Under the Patronage of the Central Bank of Bahrain

2023 MEIRA Annual Conference and Awards - Bahrain


Manama, Bahrain
Monday, 13 November 2023


Abeer Shaikh Ebrahim Al Saad
Abeer Shaikh Ebrahim Al Saad

Executive Director of Financial Institutions Supervision, Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB)

Abdulla Salem Alnuaimi
Abdulla Salem Alnuaimi

Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX)

Sh. Khalifa Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa
Sh. Khalifa Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa

Chief Executive Officer, Bahrain Bourse

Mohammed Al-Rumaih
Mohammed Al-Rumaih

Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Exchange

Abdulaziz Nasser Al-Emadi
Abdulaziz Nasser Al-Emadi

Acting CEO, Qatar Stock Exchange

Abdulrahim Abdulhameed
Abdulrahim Abdulhameed

Senior Representative of the Sustainability Committee, and Senior Associate Debt advisory DCM & Syndication, National Bank of Bahrain

Redwan Ahmed
Redwan Ahmed

Group Senior Vice President - Investor Relations, DP World

Turki Alashaikh
Turki Alashaikh

Investor Relations VP, stc

Fadi Al-Qutub
Fadi Al-Qutub

Chief Investment Officer, Saudi Reinsurance Co

Monaem Ben Lellahom
Monaem Ben Lellahom

Partner - Group CEO, Sustainable Square

Silvina Bruggia
Silvina Bruggia

Director of Emerging Markets, Refinitiv

Patrick Cooke
Patrick Cooke

Managing Editor for Middle East and Asia, Oxford Business Group

Akshay Coppa
Akshay Coppa

Vice President of Products and Partner, Euroland IR

Laila El Adly
Laila El Adly

Project Manager, Operations, Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange

Diana Estupinan
Diana Estupinan

Chief Client Officer, IR and ESG Advisor, Instinctif Partners

Marwa Faisal Al-Maskati
Marwa Faisal Al-Maskati

Director of Marketing & Business Development, Bahrain Bourse

Alicia Gallego
Alicia Gallego

Founder & Adviser, Audere Strategies

John Gollifer
John Gollifer

General Manager, Middle East Investor Relations Association

Sylvie Harton
Sylvie Harton

Chief Business Strategy Officer, LUMI

Eline Helal
Eline Helal

Director - Investor Relations, Insurance & Co. Secretary, Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba)

Ajith Henry
Ajith Henry

Managing Director and Co-lead of Strategic Communications, Middle East, FTI Consulting

Ian McCallum
Ian McCallum

Chief Sustainability Officer, Bank ABC

Simon Messenger
Simon Messenger

Market Engagement Fellow - ISSB, IFRS Foundation

Jana Jevcakova
Jana Jevcakova

Head of ESG International, Morrow Sodali

Kal Subramanian
Kal Subramanian

Head of Markets, KPMG in Bahrain

Andrew Tarbuck
Andrew Tarbuck

Chair, Middle East Investor Relations Association

William Tohmé
William Tohmé

CFA Managing Director MEA, MFS

Oskar Yasar
Oskar Yasar

Managing Partner, Broome Yasar

Mrs. Abeer Al Saad serves as the Executive Director of Financial Institutions Supervision at the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) since May 2023.   Prior to that she was holding the post of Director of Capital Markets Supervision (CMSD) since October 2016, where she was in charge of regulating and supervising the kingdom’s capital markets and has more than 17 years’ experience in the field of capital market. 

Her current responsibilities include the supervision of Insurance firms, investment business firms, trust service providers and money changers as well as supervision of licensed exchanges, licensed clearing houses and central depositories, the market intermediaries, regulating the issuance and offering of securities in the primary market as well as maintaining and promoting fairness, efficiency and transparency within the capital market and ensuring investor protection.

Mrs. Abeer began her career in 2006 with the CBB and since then she has held several senior positions. Between 2011 till 2016, she served as Head of Issuance and Corporate Restructure Division within the Capital Markets Supervision Directorate. Between October 2016 till April 2022, she served as the Director of Capital Markets Supervision.

