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Banking and Capital Markets, Finance

Middle East Banking Forum 2017

Harnessing the Forces of Global Disruption

Abu Dhabi, UAE |
Speakers include:
His Excellency Mubarak Rashed  Al Mansoori

His Excellency Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori

Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates

H.E. Abdul Aziz Abdulla  Al-Ghurair

H.E. Abdul Aziz Abdulla Al-Ghurair

UAE Banks Federation

Ralph  Hamers

Ralph Hamers



The sixth annual Middle East Banking Forum will take place on 11 November 2018 in Dubai.
For full information and to register please visit:

The UAE Banks Federation and The Banker present the fifth annual Middle East Banking Forum: Harnessing the forces of global disruption, a half-day conference that will explore the challenging new environment that banks must now operate in, and how they can make the most of it.

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Banking is being transformed by powerful forces. Digitalisation, demanding customers, competition from unexpected quarters, cyber attacks and constantly evolving regulation. Banks that fail to adapt quickly to these trends will be left behind, or perhaps even fail. But those that embrace change by re-writing their strategies and implementing new operating models will open up a whole new world of opportunity. 

Senior executives from banks in the region and further afield – as well as financial regulators, consultants and others – will come together to discuss the major challenges the industry faces. Through keynote addresses, panel sessions and on-stage interviews, our speakers and panellists will explain how those challenges can be harnessed to profitable effect. Delegates will have the chance to ask questions during the Q&A sessions, and have plenty of time to network during morning registration, the refreshments break and lunch.

If you want to know how banking is being disrupted, and the risks and benefits it is creating, join us in Abu Dhabi on 22 November.


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His Excellency Mubarak Rashed  Al Mansoori

His Excellency Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori

Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates

HE Mubarak Rashed Khamis Al Mansoori holds a Bachelor degree in Finance and an MBA. He has been appointed The Governor of Central Bank of the UAE as of September 2014. He has also been the CEO of Emirates Investment Authority since May 2008. He started his career at ADIA from 1991 – 2000 in the Equities Department, then he served as the Director General of Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions & Benefits Fund since its establishment back in 2000. He also held directorship in a number of organisations including The Central Bank of United Arab Emirates, Securities & Commodities Authority of UAE (SCA), Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX), Etisalat Group in the UAE, Etisalat Misr in Egypt, Mobily in Saudi Arabia, The Arab International Bank (AIB) in Egypt, Arab Banking Corporation (ABC) in Bahrain, Egypt and Jordan, Banco Atlantico in Spain, Tabreed and Abu Dhabi Holding Company.

H.E. Abdul Aziz Abdulla  Al-Ghurair

H.E. Abdul Aziz Abdulla Al-Ghurair

UAE Banks Federation

His Excellency Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair has been Chairman of the UAE Banks Federation since 2012, a position that entails dealing with the key issues facing the country’s banking sector, encouraging cooperation between banks and promoting the important role banks play in the economy and the wider community. He is also the CEO of Mashreq Group and member of the Board of Directors of Abdulla Al Ghurair Group, one of the biggest businesses in the Middle East with operations in more than 20 countries.

His Excellency’s current positions include Chairman of Abdullah Al Ghurair Foundation, one of the leading institutional philanthropic initiatives focused on education. Other positions include Chairman of the Executive Committee of Al Ghurair Investment, Vice Chairman of the Higher Board of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC); Member of the Board of the Emirates Foundation; Chairman of Masafi Company, Oman Insurance; President of FBN GCC, a non-profit international network for family businesses; and a Trustee of New York University President’s Global Council.

HE Al Ghurair was elected as The Speaker of the United Arab Emirates Federal National Council (UAE Parliament) for tenure of four years, which ended in February 2011. He has previously sat on the Board of Directors of major companies such as Emaar, Dubai Investments, visa International, MasterCard and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and has been Co-Chairman of the Arab Business Council – World Economic Forum (WEF). He was also a member of the Constitutive Council for GCC Leaders and President of The Knowledge Fund.

His Excellency has been recognised multiple times in leading awards, conferences and seminars, both international and local, and he is a five-times recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards. His awards include:

• Business Leader of the Year from Gulf Business Industry Award 2016 and 2017.

• Banking Business Leader of the Year from Gulf Business Industry Award 2017.

• Arab Banker of the Year award 2015-2016 from The Union of Arab Banks (UAB) in Rome, Italy.

• Innovator of the Year Award – Gulf Business Industry Award 2014.

• Lifetime Achievement Award - Gulf Business Industry Awards 2012

• Best CEO Award - CEO Middle East magazine 2008.

• Lifetime Achievement Award - The Arab Bankers Association of North America (ABANA) – USA in 2008.

• Best CEO Award for supporting Emiratisation initiative in UAE from the National Career Fair - Banking and Finance in 2008.

• Lifetime Achievement Award - Euromoney in 2008.

• Lifetime Achievement Award – Banker Middle East 2009.

• Best Banking Contributing Personality Award – Banker Middle East 2011.

• MEED Leadership Award 2011.

• The Arab Banker of the Year in the Private Sector Award

2010-2011 from The Union of Arab Banks (UAB) in Rome, Italy.

HE Al Ghurair has an honours degree in industrial engineering from California Polytechnic State University.

