Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al-Assaf

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Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al-Assaf
Minister of Finance
Incumbent
Assumed office
1996
Preceded by Abdulaziz Abdullah Al Khuwaiter
Personal details
Born (1949-01-28) 28 January 1949 (age 65)
Uyun Al-Jiwa, Qassim
Nationality Saudi
Alma mater King Saud University
University of Denver
Colorado State University
Religion Islam

Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Assaf[1] (Arabic: إبراهيم بن عبد العزيز بن عبد الله العساف‎; born 28 January 1949) is the current finance minister of Saudi Arabia.

Early life and education[edit]

Ibrahim was born in the Qassim Province in central Saudi Arabia on 28 January 1949. He received a bachelor of arts degree in economic and political science from King Saud University, Riyadh, in 1971. He later obtained a master of arts degree in economics from the University of Denver in 1976 and a PhD in economics from Colorado State University in 1982.

Career[edit]

Ibrahim initially pursued a teaching career, becoming a teaching assistant and then visiting lecturer at King Abdulaziz Military Academy from 1971 to 1983. He was appointed an assistant professor and head of the Department of Administrative Services in 1982, and served until 1986. During that period, he also served as economic adviser to the Saudi Fund for Development.

After leaving academia, Ibrahim moved to Washington, DC where he represented Saudi Arabia in the IMF and World Bank. In 1986, he was appointed alternate executive director at the IMF for Saudi Arabia. He left in 1989 to take up the executive directorship for Saudi Arabia at the World Bank.

Upon his return to Saudi Arabia in 1995, he served briefly as vice governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, the country's central bank. He left to join the Council of Ministers as minister of state in October 1995. In January 1996, he was appointed minister of finance and national economy, a position that was renamed minister of finance in 2003.[2] He replaced Abdul Aziz Abdullah Al-Khuwaiter as finance minister.[2]

In addition to being finance minister, Ibrahim is a member of the board of directors of Saudi Aramco (since 1996), the state-owned national oil company,[3] chairman of the Saudi Fund for Development and member of the Public Investment Fund board.

Personal life[edit]

Ibrahim is married and has 4 children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biographies of Ministers". Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Washington, DC. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "The Political Leadership - King Fahd". APS Review Gas Market Trends. 29 November 1999. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Key members of the Saudi Aramco Executive Management". APS Review Gas Market Trends. 27 October 2003. Retrieved 16 March 2013.