Governor, Central Bank of Jordan
By Royal Decree, H.E. Dr. Ziad Fariz was appointed as Governor of the Central Bank of Jordan on January 10th, 2012. Prior to that, Dr. Fariz held the position of Chairman of First Investment Group. Between August 2007 and February 2009, he held the position of Chairman of the Board of Capital Bank, and before that he spent 2 years as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. He also previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Arab Banking Corporation in Jordan. Prior to that, he served as Governor of the Central Bank of Jordan between 1996 and 2001. In 1995, H.E. worked on establishing Capital Bank, becoming chairman of its board of directors. Between 1989 and 1994 he served in various roles for the government of Jordan – as Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Minister for Industry and Trade, General Secretary for the Ministry of Planning, and Minister for the Ministry of Planning.
H.E. started his professional career at the Central Bank in 1966 as an economic researcher in the external trade division of the research department. After completing his Ph.D. in 1978, he rejoined the Central Bank of Jordan as an economic consultant and then as an executive director for both the research and the investment and foreign operations departments. Dr. Fariz was born in the city of Salt, Jordan in 1943. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Keele University, U.K., and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Baghdad, Iraq. He is also a member of the Board of various educational, cultural and banking institutions.