Ralph  Hamers

Ralph Hamers

CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board

Ralph Hamers became the youngest-ever CEO and chairman of the Executive Board of ING, the Dutch bank, when he was appointed in October 2013. ING is a global financial institution with a strong European base, offering banking services to more than 36 million customers in over 40 countries. Mr Hamers introduced ING’s Think Forward strategy, which aims to empower people in life and in business with a differentiating experience that is clear, easy and available anytime and anywhere. Think Forward is accelerating the digital transformation of ING, with the ambition to become the “go to” global digital platform for all financial needs. Mr Hamers joined ING in 1991, and has variously headed up ING in Romania, the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as being responsible for the international networks of ING’s Wholesale Banking and Retail Banking business lines. He holds a Master of Science degree in Business Econometrics/Operations Research from Tilburg University, the Netherlands.

Jassim  Al Bastaki

Jassim Al Bastaki

Secretary General
Emirati Entrepreneurs Association

Jassim Al Bastaki is the Secretary General of the Emirati Entrepreneurs Association and one of the leading entrepreneurs in the United Arab Emirates. He has played a significant role in motivating young Emirati people to set up businesses. Mr Al Bastaki is also a member of several governmental and international organisations, including the Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development, the Khalifa bin Zayed Fund to support small projects, and the Group of Twenty Entrepreneurship G20. He has over 20 years’ experience in public and private sectors, including property, hotels, travel, airlines and hospitality  management. He recently founded the Envelope Investment Company that supports the small enterprise sector. Mr Al Bastaki is a graduate of the Management Faculty of  the International Hotel and Hospitality Industry at the University of Central Florida, USA. He also holds a degree in Financial Management from the College of Business Administration in the UK. 

Ihab  Ayoub

Ihab Ayoub

General Manager, Middle East and North Africa

As Visa’s General Manager for the Middle East and North Africa, Ihab Ayoub is responsible for the global payments technology company’s overall business and expanding its market share in over 40 markets across the region. Mr Ayoub joined Visa in April 2004 as Country Manager for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In 2007 he was appointed Area Manager, taking on responsibility for the Gulf countries. Before joining Visa, he worked with AT&T and American Express in North America and, prior to that, he was with Citibank as Regional Director covering the Middle East. Mr Ayoub holds an MBA in Finance and a BBA in Banking from the University of Texas.

Royce Curtin

Royce Curtin

Managing Director, Group Intelligence

Royce Curtin joined Barclays in January 2017 as its new Managing Director of Group Intelligence. He leads the bank’s global Intelligence capability as part of its expanded Chief Security Office vision and service structure. He joined Barclays following a 27-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and US military. His extensive leadership experience most recently includes his role as the FBI Deputy Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Partner Engagement and FBI Senior Advisor to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.Mr Curtin brings leadership expertise in crisis management, strategic intelligence, national security, special operations, and multinational intelligence platforms delivering high-impact, innovative customer and business performance solutions.

Rabih Dabboussi

Rabih Dabboussi

SVP, Sales, Marketing and Business Development

Rabih Dabboussi is the Senior Vice President for Sales, Marketing and Business Development at DarkMatter, a provider of cyber security services to commercial and government clients. With more than 20 years of industry experience in the private and public sectors, he is responsible for the company’s expansion strategy, overseeing its sales, marketing and business development in key industries. Prior to joining DarkMatter, Mr Dabboussi was the Managing Director of Cisco UAE. He arrived in the UAE
 in 2008 and led a number Cisco’s businesses in the region, including its Smart City strategy. Prior to that, he led Cisco’s engineering organisation in emerging markets, its Strategic Accounts business and its service provider segment; and before that he led a consultancy team that facilitated the growth of Cisco’s mobile business worldwide. Mr Dabboussi has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from North Carolina State University in the US.

Marc Hofmann

Marc Hofmann

Chief Information Security Officer

Marc Hofmann took up his position as SWIFT’s Chief Information Security Officer in November 2016. He joined SWIFT from Deutsche Bank where he held various CISO roles, most recently as Regional Chief Information Security Officer for the UK and Ireland. He has more than 20 years’ experience in security and risk management. Prior to working at Deutsche Bank, he held a number of IT security roles, among others at Ernst & Young. Mr Hofmann holds a PhD in economics with a focus on banking regulation, IT and risk management. 

Ronit  Ghose

Ronit Ghose

Managing Director, Global Banks Sector Head, Citi Research

Ronit Ghose is Global Sector Head for Banks in Citi Research, Citigroup. He is the lead author of Citi’s GPS FinTech report series - the 2016 edition has had over 220,000 downloads making it the most read report ever published by the bank. Since joining Citi in 1997, Mr Ghose has covered banks in the Benelux, Canada, Cyprus, France, Greece, Saudi Arabia, Scandinavia, Spain, UAE and the UK. he previously worked at the British Bankers’ Association and as a research assistant in the British Parliament. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford, a postgraduate diploma from the University of London and is a CFA charter holder. 

