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GTR Mena Trade Finance Week 2015

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Dubai reinforces role as hub for trade at global finance gathering

Dubai played host to discussions on growth forecasts, regional economic stability and access to key markets such as Africa and Asia at Global Trade Review’s Mena Trade Finance Week 2015, which took place at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers on February 16-18.

Organised with the support of key institutions such as Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dubai Exports and DMCC, the event is widely known as the only comprehensive regional gathering for the Middle East and North Africa region, welcoming attendance from senior representatives of leading multinational and regional trading companies such as Nokia, Huawei, Johnson Controls, ABB, Louis Dreyfus, Aecom, Dubab, ETA Group and Platinum Corporation, among others.

Taking place over the course of three days, with an expanded format incorporating additional streams, break-outs, workshops and networking events, GTR Mena Trade Finance Week 2015 placed strong emphasis on the trade and export priorities of companies of all sizes, as well as highlighting the advantages offered by Dubai as a regional business hub, providing access to markets such as Africa, Asia and of course Europe. Over 450 delegates attended the event, which featured a keynote opening debate featuring CEOs and leading intelligence experts from across the government spectrum.

“In light of the changing priorities in global trade and the emphasis placed on the importance of south-south trade flows, Dubai provides an unrivalled entry point to the many opportunities provided by markets such as Asia, and perhaps above all else, Sub-Saharan Africa,” says Peter Gubbins, Managing Director & CEO of Global Trade Review (GTR). “This is not only due to the geographical advantage the region enjoys, but also the many advantages provided to the thousands of companies established in the various free trade zones.”

Topics for discussion included regulation and compliance (including the impact of sanctions), trends in commodity finance, supply chain innovation and trade digitisation, the role of insurance, political risk considerations, SME growth and regional focus on markets as diverse as Libya, Egypt, Iran and Lebanon.

  • Marwan Al Sarkal, Chief Executive, Sharjah Investment & Development Authority
  • Mahmood Al Bastaki, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Trade
  • Richard Dean, Journalist & Broadcaster
  • Ashraf Mahate, Head of Export Market Intelligence, Dubai Exports
  • Simon Penney, Global Head of Wholesale Banking Group, First Gulf Bank
  • Heikki Keranen, Head of Structured Finance, MEA, Nokia Networks
  • Arif Choksy, Chief Financial Officer, Dubai Cables Company
  • Paul Hussey, Corporate Vice-President, Treasury, Aecom
  • Amer Al-Jabri, Chief Financial Officer, Oman Gas Company
  • Sunil George, Head of Trade Finance & STF Distribution, Middle East & Africa, Louis Dreyfus Commodities
  • Sudhakar Tomar, Managing Director, Hakan Agro
  • Sanjoe Mathew, ?Regional Associate Director, Trade, Export & Structured Finance, Huawei
  • Farrukh Siddiqui, Managing Director, Treasury Services, Sub-Sahara Africa, J.P. Morgan
  • Naaman Elbouri, Chairman, Trans-Sahara Group
  • Nick Oliver, Head of Business Development, NMS International Group
  • Anil Kumar Dudani, Head of Treasury, Dragon Oil
  • Sriram Ganeshan, Chief Financial Officer, Redington Gulf
  • Gergely Abraham, Head of Structured Finance, MEA, Nokia Networks
  • Rahul Daswani, Senior Treasury Manager, Microsoft
  • Vineet Gupta, Assistant Treasurer, Octal Petrochemicals
  • Tony Nash, Vice-President, Delta Economics
  • Roger Tanios, Legal Department Manager, Industrial Development Company Indevco
  • Hadia Minkara, General Manager, Allchem
  • Shailesh Gothal, Chief Technology Officer, Gemini Corporation
  • Zaineb Al-Assam, Senior Middle East Analyst, IHS Country Risk
  • V.P. Nagarajan, Executive Director, ETA Group
  • Edward George, Head of Group Research, Ecobank
  • Peter Ballinger, Managing Director & Africa Regional Representative, US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
  • Hadi El-Amaary, Export & Trade Finance Manager, India Middle East & Africa, ABB
  • Svitlana Skrypnyk, Sales Director, Safin Gulf
  • Massimo Falcioni, Chief Executive Officer, Middle East Countries, Coface Emirates Services
  • Maninder Bhandari, Director, Derby Group

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““This is a very good platform to bring together different stakeholders of supply chain and trade finance to discuss and share best practices in the industry.”

V Gupta, Octal Petrochemicals

“GTR’s event is now a regular item that features in the trade specialist calendar in UAE. It brings all related forces together in one location for discussion.”

RS Rangan, NBF

“An excellent event that is highly informative, lively and wonderful for networking.”

A Mahate, Dubai Exports

“An excellent networking and knowledge sharing session which is growing every year.”

S Sharjeel, IFC

“Very useful opportunity to meet key corporate and financial players in the region.”

M Marnell, Mizuho Corporate Bank


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