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Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East 2020 - Virtual Conference

The Middle East’s largest virtual corporate & investment banking event. Taking place on the 8th & 9th December, Online

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Dec 8, 2020 at 5:00am (Europe/London)

Platinum Sponsor

Emirates NBD

Platinum Sponsor

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Gold Sponsor

BofA Securities

Gold Sponsor

GIB Capital

Gold Sponsor

HSBC

Gold Sponsor

MUFG

Gold Sponsor

SMBC

Multilateral Sponsor

ICD

Silver Sponsor

DWF

Silver Sponsor

Intesa Sanpaolo

Silver Sponsor

London Stock Exchange

Silver Sponsor

Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB)

Silver Sponsor

Rawabi Holding

Bronze Sponsor

Arthur Cox

Bronze Sponsor

Bank of Jordan

Bronze Sponsor

Fitch Ratings

Bronze Sponsor

Finsight

Bronze Sponsor

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Bronze Sponsor

Shearman & Sterling

Bronze Sponsor

Squire Patton Boggs

Bronze Sponsor

United Arab Bank

Bronze Sponsor

Vienna Stock Exchange (Wiener Börse)

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THE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE WILL TAKE PLACE ABOVE ON THE 8TH & 9TH DECEMBER

1000+ Attendees | 100+ Expert Speakers | 500+ Sovereign, Corporate & FI Borrowers | 100+ Investors

There has never been a more important moment to bring together borrowers, investors, bankers, policy makers and market practitioners to share knowledge, debate and network.

As the region pilots a course out of the great Lockdown, the corporate & investment banking community will come together to gain on-the-ground market intelligence, learn from industry experts, schedule a year’s worth of 1-2-1 meetings and walk away from Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East having moved their businesses forward.

  • MENA's largest virtual corporate and investment banking event
  • Hear directly from and speak with your clients and new business opportunities about their financing needs.
  • Gain critical insights into the latest market trends with expert-led panel discussions.
  • Truly pan-regional attendance, and with the online format now with an international reach
  • With all market practitioners grounded, the panel/presentations setting the scene for the virtual 1-to-1s are your best opportunity to meet new business.

If you are interested in participating in this virtual event as a speaker, sponsor or attendee, please email Marketing@GFCMediaGroup.com for more information

Livestream Agenda

Creativity and adaptability in turbulent times: Raising capital through the pandemic

Tue 8th Dec 2020, 5:00am (Europe/London)

  • Impact on trade flows and business
  • Finance and risk: Adapting to the pandemic
  • Approach to markets and capital raising

Moderator

Naush Malik

Naush Malik

Managing Director, Head of Leveraged & Acquisition Finance – Global Corporate Finance

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Naush Malik

Naush Malik

Managing Director, Head of Leveraged & Acquisition Finance – Global Corporate Finance at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Naush is responsible for leveraged, acquisition and structured financing at FAB. He has nearly 20 years of experience across the broader leveraged finance market as both a financier and investor. He started his career at Credit Suisse in London and New York, where he was a key member of the Leveraged Finance team. Prior to joining NBAD in 2013, Naush was responsible for Mezzanine & Alternative Solutions at Standard Chartered Principal Finance, focusing on structured equity and credit investments in stressed projects and special situations across MENA & Pakistan. He is a graduate of INSEAD (Fontainebleau/Singapore) and Imperial College London.

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Naush Malik

About First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

FAB, the UAE’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest and safest institutions, offers an extensive range of tailor-made solutions, products and services to its customers. Through its strategic offerings, it looks to meet the banking needs of customers across the world via its market-leading Corporate and Investment Banking and Personal Banking franchises.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the bank’s international network spans five continents, providing the global relationships, expertise and financial strength to support local, regional and international businesses seeking to do business at home and abroad.

With total assets of AED 955 Billion (USD 260 Billion) as of September-end 2020, FAB is rated Aa3/AA-/AA- by Moody’s, S&P and Fitch, respectively, the strongest combined ratings of any bank in the MENA region.

The Bank has been ranked by Global Finance as the Safest Bank in the UAE and the Middle East, and the 32nd Safest Bank globally.

To empower its customers and clients to Grow Stronger, FAB initiated a powerful movement, which goes beyond banking. The Grow Stronger movement represents the bank’s promise to support its stakeholders’ goals and growth ambitions, providing ideas, tools and expertise to help them become stronger, today and in the future.

For further information, visit: www.bankfab.com

LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/compa...

Speaker

Raj Jit Singh Wallia

Raj Jit Singh Wallia

Deputy Chief Financial Officer Corporate Finance

DP World

Raj Jit Singh Wallia

Raj Jit Singh Wallia

Deputy Chief Financial Officer Corporate Finance at DP World

DP World’s Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Raj Jit Singh Wallia has global responsibility for the company’s Corporate Finance, Investor Relations, Tax, Treasury and Insurance activities. A former banker and restructuring professional, he has a range of international experience across functions, markets, products and the maritime sector.

Before joining DP World, Raj Jit worked for DP World’s parent company Dubai World as Group Head of Corporate Finance and Treasury. He was hired to lead the group’s financial restructuring in 2009 and played a lead role in the overall restructuring of Dubai World and its subsidiaries.

As a banker he was a Managing Director with Deutsche Bank in Singapore where he headed the Asian High Yield and Leverage Loans origination business. Prior to that, Raj Jit was a Managing Director with ING’s Leverage Finance and Sponsor Coverage Group in London with specific responsibility for Central and Eastern European countries. During his banking career he has been involved in various credit origination, credit structuring, coverage, strategy and management roles.

Raj Jit holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering and Applied Science at the Arizona State University.

DP World

Raj Jit Singh Wallia

Successfully securing funding in times of crisis: Sovereign, corporate and FI perspectives

Tue 8th Dec 2020, 5:45am (Europe/London)

  • Case studies: What are the key ingredients for a borrower to successfully close transactions in times of high volatility and market disruption?
  • Accessing long term US dollar funding and broadening the investor base
  • Debt management: How are issuers protect their ratings against downgrades?

Moderator

Bashar Al Natoor

Bashar Al Natoor

Global Head of Islamic Finance

Fitch Ratings

Bashar Al Natoor

Bashar Al Natoor

Global Head of Islamic Finance at Fitch Ratings

Bashar Al Natoor is Fitch Rating’s Global Head Islamic Finance. Mr Al Natoor is responsible for coordinating all Islamic Finance activities across Fitch’s Sovereign, Financial Institutions, Corporate, Structured Finance, Infrastructure and Insurance teams, bringing together dedicated analytical and industry expertise into a centralised and focused Islamic finance group.

Mr Al Natoor has more than 16 years' experience in the Islamic Finance market. Since joining Fitch in 2007, he has overseen Fitch's Sukuk criteria and Islamic Finance practices, undertaken research and written numerous published articles on Islamic Finance. Mr Al Natoor Joined Fitch as a director in the EMEA Corporates group based in Dubai. He was responsible for analysing EMEA issuers, with focus on Middle East and Turkish issuers in the construction, property and Telecommunication sectors. Prior to joining Fitch, Mr. Al Natoor spent seven years at the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in key roles including Investment Officer in the Treasury Department, a Senior Credit Analyst in Risk Management and Senior Technical Assistant to the Vice President of Finance & Administration. Before working with IDB, Mr Al Natoor was a senior auditor for four years in Arthur Andersen.

Mr Al Natoor graduated with an MSc in banking and financial studies from the Arab Academy for Finance and Banking Science and a BS in finance and banking from Amman University. Bashar is also a Certified Bank Auditor (CBA), a Certified Risk Professional (CRP), a Chartered Market Analyst (FAD-CMA), and a Certified Risk Analyst (CRA).

Fitch Ratings

Bashar Al Natoor

Fitch Ratings is a leading provider of credit ratings, commentary, and research. Dedicated to providing value beyond the rating through independent and prospective credit opinions, Fitch Ratings offers global perspectives shaped by strong local market experience and credit market expertise. The additional context, perspective, and insights we provide help investors to make important credit judgments with confidence.

Fitch Group is a global leader in financial information services with operations in more than 30 countries. Fitch Group is comprised of: Fitch Ratings, a global leader in credit ratings and research; Fitch Solutions, a leading provider of credit market data, analytical tools and risk services; and Fitch Learning, a preeminent training and professional development firm. With dual headquarters in London and New York, Fitch Group is owned by Hearst.

For additional information, please visit fitchratings.com.

LinkedIn Page: www.linkedin.com/company/fitch-ratings

Speakers

Patrick Clerkin

Patrick Clerkin

Senior Managing Director, Group Funding & Investor Relations

Emirates NBD

Patrick Clerkin

Patrick Clerkin

Senior Managing Director, Group Funding & Investor Relations at Emirates NBD

Patrick (‘Paddy’) is Head of Investor Relations and Managing Director for Emirates NBD’s Group Funding and Principal Investment Unit. The Investor Relations team updates the Analyst & Investor community on the Bank’s performance and outlook. The Global Funding team manages the strategic funding needs of the Bank. The Principal Investment team manages an investment portfolio containing hedge funds, credit funds and private equity.

Paddy has been with Emirates NBD since 2007. Prior to that he worked in London as co-head of the global operating-company rating team at Fitch Ratings. Before this he was part of the structured investment group at JP Morgan where Paddy looked after capital modelling and risk management.

Paddy has a B.Sc. (First Class) in Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics from Heriot-Watt University and a M.Sc. in Mathematical Finance from the University of Oxford.

Emirates NBD

Patrick Clerkin

Emirates NBD (DFM: Emirates NBD) is a leading Banking Group in the MENAT region. As at 30th September 2020, total assets were AED 692 Billion (equivalent to approx. USD 188 Billion). The acquisition of DenizBank represents a significant milestone for Emirates NBD with the Bank expanding its presence to 13 countries, servicing over 14 million customers. The Bank is ranked among the top 20 in the Forbes’ list of the World’s Best Regarded Companies, securing a leading spot among global brands.

The Bank has a significant retail banking franchise in the UAE and is a key participant in the global digital banking industry with 94% of all financial transactions and requests conducted outside of its branches. Emirates NBD was named “UAE’s Best Bank” in 2020 for a fifth consecutive year by Euromoney. In addition, Emirates NBD received the “Excellence in Leadership in the Middle East” award, introduced this year in light of the Covid-19 impact, as a recognition of its efforts in responding to the Covid-19 crisis.

Emirates NBD is also a major player in the UAE corporate segment and has strong Islamic banking, investment banking, private banking, asset management, global markets & treasury and brokerage operations.

LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/emirates-nbd/mycompany/

Manish Manchandya

Manish Manchandya

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Saudi Electricity Company

Manish Manchandya

Manish Manchandya

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer at Saudi Electricity Company

Saudi Electricity Company

Hitesh Asarpota

Hitesh Asarpota

Managing Director, Head of Debt Capital Markets

Emirates NBD

Hitesh Asarpota

Hitesh Asarpota

Managing Director, Head of Debt Capital Markets at Emirates NBD

Hitesh joined Emirates NBD Capital in 2008 and has been instrumental in the development of the investment banking franchise of the Emirates NBD Group. Hitesh is responsible for a dedicated DCM desk and the origination and syndication of debt capital markets, liability management and structured finance mandates.

Hitesh worked on the first Sukuk issuance in 2005 and since then he has advised various governments, financial institutions, blue chip and mid-cap corporates on their Islamic and conventional financing strategies and access to debt capital markets. He has successfully raised over USD 60 billion for Middle East, Asian and Turkish issuers

Hitesh holds a BCom in Accounting and Economics from Sydenham College, India and a postgraduate management degree from HEC Paris (Grande École), France

Emirates NBD

Hitesh Asarpota

Emirates NBD (DFM: Emirates NBD) is a leading Banking Group in the MENAT region. As at 30th September 2020, total assets were AED 692 Billion (equivalent to approx. USD 188 Billion). The acquisition of DenizBank represents a significant milestone for Emirates NBD with the Bank expanding its presence to 13 countries, servicing over 14 million customers. The Bank is ranked among the top 20 in the Forbes’ list of the World’s Best Regarded Companies, securing a leading spot among global brands.

The Bank has a significant retail banking franchise in the UAE and is a key participant in the global digital banking industry with 94% of all financial transactions and requests conducted outside of its branches. Emirates NBD was named “UAE’s Best Bank” in 2020 for a fifth consecutive year by Euromoney. In addition, Emirates NBD received the “Excellence in Leadership in the Middle East” award, introduced this year in light of the Covid-19 impact, as a recognition of its efforts in responding to the Covid-19 crisis.

Emirates NBD is also a major player in the UAE corporate segment and has strong Islamic banking, investment banking, private banking, asset management, global markets & treasury and brokerage operations.

LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/emirates-nbd/mycompany/

Richard Rose

Richard Rose

Senior Vice President, Treasury & Investor Relations

Tabreed

Richard Rose

Richard Rose

Senior Vice President, Treasury & Investor Relations at Tabreed

  • Richard joined Tabreed in March 2015
  • Over 30 years of diversified finance experience in the UK, Europe and UAE.
  • Before joining Tabreed, he was the Head of Financial Governance for Mubadala, where he developed a group wide financial governance framework
  • Prior to joining Mubadala, Richard spent over 10 years working in various senior finance roles, at British Midland Airways, a UK based airline operating routes in the UK, Europe, North America and the Middle East

Tabreed

Andrew Paulson

Andrew Paulson

Andrew Paulson

Principal at Global Infrastructure Partners

Andrew Paulson joined GIP in 2018 as Principal focusing on Capital Markets and Debt Financing activity. He joined from RBS where he was Head of the Infrastructure Finance team. Prior to RBS, Andrew spent seven years as a Policy Adviser in the UK Government at HM Treasury.

Andrew has worked extensively across the infrastructure sector. In 2020 Andrew has been closely involved in the GIP-led Consortium’s strategic JV with ADNOC, through the acquisition of a 49% stake in ADNOC Gas Pipelines and its inaugural $4bn bond issuance in October.

Global Infrastructure Partners

Roderick Gordon

Roderick Gordon

Head of Debt Capital Markets and Fixed Income Syndicate

GIB Capital

Roderick Gordon

Roderick Gordon

Head of Debt Capital Markets and Fixed Income Syndicate at GIB Capital

Roderick Gordon has over 16 years’ Investment Banking and Debt Capital Markets experience and has advised on, arranged, placed and financed over US$50 billion of internationally syndicated debt capital markets issuances and syndicated loans for major international companies and GCC sovereigns, supranationals and corporates.

Rod joined GIB to establish the DCM business in 2010. Prior to joining GIB he worked in Bahrain at Arab Banking Corporation in Debt Capital Markets and Acquisition Finance and Unicorn Investment Bank in Islamic Debt Capital Markets.

Prior to moving to Bahrain in 2007, he worked at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, London, for over 5 years as Vice President covering Capital Markets Origination, Acquisition Finance and Structured Finance. He also worked for KPMG, London, in the Corporate Finance Debt Advisory team.

