Dr. Ahmed Galal is Chairman of the MENA HPF. Previously, he was Egypt’s Minister of Finance (2013-2014),Managing Director of the Economic Research Forum- ERF (2007-2016) and a staff member of the World Bank staff for 18 years (1984-2006). While on leave from the Bank (2000-2006), he was the Executive Director and Director of Research of the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies (ECES).Currently, he is a member of the board of CIGI (Canada),IIED (London) and Zewail City (Cairo). Galal authored more than dozen books and several journal articles and book chapters. In 2004, he was awarded a regional prize for his contribution to social sciences from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences. Galal holds a PhD in economics from Boston University.