H.E Dr. Riad Salamé
H.E Dr. Riad Salamé

Governor
Banque du Liban

Born on July 17, 1950 in Lebanon, son of Toufic SALAMÉ and Renée ROMANOS, Riad Salamé attended the Jesuits’ College of Notre -Dame de Jamhour and then graduated with a BA in Economics from the American University of Beirut.
 
Career
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.
 
Governor Salamé manages all aspects of the Central Bank and is assisted in his functions by four vice-governors and the Central Council.
 
In this capacity, he chairs the following bodies: the BDL Central Council, the Higher Banking Commission, the AML/CFT Special Investigation Commission and the Capital Markets Authority.
 
Mr. Salamé is member of the Board of Governors at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Arab Monetary Fund (AMF).
 
In 2012, Governor Salamé chaired the IMF and World Bank Boards of Governors held in Tokyo.
 
Starting July 1, 2013, Mr. Salame co-chaired the FSB Regional Consultative Group for the Middle East and North Africa for a term of two years. He was also the chairman of the AMF Board of Governors for 2013.
 
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.
 
The main objective of Mr. Salamé’s monetary policy has always been to safeguard the Lebanese currency, in order to ensure the basis for sustained economic and social growth.
 
Awards
Governor Salamé received numerous awards including the Gold-plated shield Award to mark the BDL’s 50th anniversary as well as his 20 years with the Bank in April 2014 from the Union of Arab Banks; the Shield Award of the Rotary annual congress in Lebanon and “Paul Harris” medal in honor of his achievements in April 2014; the Euromoney Award for Emerging Markets as the Best Central Bank Governor in the Middle East for 2013; the Banker Magazine Award as the Best Central Bank Governor in the Middle East for the year 2012;
Governor Salamé was also awarded the Global Finance magazine Award as One of the World’s Top 6 Central Bankers in 2011; the Officer of the Legion of Honor bestowed on him by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in December 2009; the Banker Magazine Award as the Best Central Bank Governor in the Middle East for the year 2009; the 2006 Euromoney Award as the Best Central Bank Governor in the world; the 2005 Euromoney Award for Emerging Markets as the Best Central Bank Governor in the Middle East; the 2003 Euromoney Award's Man of the Year as the Best Central Bank Governor; the 1997 Knight of the Legion of Honor bestowed on him by French President Jacques Chirac; and the 1996 Euromoney Award as the Best Central Bank Governor in the Arab World.