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French-Tunisian to head EBRD office in Beirut

Khalil Dinguizli will take up his post in Beirut on 1 September 2021 (Photo: EBRD)
Khalil Dinguizli will take up his post in Beirut on 1 September 2021 (Photo: EBRD)
LEBANON. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) appointed Khalil Dinguizli as its Head of Operations in Lebanon on Wednesday 25 August 2021. Responsible for the bank's investments and operations in the country, the French-Tunisian will report directly to Philip ter Woort, EBRD Director for the Eastern Mediterranean region. 

Replacing Gretchen Biery, he will take up his post on 1 September 2021 in Beirut. "I am honoured to take on this responsibility and to continue the work that has been done in Lebanon, supporting the private sector and helping the economy in these difficult times," commented Khalil Dinguizli.

A graduate in finance from IHEC Carthage (Tunisia) and ESCP Business School (Paris), he started his career in the investment and corporate banking department of Crédit Agricole CIB in Paris for ten years. He then joined the EBRD in 2014 in Tunisia as head of investments and private sector financing. In 2020, he became acting head of the Tunisia office.

The new head of the EBRD's operations in Lebanon will face a real challenge in a country that has been in the grip of a vast socio-economic crisis for the past two years and that announced in March 2020 that it would default on its debt. Lebanon is still without a government, despite the appointment of Najib Nikati as President of the Council of Ministers in late July 2021

To date, the EBRD has invested more than €750m in Lebanon with a focus on supporting the competitiveness of the private sector, promoting sustainable energy supply and improving the quality and efficiency of public service delivery.


Marie-Cécile Audibert

Thursday, August 26th 2021

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