Perrihan Al-Riffai joined IFPRI in September of 2009. She is a Senior Research Analyst in the Development Strategy and Governance. She received an MPhil in Economics from George Washington University and an M.A. in Economics from the American University in Cairo. Perrihan has held several positions amongst which include; teaching positions and international development consultancies with the World Bank, IFPRI and the UNDP mostly on the MENA region. Her background is in CGE modeling and its application to poverty reduction and agricultural development. Her research at IFPRI had focused on trade and biofuels and now focuses on food security in the Arab world. Her previous areas of work include: public expenditures reallocation and poverty reduction and agricultural sector development.