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Dr Nasser Saidi

Dr. Nasser Saidi

Dr Nasser H. Saidi is the founder and managing director of Nasser Saidi & Associates. He is Deputy Chairman of Eureeca Capital, a crowd-funding platform. He is the former Chief Economist of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) from 2006 to September 2012, where he helped build the centre and developed the links with governments, central banks, international organisations and international financial centres. Dr Saidi is the founder and former Executive Director of the Hawkamah-Institute for Corporate Governance and the Mudara Institute of Directors.

Dr Saidi is a member of the IMF’s Regional Advisory Group for MENA and Co-Chair of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) MENA Corporate Governance Working Group. He is a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of the Global Corporate Governance Forum, an institution of the World Bank driving global corporate governance reforms. He is Chairman of the regional Clean Energy Business Council, promoting clean energy solutions and policies in the MENA countries.

In 2012, he was named among the 50 most influential Arabs in the World by The Middle East magazine, for the fourth consecutive year.

Dr Saidi was the Minister of Economy and Trade and Minister of Industry of Lebanon between 1998 and 2000. He was the First Vice-Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon for two successive mandates, 1993-1998 and 1998-2003. He was a Member of the UN Committee for Development Policy (UNCDP) for two mandates over the period 2000-2006, a position to which he was appointed by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, in his personal capacity.

He the author of numerous articles and has written a number of books and publications addressing macroeconomic, capital market development and international economic issues in the MENA region, Lebanon, the GCC countries and is the author of "Corporate Governance in the MENA countries: Improving Transparency & Disclosure". His research interests include macroeconomics, financial market development, payment systems and international economic policy, corporate governance, clean energy and information and communication technology (ICT).

Dr Saidi was a private banker and served as an economic adviser and director to a number of central banks and financial institutions in Arab countries, Europe and Central and Latin America. Prior to his public career, Dr Nasser pursued a career as an academic, serving as a Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics in the University of Chicago, the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales (Geneva, CH), and the Université de Genève. He also served as a lecturer at the American University of Beirut and the Université St. Joseph in Beirut.

Dr Saidi holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Economics from the University of Rochester in the USA, a M.Sc. from University College, London University and a B.A. from the American University of Beirut.

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