Network and share knowledge with up to 120 CFOs from leading organisations in the Middle East and North Africa

As the slump in oil prices is starting to weigh on businesses in the region, CFOs are gearing up to take on increasingly high levels of responsibility in helping their organisations navigate the waters of global economic fluctuations.

A strategist, a number cruncher, a strategic advisor, a catalyser for change: today’s CFO is multi-faceted. The CFO Strategies Forum MENA is the only platform focused on covering the different aspects of a CFO’s role, arming the attendees with the right tools to overcome their biggest challenges.

Over two days, the forum brings together over 120 Chief Financial Officers, CEOs and industry experts to discuss industry trends, catalyse the region’s continuous growth and provide them with unparalleled networking opportunities.

The CFO Strategies Forum also features the MENA CFO Awards, which recognise individuals and organisations for their outstanding achievements and revolutionary practices.

I had a great time! The forum gave me the opportunity to interact with incredible people. Exchanging perceptions about common challenges with peers is super exciting. We’ll have many follow ups.

Finance Director - Worldwide Enterprise & Partner Group Microsoft Corporation

forum format

Learn from the experience of successful C-level executives through interactive panel discussions. Each centres on a specific topic with time for Q&A sessions afterwards, enabling you to have your
most pressing questions answered.

Focusing on specific topics and themes, these give you the opportunity to choose your own workshops and take part in highly interactive sessions that deliver practical knowledge and skill

A highlight of the forum, the awards acknowledge prominent individuals and organisations for a variety of skills, acumen and achievements. The highest quality entrants ensure strong competition.

Get to meet prominent, like-minded delegates in a focused, five-star environment. You can conduct meetings, share strategies and ideas, explore business opportunities and build profitable professional relationships.

Engage in a problem-solving round table discussion of your choice with your peers to come up with solutions to a key challenge of the group.

Hear from expert speakers and gain insight into the latest solutions and approaches. Focused on a specific case study or issue, these reveal a fresh perspective on how to tackle current challenges.

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John Mattone

John Mattone

World’s #1 authority on Intelligent Leadership, Former Coach of Steve Jobs John Mattone View Profile
Sanjay Manchanda

Sanjay Manchanda

CEO, Nakheel PJSC Sanjay Manchanda View Profile
Geoffrey White

Geoffrey White

CEO, Agility Africa Geoffrey White View Profile
Kai L. Chan

Kai L. Chan

Economist and Distinguished Fellow, INSEAD Kai L. Chan View Profile
Ole Pugholm

Ole Pugholm

CFO, Abu Dhabi Terminals Ole Pugholm View Profile


Deputy CEO, NMC Health PRASANTH MANGHAT View Profile
John Mattone
John is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on leadership, talent and culture. He is a respected advisor and coach to Fortune 1000 CEO’s and senior leadership teams on how to create and sustain a leadership and talent culture that drives superior operating results.

John is the author of eight books including three best-sellers and he has been recognized by The Thinkers 50 and as one of the world’s top ten leadership authorities and executive coaches. Recently, John was honored by his executive coaching peers (The Association of Corporate Executive Coaches), with the prestigious 2015 International Executive Coach Thought Leader of Distinction Award, in recognition of his thought leadership and his work as a global executive coach.

John serves on the Executive MBA Faculty at Florida Atlantic University as well as the executive education faculty at ZfU International School of Business in Zurich, Switzerland, and he was recently appointed Distinguished Senior Fellow of one of the world’s top-ranked business schools The Hult International School of Business. John is regularly featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Fortune Magazine, The CEO Magazine, and on television.
Sanjay Manchanda
Mr. Manchada is the Chief Executive Officer of Nakheel PJSC, world’s leading developer and a key player in realising the vision of Dubai for the 21st century.

Born in Vienna and educated in India, he is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Mr. Manchada joined Nakheel as a consultant to advise the company through its USD16 billion debt restructuring programme, which was successfully completed in August 2011. He assumed the role of CEO in 2012. He has been recognised for his leadership skills and has been ranked as Top Executives Forbes listing for Middle and has also featured in the Indian Super 100.

Prior to joining Nakheel, Mr. Manchada spent 25 years working in the Middle East as a Partner at leading global accounting advisory firm - PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
Geoffrey White
Geoffrey White, CEO of Agility Africa, is an expert on infrastructure development, retail supply chains, agri-business, and investment for African markets. Agility, a leading global provider of logistics and related infrastructure solutions for the oil and gas and FMCG markets, has over $5 billion in revenue, 24,000 employees, and offices in more than 100 countries. Mr White is a member of the Agility Strategic Advisory Board.

Mr. White joined Agility in 2014 after serving as CEO of Lonrho Plc for 8 years, where he developed product supply chains for some of the world’s largest retailers and developed essential infrastructure and logistics facilities for Africa’s burgeoning oil and gas industry. Mr. White’s career path has included Thomas Tilling Plc, BTR Plc, Asda Plc, Hilton, Ford PAG, and a leading Middle Eastern private investment office.

Mr. White has commented on Africa for the BBC, CNN, CNBC, Forbes, and at the World Economic Forum, Royal Africa Society, Chatham House, the Africa Investor Index Series Summit, and The Economist East Africa Summit and many other important African debates. He is a regular author of editorials on Africa.
Kai L. Chan
Dr. Kai L. Chan is distinguished fellow at INSEAD (Abu Dhabi), where he is part of the Innovation & Policy Initiative. Additionally, he advises the UAE government on matters of competitiveness and statistics. Kai also worked on Dubai's successful bid for Expo 2020, where he modelled the visitor projections and revenues.

Before moving to Dubai in 2011, Kai worked at a boutique advisory and investments firm in New York in the specialty finance space. Before that he worked in the Singapore office a global management consulting firm with projects covering risk management and strategy for banks in Europe and East Asia.

Dr. Chan holds a BSc in economics & mathematics from the University of Toronto, and an MA and PhD in economics from Princeton University.

Kai grew up in Toronto, Canada. He speaks English, French, Cantonese, Mandarin and German, and is currently learning Russian.
Ole Pugholm
Ole Pugholm was appointed Chief Financial Officer for Abu Dhabi Terminals in 2010. He brings with him more than a decade of experience within the ports and terminal industry covering a wide range of finance and terminal management disciplines.

Before joining ADT, Mr Pugholm worked with the corporate finance department at the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group headquarters; he has held CFO positions on terminal and regional levels in the Middle East, Africa and Europe, and most recently as CFO for the global business development activities of APM Terminals in The Hague.

