Building on the success of previous years, we will be raising the bar once again to bring you a truly world-class line up of speakers and panellists, topical and relevant content, plus unparalleled networking opportunities.
GFMF has evolved to become what is now regarded as the premier annual financial markets conference in the MENA region, attracting over 1600 delegates and set in what can only be described as the ultimate venue in the region, the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.
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His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan joined the Federal Government in 1990 as the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. In March 2013, he was appointed the Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development.
In addition to his ministerial positions, His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan has started as the Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University (1983 – 2013), the Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology (1988 – 2013) and the President of Zayed University (1998 – 2013). He is currently the President of the General Authority for Youth and Sports (2013 – present) and the President of the National Council for Tourism and Antiquities (2013 – present). Sheikh Nahayan is also the President of the Future Centre for students with special needs in Abu Dhabi.
Educated in the United Kingdom, His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Graduated from Millfield School and attended Magdalen College at Oxford University.
Sheikh Nahayan actively chairs and supports many groups, clubs and associations. He is the chair and patron of more than 100 annual conferences and symposia dealing with all aspects of life in the UAE, the region and the world.
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, as well as many honorary degrees from several universities around the world.
Nasser Ahmed Alsowaidi is currently Chairman of the Energy Authority which is a key government department in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Mr. Alsowaidi is a Member of the Executive Council at the apex of the Abu Dhabi government. In addition, he is Chairman of National Bank Of Abu Dhabi, Etihad Rail and a Board member of Mubadala Development Company (MDC) and a Board member of International Petroleum Investment Co. (IPIC).
Over the last 20 years, he worked in various leading posts for Abu Dhabi government organizations including Department of Economic Development, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX), and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
Mr. Nasser holds a degree in Economics from the California State Polytechnic University in the USA.
In February 2008, Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy was sworn in as Minister of State in the Cabinet of the United Arab Emirates. Her Excellency has managed the International Affairs Office of the UAE Prime Minister, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, since her ministerial appointment. Additionally, she holds responsibility within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for the UAE’s bilateral relations with Sub Saharan African countries, India, Pakistan and the Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
Her Excellency holds the position of Managing Director of the Dubai Expo 2020 Higher Committee as well as Director General of the Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, in preparation for the upcoming mega event.
Her Excellency is Chairperson of the Emirates Competitiveness Council. In addition, she also served as Chairperson of Dubai Cares, a philanthropic organisation with the aim of improving access to primary education in developing countries.
Her Excellency completed her undergraduate degree at Tufts University, earning a BA in International Relations and French, followed by an MA from Harvard University. Prior to her current position as Minister of State, Her Excellency served as Commercial Attaché, and subsequently Deputy Chief, of the UAE Embassy to the United States of America, in Washington DC.
H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori was appointed Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports in June 2012 to spearhead the significant expansion in infrastructure taking place in the Emirate's airports and to lead Abu Dhabi Airports in its vision to become “the world’s leading airport group”.
H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori brings to Abu Dhabi Airports more than 20 years of experience in financial management and strategic planning on both a local and international level. He also holds the position of Executive Director at the Office of the Vice Chairman of the Executive Council and plays an active role in developing fiscal policies and formulating strategic plans of the Office.
H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori also brings significant knowledge associated with working for Abu Dhabi government organizations, as he led major projects during his tenure with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), where he was the Director of External Funds, Europe, the second largest portfolio within ADIA’s equity investments business unit. During his eight years in this role, he restructured the entire portfolio and moved it from a single country mandate to a Pan-European mandate benchmarked against the MSCI-Europe.
Prior to that, H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori served as a Portfolio Manager at ADIA where he oversaw the airline sector and the auto sector (GMC, Ford and Chrysler) and was later a Senior Portfolio Manager for the oil services sector. Further, he has held the position of Deputy Director at External Funds-America, and has worked in several key sectors such as Airlines, Automotive and Energy.
H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori is a member of the Executive Council of the Government of Abu Dhabi, Chairman of the Department of Economic Developement (DED), a Board Member at Al Hilal Bank, Zones Corp and the newly formed Abu Dhabi Global Market.
He holds a Bachelor degree in Finance from Warner Pacific University USA, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He also successfully completed several seminars at Harvard Business School and is a member of the U.S Society of Financial Analysts-CFA institute.
Khalifa Mohammed Al Kindi holds a Bachelor of Science (Economics) degree from the East Michigan University, USA. He has more than 30 years’ experience as an investment banker.
Mr. Al Kindi joined Abu Dhabi Investment Authority in 1983, as the Executive Director of Treasury Department until his appointment as Deputy Managing Director in 1997- 2007. Between 1989 and 1990, Mr. Al Kindi was the Finance Director of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
Mr. Al Kindi is the Founder of the Abu Dhabi Investment Council, which he also managed until Jun 2015. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Central Bank, and ADNIC as well as Member of the Board of various other Organizations.
Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1997-2007)
Tony Blair served as Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1997 to 2007, the only Labour leader in the party’s 100 year history to win three consecutive elections. During his time in office, the UK economy enjoyed record growth. His Government made major improvements in Britain’s public services, particularly healthcare and education, through a programme of investment and reform. Britain’s first ever statutory minimum wage was introduced. The Prime Minister led the successful London 2012 Olympics bid; and oversaw the peace process for Northern Ireland. He introduced the first elected Mayor for London, the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and Northern Ireland Assembly. He was a staunch advocate of an interventionist foreign policy, in particular in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Iraq. He trebled the UK’s aid programme for Africa and introduced the first environmental programme in the UK to combat climate change.
Since leaving office Tony Blair has spent most of his time on work in the Middle East, in Africa and on the fight against religiously based extremism. In the Middle East, formerly the Quartet Representative, he is now specifically focusing on building relations between Arabs and Israelis. He works in eight African countries – Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Mozambique – through his Foundation the Africa Governance Initiative, helping the Presidents of those countries to deliver change programmes. He has established a Foundation to combat extremism – the Tony Blair Faith Foundation – which works in over 20 countries with programmes on education and tracking extremism across the world.
He also founded and funds a Sports Foundation dedicated to boosting grassroots sport for young people in the North East of England, which includes the Sedgefield constituency he represented in Parliament.
Mr. Blair chairs The Climate Group International Leadership council.
As the Chief Executive Officer of Aerospace & Engineering Services at Mubadala, Homaid Al Shemmari is driving forward the strategic vision and plans for developing technologically advanced industries within Abu Dhabi and the UAE, in addition to ensuring Mubadala is well positioned to become a key global aerospace and engineering services player.
Homaid is also a member of the Investment Committee at Mubadala, which is mandated to develop the organization’s investment policies and guidelines and review all proposed projects and investments to ensure they are in line with Mubadala’s business objectives.
He holds prominent roles with key Aerospace, Communications Technology and Defense companies and organizations; Homaid is the Chairman of Emirates Defense Industries Company (EDIC), AMMROC, Maximus Air Cargo, Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investment (ADASI) and Abu Dhabi Ship Building, and currently holds board positions with Mubadala Petroleum, Piaggio Aero Industries, Abu Dhabi Aviation, Royal Jet, AerCap Holdings and du - Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC.
To further support the strategic advancement of Abu Dhabi’s Aerospace, Communications Technology and Defense industries, Homaid is committed to developing the talent and experience of UAE Nationals to allow them to become the next generation of skilled professionals and business leaders.
Prior to joining Mubadala, Homaid was a Lieutenant Colonel in the UAE Armed Forces, serving in the areas of military aviation, maintenance, procurement and logistics. Homaid holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - USA, and holds a black belt in Six Sigma from General Electric, a highly disciplined leadership program.
HE Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh has a wealth of experience that spans over three decades, having run several businesses across multiple disciplines; including financial services, investments and energy sectors. In addition to his position as the Chairman of Abu Dhabi Global Market, Mr Al Sayegh is also the Managing Director of Dolphin Energy Limited. His current and past positions include: Board Member of the UAE Offsets Group, Deputy Chairman of First Gulf Bank, Board of management Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Ship Building (UAE), Chairman of Aldar Properties PJSC, Secretary General of the Executive Council and board member of the Emirates Foundation.
Mr Al Sayegh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Lewis & Clark College, USA.
Mr. Jean-Paul Villain was educated in Paris in Politics, Economics and Sciences (Applied Mathematics). After a brief period as Assistant Professor of Finance at Paris-University, he joined Banque Paribas in 1971 moving progressively from Portfolio Manager to Head of Investments in the Asset Management Department.
In 1982 he joined ADIA as Regional Manager for Europe before being appointed Senior Fund Manager for all financial assets. He returned to Paribas in 1987 to become the first Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of newly created Paribas Asset Management Company. In September 1992 he re-joined ADIA as Regional Manager for European Assets before being promoted in 1995 to the position of Advisor and then Senior Advisor for Investment Strategy. He is currently a Director of ADIA, Head of the Strategy Unit at the Managing Director’s office, a member of the Strategy Committee and a permanent invitee to the Investment Committee.
Mr. Villain is also a member of the Investment Committee of the Abu Dhabi Benefits and Retirement Fund, the pension fund of the citizens of Abu Dhabi. From 2004 to 2013 he was a Director of the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) and a Governor of the British Community School in Abu Dhabi (BSAK). In April 2007, the President of the French Republic made him "Chevalier de la Legion d' Honneur". In December 2013 Her Majesty the Queen of England awarded him the title of Honorary Officer of the most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).
