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The Role of the Private Sector in the Future of the Kuwaiti Economy



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With oil no longer the reliable resource it was, Kuwait is increasingly looking to the private sector to diversify and boost its economy across a range of sectors. By bringing together senior public officials and top local and foreign business leaders at this event, The Business Year hopes to inspire a dialog that will bring new momentum to Kuwait's vision. Hosting this event in London is simply the best way to showcase the country's ambition to the entire global investor community.


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Ayşe Hazır Valentin
Ayşe Hazır Valentin
CEO
The Business Year

Ayşe Hazır Valentin is CEO and co-founder at The Business Year, a global media group specializing in economic news, research on national economies, and business intelligence. Since taking the helm as the company's global CEO, she has overseen a major geographical expansion into many new markets across the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America and she is currently orchestrating the company's digital transformation. Before joining TBY, Ayşe worked as Europe, Middle East and Asia Regional Director at Emerging Market Series, a London- and Istanbul-based publishing house, from 2004 to 2009. Prior to that she was Project Director for Eastern Europe, where she coordinated research on countries targeting EU accession. At the start of her career, she also gathered extensive experience as a sectorial business intelligence project director in various geographies, from Oman to the Russian Federation and Indonesia, covering industries such as oil and gas, power, and chemical manufacturing. Ayşe holds a BA in chemistry from Istanbul Boğaziçi University and lives in London. She is a mother of two, a qualified yoga teacher, and an avid sailor.

Nayef F. Al-Hajraf
H.E. Dr. Nayef F. Al-Hajraf
Kuwait Minister of Finance

Minister Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf was sworn in as Kuwait's nineteenth Minister of Finance on December 12, 2017, with more than 15 years of experience in public and private sector management, education, and financial consulting. Prior to his appointment, Al-Hajraf served as the country's chief regulator of marketable securities in his capacity as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners and Managing Director of the Kuwait Capital Markets Authority (CMA) from 2014 to 2017. He has previously served as Kuwait Minister of Finance for a brief period in 2012, and Kuwait Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education from 2012 to 2014. He was also member of the First Board of Commissioners of the Capital Markets Authority in 2010, and a member of the Supreme Petroleum Council. Al-Hajraf holds a PhD in accounting and finance from the University of Hull, UK.

Meshaal Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah
Sheikh Dr. Meshaal Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah
Director General
Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA)

Sheikh Dr. Meshaal Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah is currently Director-General of KDIPA. He also chairs the Permanent Committee for Streamlining Business Environment & Enhancing Competitiveness in the State of Kuwait. Sheikh Dr. Meshaal served as Deputy Chairman for National Offset Company (NOC), previously chaired the inter-Ministerial Steering Group for insolvency and creditor/debtor regime, and was a member of the board of directors for the Central Bank of Kuwait. Prior to that, he was Chief of the Kuwait Foreign Investment Bureau Division under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry. He holds a PhD in HR and marketing management from the University of Portsmouth (UK), an MBA from Maastricht School of Management, and a BA in political science and public administration from Kuwait University.

Roger Gifford
Sir Roger Gifford
City of London Corporation and Chair of Green Finance Institute

Sir Roger Gifford is a Senior Banker at SEB in London. He read Chemistry at Oxford University and began his career in the financial sector at S.G. Warburg & Co, joining SEB in 1982. Prior to his appointment as UK Country Head (2000-2016), Roger headed the bank's operations in Japan for six years. He has worked in and around the primary debt and equity capital markets most of his career. He is Vice Chairman and past Chair of the Association of Foreign Banks (AFB) in London and Chair of the Advisory Board of the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange (IBDE). He is Chair of the London Green Finance Initiative and chaired the UK Government's Green Finance Taskforce last year. He was Lord Mayor of London in 2013.

Waleed Alsharian
Waleed Alsharian
CEO
Mabanee Company (K.P.S.C)

Waleed Alsharian holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from North Carolina Agriculture & Technical State University. Alsharian was appointed CEO of Mabanee Company in 2006. He has over 31 years of real estate development, operation, manufacturing, project planning, property management, investment, maintenance, sales, and marketing. He is a board member of the Kuwait Metro Rapid Transport Company and a member of the Kuwait Society of Engineers.

Osama J. Bukhamseen
Osama J. Bukhamseen
Executive Manager
Bukhamseen Group Holding Company

The Executive Manager of Bukhamseen Group Holding Co., Osama J. Bukhamseen is also Chairman of Tanmiya Realty Development Co., Osama Bukhamseen Design. He is also a member of the board of the Real Estate Association of Kuwait, Al-Arabiya Real Estate Co., Ritaj Takaful Insurance Co., Creditone Holding Co., and Kuwait University – College of Engineering and Petroleum.

