Born in 1966, Jihad Azour is a Lebanese economist and politician. He holds a doctorate in International Finance from Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and a Master’s and post-graduate degree in Applied Economics from Université Paris Dauphine. He also served as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University's Department of Economics.
Mr Azour began his career at the strategy consulting firm McKinsey & Company in Paris.
In 1999, he was appointed World Bank/UNDP project director in charge of reform at the Lebanese Ministry of Finance, and was named an adviser to the Finance Minister.
Following a short assignment at the International Monetary Fund, Mr Azour was appointed Lebanon’s Minister of Finance in 2005, a position he held until 2008.
From 2006 to 2008, he chaired the G8-MENA ministerial group, which comprised the ministers of finance and central bank governors of the G8 and Middle East/North Africa countries.
Since 2009, he has been a member of the Middle East Regional Advisory Group (MEAG) for the International Monetary Fund. In 2012, the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim named him a member of the “Doing Business” group of experts, which focuses on improving the business environment.
Mr Azour is currently Vice President – Senior Executive Adviser (Middle East) at the global management consulting firm Booz & Company.