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  • Redwan Ahmed

    Treasurer

    Head of Investor Relations, DP World

    Redwan is the head of Investor relations at DP World and is responsible for the strategic planning, development, coordination and execution of all investor relations activities with the aim of increasing shareholder and debt investor return and enhancing DP World’s image within the investment community.

    Previously, he was sell-side equity analyst for 13 years which includes eight years in London covering mostly large-cap UK media companies. More recently at EFG HERMES, the largest regional Investment Bank, he covered sectors such as media, shipping and transportation, logistics and infrastructure (including DP World).

    Redwan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Insurance and Investment from Cass Business School, City University London.

    Email: redwan.ahmed@dpworld.com
     

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  • Sofia El Boury

    Vice-Chair

    Head of Investor Relations, FAB

    Sofia is the Head of Investor Relations of First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), result of the merger between First Gulf Bank (FGB) and National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) in April 2017. In her current role, she oversees all investor-related activities and is responsible for developing and implementing an effective IR program designed to ensure accurate understanding of the company’s story and strategy, and to enhance investor confidence in its value proposition. Previously, she was Head of Investor Relations at First Gulf Bank (FGB), a role she has occupied since 2013. Before moving to Investor Relations, Sofia was a sell-side equity research analyst for more than 7 years, and was heading the Banks & Financials coverage team at Dubai-based SHUAA Capital.

    Sofia holds postgraduate degrees in financial management and control from Paris Dauphine University, and in international management from the American University in Washington, DC. She has been an active Board Member at MEIRA since 2014.  

    Email: sofia.elboury@bankfab.com

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  • Andrew Tarbuck

    Chairman

    Partner, Hogan Lovells

    Widely recognised as a leading lawyer for capital markets in the Middle East, Andrew Tarbuck is often the first port of call for both issuers and underwriters for IPOs and other securities offerings. He represents clients throughout the Middle East, USA, Asia and Europe on capital markets transactions, public and private M&A, restructurings, flotations and secondary equity fundraisings. In addition, Andrew also advises on debt capital markets transactions and sukuk.

    Andrew is also actively involved in the market as a member of the NASDAQ Dubai Practitioners' Committee, Chairman of the Middle East Investor Relations Association and a member of the Corporate Finance Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales.

    Consistently ranked in Band 1 for Capital Markets (UAE and the Middle East) by Chambers Global and in Legal 500 EMEA for Corporate and M&A (UAE), he has advised on many award-winning transactions, including the largest IPO ever in the Middle East.

    Email: andrew.tarbuck@hoganlovells.com

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  • Chris Wilson

    Board Member

    Head of Investor Relations, Aldar Properties

    Mr. Wilson is Head of Investor Relations at Aldar Properties PJSC. Mr. Wilson is responsible for the all investor related activities surrounding both equity and debt capital markets. Prior to his role at Aldar, Mr. Wilson served in various roles within investor relations, corporate finance and finance at FTSE 100 mining group Antofagasta plc in London.

    He received First Class Hons from Lancaster University Management School and holds a chartered accountancy certification (ICAS).  

    Email: cwilson@aldar.com

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  • Mohammad Abdal

    Board Member

    Chief Communications Officer, Zain Group

    Mohammad Abdal is a founding member and chairman of the Middle East Investor Relations Association Chapter in Kuwait and a member of the globally recognized National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI).

    Mohammad Abdal was appointed Chief Communications Officer of Zain Group effective July 10, 2015, heading three significant divisions within Zain Group: namely Investor Relations, Corporate Communications, and Corporate Governance & Compliance.

    A Kuwaiti national, Abdal is a home-grown success story having joined Zain in 2001 as a finance executive soon after graduation. Over the next 16 years Abdal rose rapidly through the organization; playing a key role in various aspects of the company’s evolution and success from a local operator in Kuwait to becoming the leading telecom conglomerate it is today.

    Abdal has led the Zain Group Investor Relations department since 2008 and in January 2012 was given the added responsibility of overseeing the Group’s Corporate Communications Department. In early 2014, he established the Group’s Corporate Governance division, one of the first companies in Kuwait to fully embrace the new compliance regulations initiated by the country’s Capital Market Authority.

    Key milestones in Abdal’s impressive career at Zain include managing two of the largest capital raisings in the history of Kuwait, namely a US$4.5 billion capital rights issue in September 2008 and a US$2.3 billion rights issue in November 2005. Additionally, he has overseen the IPOs and listing of various Zain entities over the years, including the successful listing of Zain Saudi Arabia on the Tadawul Stock Exchange in March 2008, and a subsequent capital raising of US$1.6 billion in July 2012; as well as the IPO and subsequent listing of Zain Bahrain in December 2014. He was also involved in the IPO and subsequent listing of Zain shares in Zambia in 2008 (known as Celtel at the time), and in June 2015 was involved in the successful IPO and listing of Zain Iraq on the Iraqi Stock Exchange.

