Lebanon’s former economy minister Nasser Saidi has resigned as Dubai International Financial Center’s chief economist, Saidi confirmed Thursday on the social media networking Twitter.
Saidi had been Chief Economist at the DIFC since April 2006 and, more recently appointed, Head of External Relations too. He was also Executive Director of the Hawkamah-Institute for Corporate Governance at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and a prime mover in the institute’s establishment.
Saidi has served as the Data Protection Commissioner of DIFC.
He is a member of the IMF’s Regional Advisory Group for MENA and Co-Chair of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) MENA Corporate Governance Working Group.
Between 1998 and 2000 Saidi was the Minister of Economy and Trade and Minister of Industry of Lebanon. 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 U.N. Committee for Development Policy (UNCDP) for two mandates over the period 2000-2006, a position to which he was appointed by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, in his personal capacity.
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