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Dr. Jean Fares is a seasoned economist and policy expert with over 25 years of experience in multinational environments. He has held senior positions in Canada, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates, building a reputation for innovative strategic thinking and deep knowledge of economic and government affairs. Dr. Fares currently serves as CEO for Investopia, a new investment platform supporting the global investment ecosystem. He is also the Senior Advisor to the UAE Minister of Economy, providing policy advice and contributing to economic policy formulation. Additionally, Dr. Fares is an adjunct professor at Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy in Abu Dhabi.
Prior to his current roles, Dr. Fares spent 8 years as a senior advisor in the UAE Prime Minister’s Office, focusing on national strategy and policy development, governance, and global partnerships. He led the development and launch of the UAE Government Accelerators, various national strategies, the Global Policy Platform of the World Government Summit, and the partnership efforts with multilaterals like the OECD, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and other global organizations.
With a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Montreal, Dr. Fares has worked at the World Bank, Bank of Canada, and briefly joined the faculty of economics at the American University of Beirut between 2000 and 2002. Dr. Fares is fluent in English, Arabic, and French and is a Canadian and Lebanese national. He lives in Dubai with his wife and 3 children.
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