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Mr. Naayem is a principal economist in the IHS Markit Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) economic forecasting team. He has expertise in various Middle Eastern economies, and primarily covers Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan and Iran. He is an experienced forecaster and is also responsible for the economic and sovereign risk analysis of those countries. Mr. Naayem regularly briefs clients on Middle Eastern economies and actively contributes to strategic reports on various topics of interest.
Prior to that, he was head of the markets research unit at Bank Audi sal, a Lebanon-based regional bank operating in various countries of the MENA region, Turkey, and Western Europe. During his 17-year tenure at the bank, he covered various countries of presence, with extensive economic and sectoral analysis provided to management and clients. Mr. Naayem was also pivotal in developing fixed income research at the bank, covering MENA debt markets with a particular focus on the GCC region. In addition, he regularly contributed to strategic reports to the bank's management analyzing economic and banking operating conditions across countries of presence.
Mr. Naayem is a Lebanese national. He earned master's degrees in finance from ESCP Business School (Paris) and Ecole Superieure des Affaires (ESA, Beirut) (2008-09), and a master's degree in economics (specializing in economic policy) from USJ in Lebanon (2003). Throughout his career, he obtained various management certificates from reputable regional and international training institutions, anchored around change management, people management, managerial leadership, advanced negotiation skills, and conflict management and resolution, in addition to various securities and financial regulations certificates. Mr. Naayem is fluent in English, French, and Arabic.