• Maram Al-Jazireh
  • Senior Vice-President
  • Global Head of Financial Institutions
  • Arab Bank
  • Ms. Maram Al-Jazireh is SVP/ Global Head of Financial Institutions at Arab Bank and is responsible for relationships and business development activities with financial institutions globally. She is also a member of the Financial Institutions Credit Committee. Prior to joining Arab Bank in 2001, she worked at Talal Abu-Ghazaleh International, Cairo Amman Bank, Citibank N.A, Amman and ABN Amro Bank, Dubai. She is co-chair of BAFT MENA Council and an advisory board member of Beyond Capital’s governance committee. She is also a fellow of the Middle East Leadership Initiative, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and founder of Mid The Art Reach Project.

  • Ijlal Alvi
  • CEO
  • IIFM
  • Mr. Ijlal Alvi has extensive experience in the financial services industry spanning 25 years in areas such as treasury, capital markets, risk management, financial institution formation/restructuring, strategic planning and policy making with regional and international financial institutions. Over the last decade, as the CEO of IIFM he has been influential in introducing standardization in Islamic financial contracts and product templates. He manages IIFM’s market consultations, global working groups, legal and drafting process as well as Shari’ah guidance towards developing unified Islamic standard agreements and guidance notes for specific products covering Islamic hedging, liquidity management, capital market, corporate finance and trade finance.

  • Thaddeus Best
  • Analyst
  • Moody’s Investors Service
  • Mr. Thaddeus Best is the lead analyst for the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait at Moody’s Investors Service. Prior to assuming his current portfolio after moving to Moody’s Dubai office in 2017, he worked on a wide range of Middle East and sub-Saharan African sovereigns. Before joining Moody’s, Thaddeus was the EMEA Economist for BMI (Fitch Group), following four years as a Senior Country Risk Analyst focusing on emerging markets.

  • Rana Beydoun
  • Head of Financial Institutions
  • Blom Bank
  • Ms. Rana Beydoun is Head of Financial Institutions at BLOM Bank. She is responsible for relationships and business development activities with financial institutions globally. She is also member of the Treasury & Investment Committee at the Bank, ALCO, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Her career spans 20 years in banking, prior to which she was lecturer at the American University of Beirut. Ms. Beydoun is member of the BAFT MENA Council.

  • Suresh Chaytoo
  • Head Global Financial Institutions Coverage
  • FirstRand Bank Limited
  • Mr. Suresh Chaytoo heads FirstRand Bank’s International Financial Institutions business which includes relationships with Development Financial Institutions and Multilateral agencies. Mr. Chaytoo joined FirstRand Bank in January 2011 as Regional Head of Financial Institutions for Africa and Latin America with the responsibility for supporting FirstRand Bank’s strategic business expansion in Africa. He was appointed as Sector Director in 2013. Mr. Chaytoo began his career at FirstRand in 1989 as part of the bank’s undergraduate trainee program. Prior to 2011, his previous assignments during his 20+ year career in banking include tenures as Regional Head of Financial Institutions (Middle East and Africa) for ICICI Bank Limited in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Head of Channel Finance at Citi South Africa.

  • Mark Garfield
  • Head, Global Financial Institutions
  • Zions Bankcorp
  • Mr. Mark Garfield’s current role is Head of Global Financial Institutions at Zions Bancorporation responsible for foreign bank relationship development. He joined Zions Bancorporation in 2005. He has over 30 years of banking experience with 25 years in international banking management covering trade finance, trade services, foreign exchange, correspondent banking and product development. Throughout his career he has worked closely with corporate and commercial entities in the Midwest and Western U.S. providing banking support for cross-border trade. Mr. Garfield currently serves as a Director of BAFT and Chair of the Utah District Export Council. He served on the DEC National Advisory Board and Board of the World Trade Center, Utah.

  • Nitin Gaur
  • Director, IBM Digital Asset Labs and IBM World Wire
  • IBM
  • Mr. Nitin Gaur, currently serves as Director of IBM WW Digital Asset Labs - serving to device industry standards, use cases and working towards making blockchain for enterprise a reality. Mr. Gaur also founded IBM Blockchain Labs and led the effort in establishing blockchain practice for the enterprise. Prior to this role he was working in capacity of CTO, IBM Mobile Payments and Enterprise Mobile Solutions. Mr. Gaur, has been focused on staying close to customer and providing IBM clients with Solution to realize Digital Strategy with IBM Cloud and IBM Blockchain Portfolio. Mr. Gaur is also appointed as an IBM Distinguished Engineer.