Ole Pugholm holds a Master Degree in Finance and Accounting as well as a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and Economics.
Prasanth Manghat was appointed to the Board of NMC Health plc. in June 2014 and to the role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer in January 2015. During the last twelve years, Prasanth has successfully served in key roles within the NMC related businesses including his previous last assignment as Chief Financial Officer of NMC Health for five years where he was primarily responsible for managing the company’s finance function including treasury, corporate finance and accounting.

Mentored by none other than the iconic Dr. B R Shetty, Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of NMC Health, Prasanth Manghat, a Chartered Accountant by profession, is extremely passionate about the business of healing people. Prasanth spearheaded the successful listing of NMC Health in the premium segment of the London Stock Exchange and from there on setting the path to achieve the highest honors within the industry. NMC Healthcare raised £117 million (Dh688.5 million), becoming the first company from Abu Dhabi to be listed on the London Stock Exchange.

In 2010, NMC’s equity was 150 million dollars and in just a span of four years, the company’s valuation has multiplied more than 14 times to cross 2 billion dollars. Prasanth attributes this success to a delicate blend of asset identification skills, business conceptualization, corporate governance, transparency, fundraising, strategy formulation and employee care. He crystallizes success to the fine art of corporate negotiating skills – something that he continues to imbibe to this day from his mentor Dr. B R Shetty and skillfully combines them with astute financial wisdom. This is best epitomized by the ability to receive financing at 1% from the market.

For Prasanth, fundraising has been his forte and he has been able to mobilize more than 4 billion dollars for various projects from the global markets – a feat, fellow finance professionals consider most praiseworthy. He has worked on fundraising projects that cover some of the most coveted acquisitions such as the famed Travelex deal. He has had similar such achievements in distinct fast growing business such as Food & Beverages and region specific high value businesses such as oil and gas transactions.

Strategizing NMC’s acquisition foray, Prasanth has played a pivotal role in the four key accretive deals totaling $415 million. These include Europe’s leading fertility centre – Eugin from Spain, Americare, a home healthcare company based in Abu Dhabi, Dr. Sunny’s Medical Center, Sharjah and the long term care category creator – Provita. Prasanth is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (FCA) and a Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom.

In 2012, Prasanth Manghat was awarded “CFO of the Year” Award by ICAEW, Middle East and the “Excellence in Finance” Award in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Abu Dhabi Chapter in November 2012. In May 2013 the ICAI Dubai Chapter honoured him with the “Professional Excellence Award in the Healthcare Sector”
Joy Aljouny
Ms. Ajlouny is an e-commerce industry professional. She is the co-founder of Fetchr, a Silicon-Valley backed technology company based in Dubai aimed at solving the "no-address" problem hindering growth in emerging markets. Fetchr uses patented technology allowing people to use their mobile phone's GPS location as their address. Fetchr is the first start-up in the Middle East to be funded by the largest and most successful venture capital firm in Silicon Valley, NEA. Ms. Aljouny, on behalf of Fetchr, was on the cover of Forbes Magazine in the Middle East, which named Fetchr the #1 startup in the region. Prior to Fetchr, she founded Bonfaire, an e-commerce discovery platform for luxury footwear and accessories. Bonfaire was acquired in 2013 by fashion e-commerce giant Moda Operandi, owned by LVMH and Condé Nast.

While only 2.7% of venture capital funding has been raised by women, she has successfully raised funds for two startups from the most prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firms. This puts her in the top 1% of female entrepreneurs. She is passionate about using technology to solve persistent issues in emerging markets, as well as empowering women entrepreneurs to break out of traditional roles, especially in the Middle East.
Gourang Hemani
Mr. Gourang Hemani is the Chief Financial Officer of Qatar Islamic Bank, the largest Islamic Bank and second largest commercial bank in Qatar. Additionally, he represents QIB on the Board of Directors of its banking subsidiaries and affiliates including QIB-UK, Qinvest, Arab Finance House and Asia Finance Bank. Prior to joining QIB, he held a number of senior positions with leading international and regional institutions including Price Waterhouse Coopers, Standard Chartered Bank, Banque Saudi Fransi.

Over the course of his 25-year career in banking and finance, he has garnered diverse expertise encompassing Accounting and Internal Controls, Treasury and Financial Management, Corporate Strategy development and implementation, Corporate Finance, Risk Management, Business Performance Management, Investors, Regulators and Rating Agencies Relationship Management, deployment and management of Information Technology, Audit and Compliance.

He is a CFA Charter holder, Financial Risk Manager (FRM) and a rank holder Chartered Accountant from India.
Dr Sabah Binali
Dr. Sabah bin Hamad al-Sabah al-Binali, Ph.D. is an active investor and entrepreneurial leader, with a track record of financing, building and growing companies in the Mena region.

He has served as the Chief Investment Officer of SHUAA Capital simultaneously serving as its CEO of Credit, Chairman of Zawya, Director of the Board at Credit Suisse Saudi Arabia, Chairman of Shuaa Capital Saudi Arabia, Vice Chairman of Gulf Finance Co., Chairman of Gulf Installments Co., founding CEO and CIO of Saffar Capital and Head of the Treasury and Investment Division at Union National Bank as well as Director of the Board at Visa International CEMA Region..

He holds a Diploma in Company Direction from the UK Institute of Directors.

Dr. al-Binali received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, dissertation title: Competitive Analysis of Risk-Taking and Valuation of Financial Derivatives, and a B.S.E from Princeton University.
Rae’d Saqelfait
Born in October 1969, I am a Jordanian national, married with two daughters. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the American University of Cairo, with a Minor in Economics. I am a Certified Public Accountant registered with the California State Board of Accountancy.

My track record includes setting up and managing accounting, finance and administration departments and functions; change management and organizational restructuring, ERP implementations and reporting, debt and equity structuring; fund raising; strategy setting and sourcing expansion deal flow; M&A and structuring acquisitions; and structuring and launching IPOs on regional and international exchanges.
Kais Ben Hamida
Kais Ben Hamida, 45, is the Chief Financial Officer of Mobily. Mr. Ben Hamida is a senior executive with extensive experience in corporate finance, investment, mergers and acquisitions, financing, strategy and operations and a deep understanding of the telecommunication sector. He held various positions in Banking (Société Générale and the World Bank), Private Equity (Valiance Capital) and large corporates (Orange Group) in Europe, the USA and the Middle East. His latest senior positions were CFO of Orange Egypt, Partner at Valiance Capital and Senior Vice President, Merger and acquisitions at the Orange Group. Mr. Ben Hamida led the implementation of a variety of transactions including IPOs, tender offers, acquisitions, project finance, disposals, syndicated loans ranging from 30 M€ to 10 B€ in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has been also key contributor to the operational transformation and turn-around of several companies both as an executive and as a board member. He has a strong strategic insight in the telecommunication industry and a rare combination of transactional work and operational capabilities in both emerging markets and developed countries.