Fatima Al-Foora Al Shamsi is the Assistant Undersecretary for Electricity in the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Energy with a rich background ranging from electrical engineering, renewables, Business Development and project management to different Managerial roles and in action she is the Chairman of Board of Directors of GCC CIGRE and member of the board of directors of Emirate authority for standardization & metrology (ESMA)
Worked as the Vice President of the Privatization and Business Development in Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and as an Executive Director for Electricity in the Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA).
Her climb to the corporate leadership position was a result of her high work ethics. Before joining the Ministry She was leading the Mohammed Bin Rashid Solar Park Project, IP(W)P program in Dubai, DEWA private investment portfolio development, DEWA corporate strategy team and R&Ds related to the Business development of DEWA. She is now leading the Electricity, clean energy, Climate change and Water desalination related activities in the Ministry of Energy.
She graduated from the United Arab Emirates University with an honors degree of BS in electronics engineering. Add to that she holds an MBA in Financial Management.
Mohamed A. El-Erian is Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz, the corporate parent of PIMCO where he formerly served as chief executive and co-chief investment officer. He chairs President Obama’s Global Development Council, is a columnist for Bloomberg View and a contributing editor at the Financial Times.
Dr. El-Erian first joined PIMCO in 1999 and was a senior member of PIMCO's portfolio management and investment strategy group. He rejoined the company at the end of 2007 after serving for two years as president and CEO of Harvard Management Company, the entity that manages Harvard’s endowment and related accounts. Before coming to PIMCO, Dr. El-Erian was a managing director at Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup in London and before that, he spent 15 years at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C.
Dr. El-Erian has published widely on international economic and finance topics. His 2008 book, When Markets Collide, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, won the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year and was named a book of the year by The Economist and one of the best business books of all time by the Independent (UK). He was named to Foreign Policy’s list of “Top 100 Global Thinkers” for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Dr. El-Erian has served on several boards and committees, including the U.S. Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee, the International Center for Research on Women, the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the IMF's Committee of Eminent Persons and the New York Fed’ Investor Advisory Committee on Financial Markets. He is currently a board member of the NBER, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Cambridge in America. Since 2007, he has been chair of Microsoft’s Investment Advisory Board. He holds a master's degree and doctorate in economics from Oxford University and received his undergraduate degree from Cambridge University. He is an Honorary Fellow of Queens’ College, Cambridge University.
Yanis Varoufakis served as Minister of Finance of Greece in 2015.
Varoufakis taught economics and econometrics at the University of Essex and the University of East Anglia. In 1988, he spent a year as a Fellow at the University of Cambridge. From 1989-2000 he taught as senior lecturer in economics at the Department of Economics of the University of Sydney and in 2000 he accepted the offer to become Professor of Economic Theory at the University of Athens.
From 2004-06, Varoufakis served as economic advisor to George Papandreou, then Prime Minister of Greece. In 2012 Varoufakis became Economist-in-Residence at Valve Corporation. He researched the virtual economy on the Steam digital delivery platform, specifically looking at exchange rates and trade deficits. From 2013-14 he taught at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin as a visiting professor.
On 25 January 2015, Varoufakis was appointed finance minister by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras after the election victory of Syriza in the parliamentary election. Varoufakis resigned as Finance Minister on 6 July 2015.
Varoufakis studied economics in the UK, first at the University of Essex and secondly mathematical statistics at the University of Birmingham. He has a PhD in economics.
Varoufakis is the author of several books on game theory, he also is a recognised speaker and often appears as analyst for national news media.
Alex Thursby became the Group Chief Executive Officer of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) on July 1, 2013.
As the Group CEO, Mr Thursby is responsible for defining the strategic direction of the bank and the day to day management of NBAD and its subsidiary companies. He reports to the Board of Directors and leads the Executive Committee which is responsible for implementation of the bank’s strategic plans, ensuring that sustainable growth is achieved. Under Mr Thursby’s leadership, NBAD has been recognised as one of the safest banks in the Middle East, and is the highest rated bank in the UAE.
Mr Thursby joined NBAD from ANZ Bank where he was CEO of International and Institutional Banking. During his six-year career at ANZ, Mr Thursby also served as the CEO of Asia Pacific and America. He was the architect of ANZ’s international expansion.
Prior to ANZ, Mr Thursby was with Standard Chartered Bank for 21 years, working in various functions, including corporate and institutions, wholesale banking, derivatives, and lease finance. He also managed the bank’s business in diverse geographical areas, including Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.
Over the course of his extensive banking career, Mr Thursby has worked in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, the UK, and now in the UAE.
Mr Thursby earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Australia. He also attended the London Business School – International Business Consortium, and the Senior International Management program at Insead.
Alok Agarwal is the Chief Financial Officer of Reliance Industries Limited.
