2020 MEIRA Annual
Conference and Awards

MEIRA 20/20 Vision: Driving stakeholder value

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Rana Abuelgasim
Rana Abuelgasim

Director- Head of Global Investor Access

Redwan Ahmed
Redwan Ahmed

Head of Investor Relations
DP World

Fahima Al Bastaki
Fahima Al Bastaki

Executive VP - Head of Business Dev. Division
Dubai Financial Market

Faisal F. Altimyat
Faisal F. Altimyat

Senior Investor Relations Officer
Al Rajhi Bank

Rayan Al-Karawi
Rayan Al-Karawi

Group Head of Investor Relations
Fawaz Alhokair

Dr. Obaid S. Al Zaabi
Dr. Obaid S. Al Zaabi

Chief Executive Officer
Securities and Commodities Authority

Fida Musleh/Azar
Fida Musleh/Azar

Manager Investor Relations & Comms.
Arab Palestinian Investment Company

Anca Cighi
Anca Cighi

Senior Director
FTI Consulting

Sofia El Boury
Sofia El Boury

Head of Investor Relations

Michael P. Grifferty
Michael P. Grifferty

Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association (GBSA)

Robert Hahm
Robert Hahm

Chief Executive Officer
Mashreq Capital

Michael Hufton
Michael Hufton

Founder & Managing Director

Michel Karimunda
Michel Karimunda

Senior Investor Relations Officer
Nordea Bank

Muhammad Jafar Khan, CFA
Muhammad Jafar Khan, CFA

Deputy Head of MENA & GCC
Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

Manuel Leanza
Manuel Leanza

Sales Manager, Investment, Advisory and Wealth

Richard Lee, CFA
Richard Lee, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager
Emirates NBD Asset Management

Monaem Ben Lellahom
Monaem Ben Lellahom

Group CEO & Founding Partner
Sustainable Square

David Lloyd-Seed
David Lloyd-Seed

Director, Powerscourt
Chairman, UK IR Society

Debbie Nathan
Debbie Nathan

Director – IR & Communications
Carter Murray

Belinda Scott
Belinda Scott

VP, Head of Corporate Sustainability
First Abu Dhabi Bank

Sara Shadid
Sara Shadid

Head of Investor Relations

Daniela Șerban
Daniela Șerban

Romanian Investor Relations Association (ARIR)

Andrew Tarbuck
Andrew Tarbuck

Middle East Investor Relations Association

William Tohmé, CFA
William Tohmé, CFA

Regional Head – MENA
CFA Institute

Oskar Yasar
Oskar Yasar

Managing Partner
Broome Yasar

Samantha Bartel
Samantha Bartel

CEO & Managing Partner, MENA
Instinctif Partners

Abdo Khoury
Abdo Khoury

Head of Institutional Business and IR solutions
DirectFN Mubasher

Amani Korayeim
Amani Korayeim

EMEA Director
Institutional Investor

Director – Head of Global Investor Access for HSBC in MENA based in Dubai. She has more than 12 years’ experience in the field working previously in BoAML in Saudi prior to moving to Dubai with HSBC. Rana started her career in the United Nations working on several projects in the Arab states which gave her this passion for initiatives that focuses on gender balance and women empowerment. She co-leads a Diversity & Inclusion initiative within HSBC (re:THINK) which focusses on unconscious Bias awareness in the work place. re:THINK has launched in 2017 and has been hosting a number of activities internally and externally engaging clients. Rana is a wife and a mother of 2.


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.


