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
Dr. Fahad M. Alturki

Dr. Fahad M. Alturki

Chief Economist and Head of Research, Jadwa investment Company Dr. Fahad M. Alturki View Profile
Yogesh Mehta

Yogesh Mehta

Managing Director Petrochem Middle East Yogesh Mehta View Profile
Ashish Thakkar

Ashish Thakkar

Founder, Mara Group Ashish Thakkar View Profile
Adham Gasser

Adham Gasser

Regional CFO P&G Adham Gasser View Profile
Metin Mitchell

Metin Mitchell

Founder & Managing Partner, Metin Mitchell & Company Metin Mitchell 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.
Dr. Fahad M. Alturki
Dr. Fahad M. Alturki is Chief Economist and Head of Research at Jadwa investment Company in Riyadh. He is also a member of its Executive Management Committee. Dr. Fahad manages the economic research department and published regular reports on issue related to the Saudi and global economies and the world oil market. He frequently presents at a number of high profile local, regional, and international conferences and roundtable discussions in addition of being a domestic and international media figure.

Prior to joining Jadwa, Fahad was the Chief Economic Specialist at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority where he worked for eleven years in the Economic Research and Statistic Department. Between 2007-2009, Fahad was an Economist at the International monetary Fund at the Middle Est and Central Asia Department.

Fahad graduated with a BA in business administration (majoring accounting) from king Saud University in Saudi Arabia, and has a Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in economics from University of Oregon (Eugene, USA).
Yogesh Mehta
Ashish Thakkar
Ashish J. Thakkar is the Founder of Mara Group and Mara Foundation. He is also the co-founder of Atlas Mara. Ashish and his family have driven the growth of the Mara Group from a small IT business in Uganda to the globally recognized multi-sector investment group that exists today. Through its investments, Mara Group now employs over 11,000 people across 25 African countries in sectors spanning technology, banking, real estate and infrastructure. Ashish serves as Chair of the United Nations Foundation, Global Entrepreneurs Council and is the author of The Lion Awakes: Adventures in Africa’s Economic Miracle.
Adham Gasser
Adham leads the regional finance and accounting operations for Procter & Gamble across the Arabian Peninsula and Pakistan, including an organization spanning across 5 sites. His current scope manages privately owned companies, as well a publicly traded company.

Prior to his current role, Adham worked in a broad spectrum of regional and global assignments, ranging from Financial Analysis, Corporate Accounting, Strategic Cost Management, Financial Planning, Sales Finance, Business Development, Private Equity, Alliance Management, and Mergers and Acquisitions. He has diverse global experience from managing in the Arabian Peninsula, Pakistan, Western Europe, and the United States.

Adham joined P&G in 1995 as House Hold Business Unit Financial Analyst in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In 1999, he moved to Saudi’s Eastern Province as Dammam and Yemen Plant Finance and Accounting Manager where he lead the SAP implementation.

Two years later, Adham moved to Switzerland as P&G Pharmaceuticals Western Europe Finance Manger and New Business Development Manager. Adham also managed P&G Pharmaceuticals Acquisitions, Divestitures, and Licensing Operations.

Adham moved back to the Arabian Peninsula in 2003 as the Associate Director for Financial Analysis, Profit Forecasting, and Sales Finance, managing, among other roles, the integration of Wella and Gillette Acquisitions.

In 2007, Adham moved to the United States as Procter and Gamble’s Acquisitions and Divestitures Associate Director. Adham lead several Acquisition, Divestiture, and Joint Venture deals.

Adham graduated from the American University in Cairo, Egypt in 1995 and holds an MBA and BA in Business Administration. He is a certified trainer for several courses including Steven Covey’s 7 Habits. He holds a CMA certification from Institute of Managerial Accountants in NJ. Adham lives in Dubai with his family.
Metin Mitchell
Metin Mitchell is the Founder and Managing Partner of Metin Mitchell & Company, a UAE-based executive search and HR management advisory firm established in 2011.

Previously, Metin spent 19 years with US executive search firm Korn/Ferry International, where he held several positions including Managing Vice President of the European E-Business Practice, Managing Director for France and Managing Director for the MENA region.

