Programme

Business Forum

EBRD’s twenty-seventh Annual Meeting & Business Forum will be held in Jordan, a country famed for its hospitality, rich in history and with an extraordinary cultural heritage.  

Our theme is Energising Economies and we aim to engage participants with informed, sometimes provocative discussion and debate on a variety of topical issues – from business climate to economic growth, from targeted, profitable investment to environmental protection. In each of our discussions, we will bring together knowledgeable, renowned speakers to assess today’s state of affairs, while looking ahead to the challenges and prospects for tomorrow.

 

Why attend the EBRD 2018 Annual Meeting & Business Forum?  

The EBRD Business Forum is a unique opportunity to bring together the people who are making changes across the EBRD regions, and this year it will be held in Jordan, one of the region's leading financial hubs.

You will learn how the world’s successful companies are defining and changing the investment landscape, get valuable information about investment opportunities and connect with old business contacts and make new ones through our networking and social events.

The two-day programme of the Business Forum consists of: Discussions, Investment Outlook Sessions, the Civil Society Programme, Networking Events and Associated events.

 

Carbon Neutral Initiative
This year, the EBRD has secured the purchase of offsets from a project it finances in Morocco: the Khalladi Wind Farm. Find out more about our initiative.


Resources 

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Time Location Key Event
Dead Sea Hall,
Sea Level (-1)
EBRD Annual Donor Meeting

The EBRD’s partnerships with donors are a crucial component of the Bank’s work and business operations. In providing resources for technical cooperation and other grants or concessional instruments, donors help the Bank to deliver its transition mandate, while at the same time contributing to broader economic development outcomes. As a result, the EBRD is able to deepen its efforts to invest in inclusive and sustainable growth and change the lives of people for the better. At this event, donors and the EBRD will discuss the results of our partnership with a focus on 2017 as well as future priorities and reforms.

Invitation only – enquiries:

Sarah Platt-Smyth
plattsms@ebrd.com

Speaker information coming soon.
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Al-Harannah 5,
Level 1
Mobilising Infrastructure Investment in a Fractured Context
Event co-organized by EBRD, the Jordanian Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation and the WEF

Substantial progress has been made in structuring and implementing infrastructure projects in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region, contributing to significant social, environmental and economic development. However, traditional support through national budgets and donor funding cannot meet ongoing needs for building and maintaining infrastructure; and access to new sources of private capital remains a challenge. The real and perceived risks for private investors (e.g. currency volatility, illiquid local capital markets, political uncertainty) have resulted in many projects remaining unfunded or delayed due to a lack of competitive financing options.  The scale of investment to meet existing and future growth demands of the region requires targeted infrastructure investment and therefore new sources of capital - whether from the private sector or from the combination of public and private as Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport successful PPP case demonstrates.

In this context, innovative approaches to increase private financing and government initiatives such as dedicated PPP units, project prioritization and acceleration programmes can help to address some of the country risks and increase access to capital for priority infrastructure projects.  Despite the humongous task of rebuilding, new opportunities in infrastructure investment are emerging for the private sector.  In this event, participants will focus on the role of public-private structuring of investments and related initiatives that offer the potential to mobilize international capital markets and regional institutional investors to finance infrastructure.

For more information, please contact:

Timea Nagy: NagyT@ebrd.com

 

 

Sue Barrett

Head of Transport, EBRD

Sue Barrett joined the EBRD in 1992 and is Director, Head of Transport. She finances transport projects across the Bank's region, providing flexible solutions from sovereign to corporate debt, project finance, bond subscription, mezzanine and equity. EBRD has financed 310 transport projects, providing €15bn for projects with a total value of €60bn. New transport business adds €1.3bn annually and up to 30 deals, each promoting sector reform and supported by technical assistance from our shareholders and donors, averaging €8m annually. Grant funding is also mobilised for investments in best available technologies and climate adaption. Prior to EBRD, Sue worked for Price Waterhouse as a Senior Manager, advising on privatisation and regulation. She has a Masters in Economics from the London School of Economics.

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Malik Faraoun

Deputy Head for the Middle East and North Africa, World Economic Forum

Malik Faraoun leads the development of strategic initiatives with businesses and governments revolving around infrastructure, policy reforms and employment. Prior the WEF, Malik was a Principal Investment Officer in Infrastructure Finance within the African Development Bank. Malik has developed an extensive experience in originating and executing infrastructure projects and PPP. Since joining the AfDB, Malik has closed over USD 1.5 billion financing using multiple financing instruments which has facilitated around USD 13 billion of project total costs. Mr Faraoun was then selected to be a founding member of Africa50. Before joining AfDB, Mr. Faraoun had worked for the International Finance Corporation and prior to that, he had worked in private banking and consulting services.  Malik Faraoun is a World Economic Forum's Global Leadership Fellow, holds an MBA from EDHEC (France) and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce (Algeria).

Omri Gainsburg

Senior Investment Director, Meridiam

Omri Gainsburg is Vice Chairman of AIG’s Board of Directors, and Director for Turkey and Eurasia and Senior Investment Director at Meridiam, where he oversees the firm’s development, investment and asset-management activities in the region as well as its office in Istanbul.
Gainsburg has overseen Meridiam’s growth in Turkey and spearheaded the company’s expansion into new geographies and initiatives, such as green bond financing for emerging market infrastructure. He has been active in Meridian’s milestone projects, including its first investments in Spain (A66 highway), Chile (Félix Bulnes Hospital), Turkey (Adana Hospital PPP) and Jordan (Queen Alia International Airport). Before joining the firm in 2010, Omri worked for Lazard’s restructuring practice.
He holds a BSc and BBA from the University of Texas, Austin.

