Mr. Saad SABRAH is the Lebanon Country Head, International Finance Corporation (IFC) the World Bank Group.
Saad is Lebanon Country Head at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) the World Bank Group. Assigned to represent the IFC in Lebanon, he brings in over 18 years of visible career achievements in International Business Development, Finance, Investment Promotion, Public Reform, Public Private Partnership, and Advisory Services, with an overall successful record to achieve Deliverables and Milestones. Prior to joining the IFC, Saad spent over 9 years working for various globally recognized strategy consulting firms in the US, such as, KPMG Consulting, Anderson Consulting, Espire, and the NDC Group.
Saad holds a Master’s degree in Business Management from Strayer University in Washington DC, USA. He also holds 2 bachelor degrees, in Accounting and in Decision Science/ Management Information Systems, from George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia, USA.
He is also part of the Brilliant Lebanese Awards Jury Panel.
Mr. Sabrah is taking "A Step towards Equality: by talking in the Balance for Better panel.
Women are more and more seen as being key to economic development and progress, and yet barely present in many of the boardrooms of the world’s largest companies. Ignoring the talent of half the population is surely not the ideal way to build board effectiveness. In Lebanon, only 4.4% of Lebanese companies have women on their governing boards (IFC)
Growing body of research shows a broad set of business benefits associated with gender diversity on corporate boards, including improved decision making, reduced risk, broader and deeper market knowledge, increased customer and employee satisfaction and enhanced reputation. This panel is gathering key players working closely on driving the change in this area to discuss 1) How can a diverse board with complementary skill sets and experiences positively affect company operations and strategy. 2) Are the laws, the barriers hindering the advancement of women to boardrooms 3)What are the policies, reforms, and actions to be taken on the ground to increase women’s corporate representations.