Backed with 25 years’ experience, Metin has a passion for the recruitment of Board Members, Chief Executives and leadership teams that transform businesses and organisations across the Middle East. He has been closely associated with the MENA region since 1995 and his client portfolio comprises some of the region’s leading financial institutions, family businesses and conglomerates.

While his company caters for the greater MENA region, Metin has a special interest and focus on nationalization initiatives in the GCC and is a strong advocate of women in leadership. The firm recruits locally and internationally, serving clients in the Middle East and North Africa and in other developing markets with young and aspirational populations. There is a particular focus on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, recruiting skills to achieve Vision 2030 and helping to achieve Feminization goals for the country.

Educated at the London School of Economics, Metin took an executive coaching course at Columbia University in the City of New York and is currently completing a Master’s degree in creative writing at the University of Lancaster.
Jignesh Sanghvi
With over 17 years of industry experience across the APA and EMEA regions, today, Jignesh is responsible for financial strategy at DMCC, with a core objective to cement DMCC’s position as the global hub for commodities trade and enterprise.

His passion for strategic planning, strong financial leadership combined with maintaining the highest level of corporate governance are key drivers to Jignesh’s career advancement which also led to his CFO of the Year 2015 and 2016 - Government Sector Award.

Jignesh is a firm believer in continuous reinvention to stay ahead of the curve, and has been instrumental in DMCC’s growth and innovation story – from successfully navigating through choppy waters during the global recession – to more recently digitalising the business to ensure DMCC’s employees and customers can operate as efficiently as possible.

Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Gujarat University, Jignesh is a registered chartered accountant in India, United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. He also received his postgraduate diploma in business administration with a specialisation in finance from Symbiosis, India.

He is a board member of the Dubai Gold & Commodity Exchange (DGCX), region fastest growing derivatives exchange and Concordia DMCC, integrated Facilities management company.

Jignesh also serves as a member on the ACCA Member Advisory Committee and MECA CFO Steering Committee.
Dr. Bernd van Linder
Dr. Bernd van Linder is an international banker with 20 years of hands-on experience. He built his career at ABN AMRO Bank Netherlands before moving to the GCC region where he was a General Manager Treasury of Saudi Hollandi Bank in Saudi Arabia before becoming CEO of the same bank in 2009. He was also the Chairman of the Saudi Banks CEO Committee in 2015.

Dr. Bernd van Linder holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Utrecht, Netherlands and graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree in Financial Management from University of Bradford, United Kingdom in 2001.

Joined CBD in January 2017.
Dr. Martin Spraggon
Martin Spraggon, PhD (HEC Montreal, Canada), is a Professor of Strategic Management at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates and was the former Director of Executive Education at the School of Business Administration. He lectures on a variety of topics in strategic management, international marketing, and innovation management and is actively involved in executive education and professional development programs. Dr. Spraggon has extensive international experience, having conducted many consulting projects and delivered customized executive programs for North American, Western European, Latin American, and Middle Eastern organizations and educational institutions. His research, which concentrates on emerging economies, executive compensation, behavioral governance, merger and acquisition transactions, knowledge dynamics in innovative firms, and healthcare management, has been published in scholarly journals such as Strategic Management Journal, the Academy of Management Annals, Strategic Organization, Journal of Business Research, Health Expectations, Public Health, Business Ethics: A European Review, Journal of Business Ethics, and Journal of Managerial Psychology. His most recent book, titled Mergers and Acquisitions and Executive Compensation, was published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group) in 2015. Spraggon received the 2013 Rupert Chisholm Best Theory-to-Practice Paper Award of the Academy of Management Organizational Development and Change Division. He regularly presents the results of his scientific research, serves as a chair and discussant of business and management sessions, and assumes responsibilities as Regional Editor for the MENA region and Guest Editor for Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies and acts as member of international program committees at academic conferences around the world. Spraggon was awarded a competitive grant from the UAE National Research Foundation, which has significantly expanded his research agenda on governance configurations in companies operating in the Middle East. He has recently coauthored a book titled “Managing organizations in the United Arab Emirates: Dynamics characteristics and key economic developments” with Palgrave that allows to uncover and assess the opportunities and challenges of managing local small firms, family businesses, and entrepreneurial ventures.
David JH Jones
David JH Jones has spent 30 years working in the EPM (Enterprise Performance Management) space, including 15 years of working closely with MDS ap in the Middle East. He is a Chartered Accountant and Finance & Accounting Graduate and has particular expertise in Enterprise Performance Management (Financial reporting and fast close, integrated planning and forecasting and EPM transformation).

