NBAD is extremely proud to once again host the Global Financial Markets Forum (GFMF), which has become the premier annual financial markets conference in the Middle East region. Having grown substantially since its inception five years ago, the GFMF now truly sets the benchmark by attracting world-class speakers and panellists, providing thought provoking and topical content, and offering a highly interactive forum with excellent networking opportunities – all set in one of the most unique and prestigious venues in the world, the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.
The Forum has hosted highly distinguished speakers from around the world including Nicholas Sarkozy, James Baker, Axel Weber, Paul Volcker, and David Milliband among others, and attracted over 1300 delegates in February 2013.
Global Financial Markets Forum 2014 will take place on 4 - 5 March and will once again raise the bar in terms of content and the overall standard of the event. We are delighted to confirm Dr Ben Bernanke, Lawrence H. Summers, Jean-Claude Trichet, and Secretary James Baker as speakers for the Forum, to name just a few.
The event will also provide delegates with the opportunity to attend Investor Presentations from prominent corporate and financial entities in the West-East corridor and to interact with senior management of these entities. In addition, we are pleased to announce that the 2014 GFMF will also feature a state of the art ‘virtual’ conferencing facility, which will allow delegates from other parts of the world to attend the forum and benefit from the content in a highly sophisticated and interactive online platform. We invite you to find out more about this platform and watch a brief video about it on the relevant section of this website.
We are working towards making the 2014 Global Financial Markets Forum another landmark event and we hope to see you there.
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H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al-Nahayan’s life and career have been characterized by creativity, innovation, bold action and dedicated public service. After more than 20 years as the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, he was appointed in March 2013 the Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development in the United Arab Emirates.
Concurrent with his previous role as the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research for the United Arab Emirates, H.E. Sheikh Nahayan served as the Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University, the President of Zayed University and the Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology.
H.E. Sheikh Nahayan is also a recognized leader in dealing with the major social and economic issues that impact the United Arab Emirates and the Arab region. He has played a major role in policy formulation related to the economic and social development of the United Arab Emirates. H.E. Sheikh Nahayan has chaired several federal government Cabinet committees on manpower planning and social development in the United Arab Emirates as well as other committees charged with formulating policies for the development in the country. He is an accomplished public speaker. He gives more than 150 public speeches and presentations every year.
A noted patron of the arts, H.E. Sheikh Nahayan strongly supports a wide range of activities, from natural history to music and culture, from national heritage to sports. He is a strong proponent of advanced technology and global best practices in education and business. An active philanthropist with a high sense of social responsibility, he champions many humanitarian causes and provides strong support for individuals with disabilities. He also chairs and actively supports many groups and associations including the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, the UAE Natural History Group, the Medecins Sans Frontieres in the UAE, the Society of History and Historical Heritage of the UAE, The Millfield Association in the Arabian Peninsula, and Friends of Al-Quds University in Abu Dhabi. A strong supporter of all cultural activities in Abu Dhabi and the UAE, including literature, theater, music, painting, sculpture, photography, and folk arts, H.E. Sheikh Nahayan is a regular patron of art exhibitions and heritage festivals.
H.E. Sheikh Nahayan is the recipient of many national and international honors and awards including the Oman Civil Order, from His Majesty Sultan Qaboos of Oman, Hilal-e-Pakistan, from the Government of Pakistan, Global Advocacy Recognition Award, from the TESOL Organization, Hamdan bin Rashid Prize for the Year’s Distinguished Person of Education.
Educated in the United Arab Emirates and in the United Kingdom, H.E. Sheikh Nahayan holds honorary degrees from several universities around the world.
H.E. Sultan Bin Nasser Al Suwaidi is the Governor of the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates since December 1991.
H.E. Al Suwaidi’s profession spans from starting his career at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) in 1978, to being General Manager of Abu Dhabi Investment Company (ADIC), Gulf International Bank (GIB Bahrain) and Managing Director and CEO of Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank.
