Founder and Co-owner of Companies in several industries in Latin America
Founding CEO of the Global Adaptation Institute
Chairman World Economic Forum Council on Climate Change
Former Managing Director of the World Bank Group
Former Minister of Finance of El Salvador
Dr. Juan José Daboub, Ph.D. is the Founding Chief Executive Officer of the Global Adaptation
Institute (www.gain.org) and the Chair of the World Economic
Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Climate Change (www.weforum.org). He has taught at Princeton University and is a member
of several Boards of Directors, including in the USA, The United Arab Emirates, and Central America.
He owns and co-owns companies in El Salvador and in the USA.
As Managing Director of the World Bank, from 2006 to 2010, Dr. Daboub oversaw operations in 110
countries in Africa, the Middle East, East Asia and Latin America. He was also responsible for the
oversight of the Human Development and Sustainable Development Networks, the Information Systems
Group, the World Bank Institute, and the Department of Institutional Integrity.
Prior to the World Bank, Dr. Daboub joined with El Salvador’s President Francisco Flores to
develop the non-profit organization America Libre Institute. As leader of that organization, Dr.
Daboub implemented proven public policies to promote liberty, stability and growth throughout Latin
From 1999 to 2004, Dr. Daboub served concurrently as El Salvador’s Minister of Finance and as
Chief of Staff to President Flores. In these high profile dual roles, Dr. Daboub helped to navigate
his native country through several regional economic challenges including securing and sustaining El
Salvador’s investment grade rating, “dollarizing” the economy, and completing a
Free Trade Agreement with the United States. During this period, he also oversaw the emergency
reconstruction of El Salvador after two major earthquakes in 2001.
Dr. Daboub’s leadership began in the private sector, where he led his family-owned businesses
for nearly a decade before joining the Board of CEL, El Salvador’s electric utility, and
presiding over El Salvador’s electric distribution companies.
Subsequently, he was named President of ANTEL, the state-owned telecommunications company, which he
re-structured and privatized through a competitive and transparent process that also de-monopolized
that strategic sector. He held high Government positions in El Salvador for 12 years (1992-2004),
working for three different Administrations without belonging to any political party.
Dr. Daboub holds a Bachelors of Science, Masters of Science and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from
North Carolina State University. He is married with four children.