He has worked with multiple iconic clients across the Middle East, UK and Europe. Current clients in the Middle East include large family holding companies in the UAE and KSA and a large KSA Financial Institution. He has worked across many industry sectors, including automotive, pharmaceutical, natural resources, retail, manufacturing, consumer goods and financial services.

As Chairman of EPM International he leads its EPM research activities, including the Annual EPMi Close Cycle Rankings and EPM Assessment and Benchmark Service.
Oreabetse Matlhare
Oreabetse is Founding Partner of The Scalable CFO and has over the last 10 years, audited, supported and played an active role in building and transforming finance departments, having led the local entity post-merger integration following the largest merger in the history of Global Mining & Commodities Industries. Before founding the Scalable CFO, she held senior Finance roles in the Luxury Consumer Goods Industry and Commodity Goods Trading in MEA. In addition to that she was an Auditor at KPMG South Africa where she specialized in Communication, Consumer Goods, and Information and Technology sectors. In KPMG UAE she worked as a Forensic Investigator mainly in the Private Equity sector. As a qualified Chartered Accountant her expertise lie in Finance Management, Risk Management, Performance Management and Operations Optimization.
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.
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.
Jonathan Woods
Jonathan Wood is a Territory Sales Manager at Excel4apps, managing the Middle-East and Africa region's SAP ERP Solution. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2012 after completing his articles at Deloitte in Johannesburg, South Africa. Jonathan has gained diverse industry experience over the African continent during the last 4 years in the fields of financial management and analysis as well as business application sales and account management.
Linda Luu
Founding Partner of The Scalable CFO with her Partners, and prior to that served as the Vice President of Finance and a Board of Director at Lockton (MENA) Limited and was Head of the Finance function for Lockton Insurance Brokers LLC from their incorporations until July 2015. With15 years plus experiences in the regulated financial services environment, and is a specialist in insurance accounting and operations with strong focuses on strategies and growth. Outside of her Professional life, Linda is an active member of the Dubai Business Women Council, a platform that supports and enriches female empowerment in the UAE.
Dawn Metcalfe
Dawn Metcalfe is an executive coach, facilitator, trainer and leadership advisor. She is also the author of Managing the Matrix (published in both English and Arabic) and Hard Talk™. Dawn is the founder of Dubai based PDSi, which helps individuals and teams get even better at what they do, and has worked with business leaders around the world to change the way they see the world, their behaviour and their impact on others.

Her insights and straight-talking approach has kept her constantly in demand from large multinationals and government entities, across the Middle East, over the last 10 years. Dawn’s latest project, HardTalk, is an innovative programme designed to help people get better at having the difficult conversations needed for success.

Dawn writes and speaks regularly in various media both in the UAE and internationally. And can’t be stopped from tweeting.
Christopher Fernandez
Chris Fernandez is the founder and CEO of Block Gemini, the Middle East’s leading provider of enterprise-ready solutions for blockchain, ICOs, IoT, A.I. and decentralized applications.

A seasoned technology entrepreneur, investor and all-round geek, Chris has been active in the blockchain development space since its infancy more than five years ago. With more than 25 years experience in digital media and technology, Chris recognized the power and potential of blockchain and as an early adopter has seen returns of more than 25,000% on his digital currency portfolio.