Rod has a Masters Degree in Quantum and Solid State Physics from the University of Durham, UK.

GIB, the Gulf’s international bank, helps its clients thrive by working together to realise ambitions. It brings and activates insightful ideas that enable progress. GIB aims to be the preferred financial services partner, delivering bespoke banking solutions to a wide customer base in the region and beyond. This includes corporate banking, asset management, debt and equity capital market services, financial advisory services, mergers and acquisitions, and the world’s first Shariah compliant digital retail banking service, meem by GIB.

In addition to its main subsidiaries, London-based GIB (UK) Ltd., and Riyadh-based GIB Capital LLC, it has branches in London, New York, Abu Dhabi, Dhahran, Riyadh and Jeddah with a representative office in Dubai.

GIB Capital

Roderick Gordon

Gulf International Bank B.S.C. (GIB) is a pan GCC universal bank established in 1975 and regulated by the Central Bank of Bahrain.

GIB offers a diverse range of financial products and services and bespoke banking solutions to a wide customer base in the GCC, Europe and North America. This includes corporate banking, the world’s first Shariah compliant digital retail banking service, meem, as well as investment banking spanning asset management, bond and sukuk issuance, financial restructuring, private placements, private sale, IPOs, underwriting equity and debt, and mergers and acquisitions.

GIB’s services are delivered across the GCC and international markets through its subsidiaries: GIB Saudi Arabia, GIB Capital and GIB (UK) Ltd. Additionally, the Bank has branches in the UAE and USA.

GIB Saudi Arabia is the first foreign domiciled bank to establish a local commercial bank in the Kingdom. It is headquartered in Eastern Province and operates branches in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dhahran, while the Bank’s investment banking activities are delivered by GIB Capital, based in Riyadh.

GIB (UK) Ltd is a London and New York based international asset management subsidiary.

GIB is owned by the governments of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund being the primary shareholder.

LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/company/gulfintlbank

A COVID-19-induced macroeconomic overview: How much of the pressure is cyclical (temporary) and how much is structural (and exposed pre-existing weakness in the system)?

Tue 8th Dec 2020, 6:30am (Europe/London)

  • How much of the COVID crisis is structural and changed GCC economies forever? What does the make-up of the GCC economy look like post-COVID-19?
  • Are supply chains being re-regionalised? How does this impact the GCC?
  • Oil sustainability and global economic digitisation: How will structural changes to the economy impact business, infrastructure and trade-flow?
  • The future for Dubai’s tourism, off-line retail and real estate markets: How do these sectors re-invent themselves and where do they fit into the future of Dubai’s economy?

Speaker

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi

President at Nasser Saidi & Associates

Dr. Nasser Saidi is President of Nasser Saidi & Associates - a niche consultant and advisor to the banking & financial sector, governments, central banks, regulators, multi-national and regional companies. He is the former Chief Economist and Strategist of the Dubai International Financial Centre. Dr. Saidi served as Minister of Economy and Trade and Minister of Industry of Lebanon and First Vice-Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon for two mandates.

He is Chair of the MENA Clean Energy Business Council and a member of the IMF’s Regional Advisory Group for MENA. He is the founder & former CEO of the Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance & Mudara Institute of Directors.

Established in 2012, Nasser Saidi & Associates provide economic advisory and business consultancy services to a diverse range of stakeholders in the Middle East and North Africa region ranging from the public sector and private sector, government related enterprises, banks and financial institutions as well as Central Banks and Regulators of the banking and financial system.

Broadly, the company is involved in:

• Providing economic advisory & consulting services to MNCs, businesses, banks & financial Institutions and management consultancies

• Advisory to government & public sector on economic & public policy matters

• Central Bank Advisory Services: payment systems, monetary policy, regulation

• Corporate Governance advisory & consulting services

• Asset restructuring & private equity services

• Public speaking & thought leadership

Nasser Saidi & Associates

Governance, credit events and the broader impact on GCC market sentiment

Tue 8th Dec 2020, 7:00am (Europe/London)

  • Key credit events over the past decade and lessons to take forward in the coming decade
  • Evolution of liquidation system and bankruptcy regime evolution
  • Credit events and the broader impact on market sentiment
  • Pricing and access for sub-investment grade and less ESG-focused issuers

Moderator

Simon Ballard

Simon Ballard

Simon Ballard

Chief Economist at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Simon joined First Abu Dhabi Bank in January 2018 and brings with him over 25yrs of market experience. Over his career as an economist, Simon has built up a wealth of multi-asset, global macroeconomic investment strategy knowledge, working in both London and New York. Simon worked previously for BNP Paribas, RBC and National Australia Bank in London, and for Bear Stearns in London and New York.

Bi-lingual in French, his primary focus as Chief Economist at First Abu Dhabi Bank is on global (G10 / MENA / GCC) macroeconomic issues, covering rates, FX , credit and commodities and in particular how these are relevant to investment strategies within the MENA/GCC region.

Simon’s views are regularly requested by the major financial news channels and the written press. Simon is a regular guest host on Bloomberg television and radio as well as CNBC television. In addition, he has often been quoted in the Financial Times and other leading financial publications.

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Simon Ballard

About First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

FAB, the UAE’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest and safest institutions, offers an extensive range of tailor-made solutions, products and services to its customers. Through its strategic offerings, it looks to meet the banking needs of customers across the world via its market-leading Corporate and Investment Banking and Personal Banking franchises.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the bank’s international network spans five continents, providing the global relationships, expertise and financial strength to support local, regional and international businesses seeking to do business at home and abroad.

With total assets of AED 955 Billion (USD 260 Billion) as of September-end 2020, FAB is rated Aa3/AA-/AA- by Moody’s, S&P and Fitch, respectively, the strongest combined ratings of any bank in the MENA region.

The Bank has been ranked by Global Finance as the Safest Bank in the UAE and the Middle East, and the 32nd Safest Bank globally.

To empower its customers and clients to Grow Stronger, FAB initiated a powerful movement, which goes beyond banking. The Grow Stronger movement represents the bank’s promise to support its stakeholders’ goals and growth ambitions, providing ideas, tools and expertise to help them become stronger, today and in the future.

For further information, visit: www.bankfab.com

LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/compa...

Speakers

Mohieddine Kronfol

Mohieddine Kronfol

Chief Investment Officer, Global Sukuk and MENA Fixed Income

Franklin Templeton Investments

Mohieddine Kronfol

Mohieddine Kronfol

Chief Investment Officer, Global Sukuk and MENA Fixed Income at Franklin Templeton Investments

Mohieddine (Dino) Kronfol is the chief investment officer of Global Sukuk and MENA fixed income at Franklin Templeton Investments. Mr. Kronfol is responsible for the investment process, research and performance of the Global Sukuk and MENA Fixed Income teams. He is one of the founding partners

and a board member of Franklin Templeton Investments (ME), formerly Algebra Capital, and has been with the firm since its inception in 2006. He is the lead portfolio manager of the FTSF Global Sukuk Fund and FTIF GCC Bond Fund.

Dino is a pioneer in Arab capital markets where he has committed the past 20 years to the development of MENA debt markets and Sharia compliant finance across the globe. He has one of the longest track records managing global Sukuk assets, since 2008, and under his leadership, Franklin Templeton has established itself as a prominent player in Global Sukuk investing. Dino frequently shares his views as a commentator on regional and international media and is a regular speaker at industry events.

Preceding his tenure at FT, Dino was part of a small team that, in 2000, helped build from scratch and run what became SHUAA Capital's financial services

business. He was initially head of Capital Markets and later became head of Debt Asset Management and, in 2002, fund manager of the first fund to focus exclusively on MENA debt. Prior to that, he was an early employee at one of the first pan-Arab investment banks, Middle East Capital Group (MECG).

Mr. Kronfol has received international recognition from clients and peers over the years, winning numerous awards on behalf of the firm and as an individual, including the first Failaka Islamic Award for "The Best Sukuk Fund" in 2010, the first Employee Provident Fund of Malaysia (EPF) Award for "Best Global Sukuk Portfolio Manager" in 2014 and the MENA Fund Manager Award for "Outstanding Achievement by an Individual" in 2016. Mr. Kronfol holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and an M.B.A. from the American University of Beirut.

Franklin Templeton Investments

James Bejjani

James Bejjani

Director, Family Office

Broadgate Advisers

James Bejjani

James Bejjani

Director, Family Office at Broadgate Advisers

He has over 15 years of experience in Portfolio and Wealth Management, Capital Markets, Project Finance and Real Estate, in the US and the GCC. His areas of expertise span across a range of asset classes including Asset-Back Securities, Financial Derivatives and Private Equity Debt.

James joined Broadgate Advisers from M1 Group, a family office based in Beirut, where he was a member of the portfolio management investment committee leading M1’s Fixed Income investment activities. Prior to that, James was a Trader and Analyst at Macquarie Funds Group in the US, where he was responsible for managing a multi-billion dollar portfolio for institutional clients. Previously, James was an Associate Director at UBS Investment Bank in New York where he was an Institutional Investor-ranked research analyst.

James earned his MS in Financial Mathematics from Warwick Business School in the UK, his BA in Economics and minor Mathematics from the American University of Beirut and his double LLB degree in Private and Public Law from Saint Joseph University, Lebanon. He also completed an executive program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Broadgate Advisers

Cheong Say Lim

Cheong Say Lim

Chief Executive Officer

Lootah Global Capital

Cheong Say Lim

Cheong Say Lim

Chief Executive Officer at Lootah Global Capital

Lim Say Cheong is the Chief Executive Officer of Lootah Global Capital (LGC), a financial services firm licensed by the DFSA. He is responsible for the overall success of the company and for leading the development and execution of its long-term strategies with the goal of creating shareholder value. Lim spearheads all business development initiatives relating to advisory and arranging of credit as well as fundraising for venture and private equity companies.

Prior to joining LGC, Lim was the Global Head of Islamic Business Development for Nomura Asset Management based in Malaysia. He was responsible for developing and growing the Sharia-compliant assets under management for the Nomura Asset Management Group globally.

He had previously worked for more than a decade in the UAE, first with Noor Bank as the Executive Director for Global Markets and then served as Executive Vice President and Head of Investment Banking with Al Hilal Bank where he led the development and growth of the Islamic Capital Market, Asset Management and Wealth Management divisions of the bank.

Lim holds a Global Executive MBA from INSEAD Europe, Advanced Diploma in Islamic Finance from CIMA UK and Bachelor of Science degree with double majors in Mathematics and Quantitative Economics from The University of Sydney, Australia. He had also attended Leadership Programme from Wharton Business School and Digital Transformation Strategy with the University of Cambridge.

Lootah Global Capital

Bashar Zakaria

Bashar Zakaria

Senior EM Research & Strategy

CalPERS

Bashar Zakaria

Bashar Zakaria

Senior EM Research & Strategy at CalPERS

Bashar Zakaria is leading CalPERS’ Emerging Markets (EM) research. He’s responsible for providing country views, macroeconomic analysis of EM (DMs when needed), hard and local currencies debt and FX trade idea generation and monitoring. He’s an active member of CalPERS International Fixed Income portfolio management team, where he presents his views and research findings in weekly and monthly meetings that cover global macro, commodities, sovereigns, and currencies. Mr. Zakaria frequently conducts due diligence trips to key EM countries; over the past eight years, he developed excellent relationships with more than 20 EM countries key government institutions, major banks and corporations in addition to key entities in the EM world (e.g., the IMF, rating agencies, brokers, and external money managers). Mr. Zakaria started his Fixed Income career at CalPERS as a junior country analyst, then his responsibilities grew in breadth and depth to cover the entire EM universe along with portfolio, risk, and performance analytics. Mr. Zakaria is an adjunct faculty at Sacramento State University where he teaches Investment and Finance classes (graduate and undergraduate). He holds an engineering degree from University of Jordan, an MBA in Finance and Marketing, and an MA in Economics—both from Sacramento State with honors.

CalPERS

Shibeer Ahmed

Shibeer Ahmed

Shibeer Ahmed

Partner at Squire Patton Boggs

Shibeer Ahmed is Head of Squire Patton Boggs’s Middle East Banking and Finance and Global Islamic Finance practice. He focuses on banking, Islamic finance, and project finance, regularly working on highly complex financings throughout the GCC and internationally. He advises a range of financial institutions, including commercial banks, Export Credit Agencies (ECAs), and development finance institutions, on complex multi-sourced project financings and Islamic financings. He has wide experience advising on corporate and sovereign Sukuk issuances. He has extensive experience across a range of sectors, including infrastructure, energy, petrochemicals, and oil & gas.

Squire Patton Boggs

Shibeer Ahmed

Squire Patton Boggs is one of the world’s strongest integrated law firms, providing insight at the point where law, business and government meet. We give our clients a voice, support their ambitions and are committed to working alongside them to achieve successful outcomes.

Our multidisciplinary team of more than 1,500 lawyers in 45 offices across 20 countries provides unrivalled access to expertise and invaluable connections on the ground. It is a seamless service that operates on any scale – locally or globally. It encompasses virtually every matter, jurisdiction and market. We combine sound legal counsel with a deep knowledge of our clients’ businesses to resolve their legal challenges.

Our client base spans every type of business, both private and public, worldwide. We advise a diverse mix of clients, from Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 corporations to emerging companies, and from individuals to local and national governments.

Economic fundamentals vs. market technical vs. ratings: Where do investors see long term value in the GCC credit markets?

Tue 8th Dec 2020, 7:45am (Europe/London)

  • A fundamental question: Why has a slump in oil prices not impacted international investor appetite more significantly? How are investors analysing value and managing their portfolios?
  • After the perfect (sovereign debt) storm: Is there sufficient liquidity left in the market for FI and corporate issuers?
  • G for is governance: How much transparency is enough? How much will ongoing defaults and debt restructurings impact the trajectory of the GCC credit markets?
  • Yield hungry but not that hungry: What would motivate investors to stomach GCC high yield credit?

Moderator

Paul Lund

Paul Lund

Senior Director, Head of EMEA Industrials

Fitch Ratings

Paul Lund

Paul Lund

Senior Director, Head of EMEA Industrials at Fitch Ratings

Paul Lund was appointed Head of Fitch’s Industrial Ratings group for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, in April of 2016. He is ultimately responsible for ratings in a diverse portfolio including automotive, manufacturing, aerospace and defence, packaging, building materials, and construction companies.

Paul has an extensive experience in credit ratings, having joined Standard & Poor’s in 1998, and a subsequent spell at Moody’s, before joining Fitch Ratings in 2014, covering a wide variety of industries and financing structures.

Paul graduated from the University of Liverpool with a B.Eng (Honors) in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management.

Fitch Ratings

Paul Lund

Fitch Ratings is a leading provider of credit ratings, commentary, and research. Dedicated to providing value beyond the rating through independent and prospective credit opinions, Fitch Ratings offers global perspectives shaped by strong local market experience and credit market expertise. The additional context, perspective, and insights we provide help investors to make important credit judgments with confidence.