Pier Luigi  Gilibert

Pier Luigi Gilibert

Chief Executive
European Investment Fund

Pier Luigi Gilibert was appointed Chief Executive of the European Investment Fund (EIF) in February 2014. Prior to this he was Director General of the European Investment Bank (EIB) where he was responsible for operations in the European Union and candidate countries. He joined the EIB in 1984 and subsequently held various functions, including Director General of the Risk Management Directorate, Head of Division of the Financial Research Department and also worked as an economist in the Financial Research Department. Before joining the EIB, he was an economist in the Research and in the International Departments of Banca Commerciale Italiana in Milan. He is an Italian national who holds degrees in Economics from the University of Turin, Italy and Rochester, USA.

Andrei Kirilenko

Andrei Kirilenko

Director, Centre for Global Finance and Technology, Imperial College Business School,
Imperial College London

Andrei Kirilenko is the Director of the Centre for Global Finance and Technology at the Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London. Prior to joining ICL in August 2015, he was Professor of the Practice of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Co-Director of the MIT Center for Finance and Policy in the US. Professor Kirilenko's work focuses on the intersection of finance, technology and regulation. He is a recognised world expert on technology in markets, including algorithmic and high frequency trading. He is also an intellectual leader on the principles of regulation of automated financial markets. Before MIT Sloan Professor Kirilenko served as Chief Economist of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) between December 2010 and December 2012 where he used modern analytical tools and methods to improve the Commission's ability to develop and enforce an effective regulatory regime in automated financial markets. In 2010 he was the recipient of the CFTC Chairman's Award for Excellence (highest honor). Before joining the CFTC he spent 12 years at
the International Monetary Fund working on global capital markets issues. His scholarly work has appeared in a number of peer-refereed journals and received multiple best-paper awards. Professor Kirilenko received his PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, where he specialised in Finance. 

Brian Meenagh

Brian Meenagh

Latham & Watkins

Brian Meenagh is a partner in the Dubai office of American law firm Latham & Watkins. His practice focuses on complex cyber security, data privacy, technology transactions and joint ventures, fintech, procurement and sourcing of technology and intellectual property counselling. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr Meenagh was a technology analyst at Accenture and worked on a variety of outsourcing, business transformation, systems integration, and software development projects for blue chip companies and the UK government. Since becoming a lawyer, he has advised many leading banks and financial service institutions on technology matters, including multiple UK investment and retail banks, US investment banks, European and Asian banks as well as various banks, banking associations and consortia and wealth funds in the GCC. He also advises global and regional fintech business on establishing and operating in the UAE. 

Joseph Pelrine

Joseph Pelrine



Joseph Pelrine is the owner of MetaProg, and one of the world’s most experienced experts in Agile software development methods. He is also a senior advisor to McKinsey Digital Labs. Mr Pelrine has spent over 20 years defining and refining processes to help some of the world’s biggest companies improve their ability to satisfy the needs of their customers. A respected coach, mentor, and manager, his experience in applying leading-edge techniques from social complexity and psychology to process optimisation goes far beyond the domain of software development, and extends to the whole organisation. 

Miguel-Ángel  Rodríguez-Sola

Miguel-Ángel Rodríguez-Sola

former Chief Executive, Digital and Transformation Division
Lloyds Banking Group

Over the last 13 years, Miguel-Ángel Rodríguez-Sola has held a variety of senior executive positions at Lloyds Banking Group and Santander Banking Group in the UK, USA and Spain; he led the Lloyds Banking Group Digital and Transformation Division from September 2013 until September 2016. Prior to this he was a Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he worked for 12 years. He is currently a Senior Advisor to McKinsey on Digital Transformation and member of the Advisory Board of Digital Leaders.


Chair and moderator (2)

Michael Imeson

Michael Imeson

Senior Content Editor
Financial Times Live | Global Conferences & Events

Michael Imeson is a Senior Content Editor at Financial Times Live, the FT’s conference division, where he organises and chairs conferences, and a Contributing Editor of The Banker magazine, which is part of the FT. He also owns Financial & Business Publications, an editorial services agency providing services to a range of organisations. Before setting up the agency he was a news reporter for The Times and Sunday Times in London. He is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (Chartered MCSI); an Advisory Board Member of the European Risk Management Council; and a Member of the Institute of Internal Communication (MIIC). He has written and edited several books including Dangers in E-BankingThe Future of the Building Society Movement, and Finance for Growth. He studied at the London School of Economics for an MPhil in Government and at the University of Bradford for a BSc in History and Literature.

James  King

James King

Middle East Banking Editor
The Banker, Financial Times Group

James King is the Middle East and Islamic finance editor of The Banker. Prior to joining the magazine he worked for the economic research and consulting firm Oxford Business Group, in the United Arab Emirates and Thailand. He has also covered the global energy sector with The Oil & Gas Year, living and working in the US, Brazil, Canada and Peru. James has a BA in International Relations from the University of Exeter and an MA from King’s College London.

Agenda - 22nd Nov

  • 8:15am
    Registration and Networking
  • 9:00am
    Conference chairman’s opening remarks

    Michael Imeson, Contributing Editor, The Banker, FT Group

  • 9:10am
    Remarks from the Governor of the Central Bank of the UAE

    H.E. Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori, Governor, UAE Central Bank

  • 9:20am
    Opening keynote presentation: Harnessing the forces of global disruption

    Banking is being disrupted in many ways: by technology, by regulation, by market trends, by competition and by much more. So how should banks grasp these challenges and use them to their own benefit?