Mr Ben Hamida holds a BSc from the Ecole Polytechnique, an MSc in Engineering from the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées and an MSc in Economics from the Sorbonne University.
Fida Chaaban
Fida Chaaban is the Chief Communications Officer of KBW Investments, a privately held Dubai-based investment concern that works across multiple sectors. Prior to her most recent appointment, Fida was the founding Editor in Chief of Entrepreneur Middle East and Entrepreneur Qatar magazines. She is a big believer in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region’s startup ecosystem, and endeavors to use both print and web to positively encourage development in various entrepreneurial spaces and across industries. Based in Dubai, UAE, Fida is a social media enthusiast and sees it as the medium of today’s effective enterprises. Talk to her on Twitter @Fida.
Declan King
Declan leads ValuStrat’s real estate valuation and research business and brings over 25 years of international experience. He is a Chartered Valuation Surveyor by qualification and a Professional Member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI).

Prior to joining ValuStrat, Declan was Manager - Valuation & Research Department at Hamptons International UAE. He also served as a Valuation Manager with Colliers International in Abu Dhabi. Prior to moving to the Middle East, Declan had a 20 year career in property development, sales & valuations in Dublin, Ireland.

Declan’s advisory and valuation experience encompasses a broad range of reporting on all asset types for lending, audit, legal & transactional requirements. He has dealt with an extensive variety of clients including government entities, financial institutions, multinational & local corporations and private individuals.

Declan’s over two and a half decades of successful experience in real estate involving business development, sales, processes and independent advisory brings a wealth of knowledge, integrity and maturity to ValuStrat’s consulting business.
Patrick Braunschweig
Mr. Braunschweig currently works for Horváth & Partners Management Consultants in the field of controlling and finance. He leads the advisory in this area for Horváth & Partners in the Middle East. Against that background he supports his clients to transform the CFO division from a more traditional accounting role towards becoming a real business partner. Together with the Horváth & Partners CFO Panel team from Germany he leverages this benchmark to provide outside-in views for clients in the Middle East.

Prior to his engagement at Horváth & Partners, he was working for blue chip corporations in Western Europe, Russia and Asia. His work focused on developing and implementing concepts for corporate planning and budgeting, management reporting, cost accounting and cost optimisation.

Mr. Braunschweig holds a university degree in business administration and computer science, as well as the ACCA degree from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in England.
Mark is the Chief Executive and Registrar of the DIFC Courts, a Judge of the Courts’ Small Claims Tribunal, Chairman of the Courts’ Users’ Committee, a Member of the Rules Subcommittee, Registrar of the Special Tribunal Related to Dubai World and Chief Executive Officer of the Dispute Resolution Authority. He is Vice-President of the Middle East for the International Association for Court Administration. Under his management, the Courts have secured a reputation as one of the most efficient commercial courts in the World. He has played a key role in the development of the Courts many formalised relationships with partner judicial systems in the region. He previously worked for MasterCard Worldwide, where he was Regional Legal Counsel for South Asia, Middle East and Africa and later, Vice President, heading regional Government Relations and Corporate Services.
Eyad began his career with Deloitte where he held leading positions for over 11 years in both KSA and the USA. He then moved to head Exeed Industries – a subsidiary of National Holding in Abu Dhabi where he was appointed as Chief Financial Officer and Board member of the company in addition to several subsidiaries of National Holding Company.

Eyad’s executive managerial experience and broad exposure to various industries and services in the Middle East resulted in a record of successful management and leadership of multi-billion investment companies. After 5 years with Exeed Industries, Eyad joined Alturki as the Chief Strategy and FinanceOfficer in 2012, later in 2014 was promoted to VP and his role expanded to cover portfolio of operating subsidiaries of Alturki Group.

Throughout his exciting professional journey, Eyad managed to lead various transactions in M&As, Joint Ventures, Divestments, restructuring as well as supported various board to formulate and implement both corporate and business strategies.

Eyad holds an EMBA from CASS Business School - City University of London and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Shane is currently the CEO of The Phillips Group in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Helping companies build championship leadership teams has been a tradition in the Phillips family for two generations. From assisting Fortune 500 companies acquire and retain top performing senior executives or advising leading Chief Executive Officers on developing their human capital, Shane has executed CXO assignments all over the world. His passion for helping people and companies develop leadership capability has driven him to engage the media, where he is now the host of the MENA Region’s number one Talk Radio Career show on Dubai Eye 103.8 called “Eye On Careers”. He is also the Host of one of the leading Asian business TV Shows called “Top Guns” on Zee TV, the leading South Asian television satellite channel. Shane holds an MBA from London Business School and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. He is a Non-Executive Board Member of Fortis Group Holdings. He is the founder of The Career Clinic and Risk Middle East Group. A former Executive Board Member of the Canadian Business Council, President of the Club for Canadians and a volunteer with the Families with Special Needs, the United Way and Young Achievers.
Nauman is a graduate in finance from the U.K, an Associate member of Chartered Accountants England and Wales and a Fellow member of Chartered Certified Accountants. He is serving as the Chief Financial Officer at Inc., the No. 1 Middle East's job site. He has diverse experience in Auditing and Finance in the major financial blocs including the Middle East and U.K. He started off his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers and went on to work for FTSE listed - No.1 Health & Fitness provider in U.K. After moving to Dubai, Nauman rejoined practice in PricewaterhouseCoopers and later moved to Inc.

As the CFO, he is heading Bayt’s Group Finance Division and continues to play a key role in defining the strategic direction and developing expansion plans for the organization. Nauman has demonstrated leadership skills throughout his academic and professional career. He was the founder and chairman of ICAEW Middle East Student Network. In addition to this, he has been nominated for multiple awards, such as the “Young Accountant of the year”, and “Chartered Accountant of the Year” at the Finance & Accountancy Middle East Awards. Nauman serves as a member of the steering committee of the largest Middle East CFO Network group. He is also a member of Senior Advisory Committee for ACCA Middle East and Career coach at American University of Sharjah.
Iyad Abdalrahim
Corporate finance executive with MBA offering over 22 years of experience building, leading, and advising corporations through establishing growth, restructuring, controls, complex financing transactions, and enhancing operational support functions.