As the Governor of CBUAE, H.E. Al Suwaidi has introduced and modernized several banking regulations, augmented the roles of Banking Supervision /Examination and Information Technology (IT), established the UAESWITCH and the Automated Cheque Clearing System for UAE banks. H.E. has also initiated and supported the establishing of the Image Cheque Clearing System, Mobile Phone Payment System and the implementation of Basel Standards. All these initiatives have made it possible for the UAE banking sector to stay abreast with international standards and best practices.
In 2006 H.E. Al Suwaidi was awarded the prestigious Central Bank Governor of the Year for the Middle East award from Emerging Markets Publication. H.E. Al Suwaidi has a BSc degree in Business Administration and Finance.
H.E. Nasser Ahmed Alsowaidi is the Chairman of Department of Economic Development, Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, Etihad Rail Company and Higher Corporation for Special Economic Zones.
H.E. is also a Member of Abu Dhabi’s Executive Council and a Board Member of International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) and Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala).
H.E. has held senior roles in a number of Government organizations, including the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.
H.E. holds a degree in Economics from the California State Polytechnic University, USA.
Ben S. Bernanke served two terms as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 2006 to 2014. He also served as chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee, the System's principal monetary policymaking body. Before his appointment as chairman of the Fed, Bernanke was chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, from June 2005 to January 2006, and he served the Federal Reserve System in several roles—as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 2002 to 2005; as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Banks of Philadelphia (1987-89), Boston (1989-90) and New York (1990-91, 1994-96) and as a member of the Academic Advisory Panel at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (1990-2002).
From 1994 to 1996, Bernanke was the Class of 1926 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He was the Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and chair of the Economics Department at the university from 1996 to 2002. Bernanke had been a professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton since 1985. He served for seven years as chairman of the Princeton Economic Department.
Before arriving at Princeton, Bernanke was an associate professor of Economics (1983-85) and an assistant professor of Economics (1979-83) at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. His teaching career also included serving as a visiting professor of Economics at New York University (1993) and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1989-90).
Bernanke has published many articles on a wide variety of economic issues, including monetary policy and macroeconomics, and he is the author of several scholarly books and two textbooks. He has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Sloan Fellowship, and he is a fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He served as the director of the Monetary Economics Program of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and as a member of the NBER's Business Cycle Dating Committee. In July 2001, he was appointed editor of the American Economic Review. Bernanke's work with civic and professional groups includes having served two terms as a member of the Montgomery Township (N.J.) Board of Education.
Bernanke was born in Augusta, Georgia, and grew up in Dillon, South Carolina. He received a B.A. in economics in 1975 from Harvard University (summa cum laude) and a Ph.D. in economics in 1979 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is married and has two children.
Spanning a career of more than thirty years, H.E. Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh holds a number of prominent positions across various private and public sector institutions in Abu Dhabi and has a wealth of experience launching and developing flagship initiatives across the emirate.
H.E. Al Sayegh is currently Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Global Market a financial free zone that aims to promote the emirate as a leading market for financial services across the world and strengthen the international profile and position of the United Arab Emirates.
H.E. Al Sayegh is also Vice Chairman of First Gulf Bank, Vice Chairman of Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS-WWF), Board member of Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company (ADNIC) and Abu Dhabi Media Company, and he is the Managing Director of Dolphin Energy.
H.E. Al Sayegh holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Lewis & Clark College, USA.
H.E. Mr. Al Khoori, bring along an extensive experience in the fields of finance and international investment through private equity and direct transactions. Previously, he was the Managing Director of Sorouh, and worked as the Assistant Director of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.
H.E. Mr. Al Khoori is currently the Vice Chairman of General Holding Corporation-Senaat and Al Waha Capital PJSC. He is also a board member of Abu Dhabi Securities Market, Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Khalifa Fund for Development, Abu Dhabi Pension Fund, Khalifa Ports and Abu Dhabi Airports Company.
