Webinar: Materials – building blocks of the economy

Webinar: Materials – building blocks of the economy

New series of topical discussions brought to you by MEIRA.
As we begin to prepare for a post-COVID-19 environment, what does this mean in key sectors of the economy? We will share a variety of market perspectives from a leading IR team, the buy- and sell-sides as we look back at what we have learnt in 2020, consider what the big issues may be going into 2021 and how we can best prepare company management and Boards for what comes next. It is timely to put a tough 2020 behind us, move on and be ready for what is, hopefully, a better 2021 for everyone.
Join us for this interactive discussion on 26 November at 2pm (KSA timing) as we plan to remain one step ahead!


  • Iyad Abdulrahman Al-Garawi, Secretary General of SABIC Board, SABIC

Eng. Al-Garawi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Missouri in Columbia, the USA. He also holds a master’s degree in Industrial Management from the University of Sheffield, the UK. He has been in various training programs in the technical, business, financial and leadership fields; one of the latest of which is the Strategic Financial Analysis Program of Harvard Business School.
He is currently the General Manager of Board Affairs, Corporate Governance and Investor Relations at SABIC; He is also a member of various boards and committees.
Prior to his current position, he led SABIC’s Engineering Thermoplastic Polymers business in the Middle East and Africa, including the Polycarbonate, ABS, POM, PMMA and compounds lines. During his tenure with SABIC, he was also the Managing Director of SABIC South Africa ltd, which involved leading of the sales activities, investment opportunities in the region and governmental affairs. Before joining SABIC, he was leading the Operations Unit of one of the Gas-Oil Separation plants of Saudi Aramco.

  • Faisal AlAzmeh, CFA, Executive Director, Goldman Sachs

Faisal AlAzmeh, CFA, is an Executive Director based out of the Goldman Sachs Dubai office. His primary responsibility is covering non-financials  in MENA with a focus on the chemical sector. Faisal has been recognized by Institutional Investor as the top analyst in the Emerging EMEA Chemicals.  Prior to joining the firm, Faisal worked as an equity research director heading the EMEA chemicals team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Faisal held an equity research role at NCB Capital in Saudi and a Senior Consultant position in the deals department at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Faisal holds a BA in economics and commerce and is Chartered Financial Analyst.

  • John Gollifer, General Manager, MEIRA

John Gollifer joined 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 Society from 2012 to 2018. On joining the IR Society, John led IR training for the International Certificate in IR (ICIR/CIRO).
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.


If you missed this session, you can now access the recording here.