Fitch Group is a global leader in financial information services with operations in more than 30 countries. Fitch Group is comprised of: Fitch Ratings, a global leader in credit ratings and research; Fitch Solutions, a leading provider of credit market data, analytical tools and risk services; and Fitch Learning, a preeminent training and professional development firm. With dual headquarters in London and New York, Fitch Group is owned by Hearst.

For additional information, please visit fitchratings.com.

LinkedIn Page: www.linkedin.com/company/fitch-ratings

Speakers

Sanchay Singla

Sanchay Singla

Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets Fixed Income

Legal & General

Sanchay Singla

Sanchay Singla

Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets Fixed Income at Legal & General

Sanchay is a Portfolio Manager within the Global Fixed Income team and is responsible for managing corporate investments in active EMD portfolios. Prior to joining LGIM, Sanchay was a credit trader at Royal Bank of Scotland for 3 years. At RBS, he made markets in Asian and European Credit across currencies as a principal risk taker from London and Singapore.

Sanchay graduated from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and holds master’s degree in Business Administration. He also holds Bachelors in Computer Engineering from University of Delhi and is a CFA Charterholder.

Legal & General

Sharif Eid

Sharif Eid

Portfolio Manager, Global Sukuk and MENA Fixed Income

Franklin Templeton Investments

Sharif Eid

Sharif Eid

Portfolio Manager, Global Sukuk and MENA Fixed Income at Franklin Templeton Investments

Sharif Eid is a portfolio manager for Franklin Templeton Investments (Middle East) Limited. Mr. Eid joined the Global Sukuk and MENA Fixed Income investment team in April 2009 as a research analyst where he helped develop the group's fundamental research process and production. Mr. Eid was promoted to portfolio manager in 2011 and is currently the co-manager of the FTIF GCC Bond Fund and co-manager of Global Sukuk institutional accounts.

Prior to joining Franklin Templeton Investments (Middle East) Limited, formerly Algebra Capital, Mr. Eid worked for TD Securities in Toronto as a trader. He rotated through credit, FX and interest rate option desks.

Mr. Eid holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and a master's degree in mathematical finance, both from the University of Toronto.

FTIML-Dubai is an active, research-driven, team-based manager which aims to achieve superior long-term investment performance against relevant benchmarks and to provide excellent, value-added client service through the Franklin, Templeton and Mutual Series investment groups. The fund management team performs bottom-up research to manage assets in private and public markets across all asset classes. Their services are packaged as fund solutions, discretionary mandates or structured products.

Franklin Templeton launched a dedicated bond fund aimed at capitalising on the growing debt market in the Gulf region which was supported by portfolio Sharif Eid.

Franklin Templeton Investments

Todd Schubert

Todd Schubert

Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income Research

Bank of Singapore

Todd Schubert

Todd Schubert

Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income Research at Bank of Singapore

Todd Schubert is a Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Research for Bank of Singapore. He joined the Bank’s predecessor ING Asia Private Bank in 2008. Prior to that he was Head of Asian Fixed Income Research at Deutsche Bank as well as a Global Credit Portfolio Manager with the Government of Singapore Investment Corp. During his more than 30 years of Investment Experience Todd has also worked for a number of major U.S. Financial Institutions including USAA and GE Asset Management. Todd has an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA. He is CFA certified.

Bank of Singapore is a wholly owned subsidiary of OCBC Bank, Southeast Asia’s second largest bank. Headquartered in Singapore, Bank of Singapore operates from a strong and open economy. Bank of Singapore are one of the fastest growing private banks in Asia, offering a structured and consistent approach - an open architecture product platform with robust research capabilities to deliver a total risk-based solution customised to each client’s needs.

Bank of Singapore is the high standard of competence and expertise of its management team. Underpinned by the core principles of prudence, diligence and excellence, the leaders have led in the development of successful business strategies across every network location and put in place a robust team.

Bank of Singapore

Dilawer Farazi

Dilawer Farazi

Portfolio Manager, Global Credit

Royal London Asset Management

Dilawer Farazi

Dilawer Farazi

Portfolio Manager, Global Credit at Royal London Asset Management

Dilawer Farazi is a Portfolio Manager at Royal London Asset Management, responsible for Emerging Market corporate bonds within the Global Credit team. Dilawer has 15 years of experience investing in EM, has held portfolio manager and analyst positions at GIB Asset Management, ADIC and Loomis Sayles, working in London and the Middle East. Dilawer has a BA in Law & Economics from Queen Mary’s, University of London and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Royal London Asset Management

Ali Dhaloomal

Ali Dhaloomal

EEMEA Credit Research Analyst

BofA Securities

Ali Dhaloomal

Ali Dhaloomal

EEMEA Credit Research Analyst at BofA Securities

Ali Dhaloomal is an Emerging Markets corporate credit analyst at Bank of America Global Research. He has more than 10 years’ experience covering corporates and banks from the Middle East, Turkey and Africa. Mr Dhaloomal has an extensive coverage across various industries and through the rating spectrum. He also developed an in-depth knowledge on sukuk structures and markets.

He and his team have been ranked #1 in EEMEA Corporate Debt Strategy for four consecutive years since 2016 in the Institutional Investor Global Fixed Income Research survey.

Prior to joining Bank of America, Mr Dhaloomal worked in the M&A division of BNP Paribas in Paris and in equity research at NexResearch covering French small caps. He holds an MSc degree in finance from ESCP Europe.

BofA Securities

Ali Dhaloomal

At Bank of America, we’re guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. We’re delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. ESG is embedded across our eight lines of business and reflects how we help fuel the global economy, build trust and credibility, and represent a company that people want to work for, invest in and do business with. It’s demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our clients, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer and environmental organizations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Learn more at about.bankofamerica.com, and connect with us on Twitter (@BofA_News) and LinkedIn (@BofA_Business )

How are syndicated loan bankers balancing structure and liquidity to meet client pricing expectations

Tue 8th Dec 2020, 8:30am (Europe/London)

  • To price-in flex or not to price-in: How are banks’ structuring and pricing loans?
  • Corporate borrower expectations on providing collateral, structuring and pricing: How can the gap between borrower and lender expectations be bridged?
  • What are banks’ approach to risk and supporting corporates? How has COVID-19 changed the priorities of lenders?
  • What is the appetite to lend sector-by-sector? How much capacity do regional banks have? How much credit is available for mid-market borrowers?
  • How are loans being priced? How much is DCM pricing being used as a benchmark/barometer? How will the interplay between loans and DCM play-out in the new normal post-COVID-19?

Moderator

Zain Zaidi

Zain Zaidi

Director - Loans and Acquisition Finance Banking, Capital Markets & Advisory

Citi

Zain Zaidi

Zain Zaidi

Director - Loans and Acquisition Finance Banking, Capital Markets & Advisory at Citi

Zain is a Director in the Loans and Acquisition Finance team at Citi and responsible for all syndicated loan financing in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan. In addition to his regional coverage, Zain is also responsible for syndicated loan transactions for shipping clients within the broader EMEA region.

Zain has been with Citi for over 16 years between New York, London and Dubai and has provided debt origination, execution, structuring and advisory services to clients over this time related to loans, bonds, and securitization. His client list has spanned the full credit spectrum from sovereigns and strong investment grade names to high yield issuers.

During his time at Citi, Zain has had strong experience with transportation assets and infrastructure financing but has spent the last 7 years focused on corporate loans covering Sovereigns, GREs, Corporates and FIs from the Middle East.

Citi

Zain Zaidi

Speakers

Raouf Jundi

Raouf Jundi

Managing Director, Head of Origination, Syndications, Debt Capital Markets – Loans & Bonds

MUFG

Raouf Jundi

Raouf Jundi

Managing Director, Head of Origination, Syndications, Debt Capital Markets – Loans & Bonds at MUFG

With almost 30 years of banking experience, of which 24 years in syndicated loans at MUFG, Raouf is responsible for the bank’s loan origination business across Europe, Middle East & Africa, covering corporate, sovereign and FI borrowers. Raouf has also contributed to 3 books published by the LMA writing about the Syndicated Loan market in the MENA region.

MUFG is a global bank present in over 40 countries. It ranks amongst the top 10 banks globally in terms of assets, capital and deposits. The Bank’s strong profile in the syndicated loan market reflects its commitment to grow its business and is consistently ranked in the top 10, and in certain jurisdictions top 5, in the Bookrunner league tables. MUFG is a leading arranger of debt in the Middle East and over the past 2 years has arranged over 10 high profile financings including ADNOC, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, KNPC, OOC & SEC. MUFG has also been awarded the GlobalCapital award for “Best Arranger of Loans in the Middle East” on several occasions over the past 20 years, most recently for 2015.

Raouf has a BSc in Electronic Engineering from the University of Warwick and an MSc in Finance from Imperial College. He is fluent in English, Arabic and French.

MUFG

Raouf Jundi

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (MUFG) is one of the world’s leading financial groups. Headquartered in Tokyo and with over 360 years of history, MUFG has a global network with around 2,700 offices in more than 50 markets. The Group has over 180,000 employees, and offers services including commercial banking, trust banking, securities, credit cards, consumer finance, asset management, and leasing.

MUFG aims to be the world’s most trusted financial group through close collaboration among its operating companies, and to respond to all of the financial needs of its clients, serving society, and fostering shared and sustainable growth for a better world.

Please visit our website for more information - mufgemea.com.

LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/compa...

Twitter Page: @MUFGEMEA

Eric Zimny

Eric Zimny

Managing Director, Head of CEEMEA Origination

SMBC

Eric Zimny

Eric Zimny

Managing Director, Head of CEEMEA Origination at SMBC

With over 25 years of Loan and Debt Capital Market experience, Eric is a Managing Director and Head of CEEMEA Origination, Loan Capital Markets, at SMBCE responsible for the origination and structuring of loans for corporates and financial institutions across the full regional and borrower spectrum. Before joining SMBC in 2011, he was employed at Commerzbank New York, Frankfurt and London, where he held various head positions including loans and bonds origination. Eric is a certified Attorney at Law and has worked as such in Germany and the US. Eric is also a member of a group of authors that triennially publish a practical textbook on syndicated lending for borrowers, banking professionals, lawyers and auditors in German language

SMBC

Eric Zimny

With over four centuries of history and rooted in the stability of Japan and growth of Asia, SMBC Group reaches out around the world to provide the advice, connections and support that create value. Our customers in Africa and MENA choose SMBC Group because we offer local knowledge and global expertise.

With one of the most extensive domestic and international branch networks of any Japanese bank, SMBC Group uses the strength of its extensive footprint with powerful capabilities in loan and debt capital markets, project and trade finance, and a wide range of other financial services to deliver customer-focused, integrated solutions.

African & MENA customers benefit from SMBC Group's position as a world leader in loan capital markets bookrunning and arranging of loan facilities, including structuring, pricing, advising, executing and distribution of syndicated loans. A specialist debt capital markets team can provide expert advice and execution in core markets for public and private bond issuance, and offer issuers with guidance through the process from structuring, documentation and legal requirements, to execution of relevant funding solutions and investor relations. Particular focus is dedicated to corporate and structured finance and emerging market benchmark transactions for distribution to an international investor audience.

Damien Orban

Damien Orban

Vice President, EMEA Loan Capital Markets

BofA Securities

Damien Orban

Damien Orban

Vice President, EMEA Loan Capital Markets at BofA Securities

Based in London, Damien is responsible in covering origination, structuring and syndication for Benelux corporate clients, Western European Financial Institutions as well as Emerging Markets within EMEA Loan Capital Markets. Damien has been involved in executing and evaluating transactions across industry sectors and has worked on landmark transactions including UCB’s acquisition of Ra Pharmaceuticals, Signify’s acquisition of Cooper Lighting, GSK’s acquisition of Tesaro and British American Tobacco’s $50bn acquisition of Reynolds American.

Damien joined BofAML in 2011 as an Analyst in Credit Risk and moved to Loan Capital Markets three years later after having rotated across financial institution and corporate teams covering Western European and Emerging Market clients.

Damien holds a BEng Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bristol and is fluent in both French and English.

BofA Securities

Damien Orban

At Bank of America, we’re guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. We’re delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. ESG is embedded across our eight lines of business and reflects how we help fuel the global economy, build trust and credibility, and represent a company that people want to work for, invest in and do business with. It’s demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our clients, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer and environmental organizations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Learn more at about.bankofamerica.com, and connect with us on Twitter (@BofA_News) and LinkedIn (@BofA_Business )

Tonmoy Andalib

Tonmoy Andalib

Managing Director, Head of Loan Syndicate & Distribution – Global Corporate Finance

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Tonmoy Andalib

Tonmoy Andalib

Managing Director, Head of Loan Syndicate & Distribution – Global Corporate Finance at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Andalib has 16+ years of experience in origination, structuring, execution and distribution of syndicated loan transactions across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Andalib heads up the Loan Syndicate & Distribution team at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) and is based in Abu Dhabi. He and his team are responsible for all loan underwriting, bookrunning, primary syndication and secondary market activity by FAB.

Andalib joined FAB in February 2015 from Standard Chartered Bank, UK. With Standard Chartered, he previously worked in London, Singapore and Dhaka covering loan markets and investors across Europe, Africa and South Asia.

Andalib has bookrun in excess of USD 200 billion of landmark financings for many of the most sophisticated supranationals, governments, corporates and financial institutions. Andalib holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing.

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Tonmoy Andalib

About First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

FAB, the UAE’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest and safest institutions, offers an extensive range of tailor-made solutions, products and services to its customers. Through its strategic offerings, it looks to meet the banking needs of customers across the world via its market-leading Corporate and Investment Banking and Personal Banking franchises.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the bank’s international network spans five continents, providing the global relationships, expertise and financial strength to support local, regional and international businesses seeking to do business at home and abroad.

With total assets of AED 955 Billion (USD 260 Billion) as of September-end 2020, FAB is rated Aa3/AA-/AA- by Moody’s, S&P and Fitch, respectively, the strongest combined ratings of any bank in the MENA region.

The Bank has been ranked by Global Finance as the Safest Bank in the UAE and the Middle East, and the 32nd Safest Bank globally.

To empower its customers and clients to Grow Stronger, FAB initiated a powerful movement, which goes beyond banking. The Grow Stronger movement represents the bank’s promise to support its stakeholders’ goals and growth ambitions, providing ideas, tools and expertise to help them become stronger, today and in the future.

For further information, visit: www.bankfab.com

LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/compa...

