Rafat Ali Al-Akhali is a development practitioner dedicated to addressing development challenges in fragile and conflict-affected situations. He is the Convenor of the Council on State Fragility at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. He previously managed the LSE-Oxford Commission on State Fragility, Growth, and Development and led the secretariat of Pathways for Prosperity Commission on Technology and Inclusive Development. He previously served as a Minister in the Government of Yemen and, prior to that, led the government’s policy reforms team. He holds a master’s degree in public policy (MPP) from the University of Oxford and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), Montréal, Canada.