2019 MEIRA Annual
Conference and Awards

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Dubai, UAE


BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment management and investment services in 35 countries. As of June 30, 2018, BNY Mellon had $33.6 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $1.8 trillion in assets under management. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK).

Follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon or visit our newsroom at www.bnymellon.com/newsroom for the latest company news.


DirectFN is the leading Market Data, Financial Technology and Financial Content provider in the Middle East and North Africa. DirectFN specializes in providing Low Latency Market Data Feeds for MENA -Emerging and Frontier Markets, Investor Relations and Financial Portal Solutions, Financial Intelligence platforms, total End to End Brokerage, Asset, Custody Management Systems and Institutional and Retail Market Data terminals. DirectFN, also known as Mubasher, is a wholly owned subsidiary of National Technology Group (NTG), one of the largest ICT companies in the Middle East based in Saudi Arabia. DirectFN has presence in 8 International offices including UAE (HQ), Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Turkey, Bahrain, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.



Emirates NBD is a leading banking Group in the region. As at 31st March 2018, total assets were AED 475.6 Billion, (equivalent to approx. USD 129.4 Billion). The Group has a significant retail banking franchise in the UAE and is a key participant in the global digital banking industry, with over 90 per cent of all financial transactions and requests conducted outside of its branches. The bank was declared the Most Innovative Financial Services Organization of the Year at the 2017 BAI Global Innovation Awards.

The bank currently has 228 branches and 1057 ATMs and SDMs in the UAE and overseas and a large social media following, being the only bank in the Middle East ranked among the top 20 in the ‘Power 100 Social Media Rankings’, compiled by The Financial Brand. It is a major player in the UAE corporate and retail banking arena and has strong Islamic Banking, Global Markets & Treasury, Investment Banking, Private Banking, Asset Management and Brokerage operations.

The Group has operations in the UAE, Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom and representative offices in China and Indonesia.

The Group is an active participant and supporter of the UAE’s main development and community initiatives, in close alignment with the UAE government’s strategies, including financial literacy and advocacy for inclusion of People with Disabilities under its #TogetherLimitless platform. Emirates NBD Group is an Official Premier Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai.

For more information, please visit: www.emiratesnbd.com


About First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

FAB, the UAE’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest and safest institutions, offers an extensive range of tailor-made solutions, and products and services, to provide a customised experience. Through its strategic offerings, it looks to meet the banking needs of customers across the world via its market-leading Corporate and Investment Banking and Personal Banking franchises.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi in Khalifa Business Park, the bank’s international network spans over 19 countries outside the UAE, providing the global relationships, expertise and financial strength to support local, regional and international businesses seeking to do business at home and abroad.

In line with its commitment to put customers first, to Grow Stronger, FAB will continually invest in people and technology to create the most customer-friendly banking experience, and will support the growth ambitions of its stakeholders across countries in which the bank operates.

To empower its customers and clients to Grow Stronger, FAB initiated a powerful movement, which goes beyond banking. The Grow Stronger movement represents the bank’s promise to support its stakeholders’ goals and growth ambitions, providing ideas, tools and expertise to help them become stronger, today and in the future.

With total assets of AED 678 Billion (USD 185 Billion) as of March-end 2018, FAB is rated Aa3/AA-/AA- by Moody’s, S&P and Fitch respectively, the strongest combined ratings of any bank in the MENA region. The Bank has been ranked by Global Financeâ as the safest bank in the UAE and the Middle East, 4th in emerging markets, 17th amongst commercial banks worldwide, and 31st in the world.Through a strong, diversified balance sheet, leading efficiency and a solid corporate governance structure in place, FAB is set to drive growth forward.

For further information, visit: www.bankfab.com


Thomson Reuters financial & risk solutions deliver critical news, information and analytics to the global financial community – enabling transactions and connecting communities of trading, investing, financial and corporate professionals. Through our market-leading Thomson Reuters Eikon, Elektron and Risk Management solutions, we help our customers generate superior returns, improve risk and compliance management, increase access to liquidity, and create efficient, reliable infrastructure. With our open and innovative platform, we support the world’s most complex financial services firms in dealing with their top business challenges.  Our mission is to drive customer growth and innovation with our trusted unified platform – enabling the industry to discover, transact, and manage risk.


About Instinctif Partners

We are an international business communications consultancy employing 450 people in 20 offices across 10 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and North America. Our Middle East operation is headquartered in the UAE, from where we support our IR and Annual Report clients across the MENA region.

We combine strategic and creative thinking to help our clients engage with and influence their key stakeholders – from financial media to policy-makers, investors, shareholders and analysts. Our consultants connect financial communications to corporate affairs, public policy and employee engagement, with the very best in creativity, story-telling and digital capability. We ensure that yours is a truly integrated investment story.

For further information, visit : www.instinctif.com


+971 4369 9353



Extel conducts market studies across all three sides of the investment community throughout Europe, delivering a comprehensive range of rankings, market trends and sentiment insights. Extel Europe is the largest study of its kind worldwide, with 18,000 participants. The scope, branding and professional integrity of Extel is widely recognized by brokerage firms, asset managers and corporates alike.


Comprend specialises in the strategy, design, build and maintenance of corporate websites. We are a global agency, with offices across the world and major corporate clients in London, Stockholm, Lisbon, Milan, Amsterdam and Dubai. Our strategy and expertise is underpinned by Webranking, our renowned annual research into corporate websites. We are equally as comfortable helping clients with great ambition as we are working with those who simply want to get the essentials done. All our research shows that analysts and investors are using the corporate website and Investor Relations section in particular as a matter of routine. The companies who communicate their story well here will win. Comprend is here to help.

Webranking by Comprend is the world’s longest-running and most highly respected analysis of corporate websites. For 17 years Webranking has been using a unique global focus group of typical corporate website audiences such as analysts, investors and journalists to discover how well sites are answering the content needs of these essential audiences. This is the fifth year of Webranking covering the Middle East and every year we have seen the standards of corporate websites improve. Today we will announce the three Middle East companies whose corporate sites are best at informing their key audiences.


Arkadin helps businesses build a more flexible working environment and enhance their productivity by delivering Cloud Communication services.

More than technology alone, we understand that it’s people working with people that actually creates positive change.  Whether its delivering a large event, making video systems interoperate or enabling global Cloud voice, we look after every aspect of the project and we take the hassle out of user adoption.

At Arkadin we have successfully transformed our own business by putting our people at the heart of our communications:  we work with all our customers to help them do the same, to create a digital workplace that will thrive because it is designed around the people who will enjoy it.

Present in 33 countries and part of NTT Communications, we have been changing the way businesses communicate for fifteen years.  We continue to learn from our base of 50,000 clients: many business challenges are similar but every business demands unique attention.



Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) was the first global communications consultancy to establish operations in the Middle East, more than 30 years ago. Today we have 8 vibrant, interconnected and fully-owned offices across the MENA region – in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Doha, Jeddah, Kuwait City, Manama and Riyadh.
H+K in MENA provides governments, brands and businesses with world-class strategic communications counsel and localised execution across sectors and services. Our award-winning consultants are trusted advisors for integrated campaigns that drive stakeholders to think + act differently.
Headquartered in New York and founded more than 80 years ago, H+K has 85 offices across 47 countries and is part of WPP, the world’s largest communication services group.
About H+K Financial
H+K Financial is a specialised financial communications and investor relations practice across the MENA region established in partnership with Buchanan, a global financial communications firm. Combining specialist knowledge with a thorough understanding of audience and media, H+K Financial helps companies navigate the current economic climate and an increasingly sophisticated communications landscape to connect with stakeholders.