Rachel Beach is the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Tax Specialist for the Arab States, based in Amman, Jordan. She is currently supporting ministries of finance and tax authorities and building tax portfolios in the region, including in Lebanon, Djibouti, Iraq, Somalia, and Egypt.

Previously, Rachel consulted as a tax specialist and economic advisor on Yemen supporting the EU, OECD and their Center for Tax Policy and Administration (CTPA) in Yemen. She also recently consulted as a Fiscal Policy and Domestic Resource Mobilization Advisor to USAID’s Jordan Public Financial Management Activity (JPFMA); served as an advisor to the Minister of Finance of Jordan; and supported capacity building and conducted assessments with other governments in the region including Ethiopia and Djibouti and the InterGovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in East Africa. Rachel is American, originally from Kentucky.

She holds a PhD in Political Science from Aarhus University in Denmark, exploring strategies of domestic resource mobilization with revenue authorities in West Africa (Togo and Benin) for her doctoral research; obtained a degree in international economics and policy from Johns Hopkins University in the United States; and holds an undergraduate degree in international business and global economics.