Throughout his career with leading organizations such as Standard Chartered Bank, Arab Bank, Depa Ltd, Dubai Properties Group and Arabtec Holding as a CFO and an Acting CEO, he has been highly involved within the Real Estate and Contracting Sectors in regards to managing Growth, Leading IPOs, Business restructuring, launching of new developments, complex financing structures, project financing, and structuring of financial aspects of sales and CRM, and cost control measures.
Rachel Pether
Ms. Pether is a television news anchor, trained journalist, CFA Charterholder, chartered treasurer, Mensamember and published author.A trained journalist with over 5 years’ experience at the BBC, sheis the co-hostof a weekly podcast called Follow the Money in partnership with the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI). She regularly moderates events for financial blue-chip clients and financial institutions.

She is also the Chief Financial Officer at Agriprocity. She recently participated as a private sector delegate in the United Nations FAO panel, addressing Middle East food security.As a qualified investment professional with 8 years’ experience at Mubadala, she has an exceptional understanding of the financial markets and business strategy. In 2014, the Association of Corporate Treasurers named Ms. Pether “The One to Watch” in Treasury.

Additionally,she is the host of What’s Up, a weekly television show focusing on fitness, healthy living, sports and lifestyle on Physique TV. She has interviewed global sports stars such as Manny Pacquiao, through to celebrity chefs and members of the Executive Council.In 2009 she published her first book –Jandal Prints on the Globe – and helped establish a charity called Espoir so that sale proceeds could go towards supporting youth entrepreneurship.
Dawn Metcalfe
Ms. Metcalfe is the Managing Director of Performance Development Services (PDS) and an experienced coach, trainer and facilitator.

Her first book, “Managing the Matrix: How to Survive and Thrive in Your Organisation” was published in 2014 and will soon come out in Arabic. She regularly writes for various publications across the Middle East, including Training Magazine Middle East, Gulf Business, Explorer UAE and LinkedIn (with one article generating over 80,000 hits).

She also contributes to the Business Breakfast on Dubai Eye 103.8, speaking on various topics, and appeared at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature to discuss business writing.

Ms. Metcalfe regularly advises C-suite executives and high potential employees to develop and deliver their events, ranging from simply delivering 30 minutes on a specific topic or moderating a panel to developing and facilitating a week-long corporate event.
Jan Bart Schober
Jan Bart Schober (1975) is a member of the International Tax practice group and heads the Dubai office. He advises multinational companies, financial institutions and funds on cross-border transactions. Jan Bart has extensive experience in structuring investments in E&P assets by oil and gas companies, as well as on acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate restructurings in the energy industry. Furthermore, he has a strong focus on financing transactions, such as securitisations and repackagings. Previously, he has worked in the Amsterdam and London offices of Loyens & Loeff. Jan Bart frequently lectured on tax law at the Law Firm School and on other occasions. He is a board member of the GCC branch of the International Fiscal Association, and a member of the Dutch Association of Tax advisers (NOB) and the Dutch Association for Tax Research.
Lindsay Degouve De Nuncques
As Head of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in the Middle East Lindsay has responsibility for leading the operations in 11 countries. Representing more than 15,000 students, affiliates and members across the region, who work in all sectors and all levels of business across the Middle East.

Lindsay is responsible for growing the understanding of the value that professionally qualified ACCA accountants bring to businesses and economies in the region. Managing and building relationships with regulators, business leaders and strategic partners she works with the network of members to influence debate on key issues that impact the ongoing economic development of the region. Lindsay also works with educational institutions and government bodies to encourage new generations to undertake a career in accountancy and finance.

Lindsay has spent more than ten years with ACCA. She previously had responsibility for ACCA operations in the UAE. Prior to moving to the Emirates Lindsay was Head of Strategy Implementation in ACCA’s corporate headquarters in London, responsible for devising the future global strategy for the whole organisation, ensuring that ACCA remains the leading global professional accountancy body.

Lindsay has also worked at the UK regulator responsible for promoting high quality corporate governance, the Financial Reporting Council, and studied at the London School of Economics. She lives in Dubai with her husband and two young sons.
Khurram Siddiqui
Mr. Siddiqui leads EY’s Advance Process Assurance and Data Analytics (APADA) Services under the MENA Financial Accounting Advisory Services (FAAS). He has a special role in supporting C-suite clients, particularly CFOs, in meeting their data and IT requirements.

Mr. Siddiqui has been providing IT and advance data analytics services for more than 14 years. His experience includes ERP integrity, application controls review and information systems audit engagements in several industries, including: banking and finance, manufacturing, industrial, insurance and oil and gas. His workshop at the CFO Strategies Forum MENA will be focused on the digital evolution of the CFO in the modern-day business world.
Lucia Sahin
Ms. Sahin is a member of the International Tax practice group of Loyens & Loeff. She specialises in advising multinationals and private equity funds on Dutch and international corporate tax aspects. She advises on international corporate and financial (re-)structuring, with a special focus on transfer pricing and IP structures.

In relation to the BEPS project, she is specifically knowledgeable on action 2 (regarding hybrid financial instruments), action 7 (permanent establishments), action 8 (IP and DEMPE functions) and action 13 (Country-by-Country reporting).

She worked in the New York office from 2007 to 2008. Ms. Sahin teaches on BEPS related subjects at the International Tax Center (ITC), Leiden and frequently speaks at conferences. She is the author of several publications on tax issues, and a member of the Dutch Association of Tax Advisers and the International Fiscal Association.
Sunita Singh Dalal
Sunita Singh-Dalal is a Partner at AC&H Legal Consultants. Ms. Singh-Dalal is a graduate of the University of Westminster and qualified as an English solicitor in 1999.

Ms. Singh-Dalal has been practising corporate & commercial law for the past 14 years. She has worked with many international corporate clients and is familiar with running cross-border transactions. Her practice focuses on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity with a strong focus on healthcare, education and hospitality. She also has extensive experience of advising clients on cross-border contentious disputes in a range of jurisdictions. Sunita is interested in emerging and developing markets and is keen to introduce strategic investors to Africa, South West Asia and the Middle East.

She has worked with the well-known English law firms Osborne Clarke and Lawrence Graham (now Gowling WLG) at their London offices. At both of these firms, in addition to maintaining a regular private equity and corporate finance practice, she advised on their strategy for India, established dedicated India desks & developed their India practice.

In 2007 she left private practice to establish Krishaum Consulting Limited, which was responsible for advising & assisting both international investors seeking to invest in the Indian real estate sector and, Indian companies securing foreign direct investment (FDI) for various projects throughout India.

Ms. Singh-Dalal was a founding member of the British Indian Law Association in London and went on to be elected as its Chairwoman. During her tenure as Chairwoman, she was chosen by the Law Society of England & Wales and the British Government to address the legal fraternity and the Government of India at two international legal forums, in relation to the liberalisation of the Indian legal profession.

In 2001, she was also nominated for a young achiever award at the Asian Woman of Achievement Awards, UK.

