Deputy Director Nisreen Abu al-Shaikh

Nisreen Abu al Shaikh at the ACOR Board of Trustees meeting in Texas, November 2016. Photo by Edward W. Gnehm, Jr.

Nisreen Abu al Shaikh is the Deputy Director of ACOR.  She was promoted to her current position in November 2016, and she remains the  Chief Financial Officer for both ACOR and the USAID SCHEP program.  She was first appointed CFO of ACOR in 2012, and she had previously served as the  Financial Comptroller for ACOR since 1995.

As a U.S. non-profit organization, ACOR’s books follow “fund accounting”, a system that emphasizes accountability rather than profitability.  As ACOR receives some funding from the U.S. government, it consequently must undergo an annual audit. Nisreen is one of the few financial professionals in Jordan with expertise in the requirements of non-profit financial reporting. Her expertise helps ACOR to bridge between the official requirements of both the American and the Jordanian tax and regulatory systems.

Nisreen worked for several years as an accountant for the Shaheen Group in Amman before joining ACOR.  Raised in Kuwait, she was educated and attended university there and came to Jordan in 1991 with her family at the time of the first Gulf War.

Inspired by her work involving the many endowed trusts within ACOR, Nisreen is interested in the topic of endowments (waqf) in Islamic law and in the practical application and uses of endowments in Arab history.

Nisreen has a B.Sc. in Accounting from the University of Kuwait and an M.S. in Accounting from the University of Jordan .