Leading expert on the economics of the Middle East
Economics in the MENA region
International economic policy
Dr Nasser Saidi is a leading expert on the economics of the Middle East. He is currently Founder and Managing Director of Nasser Saidi & Associates, advising governments and corporations throughout the MENA region.
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.
From 2006 to 2012, Dr Saidi was Chief Economist of the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC)where he helped build the centre and developed the links with governments, central banks, international organisations and international financial centres. He founded and served as the Executive Director of the Hawkamah-Institute for Corporate Governance and the Mudara Institute of Directors. He currently also serves as Deputy Chairman of Eureeca Capital, a crowd-funding platform.
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.
He is 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. He is the author of "Corporate Governance in the MENA countries: Improving Transparency & Disclosure".
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Dr Saidi's distinguished career in the public and private sectors have given him an intimate knowledge of the economics of the MENA region.
In 2012, he was named among the 50 most influential Arabs in the World by The Middle East magazine, for the fourth consecutive year.