Ms. Nouran Youssef is a senior financial sector specialist at the Arab Monetary Fund.

In her current position, she provides support to Arab countries in fields of Financial Technology “Fintech”, digital financial transformation, digital financial inclusion, government securities and Sukuk market developments, public debt management and reforms through policy advise, technical assistance, trainings, workshops, as well as publications.

She is leading the Arab regional Fintech Working Group and its activities to enhance a proper Fintech ecosystem in Arab Countries. So, she is currently responsible of divers Fintech themes in Arab Countries, including regulatory & supervisory frameworks, innovation in Fintech products & services, as well as how to support Fintech activities through developing capacity of professionals in Arab countries.

She initiated the fintech index for the Arab region “FinxAr” and developed the Annual Fintech Report for the Arab Region. Also, co-authored many Fintech publications, particularly in relation to designing Fintech Policies & Strategies, Guidelines, covering different Fintech aspects for the region, in addition to the trilingual Fintech Glossary. Fintech Publications cover, among other topics, Open Banking & Open Finance, Central Bank Digital Currencies, Digital Identity, e-KYC and Digital Customer On-Boarding, Regtech/Suptech, DLT/ Blockchain Technologies, Digital Wallet Providers …etc.

Before joining the Arab Monetary, Ms. Nouran was the Deputy Debt Manager at the Egyptian Ministry of Finance, she was responsible for adopting a full debt markets’ reform agenda, managing and monitoring government securities portfolio, as well as managing public debt risks. Debt Reforms include increasing the average life of tradable debt of Egypt, introducing new instruments to the Egyptian debt market, namely the floating rate notes (FRNs) and Zero-coupon bonds, designing the yearly and quarterly issuance calendar, handling Primary Dealers’ scheme, participating in the issuance of Egypt’s Eurobonds, as well as her main contribution in drafting the Sovereign Sukuk Law.

She has more than 20 years of experience in government securities markets, debt management and reforms, as well as Debt & Sukuk Markets Development; through which she acquired different competencies that has been used to deliver practical experiences through technical assistance programmes and delivering training workshops.

She conducted as well several research on various topics in Islamic and conventional Capital Markets, Debt Markets including digitalization of government securities markets in the Arab region, sovereign debt markets development and debt management strategies in Arab countries, in addition to the role of capital markets in financing infrastructure.

Moreover, she holds a Doctorate of Business Administration from Cairo University, also, holds a Master of Business Administration in finance from the same University. In 2020, she concluded an Executive Programme on “Fintech and Regulatory Innovation” from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School.