Mrs. Abeer serves on a number of national and regional committees including the GCC heads of securities commissions’ steering committee, which aims to integrate the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) securities markets and harmonize the rules of securities market amongst GCC member states. She also represents the Kingdom of Bahrain at the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).

Mrs. Abeer holds a bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Bahrain. She has also completed the Investment Representative Program (Series 7) certificate from BIBF and the primary market certificate from ICMA.

Mr. Alnuaimi leads Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) strategy to increase market capitalization and create a vibrant marketplace to support Abu Dhabi’s growth bringing over 20 years of financial service experience. Mr. Al Nuaimi has played an instrumental role in the development of ADX’s trading platform, helping to establish the first application of Blockchain technology in the UAE’s financial sector. Mr. Al Nuaimi sits on the Advisory Board at Abu Dhabi University (ADU), College of Business and Economics, and is on the Board of Trustees at the Professional Training & Examinations Centre at the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA). Mr. Al Nuaimi joined ADX from roles in investment banking and his work has been recognised for contributing to the development of Abu Dhabi’s capital markets. He is a certified Arbitrator and holds a Master’s degree in Security and Strategic Studies from the National Defense College and a BSc. in Production & Operations Management from Sultan Qaboos University.

Shaikh Khalifa bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of Bahrain Bourse as well as Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Bahrain Clear. Sh Khalifa also serves as the Chairman of Arab Federation of Capital Markets, as well as an active member the GCC Exchanges Committee – GCC General Secretariat. As CEO, Sh. Khalifa drives BHB’s strategy, with the aim of positioning Bahrain Bourse as a ‘Sustainable & Innovative Marketplace’. Sh. Khalifa has more than 14 years of capital markets experience and possesses a wide range of expertise from business development and corporate planning to strategy and operations.

Preceding his appointment as CEO, Sh. Khalifa served as Deputy Director for Central Securities Depository (CSD) and Information Technology, and subsequently Chief Operating Officer, prior to handling the role of Chief Executive Officer. Sh. Khalifa holds an MBA from the CASS Business School – London.

Mohammed assumed his role as Chief Executive Officer of the Saudi Exchange in April 2021. 

Prior to this, Mohammed was the Chief of Markets for the Exchange where he oversaw Saudi Exchange’s Markets operations, including the Main Market, Nomu-Parallel Market, Sukuk and Bonds and others. 

Since joining the Saudi Exchange in 2009, Mohammed held various leadership positions, including Head of Primary Market and Chief of Sales and Marketing. 

He has extensive experience in the financial services sector and has led the Exchange through numerous milestones and a period of exponential growth and transformation. He has been instrumental in the Exchange’s adoption of new market enhancements and products to further cement its status as an advanced capital market and regional powerhouse. 

His notable achievements include Saudi Exchange’s inclusion in emerging market indices, the revamp of the Nomu-Parallel Market, the success of the Saudi Capital Market enhancement program, and facilitating the smooth public listing of Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest IPO, in 2019, and Americana Restaurants, Saudi Arabia’s first dual listing, in 2022. 

Mohammed holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, and an Executive MBA from the Manchester Business School.

Mr. Abdulaziz Nasser Al-Emadi is the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE), in addition to being its Listings Director. He has held the role of ACEO since August 2022. 

Mr. Al Emadi currently directs the operations of QSE and contributes to the realization of the “Economic Development” Pillar of Qatar National Vision 2030 by supporting the sustainable development and performance of the QSE and enhancing its economic and investment role.

During his tenure at QSE, Mr. Al Emadi has overseen a number of important strategic projects, including the recent launch of QSE’s new Trading Platform in cooperation with London Stock Exchange Technology, the launch of the Venture Market in 2021, and the launch of the XBRL based electronic disclosure system in 2020. 

Mr. Al-Emadi has served as the Director of the Listing Department since 2007 and has managed successful listings for both government and private sector companies, with total market capitalization exceeding 56 billion Qatari Riyals, including, among others, Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding Company, Qatar Aluminum (QAMCO), and Dukhan Bank. In addition, he has overseen the implementation of several corporate mergers and acquisitions including the merger of Qatar Transport Company with Qatar Navigation and that of First Finance with Barwa Bank. He also played a prominent role in the listing of the first two Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) in the market.

