Salim Kublawi, Senior Economic Advisor and Training Specialist
Dr. Kublawi has over 30 years experience in economic development, research methodologies, and data collection, focused on the design and implementation of local government economic development programs. Dr. Kublawi is an expert on the application of tools and methods of economic and statistical analysis to the solution of problems at the local, regional, and national levels. In the capacity of chief economist of the Appalachian Regional Commission, he developed all planning and economic impact studies for the Appalachian Development Highway System. Dr. Kublawi was a leading figure in the establishment of sixty-eight multi-county local development districts throughout the Appalachian Region, one of the most outstanding decentralization projects in the history of the US.
Dr. Kublawi has experience in training government personnel in Jordan and Egypt in macroeconomic principles, economic statistics, survey methodologies, and economic analysis. From 2000 to 2006, he served in Jordan as an economic and statistical adviser to the Department of Statistics and the Ministry of Planning and Ministry of Labor. He provided training and technical assistance to the staffs of these organizations including the Department of Statistics staff of 350 employees with workshops in survey methods and techniques. He was recently Professor of Banking and Statistics for the Graduate Program at Strayer University in Virginia.
For MetaMetrics, Dr. Kublawi developed a cost-benefit model and economic impact model to determine the impact on the Lagoona Indians economy of the building of a desalinization plant to provide badly needed water forhousehold, industrial and commercial use in a proposed new site within commuting distance from the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also participated on a team that designed the “barefoot engineers” project to develop village water supply systems in rural El Salvador, participating in field trips to collect information on water supply needs and assess the overall health conditions related to agricultural productivity, and working with local, regional, and national government officials to develop the plan for training and development of local engineers.