    Abdal graduated in 2001 from Portland State University, Oregon, US with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a double major in Finance & Management Information Systems. He has also attended reputable executive programs in recent years that earned him several recognitions as a Certified Investments and Derivatives Auditor (CIDA), a Certified Investor Relations Officer and a Certified Corporate Governance Officer.

    mohammad.abdal@zain.com

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  • Redwan Ahmed

    Treasurer

    Head of Investor Relations, DP World

    Redwan is the head of Investor relations at DP World and is responsible for the strategic planning, development, coordination and execution of all investor relations activities with the aim of increasing shareholder and debt investor return and enhancing DP World’s image within the investment community.

    Previously, he was sell-side equity analyst for 13 years which includes eight years in London covering mostly large-cap UK media companies. More recently at EFG HERMES, the largest regional Investment Bank, he covered sectors such as media, shipping and transportation, logistics and infrastructure (including DP World).

    Redwan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Insurance and Investment from Cass Business School, City University London.

    Email: redwan.ahmed@dpworld.com
     

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  • Omar Darwazah

    Board Member

    Founder and General Partner, Arab Angel Fund

     

    Omar is a Founder and General Partner at the Arab Angel Fund, a $25 million early stage venture fund focused on Seed and Series A technology investments in North America, which helps entrepreneurs access the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) markets. Previously, he was Director of Investor Relations, Strategy and Business Development at OCI N.V. based in New York City for over 3 years and was Head of Investor Relations at Orascom Construction Industries based in Cairo, Egypt for over 6 years prior to the company’s relocation to the Euronext Amsterdam. Prior to launching his fund and joining the OCI-family, Omar was a Transfer Pricing Consultant for Deloitte Tax LLP based in Chicago and a Leveraged Finance Analyst for Deutsche Bank in London. Omar has over 11 years of international experience in corporate finance, corporate communications, management consulting, strategy, investor relations and venture capital.

    To-date, Omar has worked on over US$ 35 billion worth of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, divestitures, share buybacks and various corporate restructurings. During his time at OCI in Cairo, Omar won the “Best Investor Relations in Egypt” award for four consecutive years. The award is based on votes from global investors and sell-side analysts conducted through Extel Surveys by Thompson Reuters on behalf of the Middle East Investor Relations Association. In 2012, Omar and his team also won the “Best Investor Relations Team in the Middle East for Crisis Communications” award. 

    Omar also has extensive experience in private equity and venture capital, having founded his own startup, Premier Foods SAE, which manages two gourmet fast food brands in Egypt. Omar previously advised Hikma Pharmaceuticals’ corporate venture arm Hikma Ventures on its digital healthcare investments. Omar is also an angel investor in various startups including Andela, FiscalNote and Quarrio Corp and sits on the Board of various companies and associations including Gold Cleats Inc. and the Middle East Investor Relations Association (MEIRA).

    Omar holds a BA in Economics and Political Science with Honors from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Email: omar@arabangel.vc

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  • Sofia El Boury

    Vice-Chair

    Head of Investor Relations, FAB

    Sofia is the Head of Investor Relations of First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), result of the merger between First Gulf Bank (FGB) and National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) in April 2017. In her current role, she oversees all investor-related activities and is responsible for developing and implementing an effective IR program designed to ensure accurate understanding of the company’s story and strategy, and to enhance investor confidence in its value proposition. Previously, she was Head of Investor Relations at First Gulf Bank (FGB), a role she has occupied since 2013. Before moving to Investor Relations, Sofia was a sell-side equity research analyst for more than 7 years, and was heading the Banks & Financials coverage team at Dubai-based SHUAA Capital.

    Sofia holds postgraduate degrees in financial management and control from Paris Dauphine University, and in international management from the American University in Washington, DC. She has been an active Board Member at MEIRA since 2014.  

    Email: sofia.elboury@bankfab.com

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  • Paul Louis Gay

    Board Member

    Chief Financial Officer, Almarai

    Paul Gay was appointed Almarai CFO in September 2011. In this capacity he directs all financial, systems, legal and Investor Relations matters. Additional focus is engaged on steering strategy, and actively participating in Almarai international Joint-Ventures and business development initiatives.

    Previously, Paul was the CFO of Firmenich, the global leading Fragrances & Flavors house. Before that, he held senior finance management positions at Givaudan, Roche, Computerland, ICL, National SemiConductor and IBM, living in China, Japan, Europe and the USA.

    Paul holds an executive MBA from ESCP Europe (1980), a French Public Accountant Certificate with Tax specialisation (1982), INSEAD Corporate Finance Diploma (2003) and Institute of Directors Diploma in Company Direction (2016).