Mr. Al-Emadi is a member of numerous international and regional committees which specialize in financial markets. He is also a member of a number of local committees tasked with the development and operation of the Qatari capital markets. Notably, he has chaired the Single Window Committee since its establishment.

Prior to joining QSE, Mr. Al-Emadi gained valuable experience in local and international financial brokerage and portfolio management during his tenure at Commercial Bank of Qatar. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and has over 25 years of experience in the financial sector.

Abdulrahim is an experienced banking professional with over a decade of diverse experience. He has worked in various roles within NBB, covering credit analysis and later transitioning to corporate finance, debt advisory and origination, and sustainability strategy, all of which enabled him to develop insights and skillsets to provide valuable contribution to the Bank.

Currently, Abdulrahim covers 2 key areas in the Bank, spearheading the Sustainability Committee which acts as a catalyst in driving NBB’s Sustainability journey through collaboration with the various internal functions of the Bank, and debt advisory and origination through debt capital markets and loan Syndications solutions.
Abdulrahim is also a chosen member of the RISE and INSPIRE programs of the Bank, two talent development programs NBB offers to its aspiring young Bahraini employees to nurture their leadership capabilities in preparation for future leadership roles.

Abdulrahim is a holder of the CFA certificate in ESG investing, and he is a certified management accountant (“CMA”). He has also graduated from Bangor University in Wales with first degree honors.

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 stakeholder 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 media, transportation, logistics and infrastructure.

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

Turki Alashaikh’s current position is Investor Relations VP at stc, prior to joining stc he had multiple roles in large corporation including SABIC where he spent around 5 years in Treasury and Corporate Finance. Afterwards, he joined stc in 2012 for a role in Finance where he was responsible for different area in Finance field. Turki has an experience in diverse domains including but not limited to Finance, Investment, Credit Rating, Hedging along with handling a landmark projects. During his time in stc, Turki completed his master’s degree in 2014 from Prince Sultan University.

Mr Fadi joined Saudi Reinsurance Co in 2019 and previously held several positions in the field of investment and portfolio management for more than 20 years; his recent position was as the General Manager for Investment in Alistithmar Capital. Mr Fadi is a certified financial advisor from the Financial Services Authority in the UK, a certified portfolio manager and a certified wealth manager from the American Academy of Financial Managers. Mr Fadi holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Bahrain in Business Management.

Monaem is a world-renowned expert in Climate Tech, ESG and Sustainability, Sustainable Finance, and Impact Investing, with over 17 years of experience in these fields. His contributions have earned him numerous prestigious global and local awards. He is a highly respected thought leader in these areas, with a particular focus on the Middle East, Asia, and Africa regions. He is also a sought-after guest lecturer at renowned universities around the world, including Leeds University Business School (UK), American University of Dubai (UAE), École de management de Normandie (France), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA).

As the Group CEO/Founding Partner of Sustainable Square, Monaem is responsible for driving the company’s overall growth, strategic direction, and operations. He holds several influential positions, including Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Sustainability and Responsibility (FSRA) in Africa, Board Member of the Maghreb Economic Forum (MEF), Co-chair of the UAE Sustainability Actions Society (SAS) and a member of the global board of AIESEC International.

Monaem is dedicated to developing cutting-edge ESG and Sustainability practices, decarbonization and net zero strategies, and solutions to eradicate climate change. He is also a champion of various social impact studies, producing impact reports to showcase the value created by community programs and impact investing initiatives. In addition, Monaem focuses on B2B tech solutions to tackle the complex challenges of ESG/sustainability and climate data aggregation, disclosure, and reporting. He explores the use of AI and blockchain technologies to enhance transparency and accountability throughout business value chains.

Silvina Bruggia is Director of Emerging Markets at Refinitiv, an LSEG (London Stock Exchange Group) business, responsible for addressing client needs in the Sustainable Finance and Investing segments. She has held different positions in the areas of products, content, sales, and marketing at Refinitiv and in the Financial & Risk business division of Thomson Reuters in Latin America since joining the firm in 2006. Between 2016 and 2018 she led the South Latam business and then the Market Development team in Latin America until 2020.

