SPEAKERS
Abdulla Abdin
Abdulla Abdin
Bahrainclear
COO
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.

Basheer Ahmad
Basheer Ahmad
Dubai Financial Services Authority
Senior Manager, Markets
An experienced capital market regulator, Basheer is responsible for primary market regulations and is the Islamic finance subjectmatter expert at the DFSA. He is also responsible for the development of the ESG
bonds and sukuk requirements.
Basheer has spent over 20 years working for international regulators with an emphasis on securities rules and regulations, policy formulation, operating listing
regimes and market disclosures.
He was previously at the Securities Commission of Malaysia and worked as the deputy public prosecutor with the Attorney General’s Chambers in Malaysia

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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Khalil Alabdulwahab
Muqassa
Chief of Business Development

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Raed Al Humaid
Edaa
CEO

Racha Alkhawaja
Racha Alkhawaja
TPL Investment Management
CEO
C-level strategic leader with over 20 years of solid expertise in Capital Markets, Fund Management, Investments, and Corporate Finance in cross-asset class. Strong International and local expertise with exceptional success in growing, building, and managing new segments while increasing bottom line revenues.
Selected as one of Top 50 Most Influential Women in Finance in the Middle East by Financial News in 2019, and one of the top 50 Women Of Influence in the Arab World by CEO ME in 2021, and with vast experience of leadership executive management roles with high profile leading firms, Racha has well-established accomplishments in financial management functions, team building and strong technical competencies.

Racha has an extensive network in Europe, Mena region and Asia, across International Institutions, Family Offices and Investment Banks and is currently a Board Director in TPL RMC, managing the first and largest Development Impact Fund in Pakistan.Currently the CEO of TPL Investment Management Ltd, a fund manager registered in ADGM,
focused on ESG and SDG linked fund creation and management in Emerging and Frontier markets, Racha is also a board member in Gate Capital, a leading corporate finance house in the UAE and previously, the Group CDO at Equitativa, a diversified asset management and private equity firm, focused on the Real estate sector, where she pioneered the expansion of the firm to Emerging markets.

Haitham Al Salmi
Haitham Al Salmi
Muscat Stock Exchange
CEO

Andrew Barman
Andrew Barman
The Network Forum Ltd
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.

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Adam DePonte
State Street
AVP - Network Management

Scott Dickinson
Scott Dickinson
Standard Chartered
Managing Director, Regional Head of Financing & Securities Services, AME, Financial Markets
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.

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

Dr Mohamed Farid Saleh
Dr Mohamed Farid Saleh
The Egyptian Exchange
Executive Chairman
Dr. Mohamed Farid Saleh was appointed Executive Chairman of EGX in August 2017 as per the Prime Ministerial Decree No. 1759/2017. Currently, Dr. Farid is the Chairman of The Arab Federation of Exchanges (AFE), the Chairman of the Federation of Euro‐Asian Stock Exchanges’ (FEAS) Working Groups and the Chairman of the Emerging Markets Working Group at the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE).

Prior to his appointment as EGX Executive Chairman, Farid served as the Chairman and CEO of Dcode EFC, a leading economic forecasting and advisory firm in Egypt.

Bernard Ferran
Bernard Ferran
Euroclear
Chief Commercial Officer
Bernard joined Euroclear in 2001. He is in charge of the overall Business Development, commercial support as well as Marketing. His remit includes servicing US$ 40 trillion of assets under custody across 2,000 clients located in more than 120 countries. He supervises a large commercial team of 350 people spread across 11 Euroclear offices located in Europe, Middle East, Asia and the Americas. Before being appointed as Chief Commercial Officer, Bernard held several senior and regional positions such as managing clients across the Americas, as well as Europe and the CIS. He also acted for more than 10 years as Chief Representative Officer in Dubai to further promote the footprint of Euroclear across the Middle East & Africa.

Farah Foustok
Farah Foustok
Lazard Asset Management
CEO

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.

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Hammad Izz-Hamid
Deutsche Bank
Head of Securities Services Middle East & Africa

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Maroun Jalkh
Azimut
CEO

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.

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Rainer Kasch
First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)
Head of KSA Securities Services