Ms. Singh-Dalal speaks English, Hindi, Urdu and Italian and has a keen interest in travel, Indian art and literature, Polo, charitable fund raising events and classical dance and music.
Curt Anderson
Mr. Anderson has been working predominately in the CPM space for 20 years, having begun his career at Oracle in Germany. He has lived and worked in 5 countries over 4 continents, most recently taking a year to manage a charity for impoverished children in the slums of outer Nairobi. Prior to that, he established and directed a CPM consultancy in the Middle East based out of Dubai.

Academically, Mr. Anderson completed his BS in Colorado and his MBA in Helsinki, both with Honors. At Jedox, he is the Senior Channel Manager EMEA, and lives in Düsseldorf.
Tariq Qureishy
Tariq is currently the Founder/CEO of MAD Talks, a storytelling platform and media brand for the emerging world. This TED like platform captures stories shaping the future, of leadership & innovation, entrepreneurship and breakthrough thinking, in video and audio digital platforms.

He has worked in leadership roles with top global organisations including;
• Bloomberg Media - Media Representative and Consultant MENA, (2010-2014).
• The Times & Sunday Times newspaper, CEO/Publisher in the Middle East (2007-2009).
• Dow Jones Markets, Regional Director EMEA. (1987 -1998).
• I2i Group Inc/Vantage – Founder/CEO , 2003 onwards

Tariq’s media and broadcasting experience includes being a keynote motivational speaker, panellist, chairing and moderating global conferences, radio and television. He has a degree in Economics and studied at Harvard Business School.

He is also Founder of 100% MAD (“Make A Difference”), a UK based, not for profit Social Enterprise, a global millennial movement using the power of the digital environmentto democratize philanthropy.
Swami Natarajan
Swami has over 18 years of direct experience across Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia Pacific and Japan with a focus on SaaS Solutions. Has extensive experience in Communication, Media, Utility, Aviation, FSI, Retail & Professional Service Industries in Application Sales, Business Development, Implementation, Consulting and Major Account Management. Swami brings extensive experience CRM, ERP, EPM and other edge application Sales, Solutions, Consulting & Professional Services for the above industries.

Prior to Oracle Corporation, Swami worked with General Electric Company in IT consulting and Implementation for GE European Operations, GE Plastics Japan and GE APAC.

While working with MEA region, Swami was closely involved in large multinational organizations in the region on drawing their IT Roadmap, Consultative Selling approach towards their CRM, ERP and EPM requirements, Relationship with C Level. Trusted Advisor in their IT transformation projects.

Swami is a Chartered Accountant from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India with 18 years post qualification experience and holds a graduate degree in Commerce. He is based in Dubai and travels extensively in Europe, Russia, Middle East and Africa.
Munawar Mohammed
Mr. Munawar Mohammed is the Finance Director at National Technology Enterprises Company, a fully owned subsidiary of Kuwait Investment Authority, a venture Capital Investment company with a capital of KD 100 million in Kuwait.

Highly accomplished, result-driven, well-grounded financial management professional with 20 years of progressive experience. Possessing hands-on experience in finance and operations management within investment, start-ups and service organizations acquired by holding in key positions during his professional career. Expert in streamlining business operations that drive growth, enhance efficiency and bottom-line. Successfully developed and implemented financial control, processes for productivity improvements, and change management. His insight of business logic, domain understanding and innovative leadership skills was the driving traits for his success in corporate world.

Previously, Munawar served as Chief Financial Officer at Bayan Holding Company, Kuwait, an Islamic Investment Company with a capital of USD 500 million in Kuwait.

Mr. Munawar Mohammed is a Master’s Degree holder in Business Administration from Cardiff Business School; United Kingdom, majoring in Finance and strategic planning and awarded “Alexander Graham Award-1997” by Institute of Motor Industry, United Kingdom.
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Aman Merchant
A serial entrepreneur wearing many hats, Aman Merchant is CEO and co-founder at Impact Hub Dubai (, a global network of over 15,000 impact-driven entrepreneurs & innovators in over 80 locations.

He holds a 1st Class Master Degree with Hons from Oxford University and is also an alumni of the Stanford Business School and the London School of Economics.

He is a former President of the UAE Chapter of the Entrepreneurs' Organisation and has participated in the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils. Previously, he was a director on the Chairman’s Committee for the Terry Fox Foundation in Dubai, and a volunteer with the Al Noor School for Children with Special Needs.

Aman is married with and two sons - and is a committed fourthdan karateka.
Mr. Melgoza is currently accountable for designing and implementing soft and leadership competencies for selected candidates at the C-suite expert programme of the Finance Strategy and Development (FSD) Business Academy at Saudi Aramco.

In an effort to provide the greatest Return on Investment for the FSD Business Academy, Alberto has developed a strategy based on a soft and leadership model that entails four steps: Intrapersonal Soft, Interpersonal Soft, Leadership and Strategic Competencies. By means of interviewing financial executives from international well-known corporations, he has designed specific competencies for development.

Alberto analyzed the program to identify, and then to assess, gaps associated with the competencies under development by the individual. Key competencies were benchmarked against high-potential financial executives and the results served to create individual developments plans for nominated candidates at the CFO track.

In an effort to effectively develop the individual, Alberto put together a team of volunteer coaches and created specific KPI’s associated with soft and leadership competency to measure success. Further, he has worked on crafting a simulation to evaluate readiness at the C-suite level.

He is also heavily engaged in optimizing the strategic direction of the FSD Business Academy and the implementation of its many programs. Prior to Saudi Aramco, Alberto was the founder of Aesthetic Management-Australia, offering specialist services on corporate culture, behavior, soft and leadership development.

Alberto R. Melgoza holds a PhD in Organizational Behaviour and Management. He is the author of numerous articles presented at international conferences. Further, he has authored many publications as specialist journals. Alberto has served as guest speaker in many events on issues related to high-performing corporate culture, rightful behavior, and soft and leadership competency development.
Rafael Lemaitre
Rafael is a co-founder of ShiftIN with more than 12 years of experience in strategic planning, innovation, performance management, Balanced Scorecard, supply chain management and logistics. He has worked on strategy execution projects throughout Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Before joining ShiftIN Partners, Rafa was a senior manager at The Palladium Group. There, he led a number of key consulting engagements, notably the development of the performance management framework for the Kuwait Government, the largest such framework development effort in the world. He also played an important role in strategy planning and execution projects for the Abu Dhabi and Barcelona governments (both won the BSC Hall of Fame Award for Strategy Execution). Rafael has also led numerous engagements in the oil & gas, transportation and logistics industries. Rafa earned a degree in industrial engineering from the UDLAP and a MSc in maritime economics and logistics from the Rotterdam School of Management. He is a Certified Supply Chain Professional (qualified by the Association of Operations Management/APICS - USA.), a certified Strategy Execution professional (qualified by The Performance Factory & Jeroen De Flander) and an Innovation Management Certified Practitioner (qualified by Global Innovation Management Institute). Rafa is currently pursuing a PhD in the Economics of Technology, Innovation and Development at the United Nations University – Maastricht School of Governance.
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Ms. Macura is the CEO of Straight Street Media, author of the book “Faces of the Middle East” and the first Australian female English speaking TV news anchor in the Middle East.

