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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.

Noura Al-Abdulkareem
Noura Al-Abdulkareem
Boursa Kuwait
Head of Markets Sector
As Head of Markets Sector, Noura Al-Abdulkareem oversees all client services and business development activities at Boursa Kuwait, as well as leading engagements with issuers, intermediaries, investors and regulatory authorities in an effort to develop new commercial opportunities and support Boursa Kuwait's vision, mission and strategic objectives.

Al-Abdulkareem leads the development and delivery of client-centric and effective issuers' services, building strong relationships with issuers to develop initiatives that increase both the quality and quantity of listed securities on Boursa Kuwait's markets as well as leading the development and delivery of client-centric and effective intermediaries and investors’ services, in an effort to build strong relationships with both to develop initiatives to improve their trading experience and drive liquidity on Boursa Kuwait's markets.

Al-Abdulkareem has over eleven years of experience in finance and investments, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, specializing in Finance, from the American University of Kuwait.

Abdulrahman Al Failakawi
Abdulrahman Al Failakawi
Capital Markets Authority - Kuwait
Director of Markets Regulation Department
Abdulrahman oversees the regulation of trading, listing and products at CMA in his capacity as the Director of Markets Regulation Department. He has been with CMA since 2014 and was heavily involved in supervising the implementation of the recent market development initiatives through his role in the Capital Market Development Committee. He also has a leading role in the planning and execution of CMA campaigns to reach out to foreign investors. Abdulrahman is a CFA Charterholder since 2011, and holds a bachelor degree in Finance from Kuwait University

Bader Al Hinai
Bader Al Hinai
Muscat Stock Exchange
Director of Operations Department
Bader is the Director of Operations Department at MSX, with 14 years of experience in finance and capital market operations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from SQU Oman, and is a member of a number of committees supervising the Omani Capital Market. In addition he is responsible for supervising the trading system and everything related to trading sessions, the readiness of brokerage companies and licensing employees working in capital market sector.

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Adnan Al Namer
Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange
Manager Depository & Settlement

Mohammad Al-Osaimi
Mohammad Al-Osaimi
Boursa Kuwait
CEO
Mohammad Saud Al-Osaimi currently holds the position of CEO at Boursa Kuwait. Prior to this, he played a pivotal role in the reforms and development of the capital markets, and the successful execution of Boursa Kuwait’s mission, vision, and strategic objectives, in his capacity as the Head of Markets, helping to create new business opportunities.

Mr. Al-Osaimi joined Boursa Kuwait as a member of its first assembled Board of Directors in 2015, after spending over two decades in various senior positions in the investment field.

He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Carnegie Mellon University, USA, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Gannon University, USA.

Mohammed Al Rumaih
Mohammed Al Rumaih
Saudi Exchange
CEO

Haitham Al Salmi
Haitham Al Salmi
Muscat Stock Exchange
CEO

Khaldoun Altabtabaie
Khaldoun Altabtabaie
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.

Andrew Barman
Andrew Barman
The Network Forum
MD
With a long background (25+ years) in market research of the global securities industry, Andrew launched The Network Forum in January 2017 together with his business partner Ed Jones. Unique to the the custody and post-trade industry, The Network Forum aspires to be the undisputed global community for market participants. Andrew's strengths are in Product and Business Development, Negotiation, Sales and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

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
Managing Director, Regional Head, Financing & Securities Services, Africa and Middle East
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
Principal
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.