He has been with the group for nearly 22 years. He commenced his career as the Treasurer and was directly responsible for capital market transactions, resources, financial risk management banking relationships and investor relations.
He was nominated as Chief Financial Officer in the year 2005. He is also a member of the Executive Committee and has oversight on all group investments, earnings and growth initiatives.
Mr. Agarwal graduated from IIT - Kanpur in 1979 and then from IIM – Ahmedabad in 1981.
Rashed Abdul Kareem Al Baloushi joined Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) in April 2000 where he played an instrumental role in establishing the exchange in November of the year 2000. Mr. Al Baloushi started his career with ADX as Manager of the Clearing, Settlement, Depositary, & Registry (CSD) department. In 2007, Al Baloushi became Deputy Chief Executive, and manager of operations of ADX. He was promoted to Chief Executive in 2012.
Prior to joining ADX, Al Baloushi was Head of Registrar & Depository at the Sadiyat Free Zone Authority. Mr. Al Baloushi holds an MBA from The UAE University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina.
Mr. Xiaodong Tang currently serves as the CEO of China AMC, one of the leading asset management companies in China. Before joining China AMC in August 2014, he held various positions at China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) including Deputy Director-General of the Department of International Affairs and Department of Fund Supervision. Mr. Tang served as Vice-Chair of IOSCO's Committee on Investment Management (C5) between 2012 and 2014.
Before joining CSRC in 2009, Mr. Tang was the Managing Director and Head of RBS Greenwich Capital’s US corporate correlation trading and Head of ABN AMRO's US exotic credit derivatives trading.
Mr. Tang holds an MBA degree from the University of Chicago, dual MS degrees in Physics and Computer Science from Drexel University and a BS degree in Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). He is the member of Abu Dhabi Global Market’s Regulatory Committee and a Charted Financial Analyst (CFA) .
Uche Orji is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA). He brings a wealth of global experience in the financial services sector to his role as NSIA’s Chief Executive, which spans over two and half decades. He joined the NSIA in October 2012, from UBS Securities, where he was Managing Director in the New York office.
Aside from developing strategies which transitioned the NSIA into a vehicle for driving sustained economic development for Nigeria, Uche led the development of governance and accountability systems which contributed to the phenomenal rise of the NSIA’s global transparency ranking in less than two year after its founding. This has paved the ways from NSIA’s emergence as one of the preferred investment partners for FDI’s across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Mr. Orji was the lead semiconductor analyst and global coordinator for Semi-conductor Research at UBS, New York, covering more than 35 technology companies in the US and more than 100 investor clients globally. In recognition of his strategic perspectives on semi-conductors equities, he was ranked ♯1 by the Institutional Investor Magazine Europe in 2006; in 2003 Thompson/Extel also ranked him ♯1 in the semiconductor equity analyst. In 2012, Forbes Magazine ranked him ♯5 globally in the same category. Prior to his time at UBS Securities, Uche had spent 6 years at JP Morgan Securities in London, UK, from 2001-2006, where he left as a Managing Director within the Equities Division.
Previously, Uche worked at Goldman Sachs Asset Management in London from 1998-2001, as an Analyst/Portfolio Manager. Whilst at Goldman Sachs, he was a member of the team managing the Pan European Equity Fund and Global Technology Fund. He was also the equity analyst covering the chemical, pulp and paper, communication equipment and technology sectors across a wide range of companies such as BASF, Bayer, Ericsson, Nokia, Philips Electronics, Siemens, ARM Holdings etc.
Mr. Orji has been a regular commentator for major publications and provided investment advice to the Board & Management of global companies such as Intel Electronics, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Samsung Electronics and Texas Instruments. He also advised several global portfolio management firms and Sovereign Wealth Funds in his role as global semiconductor coordinator in the Equities Division. He has co-authored over 200 research materials in the semiconductor sector and broader technology investment sectors.
Uche Orji studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, graduating in 1990, and also obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1998. Prior to his Harvard MBA program, Uche Orji worked at Diamond Bank Plc., Lagos Nigeria and Arthur Andersen & Co respectively.
A former career diplomat with the British foreign service (1985-2005), after moving to the City he established himself as one of the private sector’s top political analysts globally, as well as leading a Frankfurt-listed investment fund, African Development Corporation (ADC), specialising in financial services in Sub-Saharan Africa.
As a diplomat, 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.
Alastair was Senior Political Analyst at Nomura International plc between October 2008 and July 2015, having first joined Lehman Brothers International in that capacity in August 2005. As such, he was responsible for identifying, tracking, analysing and illuminating to investors political events worldwide 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 was the co-author of major studies on China, on India, on Indonesia, on North Korea, on Iran/Israel and on geopolitical risks related to the shift of the global economic centre of gravity back towards Asia, as well as numerous shorter papers.
