Managing Director’s Dialogue with Tomorrow’s Leaders: Future of Inclusive Growth in MENA


Location: AA02 Al Karaouine






With more than 100 million Arab youth expected to reach working age in the next 10 years, the IMF’s Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva, will meet with a group of outstanding young Arab women and men for a dialogue on the opportunities and challenges they face and what actions today’s leaders can take to enhance their future economic prosperity. The event will be an occasion to discuss how to leverage lessons from the last decade to turn the region’s long-standing aspirations into goals.

Kristalina Georgieva
Managing Director, IMF

Kristalina Georgieva is the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She is the first person from an emerging market economy to lead the IMF since its inception in 1944. Before joining the Fund, Ms. Georgieva was Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank and also served as Interim President for a time. Previously, she served at the European Commission as Vice President for Budget and Human Resources – and as Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. She was named “European of the Year” and “Commissioner of the Year” by European Voice for her leadership in the European Union’s humanitarian response to crises.



Jihad Azour

Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, IMF

Jihad Azour has been the Director of the International Monetary Fund’s Middle East and Central Asia Department (MCD) since March 2017. Mr. Azour served as Lebanon’s Finance Minister during 2005–08, during which time he coordinated the implementation of important reform initiatives at the national level and within the Finance Ministry. Before and since his time as finance minister, he held a wide range of posts in the private sector, including McKinsey and Booz and Co. where he served as vice president and senior executive advisor between 2009–13. Prior to joining the Fund, he was a managing partner at advisory and 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 Pariss.



Ahmed Gailani Al-Habashi


Ahmad is an agricultural engineer and the founder of Bi-Farm, an agricultural company and app that provides services in the agriculture sector (to farmers, investors, landowners). He is  developing a new mobile application, Jawah Investment, to pool financing for domestic projects (act as a medium to allocate resources to economic opportunities). He also runs an  investment project, Genoa Greenhouses, for young people in the agricultural sector in Yemen.


Ghalia Damak



Green entrepreneur. Co-founder, Comporoll I Impact-Driven Solutions (a startup that aims to  provide solutions around organic waste management by promoting sustainable and ecofriendly practices in MENA and sub-Saharan Africa Regions;



Nadine Massad


Nadine has over 6 years of experience between corporate banking, treasury reporting,investment analysis, and impact measurement and management, including from working in Arab Bank, one of the largest banks in the MENA region. In her current role as Investment Associate for Amam Ventures, Nadine has been leading in the Impact Measurement and Management efforts for an impact fund focused on empowering women, where she develops  strategies and frameworks to monitor and assess the performance of direct investment,portfolio companies, and capacity building programs. Additionally, she has an active role in assessing investment opportunities and conducting in-depth due diligence, including sector analysis, mapping out competition, and macro-economic analysis.



Taha Namri



Taha Namri is a recent graduate with a Masters in economics. His academic focus has been  on development economics, in particular studying issues around the economic costs of gender gaps and gender inequality in the youth labor market. His thesis and three academic  papers were based on the determinants of these inequalities, as well as a thesis on their economic costs in Morocco.



Teslem Zein


Teslem Zein is a private sector specialist working for the World Bank as a consultant and coordinator of the activities of the I-Lab of the Youth Chamber of Commerce of Mauritania.She is passionate about empowering women and young people, particularly in the field of entrepreneurship and startups. She participated in the training and awareness of thousands of  young people throughout the national territory, the implementation of a dozen programs for young entrepreneurs, and public dialogue with the Government for the development of the private and financial sectors.