Mrs. Al Bastaki carries a wealth of experience within the financial sector and capital markets in particular. She started her career at HSBC Middle East in 1998 and then in 2004 joined Dubai Financial Market (DFM) to head the Listing and Disclosures Department where she spearheaded a number of successful initiatives attracting companies to list on the DFM managing over 80% of total listings to date. By 2009 she became the Business Development Division Head as an expansion to her role. Mrs Al Bastaki is one of the top Executive management team at DFM and plays a key role in the development of the DFM as a Public Listed Company and an Exchange championing best practices in Investor Relations, while working collaboratively with the regulator. Mrs Al Bastaki initiated and continues to lead the organization of the DFM International Investor Conferences in London and New York since 2007. Notably, Mrs Al Bastaki also developed the IPO strategy for DFM in 2009 including a study and a regular private IPO Forum, which has become a flagship event for Decision Makers. Mrs Al Bastaki holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science of Business Administration. She is a Certified Financial Advisor (CIFA) from the Chartered Institute of Bankers (UK) since 2000, and holds a CFA Clarita’s certification for capital markets. Mrs Al Bastaki is a Certified Investor Relations Officer as well as an Accredited Director with the Hawkamah Institute of Corporate Governance. Mrs Fahima is a graduate of the Women on Board Program by Hawkamah in partnership with the Dubai Women Establishment. Mrs, Fahima had the privilege of being a Senior Quality Assessor in Dubai Quality Award in 2006 & 2007. Moreover, and as part of her role in DFM, she was a Committee Member of the Officials & Directors of GCC Stock Markets and Authorities under the GCC Secretariat General in 2009 and the chairperson of the Middle East Investor Relations Association (MEIRA) Dubai Chapter for 3 years. Fahima is also Board Member of Dubai Women’s Establishment.


Senior IR for Al Rajhi Bank with a background in Finance. Led many development projects in IR in the retail and financial sectors.

Spearheaded Alrajhi’s team in ESG Report to be the first listed Saudi company to release a full dedicated ESG report.

Participated in setting the strategy for developing IR prior to the MSCI inclusion.

Graduated with a bachelor degree in Finance, Asset Management & International Business from Ashland University (Ohio, USA).


Rayan Al-Karawi is a founder and Chairman of the Saudi Chapter the Middle East Investor Relations Association (MEIRA) as well as a member of the main MEIRA Board.
Group Head of IR for Fawaz Alhokair with two listed companies, is an award-winning Investor Relations professional, with a career that spans more than 25 years, having held key positions covering areas such as financial markets, corporate finance and financial policies, apart from investor relations. The organizations he worked for include: the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority, the Saudi Arabian Investment Bank, Dar Al-Arkan and Zain Telecom. Rayan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in International Business in 1993 from Schiller International University, London.


HE Dr. Obaid Saif Hamad Al Zaabi is the Chief Executive Officer of Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA) and has over 28 years of work experience in financial legislation, accounting, banking, finance and investment, and Shari’ah-compliant finance from many leading financial institutions in the United Arab Emirates, such as the U.A.E. Central Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank, Amlak Finance, and the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA). He has been working with SCA since year 2008 and has handled various roles and responsibilities and various challenging assignments. Dr. Al Zaabi is currently the Chairman of the IOSCO Growth and Emerging Markets Committee (GEMC) and Vice Chair of the IOSCO Board.

Dr. Al Zaabi earned his PhD in Banking & Finance from Durham University, UK in 2006 and a distinction in his MBA from (AASTM-ALO) in 2000. He graduated from the UAE University in 1989 with a BSc. in Business & Accounting. Mr. Al Zaabi is also a full member of the Australian Institute of CMA, the Auditing & Accounting Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (CIPA) and the UAE Auditors and Accountants Association. He represents the Gulf Regulatory Authorities in the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) as member of the Consultative Advisory Groups of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) as well as the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA). Mr. Al Zaabi is a member of the board of directors of the GCC Accounting and Auditing Organization (GCAAO).

He has been accorded with various awards and recognition including “Middle East Financial Markets Excellence Award” by The Middle East Excellence Awards Institute, 2016 and “Distinguished Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) in the Financial Sector” award offered by the British Magazine “Finance Monthly”, 2016. Dr. Al Zaabi has also delivered a series of keynote lectures and courses to both undergraduate and post-graduate students at Sharjah University and the British University in Dubai.

Mrs. Fida Musleh/Azar expertise spans over 20 years in the fields of corporate communications, investor relations, public relations and management.

She joined APIC in April 2014 to establish and manage APIC’s Investor Relations and Corporate Communication function aiming at building positive relations with shareholders as well as positioning and communicating APIC’s story and investment proposition to investors locally & worldwide. Mrs. Azar is responsible for developing strategies and implementing investor relations initiatives as well as reinforcing a favourable 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. During her work at the PEX, she was delegated a member of the national team for developing the financial sector export strategy (2012- 2014), a project supervised by the Ministry of National Economy and PALTRADE. Before that, she worked for private sector institutions, donor agencies as well as for NGOs.

