• His Excellency Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair
  • CEO
  • Mashreq Group
  • His Excellency Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair is the CEO of Mashreq Group and the member of the Board of Directors of Abdullah Al Ghurair Group of Companies. In 2012, HE was appointed as Chairman of UAE Banking Federation. HE’s current positions include Chairman of Abdullah Al Ghurair Foundation for Education, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Al Ghurair Investment, Vice Chairman of the Higher Board of Dubai International Financial Centre, Chairman of Masafi Company, Oman Insurance, and President of FBN GCC. HE was recognized in leading platforms, his endeavours have earned him various local and international accolades most significantly, a five time recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards.

  • Nora AlBakr
  • Director, Business Development
  • Saudi Payments
  • Ms. Nora Albakr is one of the young leaderships in the financial services sector with more than 11 years of experience in this field. During her career, Ms. Albakr has managed different leading roles in the area of Cash Management and Payments in three Local banks in Saudi Arabia before she moved to be the Business Development Director at Saudi Payments. In her recent role, she is managing the local payment solutions and schemes such as mada, SADAD (Bill presentments and Payments) and others including the newly launched invoicing platform Esal.

  • Mr. Abdulwahed AlJanahi
  • CEO
  • BENEFIT Company
  • Mr. Abdulwahed AlJanahi, CEO of The BENEFIT Company, and Vice Chairman of SINNAD has a successful career. His Curriculum Vitae boasts highly esteemed names as American Express, Coopers & Lybrand, BBK, Arab Financial Services as well as Batelco. Prior to joining BENEFIT, he was Assistant General Manager heading the Electronic Banking Division and in charge of all the electronic channels at Bank of Bahrain & Kuwait [BBK]. Educated in a Management and with a Marketing background in Austin, Texas, USA, Mr. AlJanahi began his career as a Credit Analyst with American Express, then later worked for Batelco in two terms first as a Senior procedures analyst and then as Head of Business Development for its Internet Service Provider in Saudi Arabia.

  • 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. Her career spans 25 years. She represents Arab Bank in the BAFT MENA Council which was launched in late 2015, and is also a fellow of the Middle East Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Nejoud Al Mulaik
  • Director
  • Fintech Saudi
  • Ms. Nejoud Al Mulaik has worked for 10-years at JPMorgan Chase in the corporate investment banking space. She has vast experience in building client relationships and portfolios across finance, industry, and the public sector, managing corporate sales portfolio for Large Corporates in Saudi Arabia. Ms. Al Mulaik played vital roles in logistics, office management, human resource development, and events management, as well as business management and core banking services. In early 2008, she joined Small & Medium Size Enterprises General Authority (SMEA / Monshaat) as International Strategic Partnership Director.

  • Hussein Bahgat
  • Information Security Officer, Africa & Middle East
  • Risk & Compliance
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Mr. Hussein Bahgat is an Information and Cyber security professional with more than 25 years of experience in Banking and information security, graduated from Solvay Brussels School in Belgium. He joined Standard Chartered in 2015 as the Regional Head of Information Security for Africa & Middle East across 25 countries. Mr. Bahgat has managed information security in multiple financial organizations where he has assisted to develop Information security improvement programs and implement security standards such as PCI-DSS, ISO27001, NIST, NESA, COBIT and SWIFT Customer security programme. Mr. Bahgat believes in fighting cyber crime through transparency and collaboration.

  • Maha Bahou
  • CEO
  • Jordan Payments and Clearing Company
  • Ms. Maha Bahou had been working at the Central Bank of Jordan for 30 years before moving to JoPACC in June 2018, where she was the Executive Manager of the Payment Systems, Domestic Banking Operations and Financial Inclusion Department for 7 years and gained most of her experience in the Treasury Department. Ms. Bahou holds a master’s degree in Banking and Finance and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration, in addition to leadership and strategic management certificate from The Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst. Ms. Bahou is a certified mentor by the King Abdullah Centre for Excellence Award, a certified assessor by the European Foundation for Quality Management, and she has been awarded by King Abdullah II as the Distinguished Government Leader for the year 2016.

  • Simon Ballard
  • Executive Director and Macro Strategist
  • First Abu Dhabi Bank
  • Mr. Simon Ballard, a veteran of the financial markets with over 25yrs of market experience, joined First Abu Dhabi Bank as its Chief Macro Strategist in January 2018. Over his career, he has built up a wealth of multi-asset, global macro investment strategy knowledge, working in both London and New York. Mr. Ballard worked previously for BNP Paribas, RBC and National Australia Bank in London, and for Bear Stearns in London and New York. Bi-lingual in French, his primary focus within the Market Insights & Strategy team at First Abu Dhabi Bank is on global macroeconomic issues and in particular how these are relevant to investment strategies within the MENA/GCC region.