  • Navin Gupta
  • Head of MENA and South Asia
  • Ripple
  • Mr. Navin Gupta joined Ripple as the new country head for India following two years as Co-Founder and CEO of on-demand commercial transportation service. Mr. Gupta has extensive experience in global transaction banking, payments and cash management, and strategy planning following nearly two decades working for HSBC and Citigroup across the U.S., Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, and India. During his tenure as Head of Payments and Cash Management for HSBC Japan, the business was transformed and voted the #1 Cash Management Bank in Japan by Euromoney. He was also a chief architect of HSBC’s global initiative on Working Capital and Liquidity Management and in 2008 was recognized as one of "The 50 Most Promising Young Leaders" in Asia-Pac by The Asian Banker. Mr. Gupta is former board member of National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).

  • Paul Kayrouz
  • Head of Financial Services, Fintech ∓ Emerging Technologies
  • PWC
  • Mr. Paul Kayrouz is leading the Financial Services, Fintech& Emerging Technology team at PwC Legal Middle East. Mr. Kayrouz has experience in advising a large number of public companies, multinational banks & financial institutions and investment funds & advisors. Mr. Kayrouz’s specialization and practice includes advising key financial regulators on a range of complex financial and technology regulations such as the development of a regulatory framework for the implementation of Basel III, standards for netting derivatives, digital currencies and digital ID. His expertise extends to cutting-edge technology matters including advising on setting up digital banks, crypto-currency exchanges and security token offerings in addition to smart city solutions.

  • Alan Koenigsberg
  • Global Head of New Payment Flows
  • Visa Business Solutions
  • Mr. Alan Koenigsberg is global head of new payments flows for the Visa Business Solutions team. In this role, Alan is leading all aspects of commercialization of Visa B2B Connect, a unique multilateral cross-border B2B payments network, as well as opening up new payment opportunities within accounts receivable and payables space, and overall account-to-account B2B payments. Prior to this role, Alan was Chief Revenue Officer for Traxpay, a payments and supply chain Fintech based in Germany. He is an experienced payments and treasury professional who previously held positions as Managing Director and Corporate Banking Group Executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He also held Transaction Banking leadership roles, along with product management positions at JPMorgan in New York and London, and Product Management and Operations roles at American Express.

  • Vivek Kohli
  • Director, Emerging Technology Head
  • Treasury Services Digital Office
  • BNY Mellon
  • Mr. Vivek Kohli currently is the Emerging Technology Head at BNY Mellon Treasury Services. He is responsible for exploration and potential implementation of new emerging technologies, understanding and translating marketplace changes and evolving customer needs into strategy and innovation with the ultimate objective of providing better and more efficient service to our clients. His key areas of focus are on Distributed Ledger Technology and the development of Utility Settlement Coin and Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning relating to sanction screening and compliance.

  • Akhil Mahesh
  • Regional Head, Financial Institutions
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Mr. Akhil Mahesh is the Regional Head for Financial Institutions for MENAP, responsible for Standard Chartered Bank’s business with FI Bank Clients in the region. The business provides Clearing, Tarde Finance, Custody, Capital Markets Hedging and Corporate Finance products to FI Bank clients. It covers both conventional and Islamic clients. Mr. Mahesh joined the bank in 1993 and did a number of relationship management roles in corporate banking, eventually being appointed as the Head of Credit for UAE. He then moved to Bahrain as the Head of the Corporate Banking business, responsible for coverage of Corporate clients in Bahrain and Offshore Banking Unit, subsequently relocating back to Dubai to take on the role of Head of Financial Institutions for MENAP.

  • Andreas Meletiou
  • Head of Financial Institutions
  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
  • Mr. Andreas Meletiou is the Head of Financial Institutions for Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, responsible for the strategic direction, business development and end-to-end management of the Bank’s Global FI business. Mr. Meletiou had previously spent 10 years with Standard Chartered Bank, most recently as the Chief Executive Officer for Standard Chartered Bank in Iraq, having played an instrumental role in designing the strategy and setting up Standard Chartered Bank’s franchise in Iraq. Prior to his Mr. Meletiou was the Regional Head of Banks for Standard Chartered Bank in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan region. As part of that role he led sales, product management and service for Bank clients across the region. He also held roles in strategy, business management and financial institutions business with Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore.