H.E. Mr. Al Khoori holds a Bachelor Degree in Finance from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, USA. He is a certified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the Association for Investment Management and Research. In 2001, he completed the Executive Business Program at the Harvard Business School.
As Mubadala’s Deputy Group CEO, Waleed oversees the company’s investment portfolio and is responsible for its strategic, operational and business development activities.
Waleed is also Chief Executive Officer, Emerging Sectors, with oversight of Mubadala’s healthcare, real estate and infrastructure, and capital investment portfolios.
He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Tabreed. He is Vice Chairman of Piaggio Aero Industries and is a Director of du, Mubadala Petroleum and the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar). He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Cleveland Clinic.
Mr. Alex Thursby became the Group Chief Executive of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) on July 1st, 2013.
Mr. Thursby joined NBAD from ANZ Bank where he was Chief Executive Ofﬁcer of its International & Institutional Banking.
During his six-year career at ANZ, Mr. Thursby also served as the Chief Executive Ofﬁcer of Asia Paciﬁc and America, and as the Head of Corporate & Institution in Wholesale Banking N.E. He was the architect of ANZ’s international expansion.
Before ANZ, Mr. Thursby served for 21 years at Standard Chartered Bank; working in various functions such as corporate and institutions, wholesale banking, derivatives, and lease ﬁnance; and managed Standard Charter’s business in diverse geographical areas that included Africa, Americas, Asia, and Paciﬁc.
During his career, he has worked in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, UAE and the UK.
Mr. Thursby earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Australia. He also attended London Business School – International Business Consortium, and Senior International Management program at Insead, France.
James A. Baker, III, has held senior government positions under three U.S. presidents, including Secretary of State for President George H.W. Bush, Secretary of the Treasury for President Ronald Reagan and White House Chief of Staff for Presidents Reagan and Bush. His record of public service began in 1975 as Under Secretary of Commerce to President Gerald Ford.
Long active in American presidential politics, Mr. Baker led presidential campaigns for Presidents Ford, Reagan, and Bush over the course of five consecutive presidential elections from 1976 to 1992. A native Houstonian, Mr. Baker graduated from Princeton University in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in History. After two years of active duty as a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, he entered The University of Texas School of Law at Austin and graduated with honors in 1957.
Mr. Baker is a senior partner in the law firm of Baker Botts.
Larry Summers is one of the most distinguished voices in America today on issues ranging from the global economy to education to the role of the United States in the world.
One of the most influential economists of his generation, Larry Summers served in the Obama administration as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council, Secretary of the Treasury during the Clinton Administration, and prior to that as Chief Economist of the World Bank.
Dr. Summers emerged as a key economic decision-maker in the Obama Administration. The Economist magazine referred to the “Summers Doctrine” of massive active response to economic downturn combined with respect for markets in the basic allocation of resources as defining the recent approach to economic policy. Dr. Summers was the Chief White House adviser to the President on the development and implementation of economic policy; he led the President’s daily economic briefing and was a frequent public spokesman for the Administration’s policies. He served as an architect of the Recovery Act and other job creation measures and the Financial Stability Program. As co-chair of the President’s Auto Task Force, he led the restructuring of the U.S. automobile industry. He has also played a leading role in managing our international economic relationships including China, developing the President’s health care plan, opening the broadband spectrum, and in international climate negotiations.
On Dr. Summers’ service, President Obama said, “I will always be grateful that at a time of great peril for our country, a man of Larry’s brilliance, experience and judgment was willing to answer the call and lead our economic team. Over the past two years, he has helped guide us from the depths of the worst recession since the 1930s to renewed growth. And while we have much work ahead to repair the damage done by the recession, we are on a better path thanks in no small measure to Larry’s wise counsel.”
Throughout his term at Harvard from July 2001 to June 2006, Larry Summers was an outspoken and forceful advocate of reform in higher education. His ideas have continued to set the agenda for higher education, including measures building on his elimination of tuition burdens for low and middle income families with incomes under $60,000; creation of major new collaborative cross-disciplinary efforts in the life sciences; establishment of programs to ensure that every student has the opportunity for a meaningful international experience; insistence that faculty take an active role in the undergraduate classroom; and his resistance to anti-Semitism and the exclusion of the military on college campuses.