 

Wadie Kawar

Acting Area Manager, Consolidated Contractors Company

Moderator

Alex Wong

Head, Global Challenge Partnerships, World Economic Forum

Keynote

Suma Chakrabarti

President, EBRD

Imad Fakhoury

Minister of Planning, International Cooperation and Tourism, Ministry of Planning & International Cooperation

Speakers

Sue Barrett

Head of Transport, EBRD

Malik Faraoun

Deputy Head for the Middle East and North Africa, World Economic Forum

Omri Gainsburg

Senior Investment Director, Meridiam

Wadie Kawar

Acting Area Manager, Consolidated Contractors Company

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Mount Nebo Hall, Sea Level (-1)
The Belt and Road Initiative – What it Means for the Economies where the EBRD Invests

Welcome coffee will be served from 10:30 to 11:00.

The Belt and Road Initiative is now a familiar phrase in the international lexicon, aiming to boost growth and integration through increased investment in infrastructure, trade links and financial connections. Strong partnerships with clients, governments and shareholders will play a critical role in providing high-quality investment and growth. We will explore how the EBRD’s partnerships can help deliver high environmental, governance and socio-economic standards, and more robust domestic institutions, for sustainable investments for Belt and Road countries and investors alike.
 
Bringing together MDBs, Chinese financers, along with policy makers from countries benefiting along the Belt and Road, this panel will showcase opportunities for clients and investors, drawing on case studies from the EBRD’s work. Through these case studies, we will see how the EBRD’s support can help tackle some of the key challenges, and unlock business opportunities presented by the Belt and Road Initiative.

The agenda of the event is as follows:

• Introductory speech by Mr Jurgen Rigterink, First Vice President, EBRD
• Keynote speech by Mr CHEN Yulu, Deputy Governor, People’s Bank of China
• Scene setting: Moderated live polling questions
• Scene setting: EBRD presentation of case studies of investment in the EBRD region by Richard Jones, Director, Business Development, AIIB-EBRD
• Moderated panel discussion:
- Panel discussion with live polling questions
- Live polling questions + Q&A

For more information please contact:

Beverley Eckhart
eckhartb@ebrd.com
 
Michal Azarkiewicz 
azarkiem@ebrd.com

 

 

Florence Eid

Chief Economist, Arabia Monitor

Dr, Florence Eid-Oakden is CEO and Chief Economist of Arabia Monitor. She has been a professor of economics and finance at the American University of Beirut and a visiting professor at INSEAD and HEC Paris. Formerly head of MENA research at JP Morgan, Dr. Eid-Oakden has also worked at the World Bank on Latin America and North Africa and subsequently on the buy-side as a hedge fund investor.

She is on the Board of the Arab Banking Corporation International Bank,  Bank ABC Jordan, the Arab Bankers Association of North America, on the Advisory Council of the Al Faisal University College of Business, and also advises the Saudi government. Dr. Eid-Oakden has been a trustee of the American University in Paris and Director of Shuaa Capital in Dubai. She has a PhD in organisation economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Richard Jones

Director, Business Development, AIIB-EBRD

Richard Jones is AIIB-EBRD Business Development Director and has been on secondment from the EBRD to the AIIB in Beijing since October 2017. He joined the EBRD in 2003 after working at the UK Treasury and the European Commission and has worked in a variety of roles, most recently as Interim Director of the President’s Office and as Head of the Dushanbe Resident Office, Tajikistan.

 

Natasha Khanjenkova

Managing Director, Central Asia and Russia, EBRD

Natasha Khanjenkova is Managing Director for Central Asia and Russia of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She joined the EBRD in 1993 and initially worked on credit lines for support of small and medium sized enterprises in CIS countries. In 1999 Mrs Khanjenkova moved to the EBRD Corporate Recovery team, where during seven years she led a number of restructurings of banks and companies in various sectors in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In February 2007, she moved to Moscow as a Deputy Director for Infrastructure and Energy. In October 2008 she was appointed as Director in charge of the Bank’s Infrastructure and Energy business in Russia. In April 2010 Mrs. Khanjenkova was appointed as Managing Director for Russia. From 1 April 2015 – January 2017, Managing Director for Turkey and Central Asia.

 

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Cyril Muller

Vice President, World Bank Group

Cyril Muller joined the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia region as Vice President on 1 July 2015.

Previously, from 2011 to 2015, he was Vice President for External and Corporate Relations. Prior to that, he was the Director for Banking and Debt Management in the World Bank Treasury, responsible for modernizing the financial products available to member countries and providing public debt management advisory services. From 2005 to 2010, he served as the World Bank’s Special Representative for Europe, based in Paris. Muller has held a range of positions across the World Bank since 1991, with an external break in service from 2000-2005. He holds economics degrees from Neuchatel University in Switzerland and New York University.

