Mohammed Ali Loutfy Bio

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Mohammed Ali Loutfy, Ph.D.

Dr. Loutfy is the Executive Director of Disabled People's International (DPI) and an international development professional specializing in the inclusion of persons with disabilities across a wide range of developmental programming. In Fall 2019, Mohammed earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the American University of Washington, DC. His dissertation addressed the impact of persons with disabilities’ experiences with service providers and disability advocacy organizations in Lebanon. Prior to that in 2009 and as a Fulbright Scholar, Mohammed had earned his Master’s degree in International Development, also from the American University, where his thesis focused on evaluating the commitment of the World Bank to pursuing disability inclusion in its education funded programs. Before that, in 2001, Mohammed earned his degree in Public Law from the Lebanese University in Beirut, where he focused his studies on human rights and disability. Since 2016, Mohammed has been the Representative of Disabled People’s International (DPI) at the United Nations, where he co-chairs the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities to the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Since 2014, Mohammed has also served as Executive Director of the Arab Forum for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, where he leads the forum’s strategic planning and partnership building initiatives in addition to its organizational development and policy programming.