Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

April 2020 | United Arab Emirates

Speaker profile

Hatem Samman

Advisor to CEO, General Entertainment Authority

Hatem Samman is presently Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer for the Saudi Arabian Entertainment Authority. Prior to this position he was Chief Economist and Economic Advisor at the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA). He was Director and Lead Economist of the Ideation Center—Booz & Company’s (now Strategy &) Middle East Think Tank, held the position of Vice President at a major Saudi Bank and was Director of Regulatory Affairs and Strategic Planning at a major regional telecommunications company. He was Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota and Consultant at the World Bank, among other positions. Dr. Samman has published several academic articles in the International Journal of Applied Economics, the Journal of International Trade & Economic Development, among others. He is often requested to give talks, presentations, and participate in panel discussions in major institutions such as INSEAD, USC Energy Institute, Dubai’s Department of Economic Development, and Falcon & Associates. He is  frequently quoted in regional and international magazines and newspapers such as the Financial Times, and often appears as an expert on BBC, Al-Arabiya, and CNBC Arabia. Dr. Samman has co-authored numerous Strategy & and Ideation Center publications, including How to Succeed at Education Reform: The Case for Saudi Arabia and the Broader GCC Region (2008), The Vital Role of Sovereign Wealth Funds in the GCC’s Future (2009), and Meeting the Employment Challenge in the GCC: The Need for a Holistic Strategy (2010). Dr. Samman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of California, San Diego and a PhD in Political Economy & Public Policy from the University of Southern California.