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Nasser Saidi

Economist & Governance Reform Advocate




The Middle East magazine named Nasser Saidi one of the 50 most influential Arabs in the World.

He was Chief Economist and Head of External Relations for Dubai International Financial Centre and Executive Director of the Hawkamah-Institute for Corporate Governance and The Mudara Institute of Directors at the DIFC between 2006 and 2012.  Here he advised the DIFC and the Dubai Government in addition to developing relationships between the DIFC and international institutions such as the World Bank and IMF

Prior to this he was the Minister of Economy and Trade and Minister of Industry of Lebanon from 1998 – 2000, in addition to being Governer for Lebanon’s Central Bank .  Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General, also personally appointed Saidi to the UN Committee for Development Policy for two mandates.

Dr. Saidi is also a member of the IMF’s Regional Advisory Group for MENA and Co-Chair of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development’s 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 also Chair of the regional Clean Energy Business Council.

He has written a diverse array of publications with a particular focus on macroeconomics, capital market development and economic issues in Lebanon (and the surrounding region).  In addition to this he has written about payment systems, communication technology and international economic policy.

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