 

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Bakhyt Sultanov

Minister, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Bakhyt Turlykhanuly Sultanov was born in 1971 and graduated from the Kazakh National Technical University, State Academy of Management with majors in engineering and economics. After graduation, he worked in the Ministry of Finance where he progressed from senior economist to being director of the department. He was appointed Vice-Minister of Economic Affairs and Budget Planning, Chaired Statistics Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan and served as Vice-minister of Finance. During 2007-2010, he was the Minister of Economic Affairs and Budget Planning. He was appointed as Assistant of President of the Republic of Kazakhstan on March 15, 2010. In January 2012, he was appointed Deputy Head of the Administration of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

 

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Bing Yan

Deputy General Manager, Corporate Banking Dept, Bank of China

Yan Bing is the Deputy General Manager in the Corporate Banking Department at the Bank of China. She is responsible for the management of overseas corporate banking business. She plays a leading role in supporting Chinese enterprises’ outbound investment activities via syndication loans, export credit financing and acquisition loans.

Moderator

Mattia Romani

Managing Director, Economics, Policy & Governance, EBRD

Keynote

Yulu Chen

Deputy Governor, The People's Bank of China

Jurgen Rigterink

First Vice Pdt. & Head of CS Group, EBRD

Speakers

Florence Eid

Chief Economist, Arabia Monitor

Richard Jones

Director, Business Development, AIIB-EBRD

Natasha Khanjenkova

Managing Director, Central Asia and Russia, EBRD

Cyril Muller

Vice President, World Bank Group

Bakhyt Sultanov

Minister, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Bing Yan

Deputy General Manager, Corporate Banking Dept, Bank of China

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Petra Hall,
Sea Level (-1)
Reinforcing Investors' Interest in Jordan's Capital Market

This event will bring together capital market stakeholders from the private and public sectors to discuss the development of Jordan’s capital markets, aiming to promote economic growth, create jobs and raise standards of living among the country’s residents.

The panel will discuss the attractiveness of the Jordanian capital markets to local and international investors and how the EBRD is working with the authorities and the marketplace to realise the markets’ potential.

For more information please contact:
Fady Alrayyes
alrayyef@ebrd.com

 

Mazen Al-Waithaifi

Commissioner, Jordan Securities Commission

Mazen Wathaifi joined the Jordan Securities Commission (JSC) in 1999 as Director of the Research and International Affairs Department. He became Executive Director in 2013 and then was appointed as a Commissioner in 2014. He has also acted as the Secretary General of the JSC.He has been involved in committees that drafted the Securities Law and legislation governing various activities in the national capital market in Jordan. He headed the committee that drafted the Corporate Governance Code for Shareholding Companies Listed on Amman Stock Exchange. He has a BA in business and economics in addition to a Master's degree in finance/ financial markets. He has trained at various international institutions including the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the British Financial Services Authority.

Christelle Fink

Associate Director, LC2 SEMED, EBRD

Christelle Fink joined EBRD as an Associate Director in the Local Currency and Capital Market Development Initiative in 2015, where she heads the team in charge of local currency and money market development.  She also leads the bank’s initiatives in the Southern and Mediterranean region (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and West Bank and Gaza) on the topic of local capital markets development.  Previously she worked 17 years at Societe Generale in London and Paris, originating and executing capital markets, structured finance and risk solutions for both corporates and financial institutions. As a consultant for JCRA she has also advised private equity and private debt funds on market risk management.  She holds an Msc from Georgia Tech, Atlanta.

 

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Qutaiba Hawamdeh

CEO, AB Invest

Qutaiba Hawamdeh is the Chief Executive Officer of AB Invest, the investment banking arm for the Arab Bank Group in the Middle East and North Africa. He holds a BA in business administration and finance; an MBA from Southampton University, UK; and an MSc in international securities, investment and banking from Reading University, UK. Qutaiba passed the Islamic Finance Qualification in 2012 and is currently a Level II candidate in the Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM) Program. He qualified as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) in 2005 and is currently the Vice President of the CFA Jordan Society. In his career spanning over 20 years, Qutaiba has worked for several blue chip Jordanian companies in the investment, telecom and banking sectors before joining Al Arabi Investment Group in 2006.

 

 

Rami Sidani

Head of Frontier Investments, Schroders

Rami joined Schroders in July 2008 as Head of Frontier Investments. He was previously a MENA Fund Manager from 2004 managing conventional as well as specialist funds in twelve Arab equity markets.  Rami has an MSc in Banking and Finance from HEC Lausanne and also holds an MBA from the Lebanese American University in Beirut.

Robert Hendry Singletary JR

Capital Market Expert, Lenzie Fisher Hendry LLC

Robert H. Singletary is an International Development Consultant focusing on Capital Markets matters.  He has served as Project Director for two long-term financial sector development projects (with a combined budget of $24.2 million) and as a recurring short-term advisor for 20 other projects covering 12 countries.  Mr. Singletary was the first Chairman of the National Securities Commission of the Republic of Georgia.  His US experience includes serving as Enforcement Chief for the US SEC’s San Francisco office.   Within the private sector, he has been a Financial and Operations Principal for a US SEC registered brokerage firm and Board of Directors Member for a US SEC registered investment fund.  In addition to his BA (economics) and Juris Doctor degrees, Mr. Singletary holds an LL.M. degree in Securities Regulation from Georgetown University Law School. 

