Mr. Bassam Yammine is a Lebanese economist with  vast experience in investment banking and private equity. He is the Founder and CEO of Excelsa Development Holding, a diversified investment holding company. Excelsa invests in operating companies active in the real estate, oil & gas, and manufacturing sectors in Africa, the Middle East, and North America. Prior to founding Excelsa in 2013, he led the growth and development of Credit Suisse in the MENA region over six years as the head of Investment Banking and Co-CEO of Middle East & North Africa. He was the founder and CEO of Audi Saudi Arabia and managed the regional investment banking business for Audi Saradar Group. He also worked with Lebanon Invest Sal, the first investment bank in Lebanon where he held the role of General Manager and Member of the Board. He was Deputy Chairman of Li Venture (Holding) Sal, the first venture capital firm in Lebanon. In 2005, Mr. Yammine served in the Government of the Republic of Lebanon as Minister of Energy and Water. Mr. Yammine holds an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago and M.S. and B.A degrees from Loyola Marymount University.

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