His association with ADC also began in 2008, first as an advisor to the Supervisory Board then as a member. He took over the chair in 2013, from which position he successfully oversaw the fund’s acquisition by Atlas Mara in 2014.
Alastair is immediate past-President of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (and won the 2013 BRISMES Award for services to Middle Eastern studies). He served on the Council of Chatham House from 2010 to 2015. And he is currently chair of the Strategy Committee of QALIS Partners and a member of the Practitioners’ Advisory Board of the journal Global Policy.
He is a frequent commentator on current politics on television and radio worldwide and a regular speaker at conferences and other events.
Vikram Mansharamani is a Lecturer at Yale University in the Program on Ethics, Politics & Economics. Dr. Mansharamani has taught classes on financial bubbles, economic inequality, and business ethics and is the author of BOOMBUSTOLOGY: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst. He has been an active participant in the financial markets for the last 20 years and is a frequently sought commentator.
LinkedIn, a community of 450 million members, ranked Dr. Mansharamani as their #1 Top Voice in Money & Finance for 2015: https://lists.linkedin.com/2015/top-voices/money-and-finance
Dr. Mansharamani currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Africa Opportunity Fund (LSE: AOF) and is Chairman of the Torit Montessori School in Boston. He is a former director of the US-Pakistan Business Council, Interelate, and ManagedOps, and was previously a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. He earned a PhD and MS from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, an MS in Political Science from MIT, and a BA from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with distinction.
Mark Blyth is the Eastman professor of Political Economy at the Watson Institute for International Studies and Brown University. His research focuses upon how uncertainty and randomness impact complex systems, particularly economic systems, and why people continue to believe stupid economic ideas despite buckets of evidence to the contrary. He is the author of several books, including Great Transformations: Economic Ideas and Institutional Change in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2002, and Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea (Oxford University Press 2013) that questions the return to prominence of financial orthodoxy following the global financial crisis. His writings have appeared in such places as the Review of International Political Economy, the Journal of Evolutionary Economics, and the American Political Science Review, and Foreign Affairs. He has consulted for a variety of private and governmental organizations.
Rana Mitter is Deutsche Bank Director of the University China Centre at the University of Oxford, where he is Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China. He is the author of several books, the most recent of which China’s War with Japan, 1937-45: The Struggle for Survival (Penguin, 2013: US title: Forgotten Ally) won the 2014 RUSI/Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature, was named as a 2013 Book of the Year in the Financial Times and the Economist and was named a 2014 Choice Outstanding Academic Title. In the UK he is a regular presenter of the arts and ideas programme Free Thinking on BBC Radio 3. He comments regularly on contemporary Chinese politics and society in media around the world, and his reviews and essays have appeared in newspapers including the Financial Times, International New York Times, Guardian, Telegraph, Caijing, and Outlook (India). He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2015.
Aishah is currently the Group Head of Human Resources Business Partnership at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi. Aishah has close to 2 decades of banking industry with a focus on external / internal audit. She joined in 2006 and has been an integral part of the growth that we have had at Group Internal Audit internationally. During her career, she assumed different positions as Senior Auditor-Credit, Manager-Retail & Financial Audit, Head of Audit Retail & Commercial, and Head of Audit International. In October 2014; Aishah was selected as one of the leading UAE National on NBAD’s International rotation program and moved to NBAD Malaysia Kuala Lumpur as Regional Chief Operating Officer, Asia. Recently, Aishah rejoined us back in the Head Office to undertake the responsibilities of her current role.
In addition to her outstanding career at NBAD; Aishah’s extensive banking career includes working with UAE Central Bank for 7 years and two years with National Bank of Fujairah prior to joining NBAD.
Omeir is currently the Head of Alternative Investments within NBAD’s Global Markets Division. Having been an integral part of establishing the Hedge Fund desk in 2008, Omeir now manages the Hedge Fund portfolio for the bank, works as an active member of the Global Markets Division, and represents the Division’s view in the Group’s Tactical Asset Allocation Committee. Since 2010, he has been a key member of the organising team for the annual Global Financial Markets Forum, where he has hosted guests such as Dr. Ben Bernanke, Larry Summers, Secretary James Baker, Jean-Claude Trichet, Nicolas Sarkozy, David Miliband, Niall Ferguson, Marc Faber, Paul Volcker, Axel Weber, and Bob Diamond, to name just a few.
Prior to joining, NBAD he was a Portfolio Manager at Union National Bank where he was a part of the Investment Team responsible for the management of the Bank’s proprietary investments of over $1 billion, that included over $700 million Fixed Income and Structured Products portfolio and $150 million of Hedge Funds. Prior to UNB; he was the Investment and Development Analyst at The Private Office of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan (SBK Holdings) in the United Arab Emirates.