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Moderator

Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker

Emerging Europe Editor, Euromoney

Keynote

Kotaro Iwasaki

Adviser to the Board Director for Japan, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Andre Kuusvek

Director, Local Currency & Capital Market Development, EBRD

Speakers

Mazen Al-Waithaifi

Commissioner, Jordan Securities Commission

Christelle Fink

Associate Director, LC2 SEMED, EBRD

Qutaiba Hawamdeh

CEO, AB Invest

Rami Sidani

Head of Frontier Investments, Schroders

Robert Hendry Singletary JR

Capital Market Expert, Lenzie Fisher Hendry LLC

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Dead Sea Marriott Resort & Spa
Making Technology and Development Finance Work for the Region’s Most Vulnerable

(By Invitation Only)

In support of this year’s Annual Meeting theme, “Energising Economies”, this session aims to stimulate dialogue on applying new technologies and financial innovation to support the region’s most vulnerable populations. We will be looking for collaborative ideas from senior public, private and NGO participants and have invited a number of tech innovators in the development space to contribute to this session

Speaker information coming soon.
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Al-Harannah 5,
Level 1
Financial Centres as Catalysts for Reforms and Economic Growth: ‎The Role of the Astana International Financial Centre

In recent years many developing countries have opened international financial centres in the expectation that they will contribute to investment, employment and the efficient functioning of markets and government policies.
 
In view of likely privatisations and large financing gaps in infrastructure, energy and other sectors across economies where the EBRD invests, international financial centres are playing an increasingly important role in economic development.
 
This session will explore how financial hubs such as the Astana International Financial Centre, Shanghai Stock Exchange and Warsaw Stock Exchange can facilitate the channelling of domestic and international investment to catalyse growth as well as setting standards in corporate governance, skills and green innovation.

 

For more information please contact:

Leili Kokh
kokhl@ebrd.com

Hao Fu

Managing Director, Shanghai Stock Exchange

Dr. Fu manages SSE’s key business projects, including Shanghai London Stock Connect, Strategic Shareholding of Astana International Exchange and Share Acquisition of Pakistan Stock Exchange as well as Strategic Planning for SSE’s Global Financial Assets Trading Platform. He joined SSE in 2000 and has worked across multiple functions at the Exchange. He was the Chairman of the Working Committee of Asia Oceanic Stock Exchange Federation (AOSEF) between 2014 and 2016. Prior to joining SSE, Dr. Fu worked in Jun’An Securities Co. and Orient Securities Co. He graduated from Fudan University in 1998, where he earned a Ph.D. Degree in Finance.

 

Nurlan Kussainov

CEO, Astana International Financial Centre Authority

Mr. Kussainov is a graduate of Stanford Graduate School of Business, Sloan Master Program, MS in Management.

He also holds a graduate degree in Economics from the Kazakh State Academy of Management.

Mr. Kussainov was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of AIFC Authority in 2016 after serving as Deputy Governor of Kazakhstan’s National Bank for two years. In the years prior, he served as Chairperson of the Development Bank of Kazakhstan, Chairperson of the Center for Marketing and Analytical Research, Managing partner at Al Falah Capital Partners, and held various posts in several Kazakh government organizations.

Mr. Kussainov is fluent in Kazakh, Russian, and English.

 

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Andre Kuusvek

Director, Local Currency & Capital Market Development, EBRD

André Küüsvek is the EBRD Director for Local Currency and Capital Markets (LC2) Development, leading the Bank’s strategic LC2 Initiative.
Previously, he was EBRD Country Director in Ukraine (2008-13) and in Kazakhstan (2004-08). From 1996-2004, André led EBRD teams investing equity and debt in financial institutions, while also being coordinator for capital markets and stock exchanges and financial sector coordinator for several countries. In 1992 he began his banking career at Tartu Kommertspank and Tallinna Pank, later working for Schröder Münchmeyer Hengst, and for Dresdner Bank.
André has served on the boards of 30+ banks, insurance firms, equity funds and enterprises. He has an MSc from Tallinn University of Technology, and is also a graduate of the Estonian Business School and the Stockholm School of Economics.

 

Yes

Izabela Olszewska

Managing Director, Market Development, Warsaw Stock Exchange

Izabela Olszewska is the Managing Director responsible for market development at the Warsaw Stock Exchange.  She is a graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics and completed doctoral studies at the Faculty of Economic Science, University of Warsaw.
Active in the capital markets since 1992, Izabela joined the Warsaw Stock Exchange in 1999 where she has held a number of managerial positions and worked with investors and issuers, both domestic and foreign, across many sectors.  Her responsibilities have included expanding the Exchange’s product range across both regulated and alternative markets.
In addition, she serves as a Member of the Advisory Committee of the Central Securities Depository (KDPW) of Poland. 

 

Moderator

Mattia Romani

Managing Director, Economics, Policy & Governance, EBRD

Speakers

Hao Fu

Managing Director, Shanghai Stock Exchange

Nurlan Kussainov

CEO, Astana International Financial Centre Authority

Andre Kuusvek

Director, Local Currency & Capital Market Development, EBRD

Izabela Olszewska

Managing Director, Market Development, Warsaw Stock Exchange

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Wadi Rum Hall, Ground Floor
EBRD Annual Donor Meeting - Small Business Impact Network & Small Business Impact Fund Assembly

 

This session will provide an overview of the activities and results of the Small Business Initiative in 2017, and will address the operational priorities for 2018 and beyond. It will also host the annual Assembly of Contributors to the Small Business Impact Fund (SBIF), which will serve as a forum to present the results of the Fund, focusing on: resources mobilised, and (ii) ongoing activities and outcomes of programmes funded by the SBIF. Donors who are not contributors to the Fund will be welcome to this meeting as observers.