    Andrei Kirilenko, Director, Centre for Global Finance and Technology, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London

  • 9:55am
    On-stage interview: Breakthrough through agility – creating new operating models to succeed in a fast-changing environment

    Revolutionary technology, big data analytics, artificial intelligence, cyber risks, customer demand, new market entrants – banking as we know it, in the Middle East as much as anywhere else, is having to cope with a range of disruptive forces. The pace of change poses an existential threat to banks that are inflexible and slow to adapt. But those that are quick and agile, and are able to develop new operating models to deal with these challenges, will be able to break into a new world of unparalleled opportunity.

    • What is wrong with traditional banking models? How should they be adapted or replaced to create a more agile, dynamic bank that can capture the forces of disruption?
    • Revolutionary technology. Banks can develop technology-based services on their own, but when does it make more sense to work with a fintech company as a partner rather than a rival?
    • Big data analytics. How should banks incorporate big data analytics into their strategic vision to make better, faster decisions?
    • AI. How is artificial intelligence being used in banking now, and what is its potential?
    • Customer demand. What should banks be doing to ensure they meet customers’ requirements and align their services across all delivery channels?
    • New entrants. How are non-bank entrants transforming the customer experience and reshaping the domestic and international payments markets? How should banks be responding?

    Joseph Pelrine, Owner, MetaProg

    Miguel-Ángel Rodríguez-Sola, former Chief Executive, Digital and Transformation Division, Lloyds Banking Group; and Advisory Board Member, Digital Leaders

    INTERVIEWER: Michael Imeson, Contributing Editor, The Banker, FT Group

  • 10:25am
    Panel discussion: Financing SMEs in the UAE, and lessons to be learned from other countries

    Many SMEs find it difficult to get bank loans, and those that do often have to pay relatively high interest rates. Yet SMEs are essential to economic growth and job creation. The Central Bank of the UAE is therefore consulting with banks on how to improve SMEs’ credit worthiness and a regulation is being introduced to encourage banks to lend them more.  Policymakers and banks are also looking to Europe and other parts of the world to see how they are increasing finance to SMEs, and any lessons to be learned.

    • How difficult is it for SMEs in the UAE to obtain bank loans? Is the current cautious approach by banks justified by the risks of lending to SMEs? 

    • Financing SMEs is a global problem – what is the situation in Europe?

    • How will the new UAE Central Bank regulation make it easier for SMEs to get loans? How difficult and costly will it be for banks to comply with the regulation?

     • What voluntary steps are UAE banks taking to increase lending to SMEs, such as helping improve their creditworthiness by advising them on good governance, business strategy, 
operating models, accurate financial accounts, cost control and new technology?

    • What lessons can the UAE learn from how European governments and banks are tackling the SME finance problem? 

    • More specifically, how is the European Investment Fund – an EU institution –  helping Europe’s SMEs gain access to finance through its debt and equity products? Could its approach, or something similar, work in the UAE?

    His Excellency Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori, Governor, UAE Central Bank

    His Excellency Abdul Aziz Abdulla Al-Ghurair, Chairman, UAE Banks Federation

    Jassim Al Bastaki, Secretary General, Emirati Entrepreneurs Association

    Pier Luigi Gilibert, Chief Executive, European Investment Fund

    MODERATOR: James King, Middle East Editor, The Banker, FT Group

  • 11:15am
    Presentation: The robo-banker: advanced analytics and artificial intelligence

    Advanced analytics is the autonomous examination of data using sophisticated software to provide detailed business intelligence that can then be used to make predictions and recommendations. Artificial intelligence, also known as machine learning, is computer software that uses algorithms to learn from data without relying on rules-based programming. Together, these two developments will help banks embrace more automation, understand their customers better, develop more tailored service offerings, reduce reliance on human intervention and replace certain occupations – particularly those that require a lot of collecting and processing data – with “robo-bankers".

    Ronit Ghose, Managing Director, Global Banks Sector Head, Citi Research, Citigroup

  • 11:35am
    Networking refreshment break
  • 12:05pm
    Panel discussion: Dangers in cyberspace – what would it take to bring down a bank?

    Cyber security has become one of the most pressing issues for banks. The risks are many and the consequences serious. Cyber attackers are constantly probing banks’ defences and breaching them. There are numerous documented cases of banks having millions of pounds stolen from their accounts, losing the data of tens of thousands of customers, and suffering distributed-denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks which have frozen bank websites and denied customers access to their money. A really serious breach could create a run on the bank and cause it to fail.

    • Who are the attackers, what are their motives and what methods do they use?
    • What are banks doing to protect themselves in cyberspace? Could  the use of blockchain/distributed ledger technology improve security?
    • With hackers becoming ever more sophisticated, are banks fighting a losing battle?
    • Financial regulators are becoming increasingly concerned and want to be sure that banks have the right systems and controls in place – are their demands realistic and achievable?

    Royce Curtin, Managing Director, Group Intelligence, Barclays

    Rabih Dabboussi, SVP, Sales, Marketing and Business Development, DarkMatter

    Marc Hofmann, Chief Information Security Officer, SWIFT

    Brian Meenagh, Partner, Latham & Watkins

    MODERATOR: Michael Imeson, Contributing Editor, The Banker, FT Group

  • 12:55pm
    Video presentation: My bank

    Video of interviews with consumer banking customers in the UAE on what they think of the service they get from their bank.