Mahmoud Nawar CFA

Mahmoud Nawar CFA

Vice President, Debt Capital Markets

GIB Capital

Mahmoud Nawar CFA

Mahmoud Nawar CFA

Vice President, Debt Capital Markets at GIB Capital

Mahmoud has over 15 years of aggregate experience in banking and corporate finance services. He is currently a key member of the debt capital markets team at GIB Capital. He has played leading roles in several high profile bond and Sukuk transactions for GCC sovereigns and quasi-sovereign issuers, including the first Basel 3 compliant Sukuk in Saudi Arabia. Through his career he has worked with clients in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Egypt. Prior to joining GIB Capital in Nov 2011, Mahmoud was part of the Strategy Management and earlier the Corporate Finance team at Bank ABC. His role included leading acquisition finance and mergers and acquisitions on behalf of clients and later on behalf of Bank ABC, in addition to overlooking the strategy implementation. Prior to that, Mahmoud was part of the Corporate Finance and Advisory team at Standard Chartered Bank, Dubai. Earlier he worked for Barclays Bank – Egypt, where he was part of the Corporate Credit team, responsible for managing a loan portfolio and later on he assumed the role of Structured Credit Manager.

Through these different roles Mahmoud has been exposed to some of the key transactions that have taken place in the GCC and Egypt, giving him an unparalleled experience in leading DCM and debt advisory transactions coupled with the competency that comes from being full engaged throughout the life cycle of transactions, whether in advisory or debt financing.

GIB Capital

Mahmoud Nawar CFA

Gulf International Bank B.S.C. (GIB) is a pan GCC universal bank established in 1975 and regulated by the Central Bank of Bahrain.

GIB offers a diverse range of financial products and services and bespoke banking solutions to a wide customer base in the GCC, Europe and North America. This includes corporate banking, the world’s first Shariah compliant digital retail banking service, meem, as well as investment banking spanning asset management, bond and sukuk issuance, financial restructuring, private placements, private sale, IPOs, underwriting equity and debt, and mergers and acquisitions.

GIB’s services are delivered across the GCC and international markets through its subsidiaries: GIB Saudi Arabia, GIB Capital and GIB (UK) Ltd. Additionally, the Bank has branches in the UAE and USA.

GIB Saudi Arabia is the first foreign domiciled bank to establish a local commercial bank in the Kingdom. It is headquartered in Eastern Province and operates branches in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dhahran, while the Bank’s investment banking activities are delivered by GIB Capital, based in Riyadh.

GIB (UK) Ltd is a London and New York based international asset management subsidiary.

GIB is owned by the governments of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund being the primary shareholder.

LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/company/gulfintlbank

The ESG renaissance: Transitioning financing beyond SDG signatures

Tue 8th Dec 2020, 9:30am (Europe/London)

  • What is driving the ESG mandate amongst GCC issuers and borrowers? Is it stakeholders or is it investors?
  • How much more work is it for institutions to meet ESG criteria of investors? What are the first steps for institutions that are from less environmentally-friendly industries and sectors?
  • Pricing, costs or PR: Does green and social finance offer a pricing advantage? How much extra cost is involved in ESG-linked financing? How much bigger is the pool of investors for ESG bonds?
  • More incentives: What have governments done? What more can governments do to promote ESG finance in the region?

Moderator

Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas

Director Debt Capital Markets

MUFG

Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas

Director Debt Capital Markets at MUFG

Geraint has over 30 years of experience in the Financial Services. He is responsible for a number of core products within the Capital Markets Group – including Green funding, ratings advisory, M&A financing, high yield debt and investor presentations.

Geraint has been an integral part of structuring MUFG’s own green bond issuing programme since 2016 and regularly engages with MUFG Clients around their new and existing green, social & sustainable frameworks and funding needs and represents MUFG at relevant market events on the subject.

Prior to joining MUFG, Geraint was Head of Credit Research at Commerzbank, Head of European Credit Research at BNP Paribas and has also worked at UBS and Fitch Ratings.

MUFG

Geraint Thomas

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (MUFG) is one of the world’s leading financial groups. Headquartered in Tokyo and with over 360 years of history, MUFG has a global network with around 2,700 offices in more than 50 markets. The Group has over 180,000 employees, and offers services including commercial banking, trust banking, securities, credit cards, consumer finance, asset management, and leasing.

MUFG aims to be the world’s most trusted financial group through close collaboration among its operating companies, and to respond to all of the financial needs of its clients, serving society, and fostering shared and sustainable growth for a better world.

Please visit our website for more information - mufgemea.com.

LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/compa...

Twitter Page: @MUFGEMEA

Speakers

Shrey Kohli

Shrey Kohli

Head of Business Development and Product, Multi Asset Primary Markets

Shrey Kohli

Shrey Kohli

Head of Business Development and Product, Multi Asset Primary Markets

Shrey is responsible for London Stock Exchange plc’s debt, structured finance and close-ended investment funds markets. At LSEG, Shrey has covered roles across Product Development & Regulatory Strategy, and was previously Head of Strategic Development for LSE plc.

He represents LSEG on the Advisory Council of the Green & Social Bond Principles Executive Committee. During 2018-19, Shrey was seconded to International Finance Corporation as Financial Officer in Treasury & Syndications. He has previously worked at McKinsey and Co, the strategy consultancy.

He holds an MSc in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics and a BSc (Hons) in Physics from University of Delhi.

Dr Yasser Gado

Dr Yasser Gado

Dr Yasser Gado

Treasurer at Islamic Development Bank

Yasser Gado is a senior executive treasury professional with more than 22 years of experience across multiple functional areas in banks in the UK/Europe and Middle East.

Dr Gado serves as the Treasurer of the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah managing the overall balance sheet, liquidity investments, financial institutions and debt capital markets activities of the renowned, AAA rated, multilateral rated development institution. Additionally, Dr Gado serves as a Non-Executive Chairman for one of the real estate assets holding companies in the UK.

Previously, Dr Gado was based in London and served as the Treasurer of National Bank of Kuwait (International) PLC, QIB (UK) PLC, and European Finance House. Formerly, Dr Gado served as the Treasurer of Banque Misr Paris in France.

Dr Gado holds PhD in Islamic finance from the University of Liverpool, MBA with distinction from Bangor University in the United Kingdom. Also, he is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (MCSI), as well as a Chartered Banker (MCBI) in the UK.

Islamic Development Bank

Nour Safa

Nour Safa

Associate Director, Debt Capital Markets, MENA

HSBC

Nour Safa

Nour Safa

Associate Director, Debt Capital Markets, MENA at HSBC

Nour joined HSBC in August 2017 as part of the Debt Capital Markets (DCM) team. Prior to that, Nour had spent 6 years at Standard Chartered Bank, initially as an International Graduate in the Wholesale Bank before moving into the Debt Capital Markets team. Throughout her previous and current role, Nour led the execution of a number of landmark transactions across the various sectors and a number of products in the DCM space.

Nour has also taken on the Sustainable Finance Champion role for Global Banking in MENAT. In this role, Nour works closely with coverage and products, across GB, to push the ESG agenda further. She also works with internal stakeholders on identifying key opportunities in the Sustainable Finance space.

HSBC

Nour Safa

HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations. Our global businesses serve more than 40 million customers worldwide through a network that covers 64 countries and territories.

Our customers range from individual savers and investors to some of the world’s biggest companies, governments and international organisations. We aim to connect them to opportunities and help them to achieve their ambitions.

The products and services we offer vary widely according to customers’ needs. We provide individuals and families with mortgages that help them buy their own home, as well as savings accounts and wealth management products that help them plan for the future.

We offer businesses loans to invest in growth, and products such as foreign exchange and trade financing that enable them to expand internationally. And for large companies and organisations operating across borders, we offer tailored advice on decisions such as financing major projects, issuing debt or making acquisitions.

Dan Tromans

Dan Tromans

Director of Treasury

Etihad Airways

Dan Tromans

Dan Tromans

Director of Treasury at Etihad Airways

Daniel Tromans is Group Treasurer at the UAE’s flag carrier: senior leader of a multi-cultural global team of 30+ professionals, responsible for corporate & structured finance, treasury operations, balance sheet management, financial risk, insurance and taxation. He joined the UAE’s flag carrier in 2019 and has over 20 years experience working with leading international and regional companies.

Daniel has championed sustainable finance and has led several transactions in the space. These include: the first Transition Sukuk; the first United Nations Sustainable Development Goals loan in global aviation; financing of aluminum slag processing to facilitate the recycling of waste products; and carbon capture initiatives working with large industrial players within Abu Dhabi.

Prior to joining Etihad Airways, Mr. Tromans held senior finance and investment roles in capital-intensive sectors based in the GCC. Mr. Tromans was previously with Accenture's corporate strategy practice based in the City of London, serving multinational clients and institutional investors throughout Europe and the Americas.

Mr. Tromans is a chartered certified accountant and a CFA charterholder. He holds a Master's degree from the Manchester Business School and a Bachelor's degree in International Economics from the University of Manchester, UK.

Etihad Airways

Salima Lamdouar

Salima Lamdouar

Salima Lamdouar

VP Thematic Credit at Alliance Bernstein

Salima Lamdouar is a Vice President and a member of AB’s Portfolio Management Group, focusing on thematic credit strategies. Before joining the firm in 2015, she was a generalist portfolio manager at Rogge Global Partners. Salima holds a BSc (Hons) in banking and international finance from Cass Business School. Location: London

Alliance Bernstein

The GCC-Africa corridor: How to successfully access higher yields and new investment opportunities on the African continent

Tue 8th Dec 2020, 10:15am (Europe/London)

  • Where and what are the opportunities for GCC companies on the African continent? What sectors are attracting investment appetite? How can lenders and companies take advantage of opportunities in these markets?
  • Accessing government support: How are private players working with African states to access new markets and opportunities?
  • Capitalising on trade flows: How can banks and companies work with African DFIs to leverage off trade activity between Africa and the GCC?
  • Assessing GCC-Africa capital flows: How can African banks work with Middle Eastern and international lenders to facilitate market entry and increase inter-regional lending activity?
  • Mitigating risk in a context of political instability: What credit insurance products are available for banks and companies looking to invest in Africa?

Moderator

Thierry Hebraud

Thierry Hebraud

Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking

Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB)

Thierry Hebraud

Thierry Hebraud

Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking at Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB)

Thierry joined MCB in October 2019 as Head of CIB, with the responsibility to oversee the ‘Corporate Banking’, ‘Energy and Commodities’, ‘International Structured Finance’, ‘Institutional Banking’, ’Global Banking’, ‘Credit Origination and Structuring’ and ‘Transaction Management and Monitoring’ units, whilst also being mandated to optimise the SBU’s organisational structure. Prior to joining the Bank, he has accumulated extensive experience in Corporate and Investment Banking over the last 35 years, holding leading positions within Crédit Agricole Group in Eastern and Central Europe, Asia, and North Africa. Thierry holds a Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures de Commerce, Administration et Finance (France).

Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB)

Thierry Hebraud

MCB Group is an integrated banking and financial services player, offering a comprehensive range of tailored and innovative solutions to its retail, corporate and institutional clients. The Group is investment grade-rated by Moody’s and Fitch, and is currently ranked 1st in East Africa, 18th in Africa and 582nd among the Top 1,000 Banks in terms of Tier 1 (July 2020), 27th in Africa in terms of assets (Jeune Afrique Top 200 Banks, The Africa Report, September 2020) and 72nd on the African continent in terms of market capitalisation (African Business Top 250 Companies, May 2020). MCB Group is present in 10 countries overseas via its subsidiaries in Madagascar, Seychelles and Maldives, its representative offices in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Paris and Dubai, and its associates, Société Générale Moçambique and Banque Française Commerciale Océan Indien (BFCOI) operating in Réunion Island, Mayotte and Paris.

LinkedIn Url: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mcbgroup/

Speakers

Ayman Sejiny

Ayman Sejiny

Ayman Sejiny

Chief Executive Officer at Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)

Mr. Ayman Amin Sejiny is the CEO of the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the private sector (ICD), the private sector arm of Islamic Development bank Group. Mr Ayman is highly accomplished financial industry leader. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Ibdar Bank BSC, Bank Alkhair, Barclays Capital Saudi Arabia and as the Chairman of Open-Silicon, Inc and Bahrain Financing Company Group as well as a Board member of Unicorn Bahrain. Mr. Sejiny has in-depth knowledge and more than 24 years’ experience in investment and corporate banking in the local, regional and international markets. He held a senior role in a number of regional and international financial institutions, including Citi Bank and ABN AMRO affiliate in Saudi Arabia (Saudi American Bank “SAMBA” and Saudi Hollandi Bank). Mr. Sejiny is Board and C-Level performer with vast experience in innovating financial processes and products. Mr Ayman holds a BA in Finance from Eastern Michigan University, United States.

Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)

Mohamed Hamdouch

Mohamed Hamdouch

Senior Manager, Acquisitions & Project Finance

ACWA Power

Mohamed Hamdouch

Mohamed Hamdouch

Senior Manager, Acquisitions & Project Finance at ACWA Power

Mohamed joined ACWA Power in 2014 as part of the Project Finance team and has been leading the debt related activities in Africa, Central Asia and Middle East.

Prior to joining ACWA Power he worked in Advisory within PwC in Paris office.

ACWA Power

Mohamed Hamdouch
Mert Poyraz

Mert Poyraz

Director, Loans & Syndications

Emirates NBD

Mert Poyraz

Mert Poyraz

Director, Loans & Syndications at Emirates NBD

Mert graduated with a BSc. degree in Industrial Engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul in 2005. He started his career in Consumer Banking in Citibank, Dubai and joined Emirates NBD Group in 2008.

He has been part of Emirates NBD Capital platform since late 2012, focusing on capital market transactions and loan syndications.

Mert has led a number of key transactions across project finance, structured finance, leveraged buy-out landscape and covered key regional markets such as UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Africa and Turkey.

Emirates NBD

Mert Poyraz

Emirates NBD (DFM: Emirates NBD) is a leading Banking Group in the MENAT region. As at 30th September 2020, total assets were AED 692 Billion (equivalent to approx. USD 188 Billion). The acquisition of DenizBank represents a significant milestone for Emirates NBD with the Bank expanding its presence to 13 countries, servicing over 14 million customers. The Bank is ranked among the top 20 in the Forbes’ list of the World’s Best Regarded Companies, securing a leading spot among global brands.

The Bank has a significant retail banking franchise in the UAE and is a key participant in the global digital banking industry with 94% of all financial transactions and requests conducted outside of its branches. Emirates NBD was named “UAE’s Best Bank” in 2020 for a fifth consecutive year by Euromoney. In addition, Emirates NBD received the “Excellence in Leadership in the Middle East” award, introduced this year in light of the Covid-19 impact, as a recognition of its efforts in responding to the Covid-19 crisis.

Emirates NBD is also a major player in the UAE corporate segment and has strong Islamic banking, investment banking, private banking, asset management, global markets & treasury and brokerage operations.

LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/emirates-nbd/mycompany/

Todd Gosserand

Todd Gosserand

Head of Financial Risk & Treasury Projects

TAQA Global

Todd Gosserand

Todd Gosserand

Head of Financial Risk & Treasury Projects at TAQA Global

Todd Gosserand is the Head of Financial Risk & Treasury Projects at TAQA (Abu Dhabi National Energy Company). He is responsible for leading the market and credit risk management activities for both TAQA corporate and its subsidiaries.

