The RAND Corporation has announced that Obaid Younossi will become the new director of the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute.

“Obaid’s long career in public policy research and analysis and his experiences in the region make him the perfect candidate to help the Institute continue to grow and expand its work in Qatar and elsewhere in the region,” said RAND President and CEO James A. Thomson in a released statement.

According to RAND, Younossi has worked on projects aimed at improving Qatar’s school transportation system, developing an energy and environment research portfolio for the Qatar Foundation, training the staff of Qatar’s Supreme Council of Family Affairs on policy analysis, and participating in the planning activities for Qatar’s National Food Security Programme.

Younossi has been a senior researcher at the institute since August 2008 and was previously at RAND’s Washington, DC office from 1998 to 2008. He follows Bruce Nardulli, who will return to RAND’s Washington office after completing two years as the institute’s director.

Launched in 2003, the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute is a joint project between RAND Corporation and the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development.