  • 1:00pm
    Presentation: Enhancing the payment experience in a customer-centric environment

    In the fast moving digital world we live in, financial institutions need to create new, exciting and market leading services and experiences for their customers. Customers’ expectations are increasing because of the connected digital lives they are leading. For financial institutions this is a challenge, but also an opportunity to create a truly game-changing experiences by making payments experiences secure, fast and seamless. Visa, as a leader in payments innovation, has a global view on emerging technologies and understands consumer trends and expectations. In this presentation, Visa outlines some of the exciting payments innovations it is working on that promise to enable financial institutions in the Middle East to dramatically improve customer service in today’s dynamic and fast-changing environment.

    Ihab Ayoub, General Manager, Middle East and North Africa, Visa 

  • 1:20pm
    Closing keynote address: capturing the power of digital technology

    Financial technology promises to change the world of banking forever. Digitalisation is bringing about real benefits in customer service, mobile banking, product development and in other areas. Banks have adopted cloud computing, faster payments, high-frequency trading and other concepts. And they are experimenting with even newer ideas such as artificial intelligence, robo-advisers and blockchain. But with opportunity comes risk – escalating costs, the possibility of untested technology failing to deliver, security weaknesses, and more. If the power of fintech is to be harnessed to profitable effect by banks in the Middle East, they have to develop a sound strategy, be agile, partner with the right fintech firms and tread carefully.

    Ralph Hamers, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Board, ING Group

  • 1:50pm
    Summary of key themes and closing remarks

    Michael Imeson, Contributing Editor, The Banker, FT Group

  • 2:00pm
    Networking lunch

Who will I meet?

This forum is free to attend for senior banking and finance professionals with job titles including:

  • Central Bank Governors
  • Finance Ministers
  • Heads/Directors of Banking Supervision 
  • Financial regulators
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Risk Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Chief Investment Officers
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Chief Information security officers
  • Investment Committee Members
  • Heads of Investment / Asset Allocation
  • Head of Funds / Portfolio Management
  • Chief Compliance Officers 
  • Heads/Directors of Regulatory Affairs 
  • Heads/Directors of Retail Banking 
  • Heads/Directors of Consumer Banking 
  • Heads/Directors of / Business Banking / SME Banking 
  • Heads/Directors of Digital Banking 
  • Heads/Directors of Mobile Banking 
  • Heads/Directors of Channel Delivery
  • Heads of Innovation
  • Heads/Directors of Treasury

Presented By (2)

Established in 1982, the UAE Banks Federation is a professional representative body comprising 48 member banks operating in the UAE. The Federation advocates all banks' interests, and enhances cooperation and coordination among them, in order to promote and upgrade the UAE's banking industry for the benefit of the banking sector, its customers, and the national economy.

The UAE Banks Federation's mission and objectives are focused on developing and representing the interests of the member banks and defending their rights. The federation plays a major role in raising public awareness around the beneficial role and distinctive financial, economic and social contribution of the banks to the UAE.

The Federation has an Advisory Council consisting of Bank CEOs which oversees the implementation of the policies, follows up on UBF's activities and makes necessary decisions, and 19 specialized technical committees who discuss all relevant banking issues.

The Banker provides economic and financial intelligence for the world's financial sector and has built a reputation for objective and incisive reporting. It leads the debate on all the issues surrounding the global banking industry, providing in-depth news and analysis, exclusive interviews with senior industry figures and definitive regional bank listings, including the internationally acclaimed Top 1000 World Banks.

Supported by (1)

The main responsibility of the Central Bank is formulation and implementation of banking, credit and monetary policies, to ensure the growth of the national economy of the UAE in a balanced manner.

The Central Bank is also working to maintain a fixed exchange rate of the dirham against the U.S. dollar and to ensure the free convertibility of the national currency into foreign currencies, in addition to its role as "Bank of Banks" and the Government's bank and its financial adviser.

Lead Banking Sponsors (8)

FAB, the UAE’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest and safest institutions, offers an extensive range of tailor-made solutions, and products and services, to provide a customised experience. Through its strategic offerings, it looks to meet the banking needs of customers across the world via its market-leading Corporate and Investment Banking and Personal Banking franchises.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi in Khalifa Business Park, the bank’s international network spans over 19 countries outside the UAE, providing the global relationships, expertise and financial strength to support local, regional and international businesses seeking to do business at home and abroad.

In line with its commitment to put customers first, to Grow Stronger, FAB will continually invest in people and technology to create the most customer-friendly banking experience, and will support the growth ambitions of its stakeholders across countries in which the bank operates.

To empower its customers and clients to Grow Stronger, FAB initiated a powerful movement, which goes beyond banking. The Grow Stronger movement represents the bank’s promise to support its stakeholders’ goals and growth ambitions, providing ideas, tools and expertise to help them become stronger, today and in the future.

