Monday, August 31
13.00 – 14.00
Workshop Registration
14.00 – 17.00
Master Participation Agreement (MPA) Workshop
Limited seats are available and will be allotted on a first come, first served basis. The workshop fee is included for MENA Bank to Bank Forum attendees. Non-Forum attendees will be charged a nominal fee, $100 USD for members and $150 USD for non-members.
Non-Forum attendees can register here.
14.00 – 14.15
14.15 – 15.30
BAFT Conventional MPA
Address questions that have come up with regards to the roll out of the updated BAFT MPA (English Law/New York Law)
15.30 – 15.45
Networking Break
15.45 – 17.00
IIFM-BAFT Islamic Master Participation Agreements
Raise awareness and address questions on the implementation of the funded and unfunded MPA Standards published in early 2019
  • Ijlal Alvi
  • CEO
  • International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM)
  • M. Delwar Hossain
  • Senior Associate
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Mohamed Omarah
  • General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer for Middle East and Africa (MEA) region
  • Crédit Agricole CIB
  • 17.00
    Tuesday, September 1
    08:00 – 09:00
    Forum Registration
    09:00 – 10:00
    Networking Breakfast
    10:00 – 10:30
    10:30 – 11:00
    Opening Address
  • Maram Al-Jazireh
  • Senior Vice-President
  • Head of Financial Institutions
  • Arab Bank
  • Ramez T. Shehadi
  • Managing Director
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Facebook
  • 11.00 – 11.35
    Regional Payments Scheme
    The payments ecosystem has been constant evolution towards efficiency. Amongst the leading initiative in the Arab world is the launch of BUNA operated by Arab Regional Payments, Clearing and Settlements system backed by the supranational Arab Monetary Fund. The scheme covering 22 Arab countries is aimed at creating a regional payment ecosystem supporting key trading currencies within the Arab region and being non reliant on correspondent banks for closed loop payments. In this session, we hear from AMF on the foundation of the scheme, their aspirations and roadmap to achieving economic harmonization within the member countries.
  • Abdallah Elhor
  • Project Manager, BUNA
  • Arab Monetary Fund
  • 11.35 – 12.20
    IFRS9, Basel and a Transitioning IBOR: The 3 I’s - Implementation, Impact and Interpretation
    The advent of Regulation, Accounting and Benchmarking standards has always seen a paradigm shift in Banks & Financial Institutional strategy globally. While the intent of introducing IFRS9, Basel guidelines and a change in the global Interbank Offer rate (IBOR) has always been to bring about tighter regulation around the financial services industry, this has had a propounding impact on the Trade & Cash world.
  • Dr. Dmytro Vikhrov
  • Asst. Director - Economis
  • ESA - Credit Analytics
  • Moody Analytics
  • Panelists
  • Paul Kayrouz
  • Head of Financial Services, Fintech & Emerging Technologies
  • PWC
  • Anand Thirunellai Radhakrishnan
  • Solutions Specialist –Enterprise Risk Solution
  • Moody’s Analytics
  • Bhaskar Sen
  • EVP & Group Head of Risk Management
  • First Abu Dhabi Bank
  • 12.20 ‐ 12.45
    Networking Coffee/Tea Break
    12.45 -13.30
    Think Globally, act Locally. Think Sustainability
    Join us for a lively conversation with representatives from renowned developmental banks & the private sector, to hear about their role in sustainable growth. Our panel also sheds the light on the increased involvement of commercial banks in corporate social responsibility, as well as venture capital firms’ views on making a social impact.
  • Rana Beydoun
  • Head of Financial Institutions
  • Blom Bank
  • Panelists
  • Manav Futnani
  • Regional Head of Export and Asset Finance
  • HSBC
  • Rudolf Putz
  • Head of Trade Facilitation Program
  • EBRD
  • 13:30 – 14:00
    Challenger Bank
    The rise of challenger banks has been fascinating and certainly taken the banking industry by storm. While the rise has been meteoric in the western world particularly US and UK, the Middle East is also scripting its story on innovation and disruptive technology. One name at the forefront of challenging traditional banks is Anglo Gulf Trade Bank – the world’s first fully digital trade finance bank. We speak to the founder and Deputy CEO , Daniel Gould on his journey setting up the institution, the opportunities and challenges faced.
