Akram Al-Turk joined the International Budget Partnership’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) team in June 2012. As a program officer focused on Tunisia and Egypt, he works with organizations to improve their capacities for civil society budget work and with media-training institutes to develop training materials for journalists interested in covering budget-related issues. He also works with civil society organizations and academics in an effort to produce more research on budget issues in the MENA region. Prior to joining IBP, Akram worked at the Brookings Institution, where he was a researcher and a publications manager. He focused primarily on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and on democratization and political reform in the Arab world. Prior to Brookings, Akram worked at the Palestinian Hydrology Group in the West Bank and as a Research Fellow at FINCA Jordan, a microfinance institute. Akram has a Master’s of Global Policy Studies from the LBJ School at the University of Texas in Austin and a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Millsaps College.