  • Rudolf Putz
  • Head of Trade Facilitation Program
  • EBRD
  • Mr. Rudolf Putz is Head of EBRD’s Trade Facilitation Programme and has more than 30 years of experience in financing trade with Eastern Europe & CIS countries. He started his professional career in 1983 as Deputy Head of Commodity Trade Finance at Centro Internationale Handelsbank AG Vienna, a subsidiary of Raiffeisen Zentralbank (RZB). In 1993 Mr. Putz joined HELM AG Hamburg as Head of Structured Trade Finance and from 1996 to 1997 he was Deputy Head of Structured Trade Finance in Bank Austria International Trade Services. In 1997 he became Director Trade Finance in Deutsche Handelsbank AG Berlin and since 2000 he has been developing EBRD’s Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP).

  • Anand Thirunellai Radhakrishnan
  • Solutions Specialist – Enterprise Risk Solution
  • Moody’s Analytics
  • Mr. Anand Thirunellai Radhakrishnan is a risk management professional with ~23 years of experience in banks, analytics and consulting firms across the globe. Mr. Radhakrishnan has helped banks implement regulatory and internal capital management programmes. He was also involved in advising banks on streamlining their risk appetite, business strategy and capital planning processes to facilitate holistic risk management. He is the Solutions Specialist looking after Moody’s Analytics’ Enterprise Risk Solutions in the Middle East

  • Hossam Rageh
  • Financial Institutions Head
  • Commercial International Bank (Egypt)
  • Mr. Hossam Rageh has over 35 years of experience in Finance, Investment and Trade through working for various Financial Institutions in the MENA region. Currently he is heading the Financial Institutions Group at Commercial International Bank. Managing a team of 50 finance professionals focused on Correspondent Banking, Non-Banking Financial Institutions and Development Finance. Previously he was the CIB Head Representative for the Gulf region managing the representative office of CIB from Dubai to cover the GCC region. His role was focused on sourcing direct investments, attracting FDI funds, participating in project finance and syndications in the region.

  • Sumit K Roy
  • Co-founder ∓ Chief Marketing Office
  • TradeAssets
  • Mr. Sumit K Roy is Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of TradeAssets. In over two decades in service, sales, product and relationship management in three continents, he has directly covered institutions and managed teams covering Asia, North America, Middle East and Africa. He is an expert in trade finance and international payments, working briefly with Price Waterhouse before moving to American Express Bank in India, USA and the UAE. After 15 years with Amex, Mr. Roy moved to Deutsche Bank for 9 years, and was Managing Director responsible for banks and other financial institutions in the Middle East and Africa region.

  • Ramez T. Shehadi
  • Managing Director
  • Facebook MENA
  • Ramez T. Shehadi is the Managing Director of Facebook for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). He leads the commercial growth of Facebook and its expanding portfolio of apps, services and businesses across the region. Ramez brings extensive expertise in establishing, scaling and running regional and global lines of business and cross industry portfolios for top-tier global consulting firms, most notably as Senior Partner and Managing Director of the MENA portfolio of Booz Allen Hamilton, Lead Partner of the MENA Digital Business & Technology practice of Booz & Company and Global Co-Lead of Booz Digital, among others.

  • Jan-Willem Sudmann
  • Head of International Banking Group
  • Mashreq
  • Mr. Jan-Willem Sudmann is the Head of International Banking Group at Mashreq. He joined the organization in December 2015. Prior to this, Jan-Willem was the Managing Director for Commerzbank, Shanghai Branch since August 2013. The previous 4 years he served as Managing Director at Commerzbank’s Beijing Branch. Mr. Sudmann was the Head of International Products & Financial Institutions at Dresdner Bank AG, Frankfurt. He has more than 23 years of commercial and investment banking experience. In the early parts of the last decade he was heading the global relationship management for Financial Institutions in Asia, Africa, Middle East and Turkey.

  • Dr. Dmytro Vikhrov
  • Asst. Director - Economis
  • ESA - Credit Analytics
  • Moody Analytics
  • Dr. Dmytro Vikhrov has been with Moody’s Analytics since early 2015. Dr. Vikhrov leads a team of economists responsible for market and credit risk modeling using advanced statistical and applied econometrics techniques. This includes model development, estimation, validation, benchmarking and forecasting various financial instruments and credit portfolio risk measures under alternative scenarios. Dr. Vikhrov has publications in Risk Perspectives, Economics of Transition and Environmental Hazards academic journals.