She currently has an active participation in the development of capital markets in emerging countries, promoting global best practices in sustainable finance and financial inclusion, generating initiatives and discussion spaces for the adoption of ESG criteria in investment decision-making, and supporting innovation and new technologies that facilitate access to data and connectivity.

Education: Degree in Economics (Merit: CUM-LAUDE) from the University of Buenos Aires, where she also was assistant professor for almost 7 years lecturing on macroeconomics, monetary economics, credit and banking. Also, she holds a Postgraduate Degree in Human Resources Management at Universidad Católica Argentina. Silvina participated in several programs focused on Innovation and new technologies like Digital Immersion in Silicon Valley and Smart Investing in IAE.

As OBG’s Managing Editor for the Middle East and Asia, Patrick oversees research
and production of the group’s broad suite of business intelligence products across
the dynamic and varied markets of the Gulf and Asia-Pacific. At the same time, he
is instrumental in developing new content ideas and features that reflect the
dynamism in high-potential markets across these regions and the growing
appetite for actionable intelligence and advisory services on the opportunities
A graduate in Political Studies from the University of Leeds, Patrick
was an award-winning national newsroom journalist before gravitating
towards business writing and economic research on emerging markets.
Having gained valuable experience across four continents, Patrick has conducted insightful interviews with an
array of presidents, senior ministers, central bankers and top executives on the pertinent issues facing their
markets, as well as being a regular speaker, moderator and panelist at international events and a contributor to
regional newspapers.
His personal research interests include inclusive growth, the future of work, the rise of China and its impact on
global trade dynamics and investment flows, and the potential to expand business ties between the Middle East
and South-east Asia.

Akshay Coppa, the Vice President of Products and a valued Partner at Euroland IR, brings over 14 years of dynamic expertise in spearheading product teams, strategic planning, optimizing solution delivery, and forging impactful partnerships. His seasoned insights and strategic counsel have assisted blue-chip corporations across the globe with best-practice IR Strategy and Digital communications. Akshay’s profound industry acumen extends to his active participation in representing Euroland IR at prestigious global conferences. He maintains a keen eye on emerging trends in the SaaS and digital sectors, ensuring Euroland IR remains at the forefront of innovation and excellence. Akshay holds a Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology from Anna University and a Master of Science in Finance from the esteemed School of Business in Gothenburg.

Laila El Adly leads the Project Management of Tabadul, the premier regional exchange hub, successfully overseeing the seamless onboarding of Bahrain Bourse, Muscat Stock Exchange, and Astana International Exchange onto the platform. Laila actively spearheads discussions with various other exchanges, as part of the upcoming plan of broadening Tabadul’s worldwide operations. With a Master’s of Science in Finance and 10 years of industry expertise, Laila has led impactful projects during her tenure at HSBC, the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the Central Bank of Italy. Notably, she played a pivotal role in successfully leading the implementation of the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) Order Remediation for HSBC’s Global Markets MENAT sites and managing the conduct alignment to the Department of Justice (DoJ).

Diana is a MEIRA certified Investor Relations Consultant and corporate communications specialist with over ten years of experience in Europe, US and the Middle East. With a focus on capital markets and ESG, she has successfully helped companies enhance their brand presence and engagement with investors by implementing impactful, integrated campaigns and investor relations strategies. Throughout her career, Diana has collaborated with renowned firms such as Dr Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Services Group, ACWA Power, Emirates NBD Asset Management, Jupiter Asset Management, NBK, RAKBANK, Tanmiah and stc to name a few. Her involvement in various IR and ESG projects and capital markets transactions across the region has further solidified her reputation as a trusted advisor in this field. Diana holds a BSc in Government and Economics from the London School of Economics.


Marwa Al-Maskati leads the Marketing and Business Development function of Bahrain Bourse where she is responsible for all new business opportunities and affairs. Since taking on this role in 2014, she has been instrumental in the implementation and establishment of new markets including the Real Estate Investment Trust Market (REIT) in 2016 and the Bahrain Investment Market (BIM) in 2017, played a crucial role in championing ESG within the capital markets, as well as the establishment and launch of the Middle East Investor Relations – Bahrain Chapter. Mrs. AlMaskati currently heads the Bahrain Chapter of MEIRA and sits on the Board of MEIRA as well, she is also an active member of the Arab Federation of Capital Markets – Sustainability Committee (2021-2022).

