Dr. Hala Helmy El-Said

Dr. Hala Helmy El-Said is the Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform in Egypt, since February 2017.

Born in 1957 in Cairo, she received her PhD with highest honors in Economics from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University in1989, a Master’s degree with honors in Economics in1983, and a BA with honors in Economics from the same university in 1978.

She became that university’s first elected Dean of Economics and Political Science in 2011. She has also been the University President’s Assistance for Scientific Research and Exterior Relations since 2013.

As the Executive Director of the Egyptian Banking Institute (EBI) for eight consecutive years, El Said managed the institute with the vision to create a professional financial training arm applying international best practices to develop the technical and managerial skills of financial-sector professionals in Egypt and its surrounding region.

She led a group of experts in the EBI and a number of consultants to achieve international accreditation and be the first ACCET-accredited banking and financial training institute in Egypt and the region (2006-2008).

She proudly served as an advisor to the Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) and she was also a member of the board of trustees of the Anti-Money Laundering Unit at the CBE, and served as a board member of the Arab African International Bank.

Her research interests have always included topics that are crucial to Egyptian economic development. Dr. El Said is the prestigious author of a wide range of internationally acclaimed research papers, studies and reports on diverse topics related to the financial sector, international finance, privatization, and economic reform, such as bank mergers, SME access to finance, and corporate governance, as well as the role of the state in credit risk.

Dr. El Said has a prominent and leading role in the domain of public service. She is leading the process of institutional and administrative reform.

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