David Walker
David Walker
Head of Public Sector EMEA
Citi

David Walker is head of Citi's public sector banking group for Europe, Middle East, and Africa. He commenced this role in January 2015. The business serves governments, central banks, agencies, and multilateral organisations across the region, with teams in over 50 countries. Walker joined Citi in 1990, and his previous roles include UK Head of Corporate Banking (2011-2014), Head of Banking for Switzerland (2008-2010), Financial Institutions Group (2004-2008), and Industrials Group (2000-2004). Prior to this he had roles in capital markets, derivatives, and transaction services. He is a senior credit officer at Citibank and is a Trustee Director of Citibank's UK pension schemes. David holds a degree in economics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and was a Robert T. Jones scholar at Emory University in Atlanta, US.

Sylvain Broyer
Moderator: Sylvain Broyer
Chief EMEA Economist
S&P Global Ratings

Sylvain joined S&P Global Ratings in September 2018 as Chief EMEA Economist, based in Frankfurt.

Before that, Sylvain was Head of Economics at the French investment bank Natixis and a member of the General Management of its German Branch.

Sylvain has been a member of the “ECB shadow Council", a panel of leading European economists formed by German economic daily Handelsblatt since November 2012, and is a member of different public sector advisory groups (European Investment Bank, European Security Markets Authority, French Markets regulation authority).

Sylvain holds doctorate degrees in Economics from the Universities of Frankfurt and of Lyon as well as a certification from the International Securities Market Association (ISMA). He teaches at the Paris Dauphine University for the Master in Banking & Finance.

Vomic Shah
Vomic Shah
Head of Origination
UK Export Finance (UKEF)

Vomic Shah is Head of Business Origination at UK Export Finance. Before moving to UK
Export Finance, Vomic held various leadership positions in corporate and investment
banking, most recently with the French multi-national bank Societe Generale. At Societe
Generale, Vomic headed the mining and natural resources sector for the bank and covered
a number of growth markets, including Central Asia. Prior to that, Vomic worked at leading
international banks including Citigroup, Standard Bank, and HSBC. Vomic has originated
and executed cross-border transactions globally and has worked closely with both the
private sector and state authorities. He has had a particular focus on emerging markets,
providing both strategic advice as well as delivering structured financing solutions for
projects across the CIS region, Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe.


Mazin Saad Al Nahedh
Mazin Saad Al Nahedh
Group CEO
Kuwait Financial House (KFH)

Mazin Saad Al Nahedh received his bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in finance from California State University. He has also completed numerous specialized executive programs, including the General Management Program (GMP) at Harvard Business School. Alnahedh has been the Group CEO at Kuwait Finance House since 2014. In addition, he is Chairman of KFH Capital Investment Company and Board Member of Kuveyt Turk Participation Bank. Alnahedh possesses a vast banking experience, spanning more than 25 years.

Ahmad Duaij Al-Sabah
Sheikh Ahmad Duaij Al-Sabah
Chairman
Commercial Bank of Kuwait (CBK)

Sheikh Ahmad Duaij Al-Sabah has been Chairman of CBK since 2018. Prior to this, he was Vice Chairman of the bank from 2015-2018 and Board Member from 2012-2015. He is also the Chairman of Al Tijari Financial Brokerage Company and board member of Kuwait Clearing Company and Institute of Banking Studies and was recently nominated Deputy Chairman of the Kuwait Banking Association. He was previously with Al Tijari Investment Company (CBK Capital), the Commercial Bank of Kuwait, and Kuwait Petroleum Corporation. He acquired an MBA from Maastricht School of Management after obtaining his bachelor's degree in science with a major in finance from Bentley College in the US.

Faisal Mansour Sarkhou
Faisal Mansour Sarkhou
CEO
KAMCO

Faisal Mansour Sarkhou joined KAMCO's team in 2000 and was last promoted as CEO in 2014 after heading the corporate finance department from 2006-2010 and the financial services and investment division since 2010. Sarkhou is also Chairman of Global Investment House. He has extensive experience of over 19 years in investment banking, asset management, financial products, as well as financial services. He commenced his career in the late 1990s with KPMG Corporate Finance in Kuwait. He is an economics graduate with honors from the University of Birmingham, UK, and holds an EMBA with distinction from HEC Paris.

Adel Abdul Wahab Al-Majed
Adel Abdul Wahab Al-Majed
Chairman
Kuwait Banking Association (KBA)

Adel Abdul Wahab Al-Majed has been at the helm of Boubyan Bank as Vice Chairman and CEO since 2009, achieving remarkable success in the Islamic banking industry. He first joined NBK in 1985 and saw his career progress from Executive Manager to AGM, DGM of Consumer Banking, GM of Consumer Banking Group, and Deputy CEO, before taking the leadership position at Boubyan Bank. He graduated from the University of Alexandria with a bachelor's degree in accounting and attended various management training programs at prestigious universities including Harvard, Wharton, and Stanford.

