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
David JH Jones

David JH Jones

Chairman, EPM International, Member of Advisory Services, MDSap David JH Jones View Profile
Patrick Braunschweig

Patrick Braunschweig

Senior Project Manager, Horváth & Partners Patrick Braunschweig 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).
Paul Louis Gay
Paul Gay was appointed Almarai CFO in September 2011. In his capacity, he is overseeing all financial and system matters and in particular, he is in charge of the Investor Relations function. Most of his focus remains on steering the strategy, in that respect, he is actively participating into the international JV’s and business development initiatives.

He holds an executive MBA from ESCP Europe (1980), a French Public Accountant Certificate with Tax specialization (1982), INSEAD Corporate Finance Diploma (2003) and IoD Diploma in Company Direction (2016).

Prior to joining Almarai, he was the CFO of Firmenich, the global leading Fragrances & Flavors house. Before that, he held senior finance management positions at Givaudan, Roche, Computerland Europe, National SemiConductor and IBM in China, Japan, the UK, Luxembourg and the USA.
Dr. Peter Middlebrook
Dr. Peter J. Middlebrook is a leading international geo-strategist and emerging market expert, specialising in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia. He has travelled to more than 100 countries and worked in over 40, as a senior staff of the UK Government, World Bank and EU and as an advisor to numerous Presidents and Prime Ministers, sovereign and corporate entities.

Based in the UAE since 2009, Dr. Middlebrook advises Governments and Corporations on future market development and political risk. An economic growth economist, he is a regular advisor to the World Bank, United Nations, US Government, EU, Her Majesty’s Government, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and African and Asian Development Banks, while also working with the Gulf States on critical regional issues. He has directed more than 200 significant projects, as Team Leader of the economic work on the proposed the Arab Stabilization Plan (ASP), as Director of the largest (US$28 billion) post-conflict needs assessment ever conducted, as the lead economist on the US Government New Silk Road in Central Asia and more recently as supporting The Hague Institute Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance; aimed at restructuring the global institutional order. He recently co-initiated and led the recent Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Central Asia attended by Heads of State. Foreign Ministers and Ministers of Trade.

As the CEO of Geopolicity Inc., a global advisory and consulting firm providing strategic consulting services across 29 countries, he maintains a vast Government, diplomatic and international community network. Geopolicity has successfully implemented investment and reform projects for all major multilateral organisations across most of the world’s emerging markets. As advisor to numerous Heads of State, he provides considerable strategic foresight on investment potential and opportunity. A keen observer of international markets and developments, his predictive insights have become valued by governments and corporations worldwide.

Dr. Middlebrook has a First Class Honors Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Northumbria and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Economics from the Center for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (CMEIS) at the University of Durham. His work has been covered by BBC, CNN, Time Magazine, the Financial Times and numerous other media outlets. He serves on the Board of Directors of a number of companies, as an Advisor to Stop Ivory, and is a member of the UAE Capital Club.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.

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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.


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Sheikh Zayed Road
P.O. Box 9267,
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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
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

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  • Our clients are large blue-chip corporations in central Europe and the Middle East from various industries as well as public organisations
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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
    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
    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
    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




    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.

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    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
    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.

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    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

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    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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