Dr Nasser H. Saidi is the Chief Economist of the Dubai International Financial Centre Authority (DIFCA) and Executive Director of the Hawkamah-Institute for Corporate Governance at DIFC. He served as the Data Protection Commissioner of DIFC from January to August 2007. He is a former Minister of Economy and Trade and Minister of Industry of Lebanon (1998–2000). He was the First Vice-Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon for two successive mandates, 1993–98 and 1998–2003. He is co-chair with the OECD of the MENA Corporate Governance Working Group and established the Lebanon Corporate Governance Task Force. He was a Member of the UN Committee for Development Policy (UNCDP) for two mandates over the period 2000–06, appointed as a member in his personal capacity by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.