Date: 1 May 2024 


The bond markets in the MENA region are going through a phase of exceptional growth and expansion.
What are the aspirations and outlook for this market? What are the trends in regional bond issuance amid changing dynamics in the economic and geopolitical landscape? What opportunities and challenges are there in developing the local markets?

ICMA’s one day conference in Dubai on May 1 addressed these topics, alongside other key themes including the development of sukuk products, the evolution of sustainable bonds and transition finance, and the region’s own journey in scaling up and digitalising the MENA bond markets.

The conference agenda combined keynote speeches and panel discussions with leading market figures and experts.

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11:00   Registration and coffee
11:30   Opening remarks
Bryan Pascoe
, Chief Executive, International Capital Market Association (ICMA)
11:40   Keynote: MENA macro outlook - Implications of current global market trends on domestic economies and markets
Carla Slim, MENA Economist, Standard Chartered
11:55   Panel: Regional bond issuance in the context of changing economic and geopolitical dynamics
Moderator: Bryan Pascoe, Chief Executive, International Capital Market Association (ICMA)

  • Abdul Kadir Hussain, Head of Fixed Income Asset Management, Arqaam Capital
  • Amit Ramchandani, Executive Director, DCM, MENA, Standard Chartered
  • Richad Soundardjee, Regional Managing Director, China International Capital Corporation (CICC)
  • Nadia Zubairi, Head of Debt Capital Markets, Bank ABC
12:45   Panel: Sustainable bond markets
Moderator: Sarah Pirzada Usmani, Managing Director, Head of Loan Capital Markets & Sustainable Finance, FAB

  • Razvan Dumitrescu, Head of Sustainable Finance, Emirates NBD Capital
  • Bruce Johnson, Director, Corporate Finance and Treasury, Masdar
  • Jean Morcos, Senior Investment Officer and Regional Sustainable and Climate Finance Lead, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group
  • Simone Utermarck, Senior Director, Sustainable Finance, International Capital Market Association (ICMA)
13:35   Lunch break
14:30   Keynote: Evolution of the capital corridors – implications for the regional capital markets and beyond
Anita Yadav, Senior Advisor, New Development Bank
14:45   Panel: The digital agenda: How is technology transforming the bond markets?
Moderator: Sanaa Clausse BenAbdelhadi, Senior Director, Head of Business Development, International Capital Market Association (ICMA)

  • Abdullah Al-Ghanim, Head of MENA, Instimatch Global AG
  • Sylvain Bigaud, Regional Head, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, Euroclear Bank
  • Debashis Dey, Partner, White & Case
  • Christophe Roupie, CEO UK, Head of EMEA and APAC, MarketAxess
15:35   When an old-school banker tries to learn new tricks
Aaron Gwak, Founder and CEO, Libeara
15:45   Fireside chat: Digital bonds - increasing scale and adoption: The opportunity for the GCC
Scott Lucas, Managing Director, Head of Markets DLT, J.P. Morgan
David Rutter, CEO, R3
16:05   Coffee break
16:35   Keynote
Ahmad Khalid Bin Sulaiman
, Director, UAE Federal Debt Management Office
16:50   Panel discussion: Opportunities and challenges in the development of local markets
Moderator: Shayaan Shikoh Khan, Senior Director, Investment Banking, Emirates NBD Capital

  • Roderick Gordon, Head of Debt Capital Markets and Syndicate, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
  • Mohieddine Kronfol, Chief Investment Officer, Franklin Templeton (ME)
  • Regis Monfront, Vice Chairman CIB Middle East, BNP Paribas
  • Nikolaos Passaris, Director - Treasury Front Office, Majid Al Futtaim Holding (MAF)
17:40   Closing remarks
Fawaz Abu Sneineh
, Global Head of Financial Institutions Group, FAB
17:45   Networking reception
19:30   Close of event
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