IMF Managing Director Appoints Jihad Azour as Director of the Middle East and Central Asia

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.




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