Riad Salamé is the Governor of Banque du Liban, Lebanon's Central Bank, since August 1, 1993. He was reappointed for three consecutive terms in 1999, 2005 and 2011.
He was born in 1950 in Lebanon and holds a BA in Economics from the American University of Beirut.
In this capacity, Riad Salamé chairs the following bodies: the BDL Central Council, the Higher Banking Commission, the Special Investigation Commission fighting money laundering and terrorist financing and the Financial Markets Authority.
Riad Salamé is member of the Board of Governors at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Arab Monetary Fund (AMF).
Between 1973 and 1985, he acquired an extensive experience at Merrill Lynch (Beirut and Paris) that led to his designation from 1985 through 1993 as Vice-President and Financial Advisor, a position that he occupied till his appointment as BDL Governor.
Riad Salamé received many distinguished awards for his achievements. He was decorated The Knight of the Legion of Honor – bestowed upon him by French President Jacques Chirac in 1997, then Officer of the Legion of Honor – bestowed upon him by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2009.
Riad Salamé received several PHD decorations from leading Lebanese universities and many distinguished international awards for his lifetime achievements, of which mainly:
- One of the World's Top 6 Central Bankers in 2011 - The Global Finance Magazine
- Best Central Bank Governor in the Arab World, Best Central Bank Governor in the Middle East, and Best Central Bank Governor Man of the Year - The Euromoney Magazine
- Best Central Bank Governor in the Middle-East for the year 2008 - The Banker Magazine Award.
- The 2009 Arab Creativity Award of the Arab Thought Foundation
- Man of the Year Award from the International Chamber of Commerce - Lebanon
Riad Salamé had the privilege to be the first Arab Central Bank Governor to ring the New York Stock Exchange Opening Bell in March 2009.
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