Author Archives: Elisa Oddone

From Yahoo! to Vyu

After helping shape the region’s digital landscape through Maktoob, Ahmed Nassef now has his sights set on changing the way we watch TV. By Elisa Oddone Regional Internet pioneer Ahmed Nassef, who left his senior position at Yahoo last year,…

EMP Jordan in New E-commerce Push

Emerging Markets Payments Jordan (EMP) are set to roll out a new collection of products designed to boost the popularity of e-commerce in a country where cash is still king. EMP Jordan, which serves more than 20 banks and 18,000 merchants…

University Challenge

Jordan is nowhere to be seen on the Center for World University Rankings’ latest list of top 1,000 higher education institutions. The head of the Jordanian branch of the Arab Open University Mohammad Abu Qudeis, believes a big overhaul of…

Building Jordan: Associated Consulting Engineers (ACE)

This feature is part of a series highlighting the most prominent engineering and design consultancy firms with headquarters in Jordan or that have a significant presence in the Kingdom.   Associated Consulting Engineers (ACE) Year: 1956 CEO: Jawdat Yaghmour Offices: Lebanon,…

Building Jordan: Dar Al-Omran

This feature is part of a series highlighting the most prominent engineering and design consultancy firms with headquarters in Jordan or that have a significant presence in the Kingdom.   Dar Al-Omran Founded: 1979 CEO: Anas Sinno Employees: Approximately 500 Offices:…

Building Jordan: Dar Al-Handasah

This feature is part of a series highlighting the most prominent engineering and design consultancy firms with headquarters in Jordan or that have a significant presence in the Kingdom.   Dar Al-Handasah Founded: 1956 CEO: Talal Shair Employees: 6,900 Offices: 45…

How France Helps

The French Development Agency is playing a central role in tackling some of the biggest challenges facing Jordan. By Elisa Oddone Financing projects in Jordan worth a total of JD540 million, the state-backed French Development Agency (AFD) has been active…

Deal for First Oil Shale Plant

Jordan has signed a $2.2 billion build-operate-transfer deal with a consortium led by Estonia’s Enefit to have the Kingdom’s first oil shale power plant up and running by the end of 2018. Construction of the 470-megawatt plant, which is expected…

S&P Upgrades Jordan to “Stable”

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) returned Jordan to a stable outlook, almost three years after lowering its ‘BB-/B’ status to negative amid economical and political regional instability. The international rating agency expects the deterioration in the country’s fiscal and external balances…

The Brotherhood’s Economic Plan

With the release of a 500-page manifesto aimed at solving Jordan’s economic problems, the Muslim Brotherhood wants to be known for more than just its efforts to Islamize the society. But how convincing is its economic vision? By Elisa Oddone…