Date: 23 March 2022
Capital Club, DIFC, Dubai


In the MENA region, issuance of sustainable bonds topped USD 8 billion in 2021, an increase of over 30% on the 2020 total. As climate change and social issues have risen to the top of the political agenda and with ever increasing demand from investors for sustainability themed bonds, there is tremendous potential for this market to fund projects devoted to energy transition in the MENA region.

International and regional experts discussed how global sustainable bond markets have developed over the last year of record issuance; the latest innovations including sustainability-linked bonds; the evolving international regulatory environment and the opportunities for this form of finance in the region. 

A networking reception followed this in-person conference.



  Welcome remarks
Bryan Pascoe, Chief Executive, ICMA
Fawaz Abu Sneineh, Chairman of ICMA MENA Regional Committee; Acting Head of Global Corporate Finance, First Abu Dhabi Bank

  Presentation: Global sustainable bond markets - market developments and regulatory initiatives
Nicholas Pfaff, Managing Director, Sustainable Finance, ICMA

  Fireside chat: MENA sustainable bond markets
Nikolaos Passaris, Head of Treasury Front Office, Majid Al Futtaim
Sarah Pirzada Usmani, Managing Director, Head of Sustainable, Asset & Project Finance, First Abu Dhabi Bank
15:30   Sustainable Finance in the MENA region: Facts & Figures
Nadia Zubairi, Head of Debt Capital Markets, Bank ABC
  Panel discussion
Moderator: Simone Utermarck, Director, Sustainable Finance, ICMA
Husam Abdel Al, Investment Banking, Senior Director, Mashreq Bank
Rehan Ahmed, Director, Global Capital Markets, Emirates NBD Capital
Mehvish Ayub CFA, Senior Portfolio Strategist, State Street Global Advisors
Timucin Engin, Senior Director & Cross-Practice Coordinator, GCC Region, S&P Global Ratings
Mohsin Sharif, Lead for Green, Social and Sustainability Sukuk, Islamic Development Bank
  Closing remarks
Amine Bel Hadj Soulami, Member of ICMA’s Board of Directors; Head of Middle East & Africa, BNP Paribas CIB
  Networking reception
18:00   Event Close


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