Taleb Rifai was the Secretary General
of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), until the end of 2017. He
originally took up the position in 2010, and was elected for a second four-year
term in 2013.
He has a background in international
and national public service, the private sector and academia.
Holding a PhD in urban design and
regional planning, an MA in engineering and architecture and a BSc in
engineering and architecture, Taleb was initially involved in research,
teaching and practising architecture and urban design in Jordan and the US.
He then went on to hold positions
including assistant director general of the International Labour Organisation,
several ministerial portfolios in the Jordanian government, Director of the
Economic Mission to Washington DC and Director General of the Investment
Promotion Corporation of Jordan.