Dr. Florence Eid-Oakden is the CEO and Chief Economist of Arabia Monitor. She has been a professor of economics and finance at the American University of Beirut and a visiting professor at INSEAD and HEC Paris. Formerly head of MENA research at JP Morgan, Dr. Eid-Oakden has also worked with the World Bank on Latin America and on North Africa, and subsequently, on the buy side as a hedge fund investment professional. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Arab Banking Corporation International Bank in London and for Bank ABC Jordan, the Arab Bankers Association of North America in New York, and sits on the Advisory Council of the Al Faisal University College of Business, Saudi Arabia, where she also advises the Saudi Government. She has served as a Trustee of the American University in Paris, and a Director of Shuaa Capital in Dubai. Recently she served as a member of HSBC’s Middle East Financial System Risk Advisory Committee. Dr. Eid-Oakden received her Ph.D. in Organization Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a joint MIT-Harvard Doctoral Committee, under the supervision of Nobel Laureate Professor Bengt Holmström. She is fluent in Arabic, English, French and Spanish, with a working knowledge of Italian and Portuguese.
- The Arab Spring, and the New Paradigm unfolding in the Middle East: Where is the Middle East heading?
- China-MENA trade and investment relations
- Sukuk and Islamic finance (from both an issuer and investor’s perspective)
- Economic and political developments in Egypt
- Maghreb integration/the Maghreb opportunity
- GCC Integration: Lessons from the EU
- Regional and global energy markets (Iraq oil sector, shale gas revolution and its impact on the Middle East)
- Entrepreneurship in the Middle East
- Private Equity in the Middle East