Shaha Riza

Shaha Riza

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Shaha Riza, () (born 1953 or 1954), is a World Bank employee currently on external assignment at the Foundation for the Future, a "semi-independent foundation to promote democracy" in the Middle East and North Africa. She is the partner of Paul Wolfowitz.

As of July 2008, Riza earned $180,000 salary after taxes and telecommutes from home.

Early life

Riza was born in Tripoli, Libya, to a Libyan-Turkish father (Khalid Alwalid Algargany) and Syrian-Saudi mother. According to the Washington Post she grew up in Libya and attended Catholic boarding schools in England and on the island of Malta. She is a British national.

In the late 80s, Riza moved to the United States after her marriage to Bulent Ali Riza (also spelled Bülent Alirıza), (born 1952). Riza studied at the London School of Economics before taking a master's degree in International Relations from the University of Oxford (1983), where she studied at St Antony's College. She speaks Arabic, English, French, Italian, and Turkish. She is divorced and has one son. Her father was King Abdul Aziz's (of Saudi Arabia) consultant as well as Saud's and Faisal's.

Work prior to World Bank

Riza specializes in the Middle East politics and economics and has carried out field research in a number of Arab countries. Before joining the World Bank, she worked at the......
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