Roger Winfield
Roger Winfield
CEO
HSBC Bank Middle East Ltd. - Kuwait

Roger Winfield is the CEO for HSBC in Kuwait. Roger's career in banking stretches back more than 40 years and began with Lloyds Banking Group in the City of London. For the past 34 years, he has worked overseas in a number of Asian countries, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore, as well as Mauritius, Switzerland, and the UAE with Lloyds, Deutsche Bank, and, for the last 13 years, HSBC. After an eight-year spell in Dubai with HSBC, he was promoted to CEO of the bank's operations in Kuwait in 2015. HSBC is the only British bank operating in the country and is the largest of the foreign banks operating there.

Han Le
Moderator: Han Le
Regional Director
The Business Year

Han Le is the The Business Year's Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to his current position, he was the lead field editor for TBY's coverage of countries such as Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania and Turkey. Before joining TBY, Han spent several years in the Middle East and North Africa with a variety of local and international media outlets. He is a native of Portland, Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon.

Baroness Morris of Bolton
Baroness Morris of Bolton
Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Jordan, Kuwait and the Palestinian Territories

Baroness (Trish) Morris of Bolton is a Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chairman of Committees in the House of Lords. She has held a number of shadow ministerial roles, including Education & Skills, Children, Schools & Families, and Women. Prior to entering the Lords in 2004, she worked in stockbroking and fundraising, was Deputy Chairman of the Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust, and from 2001-2005 was Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party with responsibility for candidates. Trish served as Chairman of the Conservative Middle East Council from 2010 to 2015 and is Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Qatar and Vice-Chairman of the Britain Palestine Group. A former trustee of UNICEF UK, Trish is President of Medical Aid for Palestinians, President of the World Travel Market Advisory Council, and sits on the Advisory Board of TES Global, which publishes TES and the Times Higher. Trish was the first Chancellor of the University of Bolton and is now Chancellor Emeritus and chairs their Centre for Islamic Finance. Baroness Morris was appointed Trade Envoy to Kuwait, Jordan & Palestinian Territories by the Prime Minister in 2012.

Waleed Al Khashti
Waleed Al Khashti
Chief Corporate Communications and Relations Officer
Zain Kuwait

Waleed Al Khashti currently holds the position of Chief Corporate Communications and Relations Officer at Zain Kuwait, where he has been responsible for the company's external, internal, and media relations, as well as the company's CSSR and sustainability strategies since 2009. He graduated from Kuwait University in 2000, majoring in economics with a minor in political science, before receiving his master's in project management from George Washington University. He has had over 20 years of experience in the telecom sector with Zain.

Anwaar AlMahmeed
Anwaar AlMahmeed
Co-Founder
East Chain Co.

Anwaar AlMahmeed is the co-founder of the East Chain Co. Before founding the East Chain Co., she was product development manager at Boursa Kuwait during its initial privatization phase. She started her career in the Kuwait Investment Authority's training program in 2011, in which she interned at State Street's Financial Securities department and later joined the Hedge Fund Department at the KIA.

Fahad AlSharekh
Fahad AlSharekh
Founder & General Partner
TechInvest Corporation

Fahad AlSharekh, the Founder & General Partner of TechInvest Corporation, has over 21 years' experience in global business development, with expertise and specialization in the IT and VC field. He was formerly CEO of Sakhr Software, where he received three US patents from US PTO office for Sakhr's proprietary technologies. He also played key role in founding the first Saudi Arabia ISP AWalNet and developed the first multilingual speech-to-speech app, Language Buddy. He sits on the advisory board of the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) in the UAE and is a consultant at the Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority. He serves as a director on the board of CODED, the first coding academy in the GCC.

Athbi AlEnezi,
Athbi AlEnezi,
Co-founder & Managing Partner
Just Clean

Prior to establishing Just Clean, Athbi Alenezi worked in the banking sector, where he gained invaluable knowledge in the field of human resources. Born and raised in Kuwait until moving to the United Kingdom in his late teens, upon completion his education, Athbi embarked upon a career in the hospitality industry, which offered him significant experience in consumer behavior. Upon return to Kuwait and whilst still in the banking sector, he and his brother Nouri Al Enezi, inspired by the fast-moving e-commerce industry in the region, decided to set up the first laundry marketplace application. After seeing an opportunity to merge traditional cleaning methods with new technological advancements, together they launched Masbagti in April of 2016. In February 2017, they partnered with Faith Capital and successfully re-launched as Just Clean.