  • Tod Burwell
  • President and CEO
  • BAFT
  • Mr. Tod Burwell is the President and Chief Executive Officer of BAFT. Prior to being promoted to CEO, he served as the Senior Vice President of Trade Products with oversight of all trade-related initiatives including the Global Trade Industry Council, Trade Committees, and other strategic initiatives of the organization. Mr. Burwell has over 25 years of trade, supply chain and cash management experience as a banking practitioner, as well as serving as a consultant to global corporations and suppliers of strategically integrated trade solutions. Prior to joining BAFT, Mr. Burwell was a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase and held senior global management roles responsible for trade operations, launching the logistics business and managing global product sales for trade finance and logistics management.

  • Sharon Craggs
  • Global Head of Compliance
  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
  • Ms. Sharon Craggs has more than 25 years’ experience in governance, compliance, legal and risk management across public and private sectors in mature and emerging markets. She has worked with US, UK, Asian and Middle East banks in the areas of global markets, corporate banking, wealth management and consumer banking, as well as with the Singapore central bank. Ms. Craggs holds a law degree from Cambridge University, UK and is a Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and a Distinguished Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Banking and Finance.

  • Elman Eminov
  • Group Chief Economist
  • PASHA Holding
  • Dr. Elman Eminov is a professional economist with the experience of 10+ years. He is currently holding the Group Chief Economist position at PASHA Holding, the largest private sector group in Azerbaijan employing nearly 6 thousand staff. In his position, he mainly deals with bridging the macro-economic analysis with potential business implications both at the level of specific strategic asset, and at the level of the entire Group, covering Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia. Prior to the current role, Dr. Eminov served as Chief Economist of PASHA Bank Azerbaijan during 2014-15, and Monetary Policy Senior Economist at Central Bank of Azerbaijan from 2008 to 2013.

  • James Freis, Jr.
  • Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer
  • Deutsche Börse Group
  • Mr. James H. Freis, Jr. is Chief Compliance Officer and Managing Director for the Deutsche Börse Group since April 2014, based near Frankfurt, Germany, responsible for overseeing regulatory requirements and engaging with financial supervisors for Group entities on a global basis. Deutsche Börse Group is one of the world’s leading financial market infrastructure service providers for the securities industry—major Group entities include Clearstream, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, and the Eurex derivatives exchanges and clearing house—covering the entire process chain, from trading, clearing, settlement and custody, as well as electronic infrastructure and providing market information.

  • Ziad Ghosn
  • MENA Council Co-Chair
  • Head of Group FI and Transaction Banking
  • Bankmed
  • Mr. Ziad Ghosn is Head of Group F.I. & Transaction Banking of Bankmed, Lebanon and he is also the Co-Chair of the BAFT MENA Council (since 2017). He has a MENA banking experience of 23 years. Prior to Bankmed, he worked with Citibank in the GCC and North Africa where he had credit and relationship management responsibilities in Corporate Banking, FIG & Transaction Banking; he also worked with Byblos Bank Lebanon where he started his career as a Relationship Manager in Corporate Banking. Mr. Ghosn’s experience spans FIG Coverage & Credit; Transaction Banking; Corporate Banking and Investment Banking.

  • Navin Gupta
  • Head of South Asia and MENA
  • Ripple
  • Mr. Navin 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.

  • Faisal Hakki
  • Head of Fintech Investment
  • Arab Bank
  • Mr. Faisal Hakki is Managing Director at AB Ventures, the FinTech focused, early-stage Venture Capital arm of Arab Bank. Prior to joining AB Ventures, Mr. Hakki was CEO at Oasis500 – the leading seed-stage investment fund and accelerator in Jordan. He has also held senior positions at Accelerator Technology Holdings, Arab Advisors Group and Fastlink covering the domains of venture investing, equity research and management accounting. In between, he also launched his own startup and has served as board member of several establishments including Intaj and TechWorks. Mr. Hakki is a 2018 Innovation Eisenhower Fellow.