    Email: paul.gay@almarai.com

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  • Peter Gotke

    Board Member

    Director, Deutsche Bank

    Peter Gotke was a Vice President at BNY Mellon until mid-2016, representing their Depositary Receipt interests in the Middle East. Peter was based in the London office, supporting BNY Mellon Issuers, with responsibility for new Depositary Receipt programs in the EMEA region, and acting as a spokesperson in the media and at conferences for depositary receipts and investor relations. Peter holds a BA in Business Studies and Marketing from London Metropolitan University and prior to joining the Bank, Peter was employed by the Corporate division of Thomson Reuters. At Thomson Peter held roles that included Sales Director of EMEA, and Managing Director of their Investor Relations practice in Asia Pacific. Peter brings to the Middle East over 15 years of investor relations experience from his time in these and other emerging markets.

    Email: peter.gotke@me-irsociety.com

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  • Mahmoud Salem

    Board Member

    Managing Director, MEA Depositary Receipts, BNY Mellon

    Mahmoud Salem is a Managing Director in BNY Mellon’s Investment Services sector and the Regional Manager for the Middle East and Africa.   As head of transactions for the region for more than 15 years, Mahmoud has helped numerous governments and foreign issuers structure and execute IPOs, secondary offerings, mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions involving depositary receipts. 
     
    Mahmoud structured the first depositary receipts program for the following countries: Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Jordan, Tunisia and UAE.  He has helped structure some of the largest cross-border acquisitions in the Middle East region and has worked on a number of key NYSE and NASDAQ listings and offerings for foreign issuers from Europe and South Africa. 

    Mahmoud also held the role of Head of Global Marketing for the Depositary Receipts Division from 2011 to mid-2014.  
     
    Mahmoud is a board member of the Arab Bankers Association of North America (ABANA).  He speaks regularly at capital markets and securities industry conferences and forums.  He received a BA and an MBA from Rutgers University and joined BNY Mellon in 1993.

    Email: mahmoud.salem@bnymellon.com

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  • Andrew Tarbuck

    Chairman

    Partner, Hogan Lovells

    Widely recognised as a leading lawyer for capital markets in the Middle East, Andrew Tarbuck is often the first port of call for both issuers and underwriters for IPOs and other securities offerings. He represents clients throughout the Middle East, USA, Asia and Europe on capital markets transactions, public and private M&A, restructurings, flotations and secondary equity fundraisings. In addition, Andrew also advises on debt capital markets transactions and sukuk.

    Andrew is also actively involved in the market as a member of the NASDAQ Dubai Practitioners' Committee, Chairman of the Middle East Investor Relations Association and a member of the Corporate Finance Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales.

    Consistently ranked in Band 1 for Capital Markets (UAE and the Middle East) by Chambers Global and in Legal 500 EMEA for Corporate and M&A (UAE), he has advised on many award-winning transactions, including the largest IPO ever in the Middle East.

    Email: andrew.tarbuck@hoganlovells.com

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  • Chris Wilson

    Board Member

    Head of Investor Relations, Aldar Properties

    Mr. Wilson is Head of Investor Relations at Aldar Properties PJSC. Mr. Wilson is responsible for the all investor related activities surrounding both equity and debt capital markets. Prior to his role at Aldar, Mr. Wilson served in various roles within investor relations, corporate finance and finance at FTSE 100 mining group Antofagasta plc in London.

    He received First Class Hons from Lancaster University Management School and holds a chartered accountancy certification (ICAS).  

    Email: cwilson@aldar.com

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  • Fida Musleh/Azar

    Advisory Board Member

    Manager of Investor Relations and Corporate Communication, Arab Palestinian Investment Company (APIC)

    Mrs. Fida Musleh/Azar expertise spans over 18 years in the fields of corporate communications, investor relations, public relations and management.

    Currently, she is Manager of Investor Relations and Corporate Communication at Arab Palestinian Investment Company (APIC) in Palestine, where she is responsible for building positive relations with shareholders, positioning and communicating APIC's story and investment proposition to investors locally & worldwide, developing strategies and implementing investor relations initiatives as well as reinforcing a favorable corporate identity in the financial markets and with the business media.

    Before joining APIC, she worked at the Palestine Exchange (PEX) for eight years where she was Manager of Public Relations & Investor Education Department as well as Manager of the PEX Representative Office in Ramallah. Her mandate included managing the PEX’s corporate communication locally and worldwide and planning and executing regional and international road shows to promote investment in Palestinian listed stocks.

    Mrs. Azar has been very active in fostering best practices in investor relations among listed companies. She was Chairwoman for two years of the Palestine Chapter of Middle East Investor Relations Association (MEIRA)- UAE, which she inaugurated in 2012. She also received the "Outstanding Individual Contribution to Investor Relations Award" from MEIRA-UAE in 2012.

    Email: fida@apic.com.jo

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  • Michael Chojnacki

    Advisory Board Member

    CEO, Closir

    Michael is the co-founder of the ME-IR Association.