With total assets of AED 678 Billion (USD 185 Billion) as of March-end 2018, FAB is rated Aa3/AA-/AA- by Moody’s, S&P and Fitch respectively, the strongest combined ratings of any bank in the MENA region. The Bank has been ranked by Global Financeâ as the safest bank in the UAE and the Middle East, 4th in emerging markets, 17th amongst commercial banks worldwide, and 31st in the world.Through a strong, diversified balance sheet, leading efficiency and a solid corporate governance structure in place, FAB is set to drive growth forward.

Emirates NBD is a leading banking Group in the region. As at 30th June 2016, total assets were AED 425.8 Billion, (equivalent to approx. USD 116 Billion). The Group has a significant retail banking franchise in the UAE and is a key participant in the global digital banking industry, with over 87 per cent of all financial transactions and requests conducted outside of its branches.

The bank currently has more than 220 branches and over 955 ATMs and CDMs in the UAE and overseas and a large social media following, being the only bank in the Middle East ranked among the top 20 in the ‘Power 100 Social Media Rankings’, compiled by The Financial Brand. It is a major player in the UAE corporate and retail banking arena and has strong Islamic Banking, Global Markets & Treasury, Investment Banking, Private Banking, Asset Management and Brokerage operations.

The Group has operations in the UAE, Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and representative offices in India, China and Indonesia.

The Group is an active participant and supporter of the UAE’s main development initiatives and of the various educational, environmental, cultural, charity and community welfare establishments.

ADCB was formed in 1985 and as at 31 March 2018 employed over 5,000 people from 80 nationalities, serving retail customers and corporate clients in 49 branches, 1 pay office and 2 branches in India, 1 branch in Jersey and representative offices in London and Singapore. As at 31 March 2018, ADCB’s total assets were AED 267 billion.

ADCB is a full-service commercial bank which offers a wide range of products and services in both conventional and Shari’ah compliant banking, operating in four business segments including Consumer Banking, Wholesale Banking, Treasury and Investments and Property Management.

ADCB is owned 62.52% by the Government of Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi Investment Council). Its shares are traded on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange. As at 31 March 2018, ADCB’s market capitalisation was AED 34 billion.

Abu Dhabi Islamic bank is one of the leading Islamic financial institutions operating in the Middle East. Awarded internationally for its excellence, ADIB offers a full suite of banking, financing, equity, and investment services, all in accordance with Islamic-Sharia principles. Established in 1997, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank now serves over 930,000 customers through a network of more than 80 branches and more than 740 ATMs, as well as online and mobile applications, making it one of the largest banking networks in the UAE. ADIB caters to a variety of sectors through its network of corporate, commercial, and community banks, and offers dedicated services for financial institutions and the government and public sectors.

HSBC in the MENA Region

HSBC is the largest and most widely represented international banking organisation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), with a presence in 8 countries across the region.  HSBC has operations in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait 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 250 offices and around 11,000 employees. In the year ending 31st December 2016, HSBC in the MENA region made a profit before tax of US$ 1.5bn.

Union National Bank (UNB) is a public joint stock company incorporated under the laws of the United Arab Emirates in 1982. UNB is the only bank in the UAE with significant shareholdings by the Governments of both Abu Dhabi (50%) and Dubai (10%). The remaining 40% of the shares are publicly held. The shares of UNB are listed on Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.

UNB operates through a wide network of branches and ATMs throughout the UAE.  UNB has extended its reach to Egypt through a successful acquisition of the erstwhile ACMB and currently operates in the country as UNB Egypt through a number of banking centres. It has ventured into Doha with a branch at the Qatar Financial Centre and has also opened a representative office in Shanghai China, being the first bank from the region to do so. UNB also has a branch in Kuwait Branch operational since Oct 2012.

UNB's subsidiaries include, Union Brokerage Company (UBC) which provides brokerage services for clients at the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange and the Dubai Financial Market, Al Wifaq Finance Company (AWFC) offering Shari’a compliant products and services to the growing Islamic banking market and INJAZ Marketing Management which provides marketing management related services, through a dedicated team of professional sales and marketing representatives.

The Bank was incorporated in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 1969 and is registered as a Public Shareholding Company (PSC).

The Bank is listed on the Dubai Financial Market and is fully owned by UAE Nationals, including 20% by the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD). The Bank employs around 1,159 staff of 44 nationalities. It offers a wide range of conventional and Islamic banking products and services to its corporate, commercial and personal banking customers through a network of 25 branches, 3 digital kiosk and 2 Cash Offices. Moreover the Bank has invested in an extensive network of 199 ATMs/CDMs.

Bank of Sharjah PJSC is primarily a corporate bank, engaged in delivering financial services to UAE-based industrial and commercial entities. Founded on a policy of strong capitalization and high asset quality, the Bank maintains a portfolio comprised of general banking services, project finance, trade finance facilities, syndicated loans, and short-to medium-term loans defined by customer consultation and analysis.

Beyond its corporate finance activities, the Bank delivers private banking, wealth management, and investment services. The Bank focuses on strategic investments in regional public entities and performing SMEs that have undergone calculated return assessments.

Bank of Sharjah holds a branch presence in Sharjah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Al Ain. The Bank maintains a subsidiary in Lebanon, Emirates Lebanon Bank SAL. Bank of Sharjah endeavors to promote and protect growth by availing facilities to client organizations that substantiate their business cases with rationalized operational practices and a reputable market presence.