One of the youngest tenured professors in the modern history of Harvard, he is the only social scientist ever to receive the National Science Foundation's $500,000 Alan T. Waterman Award for Scientific Achievement.
Jean-Claude Trichet is presently chairman of the Group of Thirty (Washington), chairman of the Board of Directors of Bruegel Institute and a member of the « Institut de France » (Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques).
Born in Lyon, Jean-Claude Trichet is an honorary Inspecteur général des Finances and Ingénieur civil des Mines. He is a graduate of the Ecole nationale supérieure des Mines de Nancy, of the Institut d’études politiques de Paris, of the Université de Paris (in economics) and of the Ecole nationale d’administration. He worked in the competitive sector from 1966 to 1968. He was appointed to the Inspection générale des Finances in 1971.
Jean-Claude Trichet was made an adviser to the President of the French Republic in 1978. In 1986 he directed the Private Office of the Minister of Economic Affairs, Finance and Privatisation. In 1987 he became Director of the Treasury. He was Chairman of the European Monetary Committee from 1992 until his appointment as Governor of the Banque de France in 1993.
Jean-Claude Trichet was elected Chairman of the Group of Ten (G10) Governors on 29 June 2003. He was elected President of the “Global economy meeting” of Central Bank governors and President of the Group of Governors and heads of supervision (GHOS) in Basel (until October 2011). He was appointed President of the European Central Bank on 16 October 2003 by common accord of the Governments of the Member States that have adopted the euro at the level of Heads of State or Government for a term of office of eight years starting on 1 November 2003 and ending on 31 October 2011. Since late 2010 and until end of October 2011, Mr Trichet has also been Chairman of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB).
He was named “Person of the Year” by the Financial Times (2007), “Policymaker of the Year” by The International Economy magazine (1991 and 2007), and has received a number of awards, including the 2011 International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen for his contribution to European unity and also received the 2011 Global Economy Prize from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by several universities (Stirling, Montreal, Liege, Tel Aviv, Bologne and Sofia).
Choongsoo Kim is the 24th Governor of the Bank of Korea and the Chairman of its Monetary Policy Committee. He took office on April 1, 2010, for a full term to end after four years.
Born in June 1947, Governor Kim received a B.A. in economics from Seoul National University in 1973 and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979.
Prior to his appointment as governor of the central bank, Governor Kim held various positions in both public service and academia. From September 2008 to March 2010 he worked in Paris as the Korean Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the OECD. Before being chosen ambassador, he served as Senior Secretary to the President for Economic Affairs in the Office of the President of Korea.
Governor Kim has held many other posts as well, including President of Hallym University (2007-2008), President of the Korea Development Institute (2002-2005), Dean of the Graduate School for International Studies, Kyung Hee University (1998-2002), and President of the Korea Institute of Public Finance (1997-1998). He also served as Assistant Minister and Special Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister in the Ministry of Finance and Economy, and as Minister and Head of the OECD Office in the Korean Embassy in Paris (1995-1997), in charge of negotiations on the Republic of Korea’s accession to the OECD. In 1993 he was Secretary to the President for Economic Affairs in the Office of the President.
Earlier in his career, Governor Kim worked as a senior economist in the Korea Development Institute for ten years (1983-1993), where his research areas included macroeconomic policy management, manpower and social welfare policy. He began his career as a senior research associate of the Center for Human Resource Research at the Ohio State University in 1979.
Governor Kim is married to Juhea Hwang, and they have a daughter, Nahyung.
Bob Diamond is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Merchant Capital (AMC). AMC makes merchant banking investments in financial services firms with a special focus on Africa and Investment Management. Bob was recently Chief Executive of Barclays PLC and prior to that CEO of Barclays Capital where he built the investment bank, and Barclays Global Investors, the asset management division of Barclays PLC.