She served as Board member of Middle East Investor Relations Association (MEIRA)- UAE from 2014- 2018 and has been very active in fostering best practices in investor relations among Palestinian listed companies and was Chairwoman for two years of the Palestine Chapter of MEIRA which she inaugurated in 2012. She also received the “Outstanding Individual Contribution to Investor Relations in the Middle East Award” from MEIRA-UAE in 2012.

She holds BSC degree in English Language & Literature and diploma in Commerce (honors) from Bethlehem University, Palestine.


Anca Cighi is a Senior Director with FTI Consulting EMEA and Head of the Investor Relations practice for the Middle East region. She has ten years of experience in providing counsel to the C-suite on investor relations, corporate reputation and crisis communications, as well as developing and implementing IR policies and processes for listed entities or pre-IPO companies. Anca has worked across a wide range of industries and sectors and has significant experience in telecommunications and leisure and entertainment, in addition to petrochemicals, healthcare, insurance and financial services. She has advised both international, regional and semi-governmental businesses and is adept at managing global strategic communications campaigns and coordinating project teams across multiple geographies.

Anca holds a dual BA Hons in Business Administration and Journalism and is a member of the Middle East Investor Relations Society.  Prior to relocation to Dubai, she lived and worked in Europe, the US and China and is fluent in English, conversational in Spanish and native in Romanian.


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.


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.


Robert is serving as CEO for Mashreq Capital since 2017, which is the asset management division of Mashreqbank. Previously he headed Mashreq Capital’s fixed income team after joining the firm in 2011. Mashreq Capital is a specialist for MENA investments, fund management and tailor made investment solutions. He has been living and working in Dubai since 2007.

During his career he held various positions within capital markets: ranging from Emerging Market debt trading and portfolio management to risk management and setting up a start-up brokerage company. He started his career in 1999 at Dresdner Bank Lateinamerika AG in Germany.

He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from University of Hamburg and is a CFA charter holder since 2009.


Michael founded ingage in 2013. ingage supplies state-of-the-art IR CRM and Corporate Access software systems to corporate issuers and institutional investors in Australia, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, the UAE,the UK and the USA.
ingage links corporates and institutions together directly and provides unique functionality in CRM, confidential direct feedback, corporate access, targeting, Email distribution, record keeping & reporting, mobility and on/off-line functionality. The platform was specifically designed and architected for the cloud era and the latest IT security standards, as well as new
regulatory requirements such as MiFID II and GDPR.

Prior to this Michael spent 18 years as a stock-picker in European equities: 10 years as a fund manager and buy-side analyst at firms including Polar Capital, Sloane Robinson and Trinity Street Asset Management; and 8 years on the sell-side at Cazenove & Co where he was a partner in institutional equity sales.


Michel Karimunda joined Nordea Bank in June 2016 as a Senior Investor Relations Officer in Stockholm, Sweden.

He has a mixed background from business management and business analysis within wealth management and investment banking as well as financial and business controlling from institutional and retail banking working both at Nordea Bank in Sweden (based in Stockholm) and UBS Bank in Switzerland (based in Zürich).

Michel holds an MBA with specialization in Finance from Umeå School of Business and Economics in Sweden.


Jafar Khan, CFA is currently the Deputy Head of MENA/GCC for Abu Dhabi Investment Authority’s Internal Equities Department. Prior to this he has worked with HSBC as the Head of Mutual Funds for Saudi and GCC Equities. Earlier he was Vice President at Morgan Stanley, where he co-managed the Saudi Equity fund. In Pakistan, his last appointment was as the CIO for MCB Asset Management where he was part of the core team which set up the asset management business.

Jafar’s capital markets career spans over 19 years covering Fund Management, Sell-side and Buy-side research. Jafar has extensive experience in the region, having worked in Karachi, Bahrain, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. He has been active with the CFA Society, having served as a Board member/Treasurer of CFA Saudi Arabia, and CFA Pakistan for a number of years. He has also taught Security Analysis as a visiting faculty member. Jafar holds an MBA in Finance from IBA Karachi and is an active CFA Charterholder since 2002.