 

 

 

 

Invitation only – enquiries:

Sarah Platt-Smyth
plattsms@ebrd.com

 

Speaker information coming soon.
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Mount Nebo Hall, Sea Level (-1)
Harnessing the Potential of Energy Storage

The EBRD is committed to supporting the Green Energy Transition in its countries of operations. As more variable renewable energy sources are incorporated into the generation mix, new solutions are needed to ensure the stability of the electricity grid and the provision of reliable, high quality electricity supply. Additionally, the rise of distributed, consumer-led energy generation models may increase demand for solutions that decrease end users’ reliance on a centralized grid. Energy storage is likely to play a key role in providing such solutions to grid operators, generators and consumers alike.

This event will bring together stakeholders from the private, public and financial sector to discuss the future of energy storage and its role in creating resilient, green economies. We will explore the potential disruptive effect of storage on the energy industry, and how businesses and governments can contribute to and benefit from investment in energy storage solutions.

This event will be followed by a Reception.

 

For more information please contact: 

Anastasios Giamouridis
GiamourA@ebrd.com

Jason Channell

Managing Director, Citigroup

Based in London, Jason is Global Head of Citi’s Sustainable and Responsible Investment research team. Throughout his career Jason's research has covered the energy spectrum of utilities, oil and gas, and alternative energy, and he has presented to numerous governments, policymakers and regulators around the world on energy policy.

Jason is the lead author of some of Citi's most-read reports on energy, most notably the “Energy Darwinism” series which gained significant traction, culminating in its presentation to the United Nations, with Jason chairing the related session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Jason holds a degree in engineering science and management from the University of Durham and is regularly featured in the international media in print, online and television.

 

Guy Doyle

Chief Economist, Energy and Carbon, Mott MacDonald

He sits on the UK government’s Panel of Technical Experts, advising on capacity markets and other energy security issues. More generally, he advises on energy market fundamentals, project development, market design, regulatory frameworks and techno-economics. Guy is currently leading an EBRD assignment to assist the Jordanian government with regulations to enable electricity storage, and advising the UK on its smart systems and storage-funding programme. Recent projects include studying renewable energy auctions for Kenya, examining options for handling high levels of variable renewables and development models for offshore wind power, and studying arrangements for trading balancing energy for the EC. Before joining MML, Guy ran Power Ink, was a partner at McCloskey Coal, chief economist at IEA Coal Research and a forecasting consultant at Global Insight, as well as writing for the Financial Times.

 

Peter Kuijs

Managing Director, AES Jordan

With a background in electrical engineering Peter is managing AES’ Business in Jordan, consisting of the IPP’s: AES Jordan PSC (CCGT) and Levant with a total of 640MW of thermal generation and a 52MWp Solar project to be constructed near the village of Al Manakher East of Amman. Previously, Peter served as Plant manager of AES’s jointly owned 460MW CHP Elsta facility in the Netherlands. In this capacity, he was also responsible for the innovative Energy Storage Array project in Vlissingen, AES’ first Battery based Energy Storage Project in Europe, including playing a vital role in the successful completion of its construction, commissioning into operation, and subsequent O&M.

 

Risto Paldanius

Director Energy Storage, Solar and Integration, Wärtsilä Corporation

Mr. Risto Paldanius has 20 years of experience in different fields of energy sector: - Owners engineer and consultant for large GTCC projects at Pöyry Corporation - Thermal power plant life cycle solutions sales at GE - Electricity market advisor at Fortum - Developing power system studies and conducting feasibility models for different electricity markets and projects at Wartsila

Today develping energy storage and hybrid solutions for EMEA region as a head of business development for Greensmith Energy - A Wartsila Company.

Moderator

Mattia Romani

Managing Director, Economics, Policy & Governance, EBRD

Speakers

Jason Channell

Managing Director, Citigroup

Guy Doyle

Chief Economist, Energy and Carbon, Mott MacDonald

Peter Kuijs

Managing Director, AES Jordan

Risto Paldanius

Director Energy Storage, Solar and Integration, Wärtsilä Corporation

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Time Location Key Event
Philadelphia Hall, Ground Floor
Board of Governors' Opening Session

The Opening Session of the Board of Governors will commence at 10:00 and will finish at 11:00.

The EBRD is honoured to welcome His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein who will inaugurate the first EBRD Annual Meeting in the southern and eastern Mediterranean region with a keynote speech.

Mr Imad Najib Fakhoury, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation for Jordan and Chair of the Board of Governors, will also address the audience. Mr Suma Chakrabarti, EBRD President, will also deliver a speech.

The session will open with an inspirational video showing how the EBRD has a positive impact on people’s lives across three continents.

The session is open to all participants. Those wishing to attend should arrive in the Philadelphia Hall, Ground Level at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre no later than 09:45 as there will be no admittance after this time.