In late 2016, Chris launched Block Gemini, focusing on blockchain-based enterprise solutions for large scale industries. Leveraging his access to the blockchain community and his understanding of enterprise-level business needs, Chris utilized his relationships with the likes of Sergey Petkevich (Ethereum & Hyperledger expert) and Kanat Tulbassiyev (Hyperledger expert) to assemble an all-star team of blockchain developers.

Block Gemini now boasts an exciting combination of Ethereum & Hyperledger developers, blockchain consultants, crypto researchers, programmers, developers, analysts and designers - all true professionals in their respective field. The team grew from two people and a vision to over 50 full-time staff in Dubai in less than eight months. Offices in Estonia and Gibraltar are also in the pipeline. In line with the blockchain vision of the Dubai Government, Block Gemini hopes to lead the blockchain revolution within the region.

Chris’ journey in IT began at the tender age of eight, at the outset of the internet. Born in Dubai and raised in Toronto, Canada, his father’s work as a computer administrator for the Canadian government exposed Chris to Unix and programming languages that let him experiment with tools like HP Irix and Dbase at an expert level as a child. Chris was one of the offspring of the dotcom boom and he started his first online business at the age of 15, eventually receiving seed funding from a networking pioneer. This gave him the foundation to harness his entrepreneurial instincts at a young age, founding and self-funding what would become several different businesses in the digital media and technology space and contributing to the evolution of the online advertising and web hosting industries. He also has a successful real estate portfolio in Dubai and abroad.
Michael Bonito
Michael Bonito is the Territory Sales Manager for Middle East at Excel4apps, with extensive experience in managing sales cycles for IT software with 7 years’ experience in European and Middle Eastern markets. Motivated and pro-active Michael has detailed understanding of organisational reporting solutions and challenges that Oracle EBS users experience. Michael recently challenged the ‘status quo’ delivering an insightful presentation at MEOUG 2016 where he demonstrated a Real-time Excel-based reporting solution as an alternative to a complex, time-consuming and expensive BI implementation.
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.
Sunita Singh Dalal
Sunita has been recognised by the India Business Law Journal (2017) as a key India lawyer in their yearly report "Global Stars" and in October 2017 was conferred an international accolade of recognition amongst others by the Indian Corporate Counsel Association (ICCA) of “India’s Most Trusted Corporate Lawyers” and featured in their international publication “The Vanguards – India’s most trusted corporate lawyers”.

Sunita has been practicing corporate and commercial law for the past 18 years. Her practice focuses on corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, dispute resolution, IP, private clients and private equity, with a strong focus on healthcare, education, finance, energy, manufacturing 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 active in her pursuit to introduce strategic investors to Africa, South West Asia and the Middle East.

Sunita advises large international family and corporate groups on restructuring and establishing a trading hub in the UAE and GCC and covers all aspects ranging from intellectual property registrations to employment advice.

Over the years she believes that her role has evolved from “being purely a transactional lawyer into that of a strategic trusted advisor to clients, especially when considering long term business decisions.” She has been responsible for forming and participating in many bilateral organisations connected to India, and continually promotes trade and encourages the growth of cross border legal work amongst Indian, UAE, African and European law firms.

Following her return to private practice, in 2014 Sunita was appointed as the Chair of the Indian National Bar Association (“INBA”), United Arab Emirates and Convenor/Co-ordinator for Africa.

In January 2015, Sunita was also nominated as the United Arab Emirates & Africa representative for the Society of Indian Law Firms (“SILF”). In 2015 Sunita was appointed as the regional leader for LABFA (Legal and Businesswomen for Africa).

In 2016 Sunita was selected as a professional mentor by Reach Mentoring (a non-profit mentoring program focusing on female professionals in the UAE and GCC).

In September 2016 Sunita independently embarked upon a legal education initiative with the Pune Symbiosis Law School and established the 1st phase of an internship programme for their law students enabling the SLS graduates to gain invaluable practical work experience.