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Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world’s most advanced processing networks — VisaNet — that is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, pay ahead with prepaid or pay later with credit products.

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The Emirates Digital Wallet paves the way for a cashless UAE.  It is the product of co-operation between 16 of the UAE’s leading national banks, providing a unique solution that offers a highly convenient, safe and efficient way of shopping and making and receiving payments. 

Any individual in the UAE has the equivalent of cash-in-pocket through their mobile, enabling them to purchase goods and services as well as making money transfers simply, safely and cashlessly.  

Any merchant and vendor in the UAE receives payment instantaneously, allowing them to use the proceeds immediately, just as if they had received cash. 

Specifically, the Emirates Digital Wallet LLC platform enables unbanked UAE residents to enjoy financial inclusion by providing them with a much more secure alternative to cash, without the need of a bank account. It also supports both the UAE banks’ and the government’s broader objective of reducing the overall flow and quantity of physical cash in the economy to create a much safer, more economical and efficient environment for payments. 

The Central Bank of the UAE supports this important development, having issued regulations governing stored value and Digital payment systems in early 2017.  

DarkMatter is transforming the cyber security landscape. Headquartered in the UAE and operating globally. The firm delivers advanced, next-generation solutions to governments and enterprises across the cyber security spectrum.


Secure Communications
Secure Communications delivers advanced privacy and security solutions for all types of fixed and mobile voice, video, chat, email, file sharing and data communications.

Public Key Infrastructure
Our Public Key Infrastructure solutions make it possible for clients to conduct business across networks in a manner that assures trust in documents, counterparties, devices and transactions.

Big Data & Analytics
DarkMatter helps clients securely process and fuse multiple large data sources to draw deep, impactful insights, actionable intelligence and operational advantage.


Governance, Risk & Compliance
The Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) team works with entities to audit and assess their performance against regulatory and industry standards in order to identify gaps and ensure or achieve compliance.

Cyber Network Defence
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Legal Sponsor (1)

Latham & Watkins is a global law firm with more than 2,700 lawyers around the world. The firm has internationally recognised practices across a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation and trial, and regulatory areas spanning the major sectors driving the global economy.

Latham’s M&A team has extensive experience advising on transformative cross-border M&A, domestic public takeovers, and private sale processes as well as counselling boards on corporate governance issues and shareholder activism. In 2018, the firm’s lawyers handled more than US$618 billion in announced mergers and acquisitions transactions worldwide, representing principal entities or financial advisors in more than 500 public and private transactions.

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Knowledge partner (1)

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm, deeply committed to helping institutions in the private, public and social sectors achieve lasting success. For over eight decades, our primary objective has been to serve as our clients' most trusted external advisor. With consultants in more than 100 offices in 60 countries, across industries and functions, we bring unparalleled expertise to clients anywhere in the world. We work closely with teams at all levels of an organization to shape winning strategies, mobilize for change, build capabilities and drive successful execution.


Our global experts cover the full spectrum of financial services. We help financial services firms worldwide define, build, and maintain winning strategies. We work with retail banks and consumer finance firms to navigate a dynamic environment of evolving regulation, consumer behavior and digital innovation. We also partner with clients to develop sound observations about the future state of the industry, and to make strong strategic choices that will enable them to adapt and thrive in a changing market. Our approach to supporting clients is customized and collaborative, and combines deep industry expertise and experience with proprietary quantitative analytics and research.

Official News broadcaster (1)

Sky News Arabia is a 50-50 joint venture between Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corp (ADMIC), a private investment company, and Sky PLC, the UK’s leading pay television provider. Based in Abu Dhabi, Sky News Arabia is a multi-platform news organization that delivers Arabic-language news on a free-to-air news channel, a video-rich website, mobile devices & most social media platforms.

Vision:  To be the most trusted, far-reaching and influential Arabic media platform.

Mission: To deliver fast and accurate news reportage across all platforms, while promoting a respect for human values and preserving our core principles of journalistic integrity and excellence through:

  • Attracting top-tier talent
  • Establishing a culture of creativity and innovation
  • Championing the use of cutting-edge technology

Sky News Arabia provides comprehensive coverage of the regional and international news agenda and content is being created and delivered by more than 500 multimedia journalists, supported by a full technical and operations team, broadcasting to over 50 million households in both HD and SD formats. Sky News Arabia also operates a network of over 30 newsgathering bureaus across the MENA region, including offices in London and Washington DC. Sky News Arabia also have access to Sky News’ wider network of international bureaus and newsgathering resources.

The company is committed to engaging staff from the UAE and across the MENA region, working with the community to develop local talent.


سكاي نيوز عربية في سطور

سكاي نيوز عربية هي ثمرة شراكة بين شركة أبوظبي للاستثمار الإعلامي، شركة الاستثمار الخاصة، وشركة سكاي البريطانية، الشبكة التلفزيونية الرائدة في المملكة المتحدة.

تعمل سكاي نيوز عربية من مقرها في أبوظبي، وهي مؤسسة إخبارية متعددة المنصات؛ تبث الأخبار باللغة العربية عبر قناة تلفزيونية مجانية بجودة الـHD عالية الوضوح، فضلاً عن تقديم خدماتها عبر موقعها الإلكتروني، ومن خلال تطبيقات الأجهزة المتحركة والذكية ومعظم منصات التواصل الاجتماعي.