During his time at Barclays, Mr. Diamond represented both Barclays and the industry at various public and private forums including the World Economic Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative, the International Monetary Fund, and the Bank for International Settlements. He was also a regular guest on media such as CNBC, Bloomberg, CNN, and Fox Business for his insights into the financial services industry and the global economy.
Prior to Barclays, Mr. Diamond held senior executive positions at CS First Boston and Morgan Stanley in the US, Europe, and Asia. At CS First Boston, his roles included Vice Chairman and Head of Global Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange in New York, as well as Chairman, President, and CEO of CS First Boston Pacific. At Morgan Stanley, he last served as Head of European / Asian Fixed Income Trading, during his 13 years with the firm.
Mr. Diamond began his career as a lecturer at the School of Business, University of Connecticut.
A native of Concord, Massachusetts, Mr. Diamond received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Colby College in Maine (1974) and an MBA from the University of Connecticut, where he ranked first in his class (1977). He was awarded Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Connecticut in 2006 and Doctor of Laws from Colby College in 2008.
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Jes Staley is a Managing Partner of BlueMountain Capital focusing on developing strategic initiatives and cultivating relationships that harness the Firm’s areas of differentiated strength. Mr. Staley is also a member of the Firm’s Management, Investment and Risk Committees.
Prior to joining BlueMountain in 2013, Mr. Staley spent over thirty years at J.P. Morgan where he was the CEO of J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank and CEO of J.P. Morgan Asset Management. He was also a member of J.P. Morgan’s Operating and Executive Committees. During his tenure, Mr. Staley led J.P. Morgan’s expansion into alternative investments, including itsstrategic partnership with Highbridge Capital Management.
Mr. Staley serves on the Board of Directors of Robin Hood Foundation, Council on Foreign Relations, Code Advisors, the Board of Trustees of Bowdoin College and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Investor Advisory Committee on Financial Markets.
Mr. Staley holds a B.A. in Economics from Bowdoin College.
John Defterios is CNN's Emerging Markets Editor and Anchor based in CNN’s UAE regional broadcast hub since 2011.
John has anchored ‘CNN Marketplace Middle East’, since 2007, a weekly business programme featuring in-depth analysis and top newsmakers from across the Middle East. Defterios has more than two decades of financial news and current affairs experience.
He has spearheaded coverage of the World Economic Forum in Davos and frequently delivers live coverage from the world's emerging markets, most recently on events in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Thailand and Brazil.
John has covered some of the landmarks events during his career including the Gulf War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the World Trade Centre bombings and G8/G20 summits from his postings in London, Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Rome and the Middle East.
He is a World Economic Forum media leader and member of the Global Agenda Council on the Arab World.
Defterios started at CNN in New York as correspondent on “Moneyline with Lou Dobbs”, anchored CNN’s “World Business Today” and the top rated U.S. morning business program “Ahead of the Curve”.
Defterios has secured numerous exclusive interviews including: European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet and Bundesbank President Hans Tietmayer, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, UAE Prime Minister & Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Saudi Arabian Oil Ministers Ali al Naimi & Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani and many of the top CEOs in the Fortune 100. He has travelled on assignment throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.
Prior to CNN, Defterios worked for Reuters Television as European Correspondent, West Coast Correspondent and special series producer in a joint-venture with The Nightly Business Report on PBS-TV.
He graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in Journalism and Political Economics.
Peter Knez is the Founder and CEO of Incapture which applies software engineering and process design to solve complex decision problems that are data and computationally intensive. Incapture is comprised of Incapture Technologies and Incapture Investments. Incapture Technologies was built to address the inefficiencies in financial services technology through its core offering Rapture, a dynamic, cloud-deployed, enterprise-wide platform for developing and integrating applications for financial services. Incapture Investments uses the Rapture platform to power its quantitatively driven, systematic investment process that integrates people, models and technology to deliver consistent, uncorrelated alpha.
