Dr. Florence Eid-Oakden is the Founder & CEO of Arabia Monitor, a research firm focused on the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region, and President of Arabia Advisors. Previously she was Managing Director for MENA at Passport Capital, having established and headed their London office, which covered the Middle East and Europe. Prior to that, Dr. Eid-Oakden was Vice President & Senior Economist for the MENA region at JPMorgan, and Professor of Finance & Economics at the MBA level, the American University of Beirut.
She holds a Ph.D. in Organization Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2000), and has held Visiting Professorships at INSEAD and HEC – Paris. Florence has worked for the World Bank on Latin America and North Africa, the Ford Foundation in New York and with Save the Children in Beirut.
She has been a contributing author to the World Economic Forum’s Arab World Competitiveness Reports (2003, 2005). She is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Arab Banking Corporation International Bank in London and in Jordan, has served as a board member of SHUAA Capital and was a Trustee of the American University of Paris, a Patron of the Contemporary Arts Society in London, sat on the Advisory Board of QFINANCE – Qatar, and is a member of the Young Arab Leaders, the Young Presidents Organization and L.I.B.A.N. Florence appears periodically on CNBC Europe, CNBC Arabia, CNN, and the BBC.