2020 MEIRA Virtual Annual
Conference and Awards

MEIRA 20/20 Vision: Driving stakeholder value

Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Emirates NBD
FAB
Lumi
Euroland IR
DP World
Boursa Kuwait
Institutional Investor
H+K Strategies

Sponsors

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

 

Euroland IR has been assisting companies in improving their Investor Relations by providing Best Practice tools and outstanding 24/7 service for years. Rather than embracing an approach that settles for being a Jack of all trades, we believe in being the master of one.

In niching ourselves and focusing on improving the web-based IR communication of our customers, we are able to provide the most technologically advanced and user-friendly solutions in the industry. Our services are second to none.

Intuitive design enables comprehensive understanding of your equity story. It is the blueprint to our tools. Making them accessible and interactive encourages users to engage further with your financial history. This is how we engage investors.

Striving always to stay ahead of the curve, we work tirelessly to reinvent and improve the way you communicate with your investors and build relationships with your stakeholders.

www.euroland.com

Lumi is the dominant player globally in the facilitation of Annual General Meetings for Companies (whether listed or non-listed), Associations, Legislative Bodies, Membership Organizations and Partnerships.

Based on proprietary, patented technology, Lumi provides software, hardware and services that assists registrars or event organizers to register delegates, provide live, secure polling, Q&A management services and relevant reporting – whether in a physical location, a virtual environment or a combination of the two.

Lumi is headquartered in Hampshire, UK where central functions including finance, product development and marketing are based, but has offices in 11 countries across EMEA, APAC and the Americas. Highly differentiated in the majority of markets where it is active, it benefits from extremely strong, experienced and renowned MDs who head up each in-country team.

Registrars play a pivotal role in facilitating the AGM process, by enabling issuers to obtain access to the Lumi platform. Lumi holds global relationships with multiple leading company registrars and has long-term licensing and service arrangements with all leading registrars across all operating territories.

Following a successful MBO in 2017, backed by Vespa Capital, Lumi has continued to consolidate their market leading positions across the globe, as well as expanding both organically and through acquisition.

Its mobile solution enabled Lumi to facilitate the UK’s first electronic AGM held by a listed company, Jimmy Choo, in June 2016. The onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic rapidly accelerated the adoption of the Lumi virtual meeting platform, expanding the number of countries in which Lumi operates to over 30.

www.lumiglobal.com

Boursa Kuwait was established in April 2014 by the Capital Markets Authority Commissioners’ Council Resolution No. 37/2013, dated November 20, 2013. On April 25, 2016, Boursa Kuwait was entrusted to operate Kuwait Stock Exchange, and on October 5, 2016, the Capital Markets Authority, in its capacity as the regulator of securities activities, granted Boursa Kuwait an official license to practice the activity of a securities exchange.

Since its inception, and through the scope of its strategy, Boursa Kuwait has played a pivotal role in the development of Kuwait’s capital market, adopting the best-in-class international standards.

The company has strived valiantly to meet the needs of the market, offering competitive investment products and services and restructuring the market and its infrastructure to increase its efficiency and effectiveness through increasing liquidity, raising investor confidence and attracting investments on the local and international level.

As a result of this strategy, and the myriad progressive market reforms the company has undertaken, the Kuwaiti capital market is a pioneer in the region and was reclassified as an Emerging Market by MSCI in December 2019. This comes after reclassifications as an Emerging Market by FTSE Russell in September 2017, and S&P DJI in December 2018.

These achievements are a strong indicator of investors’ confidence in the market and their willingness to invest in Kuwait. This is in response to the reforms implemented by Boursa Kuwait through diligent planning in collaboration with its partners and is a testament to the success of the company’s strategy to attract foreign institutional investors.

Boursa Kuwait’s ongoing market reforms have paved the way towards the implementation of operational and regulatory reforms that aim to increase liquidity and capital, establish wealth, and facilitate the exchange of knowledge in order for the Kuwaiti private sector to grow and play a substantial part in the national economy.

For over 50 years, Institutional Investor has consistently distinguished itself with its ground-breaking journalism and incisive market analysis that provides must-read intelligence for global financial institutions and money makers. Our highly recognized survey based research produces an independent evaluation of quality across key markets and stakeholder groups – with rankings for top global sell-side research teams and corporate executives setting the industry standard. Institutional Investor’s most recent acquisition of Extel, expanded our research portfolio further to produce an advisory service which includes IR perception insights, market trends and data analytics.

Covering key topics such as MiFID, SRI and Corporate Access, we evolve with our clients, providing objectivity and transparency, show casing best practice and delivering relative performance assessments for companies by sector and region. Over 30,000 global investment professionals contribute regularly across our 6 regional research studies and share their unbiased and candid views to enable effective decision making and better resource allocation.‎

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.

www.hkstrategies.com