Economic Development Board
Jarmo Kotilaine has been the Chief Economist of the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) since 2012. He also joined Tamkeen as the Chief Planning and Monitoring Officer in 2016. He previously worked as Chief Economist of the National Commercial Bank (NCB) of Saudi Arabia, having initially worked on setting up the research function for NCB Capital, the investment arm of the NCB Group.
Dr Kotilaine worked for a number of years as an economic and financial consultant with a primary focus on emerging markets. He advised the Spanish stock exchange, Bolsas y Mercados Españoles (BME) and headed the financial services practices of UK-based global consultancy firms. During this time, Dr Kotilaine’s main clientele consisted of banks, stock exchanges and financial regulators.
Dr Kotilaine studied economics and economic history at Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard. He subsequently joined the faculty at Harvard where his primary research focus was the long-term economic and institutional development of Eurasia as well as on international trade and finance.