Abdullah Al Mutawa
Abdullah Al Mutawa
Chairman
Carriage

Abdullah Al Mutawa graduated with a civil engineering degree from the US and worked at Schlumberger before opening up his own restaurant in Kuwait City called the Stack, which led him to later found Carriage, the first service of its kind in Kuwait to combine online food ordering and delivery in one platform.

Henadi Al-Saleh
Henadi Al-Saleh
Chairperson
Agility

Henadi Al-Saleh is the Chairperson of Agility's Board of Directors and has been designated as one the most powerful businesswomen in the Middle East by Forbes Magazine. Al-Saleh oversees the company's corporate governance program while safeguarding the interests of investors and stakeholders. She also leads the company's technology ventures team, partnering with start-ups and entrepreneurs that are reshaping the supply chain. Before joining Agility, Al-Saleh was the head of debt/equity capital markets at NBK Capital in Kuwait. Al-Saleh earned a bachelor of economics from Tufts University. She sits on the board of the Gulf Warehousing Company in Qatar.

Philip Kotsis
Philip Kotsis
Partner & Co-head of Office-Kuwait
Al Tamimi & Co.

A partner and co-head at the Al Tamimi & Company Kuwait office, Philip Kotsis is also head of the Corporate Commercial department in Kuwait. Prior to joining Al Tamimi in 2009, he was a senior legal consultant with DLA Piper, where he focused primarily on the corporate, commercial, banking, and finance sectors. He is a US-qualified attorney with a broad range of experience in local and transnational commercial and corporate transactions, corporate establishments, mergers and acquisitions, corporate/joint venture organization, and banking and finance, and has substantial experience in the commercial and finance aspects of Kuwait PPP projects.

Paul Loomis
Paul Loomis
Regional Director
The Business Year

Paul Loomis is Regional Director of the Middle East and Africa for The Business Year. He has worked with TBY to document emerging markets across the world since 2014, and previously directed publications on over half a dozen countries. He oversees content and operations for the Gulf, Turkey, and West Africa today.

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Monday, June 17

Morning

09:00 AM TO
09:05 AM

Introduction

Paul Loomis
Paul Loomis
Regional Director, The Business Year
Paul Loomis
Paul Loomis
Regional Director
The Business Year

Paul Loomis is Regional Director of the Middle East and Africa for The Business Year. He has worked with TBY to document emerging markets across the world since 2014, and previously directed publications on over half a dozen countries. He oversees content and operations for the Gulf, Turkey, and West Africa today.

09:05 AM TO
09:10 AM

Welcome address

Ayşe Hazır Valentin
Ayşe Hazır Valentin
CEO, The Business Year
Ayşe Hazır Valentin
Ayşe Hazır Valentin
CEO
The Business Year

Ayşe Hazır Valentin is CEO and co-founder at The Business Year, a global media group specializing in economic news, research on national economies, and business intelligence. Since taking the helm as the company's global CEO, she has overseen a major geographical expansion into many new markets across the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America and she is currently orchestrating the company's digital transformation. Before joining TBY, Ayşe worked as Europe, Middle East and Asia Regional Director at Emerging Market Series, a London- and Istanbul-based publishing house, from 2004 to 2009. Prior to that she was Project Director for Eastern Europe, where she coordinated research on countries targeting EU accession. At the start of her career, she also gathered extensive experience as a sectorial business intelligence project director in various geographies, from Oman to the Russian Federation and Indonesia, covering industries such as oil and gas, power, and chemical manufacturing. Ayşe holds a BA in chemistry from Istanbul Boğaziçi University and lives in London. She is a mother of two, a qualified yoga teacher, and an avid sailor.

09:10 AM TO
09:15 AM

Welcome note

Nayef F. Al-Hajraf
H.E. Dr. Nayef F. Al-Hajraf
Kuwait Minister of Finance,
Nayef F. Al-Hajraf
Nayef F. Al-Hajraf
Kuwait Minister of Finance

Minister Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf was sworn in as Kuwait's nineteenth Minister of Finance on December 12, 2017, with more than 15 years of experience in public and private sector management, education, and financial consulting. Prior to his appointment, Al-Hajraf served as the country's chief regulator of marketable securities in his capacity as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners and Managing Director of the Kuwait Capital Markets Authority (CMA) from 2014 to 2017. He has previously served as Kuwait Minister of Finance for a brief period in 2012, and Kuwait Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education from 2012 to 2014. He was also member of the First Board of Commissioners of the Capital Markets Authority in 2010, and a member of the Supreme Petroleum Council. Al-Hajraf holds a PhD in accounting and finance from the University of Hull, UK.

