The Team


Dr. Florence Eid-Oakden

CEO and Chief Economist

Dr. Florence Eid-Oakden is the CEO and Chief Economist of Arabia Monitor. She has been a professor of economics and finance at the American University of Beirut and a visiting professor at INSEAD and HEC Paris. Formerly head of MENA research at JP Morgan, Dr. Eid-Oakden has also worked with the World Bank on Latin America and on North Africa, and subsequently, on the buy side as a hedge fund investment professional. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Arab Banking Corporation International Bank in London and for Bank ABC Jordan, the Arab Bankers Association of North America in New York, and sits on the Advisory Council of the Al Faisal University College of Business, Saudi Arabia, where she also advises the Saudi Government. She has served as a Trustee of the American University in Paris, and a Director of Shuaa Capital in Dubai. Recently she served as a member of HSBC’s Middle East Financial System Risk Advisory Committee.  Dr. Eid-Oakden received her Ph.D. in Organization Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a joint MIT-Harvard Doctoral Committee, under the supervision of Nobel Laureate Professor Bengt Holmström. She is fluent in Arabic, English, French and Spanish, with a working knowledge of Italian and Portuguese.


Charlene Rahall


Charlene Rahall leads the Arabia Monitor analyst team that produces macroeconomic and geopolitical/policy reports, especially on the GCC, Lebanon and Egypt. Charlene also covers key sectors such as energy, healthcare, education and tourism and the analysis of surveys such as the YPO Global Pulse on CEO confidence in MENA. In addition, Charlene leads the production of thematic papers aimed at identifying and analysing medium to long term economic and geopolitical trends including China’s One Belt One Road and its impact on MENA, economic diversification and subsidy reform. She also contributes to projects Arabia Monitor is commissioned to carry out including bespoke reports and presentations. Born and raised in Sierra Leone, West Africa, Charlene also covers MENA and Sub-Saharan Africa relations. While living in Sierra Leone, Charlene interned with the United Nations Development Fund in Freetown, where she assisted in implementing youth empowerment programmes. Charlene holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Economics from the University of Liverpool. She is fluent in English and Arabic.

 Mingqiao Zhao

Mingqiao Zhao

Senior Business Development Associate
Mingqiao Zhao is Arabia Monitor’s Senior Business Development Associate and Analyst. Having founded and worked for her own firm in China, Mingqiao joined Arabia Monitor to support its operations in China and beyond. She also researches on Sino-MENA relations. Mingqiao holds an BA (Hons) in International Relations and Modern History from the University of St Andrews, and an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She also read Arabic at St Andrews and in Palestine for two years and has travelled extensively in the MENA region. She is fluent in Mandarin and English, and advanced in Arabic.

Mengran Li

China Strategy Associate

Mengran Li, China Strategy Associate, supports Arabia Monitor’s marketing operations in China. Her Chinese background, coupled with extensive knowledge of Arabia Monitor’s research products and skills in PR communication and IT add value to market development in China and beyond. Mengran also contributes to Arabia Monitor’s Sino-MENA research where she tracks developments between China and GCC countries especially on trade and FDI. She is a key point of contact with stakeholders in China and is also in charge of translating all Arabia Monitor publications in Chinese. She has held several internships in international media. She covered FinTech and TMT at Reuters Beijing Office and edited financial news at CCTV Financial Channel. She was also in charge of monitoring and translating breaking news in the Arab world for Al Jazeera Beijing Bureau. She holds a BA in Communication from Beijing Normal University with a minor degree in International Economics and Trade, and an MSc in Media and Communications (Data and Society) from the London School of Economics and Political Science(LSE). She is fluent in Mandarin and English.