29-31 May 2023
Electric Vehicle Innovation Summit
Dr. Nasser Saidi
Chairman, Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC)

About me


Dr Nasser H. Saidi heads Nasser Saidi & Associates an economic and financial 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
2005 to 2012, where as a senior executive he built & promoted the centre and its strategic development and
links with foreign governments, central banks, IFIs, banks & financial institutions and international
financial centres. He was senior adviser to the UAE Minister of Finance, 2004-2006. Dr Saidi is the
Founder and former Executive Director of the DIFC’s Hawkamah-Institute for Corporate Governance and
the Mudara Institute of Directors, 2006-2012.
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, a period spanning reconstruction of Lebanon’s economy &
its banking and financial sector. He was appointed as a Member of the UN Committee for Development
Policy (UNCDP) for two mandates over the period 2000-2006, by former UN Secretary General Kofi
Annan, in his personal capacity.
Dr Saidi is Chairman of the MENA 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 advisory board of the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT) and co-chaired
the OECD MENA Corporate Governance Working Group. He is active in climate and sustainability finance,
FinTech, crowdfunding, and corporate governance in MENA.
In 2014, he was named among the 50 most Influential 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 several books and publications addressing
macroeconomic, capital market development and international economic issues in the MENA region,
the GCC countries and Lebanon. His research interests include macroeconomics, financial market
development, FinTech, payment systems, international economic policy, corporate governance, climate
change and digitalisation.
Prior to his public career, 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
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 professor 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.

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