Prior to establishing Straight Street Media in 2012, Ms. Macura was one of the main anchors on Dubai One TV's Emirates News. Her portfolio includes the delivery of live-to-air news bulletins, frequently whilst being in the midst of breaking stories both locally and across the Middle East.

She has also hosted hundreds of other shows, including the three-hour live launch of the BurjKhalifa and “MaakYa Lebanon”, which featured exclusive interviews with several key players in aid programs in Lebanon which raised 55 million dirhams to help people caught in the conflict. She has also interviewed a variety of decision makers, from the Duchess of York to Hollywood actor Michael Douglas and government officials in the country.

In 2014, Ms. Macura’s love for the Arab people led her into war-torn Iraq, where she has set up the House of Rest – a privately funded, non-political and non-governmental resource centre run by women for women survivors of sex slavery, war, violence and oppression.
Mr. Severo is a Lead Economist in the Managing Director’s Office at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Prior to joining Adia, he was a Vice President and lead economist for the Andean region at Goldman Sachs in New York. He also held positions at the International Monetary Fund and at Moody’s Analytics. His academic research on macroeconomics and finance has been published by the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Journal of Public Economics, the Canadian Journal of Economics, and the IMF. Tiago holds a PhD and an MA in economics from Harvard University, and an MA in economics from Getulio Vargas Foundation in Brazil.

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EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

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The MENA practice of EY has been operating in the region since 1923. For over 90 years, we have grown to over 6,000 people united across 20 offices and 15 countries, sharing the same values and an unwavering commitment to quality. As an organisation, we continue to develop outstanding leaders who deliver exceptional services to our clients and who contribute to our communities. We are proud of our accomplishments over the years, reaffirming our position as the largest and most established professional services organisation in the region.


Al Saqr Business Tower
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P.O. Box 9267,
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

T. +971 4 332 4000
MDS ap helps you run business better by leveraging technology from SAP and other best-of-breed solution providers. We deliver high quality professional services implementing world-class integrated solutions that focus on data management, enterprise performance management (EPM), business analytics/BI, enterprise architecture, data governance, omni-channel banking and human capital management. Our customers in the Middle East include Emirates NBD, UAE Exchange, Olayan Financing Company, SAMBA and many other large organizations.

For more than 20 years, we have been supporting enterprise organisations across the MENA, Turkey and Eastern Europe regions, which makes us uniquely positioned to help you maximise the ROI on your SAP investment and fully leverage the complementary industry solutions.

MDS ap is a SAP Gold Partner and is part of the Midis Group. We have 12 offices across MENA, Turkey and Central Eastern Europe, with locally based consultants.

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DIC Building 17, Office 358
P.O. Box 62631
Dubai, UAE

T +971 4 391 4391
F +971 4 391 8539
ValuStrat is a leading consulting group in the Middle East providing various services, including strategy and management consulting, valuation, research, due diligence and asset divestments, for a wide variety of sectors. Through its offices in Dubai, Riyadh, Jeddah and Doha, ValuStrat serves over 800 local and multinational corporate clients.

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Office 703, Palace Towers,
Dubai Silicon Oasis,
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

T +971 4 326 2233
Our core competence is Corporate Performance Management and Performance Optimization

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Etihad Towers, Tower 3, Level 14
Corniche West Street
Opp Emirates Palace Hotel P.O. Box 63491
Abu Dhabi, UAE
T +971 2 656 5981
Jedox simplifies planning, analysis, and reporting with one unified and cloud-based software suite. Jedox empowers decision makers and business users across all departments and helps them work smarter, streamline business collaboration, and make insight-based decisions with confidence.

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Jedox AG
Bismarckallee 7a 79098 Freiburg Germany
T: +49 761 1514710
Oracle offers an integrated array of applications, databases, servers, storage, and cloud technologies to empower modern business. For most companies, flexibility is critical. Oracle provides a wide choice of software, systems, and cloud deployment models - including public, on-premises, and hybrid clouds - to ensure that technology flexes to the unique needs of a business.

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Oracle Systems
Building No. 6
Dubai Internet City
Dubai, UAE

T +971 4 3909000
Loyens & Loeff offers tailor-made and pragmatic legal and tax advice.

With a history of over 100 years, today Loyens & Loeff is a leading law firm with a highly satisfied client base including major global corporations, organisations, financial institutions and family-owned businesses worldwide. Our clients can count on our top-notch legal services, and our internationally renowned full-service tax practice.

The roots of Loyens & Loeff are strongly established in our home offices in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium and Switzerland. Through our offices in the Middle East, the Far East, Europe and the US, we are excellently positioned to assist clients from around the globe on international tax and legal matters in respect of their cross-border operations and investments. With tailored and pragmatic advice, we support our clients in navigating the multitude of international developments they are facing daily, and enable them to make well-founded decisions on how to structure cross-border projects and transactions.

Loyens & Loeff
Dubai International Financial Centre
Gate Village, Building 10, Level 2
Dubai, UAE

T +971 4 437 2700
F +971 4 425 5673
Qadi Accountants (QA) is a professional accounting firm that provides a range of services to assist organisations to adhere to financial discipline. Since inception, QA has successfully provided services to SMEs, from the setting up of companies to the structuring of accounts, to business valuations. QA’s expertise in the fields of audit, accounting, advisory and tax equips the client by filling in the gaps and educating its personnel, allowing it to move forward creatively in a competitive economy.

QA is growing year-on-year, with the objective of creating synergistic partnerships with its clients, which range from SMEs to large family-owned businesses. QA’s focus is to educate the industry from an accounting and financial perspective and create a value for the client in the form of personalised and tailor made solutions.

Qadi Accountants
Office 2905, Grosvenor House Tower
Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

T. +971 4 329 8344
M. +971 55 424 0303
F. +971 4 329 8366
United Securities today is one of the leading Investment consulting firms in Muscat, Oman, fully licensed to provide a broad base of investment services under the support of the Muscat Securities Market and under the supervision of the Capital Market Authority. The company was founded in 1994 to provide clients with the best services available in the Investment field.