Sunita is regularly called upon to speak at legal and business forums and conferences in the UAE, GCC, Europe and India.
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.
A highly capable and talented individual who has contributed significantly to a number of high profile and successful multinational corporations. Joined ALFA International Company Ltd. in September 2014, to become an integral part of Alfa’s growth and restructuring team. Previously, Waleed held a number of high profile positions in a number of international destinations including Regional Chief Financial Officer-North Africa (Casablanca), General Manager-Finance (Riyadh) and Chief Financial Officer/Acting CEO (Dubai and Kazakhstan) and has developed experiences working alongside different cultures and groups. Commercial and Management roles within Fawaz Al Hokair Fashion Retail has provided a unique foundation to support his knowledge growth and systemic processes in Saudi Arabia and the region. A graduate from Macquarie University- Sydney with a bachelor of Commerce- Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant “CPA”. Highly successful history of providing leadership, innovative solutions, direction and experiences to the Finance, Fashion, Hospitality and Retail sectors. Waleed had evolved from being a salesman in Zara in 1999 to become the Group Chief Financial Officer of the leading retailer in high-end and luxury fashion in Saudi today. The inside-out knowledge of retail has always been the key success factor driving Waleed’s career.
Naebeel Kazerooni
Nabeel Kazerooni started his career as a process engineer at the BAPCO refinery in Bahrain. He has 19 years of banking experience (both conventional and Shari’a compliant) covering corporate banking, project finance, private equity and Investment Banking. Throughout his career, he has worked on transactions in the GCC and the Emerging Markets, across sectors such as utilities, chemicals, oil & gas, retail etc. Nabeel has Masters of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London and ACCA Diploma in Finance & Accounting.
Anand Venkataraman
Take it, learn from it and enjoy it! I have always aspired to be a Chartered Accountant and did become one at 25! Although I started an early career in India at 22, even before I was qualified professionally, and was almost immediately a fish in the deep sea! That experience taught me everything from accounting to administration and regulatory pressure. I was so glad that I did not pursue a career as an auditor and conduct post mortem!! UAE, my home for almost 12 years now, is where I kick-started my professional career. Having worked in different industries, from IT to a diversified group to Healthcare & beauty and now into Skincare, and also having grown up from junior levels to the management level, I have seen it all, learnt it all and have now started contributing strategically to the organization’s growth and development. I have only taken forward my deep rooted passion and emotion for any company I worked to this endeavor as well. Moreover, in my tenure with Kaya Middle East, I have had a great opportunity to unlearn my core level and test my potential. I started as Head of Finance and now I head the Corporate Affairs and Commercial. In my role over the years, I have anchored the biggest acquisition of this company and anchored 2 low scale acquisitions in addition to spear-heading the legal restructuring to regularize ownership and regulatory compliances. I have also facilitated the organization’s journey in procuring and scaling up technology to its entire chain of 23 clinics with laser machine & other technologies. I have also managed to relocate clinics & find new opportunities in the best of malls in UAE, thereby ensuring future growth for the organization. I only aspire to keep contributing to the organization’s growth, lead a team which sails with me and learning newer things with each passing day. I try my best to dedicate weekends to myself & my family and my annual holidays to my family back home, although I ensure to fulfill my organizational duties even when I’m not at work. Not I that love my company, but I love my work!!!!
Aly Rehan Khan
Aly Rehan Khan is a highly profound and effective corporate trainer in the field of Finance with decades long experience in numerous industries including Oil & Gas, Banking, Construction and Consulting. Currently engaged with top training and consulting companies in Middle East as trainer and consultant and working for development of most precious resource of business organization i.e. their employees. Prior to starting his career as a trainer, Aly has worked at Habtoor Leighton Group and Shell. He bears extensive training experience in the government and private sector in UAE from mid to senior management. In the past years he has trained employees of RTA, DEWA, DP World, Dubai Customs, Emirates Airlines, Shell UAE, Total UAE, Aujan Industries, and many more.
Hasan Metla
Mr. Metla joined Omnix International (“Omnix”) in February 2009 and was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in January 2012 and joined the Omnix Board of Directors in 2013. He is responsible for the financial and operational management of Omnix.

His duties as CFO range from financial management of the company, to overseeing all financial and operational activities, setting strategic direction, determining competitive positioning, managing marketing activities and go-to-market initiatives, new market expansion, hiring of key personnel, analyzing potential acquisitions, devising growth strategies and overseeing financial budgets.