He is a treasury management specialist with twenty-five years of market risk, quantitative analysis, credit risk, hedging, interest rate, commodity, foreign exchange, Value at Risk and derivative expertise with a comprehensive understanding of financial markets. He has built thirteen treasury risk departments and implemented fourteen systems in nine countries.

Prior to TAQA, his positions included Group Treasurer for the Industrialization & Energy Services Company in Saudi Arabia, Treasury Risk Manager for Sadara in Saudi Arabia, Senior Risk Manager for Peabody Coal in London and Chief Risk Officer for the Capital Markets Group at Citigroup Private Bank in New York.

Mr. Gosserand holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University and an M.B.A. from Avila Graduate School. He is also a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP), Project Management Professional (PMP) and has a Certified Diploma in Islamic Finance (CDIF).

TAQA Global

How are GCC banks navigating through an environment of low rates, low oil price and low GDP (and loan) growth?

Tue 8th Dec 2020, 11:00am (Europe/London)

  • How has the triple-wave hit impacted banks’ liquidity? What are banks’ outlook for credit growth and NPLs?
  • How are bank treasurers’ approaching ALM and fund raising in 2020-2021?
  • What activities are banks prioritising for 2021?
  • GCC or outside: Where are banks looking to deploy capital and investments?
  • Outlook on forbearance and central bank policies vs. balance sheet transparency

Moderator

James Sadler

James Sadler

Head of MENA Debt Capital Markets

BofA Securities

James Sadler

James Sadler

Head of MENA Debt Capital Markets at BofA Securities

James Sadler is Head of Debt Financing Origination for the MENAT region at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He has more than 14 years' experience in originating and executing financing transactions for corporates, sovereigns and banks in the CEEMEA region, having previously focused on hybrid and regulatory capital instruments for European issuers. He has recently executed financings for the Abu Dhabi and Qatar sovereigns, Mubadala, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Emirates NBD, Damac, and QNB. James joined BofAML in August 2015, having previously worked at BNP Paribas in Bahrain and UBS in London. He holds an MA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from Oxford University.

For more than 200 years, Bank of America has been helping people around the world connect with what matters most to them. The company is one of the world's leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is the marketing name for the Global Banking and Markets businesses. Combining local knowledge and global expertise, the company offers products and services across Global Corporate and Investment Banking and Global Markets. In Europe, the Middle East and Africa Bank of America Merrill Lynch has offices in 21 countries across three continents serving the needs of corporate, institutional and government clients.

BofA Securities

James Sadler

At Bank of America, we’re guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. We’re delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. ESG is embedded across our eight lines of business and reflects how we help fuel the global economy, build trust and credibility, and represent a company that people want to work for, invest in and do business with. It’s demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our clients, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer and environmental organizations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Learn more at about.bankofamerica.com, and connect with us on Twitter (@BofA_News) and LinkedIn (@BofA_Business )

Speakers

Lemer Salah

Lemer Salah

Director, Emerging Markets Corporate Debt

Barings

Lemer Salah

Lemer Salah

Director, Emerging Markets Corporate Debt at Barings

Lemer Salah is the global emerging market fixed income analyst at Barings and covers banks and insurance companies across GCC, Asia and Latin America. He is part of the Emerging Market Debt team of Barings, which is managing multibillion-dollar funds with investments across emerging markets including the Gulf region. Lemer started his career in the Netherlands while working for the largest pension fund in the world also known as APG, followed by the Dutch bank SNS in Amsterdam and Arqaam Capital in Dubai. Lemer holds a master’s degree in the field of Actuarial Science and a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Lemer also completed his executive master program at Oxford University in the UK.

Barings

Jaap Meier

Jaap Meier

Managing Director, Equity Research

Arqaam Capital

Jaap Meier

Jaap Meier

Managing Director, Equity Research at Arqaam Capital

Jaap Meijer is the Head of Research at Arqaam Capital. He is also the Chief Strategist, Chief Economist and Head of FIG research. He is also a Member of Management Committee.

Jaap Meijer holds a Master of Science in Business Administration and Economics with an emphasis on Finance & Investments from Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam), an MBA from Webster University (St. Louis) and is a holder of both the CFA charter and the CEFA designation (VBA). He is also a mentor in the CFA challenge.

He has 24 year of research experience. Prior to heading up the research at Arqaam Capital, covering MENA stocks, he was a research director at Evolution, Dresdner Kleinwort and Cheuvreux, covering European financial conglomerates, diversified financials as well as investment banks.

His highest rankings were a No 1 ranking in Emerging EMEA Financials in Extel, and a No 2 ranking in MENA Extel survey.

Arqaam Capital

Carla Ajaka

Carla Ajaka

Head of Financial Markets

United Arab Bank

Carla Ajaka

Carla Ajaka

Head of Financial Markets at United Arab Bank

Carla Ajaka is the Head of Financial Markets at United Arab Bank (UAB). She joined the bank in August 2020.

She has more than 24 years of experience in banking. She was the head of Global Markets at HSBC Bank Middle East Lebanon for 17 years. She was covering various geographies including Jordan, Kuwait and Algeria.

Following the acquisition of HSBC by BLOM Carla continued her career for 3 years.

She has substantial experience in Financial markets products and risk management solutions.

United Arab Bank

Carla Ajaka

Restructure, extend or refinance: As extensions expire, how will corporates manage upcoming repayment obligations?

Tue 8th Dec 2020, 11:45am (Europe/London)

  • Should corporates restructure today with a one-time solution, extend for six months in the hope of improved credit conditions, or refinance in the syndicated loan market for the long term?
  • What price: What is the cost of refinancing in today’s credit climate versus the all-in cost of delaying and waiting for 6 to 12 months?
  • Restructure, extend or refinance: What is the best option, now, for whom?
  • Looking into the crystal ball: What will the credit markets look like in 6 months? What are banks’ and investors’ outlook for regional credit and NPLs?

Moderator

Umera Ali

Umera Ali

Partner, Head of Banking & Finance (Middle East) and Global Head of Islamic Finance

DWF (Middle East) LLP

Umera Ali

Umera Ali

Partner, Head of Banking & Finance (Middle East) and Global Head of Islamic Finance at DWF (Middle East) LLP

Umera Ali is a banking & finance partner at DWF Middle East advising on both conventional and Islamic finance matters, and also leads the firms Islamic finance practice.

She advises lenders, financial institutions, funds, sponsors, borrowers, and issuers in corporate and structured finance transactions, including secured and unsecured, syndicated and bilateral loans, asset finance, Islamic finance, supply chain finance, trade finance and debt capital market transactions.

Umera has significant experience having worked in six different jurisdictions. She has built her practice by concentrating on making connections and acting as a strategic partner, and not just a counsel, for her clients. She takes a highly practical and pragmatic approach to providing legal services and brings an understanding of cultural conventions and sensitivities when working on a transaction.

Umera is interested in innovation, sustainable power source, and environmental change, and fuses that with her practice by working with Fintech and Cleantech companies and advising on sustainable finance and carbon credit trading.

DWF (Middle East) LLP

Speakers

Hussain Al Balushi

Hussain Al Balushi

Group Chief Financial Officer

Oman Aviation Group

Hussain Al Balushi

Hussain Al Balushi

Group Chief Financial Officer at Oman Aviation Group

Hussain Al Balushi is the Group CFO at Oman Aviation Group, with vast experience at leading companies including KPMG, Nama Holding, and Oman Oil Marketing. A UK graduate in Business Administration and a Fellow member of the ACCA. He is an experienced board member in companies covering several industries currently he is Deputy Chairman of Oman Air. Hussain is highly skilled in leadership, strategic planning, business development, M&A, financial analyses & reporting, audit, fund raising, corporate governance and talent development. Hussain positively contributed towards the success of Oman Oil Marketing to become a leader in the industry, having achieved seven years of net profit growth at double the average market growth. He managed to restore the confidence of international investors in Nama Group’s bond and lead a new issue at attractive terms and rate. Many of his fund raising deals won the best deal in the Middle East from various bodies. He led many multinational acquisition transactions while balancing between maximizing and safeguarding shareholder value. A highly skilled negotiator and managed to acquire shares of profitable companies below the book value and with negative goodwill. Additionally, Hussain is a frequent speaker at many forums such as the prestigious Bond, Loan & Sukuk Middle East and the GCC corporate governance seminar. As an advocate for the profession, he actively mentors and develops Omani talent to lead their finance functions in their respective companies.

Oman Aviation Group

Fathima Lijiya

Fathima Lijiya

Managing Director, Head of MEA Loan Capital Markets – Global Corporate Finance

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Fathima Lijiya

Fathima Lijiya

Managing Director, Head of MEA Loan Capital Markets – Global Corporate Finance at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Lijiya comes with more than 18 years of Debt Market experience. She holds an MBA in Finance & Marketing and has been a core deal team member in various Structured & Project Finance deals in the UAE. She joined FGB in 2006 and prior to that she was with HSBC CIBM and was dealing with regional deals and transactions in various sectors along with providing coverage of strategic customers. Lijiya is a key deal team member in many of the large Debt Market syndicated transactions in the region which involved structuring, negotiation of terms and execution of deals where she has led the deal team that acted in the senior capacity of Debt Advisor, Initial Mandated Lead Arrangers, Coordinating Bank and Book running roles for Corporate, Acquisition Finance, FI/NBFI deals, Leverage finance, Project and Structured Finance, Asset Backed financing, Hybrid facility structures etc. Currently she is the Managing Director & Head of Syndication Finance, Loan Capital Markets under the Global Corporate Finance with FAB which addresses the flow business from Corporates, GRE’s, Sovereigns, NBFI’s and FI’s.

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Fathima Lijiya

About First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

FAB, the UAE’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest and safest institutions, offers an extensive range of tailor-made solutions, products and services to its customers. Through its strategic offerings, it looks to meet the banking needs of customers across the world via its market-leading Corporate and Investment Banking and Personal Banking franchises.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the bank’s international network spans five continents, providing the global relationships, expertise and financial strength to support local, regional and international businesses seeking to do business at home and abroad.

With total assets of AED 955 Billion (USD 260 Billion) as of September-end 2020, FAB is rated Aa3/AA-/AA- by Moody’s, S&P and Fitch, respectively, the strongest combined ratings of any bank in the MENA region.

The Bank has been ranked by Global Finance as the Safest Bank in the UAE and the Middle East, and the 32nd Safest Bank globally.

To empower its customers and clients to Grow Stronger, FAB initiated a powerful movement, which goes beyond banking. The Grow Stronger movement represents the bank’s promise to support its stakeholders’ goals and growth ambitions, providing ideas, tools and expertise to help them become stronger, today and in the future.

For further information, visit: www.bankfab.com

LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/compa...

Ahmad Alshubbar

Ahmad Alshubbar

Vice President, Treasury and Strategy

Rawabi Holding

Ahmad Alshubbar

Ahmad Alshubbar

Vice President, Treasury and Strategy at Rawabi Holding

Mr. Ahmed AlShubbar is the Group Vice President, Group Treasury & Strategy for Rawabi Holding Group Mr. AlShubbar’s responsibilities include overseeing the group's Treasury, Corporate Finance, Bank Relations, Cash Flow Management, Insurance and most importantly Strategy. Mr. AlShubbar brings a wealth of banking experience that covers Corporate Banking and Investment Banking (Debt Capital Markets and Debt Advisory) for over 12 years with reputable banks such as National Commercial Bank (NCB), Samba Financial Group, Banque Saudi Fransi (BSF) and Gulf International Bank (GIB) where he recently served as Vice President in Investment Banking. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Economics from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) Business School. He attended and participated in many training programs and conferences in related areas such as Credit Risk Management, Corporate Finance and Global Markets, Bonds, Loans & Sukuk to name a few.

Rawabi Holding

Ahmad Alshubbar

From our trading legacy, Rawabi Holding has developed into a diversified conglomerate. Rooted in the region, Rawabi Holding has extensive expertise in understanding and anticipating market dynamics.

We recognize what businesses need to do to be successful in Saudi Arabia and we are dedicated to helping our partners, joint ventures and businesses succeed.

Established and proven, Rawabi Holding is not satisfied with the status quo. We seek out innovative solutions, technologies and opportunities that help enable our clients to succeed more effectively and cost-efficiently.

Rawabi Holding, through its fully owned subsidiaries, joint ventures and partnerships with international market leaders, focuses on three core sectors:

  • OILFIELD SERVICES
  • CONTRACTING & INDUSTRIAL SERVICES
  • OFFSHORE SERVICES

LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/company/rawabi-holding-group

Usman Akbar

Usman Akbar

Usman Akbar

Head of Treasury at Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries - Julphar

“Usman is a qualified chartered accountant under Institute of Chartered accountant of Pakistan and started his career with KPMG. Usman has over 14 years of experience in Finance with 10 years specifically in Treasury domain. Currently Usman is working with Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries - Julphar as Head of Treasury where he is up garaging the Treasury department and restructuring Debt/Capital structure. Before Julphar, Usman also worked with TECOM Group (Part of Dubai Holding) , Huawei and IBM in Treasury Departments.”

Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries - Julphar

Sovereign strategies: How are governments planning to finance their roads to recovery while maintaining their ratings?

Tue 8th Dec 2020, 12:30pm (Europe/London)

  • Fiscal discipline versus subsidising growth: How have governments responded to COVID-19 and falling oil prices? How are they balancing monetary policy, fiscal stimulus, public debt and maintaining credit ratings?
  • Budgets and funding: Have governments raised enough capital in 2020 to sustain and stimulate their economies? How will governments approach the capital markets?
  • Ratings: Monetary and fiscal policy impacts, developing local capital markets and impact of dollar-peg
  • Insatiable demand for credit until it dries up: How much more demand is there amongst investors for Middle East sovereign credit?

Moderator

Fawaz Abusneineh

Fawaz Abusneineh

Managing Director, Head of Debt Capital Markets & Syndicate – Global Corporate Finance

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Fawaz Abusneineh

Fawaz Abusneineh

Managing Director, Head of Debt Capital Markets & Syndicate – Global Corporate Finance at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Fawaz is in charge of the DCM Origination business for FAB’s Global Corporate Finance clients. He has worked on a number of landmark transactions for high profile issuers in the Corporate, Institutional and SSA space, covering various DCM products from plain vanilla bonds and setting up MTN Programs, to project bonds, hybrid capital and liability management, both conventional bonds and Islamic (Sukuk).

Fawaz has also originated and overseen the execution of numerous landmark deals outside the region, including the inaugural sovereign Sukuk issuance from HM Treasury and Hong Kong Government SAR. Prior to this role, Fawaz headed FAB's global distribution of Syndicated Loans and also managed FAB's Proprietary fixed income portfolio.

Fawaz holds a BSc (Hon's) in Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics and is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst ® designation. He is also the Chairman of the Middle East Region for International Capital Market Association (ICMA) and a Board Member of The Gulf Bonds and Sukuk Association (GBSA).

