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Saudi Arabia Series: Interview with Jihad Azour, Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, International Monetary Fund


Nov 11, 2020 01:37 PM

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Jihad Azour
Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department @International Monetary Fund
Jihad Azour has been the director of the International Monetary Fund’s Middle East and Central Asia Department (MCD) since March 2017. Mr Azour served as Lebanon’s Finance Minister during 2005 to 2008, during which time he coordinated the implementation of important reform initiatives at the national level and within the Finance Ministry. Before and since his time as finance minister, he held a wide range of posts in the private sector, including McKinsey and Booz and Co. where he served as vice president and senior executive adviser between 2009 to 2013. Before joining the Fund he was a managing partner at advisory and investment firm Inventis Partners. Mr Azour holds a PhD in international finance and a post-graduate degree in international economics and finance, both from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.
Richard Banks
Editor @Euromoney LiveStream
Richard Banks specialises in Middle East business development for financial institutions and corporates. He is a partner at Soling Partners LLC, a boutique advisory firm advising clients on their Middle East business development and capital raising strategies. He currently advises a group of blue-chip global asset managers with more than US$ 2trn of assets under management He is also a Non-Executive Director of Lincoln College International – a UK company with substantial investments in the GCC education sector - and a Strategic Adviser to M7 Real Estate Investment. After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Richard worked with a number of companies before joining Euromoney Institutional Investor in 1995. He specialised in the Middle East from 2002 establishing a joint venture with Euromoney, developing their regional business. Richard stepped back from leading the joint venture in early 2016 and he remains a senior adviser to Euromoney