Mrs. Al-Maskati has over 20+ years of experience in the financial industry with a focus on areas such as strategy development, venture capital, private equity, and business development, having previously worked for a number of prominent organizations. Prior to joining Bahrain Bourse, she held key roles with prominent organizations including the Central Bank of Bahrain, TAIB Bank, and Tamkeen.

Mrs. Al-Maskati holds a First-Class Honors Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Strathclyde (UK) in 2006 and a Bachelors of Science in Business and Economics from the University of Wales, Swansea (UK) in 2002. Mrs. Al-Maskati has completed her professional certification as ‘Certified Investor Relations Officer’ awarded by the UK-IR Society and ‘Series 79’ awarded by the BIBF. Mrs. Al-Maskati has also completed the Regulators Securities Market Program conducted by Harvard Law School & IOSCO, as well as the Oxford Executive Leadership Programme from SaÏd Business School – University of Oxford.

Alicia Gallego is an international communications and strategy adviser. With more than ten years of experience, including in the Middle East, Alicia has an extensive background in financial communications, including Investor Relations, strategy and project management. She is also an expert in marketing, digital innovation, and change management.

Alicia is a Certified Investor Relations Officer and holds an Executive MBA from Bayes Business School.

John Gollifer joined the Middle East IR Association (MEIRA) as General Manager in January 2019.

John was the General Manager and an executive director of the Board of the UK’s Investor Relations (IR) Society from 2012 to 2018. On joining the IR Society, which works in partnership with other IR associations, including MEIRA, John led IR training for the International Certificate in IR (ICIR) in Chile, Indonesia, Japan, Nigeria, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey and the UK, as well as for the Certified IR Officer (CIRO) in the Middle East. From 2016 to 2018, John lectured at the University of Liverpool in London on the MSc in Strategic Communication programme for the IR module which he created. In 2018, John was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the UK’s IR Society in recognition of his services to IR.

Prior to this, John spent 11 years at the Singapore Exchange where he was Senior Vice President and responsible for investor relations, among other roles in corporate strategy and communications. He established and ran the IR Professionals Association of Singapore from 2006 to 2008, is a multiple IR award winner and he created and taught an IR course at the Singapore Management University from 2009 to 2012.

John was trained as a banker. He spent 15 years in Asia and Europe in corporate finance and equity capital markets. He worked for Barclays Bank as International Manager, Hoare Govett Asia as Senior Manager and Head of Corporate Finance, ABN Amro Rothschild as Assistant Director – Equity Capital Markets, Asia and at BNP Paribas as Director – Equity Capital Markets, Asia and Australasia.

John has a BA (Hons) degree, Diplomas in Banking (ACIB) and Marketing (ACIM) and MBA degree. John has lived and worked in Dubai, Geneva, Hong Kong, Jakarta, London and Singapore.

Sylvie Harton is currently the Chief Business Strategy Officer at LUMI Global where she leads LUMI’s future growth strategy.  Prior to her role at LUMI Sylvie was SVP, Strategy & Global head of IR and PR solutions at Notified where she led M&A, strategic partnerships, and P&L for its global IR and PR solutions business.

She draws on 25 years of executive leadership and expertise in organic, inorganic expansion, and turnaround situations with global scope and credibility in IR solutions, PR solutions, ESG & sustainability.  She brings a win-win approach to strategic partnership and alliances negotiation.  Sylvie is a passionate advocate of bringing the client to the table when making strategic business decisions and a firm believer that strategy is the anchor for sustainable corporate performance that benefits the marketplace, workplace, and the global community. Prior to LUMI, Sylvie held various executive positions with Nasdaq and Marketwired, where she spent a decade growing the organization to its successful exit to Nasdaq. Sylvie is a recent graduate of The Wharton School and the University of New Haven EMBA program. She holds a Law and Finance degree from Université de Montréal and Concordia University in Canada.

Ms. Eline Helal was appointed as the Director – Investor Relations, Insurance and Co. Secretary in February 2020.

Ms. Helal has been part of Alba for 12+ years and brings with her years of honed experience across matrixed functions namely Investor Relations, Corporate Communications, Co. Secretariat, Insurance as well as Strategy & Business Development.

