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Ali Shihabi

علي سمير الشهابي

Executive Director, The Arabia Foundation

Ali Shihabi is the founder and the executive director of the Arabia Foundation. A Saudi national, he graduated with a BA from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Ali began his career in Riyadh in 1985 in banking and finance. In 1999 he founded Rasmala, a GCC-focused private equity fund. In 2012, he took early retirement from banking to write two books: Arabian War Games, a work of fiction published in 2013, and The Saudi Kingdom: Between the Jihadi Hammer and the Iranian Anvil, published in 2015 as part of the Princeton University Series on the Middle East. Ali is a member of the board of trustees of the International Crisis Group.

Select Publications:

Shihabi, Ali. “Scapegoating Saudi Arabia won’t help us fight terrorism.” Washington Post. May 31, 2017.

Shihabi, Ali. “What Saudi Arabia needs to hear from Trump.New York Times. May 18, 2017.

Shihabi, Ali. “Strategic implications of the Saudi Aramco IPO.Forbes. April 14, 2017.

Shihabi, Ali. Arabian War Games: Cataclysmic Wars Redraw the Map of the Middle East. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, 2013.

Shihabi, Ali. The Saudi Kingdom: Between the Jihadi Hammer and the Iranian Anvil. Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2016.

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