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OPENING SESSION

DR. YOUSSEF FAWAZ, CHAIRPERSON, SANABEL
Dr. Fawaz is the Executive Director of the Lebanese Association for Development – Al Majmoua. He joined Al Majmoua as a Founding Board Member in 1996, and served as President of the Board in 1999. He joined the staff as Operations Director in 2000 and became Executive Director in July 2004. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to joining the staff of Al Majmoua, he worked as a Senior Transportation Engineer with SOLIDERE, the company in charge of rebuilding the Beirut Central District. Dr. Youssef was elected to the Board of Sanabel, the Microfinance Network of Arab Countries, in November 2005 and elected as Chairman of the Board in May 2008.
AMER HUSNI LUTFI, MINISTER OF STATE PLANNING, SYRIA
Amer Husni Lutfi is the Minister of State Planning in Syria. He holds a master’s degree in Economics, from the Catholic University of Louvain and PhD in Economic Analysis, from the Free Brussels University. He worked in the Economic Research Team at the European Economic Community. Before his work as The Minister of State Planning, he worked as the Director General of the Public Establishment for Ginning and Marketing Cotton. He also worked as the Minister of Commerce & Economics, Syria.
RESPONSIBLE GROWTH: LEARNING FROM GLOBAL TRENDS AND REGIONAL EXPERIENCES

NASSER BAKR AL-KAHTANI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AGFUND, SAUDI ARABIA
Nasser Bakr Al-Kahtani holds a Master degree from the University of Miami, USA. Mr. Al Kahtani worked in the Institute of Public Administration as a Training Faculty Member from 1985-1992, then as a Coordinator of Programs Section in the same institute from 1992-1995. He joined AGFUND in 1995 and was assigned as the Director of HRH President’s Office until 1998. In 1998, he was appointed as the Executive Director of AGFUND. Mr. Al Kahtani is currently heading an AGFUND team to establish the “Bank For the Poor” in Arab countries, in addition to his membership in many other committees in the region.
XAVIER REILLE, LEAD MICROFINANCE SPECIALIST, CGAP, USA
Xavier joined CGAP in 1999 and leads CGAP's Transparency Team in addition to chairing the Board of Directors of the Microfinance Information eXchange. He is also the Director of the CGAP MENA Initiative. Before joining CGAP, he was the Regional Microfinance Advisor for Southeast Asia with Catholic Relief Services. Xavier graduated from ENSIA and has a master’s degree in International Finance from the University of Paris. He speaks French, Spanish, English, and Bahasa Indonesian.
WILLIAM TUCKER, ED, THE SEEP NETWORK, USA
Bill Tucker has over 30 years of microfinance experience in Latin America and the Middle East. Prior to joining SEEP in 2007, Mr. Tucker held the position of Director of Program Development at the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA). From 1999 to 2004 Mr. Tucker was NCBA’s Chief of Party for USAID’s microcredit program in Egypt.
FOUAD ABDEL MOUMNI, CONSULTANT, FARAH DEVELOPMENT, MOROCCO
Fouad Abdel Moumni is a consultant for “Farah Development”, established in Rabat, Morocco. From 1996 to 2010, he founded and was CEO of Association Al Amana (www.alamana.org). He serves on the Executive Committee of CGAP. He is a former member of the board of WWB (www.swwb.org), of the U.N Consultative Group for the Year of Microcredit (http://www.yearofmicrocredit.org) (2004-2005), and former chairman of Sanabel (www.sanabelnetwork.org), Arab MFIs network, and the CGAP PAG (Policy Advisory Group, 2003-2005).
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