Task Order 2 Director, Lebanon Community Support Program Bilal Al Ayoubi
Bilal Al Ayoubi is the Task Order 2 director of USAID’s Lebanon Community Support Program (CSP). He previously served as the senior program development specialist on the Chemonics-implemented Lebanon Civic Support Initiative and as senior transition advisor for the Yemen Stabilization Initiative with Development Transformations, both projects funded by USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives between 2009 and 2017. Before joining CSP, Mr. Al Ayoubi worked as a freelance consultant for many international organizations including the United Nations Development Programme, Institute for Strategic Dialogue, Oxfam, International Organization for Migration, and Social Impact. Mr. Al Ayoubi has more than ten years of experience designing and implementing programs focusing on peace, stability, political transition, local governance, and service delivery in the Middle East. He began his career working for the UN Resident Coordinator Office in Lebanon on post-conflict programs. Mr. Al Ayoubi holds a Master’s in Business Administration and Bachelor of Economics from the Lebanese American University and a certificate in NGO Management from the School of Oriental and African Studies.
by Bilal Al Ayoubi
On August 4, 2020, some 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate that had been stored for years at the Port of Beirut exploded, emitting a mushroom cloud of pink and yellow smoke. People felt the material impact up to 100 miles away. The death toll on the second day of the explosion exceeded 100 residents, and…