Manuel Leanza lead the Investment, Advisory and Wealth sales team in the Middle East and North Africa.
His team serves financial professionals by helping them power their investment process with the best data and technology, multi-asset portfolio analytics and alternative data set in a seamless workflow. This enable them to deploy new quantitative strategies, derive value from big data and AI and find new source of Alpha.


Richard is the lead manager for both the MENA Opportunities Fund and Emirates NBD Saudi Arabia Equity Fund. In addition to managing both funds, he runs discretionary mandates for several regional institutions and High Net Worth Individuals. An integral member of the team since 2007, Richard played a key role in establishing and growing the in-house research capacity and capabilities over the years.

Prior to joining Emirates NBD Asset Management, Richard was head of research at AmanahRaya Investment Management, an asset manager owned by a Malaysian government. He also held various research roles over a six-year period at CIMB Group, one of the largest Asian investment banks and one of the world’s largest Islamic banks.

A CFA charter holder since 2000, Richard currently serves as the President of the CFA Society Emirates, as well as an active volunteer at the CFA Institute.


Winner of the “Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Award” at the World Marketing Summit – Malaysia 2013 and the “Global AIESEC Alumni Entrepreneurship and Leadership Award“ – Taiwan 2014, Monaem is a pioneer and thought leader in CSR & sustainability practices in the broaden MEA region. He was the 1st Social Return on Investment (SROI) practitioner in the Arab world from the UK Social Value Int. championing social impact measurement research programs and produced Impact reports to demonstrate the social value generated of community investments based on the SROI analysis.

Monaem focuses on developing sustainability strategies and impact investing programs for clients across various industries and holds an extensive expertise in the field of sustainable value chains, product transparency, and the linkages between sustainability and branding.

Monaemis a Group CEO and Founding Partner at Sustainable Square – responsible for the overall growth and strategic direction of the company. He also acts as a Vice-Chairmen of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Sustainability and Responsibility in Africa (FSRA).


David is Powerscourt’s head of Capital Markets, leads on Investor Relations and is one of the UK’s most experienced IR and Capital Markets practitioners. David is uniquely placed to help companies with their capital markets engagement having spent 15 years leading IR at a number of blue chip companies across multiple sectors including Telefonica UK (O2), Severn Trent and Dixons.

Prior to that, David had an 18-year career in corporate broking, during which he advised across multiple sectors on IR, market-related activities, fund-raisings, mergers and IPOs.

David Chairs the UK Investor Relations Society.

I manage the Investor Relations & Communications practice globally at Carter Murray, working across listed and private businesses as well as advisory firms. I have 15 years’ experience in the investor relations industry, including working in inhouse investor relations roles in FTSE 100 & 250 companies for 10 years, before moving to talent search. I now work across all industries focusing on sourcing the highest quality talent within the fields of IR and Corporate Communications including Media Relations, Internal & External Communications and Financial PR.



Belinda Scott is VP and Head of Corporate Sustainability at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB). She is responsible for developing and implementing the bank’s corporate sustainability strategy, with oversight for the bank’s Sustainable Finance and ESG performance as well as its social and community commitments and programmes.  Belinda also acts as the sustainability adviser to the bank and its group businesses.

Belinda represents FAB on a number of committees, including the UAE Climate Change & Environment Council, the UAE Private Sector Advisory Council on the Sustainable Development Goals, the Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum 2020 Advisory Group and the World Future Energy Summit Technical Committee.  Through her membership of the Sustainable Finance Steering Committee, supported by UNEP FI, MOCCAE and the UAE Central Bank, she contributed to the development of the Dubai Declaration on Sustainable Finance.

Belinda is a member of the Women’s Empowerment and Equality Board, an initiative spearheaded by HH Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Fundraising in UK. She also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.


Sara Shadid is the Head of Investor Relations at Amanat Holding and is responsible for the development and implementation of the IR strategy as well as managing communication between Amanat’s corporate management and its investors.

Prior to joining Amanat, Sara was the Head of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at Arabtec Holding PJSC for over two years, where she worked closely with the Management Team to implement the Groups Strategic Roadmap.

Sara has over 10 years of sell-side experience in equity capital markets with leading investments banks in MENA of which recently included her role as Lead Sales and Corporate Access for Renaissance Capital Dubai from inception.

