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Competing Economic Visions in the Arab Uprisings: Navigating without Roadmaps


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Speaker(s): Dr Nasser Saidi
Chair: Professor Fawaz Gerges

Recorded on 19 November 2012 in D202, Clement House.

As the Arab uprisings have unfolded, the need for economic reforms across the region has only become more urgent. But where are the road maps? Dr Nasser Saidi explores.

Named among the 50 most influential Arabs in the world by The Middle East magazine this year for the fourth consecutive year, Dr Nasser Saidi is the former Chief Economist and Head of External Relations of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Executive Director of the Hawkamah-Institute for Corporate Governance and The Mudara Institute of Directors at the DIFC between 2006 and 2012. He is a member of LSE's Middle East Centre Advisory Board.

Dr Saidi is also a 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 Chair of the regional Clean Energy Business Council.

He was formerly 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 PhD. and a MA in Economics from the University of Rochester in the US, a M.Sc. from University College, London University and a B.A. from the American University of Beirut.

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