Dr. Henry Azzam
Dr. Azzam is a Senior Lecturer of Finance and is the director of the Masters in Finance Program at Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut. Dr. Azzam was the Chairman and CEO of Social Security Investment Fund (SSIF) of Jordan for the period from August 2012 to August 2013. The Fund has a diversified investment portfolio worth close to USD 9 billion of stocks, bonds, private equity, and direct investments.
Prior to the SSIF, Dr. Azzam was Deutsche Bank’s Chairman and CEO for the MENA region during the period from January 2007 to December 2012. Before that he was the CEO of Amwal Invest, an investment bank he founded in Amman in 2005 and guided it during its first two years of operations. During 2002-2007, he served as the Chairman of Dubai International Financial Exchange, (currently Nasdaq Dubai), Chairman of MobileCom, (the second largest mobile phone operator in Jordan) and Chairman of Rubicon, Amman – Jordan.
Before establishing Amwal Invest, Dr. Azzam was the CEO of Jordinvest (2001-2004), Managing Director of Middle East Capital Group, Amman (1998-2001), AGM and Chief Economist of the Saudi National Commercial Bank, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (1990-1998) and Vice President and Chief Economist of Gulf International Bank, Bahrain (1983-1990). Before that he worked with the Arab Fund in Kuwait and taught Economics at the American University of Beirut.
Dr. Azzam is currently a board member of Byblos Bank, Beirut, Rasmala Investment Bank, Dubai and Arab Jordan Investment Bank, Amman. Previously he served as a board member of Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJ), Nuqul Group, Aramex, Majid Al Furtaim Trust (MAFT) – Dubai, Arabtec – Dubai, and Al Ahli Bank, Amman. He was also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul).
Dr. Azzam holds a B.A. and M.A. from the American University of Beirut and a Ph.D. in Financial Economics from University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He has five books published in the UK and the US, the last one “The Emerging Middle East Financial Markets”, published in 2015 by AuthorHouse in the US.