Raya Haffar El Hassan

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Personal information

Former Minister of Finance

Contact information (work)

961 1 642720 & 961 1 642721
961 1 642762
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Master's degree, Business Administration (Finance and Investments), 1990, George Washington University, United States of America.
Bachelor degree, Business Administration, 1987, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
Lebanese Baccalaureate Part II, 1984, International College, Lebanon.

Areas of Expertise

Public Finance
Social Development

Work history

Minister of Finance, 2009 - 2011, Lebanese government.

Member of the Office of the Prime Minister, 2005 - 2009, Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Lebanese government.

Programme Specialist for the Economic Governance and Pro-Poor portfolio, 2005, United Nations Development Program (Lebanon Country Office).

Advisor to the Minister, 2000 - 2003, Ministry of Economy and Trade.

Senior Credit Officer, 2000, Project Finance (Corporate Banking Division), Mediterranean Bank sal.

Assistant Relationship Manager, 1999 - 2000, Corporate Banking Department (Commercial Division), Byblos Bank, sal.

Assistant to the Minister of Finance and Coordinator of Implementation for Fiscal Activities, 1995 - 1999, Ministry of Finance.

Honorary office and memberships

Elected Member of the Beta Gamma Sigma, the American National Honor Society for Business and Management.

Awards and Distinctions


Twice on Dean's List (Faculty of Arts and Sciences), American University of Beirut.