Group's Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice, which addresses issues of private sector development, investment climate reform, trade expansion, innovation and entrepreneurship, and competitive sector development. Previously she headed IFC’s E4E Initiative for Arab Youth, which aims to empower youth with skills relevant to the market by investing in and improving the environment for quality education and training. Prior to that, she was the Advisor to the Global Indicators and Analysis Department of the World Bank Group, which provides enabling environment and business regulation benchmarking and data sets including Doing Business, Women, Business and the Law, and Enterprise Surveys.
Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Dahlia was an entrepreneur and business owner having established and managed financial services companies providing brokerage, corporate finance, private equity investing, and management consulting services. Over her career, she has advised over 160 companies in the Middle East and Africa to access finance, diversify, restructure, merge, and grow. She has also worked extensively with nonprofit organizations, founded Egypt’s International Economic Forum, and served as Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt.
Dahlia holds a PhD in government from Georgetown University, as well as an MA in international law from Georgetown University, and MA and BA in economics from the American University in Cairo.