09:15 AM TO
09:30 AM

Opening keynote address

Meshaal Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah
Sheikh Dr. Meshaal Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah
Director General, Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA)
Meshaal Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah
Meshaal Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah
Director General
Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA)

Sheikh Dr. Meshaal Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah is currently Director-General of KDIPA. He also chairs the Permanent Committee for Streamlining Business Environment & Enhancing Competitiveness in the State of Kuwait. Sheikh Dr. Meshaal served as Deputy Chairman for National Offset Company (NOC), previously chaired the inter-Ministerial Steering Group for insolvency and creditor/debtor regime, and was a member of the board of directors for the Central Bank of Kuwait. Prior to that, he was Chief of the Kuwait Foreign Investment Bureau Division under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry. He holds a PhD in HR and marketing management from the University of Portsmouth (UK), an MBA from Maastricht School of Management, and a BA in political science and public administration from Kuwait University.

09:30 AM TO
09:40 AM

Guest Speaker

Roger Gifford
Sir Roger Gifford
, City of London Corporation and Chair of Green Finance Institute
Roger Gifford
Roger Gifford
City of London Corporation and Chair of Green Finance Institute

Sir Roger Gifford is a Senior Banker at SEB in London. He read Chemistry at Oxford University and began his career in the financial sector at S.G. Warburg & Co, joining SEB in 1982. Prior to his appointment as UK Country Head (2000-2016), Roger headed the bank's operations in Japan for six years. He has worked in and around the primary debt and equity capital markets most of his career. He is Vice Chairman and past Chair of the Association of Foreign Banks (AFB) in London and Chair of the Advisory Board of the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange (IBDE). He is Chair of the London Green Finance Initiative and chaired the UK Government's Green Finance Taskforce last year. He was Lord Mayor of London in 2013.

09:40 AM TO
09:45 AM

Presentation

Sylvain Broyer
Moderator: Sylvain Broyer
Chief EMEA Economist, S&P Global Ratings
Sylvain Broyer
Sylvain Broyer
Chief EMEA Economist
S&P Global Ratings

Sylvain joined S&P Global Ratings in September 2018 as Chief EMEA Economist, based in Frankfurt.

Before that, Sylvain was Head of Economics at the French investment bank Natixis and a member of the General Management of its German Branch.

Sylvain has been a member of the “ECB shadow Council", a panel of leading European economists formed by German economic daily Handelsblatt since November 2012, and is a member of different public sector advisory groups (European Investment Bank, European Security Markets Authority, French Markets regulation authority).

Sylvain holds doctorate degrees in Economics from the Universities of Frankfurt and of Lyon as well as a certification from the International Securities Market Association (ISMA). He teaches at the Paris Dauphine University for the Master in Banking & Finance.

09:45 AM TO
10:30 AM

Panel: The increased diversification of the Kuwaiti economy as a fuel for the future

Though a significant portion of its government revenues comes from oil, Kuwait is keen to look into other strategic sectors and encourage greater private sector participation. The nation has identified key opportunities in renewable energy, healthcare, ICT, education, housing, and others that are ripe for investment. Also on the cards is further boosting women's participation in all sectors of the economy, which would further accelerate Kuwait's economic progress.

Waleed Alsharian
Waleed Alsharian
CEO, Mabanee Company (K.P.S.C)
Waleed Alsharian
Waleed Alsharian
CEO
Mabanee Company (K.P.S.C)

Waleed Alsharian holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from North Carolina Agriculture & Technical State University. Alsharian was appointed CEO of Mabanee Company in 2006. He has over 31 years of real estate development, operation, manufacturing, project planning, property management, investment, maintenance, sales, and marketing. He is a board member of the Kuwait Metro Rapid Transport Company and a member of the Kuwait Society of Engineers.

Osama J. Bukhamseen
Osama J. Bukhamseen
Executive Manager, Bukhamseen Group Holding Company
Osama J. Bukhamseen
Osama J. Bukhamseen
Executive Manager
Bukhamseen Group Holding Company

The Executive Manager of Bukhamseen Group Holding Co., Osama J. Bukhamseen is also Chairman of Tanmiya Realty Development Co., Osama Bukhamseen Design. He is also a member of the board of the Real Estate Association of Kuwait, Al-Arabiya Real Estate Co., Ritaj Takaful Insurance Co., Creditone Holding Co., and Kuwait University – College of Engineering and Petroleum.

