Raya Haffar El Hassan
|Minister of Interior and Municipalities|
31 January 2019
|Minister of Finance|
9 November 2009 - 13 June 2011
|Born||1967 (age 51–52)|
|Political party||Future Movement|
|Alma mater||George Washington University|
Raya El Hassan (né Haffar, Arabic: ? ; born January 1967) is a Lebanese politician who is the Minister of Interior and Municipalities, and former finance minister. She is the first woman in Lebanon to be appointed in such posts in the government.
El Hassan was born in January 1967 into a Sunni family. She received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the American University of Beirut in June 1987. She then obtained a Master of Business Administration in finance in investments from George Washington University in 1990.
Early in her career, El Hassan worked with Méditerranée Investors Group.
She then served as an advisor to the Minister of Economy and Trade and later worked as a member of the Office of the Prime Minister, leading different projects and supervising expenditure management reforms. Subsequently, El Hassan also worked on reforms, elaborating economic and social reform agendas, for the Prime Minister's office.
Prior to her appointment as finance minister, she also worked on other administrating programmes under the auspices of the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank.
El Hassan is a member of the March 14 Alliance and an ally of Saad Hariri. In 2016, she served on the advisory board of the Arab Human Develoment Reports. El Hassan is a member of the board of directors at MedInvestment Bank (BankMed), where she also serves on the audit committee.