Languages: English, Arabic
Technical areas of expertise: Economic Growth, Business Enabling Environment, Trade Facilitation, Intellectual Property Rights
Jaleen is a strategy-focused leader with more than 35 years' experience in international development. As President of Cardno International Development, a DT Global Company, she leads their US operations and provides integrated solutions that create opportunities for sustainable change in developing countries. Until recently, she also oversaw the operations of Cardno International Development’s European Office.
Jaleen has served in operational, business development, and technical roles in both Washington, DC and the field. Her career has spanned executive positions as President, Vice President of Corporate Operations, and Vice President of Economic Policy and Governance. In the field, she was a three-time Chief of Party, two-time Deputy Chief of Party and has served as both a Business Enabling Environment and Trade Facilitation Team Leader on multi-million-dollar USAID-funded programs. In these positions Jaleen advised foreign government officials on economic policy and trade policy reforms; and how best to promote the environment for investment, business, and employment growth, as well as legislative reforms modernizing commercial frameworks. Throughout Jaleen’s career she has built the capacity of government officials, judges, and private sector personnel in key commercial and trade topics. She has consistently improved corporate policies, practices, and systems, ensuring proper compliance on USAID and other donor funded contracts.
What’s your favorite place of all the places you’ve travelled?
My favorite place is the Siwa Oasis in Egypt where Alexander the Great consulted the ancient Egyptian oracle of Amun. The oasis has eco lodges where there is no electricity; buildings are made from salt, straw and mud; and furniture is made from salt. You can surf the sand dunes, visit ancient temples, fortresses, and tombs; and dine in the desert under a million bright stars. A magical place to relax and enjoy a simpler time.
If you were doing something else besides this, what would it be?
I would most likely lead international development work though from the foreign service side, while possibly moonlighting as a mystery book critic.