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Speaker information coming soon.
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Petra Hall,
Sea Level (-1)
Working with Civil Society to Increase Resilience to Climate Change and Water Scarcity

Many SEMED countries face significant water scarcity challenges. The projected impacts of climate change will put additional strain on water resources in the region and could increase the frequency, duration and intensity of droughts. These changes are a high priority threat to public health and the environment, entailing subsequent adverse economic impacts. In this context, Jordan, as the world’s fourth driest country, is particularly affected by water poverty challenges. The panel will explore the role of CSO and community engagement with municipalities and ways to improve stakeholder involvement in water governance in the SEMED region with the help of country-specific examples. Panellists will discuss how outreach measures to end users in local communities can improve awareness about safe and sustainable water and wastewater management practices, thereby increasing access to safe drinking water and establishing sustainable water supply systems.

Download the full agenda

Download the flyer

For more information, please visit: http://www.ebrd.com/who-we-are/civil-society/news-and-events.html

Speaker information coming soon.
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Philadelphia Hall, Ground Floor
The Future of Work: Addressing Tomorrow's Skills and Jobs Challenges

Ahead of the discussion panel ‘The Future of Work: Addressing Tomorrow's Skills and Jobs Challenges’, we will have the honour of hearing an address from Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah who is a passionate advocate for education, as well as youth and community empowerment.

BBC World News anchor Lucy Hockings will host this engaging session.

Disruptive changes in today’s world will have a significant impact on the demand for jobs and skills in the future. Globalisation, technological progress and demographic changes are altering the types and value of jobs available. This creates significant social and economic challenges, resulting in substantial adjustment costs. Migration and refugee flows are likely to place further strains on regional labour markets. At the same time, new technologies and new markets will generate unparalleled opportunities to generate new, more productive and rewarding jobs.

This panel will explore ways in which to strengthen the resilience and adaptability of labour markets. It will seek to shed light on the challenges that companies, workers and policy makers face but also identify opportunities to foster inclusive and sustainable growth, creating greater opportunities specifically for women and young people.

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Ayman Ismail

Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, The American University in Cairo

Ayman Ismail is the Jameel Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship at the American University in Cairo School of Business, the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Founding Director of the AUC Venture Lab. He received his PhD in International Economic Development from MIT.  Previously he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company’s Business Technology Office in New York, a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, and a co-founder and Managing Partner at Enovio Consulting. He is a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader (YGL); a cofounder, angel investor and board member in several fast-growing startups in mobile payments, microfinance, logistics and digital media.

Mark Keese

Head of Skills and Employability Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD

Mark Keese is the Head of the Skills and Employability Division in the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs at the OECD. He is in charge of the OECD’s work on labour market issues. This includes work on issues of skills use at work, mental health and work, displaced workers and older workers in the labour market. His published works include articles on: ageing and employment policies; labour markets in transition countries; skills; earnings inequality; and minimum wages.

 

Barbara Rambousek

Director – Gender and Economic Inclusion (Acting), EBRD

Barbara Rambousek is the EBRD’s Acting Director for Gender and Economic Inclusion. She leads the Bank’s work on gender equality and economic inclusion that creates access to economic opportunity for women, youth and refugees through private sector investments and policy dialogue. Key areas are access to employment and skills, entrepreneurship and services. Ms Rambousek has 20 years leadership experience in the design and delivery of multi-sectoral inclusion, gender and development programmes in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the UK. Previously, as Head of Regeneration and Corporate Strategy for the London Development Agency, she led major urban regeneration programmes and the formulation of London’s 20 year Economic Development Strategy. Ms Rambousek holds an MBA (Cass Business School, London) and MScs (London School of Economics and the University of Vienna).

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Dana Reizniece-Ozola

Minister of Finance, Latvia

Dana Reizniece-Ozola is the current Minister of Finance of Latvia, a position she has held since February 2016. She was Latvia’s Minister of Economics from 2014 to 2016. She was elected as a Member of the 10th, 11th and 12th Saeima (Latvian Parliament) and has worked as the Chairperson of the Commission on Education, Culture and Science, and as a Member of the Legal Affairs Commission and the European Affairs Commission. She studied international business at Häme Polytechnic University of Applied Sciences in Finland. She is also a graduate of the College of Law and Ventspils University College in Latvia and the International Space University in France. As the previous Head of Ventspils High Technology Park she managed several projects related to satellite and space technologies.. A champion chess player, Dana has represented Latvia in the Chess Olympiads and holds the title of Woman Grandmaster.

 

No

Moderator

Lucy Hockings

Presenter, BBC World News, BBC Global News Ltd.

Mattia Romani

Managing Director, Economics, Policy & Governance, EBRD

Speakers

Ayman Ismail

Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, The American University in Cairo

Mark Keese

Head of Skills and Employability Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD

Barbara Rambousek

Director – Gender and Economic Inclusion (Acting), EBRD

Dana Reizniece-Ozola

Minister of Finance, Latvia

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Wadi Rum Hall, Ground Floor
Uzbekistan: Now is the Time to Invest

 

Rich in natural resources, Uzbekistan is the most populous country in Central Asia with strong entrepreneurial traditions, a diversified manufacturing base, vast agricultural opportunities and a unique cultural heritage at the centre of the Silk Road.

The government has launched broad political and economic reforms and has already made impressive progress in liberalising the economy and improving the investment climate,  as well as strengthening relationships with its neighbours and the international community. Uzbekistan was recently named among the top 10 business environment improvers in the World Bank’s Doing Business rankings. This is opening up exciting opportunities for investors.

 The panel will discuss the key reforms under implementation; the improvements in the investment climate and measures to strengthen it further; and investment opportunities and priorities.

