Dr Hammour is Chairman of Guidance Financial Group and a Managing Director of Capital Guidance where he has been an executive over the past 22 years. Since founding Guidance Financial Group in the year 2000, Dr Hammour has led the development and execution of the company’s strategy, has overseen the growth of its organization and international expansion, and has established key strategic partnerships that form the foundation of some of the company’s main business lines. Dr Hammour is an accomplished economist, having served as: a member of the economics faculty at Columbia University and of the visiting faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; a Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France; a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in the United Kingdom; and a consultant to the World Bank. His research has been published in leading scholarly journals of economics. Dr Hammour holds a BA in Philosophy and an MS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.