Before founding Incapture, Peter was Co-Chief Investment Officer of BlackRock’s fixed income business, following its acquisition of Barclays Global Investors (“BGI”) where he was Global Chief Investment Officer and responsible for fixed income financial technology. Prior to BGI, Peter held key positions with Lincoln Capital Management and Goldman Sachs, where he started his career in financial services. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Peter held professorship positions at Kellogg School of Management, University of Wisconsin and theUniversity of Chicago. While his focus is on contributing to the transformation of the financial services industry, Peter's passions include wine making wherein he owns Knez Winery which applies the science of winemaking to a soil rich in history to create balanced wines through sustainable and biodynamic farming practices.
Peter did PhD work at The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania and post-doctoral work at the University of Chicago.
David McWilliams is one of Ireland’s leading economic commentators and was the first economist to identify the Irish boom as nothing more than a credit bubble, warning of its collapse and the consequences for the country. His objective is to make economics as widely available and easily understandable on as many platforms as possible. He was made Young Global Leader by the WEF at Davos. His daily financial markets update, globalmacro360.com is read by tens of thousands of his 96,000 twitter followers.
He is an economist, writer, journalist, lecturer, broadcaster and documentary maker and has written four bestsellers, presented award-winning documentaries and brought a sell-out, one-man economics stand-up show to Ireland’s renowned national theatre, the Abbey. He writes two economics columns a week in the Irish newspapers, is a regular columnist for the Financial Times and the German finance magazine, Capital.
David founded the world’s only economics and comedy festivalwww.kilkenomics.com. In 2013, Kilkenomics was described by the Financial Times in the following simple terms; “we’ve been to lots of festivals and conferences, but Kilkenomics may be the best”.
David teaches an online economics course, “Economics without and Boundaries” and his series of animated economics videos, “Punk Economics” have been viewed by 500,000 people.
Once upon a time he had a real job working as an economist in the Irish Central Bank and later in the financial markets with UBS and Banque Nationale de Paris. He studied economics at Trinity College Dublin and the College of Europe in Bruges.
Pascal Blanqué has been Global Chief Investment Officer at AMUNDI (formerly known as Crédit Agricole Asset Management, CAAM), Head of Institutional Investors and Third Party Distributors and member of the Executive Committee since February 2005. He was also appointed Chairman of the Board of CPR AM in January 2007. From 2000 to 2005 he was Head of Economic Research and Chief Economist of Crédit Agricole. Before joining Crédit Agricole, Pascal Blanqué was Deputy Director of the Economic Research Department at Paribas (1997-2000) following four years as a strategist at Paribas Asset Management in London (1992- 1996). He began his career in institutional and private asset management at Paribas in 1991.
As an economist and a financial historian Pascal Blanqué is the author of several contributions. His research interests and his academic work focus on monetary issues, the functioning of financial markets and the philosophical foundations of economics. His books include Money, Memory and Asset Prices, The Social Economy of Freedom and Philosophy in Economics, all published and distributed by Economica and Brookings Institution Press. His publications in international Journals and specialized newspapers include numerous articles concerning financial history, economics and policy making. He taught and carried out research at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Ecole Polytechnique and Paris-Dauphine University. He is a member of the French Société d’Economie Politique.
Pascal Blanqué was awarded European CIO of the Year 2013 by Funds Europe Magazine. Born in 1964, Pascal Blanqué studied at the Ecole Normale Supérieure. He is a graduate of Paris’s Institut d’Etudes Politiques and holds a Phd in Finance from Paris- Dauphine University.
Badr Al-Olama, a Senior Vice President for Mubadala Aerospace since 2005, is the Chief Executive at Strata Manufacturing PJSC – a wholly-owned advanced composite aerostructures manufacturing facility based in Al Ain. In his role with Mubadala, Mr. Al-Olama was responsible for the development of Nibras – the Al Ain Aerospace Park which is a joint initiative between Mubadala Aerospace and Abu Dhabi Airports Company.
