Rabih Helou

  • Executive Director

Rabih Helou is Executive Director of the Center for Governance and Markets.

Prior to joining the Center, Helou was Chief Operating Officer of a mission-driven regional community-based real estate and coworking company.  During his tenure, he helped grow the organization tenfold by partnering with local municipal governments and impact-focused investors to deliver services in support of thousands of small businesses and entrepreneurs across 10 locations.  His award-winning work promoting innovation districts in secondary cities has been featured in  NY Times, Fast Company, WSJ, Wallpaper, Architectural Digest, and in several international design-oriented publications.

Helou also has over a decade of experience working in strategy and business transformation at several leading consulting organizations. He led Middle East efforts for AccountAbility, a Corporate Social Responsibility Think Tank turned advisory services organization.  As Senior Manager in KPMG Consulting’s Emerging Markets group, he consulted to public sector clients in the Middle East, most notably under USAID working with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad and the Iraq Policy and Operations Group at the US Department of State in Washington D.C.  Prior to that, he worked at Andersen Consulting leading delivery on multi-million dollar projects for Fortune 100 companies across the US, Canada, and Europe. 

Helou has a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and Finance from Concordia University in Montreal and a Ph.D. in International Economics from the University of Maryland.  His dissertation titled The Political Economy of Social Markets: How voluntary standards emerge, compete, and segment international policy-making, built a framework for understanding governance and competition within and across various voluntary standards and certification systems.