 

The EBRD in Uzbekistan

 

Sardor Kariev

General Manager, Jurabek laboratories Ltd J. V.

Cyril Muller

Vice President, World Bank Group

Cyril Muller joined the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia region as Vice President on 1 July 2015.

Previously, from 2011 to 2015, he was Vice President for External and Corporate Relations. Prior to that, he was the Director for Banking and Debt Management in the World Bank Treasury, responsible for modernizing the financial products available to member countries and providing public debt management advisory services. From 2005 to 2010, he served as the World Bank’s Special Representative for Europe, based in Paris. Muller has held a range of positions across the World Bank since 1991, with an external break in service from 2000-2005. He holds economics degrees from Neuchatel University in Switzerland and New York University.

 

Yes

Sardor Sagdullayev

Head of Department of the Republic of Uzbekistan for investments, State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Investments

Sagdullayev joined the State Committee for Investments of the Republic of Uzbekistan as Head of Department in February 2018.
From November 2017, he served as adviser on foreign economic issues to the Chairman of the Board of the National Bank for Foreign Economic Activity of the Republic of Uzbekistan. From 2009 to 2017 Sagdullayev served as a representative of Uzbekistan and adviser to the Executive Director at International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington, DC. From 2005 to 2009 Sagdullayev served as the Head of Department at Central Bank of Uzbekistan.
He graduated from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy of Uzbekistan (Bachelor of International Economics) in 1997 and holds an MBA on Financial Management from Pace University (New York, USA).

 

Richard Tollis

Partner, Infrastructure Advisory EMEIA, Ernst & Young

 

Richard Tollis is EY’s Partner leading  EMEIA Infrastructure Team. Richard has more than 18 years’ experience in the Transactions space advising the public and private sectors on M&A, privatisation, PPPs, fund design and raising debt and equity. He also has significant experience operating in many different roles across the Infrastructure sector including infrastructure fund management, government, investment banking and wider lead financial advisory work. Richard has worked in a large number of EMEIA markets across Western Europe, CIS, Baltics, MENA, South Africa, India and holds an MSc from Bristol University.

 

 

 

Moderator

Natasha Khanjenkova

Managing Director, Central Asia and Russia, EBRD

Keynote

Sukhrob Kholmuradov

Deputy PM / Chairman of the committee for investments, Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan/State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for investments

Speakers

Sardor Kariev

General Manager, Jurabek laboratories Ltd J. V.

Cyril Muller

Vice President, World Bank Group

Sardor Sagdullayev

Head of Department of the Republic of Uzbekistan for investments, State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Investments

Richard Tollis

Partner, Infrastructure Advisory EMEIA, Ernst & Young

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Terrace,
Sea Level (-1)
Networking Lunch

Networking Breakfasts and Lunches are complimentary and open to all Annual Meeting participants.

 

 

 

Speaker information coming soon.
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Petra Hall,
Sea Level (-1)
Supporting Youth Inclusion Through Civil Society Engagement in SEMED

This panel will be organised and led by civil society organisations (CSOs) themselves following a selection process. The panel will explore the role of civil society in creating a conducive environment for integrating youth and facilitating their access to finance and economic opportunities in the southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region. Globalisation, migration and growing refugee flows have put labour markets under considerable pressure recently. In this context, young people in EBRD countries of operations often face challenges such as high unemployment rates, lack of skills and access to training. The panel will look into the important role played by civil society organisations in bridging these gaps by fostering youth entrepreneurship, access to finance, and by catalysing the creation of jobs and the development of skills.

Download the full agenda

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For more information, please visit: http://www.ebrd.com/who-we-are/civil-society/news-and-events.html

Speaker information coming soon.
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Mount Nebo Hall, Sea Level (-1)
The World in 2018 - Opportunities and Challenges

Businesses need to understand the economic and political context before they take decisions. Our world has never been more challenging but there are opportunities too, in the months ahead. What does the southern and eastern Mediterranean look like for the rest of 2018? What are the major global challenges? We will be recording a special edition of the EBRD Pocket Economics Podcast before a live audience at the Annual Meeting & Business Forum. Examining the issues will be a panel of experts and there will also be a chance for you to put your questions on the issues that matter to you.

Listen to the Pocket Economics Podcast here

Neil Buckley

Eastern Europe Editor, Financial Times Ltd.

Neil Buckley is Eastern Europe Editor at the Financial Times, responsible for overseeing the paper’s coverage of central and eastern Europe and the former Soviet republics, including writing editorial columns. An FT journalist for more than 25 years, he has previously served as Moscow Bureau Chief, New York correspondent and EU correspondent in Brussels, and has twice been a columnist on the FT’s agenda-setting Lex Column. He is a former Business Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards.

Yes

Sergei Guriev

Chief Economist, EBRD

Sergei Guriev joined EBRD in 2016 after running the New Economic School in Moscow in 2004-13 and serving as a tenured professor of economics at Sciences Po, Paris in 2013-16. His research interests include contract theory, corporate governance, political economics and labor mobility. He has published in international refereed journals including American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of European Economic Association, Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Perspectives and American Political Science Review. He has been a board member of Sberbank, E.ON Russia, Alfa-Strakhovanie Insurance Company, Russia Venture Company, Russian Home Mortgage Lending Agency, Russian Agricultural Bank, and the Dynasty Foundation. He also served as a President of the Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics. He is a Member of the Executive Committee of the International Economic Assoc. and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London.