David Walker
David Walker
Head of Public Sector EMEA, Citi
David Walker
David Walker
Head of Public Sector EMEA
Citi

David Walker is head of Citi's public sector banking group for Europe, Middle East, and Africa. He commenced this role in January 2015. The business serves governments, central banks, agencies, and multilateral organisations across the region, with teams in over 50 countries. Walker joined Citi in 1990, and his previous roles include UK Head of Corporate Banking (2011-2014), Head of Banking for Switzerland (2008-2010), Financial Institutions Group (2004-2008), and Industrials Group (2000-2004). Prior to this he had roles in capital markets, derivatives, and transaction services. He is a senior credit officer at Citibank and is a Trustee Director of Citibank's UK pension schemes. David holds a degree in economics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and was a Robert T. Jones scholar at Emory University in Atlanta, US.

Sylvain Broyer
Moderator: Sylvain Broyer
Chief EMEA Economist, S&P Global Ratings
Sylvain Broyer
Sylvain Broyer
Chief EMEA Economist
S&P Global Ratings

Sylvain joined S&P Global Ratings in September 2018 as Chief EMEA Economist, based in Frankfurt.

Before that, Sylvain was Head of Economics at the French investment bank Natixis and a member of the General Management of its German Branch.

Sylvain has been a member of the “ECB shadow Council", a panel of leading European economists formed by German economic daily Handelsblatt since November 2012, and is a member of different public sector advisory groups (European Investment Bank, European Security Markets Authority, French Markets regulation authority).

Sylvain holds doctorate degrees in Economics from the Universities of Frankfurt and of Lyon as well as a certification from the International Securities Market Association (ISMA). He teaches at the Paris Dauphine University for the Master in Banking & Finance.

10:30 AM TO
10:40 AM

Guest Speaker

Vomic Shah
Vomic Shah
Head of Origination, UK Export Finance (UKEF)
Vomic Shah
Vomic Shah
Head of Origination
UK Export Finance (UKEF)

Vomic Shah is Head of Business Origination at UK Export Finance. Before moving to UK
Export Finance, Vomic held various leadership positions in corporate and investment
banking, most recently with the French multi-national bank Societe Generale. At Societe
Generale, Vomic headed the mining and natural resources sector for the bank and covered
a number of growth markets, including Central Asia. Prior to that, Vomic worked at leading
international banks including Citigroup, Standard Bank, and HSBC. Vomic has originated
and executed cross-border transactions globally and has worked closely with both the
private sector and state authorities. He has had a particular focus on emerging markets,
providing both strategic advice as well as delivering structured financing solutions for
projects across the CIS region, Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe.


10:40 AM TO
11:00 AM

Coffee break

11:00 AM TO
11:15 AM

Speech

Mazin Saad Al Nahedh
Mazin Saad Al Nahedh
Group CEO, Kuwait Financial House (KFH)
Mazin Saad Al Nahedh
Mazin Saad Al Nahedh
Group CEO
Kuwait Financial House (KFH)

Mazin Saad Al Nahedh received his bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in finance from California State University. He has also completed numerous specialized executive programs, including the General Management Program (GMP) at Harvard Business School. Alnahedh has been the Group CEO at Kuwait Finance House since 2014. In addition, he is Chairman of KFH Capital Investment Company and Board Member of Kuveyt Turk Participation Bank. Alnahedh possesses a vast banking experience, spanning more than 25 years.

11:15 AM TO
12:15 PM

Panel: Kuwait's financial sector: cornerstone of the country's privatization

After several reforms, Kuwait's financial sector is now stronger than ever. The recent privatization of Kuwait's Stock Exchange and the active participation of a reborn banking sector will be essential in Kuwait's privatization process.

Ahmad Duaij Al-Sabah
Sheikh Ahmad Duaij Al-Sabah
Chairman, Commercial Bank of Kuwait (CBK)
Ahmad Duaij Al-Sabah
Ahmad Duaij Al-Sabah
Chairman
Commercial Bank of Kuwait (CBK)

Sheikh Ahmad Duaij Al-Sabah has been Chairman of CBK since 2018. Prior to this, he was Vice Chairman of the bank from 2015-2018 and Board Member from 2012-2015. He is also the Chairman of Al Tijari Financial Brokerage Company and board member of Kuwait Clearing Company and Institute of Banking Studies and was recently nominated Deputy Chairman of the Kuwait Banking Association. He was previously with Al Tijari Investment Company (CBK Capital), the Commercial Bank of Kuwait, and Kuwait Petroleum Corporation. He acquired an MBA from Maastricht School of Management after obtaining his bachelor's degree in science with a major in finance from Bentley College in the US.

Faisal Mansour Sarkhou
Faisal Mansour Sarkhou
CEO, KAMCO
Faisal Mansour Sarkhou
Faisal Mansour Sarkhou
CEO
KAMCO

Faisal Mansour Sarkhou joined KAMCO's team in 2000 and was last promoted as CEO in 2014 after heading the corporate finance department from 2006-2010 and the financial services and investment division since 2010. Sarkhou is also Chairman of Global Investment House. He has extensive experience of over 19 years in investment banking, asset management, financial products, as well as financial services. He commenced his career in the late 1990s with KPMG Corporate Finance in Kuwait. He is an economics graduate with honors from the University of Birmingham, UK, and holds an EMBA with distinction from HEC Paris.

