2018 MEIRA Annual
Conference and Awards

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Bvlgari Resort, Dubai

BNY Mellon
Direct FN
Emirates NBD
FAB
Thomson Reuters
ADCB
Almarai
Bank Audi
Euroland IR
Instinctif
Lumi
Nasdaq
Viva
Argaam
DP World
Emperor
FTI Consulting
Bloomberg
Sipchem
H+K Strategies
Smart Media
IR Magazine

Speakers

Redwan Ahmed
Redwan Ahmed

Head of Investor Relations
DP World

Dalal Al-Dousari
Dalal Al-Dousari

Assistant GM, Investor Relations
Gulf Bank

Mohamad Al Hajj
Mohamad Al Hajj

Head of MENA Equities Strategy
EFG Hermes

Munirah Al Zahrani
Munirah Al Zahrani

Group Manager Investor Relations
Almarai

Kais Ben Hamida
Kais Ben Hamida

Chief Financial Officer
Mobily

Michael Chojnacki
Michael Chojnacki

Co-founder & Managing Director
Closir

Sofia El Boury
Sofia El Boury

Head of Investor Relations
FAB

Greg Fewer
Greg Fewer

Chief Financial Officer
Aldar Properties

Paul Gay
Paul Gay

Chief Financial Officer
Almarai

Saleem Khokhar
Saleem Khokhar

ED & Head of Equities - Global Asset Management
FAB

Amani Korayeim
Amani Korayeim

EMEA Director
Institutional Investor

Heba Makhlouf
Heba Makhlouf

Head of Investor Relations
SODIC

Daniel Marc Richards
Daniel Marc Richards

MENA Economist
Emirates NBD

Saleha Osmani-Eliard
Saleha Osmani-Eliard

Managing Director - Head of Capital Introductions and BD
Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking

Andrew Tarbuck
Andrew Tarbuck

Chairman
Middle East Investor Relations Association

Salah Shamma
Salah Shamma

Head of Investment, MENA
Franklin Templeton Investments

Noor Sweid
Noor Sweid

Founder
Global Ventures

Amélie  Thevenet
Amélie Thevenet

Fund Manager - Global Emerging Markets
Jupiter Asset Management

Chris Wilson
Chris Wilson

Head of Investor Relations
Aldar Properties

Jennifer Engmann-Kedissa
Jennifer Engmann-Kedissa

Regional Director
H+K Strategies / Master of Ceremony

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.

redwan.ahmed@dpworld.com

Dalal has over 17 years of experience in the field of Corporate Finance and Investor Relations. Currently, she is the Assistant General Manager of Investor relations at Gulf Bank. She has started her career as an analyst at Coast Investment and Development Company then joined other financial institutions including National Technologies Enterprises Company (the KIA initiative for Venture Capital Investments) and Amwal International Investment. She has later on served as head of Investor relations at Global Investment House and Kuwait Energy. Dalal holds an MBA and graduated from Kuwait University with a degree in Finance. She is also a certified Investor Relations Officer from the Middle East Investor Relations Association and a certified Corporate Governance Officer from the London School of Business and Finance.

d.aldousari@gulfbank.com.kw

Mohamad Al Hajj is the Head of MENA Equities Strategy at EFG Hermes. He joined EFG Hermes Research in September 2010 as part of the Macro-strategy team. He graduated from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in June 2009, with a BA in Economics.

mhajj@efg-hermes.com

Maria Al Zahrani is a financial professional raised between Malaysia and the Arabian Gulf. Maria has 14 years of experience across the field of finance. She started her career at Lehman Brothers in New York city with the Oil and Gas Investment Banking team. Since then, she has worked on various corporate finance activities and public sector transformational efforts. She’s worked on major project financing at Sadara Chemical Company and PPPs such as King Abdullah Economic City. She is currently the head of Investor Relations at Almarai.

m.alzahrani@almarai.com

Kais Ben Hamida, 47, is a senior executive with extensive experience in corporate finance, investments, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, financing, strategy and operations and a deep understanding of the TMT and infrastructure sectors. 

He held various positions in banking (Société Générale and the World Bank), private equity (Valiance Capital) and large corporates (Orange Group) in Europe, the USA and the Middle East.  His latest positions are CFO of Mobily (currently held), CFO of Orange Egypt, Partner at Valiance Capital and Senior Vice President of Merger and Acquisitions of the Orange Group.  He also sat on the boards of several companies including Orange Austria, Orange Denmark, Orange Sweden, MobiNiL, Viaccess and LDN.

Mr. Ben Hamida led the implementation of more than 45 transactions including IPOs, tender offers, acquisitions, project finance, disposals and syndicated loans, ranging from 30 M€ to 40 B€ in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has been also a key contributor to the growth, operational transformation and turn-around of several companies both as an executive and as a board member.  He has a strong strategic insight and a rare combination of diversified transactional work and proven operational capabilities both in emerging markets and developed countries.

