The Middle East Program of the Wilson Center and Safadi Foundation USA invite you to an event hosted by the Lebanon Ideas Forum: 


A Conversation with Dr. Jihad Azour

Countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) continue to face the challenge of generating inclusive and long-lasting growth in the environment of low oil prices, ongoing conflicts, and concerns regarding regional security. For the region’s oil exporters, the challenges are particularly acute as fiscal consolidation plans must be calibrated and structural reforms designed to diversify away from oil and promote private investment. The conversation will cover IMF’s views on the economic prospects for MENA and the region’s policy priorities to promote sustainable job-rich growth.
Jihad Azour is the Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department at the IMF. Previously, he served as Lebanon’s Finance Minister (2005-2008) and held numerous positions in the private sector, including senior executive advisor at Booz & Company from 2009-13 and as a managing partner at the investment firm Inventis Partners. Dr. Azour holds a PhD in international finance and a post-graduate degree in international economics and finance from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris.
Welcoming Remarks

Aaron David Miller 

Vice President for New Initiatives, Wilson Center
Introductory Remarks

Lara Alameh

President, Safadi Foundation USA

Henri Barkey

Lehigh University and former Director, Middle East Program, Wilson Center
Thursday, July 20, 2017
3:00pm – 4:00pm
6th Floor Flom Auditorium
Wilson Center

Ronald Reagan Building and
International Trade Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania, Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

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