Adel Abdul Wahab Al-Majed
Adel Abdul Wahab Al-Majed
Chairman, Kuwait Banking Association (KBA)
Adel Abdul Wahab Al-Majed
Adel Abdul Wahab Al-Majed
Chairman
Kuwait Banking Association (KBA)

Adel Abdul Wahab Al-Majed has been at the helm of Boubyan Bank as Vice Chairman and CEO since 2009, achieving remarkable success in the Islamic banking industry. He first joined NBK in 1985 and saw his career progress from Executive Manager to AGM, DGM of Consumer Banking, GM of Consumer Banking Group, and Deputy CEO, before taking the leadership position at Boubyan Bank. He graduated from the University of Alexandria with a bachelor's degree in accounting and attended various management training programs at prestigious universities including Harvard, Wharton, and Stanford.

Roger Winfield
Roger Winfield
CEO, HSBC Bank Middle East Ltd. - Kuwait
Roger Winfield
Roger Winfield
CEO
HSBC Bank Middle East Ltd. - Kuwait

Roger Winfield is the CEO for HSBC in Kuwait. Roger's career in banking stretches back more than 40 years and began with Lloyds Banking Group in the City of London. For the past 34 years, he has worked overseas in a number of Asian countries, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore, as well as Mauritius, Switzerland, and the UAE with Lloyds, Deutsche Bank, and, for the last 13 years, HSBC. After an eight-year spell in Dubai with HSBC, he was promoted to CEO of the bank's operations in Kuwait in 2015. HSBC is the only British bank operating in the country and is the largest of the foreign banks operating there.

Han Le
Moderator: Han Le
Regional Director, The Business Year
Han Le
Han Le
Regional Director
The Business Year

Han Le is the The Business Year's Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to his current position, he was the lead field editor for TBY's coverage of countries such as Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania and Turkey. Before joining TBY, Han spent several years in the Middle East and North Africa with a variety of local and international media outlets. He is a native of Portland, Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon.

Afternoon

12:15 PM TO
12:45 PM

Coffee break

12:45 PM TO
12:50 PM

Guest speaker

Baroness Morris of Bolton
Baroness Morris of Bolton
Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Jordan, Kuwait and the Palestinian Territories,
Baroness Morris of Bolton
Baroness Morris of Bolton
Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Jordan, Kuwait and the Palestinian Territories

Baroness (Trish) Morris of Bolton is a Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chairman of Committees in the House of Lords. She has held a number of shadow ministerial roles, including Education & Skills, Children, Schools & Families, and Women. Prior to entering the Lords in 2004, she worked in stockbroking and fundraising, was Deputy Chairman of the Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust, and from 2001-2005 was Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party with responsibility for candidates. Trish served as Chairman of the Conservative Middle East Council from 2010 to 2015 and is Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Qatar and Vice-Chairman of the Britain Palestine Group. A former trustee of UNICEF UK, Trish is President of Medical Aid for Palestinians, President of the World Travel Market Advisory Council, and sits on the Advisory Board of TES Global, which publishes TES and the Times Higher. Trish was the first Chancellor of the University of Bolton and is now Chancellor Emeritus and chairs their Centre for Islamic Finance. Baroness Morris was appointed Trade Envoy to Kuwait, Jordan & Palestinian Territories by the Prime Minister in 2012.

12:50 PM TO
01:05 PM

Speech

Waleed Al Khashti
Waleed Al Khashti
Chief Corporate Communications and Relations Officer, Zain Kuwait
Waleed Al Khashti
Waleed Al Khashti
Chief Corporate Communications and Relations Officer
Zain Kuwait

Waleed Al Khashti currently holds the position of Chief Corporate Communications and Relations Officer at Zain Kuwait, where he has been responsible for the company's external, internal, and media relations, as well as the company's CSSR and sustainability strategies since 2009. He graduated from Kuwait University in 2000, majoring in economics with a minor in political science, before receiving his master's in project management from George Washington University. He has had over 20 years of experience in the telecom sector with Zain.

01:05 PM TO
02:05 PM

​Panel: Digital economy and entrepreneurship

With a nationwide bid to promote digital transformation and spur economic diversifcation, Kuwait seeks to leverage digitization to boost its standing as a digital hub in the region. The nation has established incubators and accelerators to inspire a new generation of Kuwaiti, tech-savvy innovators. How can Kuwait further capitalize on its digital transformation and drive further innovation?