Prior to his tenure with Mubadala Aerospace, Mr. Al-Olama was an advocate and legal consultant at Habib Al-Mulla and Company. A graduate of Harvard Law School in 2005 and the College of Shari’ah and Law at the UAE University in 2002, Mr. Al-Olama has contributed to a number of seminars and delegations including “International War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity” and “Offshore Companies in the UAE”. Mr. Al-Olama serves as Chairman of Bidayaat – the region’s first childcare company – and on the Board of Directors at Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies and SR Technics. Mr. Al-Olama also serves as the president of the UAE Harvard Alumni Society.
Vasgen joined National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) in October 2010 as Head of International Corporate Banking. He is now Managing Director and Head of Aviation and Transport. Prior to joining NBAD he was Managing Director and Head of Corporate Asset Finance at Lloyds Banking Group and has previously worked for GE Capital and NatWest-RBS.
As global sector Head he is responsible for setting strategy and engaging directly with key clients locally as well as non UAE head quartered multinational companies (MNC’s). Vasgen works closely alongside the corporate banking teams in NBAD’s various branches and offices from the US, Europe, Middle East, North Africa and Asia. His mandate is to grow key relationships within the strategic West-East corridor. His team members are active across a range of critical industrial UAE projects and financings.
Vasgen has had extensive exposure to the structured finance market including tax structured leases, various forms of cross border financings and taking equity stakes in asset backed facilities. He has held Senior Risk Manager positions whilst at GE Capital and has been involved with M&A portfolio acquisitions in North America and Europe. Vasgen graduated from the University of East Anglia with a BA (Hons) degree in European History and Swedish Language and is an Associate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
Rana Mitter is Director of the University China Centre at the University of Oxford, where he is Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China and a Fellow of St Cross College. His research has focused on the development of Chinese nationalism, with a particular interest in the Sino-Japanese War of the 1930s and 1940s, and its effects on shaping contemporary China. He is the author of several books, including the award-winning A Bitter Revolution: China’s Struggle with the Modern World (Oxford, 2004). His new book China’s War with Japan, 1937-45: The Struggle for Survival, was published by Penguin in June 2013 (in North America, under the title Forgotten Ally in September 2013) and was described as “brilliant” by Henry Kissinger.
Rana presents and contributes regularly to programmes on television and radio, commenting on contemporary Chinese politics and society. More broadly, in the UK he is a regular presenter of BBC Radio 3’s arts and ideas programme Night Waves. His reviews and essays have appeared in newspapers including the Financial Times, International New York Times, Guardian, Telegraph, Caijing, and Outlook (India),and in autumn 2012 he presented a documentary on economic rebalancing and social welfare in China on BBC Radio 4. He speaks regularly on China in the UK and around the world.
Alastair Newton has been Senior Political Analyst at Nomura International plc since October 2008, having first joined Lehman Brothers International in that capacity in August 2005. As such, he is responsible for identifying, tracking and analysing political events worldwide which are likely to impact on financial markets. In addition to his signature periodical Issues Which Keep Me Awake At Night on political and geopolitical risk, he is the co-author of major studies on China, on India, on Indonesia, on North Korea and on Iran/Israel, as well as numerous shorter papers.
He is also a frequent commentator on current politics on television and radio and a regular speaker at conferences and other events worldwide.
Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Alastair spent 20 years as career diplomat with the British Diplomatic Service. He served in sub-Saharan Africa, Paris (at the OECD) and the United States. In London, he worked in intelligence co-ordination (including during the 1990/91 Gulf War), policy planning and economic relations, as well as running the Prime Minister's G7/8 team from 1998 to 2000. He was on secondment from the Diplomatic Service to Lehman Brothers from 2000 to 2002.
In addition to his work at Nomura, Alastair is President of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies and is an active participant in a number of other MENA-related initiatives. He is Chair of the Supervisory Board of African Development Corporation. And he is a member of: the Strategy Committee of QALIS Partners; the Chatham House Council and its Executive Committee; the London School of Economics’ Knowledge Exchange SubCommittee; and the Practitioners’ Advisory Board of the journal Global Policy.
