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Economic Innovation, Inclusion & Resilience: A Key to Growth

Dr. Nahed Taher recently participated at the Middle East Institute's 72nd Annual Conference, held on November 8, 2018 at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C.


With the impact of conflict in some countries and diversification initiatives in others, the economic future of the MENA region remains uncertain. Initiatives such as Saudi Vision 2030 and UAE Vision 2021 reflect the pursuit of economic diversification and energy innovation. Women and youth have played a larger role in diversifying Middle Eastern economies. Meanwhile, countries impacted by conflict and economic stagnation face a much bleaker economic outlook. How are some local and international investment efforts being implemented to promote economic growth in the region? What are the priorities for regional economic integration, and what are the challenges brought about by corruption, conflict, and lack of access?


  • Jihad Azour Director of the Middle East and Central Asia department, International Monetary Fund

  • Ferid Belhaj Vice president, Middle East and North Africa, World Bank Group

  • Nahed Taher Group president of Middle East & director of Islamic finance, National Standard Bank

  • Dina Sherif CEO and Co-founder, Ahead of the Curve

  • Christopher Schroeder, moderator Co-founder, Next Billion Ventures


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