Mr. Ben Hamida holds a BSc in Statistics and Financial Engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique, Paris; a MSc in Engineering from the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris and a MSc in Economics from the Sorbonne University, Paris.

k.benhamida@mobily.com.sa

Michael is the co-founder and Managing Director of Closir, a financial technology platform focused on helping companies from emerging and frontier markets directly accessing global institutional investors. (www.closir.com)
Previously, he 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. He 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.
In 2008, Michael together with and a group of like minded individuals, co-founded the Middle East Investor Relations Association with a goal to promote the development of IR amongst listed companies, as the region was beginning to attract foreign capital.
His expertise and interests lies within global capital markets, international capital raising, investor relations and technology entrepreneurship in the financial sector. (@mikechoj)

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.

sofia.elboury@bankfab.com

Greg Fewer is the Chief Financial Officer of Aldar Properties PJSC. Mr. Fewer is responsible for the overall financial leadership of Aldar including the oversight of group financial strategy, financial reporting, corporate finance, digital transformation and administration.

Prior to his roles at Aldar, Mr. Fewer was Deputy Head of Structured Finance & Capital Markets at Mubadala where he was jointly responsible for Mubadala’s overall debt raising activities and overseeing Mubadala’s investment program in the commercial finance market.

He holds a BComm (Hons) from the University of Manitoba and an MBA from London Business School.

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 Semi Conductor 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 specialization (1982), INSEAD Corporate Finance Diploma (2003) and Institute of Directors Diploma in Company Direction (2016).

Paul.Gay@almarai.com

Saleem joined FAB Investment Management in 2008 and is responsible for the management of FAB’s conventional and shariah equity investment capabilities. Prior to joining FAB he was the Head of Asset Management at EFG-Hermes KSA (Riyadh, KSA) where his role was to establish and run the asset management department of EFG-Hermes in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Previous to this Saleem also worked at Saudi Telecom Company (Riyadh, KSA) in International Mergers & Acquisitions. Prior to living in Saudi Arabia Saleem’s experience includes roles in London as a Fund Manager with Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and previous to this as a Fund Manager with Mitsubishi UFJ. Saleem has a First Class BSc (Hons) in Computer Systems Engineering from Cardiff University as well as holding the ACA and IIMR designations.

saleem.khokhar@bankfab.com

 

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.

Amani.korayeim@institutionalinvestor.com

Heba Makhlouf is Head of Investor Relations for SODIC, a leading real estate developer in Egypt, with responsibility for all aspects of the IR function. 

Heba joined SODIC in 2014 bringing over ten years of corporate finance and corporate banking experience in the UK, France and Egypt. Prior to joining SODIC Heba was a Vice President of corporate finance at BNP Paribas in London/Paris covering Africa during which she has advised on array of M&A transactions across diversified sectors including telecom, oil and gas and banking (2010-2014). Before joining BNP Paribas Heba was Vice President at Delta Rasmala investment banking in Cairo (2006-2009) focusing on small and mid-cap companies and Credit Analyst at BNP Paribas banking in Cairo covering large corporates (2004-2006)

Heba holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Cairo University. 

hmakhouf@sodic.com

Daniel Richards is Emirates NBD’s MENA economist, covering markets in North Africa and the Levant. Prior to joining Emirates NBD, Daniel served as Head of MENA Country Risk and as a senior Sub-Saharan Africa analyst for BMI Research, in London. He holds an MA in International Relations of the Middle East and a BA in Arabic, both from the University of Exeter.

danielricha@emiratesnbd.com

Saleha has 15 years’ experience across all aspects of alternative investments having worked as a fund of fund analyst in both New York and London, in addition to Sales roles at UBS and ABN Amro.
Saleha joined Calyon Financial in 2007 as Head of Capital Introductions and Business Development Middle East and North Africa. Initially based in London, she moved to Dubai in 2008 to help establish the first office for Newedge in the UAE. She has since expanded the firm’s presence in the Middle East by creating a new representative office in Abu Dhabi, and is one of the longest serving relationship management individuals to be based in the Middle East. Saleha was the youngest person in 2016 to be promoted to managing director at Societe Generale. Saleha is a strong advocate for alternative investments in the region, and devotes considerable time to enhancing the knowledge of these strategies and education of family offices and institutional investors in the MENA region. She is currently the chair of the Middle East chapter of 100 Women in Finance which she founded in 2015 to focus on promoting education, philanthropy and inspiring a future generation of women in finance in the region. Since 2015 she has also been executive board member of AIMA Middle East (Alternative Investment Management Association). Saleha was recently named as one of the top 50 leading women in hedge funds, she also won best capital introduction person in Middle East two years in a row. Saleha has a Masters in Diplomacy and International Affairs from School of Oriental and African studies.

saleha.osmani-eliard@sgcib.com

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.

andrew.tarbuck@hoganlovells.com

 

Salah Shamma is the head of Investment for MENA equities at Franklin Templeton Investments (ME) Limited.

