Dr. Jarmo Kotilaine was appointed Chief Economist of Bahrain Economic Development Board in October 2012. Prior to that he joined the National Commercial Bank (NCB) of Saudi Arabia as its Chief Economist in November 2012. Since 2008, he had served as Chief Economist of NCB Capital, the investment arm of the NCB Group. Dr. Kotilaine has built a high profile amongst the GCC business community and with the regional and international media.
Dr. Kotilaine studied economics and economic history at Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard. He subsequently joined the faculty at Harvard where his primary research focus was the long-term economic and institutional development of Eurasia as well as on international trade and finance. His languages include Russian, German, French and Polish.