Ms. Helal joined Alba as Manager – Investor Relations (IR) since March 2011 to build the IR function from scratch, develop & lead the IR team. During her time at Alba, she also held on top of her IR role, Public Relations for 5 years and was acting as Strategy and Business Development Manager since July 2018.

Ms. Helal’s financial acumen and keen understanding of capital markets has enabled her to quickly get to grips with business fundamentals and understand what information analysts and portfolio managers require; she also played an instrumental role in the financing of Alba’s Line 6 Expansion Project [US$3 billion]. She has a well-versed experience in corporate governance, compliance, and regulatory skills for working in Debt and Equity markets, especially on Emerging Markets and in particular the Middle East. Eline is recognized as a media relator as well as financial communication advisor for C-levels in the region.

Ms. Helal started her professional career as a financial analyst at the Middle East mobile operator Zain Group in early 2007, moving on to an Investor Relations role for the Company for 4 years.

Ms. Helal holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from ESSEC, Master’s Degree in International Finance from University of New South Wales (UNSW) and a Bachelor of Science in Banking & Finance from Lebanese American University (LAU). Ms. Helal is also enrolled in Harvard Business School for the Senior Executive Leadership Program (SELP) in 2023.





Ajith Henry co-leads the Strategic Communications segment in the Middle East and leads the Financial Services and Capital Markets practice in the region. Situated in Dubai and covering the region, Ajith has extensive experience in financial services, transaction communications and investor relations, advising several financial regulators and public-listed companies in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, India and Africa.

Ajith has trained CEOs, CFOs and IR leaders to develop and articulate compelling equity stories especially in the context of engaging and attracting international investors. He advised advised on several privatization IPO mandates in the region including the 2023 IPOs of Salik and Empower. He also led the team that advised a UAE- based ports and logistics operator and a UAE-based AI company on their IPO preparations. His capital markets experience includes driving communications for several M&As and DCM transactions in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and the wider Gulf.

With nearly 20 years of experience in financial communications, Ajith has worked in the Gulf for 12 years advising financial institutions and corporations including the Central Bank of the UAE, the Saudi Tadawul Group, Emirates NBD Group, ADNOC, ADQ, Standard Chartered, and Saudi Public Pension Agency, among others.

Ajith received a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Oklahoma City University and an Advanced Diploma in Media Studies from Management Development Institute of Singapore. He is a Certified Investor Relations Officer recognised by the UK IR Society.

Ian is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Bank ABC and leads the Bank’s journey to integrate sustainability throughout the Bank’s global value chain and DNA, which covers 15 different jurisdictions. He has over 17 years of experience implementing sustainability within asset management and banking, having worked in London, Asia and Turkey, this has involved developing sustainability strategies and integrating sustainability into global investment processes.

His extensive work experience includes being a Founder of a global asset management firm, building up the firm’s institutional investor client base and managing top quartile performing global and emerging markets investment strategies.

Before joining Bank ABC, Ian worked at Citigroup helping them to embed environmental risk practices across their European corporate banking business. Ian is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and has a BA (Hons) in Accountancy & Finance from Heriot-Watt University.

Simon Messenger is a Fellow to the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) where he works on corporate, investor and regulatory engagement with a particular focus on Europe and Africa, having previously held the same roles for the Value Reporting Foundation (VRF) and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) prior to their merger and consolidation into the ISSB.
He has over 15 years of technical and professional experience and is the founder and CEO of 1Planet Advisory, a sustainability consultancy. He has held a number of senior roles in the broader field of sustainability reporting and sustainable finance, having been Managing Director of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) and Director of the 2 Degrees Investing Initiative (2Dii).

He currently also works as a technical advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme where is an advisor to the Net Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA) and was previously Head of Consulting at the Energy Saving Trust and a sustainability consultant at PwC and Deloitte. Simon holds a Masters with Distinction in Ecological Economics and a First Class BSc (Hons) in Environmental Geoscience, both from the University of Edinburgh.

