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Florence Eid-Oakden

CEO and Chief Economist, Arabia Monitor

Former Head of Middle East and North Africa research at JP Morgan and Professor in Finance, American University of Beirut

Remarks by Dr. Florence Eid-Oakden

Dr. Eid-Oakden is sought the world over to address a wide range of audiences and offers unparalleled depth of research on Middle East and North Africa (MENA) trends to include but not limited to:

  • The region is facing changes irreversibly through the deal with Iran.  How the Arab countries adjust and accommodate to these changes, plus the fiscal exigencies of lower oil prices, is going to be key to both business and stability in the region going forward.
  • How will the 170 million strong North African engine of growth and investment reignite, post-Arab Spring?
  • Islamic finance, a perfect fit for infrastructure investment in the region?
  • As growth in trade and investment shift eastward, are we witnessing a resumption of the centuries-old Silk Route between MENA and China?
  • Suffering from the highest rate of youth unemployment worldwide, could entrepreneurship become a game-changer for the MENA labor markets?
  • In the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries alone, there are over 3,500 ultra-high net worth individuals with a combined wealth of over $625 billion, establishing a large and sophisticated family office sector.  What are the opportunities and characteristics of this growing sector?

Meet Florence Eid-Oakden

Former Head of Middle East and North Africa research at JP Morgan and Professor in Finance, American University of Beirut

One of the Arab world’s foremost economists, Dr. Florence Eid-Oakden’s speaking engagements deliver powerful messages to your audience, helping them understand and act on medium to long-term trends shaping the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). She is often described as “the most engaging speaker of the conference.” Dr. Eid-Oakden’s insights have made her a regular on international conference panels and media platforms such as Bloomberg, Financial Times, CCTV, Phoenix TV, Asharq Al-Awsat, World Economic Forum, and Boao Forum for Asia, among others.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Arab Banking Corporation International Bank in London and in 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.

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