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Date: 1 May 2024 
Time: 11:00 - 19:30 GST
Venue: The Ritz-Carlton DIFC, off Sheikh Zayed Road, PO BOX 482032, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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?

Register now for ICMA’s one day conference in Dubai on May 1 which will address 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 will combine keynote speeches and panel discussions with leading market figures and experts.

This event is free to attend and open to all interested market participants. Register now.

Registration will close at 16:00 CET on 30 April 2024.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please contact Sanaa Clausse BenAbdelhadi, Head of Business Development & Events Sponsorship, via or on +44 7584 235 080.

If you have any questions, please contact ICMA events.

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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 address
Macro-economics, current market trends; what can we learn from other regions? What are the outlook and aspirations for the bond and repo markets in the region?
11:55   Panel discussion: Regional bond issuance in the context of changing economic and geopolitical dynamics
How are the investor and issuer base developing? How is the demand for sukuk product evolving? De-dollarisation, new corridors (Asia/GCC/Africa?), decarbonisation of the economy and transition from fossil fuels to diversified economy with support of sustainable finance (more issuance but also more diversified projects), loans vs. bonds

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
  • Nadia Zubairi, Head of Debt Capital Markets, Bank ABC
  • Richad Soundardjee, CEO Gulf & Africa Region, China International Capital Corporation (CICC)
12:45   Panel: Sustainable bond markets
Transition financed through SLB vs UOP/green bond, link between Islamic and conventional bond markets (including green sukuk guidance), sustainable bonds vs. loans? Development of regional taxonomies and standards and how they align with international ones (Principles, EU/Asian taxonomies, etc)

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
13:30   Lunch break
14:30   Keynote address or presentation 
14:40   Panel discussion: The digital agenda: How technology is transforming the bond markets?
Application of technology to market infrastructure, automation and electronification (impact of new entrants and trading protocols, ETFs, all-to-all platforms, etc)
Digital assets (e.g. tokenisation, DLT bonds, HKSAR green digital bond issuance, CBDC, etc)

  • Abdullah Al-Ghanim, Head of MENA, Instimatch Global AG
  • Sylvain Bigaud, Regional Head, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, Euroclear Bank
15:20   Fireside chat: Digitalisation and automation
Where are we on the journey of scaling and digitalising DLT technologies in the bond market
Scott Lucas, Managing Director, Head of Markets DLT, J.P. Morgan
David Rutter, CEO, R3
15:40   Coffee break
16:10   Keynote address
Ahmad Khalid Bin Sulaiman
, Director, UAE Federal Debt Management Office
16:25   Panel discussion: Opportunities and challenges in the development of local markets
Local issuer base (SSA vs. banks and corporates) and investor base (mainly SWF and international banks) and how to attract international investors to the region? Islamic finance (how is demand developing, challenges?) as an important element to build depth in the markets, UAE Dirham program, repo market’s importance to supporting creasing liquidity in the markets (initiatives from CB UAE/Euroclear; shariah compliant repo agreement, etc

  • 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
17:10   Closing remarks
Fawaz Abu Sneineh
, Global Head of Financial Institutions Group, FAB
17:20   Networking reception
19:30   Close of event

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