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Fawaz Abusneineh

About First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

FAB, the UAE’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest and safest institutions, offers an extensive range of tailor-made solutions, products and services to its customers. Through its strategic offerings, it looks to meet the banking needs of customers across the world via its market-leading Corporate and Investment Banking and Personal Banking franchises.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the bank’s international network spans five continents, providing the global relationships, expertise and financial strength to support local, regional and international businesses seeking to do business at home and abroad.

With total assets of AED 955 Billion (USD 260 Billion) as of September-end 2020, FAB is rated Aa3/AA-/AA- by Moody’s, S&P and Fitch, respectively, the strongest combined ratings of any bank in the MENA region.

The Bank has been ranked by Global Finance as the Safest Bank in the UAE and the Middle East, and the 32nd Safest Bank globally.

To empower its customers and clients to Grow Stronger, FAB initiated a powerful movement, which goes beyond banking. The Grow Stronger movement represents the bank’s promise to support its stakeholders’ goals and growth ambitions, providing ideas, tools and expertise to help them become stronger, today and in the future.

For further information, visit: www.bankfab.com

LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/compa...

Speakers

Franck Nowak

Franck Nowak

Vice President - MENA Fixed Income and Global Sukuk

Franklin Templeton Investments

Franck Nowak

Franck Nowak

Vice President - MENA Fixed Income and Global Sukuk at Franklin Templeton Investments

Franck Nowak is a senior research analyst for Franklin Templeton Investments (Middle East) Limited. Mr. Nowak joined the investment team in 2012 to lead our research efforts and augment our investment processes for Global Sukuk and MENA fixed income. Mr. Nowak previously worked for Moody's Investors Service in both London and Dubai where he was responsible for non-bank ratings in the CEEMEA region. Mr. Nowak holds a bachelor's degree in commercial law and a master's degree in management, both from Rouen Business School in France.

As one of the first global asset management firms to establish local asset management capabilities in India (1993) and in South Korea (1997), Franklin Templeton is a pioneer in local asset management. Our goal is to manage each local business on a global scale, focusing on local investing, benchmarks and client needs, while drawing on the deep resources and global presence of the broader Franklin Templeton organization. Each local office (or strategic alliance) employs a truly "local" investment process that gives managers flexibility in investment decisions.

Since 1993, Franklin Templeton has developed or invested in local asset management capabilities — local portfolio managers investing locally — in several countries, including:

• India

• Brazil

• Japan

• South Korea

• Canada

• China (joint venture)

• Vietnam (joint venture)

• Middle East/North Africa

Franklin Templeton Investments

Ahmed Kouchouk

Ahmed Kouchouk

Vice-Minister of Finance for Fiscal Policies

Ministry of Finance, Egypt

Ahmed Kouchouk

Ahmed Kouchouk

Vice-Minister of Finance for Fiscal Policies at Ministry of Finance, Egypt

Ahmed Kouchouk was appointed Vice Minister of Finance for Fiscal Policies & Institutional reform in March 2016. Since then he has been playing a leading role in designing and implementing Egypt’s macroeconomic policies and reforms especially fiscal and debt policies. Mr. Kouchouk he served as the leading negotiator and focal point on behalf of the Government of Egypt with the IMF. Mr. Kouchouk in his capacity, supervises and oversees the work of various policy related units and departments at the Ministry of Finance including Macro Fiscal Unit, Debt Management unit, Public Private Partnership unit, Transparency and Citizen Engagement unit, Public Financial Management unit, and Institutional reform unit. Mr. Kouchouk leads and supervises several work streams at the Ministry of Finance including engagement with International institutions, Rating agencies, Investment Banks and portfolio investors. He also supervises and manage the process of setting and updating the Macro Fiscal Framework including setting fiscal & debt targets over the medium‐term, preparing the annual budget, monitoring budget implementation, managing fiscal risks, and overseeing debt strategy and related policies. Mr. Kouchouk serves as Egypt representative at the Asian International Infrastructure Bank Board (AIIB). In addition, he is the Ministry of Finance nominated focal coordinator with monetary authorities. He served as a Board Member at the Central Bank of Egypt from April 2016 to June 2018. He also leads Egypt’s inter‐ministerial task force managing annual economic dialogue with the EU. Mr. Kouchouk is currently a board member at the Arab African Investment Bank, Egypt National Academy for Training, and Egypt Air Holding Company. Mr. Kouchouk is a professional economist and policy advisor with more than 18 years of applied experience. He worked as a senior economist for the World Bank from June 2013 to March 2016. He worked as an Economic Advisor to the Minister of Finance and Director of the Macro Fiscal Unit from 2012‐2013 and served as the Executive manager of the Macro Fiscal Policy Unit at the Ministry of Finance from 2007‐2008 and 2010‐2012. He also worked for Egypt Ministries of External Trade and Economy. Mr. Kouchouk earned his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2010 and earned a master degree in economics from York University in the United Kingdom in 2002. He has a B.S, in Economics in 1999 from the American University in Cairo. Mr. Kouchouk is married to Amal El‐Sayed (Banker and executive coach). They have two kids Salma (13 years) and Omar (11 years).

Ministry of Finance, Egypt

Dr. Robert Mogielnicki

Dr. Robert Mogielnicki

Dr. Robert Mogielnicki

Resident Scholar at The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington

Dr. Robert Mogielnicki is a Resident Scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. He manages the institute’s political economy research and oversees “Next Gen Gulf” – a long-term research series that examines how advanced technologies shape Gulf Arab governments and economies. Dr. Mogielnicki previously worked as a human resource development consultant and in journalism across the Middle East and North Africa. He holds a D.Phil degree from the University of Oxford’s Magdalen College. His first monograph on the political economy of free zones in Gulf Arab states is under contract with Palgrave Macmillan’s International Political Economy series. His published work has appeared in Foreign Policy, The Banker, World Politics Review, and Axios. Dr. Mogielnicki regularly provides commentary for international media outlets, including: Bloomberg, Forbes, Nikkei Asian Review, The Wall Street Journal, Nature, Financial Times, Reuters, BBC World News TV, VOX, Voice Of America, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and S&P Global.

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington

Hedi El Karoui

Hedi El Karoui

Managing Director, Head of Corporate Clients MEAT Region, IMI Corporate & Investment Banking Division

Intesa Sanpaolo

Hedi El Karoui

Hedi El Karoui

Managing Director, Head of Corporate Clients MEAT Region, IMI Corporate & Investment Banking Division at Intesa Sanpaolo

Mr Hedi El Karoui is Managing Director at Intesa Sanpaolo with more than 20 years of banking experience. His prime responsibilities are the management of the Corporate clients coverage team and the development of the CIB activities in the Middle East, Africa & Turkey region. He joined Intesa Sanpaolo in 2016 after having spent 17 years at Société Générale in various roles, mainly focused on Coverage, Marketing and Strategy.

Mr El Karoui holds Masters in Business Administration from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne, and in Industrial Engineering from Ecole Nationale d’Ingenieurs de Tunis.

Intesa Sanpaolo

Hedi El Karoui

Intesa Sanpaolo Group is one of the top banking groups in Europe, with a market capitalisation of 27,6 billion euro (1) and is committed to supporting the economy in the countries in which it operates.

Intesa Sanpaolo aims at becoming a reference model in terms of sustainability and social and cultural responsibility.
Intesa Sanpaolo is the leader in Italy in all business areas (retail, corporate, and wealth management) and it has also a strategic international presence, with approximately 1,000 branches and 7.2 million customers, comprising subsidiaries banks operating in commercial banking in 12 countries and an international network of specialists in support of corporate customers across 26 countries.

The IMI Corporate & Investment Banking Division is part of Intesa Sanpaolo Group.

This Division aspires to be a global partner serving Corporates, Public Finance and Financial Institutions, on a national and international basis, standing out for its historical presence in the financial markets and its extensive and innovative offer, in order to provide its clients with the best risk management advice and to accompany them in their development through change.

The IMI Corporate and Investment Banking Division’s offer includes the following products and services: Commercial Banking, Transaction Banking, Structured Finance, Investment Banking and Capital Markets.

(1) As at 30/10/2020

Linkedin URL: https://www.linkedin.com/compa...

Sergey Dergachev

Sergey Dergachev

Functional Head of Emerging Markets Corporates

Union Investment Privatfonds GmbH

Sergey Dergachev

Sergey Dergachev

Functional Head of Emerging Markets Corporates at Union Investment Privatfonds GmbH

Sergey Dergachev joined Union Investment´s fixed income portfolio management team in April 2008. As Functional Head Emerging Markets Corporate Debt and Senior Portfolio Manager, he is responsible for the emerging markets corporate bonds unit, which he has built up at Union Investment since 2009. In addition to that, Sergey plays a vital role in developing and promoting ESG themes and integration for EM debt portfolios at Union Investment. Prior to joining Union Investment, he worked at Frankfurt Trust from 2006 till 2008, as portfolio manager managing emerging markets fixed income debt portfolios (sovereign and corporate debt).

Sergey studied international business administration at the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel, as well as at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce in Rouen and the University of Westminster in London. In addition to that, Sergey is a certified chartered financial analyst (CFA), financial risk manager (FRM) and chartered alternative investment analyst (CAIA). He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Durham.

Union Investment Privatfonds GmbH

Structurally changed and adapted: How to manage oil and gas assets in a rapidly transitioning marketplace

Tue 8th Dec 2020, 13:15pm (Europe/London)

  • What structural changes has the oil and gas markets experienced in the last 12 months? How do oil and gas companies adapt their finance and investments to adapt to these changes?
  • For how long do CFOs expect oil prices to remain under pressure? What is the new equilibrium price that they are working towards when managing their investment plans?
  • How much capital does the oil and gas sector s needing in the GCC? How much of it will come from external funding and the capital markets?
  • From conventional energy and sustainable energy: How are oil and gas businesses adapting business to increasing demand from investors to see more ESG integration?

Moderator

Renad Younes

Renad Younes

Renad Younes

Partner at Shearman & Sterling

Renad Younes is a partner in the Project Development & Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions practices, based in Abu Dhabi.

She focuses on advising international energy companies, financial institutions and governments on international M&A transactions and projects with a particular focus on each of the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors, as well as advising on LNG transactions and projects.

Most recently, she advised on one of the world's largest-ever refinery transactions, which involved advising ADNOC on its landmark $19 billion strategic equity partnership with Eni and OMV which covered both the existing ADNOC Refining business and a new trading joint venture.

Shearman & Sterling

Renad Younes

Shearman & Sterling is one of the first global law firms to establish a presence in the Middle East. From our hubs in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, we have represented clients on ground-breaking deals and precedent-setting projects that have led to the emergence of the region as a dynamic financial centre. We have also represented clients on some of the most complex disputes arising out of construction and development projects, investments, acquisitions and joint ventures. We continue to provide exceptional service to both regionally based clients and foreign investors seeking opportunities in the Middle East, including multinational companies, government ministries, state-owned companies, banks, contractors, investment agencies and financial sponsors. A pioneer in the field of financing in the region, we have advised on two of the largest project bond financings in the Middle East and advised on cutting-edge Shari’ah-compliant financings, such as the first power project in the Middle East that included financing from Islamic banks and the largest-ever oil and gas Islamic financing. We also have a track record of delivering on first-in-kind and first-in-country project financings across the region.

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LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/company/shearman-&-sterling-llp/mycompany/

Twitter URL: https://twitter.com/shearmanlaw

Speakers

Noubi Ben Hamida

Noubi Ben Hamida

Chief Financial Officer

SATORP

Noubi Ben Hamida

Noubi Ben Hamida

Chief Financial Officer at SATORP

Noubi Ben Hamida joined Saudi Aramco Total Refining & Petrochemicals Company (SATORP), a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and French major Total, as a Chief Financial Officer in 2018.

Noubi joined SATORP after 18 years with Total, where he held several key positions in Trade, Corporate and Project Finance, as well as Trading, Capital Markets and Business Development.

Prior to joining Total, Noubi spent 6 years with French bank Société Générale, where he held several positions in project management and commodity financing.

Noubi holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité - Paris.

SATORP

Patrick Drum

Patrick Drum

Patrick Drum

Portfolio Manager at Saturna Capital

Amana Participation Fund Portfolio Manager
Sustainable Bond Fund Portfolio Manager

Patrick T. Drum, Research Analyst and Portfolio Manager, joined Saturna Capital in October 2014. He is also a portfolio manager for the firm’s institutional subsidiary, Saturna Sdn Bhd in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, directing halal fixed income investments.

He is a select member of the United Nation’s Principles for Investment (UNPRI) Fixed Income Outreach Subcommittee and an adjunct professor of finance at Pinchot University, formerly known as Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI). Mr. Drum has nearly ten years of experience integrating ESG considerations into fixed income portfolio management.

He holds a BA in economics from Western Washington University and an MBA from Seattle University Albers School of Business. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder (CFA) and a Certified Financial Planner®. Mr. Drum has more than 20 years of investment experience in serving institutions and private clients.

Saturna Capital

Marc de Saint Gerand

Marc de Saint Gerand

Executive Director, Oil & Gas Financing

SMBC

Marc de Saint Gerand

Marc de Saint Gerand

Executive Director, Oil & Gas Financing at SMBC

Marc has 18 years experience in oil and gas finance experience. He had the opportunity to build a strong understanding of the sponsor’s objectives thanks to his work in the Structured Financed team of the Oil Major TOTAL. He then originated and led various arranging and advisory mandates.

Marc has a strong track record in managing schedules and critical paths for advisory projects, organising the due diligence process, advising on consultant selection and preparing and coordinating presentations to sponsor group steering committee. As a deal team leader on flagship transactions Marc has proved to be an efficient project structurer and a trusted financial modeller.

Marc joined from Standard Chartered Bank where he spent 5 years focusing on African and Middle-Eastern Reserves Based Lending and Project Financing. Marc started a City career in 2007 with Merrill Lynch Energy and Power M&A Team, where he was advisor to European Utilities on their external growth in Upstream Gas Projects. Prior to that Marc worked as an economist for TOTAL in Paris and in Doha.

Marc holds an MSc in Public Affairs from Sciences-Po and graduated from the HEC Paris School of Management (HEC). Marc regularly teaches Petroleum Economics at Institut Francais du Petrole (IFP School).

SMBC

Marc de Saint Gerand

With over four centuries of history and rooted in the stability of Japan and growth of Asia, SMBC Group reaches out around the world to provide the advice, connections and support that create value. Our customers in Africa and MENA choose SMBC Group because we offer local knowledge and global expertise.

With one of the most extensive domestic and international branch networks of any Japanese bank, SMBC Group uses the strength of its extensive footprint with powerful capabilities in loan and debt capital markets, project and trade finance, and a wide range of other financial services to deliver customer-focused, integrated solutions.