United Securities is dedicated to meet the unique Investment needs of individuals, investment managers, corporations, pension funds and other institutional clients within the country and internationally. Its present position of leadership was built through diligent application of their services and skills. This has gained the company a reputation for providing excellent customer services that are perfectly tailored for every individual customer and catered specifically to their investment needs. This has gained the company many awards in their 20 years of service.

United Securities has expanded its operational wings to offer brokerage services as well as portfolio management services to its clients in the MENA region as well as the American market.

United Securities
P.O Box 2566
PC 112, Ruwi
Sultanate of Oman

T: +968 24763300
F: +968 24788671
Headquartered in Dubai Silicon Oasis, with additional offices in Saudi Arabia, WideVision works with a number of leading products and solutions to deliver end-to-end financial management, data integration, analytics and visualisation solutions for its customers.

Together with their partner Blackline Systems, a leader in the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Financial Corporate Performance Management, WideVision helps clients with their financial reconciliation and data management needs.

WideVision FZCO

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority,
Wing D, Office 302-303
Dubai, UAE

T +971 4 372 4732
F +971 4 372 4741
BoardMaps is the first comprehensive solution for decision management, compliance and digital transformation for Boards and Executives. BoardMaps is a market leader and a success story in Russia with over 30bluechip customers, including 9 top-tier banks.

Within BoardMaps, opportunities or problems are identified and organizedinto Matters. Business leaders can then document, prioritize and resolveMatters in a secure, structured yet flexible environment. BoardMaps follows the full lifecycle of a Matter, from the time it was first raised until it is resolved.Transparency and effectiveness is achieved by:

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With BoardMaps, leadership teams make the most of their time together and multiply their impact on business.

BoardMaps Arabia
Al Mazroui & Partners LLC (MAP) is a leading IT consulting and professional services organisation, which has been established in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 1973. MAP has helped its clients to achieve a superior performance via the use of technology.

A part of Al Mazroui Group, MAP has grown steadily over more than 40 years with the guiding principles of commitment, care and vision. We are an ISO9001: 2000 certified company and one of the leading systems integrators (SI) in the region, providing quality services in the following key areas:

• Business analytics, content management
• Information & data management
• Storage & virtualisation solutions
• Infrastructure solutions (power, cooling and solar)

With a team of 60 professionals, we have a well-earned reputation for providing a key supporting role to our customers. Whether you are starting out on a new project or looking for assistance in developing an existing solution, MAP has the team and skills to accelerate your plans and returns on investment.

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Our mission is to use our expertise for the benefit of our customers, become their trusted partner and successfully complete their projects with the highest standards of implementation, integration and support services.

Al Mazroui & Partners LLC

Corniche Tower, 5th Floor
P.O. Box 97
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

T. +971 2 674 5151
F. +971 2 674 5157
McDonald’s is the world’s leading food retailer, serving 70 million customers every day in more than 35,000 restaurants across 100 countries around the world.

McDonald’s prides itself on the quality, service and cleanliness standards it applies in every aspect of the business, and for the value, experience and food choices it provides to a wide range of customers.

In the Middle East and Africa, the 1,380 McDonald’s restaurants are wholly owned and operated by local entrepreneurs who are dedicated to providing the McDonald’s experience to every customer, every day across seventeen markets. They are committed to supporting their local communities by working with local suppliers, adopting active social responsibility programmes and providing career opportunities and development programmes to local talent.

McDonald’s Middle East

Shangri-La Office Tower
Office 801, 8th Floor
Sheikh Zayed Road, P.O. Box 27880
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

T. +971 4 381 6900
Thumbay Group is an international conglomerate headquartered in Dubai.

The group has diversified into 18 different sectors with over 20 brands since its inception in 1998, and employs approximately 5000 people.

Aside from their core businesses of education, healthcare and research, they have an established presence in diagnostics, pharmacy, retail optical, wellness, nutrition, hospitality, real estate, publishing, health communications, trading, marketing and distribution, medical tourism, events, media and technology.

Thumbay Group plans to expand internationally and aims to develop 420 new establishments by 2022. The Thumbay academic hospital network will have a total of 1000 beds in the UAE, 1500 beds in India and 750 beds elsewhere in the Gulf and Africa, by 2022, taking the total number of hospitals to 15 worldwide.

The Gulf Medical University – Ajman, is soon to become a full-fledged University with Engineering and Management courses in addition to Medicine. The Group also plans to open 3 new University campuses in 3 different countries. By 2022, Thumbay Group plans to add 25 Thumbay labs, 100 Thumbay pharmacies, 40 Zo & Mo Optical outlets, 100 Blends & Brews coffee shops, 25 Body & Soul health clubs, 50 Nutri Plus Vita stores. The group hopes to employ 20,000 staff, by 2022.

Thumbay Group
Dubai International Financial Centre
P.O. Box 415555
Dubai, UAE

T +971 4 298 5555
F +971 4 298 9555
Since its inception in 2004, Boubyan Bank has delivered Islamic banking products and services in accordance with the Islamic Shari’a.

The bank offers a range of retail and corporate banking products in conjunction with insurance and investment services. In accordance with its Islamic Shari’a principles, the bank embeds an Islamic banking culture of honesty, transparency and integrity across its operations.

Innovation forms a cornerstone of Boubyan’s business model and the bank has distinguished itself as a market leader, particularly in its digital services, through the delivery of unique banking products and its dedication to delivering a superior banking experience for its customers.

The mission of Boubyan Bank is to achieve excellence in everything we do.

Boubyan Bank

15 Ali Al Salem Street
Mubarkiya, Block 5
Kuwait City, Kuwait

T. +965 22 325 000 / +965 182 0082
F. +965 22 454 257
Anan Iskan offers world class standard workers accommodation and services never experienced before in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A complete living environment where you can feel at home with dining, security, medical care and leisure options.The type of communal living that Anan Iskan, provides is matched by the attention of our dedicated and professional staff. Governed by a set of standards and measured deliverables, we are confident our services will live up to your expectation. One of the pillars we stand for is that we are a human-centric organization. Anan Iskan is committed to workers’ well-being and providing them with an enhanced lifestyle.Our guiding values will reflect on our relationship with you, we promise transparency in our deals, quality in everything we offer and efficiency in our servicest

Building 101 Sari Street
6th floor P.O. Box 126673
Jeddah 21352, Saudi Arabia

T +966 12 616 6710 Ext 112
F +966 12 616 6720
The Phillips Group is a leading Management Consultancy with a focus in Human Resource Consulting. Helping companies build championship leadership teams has been a tradition in the Phillips family for two generations. Whether it's assisting Fortune 500 companies acquire and retain top performing senior executives or advising leading Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers on driving their organization to peak performance, The Phillips Group has experience in securing leadership talent from all four corners of the world. The Phillips Group is one of 20 firms accepted as a member of the AESC in the Middle East.

