Staff

The Center is staffed with a Center coordinator, four resident advisors, and four support staff. The Center coordinator has responsibility for leadership and management of the Center’s activities and staff. The resident advisors deliver training and advice in their respective areas of competence, and coordinate with other technical assistance providers. The Center also makes significant use of short-term experts.
Center Coordinator: Ms. Taline Koranchelian

Prior to joining METAC, Ms. Koranchelian was Assistant Director in the Strategy, Policy, and Review Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), leading the institutional work on surveillance policy. Throughout her more than 15 years experience at the IMF, Ms. Koranchelian held various positions in the Middle East and Central Asia Department, Fiscal Affairs Department, Strategy, Policy, and Review Department, and the Executive Board of the IMF. She led surveillance and technical assistance missions to many countries in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Europe, and headed the preparation of various IMF policies. Before joining the IMF in 2000, Ms. Koranchelian worked in the central bank of Lebanon and was advisor to the Minister of Economy and Trade in Lebanon.

Banking Supervision Advisor: Mr. Ahmad El Radi

Before rejoining METAC in February 2014, Mr. El Radi worked for five years as the Group Chief Risk Officer for a leading Lebanese Bank with subsidiaries in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. There, his duties included assisting the Board of Directors and senior management in developing the group’s risk strategy and policies, following up on their implementation, and identifying, evaluating and monitoring the group’s risks.  Prior to that, Mr. El Radi worked for four years at METAC as the Banking Supervision Advisor, where he assisted the supervisory authorities in some countries of the Middle East region in enhancing their practices in banking supervision and providing them with advices in line with Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) and the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB). Before METAC, Mr. El Radi occupied the position of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Resident Advisor in Banking Supervision at the Central Bank of Syria (CBOS) for three years (January 2002 till December 2004), where he assisted in the development of the CBOS supervision framework including drafting supervisory regulations in line with Basel Committee recommendations and in building the staff capacity. 

Before joining the IMF, he worked at the Banking Control Commission – Banque du Liban – for a period of nineteen years (February 1983 till December 2001) during which he has occupied several senior functions in On-Site and Off-Site banking supervision, and was nominated as an Interim Manager at an insolvent bank.

Real Sector Statistics Advisor: Mr. Todor Dimitrov Todorov

Before joining METAC in September 2015, Mr. Todor Todorov served for four years as a regional advisor at the IMF AFRITAC South. He started working for the IMF as a short term expert on national accounts statistics in 2006 conducting missions to countries in Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and also to Jordan and West Bank and Gaza in the Middle East. He has more than twenty five years of experience in economic statistics and particularly in development of national accounts at the National Statistical Institute of his home country, Bulgaria.  

Public Financial Management Advisor: Mr. Jacques Charaoui

Before joining METAC in September 2011, Mr. Charaoui served as a Project Manager for a World Bank reform project at the Ministry of Finance of Lebanon. The project aims at improving efficiency of public financial resources through the implementation of a number of core inter-linked reforms in budget preparation and execution and in debt and aid management. He provided technical guidance on various project components, focusing mainly on Budget Classification and Chart of Account in line with Government Finance Statistics Manual 2001 (GFSM2001), and on a new modern budget system law. Earlier in his career, Mr. Charaoui worked for over 10 years in consulting in Europe where he conducted several evaluation and technical assistance missions.

Revenue Administration Advisor: Mr. Patrick De Mets

Mr. Patrick De Mets is a Belgian national with extensive experience in revenue administration gained as civil servant in senior roles in different tax departments within the Belgian Ministry of Finance (MoF) and as international expert for the International Monetary Fund (IMF)/European Commission (EC). He has worked across a broad range of thematic areas, and assisted central, regional and local governments. During his 36 years of professional career within the Belgian MoF he has been responsible for implementing major modernisation projects and leading multi-disciplinary teams, and contributed to integrating tax administrations and re-designing key (tax) revenue business processes. He is a member of the roster of fiscal experts of the IMF since 2010 and is a trained “Tax Administration Diagnostic Assessment Tool (TADAT)” assessor with experience in the Balkans, Comoros, Cyprus, Greece, Haiti, Malta, Ukraine and Vietnam. Under the IMF/EC/European Central Bank support program for Greece, he was the EC domain leader for tax collection, and as an IMF expert he developed a medium-term reform action plan to integrate collection of social security contributions of the main Greek social security funds into the Greek tax administration. Before taking his assignment in METAC, he was the IMF's Resident Tax Revenue Advisor for Cyprus.


   
  Office Manager: Ms. Anita Semaani
Administrative Assistant: Ms. Ingrid Nehme

 

   Administrative Assistant: Ms. Nathalie Tawil
   Driver/Clerk: Mr. Fadi Mehrez