Professor Emeritus of Economics; Distinguished Senior Fellow, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Relations; and Founding Director of the Institute of Financial Economics, all at the American University of Beirut (AUB).
He has served as Minister of Economy and Trade, Republic of Lebanon, 1992; Deputy President of AUB, 1992-1998; chair of the Board of Trustees, Economic Research Forum for the Arab Countries, Iran and Turkey, 1993-2001(ERF, headquarters in Cairo); member of the Board of the Global Development Network, 2000-2008 (headquarters in Delhi); since 1999, he has been an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Euro-Mediterranean Economic Research Institutes (headquarters in Marseilles);and as of March 2012 reelected to the ERF Board of Trustees.
Professor Makdisi has also served as advisor to national governments and to various regional and international economic and financial organizations; he is the recipient of a number of awards including the AUB medal (1998). Widely published, he is the author of the Lessons of Lebanon, the Economics of War and Development (2004) and co-editor of Democracy in the Arab World: Explaining the Deficit (2011).
He received his BA in Economics ( with distinction) from the American University of Beirut and his Ph.D in Economics from Columbia University ( New York).