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Dr. Nasser H. Saidi
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Dr. Nasser H. Saidi is an economist; adviser to governments, central banks; governance advocate and promoter of crowdfunding & clean energy.

He is the former Chief Economist and Head of External Relations of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and founder and Executive Director of the Hawkamah-Institute for Corporate Governance and The Mudara Institute of Directors at the DIFC between 2006 and 2012. Dr. Saidi is also member of the IMF’s Regional Advisory Group for MENA and Co-Chair of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) MENA Corporate Governance Working Group. He is a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of the Global Corporate Governance Forum, an institution of the World Bank driving global corporate governance reforms. He is also Chair of the regional Clean Energy Business Council.
In 2012, he was named among the 50 most influential Arabs in the World by The Middle East magazine, for the fourth consecutive year.
Dr. Saidi was the Minister of Economy and Trade and Minister of Industry of Lebanon between 1998 and 2000. He was the first 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 holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Economics from the University of Rochester in the U.S.A, a M.Sc. from University College, London University and a B.A. from the American University of Beirut.

Entries by Dr. Nasser H. Saidi

The Economic Consequences of Détente With Iran

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 11:52 AM

This is a momentous period for the Middle East: negotiations with Iran have concluded with a nuclear deal agreed after 20 months of laborious talks that ended a 12-year standoff. The interim nuclear agreement (Joint Plan of Action) with the P5+1 will now become a comprehensive nuclear agreement. After-birth pangs...

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Be Unreasonable About the New Climate Economy

(2) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 11:52 AM

Co-authored with Loukia Papadopoulos

A Global Energy Landscape in Turmoil

Two important energy developments mark 2014: the precipitous, near 50% fall in oil prices since June 2014 accompanied by energy market turmoil and uncertainty. The other is the China-US agreement (together accounting for over one-third of...

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The BRICS Bank Signals the End of the American Financial Empire and U.S. Dollar Hegemony

(3) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 12:40 AM

Establishing the BRICS Bank is a momentous event

The July 2014 BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit was a momentous event, more important than the World Cup that also took place in Brazil. The BRICS sealed the deal towards the creation of the BRICS development bank and a...

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The Gulf Should Pivot East and Build the 'New Silk Road'

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 12:30 PM

Over the past 30 years, global economic geography has radically shifted toward the East, with the center now lying just east of Mumbai. In a belated recognition of the shift in global economic power, if not yet political power, the Obama administration announced in 2013 a "pivot to East Asia,"...

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Why Détente With Iran Is a Historic Game Changer

(8) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 10:50 AM

We are at a potential cusp, a transformational moment in the Gulf and the Middle East where détente with Iran could radically change the geopolitics and economics of the region. The opportunity should not be missed.

Iran was headline news last month after the P5+1 (shorthand for U.S.) reached...

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Will the GCC Take Leadership of Arab Economic Integration?

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 6:02 PM

When the Arab Gulf leaders came together to form the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in 1981, the global landscape was seemingly settled: the U.S. and Europe dominated world output and trade; the U.S. greenback was the global currency; the U.S. and the Soviet Union were the two super-powers; China and...

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The Key to Countering Extremism and the Arab Firestorm

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 10:19 AM

The time has come to set up an Arab Bank for Reconstruction and Development (ABRD) to address the multiple challenges faced by countries in transition in a region where the 'Arab spring' has turned into a firestorm.

The new bank would be a vehicle for transformation and collective action....

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The Real Arab Spring Is About Women and Economic Development

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 9:16 AM

"If we educate a boy, we educate one person. If we educate a girl, we educate a family - and a whole nation." An African Proverb.

October 11 marked the International Day of the Girl Child, highlighting the marginalization of girls and women everywhere. Despite much improvement in women's status...

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