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Florence Eid-Oakden  

CEO & Chief Economist of Arabia Monito

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.

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Remarks by Dr. Florence Eid-Oakden

  • 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?

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