Jamshid Damooei is a Professor of Economics and Co-director of Center for Leadership and Values at California Lutheran University. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics in 1981 from the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom. Before joining the faculty at CLU in 1987, he taught at California State University, Northridge. Dr. Damooei was Director General of the Bureau of Economic Studies and Policies of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance of Iran. He also served as a Senior Economist for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). He is currently a consultant for the United Nations and most recognized for his expertise on economic and institutional capacity building in East Africa and the Middle East. Dr. Damooei’s scholarly work embraces a broad spectrum of current social and economic issues. The areas of his studies include project design and evaluation, methods of capacity building during time of crisis, crisis prevention and recovery, causes of macroeconomic imbalances, aid coordination, privatization of industries, poverty alleviation, and design of corrective policies with regard to monetary and financial problems.