  • Motasim Iqbal
  • Head of Transaction Banking UAE
  • First Abu Dhabi Bank
  • Mr. Motasim Iqbal is the Managing Director & Head of Transaction Banking, UAE for Standard Chartered Bank since January 2017. In this role he is responsible for the Bank’s Cash Management, Trade Finance and Securities Services Business for the UAE. Before taking on his current role Mr. Iqbal was the Regional Head for Transaction Banking in MENA and prior to that during 2012-15 hew as the Head of Transaction Banking for the Bank in Singapore. During his stint in Singapore he worked very closely with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on positioning Singapore as a premier Renminbi clearing centre outside China.

  • Jack Jared
  • Managing Director, Corresponding Banking Group (CBG), Business Compliance and Risk
  • Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions
  • Mr. Jack Jared has over 36 years’ experience in banking, all with Citi, and has been dealing with Financial Institutions from London since 1989. During his career Mr. Jared has worked in Relationship Management, covering some of the largest merchant and investment banks and acting as Senior Banker and Senior Credit Officer for the FI group; Technology, where he implemented a global credit system; Product Management, where he had responsibility for a number of global payment products; Treasury and Trade Solutions Sales to FI and Public Sector; and Regional responsibility for CBG business in Central, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.

  • Chahdan E. Jebeyli
  • Group Head, Legal & Compliance
  • Bank Audi sal
  • Mr. Chahdan Jebeyli is the Group Head for legal and compliance, covering all Group Audi entities. He is a General Manager, member of the Group Executive Committee and Chairman of the Compliance Officers Committee of the Association of Banks in Lebanon. Prior to joining Bank Audi in 1997, he was the Managing Director for Legal & Compliance at Citibank – Middle East & North Africa. Before Citibank, was in private legal practice in the USA with focus on commercial and banking matters.

  • Stuart Jones, Jr.
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Sigma Ratings
  • Mr. Stuart Jones, Jr. is a former senior U.S. Treasury official, including extended leadership tours in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Prior to service abroad, Mr. Jones represented the U.S. Treasury Department at the National Counterterrorism Center, where he led efforts on the National Implementation Plan for the War on Terrorism. For his service at home and abroad, Mr. Jones received the Secretary’s Honor Award (2X) and the Treasury Department’s Meritorious Service Award. Following his government service, Mr. Jones worked as an executive with a leading Big 4 firm, where he led business and strategic growth in select emerging and frontier markets.

  • George Kleinfeld
  • Partner
  • Clifford Chance
  • Mr. George Kleinfeld is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Clifford Chance LLP, with over thirty years of experience in the fields of international economic regulation and foreign trade controls. He advises leading financial institutions, industrial enterprises, trading companies and global investors on US sanctions issues and compliance with US sanctions laws and regulations. He has participated in a wide range of US sanctions investigations and enforcement actions and has conducted complex sanctions, exports control and FCPA due diligence reviews and risk advisory projects as well as designing compliance programs and providing compliance training for a wide range of multinational corporations and financial institutions in Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Asia and the Americas.

  • Vivek Kohli
  • Director, Emerging Payment Technology
  • Treasury Services Digital Office
  • BNY Mellon
  • Mr. Vivek Kohli is currently the Emerging Technology Head at BNY Mellon Treasury Services. He is responsible for exploration and potential implementation of new payment 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. Mr. Kohli joined BNY Mellon in May 2016. He has over 25 years of domestic and international product management, sales and treasury experience. Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Mr. Kohli worked at JP Morgan where he was responsible for developing cash management structures and solutions for large corporate and financial customers globally.

  • 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 Clients in the region. The business provides Clearing, Trade Finance, Custody, Capital Markets Hedging and Corporate Finance products to FI Bank clients. Standard Chartered Bank’s Financial Institutions business coverage in MENAP covers 15 countries across GCC, Levant, Iraq, North Africa and Pakistan. 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.

  • Manoj Menon
  • Head of Global Transaction Banking
  • First Abu Dhabi Bank
  • Mr. Manoj Menon is the Head of Global Transaction Banking and part of Commercial and Investment Banking Management. In the last 27 years, Mr. Menon has held international roles in India, France and the United Kingdom covering various roles in Sales / Relationship Management, Trade Finance, Fincancial Institutional Banking and Corporate Banking. Mr. Menon joined First Gulf Bank (FGB) during 2014 to build and manage Global Transaction Banking and Financial Institution Coverage team, prior to that he served as Global Head of Trade Service, Innovation and Costumer Proposition at the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).

