Dr. Atif Kubursi is Professor Emeritus of Economics at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. He has taught at Purdue University in Indiana, was a senior visiting scholar at Cambridge University, and lectured and consulted at Harvard University. He has published 10 books and over 250 journal articles and technical reports in the areas of macroeconomics, economic development strategies, international trade, impact analysis, and regional emphasis on the environment, tourism, and industrial development. He has frequently lectured on globalization issues, economic development, oil and industrialization, tourism, political economy, and Arab affairs. In 1982 Dr. Kubursi joined the United Nations Industrial Organization as Senior Development Officer. Since then, he worked as a team leader of several UNIDO missions to Indonesia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Sudan, and Egypt. In 2006 he was appointed Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. Dr. Kubursi is President of Econometric Research Limited.