Somalia: Mobile Money in a Fragile State: Implications for Financial
Stability and Development
Mr. Abdi Mohamed Abdullahi Governor of the Central Bank of Somalia
Abdi Mohamed Abdullahi is the Governor of the Central Bank of
Somalia (CBS). He has over 20 years of professional experience in the
aspects of Financial Management. He started his career working with
the Government of Somalia in 1986, but he worked most part of his
adult life with Government of Norway and the Private sector. Mr.
Abdullahi’s compassion for aid and development issues has taken him to
work in a number of charity organizations.
Prior to his current role as Governor of CBS, Abdi has worked as
Senior Economic Policy Advisor for the Office of the Prime Minister in
Somalia, where he contributed significant policy reforms in the areas
of Public Financial Management. He holds Master’s degree in Finance
and International Banking (MSc) from Liverpool John Moores University
(JMU) in U.K and Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from
Norwegian University of Technology and Science (NTNU). He was
appointed as a Governor of CBS in April 2019.
Mr. Jihad Azour Director of Middle East and Central Asia Department
Jihad Azour Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department
Mr. Jihad Azour is the Director of the Middle East and Central Asia
Department at the International Monetary Fund where he oversees the
Fund’s work in the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Caucasus.
Mr. Azour served as Lebanon’s Finance Minister in 2005-08, during
which time he coordinated the implementation of important reforms,
including modernizing the country’s tax and customs systems. Before
and since his time as finance minister, he held a wide range of
positions in the private sector, including McKinsey and Booz and Co.
where he was a Vice-President and Senior Executive Advisor. Prior to
joining the IMF in March 2017, he was a Managing Partner at investment
firm Inventis Partners.
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. Mr. Azour has published several books
and articles on economic and financial issues and taught extensively.