  • Waqas Mirza
  • CEO
  • Avanza Innovations
  • Mr. Waqas Mirza is the CEO of Avanza Innovations. Part of Avanza Group of Companies which has almost two decades of experience in delivering solutions to over 300 customers across 45+ countries. As the CEO of Avanza Innovations, Mr. Mirza has been passionately building the company as a technology powerhouse that has an impressive portfolio of services and on-ground implementations across areas like: Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Robotic Process Automation, Smart City Enablement and Customer Engagement. Mr. Mirza has also been serving on the board of directors of Avanza since November 2011 and is also a member of Avanza’s Global Leadership and Innovation Committees.

  • Eric Modave
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Arab Bank
  • Mr. Eric Modave is chief operating officer at Arab Bank, a position he has held since July 2014. Mr. Modave has 24 years of experience in the financial services industry. Before joining Arab Bank, Mr. Modave was chief operating officer of Barclays Africa, where he was based in Kenya and Johannesburg, covering 12 African countries. From 2006 until 2009, he was head of global payment operations at Barclays, in London. Before this, Mr. Modave held various positions at Citibank, including head of consumer bank operations at Citibank EMEA from 2003 until 2006 and head of operations and technology at Citibank International Personal Banking, Europe between 2001 and 2003. He was chief financial officer of Citibank International Personal Banking from 1999 until 2001.

  • Fahad Moussa
  • Executive Vice President
  • Head of Financial Institutions Department
  • The National Commercial Bank
  • Mr. Fahad Moussa is the Head of Financial Institutions Department within the Treasury Group at NCB. Prior to joining NCB in 2004, Mr. Moussa worked at Samba Financial Group’s Treasury for 4 years. Since then, he has held numerous positions within NCB’s Corporate Banking, Retail Banking, and Treasury. His responsibilities include managing coverage teams in Saudi Arabia as well as the Representative Offices in Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai, and the NCB Branch in Bahrain.

  • Sinan Ozcan
  • Senior Executive Officer
  • Maersk Trade Finance
  • Mr. Sinan Ozcan has over 18 years of experience working in key managerial positions across various industries, focused on several areas of banking & financial services i.e. trade & structured finance solutions, treasury products, business development, new ventures and credit & risk management. In 2017, he established Maersk Trade Finance business in DIFC and continues to serve as Senior Executive Officer for the UAE business. Previously, he was Regional Director at UK Export Finance (the British export credit agency), in charge of business development, originating trade & project finance transactions and covering Europe, MENA and Central Asia.

  • Anirudha Panse
  • Managing Director and Head of Trade Product Management
  • GTB Business and Product Management
  • First Abu Dhabi Bank
  • Mr. Anirudha Panse (Ani) is Managing Director and Head of Trade Product Management at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB). He joined FAB in Feb’ 2015 and has global responsibilities for product development and management of existing Trade Products. His team is also responsible for rolling out new products and solutions in line with market trends to suit client needs. Ani oversees an in-business Trade Risk and controls functions which performs enhanced due diligence on high risk and complex trade products. Prior to joining FAB, Ani has worked with Citibank in India & London and specialized in Supply Chain Finance business. Mr. Panse is a Rank holder Chartered Accountant and also a BAFT MENA Council member.

  • Jayash Patel
  • Head of Liv., Digital Bank
  • Emirates NBD
  • Mr. Jayash Patel was born in Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois – urban Champaign. He also has an MBA from Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business. Mr. Patel is currently Head of the Liv. banking proposition for millennials at Emirates NBD. He previously headed up Retail Banking strategy for 3 years at Emirates NBD. Mr. Patel has had strong regional experience working for DIFC Investment and Ooredo in Qatar. Prior to that, he was management consultant in the US and spent 4 years advising on innovation and consumer retail across industries with IBM and Deloitte.

  • Andy Purdy, Jr., J.D., CISSP, CIPP/US
  • Chief Security Officer
  • Huawei Technologies USA
  • Mr. Andy Purdy is the Chief Security Officer for Huawei Technologies USA (since July 2012). He oversees Huawei USA’s cyber security assurance strategy and system, and supports Huawei’s global security assurance program. Mr. Purdy is the Huawei global lead for the EastWest Institute global cyber initiative and worked with The Open Group that developed the Open Group Trusted Technology Provider Standard (O-TTPS)(ISO/IEC 20243). Mr. Purdy was a Member of the White House staff team that drafted the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace (2003) and was the senior cyber security official of the U.S. Government from 2004-2006.