Omeir regularly speaks at Alternative Investments conferences representing the asset allocators’ perspective. Omeir has earned his Honours Bachelors of Commerce (Accounting and Finance with minor in Economics) from Michael G. DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Hamilton (Canada) in 2001. He was awarded the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation in March 2010.
Chavan Bhogaita currently works as Managing Director & Global Head of Market Insights at National Bank of Abu Dhabi. Earlier, he worked with the Alternative Investments and Fixed Income teams within NBAD’s Global Markets Division. He joined NBAD in 2009, specialising in GCC credit markets (bonds and sukuk) across all sectors. He has 20 years of professional experience in banking and finance, of which 14 years were in credit research and analysis - 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), and 6 years prior to his time in financial markets were spent in the areas of corporate recovery & insolvency, auditing, and corporate finance in the UK.
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. For instance, the Dubai Inc debt story, Abu Dhabi and its GREs, etc are among his core areas of coverage. He is also frequently quoted in international and regional media (such as Reuters, Bloomberg, Financial Times, WSJ, etc). Chavan is the MC and moderator for the Global Financial Markets Forum.
Barwa Bank is Qatar's most progressive Shari’ah compliant financial services provider, committed to deliver a high level of service, personalised to meet our client’s needs; using innovative customer-focused services.
The Bank provides a full range of Shari’ah compliant banking services across Wholesale, Private and Retail Banking, Investments, Advisory and Asset Management. Barwa Bank provides a range of services to Public and Private sector entities in Qatar and across the Region and is playing a leading role in delivering Qatar's ambitious infrastructure plans in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030.
The Crédit Agricole Group is the market leader in France in Universal Customer-Focused Banking and one of the largest banks in Europe.
It is ranked the world’s No.9 Bank measured by Total Assets (Source: The Banker magazine, July 2015 (Figures as at 31 December 2014))
The Crédit Agricole Group supports its customers’ projects in France and around the world across the full spectrum of retail banking businesses and related specialised businesses: saving management and insurance (CACEIS), asset management (AMUNDI), leasing and factoring, consumer finance, corporate and investment banking (Crédit Agricole CIB).
Battersea Power Station is one of the world’s most famous buildings and is at the heart of Central London’s most visionary and eagerly anticipated new development.
The iconic Power Station, one of the finest surviving examples of art deco architecture, is within a few minutes’ walking distance of the neighbourhoods of Chelsea and Westminster and neighbours the site of the new US Embassy.
Work is underway on the construction of a vibrant new neighbourhood comprising homes, offices, shops, restaurants, a six acre riverside park served by its own new tube station and river bus services.
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Etihad Rail was established in June 2009 under UAE Federal Law no. 2, with a mandate to manage the development, construction and operation of the national freight and passenger railway network.
The railway network will be built in stages to link the principal centres of population and industry of the UAE, as well as to form a vital part of the planned GCC railway network. Once complete, the railway will redefine logistics and transport in the region, providing a modern, safe, efficient, sustainable network that will connect all regions of the UAE, and the UAE to its wider GCC neighbours.
Since its creation in 1986, Murex has played a key role in proposing effective technology as a catalyst for growth and innovation in capital markets, through the design and implementation of integrated trading, risk management, processing and post-trade platforms.
Driven by innovation, Murex’s MX.3 Front-to-Back-to-Risk platform leverages the firm’s collective experience and expertise, accumulated through its strategic client partnerships, to offer an unrivalled asset class coverage and best-of-breed business solutions at every step of the financial trade lifecycle, including dedicated solutions for Treasury & Islamic Finance.
Client’s worldwide benefit from the MX.3 platform’s modular set of business solutions, specifically designed to solve the multi-faceted challenges of a transforming financial industry, while relying on the strength of 2,000 dedicated specialists.
Natixis is the international corporate, investment, insurance and financial services arm of Groupe BPCE, the 2nd-largest banking group in France with 36 million clients spread over two retail banking networks, Banque Populaire and Caisse d’Epargne.
With more than 16,000 employees, Natixis has a number of areas of expertise that are organized into three main business lines: Corporate & Investment Banking, Investment Solutions & Insurance, and Specialized Financial Services.
A global player, Natixis has its own client base of companies, financial institutions and institutional investors as well as the client base of individuals, professionals and small and medium-size businesses of Groupe BPCE’s banking networks.
Figures as at September 30, 2015
Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in personal banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth and investment management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Barclays’ purpose is to help people achieve their ambitions – in the right way. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs approximately 135,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.
BMO Financial Group
Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is one of the largest diversified financial services providers in North America with US$ 514 billion total assets as at October 31, 2015. Operating out of our regional representative office in Abu Dhabi:
BMO Capital Markets offers corporate, institutional and government clients access to a complete range of products from M&A advisory to market risk management to institutional sales and trading, and more.
