Dr Nasser H. Saidi heads Nasser Saidi & Associates a niche consultant and advisor to the banking &
financial sector, governments, central banks, regulators, multi-national and regional companies. He is the
former Chief Economist of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) from 2006 to 2012, where as a
senior executive he built & promoted the centre and its strategic development and developed the links with
governments, central banks, IFIs, banks & financial institutions and international financial centres. Dr Saidi
is the Founder and former Executive Director of the Hawkamah-Institute for Corporate Governance and the
Mudara Institute of Directors, 2006-2012. He was senior adviser to the UAE Minister of Finance, 2004-
Dr Saidi was the Minister of Economy and Trade and Minister of Industry of Lebanon between 1998
and 2000. He was the F irst Vice-Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon for two successive
mandates, 1993-1998 and 1998-2003. He was a Member of the UN Committee for Development
Policy (UNCDP) for two mandates over the period 2000-2006, a position to which he was appointed
by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, in his personal capacity.
Dr Saidi is Chairman of the regional Clean Energy Business Council, promoting clean energy solutions &
policies in the MENA countries. He is a member of the IMF’s Regional Advisory Group for MENA and a
member of the Advisory Board of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) and a
member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of the Global Corporate Governance Forum, an institution
of the I F C / World Bank driving global corporate governance reforms, and Co-Chaired OECD MENA
Corporate Governance Working Group. He is active in crowdfunding, VC and seed funding.
In 2013, he was named among the 50 most I nfluential Arabs in the World by The Middle East magazine,
for the fourth consecutive year and named among the 500 Most Powerful Arabs in the world by
Arabian Business for the second consecutive year.
He is the author of numerous articles and has written a number of books and publications addressing
macroeconomic, capital market development and international economic issues in the MENA region,
the GCC countries and Lebanon. Hisresearch interests include macroeconomics, financial market
development, crowd funding, payment systems and international economic policy, corporate governance,
clean energy and information and communication technology (ICT).
Dr Saidi was a private banker and served as an economic adviser and director to a number of central
banks and financial institutions in Arab countries, Europe and Central and Latin America.
Prior to his public career, Dr Saidi was an academic, serving as a Professor of Economics in the
Department of Economics in the University of Chicago, the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes
Internationales (Geneva, CH), and the Université de Genève. He also served as a lecturer at the
American University of Beirut and the Université St. Joseph in Beirut.
Dr Saidi holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Economics from the University of Rochester in the USA, a M.Sc.
from University College, London University and a B.A. from the American University of Beirut.