    He is the CEO of Closir, a financial technology platform connecting global institutional investors to companies in Emerging Markets. Closir provides investors company-specific information directly from Investor Relations teams and helps them schedule meetings and calls with management. Closir's tools and analytics provide insight to companies for better engagement.

    Previously, Michael was the Vice President at the Bank of New York Mellon, where he was responsible for IR advisory for the firm’s issuer and institutional investor clients across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Michael was also involved in the firm’s Strategic Growth Initiatives group, where he sourced and researched European deal flow for the firm’s early stage FinTech investments.

    Email:michael.chojnacki@closir.com

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  • Pawan Hegde

    Advisory Board Member

    Vice President Portfolio Management, IBM Watson Healthcare

    Pawan is Vice President, Portfolio for IBM’s Watson Healthcare business based in New York, NY. Previously he was the Managing Director, Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) for Thomson Reuters in Middle East, Africa & Russia/CIS (MAR), responsible for driving GRC growth and across the region. Prior to being appointed to this role in May 2013, Pawan was Global Head of Strategy and Business Development for GRC, based in London.

    He has held positions in both the UK and US, in Finance, Strategy and Business Development.

    Pawan holds an MBA from Georgia State University and a B Sc. in Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

    Email: pawan.hedge@gmail.com

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  • Hasnain Malik

    Advisory Board Member

    Founder, Frontier Alpha Research

    Hasnain Malik is the founder of Frontier Alpha Research, an independent provider of analysis of business and politics in frontier markets. Prior to this he spent 15 years with Citi in London and, after 2007, in Dubai. He has covered a wide range of sectors such as strategy, consumer, real estate, technology and utilities. He has been highly ranked by investors in public surveys such as Institutional Investor and Extel since 1999, for example leading the top ranked MENA Equity Strategy team in the 2012 ii survey. Hasnain also serves on the board of the Middle East Investor Relations Association. He read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University as well as an M. Phil in Economics.

    Email: hasnain.malik@exotix.com

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  • Michael A. Miller

    Advisory Board Member

    Michael A. Miller was the Head of Investor Relations at National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), leading a team focused on building a world-class investor relations function at the bank. He has over 15 years of experience serving in investor relations and other strategic finance positions at global institutions, including BNY Mellon, Dun & Bradstreet and Arthur Andersen. Mr. Miller joined National Bank of Abu Dhabi from BNY Mellon, where he was a managing director overseeing investor relations and client management functions.

    Mr. Miller holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from University of Maryland Smith School of Business, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Delaware, and he is a CFA charter holder.

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  • Fanny Modin

    Advisory Board Member

    Fanny Modin was responsible for Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at SHUAA Capital, a listed Dubai based financial services company until 2016. Having joined SHUAA in 2013, she was overseeing the company's Investor Relations program, managing all communication with shareholders and the investor community.

    Prior to this, Fanny worked full time for the Middle East Investor Relations Association where she was responsible for Communications and Business Development. She was heavily involved in setting up country chapters across the region and responsible for the Association's communications strategy during this time.

    Fanny began her career working as a financial journalist for Thomson Reuters in her native Sweden before moving to Dubai in 2010. She holds a BA in European Studies from the Royal Holloway University in London.

    Email: fmodin@me-irsociety.com

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  • Paul Reynolds

    Chairman Emeritus

    Managing Director, Rothschild

    Paul Reynolds has over 20 years' experience as an adviser in the banking, debt and equity capital markets in Europe, India and the Middle East, having worked at Barings and Cazenove before joining Rothschild in 2005. He is a founder committee member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) Middle East, an Honorary Fellow of the ACT and was Chairman of the Middle East Investor Relations Association until November 2014. In December 2015, Paul was nominated Chairman Emeritus of MEIRA.

    Paul advises governments, large and small companies and bond trustees on capital structure, fund raising, refinancing and restructuring across the debt and equity product and credit spectrum. Paul has been principal adviser on 93 such deals in respect of over €201 billion of financing since January 2003, having also separately provided non-transactional advice to 53 clients on capital structure, debt capacity, ratings issues and funding strategy over that period.

    Email: paul.reynolds@rothschild.com

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  • Toby Wilkinson

    Advisory Board Member

    Investor Relations Advisory

    Toby Wilkinson joined the ME-IR Association Board as an Executive Member in September 2013 when he was also made Head of the Education Committee, having been heavily involved in the re-launch of the CIRO course in partnership with the UK IR Society. Toby has worked in-house for a range of GCC companies such as Ooredoo, Aldar and Mubadala over the past six years, setting up and training IR departments in line with international best practice. Prior to that he worked in the City of London for over 20 years, and so brings a wealth of experience to the Association from various sectors and markets.

    Email: toby@tobywilkinson.com

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