BMO Global Asset Management is a multi-disciplined asset manager that includes teams based in Toronto, Chicago, Hong Kong and London along with a network of investment specialist boutiques.
BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of five customer-facing lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Business, BT Consumer, BT Wholesale and Openreach.
For the year ended 31 March 2015, BT Group’s reported revenue was £17,979m with reported profit before taxation of £2,645m.
Founded over 200 years ago in New York Citi is one of the foremost global financial services companies. Citi covers clients in over 100 countries in all continents providing a wide range of financial services for individuals and organisations. We connect our clients into the global financial markets, providing liquidity and information, as well as services to allow them to better transact their business. Throughout our history we have supported innovation and progress and continue to do this today. Visit www.Citi.com to find out more about how we can help you.
Key to both the foreign exchange and fixed income global markets, EBS BrokerTec is a market-leading e-trading technology and solutions provider, offering access to multiple execution options and diverse, valuable liquidity.
Constantly creating new, ground-breaking solutions, while continuously investing in proven, market-leading platforms and products, the division provides exceptional value to a globally diverse community of professional traders.
For more information, go to www.ebsbrokertec.com.
Ferrero is a global company privately owned by the Ferrero family. The company has grown from a small Italian confectionery shop in 1942 (which was officially founded in 1946) creating appealing products from local hazelnuts in its home town Alba to become the fourth largest confectionery manufacturer in the world. It produces famous market-leading brands such as Nutella®, Tic Tac®, Ferrero Rocher®, Raffaello®, Kinder Surprise® and Kinder Bueno®.
Ferrero has approximately 34,000 collaborators, 73 consolidated subsidiaries, including 20 production plants around the world, of which 3 are Ferrero Social Enterprises in Africa and Asia, and 8 agricultural companies in Chile, Argentina, Georgia, South Africa, Australia, Bulgaria, Italy and Turkey.
Ferrero products are present and sold directly or through authorized retailers in around 160 countries belonging to the international community.
HSBC is the largest and most widely represented international banking organisation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), with a presence in 9 countries across the region. HSBC has operations in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon and Algeria. In Saudi Arabia, HSBC is a 40% shareholder of Saudi British Bank (SABB), and a 49% shareholder of HSBC Saudi Arabia for investment banking in the Kingdom.
This presence, the widest reach of any bank in the region, comprises some 267 offices and around 12,000 employees. In the first half of 2015, HSBC in the MENA region made a profit before tax of US$ 901m.
IG is a global leader in online trading, providing fast and flexible access to over 10,000 financial markets – including shares, indices, forex, commodities and binaries.
Established 40 years ago, IG’s aim is to become the default choice for active traders globally. It is already an award-winning multi-platform trading company, the world’s No.1 provider of CFDs and a global leader in forex.
IG is publically listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and is a constituent member of the FTSE 250, with offices across Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific, US and now in the UAE.
Numerix is the global leader in cross-asset analytics for OTC derivatives, structured products and variable annuities, providing software and services for structuring, pre-trade pricing, trade capture, valuation, and risk management. Numerix offers a comprehensive model library and a transparent deal-definition architecture that allows rapid modeling of any instrument, including commodity, credit, equity, fixed income, foreign exchange, and inflation derivatives, plus a unique hybrid model framework for exotics and structured products. Numerix analytics are available through Windows applications, Excel add-ins, developer kits and a wide range of partner systems, with over 700 clients and 90 partners across more than 26 countries.
Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.
Cagamas Berhad (Cagamas), the National Mortgage Corporation of Malaysia, promotes the broader spread of house ownership and growth of the secondary mortgage market. Regarded by the World Bank as a successful secondary mortgage liquidity facility, it issues debt securities to finance the purchase of housing loans from financial and non-financial institutions.
Cagamas is the second largest issuer of debt instruments after the Malaysian Government and the largest issuer of AAA debt securities in the local market. Cagamas has been assigned AAA rating by local rating agencies and international rating of A3 by Moody’s Investors Service Inc. that is in line with Malaysian sovereign ratings.
ICAP is the world’s leading interdealer broker, matching buyers and sellers in the wholesale markets through voice and electronic networks. Through our post trade risk and information services ICAP helps customers manage and mitigate risks in their portfolios. For more information go to www.icap.com
ICAP (Middle East) W.L.L. has served the region for almost 40 years from offices in Bahrain. The company is a Central bank of Bahrain licensed Category 3 Investment Firm. We provide voice broking services to banks in interest rates, options, FX spot, forwards, G10 derivatives and money markets in both regional, international currencies and Islamic products.
Established and owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi, Mubadala’s strategy is built on the creation of partnerships and on long-term, capital-intensive investments that deliver strong financial returns, contribute to the growth and diversification of Abu Dhabi’s economy, and create opportunities for current and future generations in the United Arab Emirates.
