John Sfakianakis

John Sfakianakis

John Sfakianakis
Director GCC, Ashmore Group

He is the Director of the GCC region at the Ashmore Group. Ashmore is a specialist Emerging Markets investment manager with over twenty years’ experience in these markets. [See: Ashmore Group]

He was previously Chief Investment Strategist of MASIC, an eighty year-old investment company based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and a member of the firm’s investment committee. Previously he served as the Chief Economic Advisor to the Saudi Minister of Finance. He also held various banking posts including, Group General Manager and Chief Economist of Banque Saudi Fransi and Chief Economist, Middle East North Africa region for Credit Agricole C.I.B. He was the Chief Economist of The Saudi British Bank (SABB/HSBC) in Riyadh and also worked for Samba Financial Group as its Chief Regional Economist. He also worked as an advisor at the Ministry of Economy and Planning in Saudi Arabia. He writes frequently on Saudi and international economic affairs and issued the first business confidence index report and the first real estate price index report by a Saudi bank. He worked for the United Nations (UNDP) and the World Bank as an economist. He holds a doctorate degree in economics from Harvard University.