Ms. Salem joined the World Bank Group (WBG) in 2007. Prior to her current post in Iraq, Ms. Salem worked as a Senior Operations Officer, Senior Infrastructure Specialist, and Private Sector Development Specialist working in WB and IFC on various countries across the globe with focus on Africa, Caribbean, East and South Asia and Middle East.
Ms. Salem started her career as an entrepreneur, establishing the first life insurance company in Palestine. Prior to her international career, Ms. Salem has worked as a diplomat, a Director at the Palestinian Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation and an Advisor at the Palestinian Ministry of Economy.
Prior to joining the WBG, Ms. Salem has worked as a Private Sector Specialist with UNDP and UNIDO in Sudan and Somalia.
Mr. Salem holds an MA Degree in International Commerce and Trade from Middlebury Institute of International Studies, United States; MA Degree in International Relations from Birzeit University, Palestine; and a BA degree in Business Administration and Sociology from University of Jordan, Jordan.