SPEAKERS
Abdulla Abdin
Abdulla Abdin
Bahrainclear
Senior Director of Operations
Abdulla Abdin has Masters in Business Administration from the University of Glamorgan UK, and has held the position of Senior Director of Operations – Bahrain Clear since 1999. He is the Chairman of the Guarantee Fund Committee and Vice Chairman of the African Middle East DepositoriesAssociation (AMEDA) representing Bahrain Clear. Mr. Abdin has 28 years of experience in Banking and Capital Market structure, regulations and operations.

Manoj Aidasani
Manoj Aidasani
Deutsche Bank
Head of Securities Services - GCC
Manoj is Head of Securities Services for GCC within Deutsche Bank Corporate Bank. Securities Services covers the region via a presence in the UAE and Saudi Arabia offering services to large asset gathers, global custodians, broker dealers and asset managers. Manoj is also the Branch Manager for Deutsche Securities and Services in Dubai and is responsible for risk and governance of the Branch.

Manoj has over 19 years of experience, and he has been with Deutsche Bank since 2004. He has held various roles in operations, product and client services in Securities Services. In his 10 years in UAE, Manoj has overseen Deutsche Bank’s participation efforts in market reforms across the GCC markets. He also worked closely with clients, intermediaries and regulators towards seamless market developments. Prior to moving to Dubai, Manoj was based in Deutsche Bank’s India Securities Services team servicing Custody and Fund Services clients.

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Nasser Al Habsi
Addleshaw Goddard Oman
Partner

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Khalfan Al Sharji
CMA Oman
Chief Researcher

Khaldoun Al-Tabtabaie
Khaldoun Al-Tabtabaie
Kuwait Clearing Company
CEO
Khaldoun Al-Tabtabaie is the CEO at Kuwait Clearing Company, which is the central clearing, settlement, depository and registrar entity for the Kuwaiti Securities Market.
He is also an active member of the tri-lateral committee of the Kuwaiti Capital Market Authority (CMA) for market development and planning and has played a major role in the recent upgrade of the Kuwait’s market to Emerging Market Index by MSCI effective May 2020 and its inclusion in the FTSE Russell Emerging Markets Index in September 2017 and S&P Dow Jones Indices’ Global Equity Indices effective September 2019.
He holds a Master degree in MIS and a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the George Washington University, USA and a Diploma in Financial Market Operations from the International Capital Markets Association (ICMA) & University of Reading, UK.
Khaldoun has over 20 years of experience in Financial Market Operations, IT and Project Management.

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Ahmad Aweidah
Palestine Stock Exchange
CEO

Madhur Bhandari
Madhur Bhandari
HSBC
Head of HSBC Securities Services, Saudi Arabia
Madhur Bhandari heads the Securities Services business for HSBC In Saudi Arabia and has responding for leading the custody, fund administration and issuer services proposition in Saudi Arabia. Madhur has been with the HSBC Group since 2007 across various roles in Asia and Middle East and North Africa. He joined the team in Saudi Arabia in 2014 and since then has been closely involved in the various developments within the capital markets in Saudi Arabia.

Paul Clark
Paul Clark
HSBC
Global Head of Digital - HSS
Paul has over 20 years’ industry experience working in asset management, custody and securities servicing organisations. Much of this time has been leading change management teams covering large transformation programmes and new product design.

In 2017 Paul moved into his current role leading HSBC Securities Services’ Digital & Data function, with responsibility for strategy relating to digital transformation, utilisation of emerging technologies and the effective management of underlying data. Paul runs a global team across HSS and is based in London.

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Charles Cohen
Deutsche Bank
Director of Securities Services KSA
Charles joined Deutsche Securities Saudi Arabia in mid-2015 and brings over 25 years of securities services experience in custody product development, product management and product delivery. Additionally he has held a variety of client facing and relationship management roles over the course of his career. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank Charles worked at JP Morgan where he held product management/development and client facing positions. Prior to that Charles worked for State Street Bank and Trust and State Street Southern Africa.

Steven Costermans
Steven Costermans
Standard Chartered Bank
Network Manager
Steven joined Standard Chartered Bank in 2016, and is responsible for all aspects of securities-related agent bank appointments and oversight in the Middle East, Africa, Pakistan, Mauritius and Turkey, on behalf of the Securities Services, Financial Markets, and Private Bank & Wealth Management businesses. Previous to joining Standard Chartered Bank, Steven spent time with Euroclear Bank in Brussels, Hong Kong and Singapore in various teams.

Kashif Darr
Kashif Darr
First Abu Dhabi Bank
Managing Director, Head of Securities Services
Kashif is responsible for the Securities Services businesses of FAB.  This comprises a comprehensive range of services for issuers and investors, including IPO management, corporate trust, global custody, direct custody & clearing and fund administration.

Kashif brings with him over 20 years of experience within the Securities Services industry in Europe and the Middle East with previous positions as Head of Sales with NBAD, and a range of relationship management roles within BNY Mellon, State Street and Barclays Capital in London.  He has a wealth of experience in creating and delivering solutions to some of the world’s largest investors, including Sovereign Wealth Funds, Asset Managers, Insurance Companies and Pension Funds.
Kashif holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Management Sciences from the University of Manchester, UK.

Scott Dickinson
Scott Dickinson
Standard Chartered Bank
Regional Head of Securities Services, Africa and the Middle East, Transaction Banking
Scott joined Standard Chartered in September 2017. He is currently based in Dubai and is the Regional Head of Securities Services for Africa and Middle East. In a career spanning over 35 years’ in financial services he has held senior roles in global custody, investment banking and fund management. He is a graduate in Economics and Accountancy and a sovereign wealth specialist.

