Bringing together top level executives and financiers from the MENA Region, Turkey Pakistan and Afghanistan

Published January 30th, 2007 - 01:44 GMT

On the 20th and 21st of February 2007, Dubai will be hosting one of the major business events in the region, the Broader MENA Investment Summit. The Summit will engage a frank, practical discussion on current investment topics in the region, with a view to stimulating and diversifying foreign investment within the region, and from the region to Asia and Africa. It is aimed at CEOs, CFOs, VPs and Project Financiers, or their equivalent.

Held under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and Industry of the United Arab Emirates, this Summit is sponsored by MIGA, World Bank Group and ICIEC, Islamic Development Bank Group, in association with the Dubai International Financial Center.
This unprecedented Summit will bring together select top-level business executives and financiers from the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey, and Pakistan.
The second day will also feature direct, practical workshops on using risk mitigation for improved project selection and for improved access to finance. Matchmaking sessions will be scheduled to connect investors and lenders from across the region with specific investment opportunities.
The Broader MENA investment summit will, in particular, address the following issues: trends and projections in the region, Islamic banking, project finance, infrastructure PPPs and privatizations, risk mitigation tools, and specific investment opportunities

Among confirmed speakers to address the Summit are:
• H.E. Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali, President, Islamic Development Bank Group
• Dr. Omar Bin Sulaiman, Governor, Dubai International Financial Center
• H.E. Mohamad Omran, Chairman, Etisalat
• Ms. Yukiko Omura, Executive Vice President, MIGA, World Bank Group
• Dr. Amadou Bobcar Cisse, Vice President, (Operations) Islamic Development Bank Group
• Dr. Abdel-Rahman Taha, General Manager, ICIEC/Islamic Development Bank Group
• Sheikh Mohammad Alireza, Chairman, Xenel Group
• Mr. Ahmed El-Sewedy, Chairman, El-Sewedy Cables
• Mr. Saad Zaman, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Millennium Capital (Dubai Islamic Bank) and Chief Executive Officer- Dubai Islamic Bank, Pakistan
• Mr. Ken Jensen, Chief Financial Officer, Al-Ghanim Group
• Mr. Razi Shafeek Fakih, Acting CEO, HSBC Amanah
• Mr. Mohsin Nathani, Managing Director/Chief Executive, Citi Islamic Investment Bank
• Mr. Ravi Suri, Managing Director, Head, Project and Export Finance, Standard Chartered Bank
• Mr. Shahid Abdullah, Director & Chief Executive, Sapphire Group
• Mr. Chris F. Robinson, Executive Director, Downstream Operations, Al-Tuwairqi Group
• Dr. Ali Soliman, CEO and General Manager, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)/Islamic Development Bank Group
• Mr. Emad Y. Al-Monayea, Head of International Investment, Kuwait Finance House
• Mr. Philippe Valahu, Acting Director, Operations, MIGA- World Bank Group
• Mr. Tolga Egemen, Executive Vice President, Garanti Bankasi
• Mr. Farid Fezoua, Managing Director, GE Capital Markets Corporate
• Mr. Mumtaz Khan, Chairman & CEO, EMP Capital
• Mr. Khalid Howladar, Vice President, Middle East and Islamic Structured Finance, Moody’s Investors Service
• Mr. Tom Speechley, Executive Director, Abraaj Capital
• Dr. Nabil Nassief, Adviser in Charge, Asset Management Department, Islamic Development Bank Group
• Mr. Toby Heppel, Partner, FirstCity Partnership Limited
• Mr. Nick Robson, Partner, Jardine Lloyd Thompson

Leading companies in the region contributing to the Summit as Corporate partners are: ABN- Amro; AlGhanim Industries; Al-Jomaih Group; Al-Tuwairqi Group; BLOM Bank; Citi Islamic investment Bank; Dubai Islamic Bank; Duabi World; El-Sewedy Group; FirstCity; Garanti Bank; General Electric, UAE; HSBC Amanah; Jardine Lloyd Thompson; Kuwait Finance House; Moody’s Investors Service; Sapphire; Standard Chartered Bank; Xenel Group
For more information please contact Ms. Sahar Atrache at Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group, the event planner at:



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