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The Center for Financial Markets and Policy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and Financial Times will host a timely conference on the leadership role of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in the global economy at the Dubai International Financial Centre. The program will address the development of the region’s financial sector and its global competitiveness, as well as the function of financial markets and financial institutions in the GCC countries’ economic growth and development.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mustafa Abdel-Wadood, board member and chairman of the Executive Committee, The Abraaj Group
  • Sheikh Saleh Ali Al-Turki, chairman and president, Nesma Holding Co. Ltd
  • Giambattista Atzeni, vice president, Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey, BNY Mellon Corporate Trust
  • Graham Hayward, partner and Middle East region financial services leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Iqbal Khan, CEO, Fajr Capital Group
  • Hossam Radwan, senior partner, Abraaj Capital
  • Chirag Shah, head of strategy and corporate planning, Dubai International Financial Centre Authority
  • Jeff Singer, CEO, Dubai International Centre Financial Authority
  • Dr. Karim El Solh, CEO and co-founder, Gulf Capital
  • John Vitalo, CEO, Middle East and North Africa, Barclays

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:

Dubai International Financial Centre

Exhibition & Conference Centre

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

RSVP:

Those interested in attending the event should RSVP online at http://gccleadership.eventbrite.com.

Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Teresa Mannix, director of media relations, at (202) 687-4080 or tmm53@georgetown.edu.

PROGRAM:

1:30-2:00 p.m.

Registration

2:00-2:30 p.m.

Welcome:
Reena Aggarwal, professor of finance and director of the Center for Financial Markets and Policy, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

Jeff Singer, CEO, Dubai International Financial Centre Authority

2:30-3:00 p.m.

Opening Keynote:
Mustafa Abdel-Wadood
, partner and chair of the Executive Committee, The Abraaj Group

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Panel #1: GCC and the Global Economy
What is needed for the development of the financial sector and the region's competitiveness in the global economy? What financial market reforms and regulations will encourage investment and development? How can the region become more competitive in the global marketplace? What are the prospects (and impediments) for a single currency in the region? Why is growth of the financial sector important for economic development? How will over reliance on crude oil and natural gas impact growth?

Moderator:
Camilla Hall, Gulf correspondent, Financial Times

Speakers:

John Vitalo, CEO, MENA, Barclays PLC

Chirag Shah, head of strategy and corporate planning, Dubai International Financial Centre Authority

Graham Hayward, partner and Middle East region financial services leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers

4:00-4:30 p.m.

Coffee Break

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Panel #2: The Role of Financial Markets & Financial Institutions
What steps are needed for development of financial exchanges in the region? What role will Islamic finance and Sharia compliance play in the development of the financial sector and the evolution of the Sukkuk market? How can financial institutions such as sovereign wealth funds and private equity firms contribute to the growth of the markets?

Moderator:
Reena Aggarwal, professor of finance and director of the Center for Financial Markets and Policy, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business

Speakers:

Karim El Solh, CEO and co-founder, Gulf Capital Pvt. JSC

Iqbal Khan, CEO, Fajr Capital Group

Hossam Radwan, CEO, Abraaj Partners Holding Co. KSA

Giambattista Atzeni, vice president, MENA and Turkey, BNY Mellon Corporate Trust

5:30-6:00 p.m.

Closing Keynote:
Sheikh Saleh Ali Al-Turki
, chairman and president, Nesma Holding Co. Ltd.

6:00-6:15 p.m.

Closing

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Reception: Ritz Carlton, DIFC

About the Georgetown Center for Financial Markets and Policy
Offering innovative and influential thought leadership, the Georgetown Center for Financial Markets and Policy fosters discussion on critical policy and regulatory issues related to global financial markets. The center hosts dialogues, conferences, and events involving industry, academia, and policymakers; provides a non-partisan forum for informed discussion; sponsors relevant and impactful research on key global market issues; and engages students interested in finance. For more information, go to http://finpolicy.georgetown.edu or follow us on Twitter @GUFinPolicy.

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business provides a transformational education through classroom and experiential learning, preparing students to graduate as principled leaders in service to business and society. Through numerous centers, initiatives, and partnerships, Georgetown McDonough seeks to create a meaningful impact on business practice through both research and teaching. All academic programs provide a global perspective, woven through the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in a way that is unique to Washington, D.C. – the nexus of world business and policy – and to Georgetown University’s connections to global partner organizations and a world-wide alumni network. Founded in 1957, Georgetown McDonough is home to some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 1,200 participants in executive degree and open enrollment programs. Learn more at http://msb.georgetown.edu. Follow us on Twitter @msbgu.