H.E. Mr. Arthur Nazarian
Minister of Oil and Water, Lebanon
H.E. Mr. Michel Pharaon
Minister of Tourism, Lebanon
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
H.E. Dr Abdullah Al Dardari
H.E. Arthur Nazarian is currently the Minister of Energy and Water in Lebanon. H.E. is also Deputy- Member of Parliament since 2009.
He was Minister of Environment and Minister of Tourism and was Treasurer of AGBU Lebanon District Committee.
In 2007 Honored by Lebanese President Emile Lahoud with the National Order of Cedar “the Commander Grad”.
Managing Director and Partner in Companies in Lebanon and the Gulf Area.
Board member in Byblos Bank of Lebanon and Armenia. Member of the Armenian Catholicossate of Cicilia's Central Political Committee.
He holds a BE Textile Engineering from Philadelphia University (USA).
H.E. Michel Pharon is currently the Minister of Tourism.
H.E. was elected for three times as Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs (2000-2003, 2005-2008 and 2009-2011).
H.E. is also Chairman of Libano Swiss Group and Chairman of Pharaon Holding Group. He is also Board Member of: LBC, Globe Med Group, Commerce du Levant magazine and L'Orient Le Jour. He is also Honorary President of the Lebanese Chess Federation.
H.E. holds a degree in economics from St. Joseph University and MBA degree from Dauphine University in Paris.
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. 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.