Mustafa Domanic
Mustafa Domanic
Oliver Wyman
Associate Partner - Exchange and Capital Market
Mustafa Domanic is a Principal at Oliver Wyman’s Dubai office with 13 years of experience across different roles in finance and consulting to leading financial institutions. His primary areas of expertise are corporate strategy, finance & risk management, development of capital markets and market infrastructures. His professional experience spans USA, UK, Turkey, Russia, South Africa and the GCC.

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Alain Dubois
BNY Mellon
Senior Network Manager
Alain is a Senior Network Manager at the Bank of New York Mellon based on Brussels. Alain has 20 years’ experience in the Securities Industry. Before joining the Bank of New York Mellon in 2012, Alain spent several years as a Director of Product at Euroclear and in State Street Global Advisors where he was in charge of the asset gatherers and ETF segment in Europe. Alain hold a Master in International Relations form the University of Brussels and a LLM form the Edinburgh University.

Gyorgy Dudas
Gyorgy Dudas
Bourse Consult
Partner
György was from 2003 until 2017 the CEO of KELER group. Member of the Board of Directors of both KELER (the CSD, also a financial institution) and KELER CCP (the central counterparty clearing house for cash and derivatives products).
Besides running the company, György was one of the founders of CEECSDA (Central and Eastern European CSD Association) and acted as Secretary General of the Association between the years 2003 and 2006. After merging CEECSDA and ECSDA in 2006, György was a deputy chairman of ECSDA until September 2017. Also, he was a Board member of ANNA (Association of National Numbering Agencies) for 6 years and chairman of AFM (Association of Futures Markets) in 2004 and 2012.
After leaving KELER Group György entered into advisory business – specializing in financial intermediaries, exchanges, clearing houses and central depositories.
A Partner of Bourse Consult LLP (UK) – an independent capital market infrastructure consultant firm - since April 2019.

Bernard Ferran
Bernard Ferran
Euroclear
General Manager, Relationship Management (UK, Europe, MEA & CIS)

Michael Grifferty
Michael Grifferty
The Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association (GBSA)
President
Michael Grifferty founded and leads The Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association (GBSA) the industry association representing the Arabian Gulf fixed income market. The GBSA is composed of the region’s leading banks, law firms, issuers, ratings agencies and service providers and plays a leading role on all major matters concerning development of bond markets in the region.

Previously, Michael served as advisor for the US Treasury on sovereign debt and bond markets, advising over forty countries and regional organizations. He has also consulted extensively for the International Monetary Fund and Arab Monetary Fund.

Prior to his international career, Mr. Grifferty was a senior vice president at Government Finance Associates, providing problem-solving financial advisory services to US state and local governments. He has degrees from New York University and Georgetown University in Public Finance and International Relations, respectively. A native English speaker, Michael speaks French and Russian.

Dianne Heard
Dianne Heard
Citi
Director- Head of Europe and Deputy Head of Global Custody Network Management
Dianne has worked within Global Custody services for over 25 years. Working within Operations for State Street in Australia and the US, Security Pacific in the US, JP Morgan and Citi in London. She has worked at Citi since 1995, initially managing an Operations unit for 3 years and then working within Network Management.

Citi's global custody footprint covers 104 markets, Dianne is Head of Europe, and Deputy Global Head of GC Network Management

Lina Hediah
Lina Hediah
Chain Tech Solutions
CEO
Lina Hediah is a Financial Technology Executive with over 20 years experience in the industry. She has well-rounded experience in Capital Markets, Payments as well as Compliance and Risk Management Solutions.
Lina always had a strong customer facing role and responsibility, from Tier 1 Banks and Financial Institutions, to government, market infrastructures and regulators, including as the CTO for the Cairo Stock Exchange.
Since 2016, Lina has focused on working in the blockchain space. Between March 2017 and December 2018, Lina was Executive Director for ConsenSys in MENA and was responsible for the establishment and growth in the MENA region, and also held a global leadership role as part of the Fintech Solutions team. During this time, she secured several Government projects for ConsenSys, and managed to position the startup as a trusted adviser for the Government of Dubai, who is a leader in the Blockchain space worldwide. Later, in January 2019, Lina established Chain Tech Solutions LTD, at the DIFC, a company focused on Blockchain and Digital Assets consulting and solutions, with special focus on FinTech Solutions.
Prior to Lina’s time with ConsenSys she was CTO for a global Payments and Compliance (AML) solutions provider (Eastnets), with offices in New York, Brussels and in MENA headquartered in Dubai. With Eastnets, she has put together with the Executive team an ambitious growth strategy, which took the company from being a regional SWIFT systems integrator to becoming one of the leading and recognized AML and Payments brands worldwide

Bruce Lawrence
Bruce Lawrence
HBL Consultancy Services
MD
Bruce Lawrence, has over 45 years’ securities industry experience, provides consultancy, training, advice and technical assistance specialising on the post-trade arena and development of the capital markets infrastructure of developing and frontier emerging markets. He has consulted and trained on the full spectrum of securities markets instruments, Corporate Governance, Operational Risk, Custody, Clearing & Settlement and assisted in the creation and further development of Central Securities Depositories (CSD’s), Central Counterparties (CCPs), Stock Exchanges and Domestic Custody Operations. Assignments have taken him to the following markets: Albania, Ghana, Jordan, Kuwait, Mongolia, Pakistan, Qatar, Nigeria, Russia, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

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