Alissa Amico
Alissa Amico

Managing Director
GOVERN

Alissa Amico is the Managing Director of GOVERN, which works alongside public and corporate leaders in advancing on corporate governance and economic governance in the Middle East and North Africa and other emerging markets through rigorous research. A unique policy and advisory entity, Govern provides expertise and technical assistance to policymakers and support to leading private and sovereign entities in the region, deploying internationally recognized practitioners and renowned academics in teams of targeted, complementary expertise.
 
Until 2015, Alissa was responsible for overseeing OECD’s work on financial markets and corporate governance in the Middle East and North Africa. Alissa joined the OECD in 2005 to establish a regional program on private sector development in the MENA region with the relevant Ministers in the region. In 2008, she launched a regional project on financial markets and corporate governance. In this capacity, Alissa provided technical expertise to a number of governments in the design of regulatory initiatives and institution building, including in particular to stock exchanges, securities regulators, central banks, ministries of finance and economy as well as corporate governance centers.
 
Alissa was involved in the formulation of corporate and capital market laws and regulations in Egypt, Oman, Morocco, the UAE and other countries of the region. She has also provided policy advice to governments on broader economic policy challenges such as through a recent initiative to establish an economic advisory council to the President of Egypt. Over the past decade, she has accompanied executives and boards of leading companies in the region on a range of governance reforms.
 
Alissa has authored a number of publications including Recommendations on Corporate Governance of Banks in the Middle East and North Africa (2009), The Role of MENA Stock Exchanges in Corporate Governance (2012), State-Owned Enterprises: Engines of Development and Competitiveness? (2013), Corporate Governance Enforcement in the Middle East and North Africa (2014), The Role of Institutional Investors in MENA Capital Markets (2015). Her contributions have included articles in academic journals, regional and international newspapers and she has been interviewed by television and online media. She is a regular contributor to key fora in the region (GCC Regulators Summit, Capital Markets Forum, Euromoney, etc.)
 
Alissa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, York University (Canada) and a Masters degree in Political Economy with a specialization in the Middle East from the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). She is a member of the French Institute of Directors’ International Commission. Alissa was named one of the Top 100 Leaders in Europe and the Middle East by the Centre for Sustainability and Excellence in 2011 and was recognized by Columbia Law School as the Rising Star of Corporate Governance in 2014. She is trilingual in English, French, and Russian and speaks basic Arabic.