Jana has over a decade of experience advising listed company boards and management teams on all aspects
of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices and disclosures. Jana is one of Asia Pacific’s leading
experts in corporate governance and proxy research and has advised many large domestic and institutional
investors. She was previously Director of Research, Australia for global proxy advisor, CGI Glass Lewis, and
has deep expertise in engaging with ASX300 Boards of directors and executives. Jana is passionate about
helping companies optimise their governance disclosures and enhance their investor relationships by applying
best practice ESG. Jana maintains deep relationships with asset owners and managers that informs Morrow
Sodali’s advisory and engagement work. Her experience in advising large domestic and institutional investors
positions her as an expert on the proxy guidelines and ensures she can provide clients with in-depth analysis
on their projected recommendations, along with highly valued strategic advice on shareholder engagement.
Jana is an active participant in the local governance community and is a member of Women in Super. Before
joining CGI Glass Lewis, Jana was a financial advisor. She graduated with a Degree in Finance, Banking and
Investments from the Technical University Kosice, Slovakia and holds a Master of Professional Accounting
and a Master of Commerce, Funds Management from the University of New South Wales. She is GRI Certified
and an FSA Credential Holder (SASB)

•Kal has managed our Global relationships with key Global NGOs/ Charities/ Development agencies and has been the key liaison
point for support provided to the organizations in terms of capacity building, financial support, and overall firm support.`
•Kal also represents KPMG on the UNDP Bahrain Stakeholder group with a specific focus on the Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs) and Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) risks.
•Previously managed KPMG’s global relationships with global Not-for-profit organizations like Enactus (US headquartered), Junior
Achievement (US headquartered, regionally known as INJAZ), and One Young World (UK headquartered) and coordinates our
support and evaluates our relationship in over 30 countries and .
•Has represented KPMG International in the development of a key Global Network of civil society organizations ‘CSR 360’ which
was setup and managed by Business in the Community, UK (BiTC, UK).
•Supported the UK Prime Minister’s Global Fellowship for School graduates and has been the key point of contact for KPMG’s
support in Brazil, China and India for 3 years.
•Supported the Industry and Parliament’s Trust, UK (IPT) with their India Fellowship for UK Members of the Parliament.
•Supports the Middle East Regional partnership with the ‘Pearl Initiative’ to help champion accountability, transparency, business
ethics and good corporate governance.
•Provides national and regional support for KPMG firms in strategizing, planning, developing, implementing and evaluating their
internal CSR/ Diversity strategy to help align their strategies with our International core focus areas, i.e. Development, Education,
Environment and Health.
•Kal supports our Global Diversity agenda and strategy through KPMG International and is also a GlobeSmart Champion for KPMG

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, Chair 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, is a managing director for institutional sales in the Middle East and Africa at MFS Investment Management® (MFS®). He is based in the new Dubai International Financial Center MFS office.

William joined MFS in 2023 in his current role. He was previously the senior regional head of CFA Institute for the MENA and EMEA region for 5 years. Prior experience also includes six years with Lazard Asset Management as director of institutional business development and six years with AllianceBernstein as director of French and Middle Eastern Institutions. He began his career in financial services in 2000 with AXA Investment Managers Paris.

William holds a Master of Advanced Studies (D.E.A.) in Finance, Monetary Science and Banking from Université Paris II Assas Pantheon. He is a CFA charterholder and he also participated in the London Business School’s Next Generation Leadership Programme.

Oskar is regarded as the global leader in executive recruitment in investor relations and corporate communications.  With nearly 30 years’ experience at the coal face of the industry, he has helped appoint more than 500 senior investor relations and corporate communications professionals globally. Broome Yasar is now the go-to search company for senior IR and corporate affairs leadership roles globally.

Oskar is also a passionate advocate for the role of investor relations and the future of the profession.  As well we being the author of the ground-breaking, The Global IR Revolution Study, he is the author of two other studies, ‘From Investor Relations to Business Leadership – The pathway to CEO’, and ‘Key Building Blocks to becoming a standout IRO’, which showcases the significant transformation in the reputation of IR. He is also the author of the soon-to-be published book, ‘Stand Out or Stand Aside, the power of personal branding in the reputation industries’.

Prior to moving into headhunting, Oskar worked in IR advisory for Citigate Dewe Rogerson, helping some of the world’s largest companies on their IR and corporate affairs strategies.  For further information go to: www.broomeyasar.com