Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde appointed Jihad Azour as Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department, according to a press release issued by IMF.
He will assume his new position on March 1, 2017, replacing Masood Ahmed who left the Fund in October.
“Mr. Azour brings a very well-rounded perspective, having held senior Leadership roles both in government, as Lebanon’s Minister of Finance, and in private sector” Ms. Lagarde said.
She added that he has a “combining analytical insight and a proven ability to bring people together collaboratively and constructively, he will help the Fund contribute effectively and pragmatically to the key issues facing the region today.”
Mr. Azour holds a PhD in International Finance and a post-graduate degree in International Economics and Finance, both from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He also did research on emerging economies and their integration into the global economy as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard, and holds a Master’s degree in Applied Economics and Finance from Dauphine University, Paris.