Mr. Metla led the private placement process to sell a significant minority stake of Omnix International to Havenvest Private Equity and Al Rashed Group in 2013 and was responsible for the negotiation and buyback of the minority stakeholders by Omnix International earlier in 2017.

Prior to Omnix, he was a Principal / Case Team Leader in the Corporate Advisory and Private Equity practice at The Parthenon Group in Boston, USA. At Parthenon, Mr. Metla's core expertise was advising companies and private equity firms in various areas such as M&A, Due Diligence and Market Entry Strategy, among others.

Before The Parthenon Group, Mr. Metla was a Principal at Milestone Venture Partners (MVP), an early to growth stage venture fund focusing on technology enhanced business services based in New York. Prior to MVP, Mr. Metla was a part of the founding management team at Adexa that helped to grow the supply chain software company to revenues in excess of US$52 MM in 3 years.

Mr. Metla received his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and holds a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering (with honors) from Carnegie Mellon University.
Megha Merani
Megha Merani is journalist with more than 10 years of newspaper, magazine and web reporting experience in the United Arab Emirates, writing hard news, investigative reports, features and opinion pieces. Her passion for storytelling coupled with a proven instinct for identifying trends and talk-generating issues has resulted in breaking stories and insightful features that have made local, regional and international headlines. She has interviewed a variety of people from politicians, government officials, CEOs and celebrities, to absconding workers, maids, construction workers and those recently bereaved, often in tragic circumstances. She has written on a broad range of topics including business, technology, real estate, construction, motoring, entrepreneurship, education, entertainment and human interest pieces. Her work has been published across Thomson Reuters, Zawya, Bloomberg Middle East, former local daily 7DAYS and Dubai’s World Government Summit website.

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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.

Oracle Cloud is a complete, integrated stack of platform, infrastructure, and application services. With advanced scalability and security, Oracle Cloud enables technical agility across the enterprise, connects people to information for clearer insights, and fosters efficiency through simplified workflows. More than 420,000 customers across 145 countries have harnessed Oracle technology to accelerate their digital transformation.

Oracle Systems
Building #6
Dubai Internet City
Dubai, UAE

T: +97143909000
Our core competence is Corporate Performance Management and Performance Optimization

  • We are trusted CFO advisors and have re-shaped more than 1000 CFO agendas
  • Our clients are large blue-chip corporations in central Europe and the Middle East from various industries as well as public organisations
  • We employ over 750 consultants
  • We have offices in Abu Dhabi, Berlin, Budapest, Bucharest, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Jeddah, Munich, Riyadh, Stuttgart, Vienna, Zurich
  • We provide global delivery competence with our Cordence Worldwide Alliance
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  • Horváth & Partner Middle East GmbH
    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
    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
    Established in 2005 and servicing 30,000 users in over 1000 organisations globally, Excel4apps is a best-in-class provider of Microsoft Excel-based reporting and data-loading software for use with Oracle EBS, SAP ERP and PeopleSoft Financials applications. By empowering business professionals in a range of industries with independent and secure access to real-time ERP data via Microsoft Excel, Excel4apps solutions’ facilitate accurate and timely business decisions.

    Excel4apps products include the award-winning GL Wand for financial reporting, Reports Wand for pan-ERP real-time reporting as well as solutions for the upload of actuals, budget and planning data. Excel4apps has offices in North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia to serve the needs of both local and global multinational companies.

    PO Box 502363, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    T +971 4 5579921
    For 25 years, Right Selection - The Speakers Bureau (RSSB) has transformed lives and added value to the worldwide community by matchmaking educational, engaging and inspiring speakers with corporate clients, conference and seminar organisers globally.

    Connected to an elite group of high-class international, motivational speakers, RSSB identifies and nominates thought leaders and transformational gurus, across hospitality, customer service, sales, marketing, leadership, strategy, team building, communication skills, mind mapping and more. Bringing a special touch of class to each event, RSSB’s well selected list of renowned international speakers, elevates public and private customised events through presence, caliber and futuristic thinking.