  • Daniel Gould
  • Deputy Chief Executive Officer
  • Anglo-Gulf Trade Bank
  • Jan-Willem Sudmann
  • Head of International Banking Group
  • Mashreq
  • 14:00 – 15:00
    Networking Lunch
    15.00 – 20:00
    Bilateral Meetings
    Wednesday, September 2
    08:00 – 09:00
    Forum Registration
    09.00 – 10.00
    Networking Breakfast Reception
    10:00 – 10:10
    Welcome Day 2
    10:10 – 10:40
    Opening Address Day 2
  • Salwa Smaoui
  • Government Industry Leader Middle East & Africa
  • Microsoft
  • 10.40 – 11.10
    2020: New Decade, New Challenges? An Insight into the Global and MENA Macro Economic Challenges and Opportunities
    2020 looks like it is set to be another dynamic year. Easing trade tensions offer the prospect of averting one of the key downside risks to the global economic outlook, albeit with much yet to be determined US elections end of the year. Will easing global monetary policy be sufficient to support a recovery in growth and who will lead this growth – emerging markets or the US? Regionally, the economic climate remains equally volatile amid slowing fiscal reform momentum, deeper oil production cuts and rising geo-political tensions. Will Expo 2020 in Dubai provide the much needed spark to the subdued economy?
  • Chavan Bhogaita
  • MD, Head of Market Insights and Strategy
  • First Abu Dhabi Bank
  • Speakers
  • Thaddeus Best
  • Analyst
  • Moody’s Investors Service
  • 11.10 – 11.25
    Session 7: We Are All In This Together
    For the past decade regional banks around the world have been de-banked, de-risked, and de-connected. An attempt to de-bunk the premise in the first place and discus the common challenges the regional banks share.
  • Mark Garfield
  • Board Chair, BAFT
  • 11.25 – 12.10
    Africa – MENA: An Important and Growing Trade Corridor
    Africa has in the recent years become the topic of significant attention from MENA banks. The trade flows between MENA and Africa have increased with MENA supplying energy and petrochemicals to various African markets, while Africa supplies soft commodities, metals and minerals to MENA. Dubai has been a re-export hub for many markets for products sourced and traded from around the world. Our expert panel will discuss the size, shape and nature of MENA – Africa economic relationship, the prospects ahead and the opportunities/challenges for MENA and African banks.
  • Andreas Meletiou
  • Head of Financial Institutions
  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
  • Panelists
  • Suresh Chaytoo
  • Sector Director – Banks and DFI’s
  • FirstRand
  • Akhil Mahesh
  • Regional Head, Financial Institutions
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Hossam Rageh
  • Financial Institutions Head
  • Commercial International Bank (Egypt)
  • 12.10 – 12.30
    Networking Coffee/Tea Break
    12.30 – 13.00
    Risk Management
  • Manhal Al-Jazireh
  • Fire Protection Advisor
  • Saudi Aramco
  • 13.00 – 13.15
    Innovation Showcase: TradeAssets
    TradeAssets is an innovative bank-to-bank online portal for pricing and communication that shifts trade finance origination and distribution into a real-time, 24/7 automated environment. It enables any institution to negotiate pricing for transactions with other banks without using the phone or emails. TradeAssets helps member banks do deals efficiently and enhance revenues.
  • Sumit K Roy
  • Co-founder & Chief Marketing Officer
  • TradeAssets
  • 13.15 – 14.00
    DLT and Crypto Enabled Payment Networks
    As digital transformation continues to accelerate the pace of innovation in payment ecosystems around the world, new payment networks have emerged that seek to leverage DLT and crypto tokens to compete with or enhance traditional solutions. These DLT/crypto enabled payment networks have the potential to provide a better client experience including timeliness, transparency, and network reach, along with greater resiliency and lower cost. This panel will include the top contenders looking to disrupt the payment space, and will explore their approach, solutions, technology infrastructure, and targeted payment corridors and use cases.
  • Vivek Kohli
  • Director, Emerging Technology Head
  • Treasury Services Digital Office
  • BNY Mellon
  • Panelists
  • Navin Gupta
  • Head of MENA and South Asia
  • Ripple
  • Nitin Gaur
  • Director, IBM Digital Asset Labs and IBM World Wire
  • IBM
  • Alan Koenigsberg
  • Senior Vice President and Global Head of New Payment Flows
  • Visa Business Solutions
  • 14.00
    Closing Remarks