H.E. Mr. Najib Mikati is the Lebanese Caretaker Prime Minister. H.E. Mr. Mikati began his political career in 1998 as the Minister of Public Works and Transport, and remained in post until 2004, under three consecutive cabinets. In 2000, he was elected for the first time as a Member of Parliament representing Tripoli. In 2005, he became Prime Minister of Lebanon and during his mandate, he steered the country towards what was qualified as notable democratic elections. In 2009, he was re-elected Member of Parliament representing Tripoli for a mandate of four years.
H.E. is the Co-Founder of M1 Group, a family-owned holding with interests in various sectors such as telecom, real estate, aircraft financing, fashion and energy.
H.E. Mr. Mikati graduated from the American University of Beirut with an MBA; he also followed advanced management programs at INSEAD, and Harvard University. A philanthropist, H.E. is engaged in a number of social activities, spanning Lebanese and international medical, academic, and charitable associations and organizations which he founded with his family.
H.E. Mr. Nahas is currently the minister of economy & trade; he is the founder of “EDAFI Value Partners”, a business development firm managing private equity investments focusing on several industries such as FMCG, construction material and clean energy in MENA region.
Mr. Nahas was the CEO of “Ciment de Sibline”, a prominent Lebanese cement factory and member of “Secil” Portuguese cement group, from 1980 until 2009 to become later a Board Member.
He has been appointed as the Chief Economical Counselor of the Prime Minister of Lebanon Mr. Najib Mikati during his mandate in 2005.
He has a degree in Civil Engineering from Saint-Joseph University in Lebanon (ESIB) .He joined the postgraduate ISMP program in Harvard Business School in 1992.
- Vice president of the Lebanese Industrialists Association
- Member, Dean's International Council, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago
- Chairman of Business Development Company (EDAFI)
- Chairman of Levant Beverage and Dairy holding (LBDH) with its affiliate
- Chairman of Saboun s.a.l
- Member of the Board of Directors of Ciment de Sibline s.a.l
- Member of the Board of the Middle East Prospect Forum (MEP)
- Member of the Board of the of “International Tube & Conduit Company” (ITCC ) (Jeddah - Saudi Arabia)
H.E. Mr. Riad Salamé is the Governor of Banque du Liban (Central Bank of Lebanon) since August 1, 1993. H.E. Salamé was reappointed for three consecutive terms in 1999, 2005 and 2011.
He chairs the following bodies: the BDL Central Council, the Higher Banking Commission, the Special Investigation Commission fighting money laundering and terrorist financing and the Financial Markets Authority. H.E. is member of the Board of Governors at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Arab Monetary Fund (AMF).
In 2012, Governor Salamé represented his country as Chairman of the IMF and World Bank Boards of Governors.
Between 1973 and 1985, H.E. acquired an extensive experience at Merrill Lynch (Beirut and Paris) that led to his designation from 1985 through 1993 as Vice-President and Financial Advisor, a position that he occupied till his appointment as BDL Governor.
The main objective of H.E. monetary policy has always been to safeguard the Lebanese currency, in order to ensure the basis of a continuous economic and social growth.
H.E. Mr. Salamé has received numerous awards including Best Central Bank Governor in the world for 2006- Euromoney award, and has received Knight of the Legion of Honor- bestowed upon him by French President Jacques Chirac on May 31, 1997.
H.E. Dr. Jihad Azour is Managing Director of Inventis Partners - a Private Equity Firm, with investments in MENA and Europe. Until recently, H.E. Azour was a V.P. - Senior Executive Advisor at Booz & Company, actively involved in consulting governments, public sector organizations, central banks, financial sector and institutions, and large international corporations.
He was recently appointed by the Board of the World Bank, member of the Independent Panel of Experts to review a broad range of issues around the Doing Business and Global Competitiveness.
He was previously Minister Finance of Lebanon for three years (2005 - 2008), where he spearheaded the economic and financial program of the Lebanese Government, and coordinated the implementation of the various policies and reform initiatives, led the preparation and the implementation of the Paris III International Conference for Lebanon, gathered more than 45 countries and IFIs, and raised USD 7.6 billion of support.
H.E. Dr. Jihad Azour also conducted a comprehensive modernization and reform agenda in the Ministry of Finance which was granted in 2007 the prestigious “United Nations Public Service Award”.
He occupied senior positions in government, UNDP, and in leading private sector companies (including McKinsey and Company, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Compagnie de Saint-Gobain). He also consulted for the IMF, the World Bank and the EU. He published more than five books and several articles on economic and financial issues in international publications and academic journals, and has a long teaching experience at the American University of Beirut.
H.E. Dr. Jihad Azour obtained his PhD in International Finance from Harvard University and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, France. H.E. Dr. Azour also holds an M.Phil. (DEA) in International Finance.
Dr. Joseph Torbey is the Chairman of the Association of Banks in Lebanon (ABL), where he had previously served the same position for two consecutive mandates (Nov. 2001-Nov. 2005).
Dr. Torbey is the Chairman General Manager of the Banking Group Credit Libanais, and Chairman of the World Union of Arab Bankers (WUAB), an organization for Arab Bankers and finance professionals, or those of Arab origin who assume an active role in the finance and banking communities, locally, regionally and internationally. WUAB aims at weaving a network of communication and establishing solid relations among Arab bankers and finance professionals. He is also Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Union of Arab Banks (UAB) since May 2007, which Board he chaired for two consecutive mandates from April 2001-2007.
Before chairing Credit Libanais Group, Dr. Joseph Torbey held numerous public functions, as he served as a Controller at the Lebanese Audit Court, a Financial Controller at the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Head of the Tax Department, Ministry of Finance.
Dr. Torbey holds a Ph.D degree in Law from the University of Lyon (France) and has followed extensive studies in Public Administration and Business Taxation at the University of Southern California, L.A. (USA). He was also awarded an Honorary Professor status at the University of Vienna and has a number of publications on various banking, financial and taxation issues.
Before establishing the Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group in 1979, Mr. Abou Zaki was the business editor of Al-Nahar newspaper in Beirut from 1965 to 1979.