Samer Asfour

Samer Asfour

Samer Asfour is an economic development, global trade and investment specialist with a vast academic and professional experience in the fields of investments, economics, city planning, business administration and management. Samer joined PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) at the beginning of this year as their Director of Government Sector for Emerging Markets and also as Director of Thought Leadership & Research for Middle East Public Sector Institute. Prior to that Asfour was the CEO of the Jordan Investment Board. and before that, Samer was the Senior Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Jordan.

Mr. Asfour served between 2007-2010 as Commissioner for Investor Services and Development at the Development Zones Commission.

Prior to that, Asfour was Deputy City Manager for Economic Development, Planning & Investments at Greater Amman Municipality, where his main mission was the new Amman Master Plan and setting the city vision for the next 20 years.

Asfour's earliest work experience was shaped during his work at Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ), as he supported directing a number of projects towards fully engaging Jordan into the global economy, and was selected as Employee of the year 1994, 1995, and 1996. He negotiated for Jordan at the Paris Club to reduce its debt.

Asfour's academic background endowed him with business leadership, strategic planning, market assessment and competitiveness as he holds an MBA degree with honour, from the US. MSc in International Securities, Investment and Banking degree with honour from University of Reading, and a BSc in Economics, Statistics and Political Science with honour from the University of Jordan.

His education is not limited to academic studies; as he participated, spoke and attended seminars, trainings and workshops all over the world, a speaker at the World Economic Forum in Dead Sea, a speaker at the Crescent Clun in Texas; and at Stanford University; and attended a specialized seminars and leadership courses at Harvard Business School,; and at the Kennedy School of Government on Leadership & Innovation for Senior Executives; Harvard University.

Asfour is a Member of the Board of: Jordanian Irish Business Council; Arab Innovation Summit, Dubai; Recipient of Awards including: President Eisenhower Fellowships (2005); Pioneer Award, University of Denver (2002); Student of the year, Daniels College of Business (2002); Young Arab Leaders since 2008; Young Global Leader 2009, Curator for the Young Global Shapers - Jordan Chapter .