Mr. Kwok is an Executive Director of the publicly-listed Henderson Land Development Company Limited. He is also a non-executive director of Sunlight REIT in Hong Kong. Further, Mr. Kwok serves as a member of the Management Committee of the Union Hospital and he is also an Honorary Professor of the University of Hong Kong.
Mr. Kwok holds a B.Sc. (Civil Engineering) degree from the University of London as well as a M.Sc. (Administrative Sciences) degree from the Cass Business School of the City University in London. Further, he obtained a the Post-Graduate Diploma in Surveying (Real Estate Development) from the University of Hong Kong. He is also an Associate Member of The Chartered Institute of Bankers of the United Kingdom.
After receiving his education in England, he worked for more than ten years in the international banking field in United Kingdom, United States of America, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. His experience in the property field and particularly in the project feasibility evaluation and tender preparation for mega-size real estate projects as well as in the project financing area has spanned over 20 years, covering both Hong Kong as well as mainland China. Moreover, Mr. Kwok has also been involved in the acquisition, management and financing of investment properties in North America.
Algebris Investments is a boutique assets management company specializing in the financial sector globally. The firm was set up in early 2006, invests in global financials, equity and credit and is managed by Davide Serra, Founding Partner and Portfolio Manager. Algebris is affiliated with TCI, who provides operational infrastructure. Algebris manages approx. $2bn.
Davide has been awarded the Young Global Leader designation by the World Economic Forum and is recognised as one of the World's leading experts on financial services. He is often consulted by the World's Central Bankers and Regulators on policy matters and he regularly contributes to the discourse on financial reform.
Prior to Algebris, Davide was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley where he headed the European Banks Research Team and was the Global Banks team coordinator. Davide was rated individually among the top European banks analysts for the period 1999-2006. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Davide worked in the top rated UBS Banks research team as a senior analyst (1995-2000) where he lead several IPOs and M&A projects and won major surveys including Institutional Investor and Extel from 1998 till 2000.
He is Chairman and Trustee of the Hakuna Matata foundation, a registered UK charity which he founded with his wife in April 2010. The primary focus of the foundation’s work is assisting orphaned children in Central Tanzania; www.hakunamatata-charity.org
Davide is a graduate cum laude of Bocconi University in Italy and holds a Master CEMS. He speaks Italian and is fluent in English and French. Davide played volleyball professionally in Italy from 1985 and 1990 and reached Serie A1. Now he enjoys climbing and off-piste skiing in the Alps and mountains around the world.
Chavan Bhogaita currently works as Executive Director of the Credit and Alternatives team within NBAD’s Global Markets Division, and heads the Alternative Investments activities of the Bank. He joined NBAD in 2009, specialising in GCC credit markets (bonds and sukuk) across all sectors. He has 14 years of experience in credit research and analysis and his previous roles include Head of Middle East Credit Research at HSBC (Dubai), Head of Credit Research at Commerzbank (London), and senior credit analyst at Bear Stearns (London). Prior to his time in financial markets, Chavan worked in the areas of corporate recovery & insolvency, auditing, and corporate finance in the UK for a total of 6 years.
Since he joined NBAD, Chavan has focused on the GCC fixed income markets and as such he spends much of his time talking to institutional investors around the world providing them with his analysis, insights and views on this market and the entities/issuers within it. The Dubai Inc debt story, Abu Dhabi and its GREs, Qatar, etc are among his core areas of coverage. More recently, Chavan’s role has been expanded so as to cover the Bank’s activities in the alternative investments space, encompassing Hedge Fund investments, equities, and distressed debt/special situations, while also remaining a core part of the fixed income activities of NBAD’s global markets team. He is also frequently quoted in international and regional media (such as Reuters, Bloomberg, Financial Times, WSJ, CNBC, etc).
Chavan is the MC and moderator for the Global Financial Markets Forum.