A Palestinian national with a Ph.D. in Economics. Since Dec. 2009, he has served as the Director General of the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS), a position which he previously held from 2004-2007. He is currently the Director of research. Prior to joining MAS, Dr. Abdullah served as the Minister of Planning and Minister of Labor in the Palestinian Government from June 2007 to May 2009.Dr. Abdullah started his career in the academic field as an Assistant Professor in 1984, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1990. During his work he conducted numerous research papers on the Palestinian economy. He is also affiliated with many boards and institutions, amongst is the Board of Directors of the Palestine Monetary Authority –PMA since (2006-2011).