H.E. Dr. Jihad Azour
Former Minister of Finance, Lebanon
H.E. Mrs. Raya Al Hassan
Former Minister of Finance, Lebanon
H.E. Mr. Adnan Kassar
General Union of Chambers of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture For Arab Countries
H.E. Dr. Abdullah Al Kuwaiz
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. Raya Haffar El-Hassan is currently the Financial Consultant and Member of the Board of Directors of BankMed, and MedInvestment Bank. H.E. was Minister of Finance in Lebanon (2009-2011).
Mrs. El-Hassan was Advisor to the Minister of Economy and Trade and a program specialist for the Economic Governance and Pro-Poor portfolio at UNDP Lebanon. In the mid 90’, she was responsible for overseeing the implementation of tax and expenditure management reforms and in setting up and operating a UN debt management system at the Ministry of Finance. As Project Director within the Office of the Prime Minister (2003-2009), she oversaw several UN, World Bank and EU public sector reform projects and worked on the elaboration and the implementation of the government’s economic and social reform agenda under the Paris II and III International Donor Conferences for Lebanon.
H.E. holds a master’s degree in business administration, from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the American University of Beirut.
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
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H.E. El Kuwaiz is currently the Chairman of El Kuwaiz Economic and Financial Consultants, Saudi Arabia.
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.
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(.