    Right Selection- The Speakers Bureau
    1603, The Citadel
    Business Bay, Dubai
    T. +971 4 420 5599
    Headquartered in Dubai Silicon Oasis, with additional offices in Saudi Arabia, WideVision is a fintech company providing expertise and delivering end-to-end financial close and treasury management solutions.

    Partnered with Kyriba® treasury management system, and BlackLine®, financial close management, the experts at Widevision help customers to enhance efficiency and automation in accounting processes, manage their treasury operation with full visibility into cash and liquidity, and execute forecasts, payments, risk management and supply chain finance.

    Widevision’s combined experience spans more than 75 years covering customer requirement and process analysis and turn-key solution deployment with fast ROI, not only in the UAE but also in the GCC, Europe and USA.

    Through its range of solutions, Widevision strives to satisfy and exceed CFO needs and aspirations, taking into account each unique set of circumstances and requirements to enable the delivery of optimum solutions.


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

    T: +971 4 372 4666
    F: +971 4 372 4741
    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.

    The winning combination of our technical skills, rich industry experience and solution domain knowledge has helped many global and regional customers to improve their business performance and achieve their growth goals. Our business is built on long-term relationships and we aim to provide solutions that are flexible enough to allow an organisation to grow. We have an ever-growing list of more than 1,000 enterprise customers in the Middle East.

    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




    Al Hail Holding / Global Development Group
    Office 102, Sons of Jassim Darwish Building
    Khalidia, Abu Dhabi

    T. +971 2 6325400
    F. +971 2 6330403
    Elm is a Saudi joint-stock company owned by the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF). Our company develops creative and modern digital solutions, delivered electronically through various channels, in line with our commitment to accelerate the development of a knowledge-based economy in step with today’s digital world. We deploy integrated electronic services designed to meet the requirements of both the private and government sectors. We can also manage electronic services on behalf of our clients to enable them further to enhance their provided services, either directly or through secure electronic portals.

    Elm ensures that it selects and retains the best team possible. We carefully screen innovative and promising talents capable of coming up with unique ideas and putting them into practice for the benefit of our customers.


    8191 Takhassusi Road, Olaya
    Riyadh 12333 - 3038
    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    T. +966 11 288 7444
    F. +966 11 288 7555
    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
    Founded by Mr. Thumbay Moideen in 1998, Thumbay Group is a diversified international business conglomerate with operations across 20 different verticals including Education, Healthcare, Medical Research, Diagnostics, Retail Pharmacy, Health Communications, Retail Opticals, Wellness, Nutrition Stores, Hospitality, Real Estate, Publishing, Technology, Media, Events, Medical Tourism, Trading and Marketing & Distribution. Headquartered in Dubai, the group presently employs around 5000 people, which will increase to 6,000 with completion of ongoing projects.

    Presently, Thumbay Group is focusing on its strategic long-term plans which will see the group scale its businesses almost ten times and expand its operations globally, in addition to employing 25,000 people by 2022. Accordingly, the Thumbay academic hospital network will have a total of 1,000 beds in the UAE, 1,500 beds in India and 750 beds elsewhere in the Gulf and Africa by 2022, taking the total number of hospitals to 15 worldwide. GMU is soon to become a full-fledged University with Engineering and Management courses in addition to Medicine. Plans are also afoot to open three new University campuses across 3 different countries. By 2022, Thumbay Group also plans to add 25 Thumbay labs, 100 Thumbay pharmacies, 40 Zo & Mo Opticals outlets, 100 Blends & Brews coffee shops, 25 Body & Soul health clubs, 50 Nutri Plus Vita stores, as per its strategic plans.

    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 worker accommodation and unprecedented services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. A complete living environment where you can feel at home with dining, security, medical care and leisure options, the level of communal living that Anan Iskan provides is matched only 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 expectations. One of the pillars we stand for is being a human-centric organisation. Anan Iskan is committed to the wellbeing of workers and providing them with an enhanced lifestyle.

