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Fahima Al Bastaki
Fahima Al Bastaki

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

Huda Al Lawati
Huda Al Lawati

Chief Investment Officer

Andrew Tarbuck
Andrew Tarbuck

Middle East Investor Relations Association

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 5rFahima 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.

Huda Al Lawati’s career has spanned 16 years in strategy, investment and portfolio management across emerging market private equity and corporates. As Chief Investment Officer for Savola Group, a strategic investment holding group comprising one of the largest food & retail businesses in the MENA region (c $5.5Bn market cap), her role encompasses strategy, portfolio management, M&A and investor relations functions. Joining the company in 2016 as it embarked on a transformation drive in light of significant challenges within the group and the Saudi market, she set out the company’s M&A and portfolio enhancement strategy delineating vision, key consumer trends and capital allocation parameters. She also identified implied acquisition and portfolio reconfiguration strategies across food and retail sectors and went on to source and execute specific actionable opportunities to achieve goals. She set up and manages the group’s investor relations function. Specific focus areas at Savola include management of the core (food and retail) portfolio across the MENA region including Almarai, Herfy, Panda Retail, and Savola Foods Company. She is responsible for driving strategy through the board, approval of subsidiary budgets and plans, and for key strategic projects such as digitization, transformation oversight and bolt-on M&A. On the group’s capital reallocation front, she originated and led proprietary opportunities that are in line with the group’s defined strategy with SAR 2.2 Bn of M&A pipeline secured within 6 months of joining. She originated and let the first Accelerated Book Building on the Saudi Stock Exchange with the sale of 2% of the group’s stake in Almarai, working closely with the regulator (CMA), the stock exchange (Tadawul) and the international investment community for a first of its kind transaction, setting a precedent for the market and generating SAR 1,120 million of cash proceeds.
Prior to being Chief Investment Officer at Savola, Huda was a Partner and Chief Investment Officer for MENA at the Abraaj Group as well as a member of the Global Investment Committee. Leading a team of ten investment professionals, she deployed over $1 billion in equity capital through MBOs, LBOs, growth capital and structured equity deals into major regional companies. She held primary responsibility for managing the full deal life cycle including deal sourcing, valuation, due diligence, transaction document negotiations, deal closing, post-acquisition management and exit. She also structured, negotiated and secured debt capital of over US$1.5 billion for acquisition financing and operations, led C-suite and board hiring, and deployed incentive programs across portfolio. Investments she led include AlKabeer (a leading frozen food business in the GCC), Kudu (one of Saudi Arabia’s largest QSR chains), Acibadem (a $1 billion deal involving Turkey’s leading listed healthcare provider which was exited through a merger with IHH and listing in Singapore and Mlayasia), Careem (the MENA region’s leading riding share company which became one of the few regional unicorns) and Kuwait Energy (Kuwait based E&P company with assets in Iraq, Egypt and Oman). Her experience has spanned several sectors from both investment and operations gaining including F&B, retail, FMCG, insurance, ecommerce, ride sharing, hospitality, healthcare, education, temporary power, and oil and gas. Ms Al Lawati holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics (Honors) from Brown University. She started her career in 2002 with Schlumberger in Oman. She serves on the board of directors of Panda Retail Company, Herfy and Savola Foods Company as well as the board of directors the Young Arab Leaders. She is a co-founder of a Dubai based social startup, Bilbareed.

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.