We are the Executive Search Specialists.
Entrepreneur Middle East (ME) is a licensee of U.S.-based Entrepreneur, a monthly print publication devoted to business endeavours that act as a valuable resource for business people globally. In addition to print, Entrepreneur as a global brand makes strategic use of various other mediums in the realm of the web and social media.

Entrepreneur ME, in adherence with our global parent company standards, is committed to localize and high-quality content delivery under the following section headers: Tech, Money, Start It Up, ‘Treponomics, and Culture.

Entrepreneur Middle East

Al Thuraya Tower #1, Dubai Media City
P.O. Box 502511, Dubai, UAE
T +971 4 420 0506
F +971 4 420 0196
ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. We aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.

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CFO ME is the only magazine in the region reporting to this specific audience, creating a vital link between regulators and financial professionals, as well as providing a platform for financial executives to share ideas and opinions. Every month CFO offers guidance, support and knowledge on topics including banking, auditing, government legislation, healthcare, fraud and security, technology, business applications, employment benefits, management, and career development. It also features regular interviews with thought leaders, and the latest industry news and event coverage - not to mention covering the job moves that matter. It’s a critical, attractive and provocative tool for reaching the most important C-suite role of all - today’s CFO.
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TRENDS is the leading magazine on Arab affairs in the Mena region. The magazine provides business leaders with critical insight and in depth analysis of issues and developments in the Middle East, while forming opinions on business, social, political and economic matters. Delivering sterling information and analysis on the region for more than 15 years, Trends has established itself as the premier source for Arab affairs.
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Saneou Al Hadath is a unique monthly Arabic business magazine, addressing middle- and top-level managers in the Middle East interested in daily business issues. Offering a lively look at the entrepreneurs who have helped build empires, Saneou Al Hadath connects the business and human aspects of commerce and helps business relationships and recognise the achievements of companies. Explaining the economy in a unique, clear and simple way has become its trademark. For the fifth consecutive year, Saneou Al Hadath has been ranked as the No.1 magazine in its category by Ipsos-Stat., a city marketing portal that provides media and marketing solutions servicing to both local and international clients, and support major events through sponsorship, organizing, and marketing services such as:

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Since 2009, our professional training division (formerly called MiH Training Academy) has enabled over 5,000 professionals, managers and senior executives to develop their skill set and gain career-advancing knowledge.

Our wide range of training programs cover areas including finance, healthcare, hospitality, HR, IT, leadership and management, marketing, oil and gas, PA and strategy, as well as soft skills.

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Boutique Villa n°5, Media City,
P.O. Box 500563,
Dubai, UAE

T +971 4 367 1376
F +971 4 367 2764
Founded in 2001 in the UAE as Satellite Visual Communication and rebranded to “Audience Alive’ in 2015.

Audience Alive is a presentation design studio that creates dynamic presentations enabling companies to deliver their message with power and confidence while engaging and motivating audiences.

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T +971 4 326 8535
Our Mission is to improve the community by helping individuals and companies dramatically transform the results they are achieving For over two decades, Right Selection Speakers Bureau (RSSB) have been passionately encouraging and relentlessly promoting a learning culture globally and are now maestros at inspiring success for all.

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1603, The Citadel
Business Bay, Dubai
Call: +971 4 420 5599



Get recognised for excellence in finance at the MENA CFO Awards

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    This year’s categories include


    This award recognises a CFO from a public sector organisation for their continuous development of the Finance Department, and serving as an advisor to senior management in making strategic decisions. Nominees are required to provide examples of their leadership, strategic thinking and key management decisions. This category is open for: Group CFO, CFO, VP Finance, GM Finance and alike.


    Acknowledges a CFO from a private sector organisation for exceptional performance in leading the finance team during the past year. This may include aligning the finance function with their organisation’s strategic direction, and having a direct impact on its bottom line. This category
    is open for: This category is open for: Group CFO, CFO, VP Finance, GM Finance and alike.


    Presented to a CFO who has demonstrated innovation by expanding beyond accounting and control to a more active role developing strategies, and articulating them internallyand externally to win the support of all key stakeholders.


    The winner of this award will have played an integral role in maintaining a balance between protecting the company’s assets while promoting a culture of innovation, risk taking and flexibility in order to prepare for fast-growing emerging markets.


    This award honours a finance team with 3 or more members who played an instrumental role in contributing to the success of their organisation. The department needs to demonstrate a proactive approach in balancing time between number crunching and business analysis, as well as delivering timely financial information.


    Recognises an ambitious and committed finance executive who has performed exceptionally well in his/her role and had a direct impact in developing the finance department. The nominee must have served in the department for at least 1 year. This category is open for: All managers within the finance function.


    This award acknowledges a Chief Investment Officer, Head of Treasury or a financial executive actively involved in investments from a public or private organisation for their innovative strategies, fiduciary savvy and impressive shortas well as long-term returns who stood out in the MENA investment community for their exceptional performance and risk management. The assessors are looking for a detailed demonstration of success and a cognisance of areas like consistent outperformance of a benchmark, strategic planning and implementation.

    8. Women in Finance Award | NOMINATE NOW

    Developed in partnership with ACCA, this award honours a senior female finance executive who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and actively contributes to promoting the finance profession and developing female talent. This category is open to female finance professionals (CFOs, Directors of Finance, Heads of Treasury) with a minimum of 7 years of experience.




    Individual Past Winners

    • Dealmaker of the year

      Prasanth Manghat, Deputy CEO, NMC Health

    • Finance team of the year

      Zain Group

    • Financial executive of the year

      Ajay Jain,
      Group Financial Controller,
      Almoayyed International Group

    • Investor of the year

      Nidal Al Khatib,
      CFO, Al Hail Holding

    • MENA CFO of the year – private sector

      Omar Subhi,
      Chief Financial and Assets Management Officer, National Bonds Corporation

    • MENA CFO of the year – public sector

      Mohammed Al-Qureshah,
      Executive Vice President – Finance, Riyad Bank

    • Revolutionary CFO of the year – private sector

      Nazeer Hussain,
      Director of Finance and Budget, Thumbay Group

    • Revolutionary CFO of the year – public sector

      T.V. Ramesh,
      CFO, Hamriyah Free Zone Authority


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MENA leader for Advanced Process Assurance and Data Analytics, Ernst & Young

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Finance Director, Microsoft

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Financial Controller, Saudi Aramco (SATORP)

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Finance Director, Petroleum Development Oman

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Deputy CFO, DP World

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Great selection of topics.

Group CEO, SEDCO Holding

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