Ali El Yassir

Program Manager, Middle East and North Africa, PartnersGlobal

Ali El Yassir is a Middle East and North Africa Program Manager at Partners Global, where he currently manages the design and delivery of multimillion-dollar U.S. foreign assistance programs that focus on conflict stabilization, peacebuilding, and governance. In this role, he regularly engages with the U.S. State Department and other donors on programs that could strengthen governance, reduce violence, and alleviate the impact of conflict on civilians in the region. Prior to Partners, Ali worked at ARK Group, a research and programming firm, where he oversaw governance, stabilization, and countering violent extremism (CVE) programming in Syria and Lebanon. At ARK, he was also responsible for researching in-country policy and conflict developments to inform donor priorities and policies. Before transitioning into development programming, he worked at several think tanks, including the United States Institute of Peace, the Middle East Institute, and Carnegie’s Middle East Center, where he researched political and security issues in the Middle East region. Ali also worked at Globesight, a Dubai-based strategic advisory firm, where his work supported nonprofit clients in navigating complex political and social challenges in the Middle East. Ali holds an M.A.in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a B.A. in Political Science from the American University of Beirut. He grew up between Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates and worked and traveled across the Middle East; he is a native Arabic speaker.