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: Ms. Taline Koranchelian
Prior to joining METAC, Ms. Koranchelian was Assistant Director in the Strategy, Policy, and Review Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), leading the institutional work on surveillance policy. Throughout her more than 15 years experience at the IMF, Ms. Koranchelian held various positions in the Middle East and Central Asia Department, Fiscal Affairs Department, Strategy, Policy, and Review Department, and the Executive Board of the IMF. She led surveillance and technical assistance missions to many countries in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Europe, and headed the preparation of various IMF policies. Before joining the IMF in 2000, Ms. Koranchelian worked in the central bank of Lebanon and was advisor to the Minister of Economy and Trade in Lebanon.
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. Todor Dimitrov Todorov
Before joining METAC in September 2015, Mr. Todor Todorov served for four years as a regional advisor at the IMF AFRITAC South. He started working for the IMF as a short term expert on national accounts statistics in 2006 conducting missions to countries in Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and also to Jordan and West Bank and Gaza in the Middle East. He has more than twenty five years of experience in economic statistics and particularly in development of national accounts at the National Statistical Institute of his home country, Bulgaria.
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