Rami El-Dokany
Rami El-Dokany
Arab Federation of Capital Markets
Secretary General

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

Ewa Herisz Jackson
Ewa Herisz Jackson
Blackrock
Director - Sustainable Investing
Ewa Jackson is a member of the BlackRock Sustainable Investing team which is focused on identifying drivers of long-term return associated with environmental, social and governance issues, integrating them throughout Blackrock's investment processes, and creating solutions for our clients to achieve sustainable investment return. Ewa is responsible for driving the sustainable product shelf strategy and sustainable product governance.
Ms Jackson has over 15 years of experience in finance and law and has previously held a number of senior roles in M&A and Strategy at Deutsche Bank and RBS. She is an active advocate of diversity, co-leading the External Networks pillar within BlackRock's Women's Initiative in EMEA and as vice-chair of BlackRock's 100 Women in Finance Committee in Europe. She is also a member of several mentoring programs, including Pilotlight, coaching and mentoring charity leaders and their boards to become more efficient, effective and sustainable. Ms Jackson earned a Master of Laws, with honours, from the University of Aix-Marseille III.

Edward Jones
Edward Jones
The Network Forum Ltd.
MD
With over 23 years in the securities services and investment management industry, Edward set up The Network Forum together with Andrew Barman in 2017 and is mainly responsible for the commercial side of the organisation. Prior to The Network Forum, he was Head Of Sales & Business Development at a major media organisation, with a personal focus on mutual funds, securities services and private equity, and has also served as an independent advisor to a number of different organisations in financial media, recruitment and industry support.

Akber Khan
Akber Khan
Al Rayan Investment
Senior Director - Asset Management
Akber has more than 20 years of experience in the investment industry. Since 2009, he has headed up asset management at Doha-based, Al Rayan Investment (ARI). Akber is responsible for more than $1 billion of assets invested in Sharia-compliant, Gulf listed equities and global sukuk. Prior to ARI, Akber was a Director at Deutsche Bank in London where he spent more than 11 years in European and emerging market equities in trading and research roles.
At ARI, Akber manages Al Rayan GCC Fund, one of the largest Sharia-compliant GCC funds. He also oversees the Qatar Stock Exchange-listed, Al Rayan Qatar ETF (QATR), the world’s second largest, Sharia-compliant, equity ETF.
Akber graduated from University College London having read History and Economics. He has lived in Doha, Dubai, Frankfurt, Karachi and London.

Arshad Khan
Arshad Khan
Arabian Bourse
CEO
Arshad Khan has diverse expertise in the complete financial markets eco-system and the technology behind it. Being at the helm of several financial exchanges, from inception, he has detailed insight in setting-up and managing large financial exchanges. With 23 years of experience out of which 17 years in the gulf countries, he established strong business relations with regional financial institutions and regulatory authorities.

As a Board Member of the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange and its’ clearing corporation for 5 years, Arshad was part of the core team that established the exchange in a record time of 12 months from conceptualisation to its launch in 2005. Before that he played key role in the establishment of the Multi Commodity Exchange of India in 2003. MCX has become one of the largest commodities derivatives exchanges in the world. In 2008, Arshad established Bahrain Financial Exchange regulated by the Central Bank of Bahrain.

Currently, he is the Co-founder & CEO of Arabian Bourse Limited. which is a pioneering virtual assets MTF and custodian based in the Abu Dhabi Global Market, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Additionally, if that wasn't enough, Arshad has created 3 unicorns to date with his core team

Kevjn Lim
Kevjn Lim
IHS Markit
Senior Risk Advisor
Dr. Lim is the MENA lead for Iran, offering clients geostrategic, domestic political and security risk advice and forecasts in this context. He also provides analytical products and bespoke briefings on Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Iraq and Syria. In independent capacity, he has written for a range of publications and research institutions, and consults for a number of governments' foreign ministries. Dr. Lim was a former delegate with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with postings in the Palestinian West Bank, Sudan's Darfur region, Iraq, Gaddhafi's Libya and Afghanistan, handling issues linked to the protection of the civilian population in the context of International Humanitarian Law, and networking with non-state actors and armed militias. He earned his Ph.D. in international relations and MA in security studies, both from Tel Aviv University, as well as a BA (Hons First Class) in political science and Middle East studies from the University of Melbourne. Dr. Lim is fluent in Arabic, Hebrew, Mandarin, Persian, French, Italian and Spanish, and casually conversant in Romanian and Turkish. He also contributes commentary to both print and broadcast media outlets.