Anwaar AlMahmeed
Anwaar AlMahmeed
Co-Founder, East Chain Co.
Anwaar AlMahmeed
Anwaar AlMahmeed
Co-Founder
East Chain Co.

Anwaar AlMahmeed is the co-founder of the East Chain Co. Before founding the East Chain Co., she was product development manager at Boursa Kuwait during its initial privatization phase. She started her career in the Kuwait Investment Authority's training program in 2011, in which she interned at State Street's Financial Securities department and later joined the Hedge Fund Department at the KIA.

Fahad AlSharekh
Fahad AlSharekh
Founder & General Partner, TechInvest Corporation
Fahad AlSharekh
Fahad AlSharekh
Founder & General Partner
TechInvest Corporation

Fahad AlSharekh, the Founder & General Partner of TechInvest Corporation, has over 21 years' experience in global business development, with expertise and specialization in the IT and VC field. He was formerly CEO of Sakhr Software, where he received three US patents from US PTO office for Sakhr's proprietary technologies. He also played key role in founding the first Saudi Arabia ISP AWalNet and developed the first multilingual speech-to-speech app, Language Buddy. He sits on the advisory board of the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) in the UAE and is a consultant at the Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority. He serves as a director on the board of CODED, the first coding academy in the GCC.

Athbi AlEnezi,
Athbi AlEnezi,
Co-founder & Managing Partner, Just Clean
Athbi AlEnezi,
Athbi AlEnezi,
Co-founder & Managing Partner
Just Clean

Prior to establishing Just Clean, Athbi Alenezi worked in the banking sector, where he gained invaluable knowledge in the field of human resources. Born and raised in Kuwait until moving to the United Kingdom in his late teens, upon completion his education, Athbi embarked upon a career in the hospitality industry, which offered him significant experience in consumer behavior. Upon return to Kuwait and whilst still in the banking sector, he and his brother Nouri Al Enezi, inspired by the fast-moving e-commerce industry in the region, decided to set up the first laundry marketplace application. After seeing an opportunity to merge traditional cleaning methods with new technological advancements, together they launched Masbagti in April of 2016. In February 2017, they partnered with Faith Capital and successfully re-launched as Just Clean.

Abdullah Al Mutawa
Abdullah Al Mutawa
Chairman, Carriage
Abdullah Al Mutawa
Abdullah Al Mutawa
Chairman
Carriage

Abdullah Al Mutawa graduated with a civil engineering degree from the US and worked at Schlumberger before opening up his own restaurant in Kuwait City called the Stack, which led him to later found Carriage, the first service of its kind in Kuwait to combine online food ordering and delivery in one platform.

Henadi Al-Saleh
Henadi Al-Saleh
Chairperson, Agility
Henadi Al-Saleh
Henadi Al-Saleh
Chairperson
Agility

Henadi Al-Saleh is the Chairperson of Agility's Board of Directors and has been designated as one the most powerful businesswomen in the Middle East by Forbes Magazine. Al-Saleh oversees the company's corporate governance program while safeguarding the interests of investors and stakeholders. She also leads the company's technology ventures team, partnering with start-ups and entrepreneurs that are reshaping the supply chain. Before joining Agility, Al-Saleh was the head of debt/equity capital markets at NBK Capital in Kuwait. Al-Saleh earned a bachelor of economics from Tufts University. She sits on the board of the Gulf Warehousing Company in Qatar.

02:20 PM TO
02:30 PM

Closing keynote address

Philip Kotsis
Philip Kotsis
Partner & Co-head of Office-Kuwait, Al Tamimi & Co.
Philip Kotsis
Philip Kotsis
Partner & Co-head of Office-Kuwait
Al Tamimi & Co.

A partner and co-head at the Al Tamimi & Company Kuwait office, Philip Kotsis is also head of the Corporate Commercial department in Kuwait. Prior to joining Al Tamimi in 2009, he was a senior legal consultant with DLA Piper, where he focused primarily on the corporate, commercial, banking, and finance sectors. He is a US-qualified attorney with a broad range of experience in local and transnational commercial and corporate transactions, corporate establishments, mergers and acquisitions, corporate/joint venture organization, and banking and finance, and has substantial experience in the commercial and finance aspects of Kuwait PPP projects.

02:20 PM TO
02:30 PM

Closing remarks

Paul Loomis
Paul Loomis
Regional Director, The Business Year
Paul Loomis
Paul Loomis
Regional Director
The Business Year

Paul Loomis is Regional Director of the Middle East and Africa for The Business Year. He has worked with TBY to document emerging markets across the world since 2014, and previously directed publications on over half a dozen countries. He oversees content and operations for the Gulf, Turkey, and West Africa today.

02:30 PM TO
05:00 PM

Networking lunch

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