Samir ALKotob is an engineering advisor at the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development. He joined the Fund in 1999 and he works on appraisal and loan management of energy projects, primarily for electric power generation plants, power transmission, and renewable energy projects. He participated in numerous studies on the Arab electric power interconnections. From 1978 to 1999, he held several research and management posts at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research where he led research projects in power, control and industrial systems. He graduated from the American University of Beirut in Electrical Engineering in 1971. He earned the M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York in 1973 and 1976 respectively.