H.E. Dr. Jihad Azour
Former Minister of Finance, Lebanon
H.E. Adnan Kassar
General Union of Chambers of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture For Arab Countries
HE Dr. Abdullah Al Kuwaiz
Economist and Former Ambassador
H.E. Dr Abdullah Al Dardari
Hamad Abdulmohsen Al Marzouq
Kuwait Banking Association
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.
H.E. Adnan Kassar is currently The Chairman of the General Union of Arab Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture for Arab Countries.
H.E. is also the chairman of Fransabank and Board Member of the Association of Banks in Lebanon.
H.E. Kassar is a former Minister of state & Minister of Economy and trade in Lebanon
H.E. Holds a degree in law from The University of Saint Joseph, Lebanon
H.E. El Kuwaiz is currently the Chairman of El Kuwaiz Economic and Financial Consultants, KSA.
H.E. was Ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Bahrain and the Former Assistant Secretary General for Economic Affairs at the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf - Secretariat General. He held several leading positions in the Ministry of Finance and National Economy of Saudi Arabia and was the General Manager of the Gulf International Bank, BSC. and the Executive Director Representing Saudi Arabia at the Arab Monetary Fund and the Chairman of Saudi Cement Company.
H.E. was also a member of the Saudi Arabian Delegation to a number of International Islamic and Arab Summits.
H.E. El Kuwaiz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economic and Political Science from King Saud University in Riyadh, Master’s degree in Social Sciences with concentration on Economics from the Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, and PhD in Economics from St. Louis University in Missouri, USA.
- الدكتور عبد الله القويز يشغل حالياً منصب رئيس القويز - استشارات اقتصادية ومالية.
- تولى سابقاً منصب سفير المملكة العربية السعودية في البحرين ومنصب مساعد الأمين العام للشؤون الاقتصادية في مجلس التعاون لدول الخليج العربية.
- شغل عدة مناصب في وزارة المالية والاقتصاد الوطني في المملكة العربية السعودية حيث كان محللاً اقتصادياً ثم خبيراً اقتصادياً ثم مستشاراً ثم وكيلاً مساعداً.
- شغل سابقاً منصب مدير عام بنك الخليج الدولي البحرين. وعمل محافظاً مندوباً ممثلاً للمملكة العربية السعودية في مجلس المديرين التنفيذيين لصندوق النقد العربي. كما شغل منصب رئيس مجلس إدارة شركة الإسمنت السعودية.
- كان عضوأ في وفد المملكة العربية السعودية حيث شارك في عدد من القمم الدولية الإسلامية والعربية.
- الدكتور القويز حائز على شهادة البكالوريوس في الاقتصاد والعلوم السياسية من جامعة الملك سعود في الرياض وشهادة الماجستير في العلوم الاجتماعية مع التركيز على مجال الاقتصاد من جامعة Pacific Lutheran في تاكوما وشهادة الدكتوراه في الاقتصاد من جامعة سان لويس في ميسوري في الولايات المتحدة الأميركية.
H.E. Mr. Abdallah Al Dardari has a wealth of information and expertise on poverty reduction strategies, governance and macroeconomics. He is currently Chief Economist since 29 August 2012, in addition to his title as Director of the Economic Development and Globalization Division (EDGD) at ESCWA since 7 September 2011.
Mr. Al Dardari was Deputy Prime Minister for Economic affairs from 2005-2011 and Minister of Planning in Syrian Arab Republic (Chairman of the State Planning Commission- 2003 -2005) and UNDP's Assistant Resident Representative in Syria (2001-2003).
H.E. Mr. Al Dardari has also extensive experience in the areas of competitiveness, investments and international trade negotiations.
H.E. Mr. Al Dardari holds an Honorary Doctorate from Yalova University in Istanbul, a Masters in International Political Economy from University of Southern California, BA Economics from Richmond University London, and Post Graduate Research at the London School of Economics.
Mr. Hamad Al Marzouq is currently the President of Kuwait Banking Association. He is the Board Director of Institute of Banking Studies and Board Director of Public Authority for Applied Education & Training.
He was Chairman and Managing Director of ahli united bank K.S.C. and was Ahli United Bank Group Deputy Chairman of Ahli United Bank (Bahrain - UK – Egypt), Ahli Bank (Oman, Qatar), United Bank for Commerce & Investment – Libya & Commercial Bank of Iraq.
He was previously the Member of the Board of Trustees at Arab Academy for Financial & Banking Services (AAFBS), Board Director of Union of Arab Banks (UAB), Deputy Chairman of Kuwait & Middle East Financial Investment Company, Deputy Chairman of Middle East Financial Investment Company (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and Manager Supervision Sector at Central Bank of Kuwait.
He holds a degree in Bachelor of Science in Industrial & System Engineering from the University of Southern California )USA( and MBA degree in Finance & International Business from Claremont Graduate School )USA(.