African & MENA customers benefit from SMBC Group's position as a world leader in loan capital markets bookrunning and arranging of loan facilities, including structuring, pricing, advising, executing and distribution of syndicated loans. A specialist debt capital markets team can provide expert advice and execution in core markets for public and private bond issuance, and offer issuers with guidance through the process from structuring, documentation and legal requirements, to execution of relevant funding solutions and investor relations. Particular focus is dedicated to corporate and structured finance and emerging market benchmark transactions for distribution to an international investor audience.

Neeraj Agrawal

Neeraj Agrawal

Group CFO and Board Member

Crescent Petroleum

Neeraj Agrawal

Neeraj Agrawal

Group CFO and Board Member at Crescent Petroleum

Crescent Petroleum

Neeraj Agrawal
Tarek Soliman

Tarek Soliman

Oil & Gas Equity Research

HSBC

Tarek Soliman

Tarek Soliman

Oil & Gas Equity Research at HSBC

Tarek Soliman joined HSBC’s oil and gas equity research team in September 2017 from a climate change investment think tank where he was an Extel-ranked analyst. Prior to this, he worked in structured energy finance for international investment banks for seven years. At HSBC, Tarek covers European oil services stocks and is responsible for the oil and gas team’s research on climate and ESG topics in the sector. He holds a BSc in economics from the University of Warwick and an MSc in economics and policy of energy and the environment from University College London. Tarek is also a CFA charterholder.

HSBC

Tarek Soliman

HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations. Our global businesses serve more than 40 million customers worldwide through a network that covers 64 countries and territories.

Our customers range from individual savers and investors to some of the world’s biggest companies, governments and international organisations. We aim to connect them to opportunities and help them to achieve their ambitions.

The products and services we offer vary widely according to customers’ needs. We provide individuals and families with mortgages that help them buy their own home, as well as savings accounts and wealth management products that help them plan for the future.

We offer businesses loans to invest in growth, and products such as foreign exchange and trade financing that enable them to expand internationally. And for large companies and organisations operating across borders, we offer tailored advice on decisions such as financing major projects, issuing debt or making acquisitions.

Closing keynote address: Economic aftershocks of the election: How the volatile U.S. election as well as spending, tax and trade policies will impact global markets in 2021 and beyond

Tue 8th Dec 2020, 14:30pm (Europe/London)

  • What are the policies being talked about for 2021 and how will they impact markets?
  • US economic trajectory: What does this mean for the global economic trajectory?
  • What is the outlook for emerging market economies and financial markets?

Speaker

Jason Schenker

Jason Schenker

Jason Schenker

Chairman at The Futurist Institute

Mr. Schenker is the President of Prestige Economics and Chairman of The Futurist Institute. He has been ranked one of the most accurate financial forecasters and futurists in the world. Bloomberg News has ranked Mr. Schenker a top forecaster in 43 categories, including #1 in the world for his accuracy in 25 categories, including for his forecasts of the Euro, the British Pound, the Swiss Franc, the Russian Ruble, the Chinese RMB, crude oil prices, natural gas prices, gold prices, industrial metals prices, agricultural commodity prices, and U.S. jobs.

Mr. Schenker was ranked one of the top 100 most influential financial advisors in the world by Investopedia in 2018. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg, and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He has appeared on CNBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, Fox, Fox Business, BNN, NTV, Bloomberg Germany, and the BBC. Mr. Schenker has also been a guest host of Bloomberg Television and he is currently a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion.

Mr. Schenker attends OPEC and Fed events, and he has given keynotes for public companies, industry groups, and the U.S. Federal Reserve. He has advised NATO and the U.S. government on the future of work, blockchain, Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, quantum computing, data analysis, forecasting, and fake news. Mr. Schenker has written 20 books. Six have been #1 Best Sellers, including: Jobs for Robots, Quantum: Computing Nouveau, Commodity Prices 101, Recession-Proof, Electing Recession, and The Robot and Automation Almanac. Mr. Schenker also wrote The Promise of Blockchain, The Future of Finance is Now, The Future of Energy, Futureproof Supply Chain, The Fog of Data, Robot-Proof Yourself, Financial Risk Management Fundamentals, Midterm Economics, The Dumpster Fire Election, Spikes: Growth Hacking Leadership, Reading the Economic Tea Leaves, and Be the Shredder, Not the Shred. His forthcoming books include The Future of Agriculture, The Future of Healthcare, and Disruption Warfare: The Future of Military Conflict in a Time of Rapidly Advancing Technological Innovation.

Mr. Schenker advises executives, industry groups, institutional investors, and central banks as the President of Prestige Economics. He also founded The Futurist Institute in October 2016, for which Mr. Schenker has created a rigorous course of study that includes The Future of Work, The Future of Transportation, The Future of Data, The Future of Finance, Futurist Fundamentals, The Future of Energy, The Future of Leadership, The Future of Healthcare, and The Future of Quantum Computing. Mr. Schenker is also an instructor for LinkedIn Learning courses on Corporate Finance Risk Management, Audit and Due Diligence, Recession-Proof Strategies, and a weekly Economic Indicator series.

Mr. Schenker holds a Master’s in Applied Economics from UNC Greensboro, a Master’s in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding from CSU Dominguez Hills, a Master’s in Germanic Languages and Literature from UNC Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor’s in History and German from The University of Virginia. He also holds a Certificate in FinTech from MIT, a Certificate in Supply Chain Management from MIT, a Certificate in Professional Development from UNC, a Certificate in Negotiation from Harvard Law School, and a Certificate in Cybersecurity from Carnegie Mellon. Mr. Schenker holds the professional designations CMT® (Chartered Market Technician), CVA® (Certified Valuation Analyst), ERP® (Energy Risk Professional), and CFP® (Certified Financial Planner). He is also a Certified Futurist and Long-Term AnalystTM and holds the FLTATM designation.

Before founding Prestige Economics, Mr. Schenker worked as a Risk Specialist at McKinsey and Company, where he provided content direction to trading, risk, and commodity project teams on six continents. Prior to McKinsey,

Mr. Schenker was the Chief Energy and Commodity Economist at Wachovia, which is now Wells Fargo. Based in Austin, Mr. Schenker is one of only 100 CEOs on the Texas Business Leadership Council, a non-partisan organization that advises Texas elected leadership at the state and federal level. Mr. Schenker is a Governance Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors. He also sits on multiple boards and is the VP of Finance on the Executive Committee of The Texas Lyceum, the preeminent non-partisan leadership group in Texas.

The Futurist Institute

Close of Day one

Tue 8th Dec 2020, 14:45pm (Europe/London)

The opportunities of the Abraham Accords: Kickstarting business and investment flows between the UAE and Israel

Wed 9th Dec 2020, 6:00am (Europe/London)

  • A two-way bridge: What sectors will dominate Israeli-UAE business and investments? Where are the greatest opportunities, and at what pace are they set to develop?
  • How will cross-border investment be defined; what pools of capital have now been opened up?
  • Beyond a destination: what is the potential for the UAE as a gateway to South East and East Asian investment and business opportunities?

Speaker

Dr. Sabah al-Binali

Dr. Sabah al-Binali

Venture Partner and Head of Gulf Region

OurCrowd

Dr. Sabah al-Binali

Dr. Sabah al-Binali

Venture Partner and Head of Gulf Region at OurCrowd

Dr. Sabah al-Binali is an active investor and entrepreneurial leader with a track record of financing, building and growing companies in the Mena region. Dr. al-Binali is Venture Partner and Head of the Gulf for OurCrowd, a leading global VC investment platform headquartered in Israel with USD 1.5 billion of committed funding.

Dr. al-Binali has 22 years of senior experience in investments, credit, risk, and treasury management. Investment highlights include exits to Credit Suisse of a Saudi investment bank and an exit of a media company to Thomson-Reuters.

Dr. al-Binali has rich experience in governance and company leadership. He previously served as Vice Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Investment and Strategy Committee of The National Investor, Chief Investment Officer and CEO of Credit of Shuaa Capital, Director of the Board and Audit Committee member of Credit Suisse Saudi Arabia, Vice Chairman of Shuaa Capital Saudi Arabia, Chairman of Zawya, founding CEO of Saffar Capital, and Head of the Treasury and Investment Division of Union National Bank.

Dr. al-Binali received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and his B.S.E from Princeton University.

OurCrowd

What is the short, medium and long-term impact of Coronavirus on GCC real estate?

Wed 9th Dec 2020, 6:30am (Europe/London)

  • Lockdown, work-from-home: Short term impact on demand, rents and tenancy agreements
  • What are the medium and long-term trends for commercial real estate? Will demand ever return to 2019 levels?
  • What is the medium and long-term outlook for residential real estate?

Moderator

Neal Lindsay

Neal Lindsay

Head of Real Estate Finance

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Neal Lindsay

Neal Lindsay

Head of Real Estate Finance at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

    • Neal began his career at Banque Paribas in Dublin before joining Anglo Irish Bank (AIB), and subsequently Bank of Ireland (BOI). He brings 25 years of experience across Commercial Real Estate, Wealth and Treasury. Apart from transacting on multiple real estate deals, Neal has a breadth of knowledge in fund based investment, having established a series of real estate funds at AIB. He has led both equity and debt placements of multiple high value commercial real estate transactions in various international markets across his career.
    • Neal joined the Bank in January 2015 and is responsible for leading FAB’s global real estate finance business across its international footprint having supported clients with bespoke financing structures for assets in the Middle East, Europe, US and Asia.
    • Neal holds a Bachelor (Hons) in Business Studies degree (Finance) from Dublin City University and holds a Masters degree in Finance from UCD Graduate Business School. He is also a member of Institute of Bankers in Ireland and holds QFA status (Qualified Financial Advisor).

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Neal Lindsay

About First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

FAB, the UAE’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest and safest institutions, offers an extensive range of tailor-made solutions, products and services to its customers. Through its strategic offerings, it looks to meet the banking needs of customers across the world via its market-leading Corporate and Investment Banking and Personal Banking franchises.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the bank’s international network spans five continents, providing the global relationships, expertise and financial strength to support local, regional and international businesses seeking to do business at home and abroad.

With total assets of AED 955 Billion (USD 260 Billion) as of September-end 2020, FAB is rated Aa3/AA-/AA- by Moody’s, S&P and Fitch, respectively, the strongest combined ratings of any bank in the MENA region.

The Bank has been ranked by Global Finance as the Safest Bank in the UAE and the Middle East, and the 32nd Safest Bank globally.

To empower its customers and clients to Grow Stronger, FAB initiated a powerful movement, which goes beyond banking. The Grow Stronger movement represents the bank’s promise to support its stakeholders’ goals and growth ambitions, providing ideas, tools and expertise to help them become stronger, today and in the future.

For further information, visit: www.bankfab.com

LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/compa...

Speakers

Danish Samad

Danish Samad

Group Treasurer & Director of Investments

Emaar Saudi Arabia

Danish Samad

Danish Samad

Group Treasurer & Director of Investments at Emaar Saudi Arabia

Over 25 years experience with Citi and Samba Financial Group across Corporate and Treasury functions. Instrumental in helping and setting various SBUs within organization. Currently Group Treasurer and Director of Emaar Economic City, the master developer of largest privately funded City - King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC). Wealth of experience in treasury products and managing Corporate Treasury. Has been instrumental in raising short and long term general and corporate funding for the company. Coach, advisor, public speaker and strategist with exposure to local and international financial markets.

Emaar Saudi Arabia

Fabrice Susini

Fabrice Susini

Fabrice Susini

Chief Executive Officer at Saudi Real Estate Refinance Company

Fabrice Susini is the Chief Executive Officer of the Saudi Real Estate Refinance Company (SRC). He joins SRC with over 25 years of successful and diversified experience in the banking industry.

Prior to joining SRC, Fabrice held various functional and operational positions in different financial institutions, managing international teams. More recently, after having headed globally the securitization franchise of BNP Paribas for several years, he moved to the Asset Management’s arm of the Group, where he led the design and the validation of the SME Advanced Solutions project.

Fabrice has vast experience and knowledge of the multiple challenges faced by a financial institution through cycles and across assets, from asset-liability management, regulatory, risk and liquidity issues to new activities creation.

Based in London for 17 years, he holds a MBA from the London Business School, a Master’s Degree (DESS) in Banks and Financial Institutions management from the University Paris-IX Dauphine and a Degree in law from the University Paris X Nanterre. He is also graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (IEP).

Saudi Real Estate Refinance Company

Fabrice Susini
Taimur Khan

Taimur Khan

Associate Partner

Knight Frank

Taimur Khan

Taimur Khan

Associate Partner at Knight Frank

Taimur leads Knight Frank’s Middle East research team and works as part of the firm’s Real Estate Strategy & Consulting team based in Dubai. Taimur focuses on commercial and residential market research across the GCC region; producing market-leading reports and thought leadership white papers on the office, retail, industrial, and residential sectors as well as specialist property sectors such as education, healthcare and hospitality.

Alongside this, Taimur is a regular speaker and panel host at key industry conferences in the GCC region and a regular contributor to regional and international media outlets including but not limited The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Reuters, Arabian Business, and The National.

Taimur joined Knight Frank as a Senior Analyst in June 2015, at the firm’s London head office. Within the international research team, Taimur focused on reporting and analysis of Knight Frank’s key global markets which span over 55 countries, as a result Taimur has developed an in-depth understanding of the global property market. Alongside this Taimur focused on the construction of Knight Frank’s international indices, which are regarded as the global industry benchmark for measuring performance of housing markets. Taimur also conducted bespoke research for a variety global of clients focusing on asset performance and macroeconomic and microeconomic analysis.

Prior to joining Knight Frank Taimur has experience from within the financial service industry, across various asset classes, working predominately with financial services firms including asset management.

Knight Frank

Leveraged finance and high yield bonds: How can the investor-borrower pricing-gap be bridged?

Wed 9th Dec 2020, 7:15am (Europe/London)

  • What would motivate investors to buy GCC high yield bonds? What are the pricing expectations of borrowers and prospective issuers considering high yield and leveraged markets?
  • Journeying to leveraged finance and high yield: What is the economic, financial and business case? What pricing should debut issuers be expecting?
  • Sukuk and EM High Yield: Is sukuk a natural stepping stone for issuers ultimately targeting a high yield issuance?
  • Leveraged loans: Who are the investors? What pool of liquidity are borrowers targeting? Is there a market for leveraged loans today?

Moderator

Anita Yadav

Anita Yadav

Chief Executive Officer

Global Credit Advisory

Anita Yadav

Anita Yadav

Chief Executive Officer at Global Credit Advisory

Anita Yadav is a seasoned investment banker with over 22 years experience in financial markets spread across Asia, Australia, India and the Middle East. She is skilled in debt capital markets, sovereign and corporate debt analysis, Islamic finance, credit risk, market risk, investments, lending, trading and funds management.