  • Radwane Saad, PhD
  • Senior Manager, Advisory, Cybersecurity
  • Africa, India & Middle East
  • EY Middle East
  • Dr. Radwane Saad is a Senior Manager within EY Advisory Cybersecurity practice. He is currently leading the Cybersecurity Threat Assessments competency as well as the Cybersecurity Awareness and Training programs in MENA. He has been essentially helping organizations in the Financial sector to understand their security posture and support the implementation of mitigation programs. With the recent trends of attacks targeting core financial applications such as SWIFT, financial institutions are looking for a comprehensive assessment of their entire SWIFT environment and underlying infrastructure, for which Dr. Saad has extensive experience.

  • Ghassan Schbley
  • Senior Advisor
  • Financial Integrity Network
  • Mr. Ghassan Schbley is a Senior Advisor at the Financial Integrity Network, where he manages the firm’s Dubai office. Mr. Schbley also worked at Chenega International, where he developed and supervised Chenega’s regional projects by providing its clients with training and technical services in order to investigate illicit activities and mitigate security risks. He was appointed by United Nations Security Council to serve as an Expert for the UN Panel of Experts on the Sudan and the UN Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group, where he investigated individuals, entities and armed opposition groups that engaged in acts that violated UN sanctions.

  • Mohamed Shalo
  • Head of Financial Crime Prevention Unit, Financial Services
  • Regulatory Authority
  • Abu Dhabi Global Market
  • Mr. Mohamed Shalo joined Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) in November 2015. As Head of the Financial Crime Prevention Unit (FCPU), Mr. Shalo oversees the team’s responsibility in fostering financial crime compliance and practices, including AML, CFT, sanctions, international tax reporting requirements, cyber security, across ADGM. Mr. Shalo is supporting ADGM in the upcoming FATF mutual evaluation assessment in the UAE and also represents ADGM in various federal and local committees in the national risk assessment exercise.

  • Carla Slim
  • Economist MENAP & Turkey
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Ms. Carla Slim is an economist at Standard Chartered Bank covering the Middle East based in Dubai. She provides on-the-ground analysis of macroeconomic and financial-market developments in the region to external and internal stakeholders of the Bank, including clients and senior management. Ms. Slim is a regular presenter at industry conferences and in the media.

  • Jan-Willem Sudmann
  • Executive Vice President & Head, 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, Mr. Sudmann 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.

  • Glen Thomas
  • Associate Partner
  • EY Middle East
  • Mr. Glen Thomas is an Associate Partner within the EY Advisory Cybersecurity practice in MENA. He leads the Cyber Threat Intelligence and Cyber Program Management competencies for EY in the region and is the Cyber Lead in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Mr. Thomas delivers transformational cyber projects to clients across all sectors including the Finance sector. These projects address clients’ cyber needs including emerging compliance requirements and cyber resilience initiatives. He also helps clients navigate the adoption of innovative technologies, such as biometrics and AI capabilities, that enable clients, specifically in the Financial sector, in their quest to protect, know and serve their clients better.

  • Rajesh Verma
  • Global Head of Compliance and MLRO
  • Mashreq
  • Mr. Rajesh Verma is career banker with over 25 years of professional experience across all banking areas but mainly in Corporate Banking, Internal Audit and now Compliance. His last 12 years has been with Mashreq, the largest Private bank in the UAE in a Governance role – headed the Internal Audit function for 4 years and is now heading the Compliance function for a year.

  • Miguel Villalonga
  • CEO
  • Avanza Innovation
  • Mr. Miguel Villalonga is VP of Cloud and Datacenter solutions, one of Etisalat Digital Solutions key areas. In his role, he oversees the strategy, business development and operations of the areas of Cloud, Datacenter and IT Solutions for business customers that Etisalat delivers based on its unique regional infrastructure and service capabilities. Mr. Villalonga joined Etisalat in early 2016. Before joining, he was the CEO of Emitac Enterprise Solutions for 8 years, one of the leading Middle East regional Systems Integrator based in Dubai, where he led a successful transformation to a vibrant Solutions and Services firm with a growing focus on Cloud, Big Data and Security.

  • Benjamin Young
  • Associate Director
  • Sovereign Ratings
  • Mr. Benjamin Young, a UK national, is an Associate Director in the Sovereign Ratings Group at S&P Global, where he has worked since September 2007. His direct analytical responsibilities include Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iraq, Georgia and Azerbaijan. He also has responsibility for the surveillance of the International Investment Bank, the Eurasian Development Bank and Qatar Petroleum. Mr. Young moved to the Emerging Markets Sovereign Ratings Group, based in Dubai, from the European Sovereign Ratings Group in 2014 and joined S&P in 2006 as a member of the Structure Finance Surveillance Ratings Group.