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  • Date 10th June 2020
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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted economic and social activity globally at an unprecedented pace. The international movement of goods has been limited to the necessary minimum, often solely for deliveries of protective and healthcare equipment. Many governments have imposed strict international travel bans to limit the risk of importing the virus, or at least to sharply reduce the inflow of infected persons.

Authors

David Havrlant

Research Fellow As a research fellow, David contributes to a better understanding of the current and future economic environment of a changing… As a research fellow, David contributes to a better understanding of the current and future economic environment of a changing region. He is mainly interested in the development of models for policy analysis and forecasting. At the same time, he is involved in projects related to the Vision 2030 program, focusing on the economic transformation and diversification of the Saudi economy. Prior to joining KAPSARC, David worked at the European Commission, European Central Bank, Moody's Analytics and the Czech National Bank. In these institutions, he participated in economic policy analysis, forecasting and research. He also served as a consultant to central banks in the CEE region, managing a variety of economic modeling projects. David led courses in econometrics and operations research during his Ph.D. studies.

Expertise

  • Macroeconomics
  • Economic modeling and forecasting
  • Policy analysis
  • Applied econometrics

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Abdulelah Darandary

Research Associate Abdulelah is an economist and Research Associate at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC). He primarily works… Abdulelah is an economist and Research Associate at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC). He primarily works with econometric modeling, with a research focus on macroeconomics and energy, international trade and investment flows, financial development, and public policy. His work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals. During the Saudi G20 presidency, he was the Task Force coordinator, member, and co-author for the Trade, Investment, and Growth Taskforce for Think20 (T20). Before joining KAPSARC, Abdulelah was an economic consultant for a major consultancy firm, where he provided policy analyses, modeling, and forecasting for the impacts of public spending on social and economic indicators. Abdulelah holds a master’s degree in Applied Economics and a Bachelor of Banking and Financial Economics from the University of North Dakota.

Expertise

  • Macroeconomics
  • Economic Growth
  • International Trade and Investment
  • Financial Development
  • Energy Demand
  • Public Policy

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Abdelrahman Muhsen

Senior Research Associate Abdel is a senior research associate in the Policy and Decision Science program. He is a certified Geographic Information System… Abdel is a senior research associate in the Policy and Decision Science program. He is a certified Geographic Information System (GIS) Professional (GISP), with over 17 years of industry and research experience in GIS and geo-information management. His research focuses on spatial economic modeling to better understand and forecast the interactions between economic activities, energy demand, land use, and transportation in urban areas. Previously, Abdel worked for world-renowned global companies, such as Accenture and ESRI, in North America and the Middle East. He served as a technical leader and senior consultant, guiding clients in the energy sector on how to extract value out of geospatial data assets, and GIS investments. Abdel holds an M.Sc. in Geomatics Engineering from the University of Calgary, Canada.

Expertise

  • Urban Analytics
  • Spatial Economic Modeling
  • Sustainability and Urban Design
  • Spatial Data Science
  • Earth Observation and Remote Sensing

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