تقدم سكاي نيوز عربية محتوى مميزاً وتغطية شاملة لأخبار المنطقة والعالم من خلال شبكة متكاملة تضم أكثر من 500 صحفي وإعلامي يتلقون الدعم من فريق تقني كامل ومن خبراء العمليات. وتبث القناة أخبارها إلى أكثر من 50 مليون منزل بالدقة العالية HD وبصيغة SD.  تملك سكاي نيوز عربية أيضاً 30 مكتباً في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا، إضافة إلى مكتبيها في لندن وواشنطن. كما تتعاون القناة مع شبكة المكاتب العالمية والمصادر الإخبارية المختلفة لقناة سكاي البريطانية.


تلتزم سكاي نيوز عربية باستقطاب أفضل الكوادر الصحفية من مختلف أرجاء الوطن العربي والعالم، كما تتعاون مع مختلف جهات المجتمع المحلي لتطوير قدرات المواهب المحلية وتوظيفها


رؤية ورسالة المؤسسة

الرؤية: "المصدر الإعلامي الموثوق الأوسع انتشاراً والأقدر على التأثير"

الرسالة: إيصال الخبر بدقة وسرعة عبر كافة المنصات، ومراعاة القيم الإنسانية، من خلال:

  • اتباع أعلى المعايير المهنية، واستقطاب أفضل الكفاءات.
  • تكريس ثقافة الإبداع والابتكار.
  • الريادة في توظيف التكنولوجيا.

Supporting Publication (1)

The world’s leading business magazine in its Arabic edition! Through a partnership with the Massachusetts-based Harvard Business Publishing, Haykal Media has acquired the rights to publish the Arabic version of the magazine, giving Arabic readers the chance to enjoy unrivaled content in print and online. The first issue was published in April 2015. Harvard Business Review Arabic magazine covers a range of topics including management, leadership, career and entrepreneurship. It offers expert advice on marketing and economy and brings the latest studies and analysis that keep followers informed. Published six times a year, HBR Arabic is delivered to subscribers wherever they were in the world, epitomizing Haykal Media’s commitment to the Arabic language and its readers, read more about HBRA at

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Offering reliable market analysis of Egypt's financial sectors including the automotive, banking, investment, agriculture, telecoms and technology industries, Business Today Egypt, is the nation's leading English-language business magazine and your indispensable guide to understanding and doing business in Egypt. 

Business Today is owned by Egyptian Media Holding and Run by POD agency.

The Daily News Egypt is the only independent Egyptian daily in English, providing a sophisticated and highly targeted readership in Egypt, Daily News Egypt's readership represents the top tier of the country's purchasing power and the top notch of Egypt’s young adults. A large majority of our subscriber base consists of corporate entities and highly affluent businessmen. Our latest circulation and readership figure is 40,000. Please find our profile attached with more details about our readership. 
Daily News Egypt is always known as the official newspaper, main media sponsor in major conferences taking place in Egypt, such as Euromoney Conferences, the World Economic Forum, and all foreign & international Chambers of Commerce conferences.

The Union of Arab Banks (UAB) is a non-profit semi-quasi regulatory organization headquartered in Beirut-Lebanon enjoying Diplomatic status and having 360 member banks from the Arab League member states, including banks, central banks, banking associations and banking financial institutions. Through our efforts we have garnered significant international relations with financial and banking organization and regulatory bodies including FATF,  IMF, World Bank,  OECD, Federal Reserve Board and European Central Bank (to name a few), in addition to cooperative relations for the past 10 years with the US Department of the Treasury. for more info please log on

Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal

Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal was established in 1979 when it launched the first Pan-Arab business monthly magazine “Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal”. In 1993, it became the first Arab media group to establish a strong start in the conference industry in the region, an activity that was solely the preserve of western institutions. The Group has organized 250 events in 25 countries, attended by more than 10,000 leading businessmen and investors from the region and worldwide.

Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal magazine

Nominated as the leading Arab business publication in the region (according to Ipsos BES 2008, 2009, 2010), Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal magazine, and since 1979, is still the most comprehensive source of information on Pan-Arab business and economy, delivering relevant, in-depth and timely coverage of news you can use.

With its 12 monthly regular issues and 15 special issues published with transparency and professionalism over the year, Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal with 10% market share over all other 247 business publications in the region, is the right tool for a better understanding of major industries and country economies, as well as investment and business opportunities in the region.

The leading Arab economic magazine in GCC and Mena

Launched in Beirut 1970 by Al Bayan Publishing House.

Al Bayan magazine has the highest share by far for the advertising expenditures in the PAN ARAB market, for the business and economic magazines monitored by Ipsos Mena.

Al Bayan reaches all decision makers in key positions of major industries throughout the Pan Arab region. 

Al Bayan became member of OJD one of the largest organizations specializing in auditing & verifying the circulation of news media; Breakdown: 88,100 Copies.

E-replicas of AL BAYAN Magazine can be found via the PressReader & Cedar Kiosk apps

Monthly Breakdown: 88,100 Copies

Topics: Banking, Investment & Financial Institutions | Insurance | Real Estate | Industry & Trade | Energy & Technology | Transportation & shipping | Leisure services.

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.

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