Mr. Shamma has been in the investment industry since 2002 and joined Algebra Capital in January 2007 as an equity portfolio manager. The firm is now known as Franklin Templeton Investments (ME) Limited, in the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region. During his employment at Algebra Capital, Mr. Shamma was involved in the establishment of the firm’s flagship equity funds and was a member of the Equity Investment Committee. Currently, Mr. Shamma is responsible for the investment process, research and performance of FTIME MENA equity team. He is the co-fund manager of the Franklin MENA Fund and Franklin Middle East and North Africa Fund. He is also a member of FTIME’s Equity Investment Committee.

Prior to that, Mr. Shamma was with SHUAA Capital’s Debt Asset Management department as co-fund manager of the first Arab bond fund (TAIF).

Mr. Shamma holds a B.A. in business with an emphasis on finance from the American University of Beirut.

salah.shamma@franklintempleton.com

Noor Sweid is the founder of Global Ventures, a Dubai-based, growth-stage venture capital firm. Previously, Noor was the Chief Investment Officer at The Dubai Future Foundation, focusing on developing the technology and innovation ecosystem in Dubai. Prior to this position, Noor was a Managing Partner at Leap Ventures, a growth-stage venture capital firm based out of Dubai and Beirut. With experience as a biotechnology and pharmaceutical strategy consultant in the US, and moving back to the MENA region in 2005, Noor joined her family business, Depa. Implementing best-practice corporate governance and enabling the scaling of the business tenfold in three years to reach US$600 million in revenues, Noor then led the IPO for the company in 2008, on the NASDAQ Dubai and the London Stock Exchange. In her eight year tenure at Depa, Noor’s involvement ranged from the strategic and growth planning and implementation, to application of corporate governance, the execution of a private placement and an IPO, cross-border acquisitions, regulatory compliance, and investor relations.

During this time, Noor also founded ZenYoga, the first yoga and pilates studio in MENA. ZenYoga grew to become the largest chain of wellness studios in the Middle East, providing space and instruction for over a thousand students to practice yoga weekly, as well as facilities providing international teacher training and qualification, leading to improved health and wellness in the region. Noor exited ZenYoga in early 2014 through sale to a private equity firm.

The combined experiences have led Noor to focus in spaces of corporate governance and entrepreneurship. She is a Director-in-Residence for the Corporate Governance department at INSEAD where she teaches in the Value Creation for Owners and Directors program. She is Chairperson of the Middle East Venture Capital Association, and also serves as a Director for Nord Anglia International Schools, MIT Sloan, Endeavor UAE, The Grooming Holding Company and the Collegiate American School in Dubai.
Noor has been named in the Arabian Business 100 Most Powerful Arab Women list three times, and has been profiled on the covers of Forbes Middle East, Entrepreneur Middle East, and Arabian Business magazines. Noor holds bachelors’ degrees in Finance and Economics from Boston College as well as an MBA from MIT Sloan.

nsweid@sloan.mit.edu

Amélie is a Fund Manager in the Emerging Markets team at Jupiter Asset Management, based in London. She co-manages a Sharia compliant Global Emerging Markets Equity fund. She covers the Healthcare, IT Services and Consumer Discretionary sectors, and has a special focus on Sustainability.
Amélie joined Jupiter in 2007 as an analyst focusing on Indian Equities before joining the Global Emerging Markets team as an Assistant Fund Manager in 2015.
Before joining Jupiter, Amélie was a junior analyst at Peninsular Capital Partners LLP.
Amélie has an MSc in Management from EM Lyon Business School and is a CFA® charterholder.

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).

cwilson@aldar.com

As the head of Hill+Knowlton Strategies’ MENA Financial Services team, Jennifer is responsible for driving the portfolio of clients in this sector with standout relationships at a senior level. With over a decade of high-level experience in the Middle East and Europe, she advises clients on all aspects of financial communications, investor relations, corporate communications, strategic positioning as well as executive profiling.

Before joining Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Jennifer held roles in the UAE including Group Account Director at APCO Worldwide and Associate Partner Middle East at Bell Pottinger. Prior to this, she worked for Finsbury Hering Schuppener in Germany. Jennifer has a Master’s degree in Mass Communication from Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich, a Postgraduate Master’s degree in Advanced European Studies from University of Basel, Institute of Europe, and an Executive Master of Business Administration from University of the Arts London. Jennifer is a Certified Investor Relations Officer (MEIRA).

jennifer.kedissa@hkstrategies.com