Sara has a BA with Honours in Political and International Studies with Media and Cultural Studies from Middlesex University in London and is a Certified Board Secretary with extensive experience in governance frameworks and sustainability.


Daniela Șerban has driven the project to set up the Romanian Investor Relations Association (ARIR) and is currently the ARIR President. She is a financial and communications professional with experience in consultancy, financial institutions and media. Daniela managed the Investor Relations and Public Relations Department at the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB) during 2015-2017 and held various other positions within BVB since 2010. During her term, Biznis Polska awarded BVB for the Best IR Department in CEE in September 2017. As IR professional, Daniela met institutional investors and was involved in organising events in London, New York, Tokyo, Warsaw, Prague, and Budapest.


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.



William Tohmé, CFA, is Regional Head of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at CFA Institute and is based in the new CFA Institute office in Abu Dhabi.

In his role, William advocates for the highest standards of practice and ethics in the investment management industry through the promotion of financial market integrity and transparency among regional policy makers and regulators.

William brings a wealth of experience in building a presence in new markets, deep local knowledge, and a strong entrepreneurial spirit to develop the CFA Institute hub in MENA. He partners with local MENA society leaders to assist with the expansion of their networks, contributing to the further professionalisation of the investment management industry in this flourishing region.

Prior to joining CFA Institute, William was Director, Institutional Business Development at Lazard, where he developed the sovereign institutional client business in the Middle East, covering the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Egypt, Jordan and Bahrain. Prior to this role, he was Director, Middle Eastern Institutions, Alliance Bernstein Middle East.

William graduated with a Masters of Advanced Studies (D.E.A.) in Finance, Monetary Sciences and Banking from the Université Paris II in 2001 (Honours) and earned his CFA charter in 2009. William is fluent in English and a native speaker of French and Arabic.

Oskar is regarded as the global leader in executive recruitment in investor relations and corporate communications.  With over 25 years’ experience in investor relations executive search and investor relations advisory, Oskar has helped to appoint more than 350 senior investor relations and corporate communications professionals globally for companies such as Vodafone, Rolls-Royce, easyJet, Experian, Schneider Electric, Saint-Gobain and many others.

Before becoming a head-hunter Oskar was a senior consultant at Citigate Dewe Rogerson, which at the time was the world’s leading financial public relations and investor relations advisory firm. During his time he advised on a significant number of transactions and IPOs including the £9bn pan-European IPO of Orange and E.ON’s acquisition of Powergen.


Samantha is CEO & Managing Partner of Instinctif Partners MENA, with over 18 years of financial and corporate communications experience, as well as IR & corporate reporting, in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. She holds Board Memberships at the MEIRA Saudi Chapter and Global Women in PR MENA.

Samantha has advised numerous local, regional and international clients on their corporate, financial and crisis communications strategies, as well as sustainability and annual reporting. Since 2007, she has led teams handling Middle Eastern IPOs, Rights Issues, Sukuk and Bond issuance, high-profile M&A deals and numerous fund launches. Her sectors of expertise include financial services, healthcare, energy and telecoms.


Abdo Khoury is the Head of Institutional Business and IR solutions in DirectFN Mubasher.

11+ years of experience in brokerage and Financial content & technology industries. After being part of Thomson Reuters working across the emerging markets as part of their Financial & Risk division, he joined DirectFN in the UAE in December 2018, and currently manages the IR solutions, Market intelligence platforms and Market data feed businesses.

Abdo holds an MBA in Global Management from IE business school in Madrid.

Amani Korayeim is the All-EMEA Director for Sales and Product Development of lnstitutional lnvestor’s and Extel Research business. She oversees key client relationships, strategic partnerships and the launch of new research products as well as the expansion into new markets including Middle East and Africa. She works closely with IR and executive management teams, running capability assessment workshops to help inform and drive IR engagement and outreach strategies.

Before joining lnstitutional lnvestor, Amani worked in the business information sector providing research based advisory services to professional services companies on global mandates. She has spent the last 7 years in the IR space and speaks regularly at IR society seminars looking at IR outreach optimisation and impact of new regulatory environment on IR. Amani obtained the Certificate of Investor Relations (CIR) from the UKIRS and graduated from the University of London with a BSc in Economics & Politics.