Beginning her professional life as an analyst at Moody’s in Sydney. Anita’s career has included tenures serving as Managing Director, Head of Global Markets at Nomura in India, as Head of Credit Sales at ANZ in Singapore and as Head of Research at UBS in Sydney. Currently she manages Global Credit Advisory Ltd, a company engaged in advising GCC governments and corporates on capital markets and debt strategies. She has a proven track record of establishing new businesses across cultural and geographically varied markets with history of delivering on profit targets of up-to USD350 million and managing team size of 257 staff.

As a research scholar, Anita has authored numerous reports including recent publications like the GCC Local Currency Bond Market, Credit Bond Outlook, GCC Sukuk Monitor etc. She is extensively interviewed and quoted in print and digital media (Bloomberg, Reuters, Gulf news, Khlaeej Times, Wall Street Journal etc) as a prominent thought leader in the field of interest rates and the wider debt capital markets. She has also made several presentations about Islamic Finance at high level events such as the IMF/World Bank/IIF annual meets.

Anita is the founding board member of The Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association and served as its Vice-Chair between 2015-2020. Her board credentials include previous board member roles at a) Australian Business Council, Dubai (2017 – 2019), b) WTO/BoP Hub, Singapore (2012-2015), and c) Nomura Structured Finance Services (2010 – 2011).

Besides being an alumnus of the Oxford University, Anita also has BSc and MBA qualification from Delhi University and a post graduate certification in Applied Finance and Investments from Australian Institute of Banking and Finance in Sydney. Anita is an Australian by nationality, is married to an Architect, has two kids and lives in Dubai.

Global Credit Advisory

Speakers

Dr. Mohamed Farouk

Dr. Mohamed Farouk

Dr. Mohamed Farouk

Chief Executive Officer at ADES International Holding

Dr. Farouk has been a member of ADES International PLC Board since its inception and has served as Chief Executive Officer since 2012, during which time he has led the Company’s expansion into new markets and has driven the Company’s service offering expansion. Dr. Farouk joined the Group from Invensys Operations Management (IOM), where he was most recently Senior Vice President for global delivery and operations based in Texas.

He served earlier with Invensys as Director of Invensys Global Engineering Excellence Centers in Egypt, India, China and Argentina, prior to which he was the General Manager of Invensys

Engineering and Services in Egypt. He began his career in 1991 as a Project Engineer at ConiSys Egypt, a provider of control and instrumentation systems technology.

He has his PhD in Systems Engineering and Control from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, USA and serves as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Cairo University.

ADES International Holding

Edward Senior

Edward Senior

Deputy Chief Financial Officer

GEMS Education

Edward Senior

Edward Senior

Deputy Chief Financial Officer at GEMS Education

Ed Senior joined GEMS in 2016, He was the acting CFO from November 2018, and became CFO of GEMS' UAE operations in February 2020. Ed also has responsibility for GEMS’ corporate finance activities, and leads GEMS’ interactions with external financial stakeholders, such as lenders, investors and rating agencies. Prior to joining the Group, Ed worked as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley from 2006 until 2016, working in the company’s Sydney, Hong Kong, Dubai and London offices. Ed started his investment banking career at ABN AMRO in New Zealand in 2004. He holds a Bachelor’s degree (Honors) in Middle Eastern studies from the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, and undertook further postgraduate studies at the University of Adelaide

GEMS Education

Kathy Collins

Kathy Collins

Investment Manager, Emerging Market Debt

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Kathy Collins

Kathy Collins

Investment Manager, Emerging Market Debt at Aberdeen Standard Investments

Kathy is an Investment Manager on the EMD team at Aberdeen Standard Investments where she specialises in corporate debt. The team manages US$16bn in global EMD assets, with just over US$3bn in dedicated global emerging market corporate debt portfolios. Kathy joined Aberdeen Standard Investments in June 2009, and the Emerging Market Debt desk as a credit analyst in 2012. Since then her research coverage has expanded across Latam, CEE, Middle East and Africa. Previously, she completed a year’s internship at Standard Chartered Private Bank in New York as part of the Mountbatten Internship Programme. She graduated with a BSc in Economics from St. Andrews University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Fawad Tariq Khan

Fawad Tariq Khan

Head of Investment Banking

ADFG/SHUAA

Fawad Tariq Khan

Fawad Tariq Khan

Head of Investment Banking at ADFG/SHUAA

Fawad heads the investment banking at SHUAA Capital psc and is responsible for its advisory, capital markets and credit business lines.

Fawad also serves on the Board of Directors of Northacre-London, the Khaleeji Commercial Bank, and NCM a global FX and commodities platform.

Fawad joined ADFG pre the merger in 2014, initially heading up its debt platform and subsequently focused on devising and implementing alternative investment strategies across multiple asset classes. In 2017 and following ADFG acquisition of c. 49% of SHUAA, Fawad served as Managing Director and then CEO of SHUAA Capital until the merger with ADFG in August 2019.

Fawad started his career with Deloitte based out of London before joining the Dubai office where he helped set up its Middle East debt advisory practice. He has executed high profile M&A and debt transactions on behalf of major international institutions across Europe, Asia and the Middle East region.

He holds an MSc in Business Studies from UCD Smurfit Business School and a BSc in Computer Science from University College Cork. Fawad also served with the Irish Reserve Defence Forces in the military police.

ADFG/SHUAA

Fawad Tariq Khan

How to anchor a RegS Sukuk in 2021: Which regional banks are ready to underwrite deals today?

Wed 9th Dec 2020, 8:30am (Europe/London)

  • How much regional liquidity is there for sukuk investments? Which banks are looking to anchor deals?
  • Supply or demand: Why wasn’t there more sukuk issuance in 2020?
  • Is the introducing of green and sustainable bonds an opportunity for the sukuk market?
  • Chicken and egg: Does sukuk issuance depend on the development of the secondary market, or will secondary trading only pick up when there is more sukuk to trade?
  • GCC, Asia, Europe: What are investors criteria for anchoring deals?

Moderator

Umera Ali

Umera Ali

Partner, Head of Banking & Finance (Middle East) and Global Head of Islamic Finance

DWF (Middle East) LLP

Umera Ali

Umera Ali

Partner, Head of Banking & Finance (Middle East) and Global Head of Islamic Finance at DWF (Middle East) LLP

Umera Ali is a banking & finance partner at DWF Middle East advising on both conventional and Islamic finance matters, and also leads the firms Islamic finance practice.

She advises lenders, financial institutions, funds, sponsors, borrowers, and issuers in corporate and structured finance transactions, including secured and unsecured, syndicated and bilateral loans, asset finance, Islamic finance, supply chain finance, trade finance and debt capital market transactions.

Umera has significant experience having worked in six different jurisdictions. She has built her practice by concentrating on making connections and acting as a strategic partner, and not just a counsel, for her clients. She takes a highly practical and pragmatic approach to providing legal services and brings an understanding of cultural conventions and sensitivities when working on a transaction.

Umera is interested in innovation, sustainable power source, and environmental change, and fuses that with her practice by working with Fintech and Cleantech companies and advising on sustainable finance and carbon credit trading.

DWF (Middle East) LLP

Speakers

Usman Ahmed

Usman Ahmed

Head of Fixed Income Investments

FIM Partners

Usman Ahmed

Usman Ahmed

Head of Fixed Income Investments at FIM Partners

Usman is the Portfolio Manager for all MENA and Global Sukuk strategies at FIM Partners. He joined the firm from Emirates NBD Asset Management where he was the Head of Investments and was responsible for EM Corporate Credit, MENA Fixed Income and Global Sukuk strategies and achieved top quartile performance across his funds. Prior to Emirates NBD, Usman was a director at Mashreq Capital where he was responsible for the bank’s distressed debt and structured credit investments. Usman began his career at TCH Miami where he was in charge of the research team responsible for analyzing and monitoring lending policies for investment grade and speculative grade corporate issuers and structured products. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami and is a CFA Charter holder.

FIM Partners

Alex Imseeh

Alex Imseeh

Business Development Manager, Multi Asset Primary Markets

London Stock Exchange

Alex Imseeh

Alex Imseeh

Business Development Manager, Multi Asset Primary Markets at London Stock Exchange

Alexander Imseeh joined the Multi-Asset Primary Markets team at London Stock Exchange (LSE) in September 2014 as a Business Development Manager. In this role, Alex advises debt issuers and market participants on the process of issuing and trading bonds on LSE’s wholesale and retail bond markets while contributing to the development and expansion of London Stock Exchange’s Islamic finance and Sukuk offering across the world. During the past two years Alex was part of many “world first” and important bond listings including Saudi Aramco’s $12bn debut bond issuance on London Stock Exchange’s Main Market.

London Stock Exchange

Alex Imseeh

London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) is a global financial markets infrastructure business. Its diversified global business focuses on Information Services, Risk and Balance Sheet Management and Capital Formation. The Group supports global financial stability and sustainable economic growth by enabling businesses and economies to fund innovation, manage risk and create jobs. LSEG operates an open access model, offering choice and partnership to customers across all of its businesses. These include London Stock Exchange; Borsa Italiana; MTS (a European fixed income market); Turquoise (a pan-European equities MTF); FTSE Russell, a global index, data and analytics provider; global clearing house LCH; and LSEG Technology. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, with significant operations in North America, Italy, France and Sri Lanka, the Group employs approximately 4,500 people.

Further information on LSEG can be found at www.lseg.com

LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/company/london-stock-exchange-group/

Twitter handle: @lsegplc

Ikbal Daredia

Ikbal Daredia

Advisor to the CEO

ICD

Ikbal Daredia

Ikbal Daredia

Advisor to the CEO at ICD

Mr. Ikbal Daredia has over 35 years of experience in Islamic banking. Prior to joining ICD, he was Senior Executive Director (Capital Markets and Treasury) of Ibdar Bank BSC. He was also the Global Head of Investment Banking in Bank Alkhair. He has held the positions of Acting Group CEO of Bank Alkhair and CEO of its Malaysian subsidiary Alkhair International Islamic Bank. Prior to that he was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Noriba, UBS’s former global Islamic platform for Shari’ah compliant products and services. Prior to Noriba, Mr. Daredia worked for four years with ABN Amro Bank in Bahrain as the Global Head of Islamic Financial Services. Mr. Daredia has originated and executed several Islamic ally structured cross-border transactions for sovereign entities and corporates in Turkey, the GCC countries, the Philippines, India, Pakistan and the United Kingdom.

In 2007, he led the distribution efforts for two Sukuk with a total value of US$1.6 billion issued on behalf of a prominent Saudi corporate. He was also the Noriba project leader for the first ever US$ 750 million Exchangeable Sukuk for Khazanah, Malaysia, and the US$ 350 million first internationally rated corporate Sukuk for Sarawak Corporate Sukuk Inc. (Malaysia), which was jointly led by UBS Investment Bank and Noriba in 2004. Prior to this, in 2001, he worked on the Sukuk issue for Kumpulan Guthrie, Malaysia.

Mr. Daredia is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, England.

ICD

Ikbal Daredia

About ICD

The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) is a multilateral development financial institution and is part of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group.

ICD was established in November 1999 to support the economic development of its member countries through the provision of finance for private sector projects, promoting competition and entrepreneurship, providing advisory services to the governments and private companies and encouraging cross-border investments.

ICD has an authorized capital of $4 billion. Currently, the shareholders of ICD are the IsDB, 55 member countries, and 5 public financial institutions. ICD Rated A2’ by Moody’s, ‘A’ by S&P and, A+ by Fitch.

ICD Mandate and Objectives

ICD has set out its long-term strategic ambition in its 10-Year Strategy that builds on Five strategic pillars:

  1. Focus core offerings in financial institutions (FIs)
  2. Implement innovative products and services
  3. Grow in a financially sustainable way
  4. Serve member countries based on their development needs
  5. Deepen collaboration within IsDB group, FIs and partners

ICD selects new projects based on their contribution to economic development of its member countries considering factors such as job creation, Islamic finance development and overall contribution to SDGs. ICD also provides advisory solutions to governments and private sector entities to encourage the establishment, expansion and modernization of enterprises, development of capital markets, best management practices and to enhance the role of the market economy.

Going forward, ICD will also apply Fintech to make finance more efficient and inclusive for sustainable development. Financial institutions in the ICD member countries will benefit the most from Fintech innovations using AI, robotics, blockchain, data analytics and cloud services. In addition, ICD will build on the platform which is centered on its rich network of Financial Institutions across the globe. Through them, the IsDB Group in general and ICD in particular, would leverage access to the member countries and avail financing opportunities to help them achieving their SDGs.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Tel: (966-12) 6361400,

Tel: (966-12) 6441644,

Fax: (966-12) 644 4427

Email: icd@isdb.org,

Website: www.icd-ps.org

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COVID-19 and global economic digitisation: Opportunity or regional threat?

Wed 9th Dec 2020, 8:45am (Europe/London)

  • Is COVID-19 a crisis for globalisation, or a boon for it? How are supply chains being re-organised?
  • How will an increasingly digital global economy impact the economy, as well as the GCC and the needs of its cities?
  • What will the new normal be for travel and working-from-home post-COVID-19?
  • What are the potential implications for financial, business, logistics, and tourism hubs as the world opens up in 2021?
  • How will governments ensure that economies can recover in a post-COVID-19 world?

Speaker

James Pomeroy

James Pomeroy

Global Economist

HSBC

James Pomeroy

James Pomeroy

Global Economist at HSBC

James is a global economist at HSBC. He joined the Economics team in 2013 having previously worked within the Asset Allocation research team. His global work focuses on longer-term trends and themes, and the impact that they have on the economy and policy decisions today. Demographic data is at the heart of much of his work, but he has also written about urbanisation, the role of technology in the economy and how the world is moving away from cash. Alongside this, he provides economics coverage of Scandinavia. James holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Bath.

HSBC

James Pomeroy

HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations. Our global businesses serve more than 40 million customers worldwide through a network that covers 64 countries and territories.

Our customers range from individual savers and investors to some of the world’s biggest companies, governments and international organisations. We aim to connect them to opportunities and help them to achieve their ambitions.

The products and services we offer vary widely according to customers’ needs. We provide individuals and families with mortgages that help them buy their own home, as well as savings accounts and wealth management products that help them plan for the future.

We offer businesses loans to invest in growth, and products such as foreign exchange and trade financing that enable them to expand internationally. And for large companies and organisations operating across borders, we offer tailored advice on decisions such as financing major projects, issuing debt or making acquisitions.

Close of conference

Wed 9th Dec 2020, 10:00am (Europe/London)

Platinum Sponsors

Emirates NBD First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Gold Sponsors

BofA Securities GIB Capital HSBC MUFG SMBC

Multilateral Sponsor

ICD

Silver Sponsors

DWF Intesa Sanpaolo London Stock Exchange Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB) Rawabi Holding

Bronze Sponsors

Arthur Cox Bank of Jordan Fitch Ratings Finsight Landesbank Baden-Württemberg Shearman & Sterling Squire Patton Boggs United Arab Bank Vienna Stock Exchange (Wiener Börse)