The company brings together and manages a multi-billion dollar portfolio of local, regional and international investments and partners with leading global organizations to operate businesses across a wide range of industry sectors. These include aerospace, semiconductors, metals & mining, oil & gas, renewables, information & communications technology, healthcare, real estate & infrastructure, utilities, and defense services.
For more information about Mubadala please visit www.mubadala.com.
Abu Dhabi Global Market (“ADGM”), an international financial centre in the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, was established by Federal Decree in 2013.
In line with the Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision, ADGM is a natural extension of Abu Dhabi’s role as a member of the global financial community. Being a financial free zone, ADGM will play a pivotal responsibility in positioning the city as a global centre for business and finance, connecting the economies of the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.
At ADGM, registered companies can conduct their businesses within a zero-percent-tax environment and operate confidently in an international regulatory framework with independent judicial system and legislative infrastructure.
As a broad based financial centre, ADGM’s foundation is anchored on three key strengths - private banking, wealth management and asset management, and will expand its offerings in according to market needs.
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates made its first commercial flight in November 2003.
Since then, the Abu Dhabi-based airline has grown faster than any other in commercial aviation history, offering its award-winning services to 110 destinations in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.
Etihad Airways operates a young and environmentally-efficient fleet of 105 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and has more than 210 aircraft on firm order.
The airline’s network today reflects a combination of organic growth, growth through codeshare partnerships, and strategic minority investments, together creating a virtual network of more than 420 destinations.
Etihad Airways currently has 47 codeshare partnerships and equity stakes in six airlines: Virgin Australia – 21.24 per cent, airberlin – 29.2 per cent, Air Seychelles – 40 per cent, Aer Lingus – 4.99 per cent, Jet Airways – 24 per cent, Air Serbia – 49 per cent. The airline is in the process of formalising its equity investments in Swiss-based Etihad Regional and Alitalia.*
Etihad Airways has been named the World’s Leading Airline for five consecutive years.
*Operated by Darwin Airline
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Aldar Properties PJSC is the leading real estate developer in Abu Dhabi with USD12 billion in assets, a 77 million sq. m land bank, and through its iconic developments, it is one of the most well known in the United Arab Emirates, and wider Middle East region.
From its beginnings in 2005 through to today, Aldar continues to shape and enhance the urban fabric of the UAE’s Capital City in addition to other key areas of the Emirate. Aldar develops exciting and innovative projects, such as the internationally recognized HQ building situated in the Al Raha Beach development, the Gate Towers in Shams Abu Dhabi on Al Reem Island, in addition to Yas Island’s F1 circuit.
Aldar seeks to create quality, comfortable, desirable destinations that enrich the lives of Abu Dhabi residents as well as tourists within the Emirate. Aldar is playing a leading role in the development and provision of world class retail - Yas Mall, international standard education through Aldar Academies, iconic entertainment venues such as the Yas Marina Circuit, and community amenities across its entire portfolio.
Aldar is driven by a vision to be the most trusted and recognized real estate lifestyle developer in Abu Dhabi and beyond.
Abu Dhabi Aviation is the largest commercial helicopter operator in the Middle East, operating/leasing 57 helicopters including (15 x Augusta Westland AW139, 22 x Bell 412, 19 x Bell 212 & 1 x A109 ), 4 x Bombardier Dash-8 fixed-wing aircraft; employing nearly 1200 personnel, including 154 pilots and 283 aircraft maintenance engineers. The bulk of the company’s business activity is in support of Abu Dhabi Offshore Oil and Gas, Engineering and Construction Companies. Other business activities include SAR, firefighting, heavy lifting, VIP, medical evacuation, HEMS, seismic survey, photography, and charter.
CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, is the recognised world leader in business news and financial information; providing the latest real-time market information, unrivalled coverage of breaking news, in-depth analysis and interviews across its TV, desktop and mobile platforms. CNBC’s fast-paced, hard-hitting business coverage is essential viewing for senior business leaders, the financial community and anyone with assets to invest, or protect. During evenings and weekends the channel shows the best in sport, current affairs, insightful documentaries and entertainment. Today the channel is available in more than 377 million homes worldwide.
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Oxford Business Group (OBG) is a global publishing, research and consultancy firm, which publishes economic intelligence on the markets of the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean.
OBG offers comprehensive analysis of macroeconomic and sectoral developments, including banking, capital markets, energy, infrastructure, industry and insurance.
OBG’s acclaimed economic and business reports are the leading source of local and regional intelligence, while OBG’s online economic briefings provide up-to-date in-depth analysis. OBG’s consultancy arm offers tailor-made market intelligence and advice to firms operating in these markets and those looking to enter them.