The Center is staffed with a Center coordinator, four resident advisors, and four support staff. The Center coordinator has responsibility for leadership and management of the Center’s activities and staff. The resident advisors deliver training and advice in their respective areas of competence, and coordinate with other technical assistance providers. The Center also makes significant use of short-term experts.
Center Coordinator: Mr. Mario Mansour
Prior to joining METAC, Mr. Mario Mansour was Deputy Chief of the Tax Policy Division at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where he coordinated the provision of technical assistance advice in tax policy to IMF member countries and contributed to the IMF analytical agenda. Mario has over 25 years of experience, has advised on taxation in over 40 countries of all income levels, and has published on a wide range of tax issues. Before joining the IMF in 2004, Mario worked as a tax analyst at the Canadian Department of Finance, and with a private Canadian consultancy where he led technical assistance projects in the Middle East and the Eastern Caribbean.
Banking Supervision Advisor: Mr. Ahmad El Radi
Before rejoining METAC in February 2014, Mr. El Radi worked for five years as the Group Chief Risk Officer for a leading Lebanese Bank with subsidiaries in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. There, his duties included assisting the Board of Directors and senior management in developing the group’s risk strategy and policies, following up on their implementation, and identifying, evaluating and monitoring the group’s risks. Prior to that, Mr. El Radi worked for four years at METAC as the Banking Supervision Advisor, where he assisted the supervisory authorities in some countries of the Middle East region in enhancing their practices in banking supervision and providing them with advices in line with Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) and the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB). Before METAC, Mr. El Radi occupied the position of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Resident Advisor in Banking Supervision at the Central Bank of Syria (CBOS) for three years (January 2002 till December 2004), where he assisted in the development of the CBOS supervision framework including drafting supervisory regulations in line with Basel Committee recommendations and in building the staff capacity.
Before joining the IMF, he worked at the Banking Control Commission – Banque du Liban – for a period of nineteen years (February 1983 till December 2001) during which he has occupied several senior functions in On-Site and Off-Site banking supervision, and was nominated as an Interim Manager at an insolvent bank.
Real Sector Statistics Advisor: Mr. Issam Al Sammak
Mr. Issam Alsammak, a Canadian national, has joined METAC in October 2018, as new resident advisor on Real Sector Statistics with over 12 years of experience in national accounts. Prior to joining METAC, Mr. Alsammak was Assistant Director at Statistics Canada’s Industry Accounts Division, were he was primarily responsible for the compilation of the annual national and provincial supply and use tables; the reconciliation of the income and expenditure accounts with the benchmark estimates; and the development of other statistical products such as Canada’s transportation satellite account. Mr. Alsammak professional experience also included delivering technical assistance to countries in the Caribbean as part of a Canada-funded project to advance national accounts statistics in the region. Mr. Alsammak is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Public Financial Management Advisor: Mr. Xavier Rame
Mr. Xavier Rame, is a French national, with more than 20 years of experience on public financial management (PFM). Prior joining METAC, Mr. Rame was a senior economist at the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department, and delivered and coordinated PFM technical assistance to a large number of countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Mr. Rame’s professional experience includes senior manager positions in international consulting firms, lecturer on public management at the French Ecole Nationale d’Administration, coordinator of the financial audit team at the French Court of accounts, and Treasury inspector at the French Ministry of Budget. Mr. Rame holds Master’s degrees in International Economics from University of Aix-Marseille III and in Political Science from University of Nice. He is also an alumnus of the French National Treasury School.
Revenue Administration Advisor: Mr. Stoyan Markov
Mr. Stoyan Markov is a Bulgarian national with deep knowledge and extensive experience in revenue administration gained in the Bulgarian administration, and as resident advisor of the IMF and the European Commission. Mr. Markov has 16 years of experience at the Revenue administration and Ministry of Finance in Bulgaria, where he managed Bulgaria’s Revenue Administration Reform Project (RARP) funded by the World Bank (2003-09), and as director of tax policy, led the accession negotiations with the European Commission on taxation and the harmonization of the tax legislation with EU regulations. During 2014-2015, he was the resident advisor of the European Commission Task Force in Greece, and since 2015, the IMF Revenue Administration Advisor in Ukraine, supporting the efforts of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine in planning and implementing revenue administration reforms.
Office Manager: Ms. Anita Semaani
Admin. Assistant: Ms. Ingrid Nehme
Admin. Assistant: Ms. Nathalie Tawil
Driver/Clerk: Mr. Fadi Mehrez