    Our guiding values will reflect on our relationship with you, as we promise transparency in our dealings, quality in everything we offer and efficiency in our services.

    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 name ‘AVIVO’ is derived from the Latin verb “Avivar”, meaning to brighten, cheer up or enliven.

    AVIVO Group is a brand of premium, quality-driven medical practices offering a wide variety of specialised healthcare services.

    The Group was established in February 2011 with a vision to become one of the most trusted and leading healthcare providers in the MENA region, by delivering the highest quality healthcare services.

    Today, AVIVO is one of the fastest growing healthcare service provider, offering quality healthcare services through its 47 medical facilities that include two highly reputed Hospitals, 29 specialised / medical clinics including 10 high-end dental centres attached with sophisticated dental labs, six Pharmacies, six distribution centres, two training centres and two state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities.

    Over the past few years, AVIVO has been focusing on building a strong healthcare platform and growth through acquisitions is an important element of AVIVO’s corporate strategy.

    The Group is based on the strong foundation of over 220 qualified doctors, each being an expert in their respective fields, and over 1,200 compassionate employees serving over a million patients a year.

    Avivo Group
    15th Floor, Musalla Tower
    Office 1503
    Bur Dubai

    T: +971 4 370 5080
    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.

    Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. We believe that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development. We aim to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of consistent global standards. Our values are aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and we ensure that, through our qualifications, we prepare accountants for business. We work to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers to entry, ensuring that our qualifications and their delivery meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers.

    We support our 188,000 members and 480,000 students in 178 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. We work through a network of 100 offices and centres and more than 7,400 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through our public interest remit, we promote appropriate regulation of accounting and conduct relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.
    Inc. Arabia, the magazine for growing companies in the Middle East and North Africa, delivers information and advice for region's ever-increasing band of innovative business builders. Covering virtually every business and management task, including marketing, sales, finding capital and managing people, Inc. Arabia helps the region's business owners and CEOs start, run and grow their businesses.
    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.
    Unrivaled intelligence on Arab Affairs

    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.
    Connecting regional business, finance and economics

    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:

    • Email campaign
    • Banner advertising
    • Social Media Campaign
    • SMS Campaign
    • Events $ Training Marketing
    • Public Relations Services
    • Web Design & Development Services
    • Advertising, Media, Graphic Design

    Contact Eye of Riyadh:
    Tel: +966 11 2288587
    Khaleej Times is the trusted source to report and present content in the most insightful, powerful and engaging way possible. For over 39 years readers have relied on us to provide clarity and context in a complicated, confusing world.   Khaleej Times offers readers the perspective they need, as we believe that knowledge, information and insight are the keys to engaging the audience. This translates into an extraordinarily powerful relationship with our readers. Be it print, digital or social we fulfill this promise with unparalleled news, comment and opinion delivered by award-winning journalists.   Bringing our readers the latest news from the region and beyond, Khaleej Times is a MUST read. It covers everything: politics, business, science, technology, sports, entertainment, and much more.   Khaleej Times has an average issue readership of 1.03 million and reaches to over 4.5 million unique browsers every month through We strive to find new and innovative ways to connect with our audience.   Our readership is loyal, influential and upwardly mobile. Reader relationship has always been important us and has been nurtured with the popular newspaper subscription schemes.   It is only by truly understanding our readers can we build closer, longer term relationship with them.
    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.

    Qualified trainers from all corners of the globe have a wealth of experience in their respective fields and a proven track record of successfully helping clients take their careers to the next level.

    Naseba professional training
    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.

    Audience alive has now expanded its offices from UAE to New Zealand and Ireland it offers professional state of the art presentation creation, audience participation systems and mobile event apps. If you have a crowd of 5 or 5000, one or multiple events and need to engage attendees, talk to us. We have implemented technology at thousands of live events and believe in bringing your audience alive with more engaging presentations and other audience engagement tools.

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    To learn more about our offering please visit

    Audience Alive Techno Point - G21, Building Dubai, UAE

    T +971 4 326 8535


    Get recognised for excellence in finance at the MENA CFO Awards

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      award categories

      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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