Yes

Alexia Latortue

Managing Director, Corporate Strategy, EBRD

Alexia Latortue joined the EBRD in April 2017 as Managing Director for Corporate Strategy. She also manages relationships with other IFIs.

She has 20 years experience in international development and financial systems development. Ms Latortue was previously the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Development Policy at the US Department of the Treasury.

Before Treasury, Ms Latortue spent 10 years with the World Bank where her last assignment was Deputy CEO of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP).

An American national, Ms Latortue grew up in Puerto Rico, West Africa and Austria. She received her MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and her BS from Georgetown University.

 

Yes

Tarek Osman

Senior Political Counsellor, EBRD

Tarek Osman is the EBRD’s senior political counselor for the Arab world. He advises the EBRD’s Board of Directors and Senior Management on the region’s politics and political economy. He is the author of “Islamism: A History of Political Islam” (Yale, 2017) and “Egypt on the Brink” (Yale, 2010). He wrote and presented several BBC documentary series on the Arab and Islamic worlds. Tarek has 18-years experience working on the Arab World’s history, socio-politics, and political economy. He advised major investment management, investment banking, strategy consulting, and oil firms, on the region.

Yes

Moderator

Jonathan Charles

Managing Director, Communications, EBRD

Speakers

Neil Buckley

Eastern Europe Editor, Financial Times Ltd.

Sergei Guriev

Chief Economist, EBRD

Alexia Latortue

Managing Director, Corporate Strategy, EBRD

Tarek Osman

Senior Political Counsellor, EBRD

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Dead Sea Hall,
Sea Level (-1)
Board of Governors' Plenary Session

Part 1: Roundtable Discussion (Closed Session)

Part 2: Institutional Matters (Open Session)

 

 

Speaker information coming soon.
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Al-Harannah 5,
Level 1
Energy in Fast Forward

There has been a revolution in the cost of renewable energy. In country after country, wind and solar power are becoming the cheapest sources of electricity. Meanwhile the networks that deliver electricity are undergoing their own revolution as they become smart, dynamic grids. These developments are turning old assumptions about pricing, regulation and market structures on their heads while offering the promise of a reliable, affordable and decarbonised electricity sector.

This discussion will look at the prospects and limits for renewable energy, the future of networks and the new regulatory and contractual frameworks this new world will need. It will consider cost expectations, the potential for energy storage and other disruptive technologies and which role conventional generation will play in the future.

A distinguished panel of industry leaders, policy makers and academics will outline what is possible in this sector, what technological innovations we can expect or must prioritise, and how regulatory frameworks should adapt.

 


 

Professor Nick Butler

Visiting Professor and Founding Chairman of the Policy Institute, Kings College London

Nick Butler is Visiting Professor and Founding Chairman of the Kings Policy Institute at Kings College London.  He was Group Vice President for Policy and Strategy at BP from 2002 to 2007 and subsequently senior Policy Adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown.  He writes a regular blog on Energy and Power for the Financial Times. 

Khaled Irani

Senior Advisor, Alcazar Energy

Dr. Andrea Lovato

Vice President Business Development, ACWA Power International

Dr. Lovato is a seasoned industry expert in the power utilty space with focus on Independent Power and Desalination Projects (IWPP), developed, financed constructed and operated through concession or utility outsourcing contract models.

Since 2009 Dr. Lovato has worked on the development of several IPP and IWPP projects in the region and internationally, with special focus in the recent years to renewables (CSP/PV/Wind). He has secured financial closing of various industry’s landmark projects, inlcuidng the NOORo projects in Morocco and the DEWA project in Dubai.

Dr. Lovato recevied a Ph.D. in Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen and has been based in the UAE since 2005.

 

Katarina Mathernova

Deputy Director General of DG NEAR, European Commission, DG NEAR

Katarína Mathernová has been Deputy Director General of DG NEAR, the Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations since 2015. She served as Deputy Director General in DG Regional Policy from 2007-10.
She has held senior management and advisory posts at the European Commission, the World Bank (2002-04 and 2010-14), and in the reform government in the Slovak Republic (1998-2002) where she was Chief Institutional and Policy Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs. Ms Mathernová holds a Juris Doctor degree from Comenius University in Bratislava, a Masters of Law degree from the University of Michigan, is a member of the New York Bar, and speaks six languages.
Her distinctions include Slovak Woman of the Year in 2000 and the Pro Bono Human Rights award in 1993 from the International Human Rights Law Group.

 

Moderator

Nandita Parshad

Managing Director, Energy & Natural Resources, EBRD

Speakers

Professor Nick Butler

Visiting Professor and Founding Chairman of the Policy Institute, Kings College London

Khaled Irani

Senior Advisor, Alcazar Energy

Dr. Andrea Lovato

Vice President Business Development, ACWA Power International

Katarina Mathernova

Deputy Director General of DG NEAR, European Commission, DG NEAR

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Mount Nebo Hall, Sea Level (-1)
An Exceptional Growth Story in the European Cable and Media Industry
United Group session

The United Group panel discussion aims to provide direct insight into a fascinating success story – a story about achieving success in a part of the world where building a large and thriving company such as United Group was a huge challenge, especially the process of creating business across borders in a region recently going through a war and about overcoming the challenge of attracting investments in general, let alone getting some of the biggest and most successful investors, such as KKR and the EBRD, on board.

Watch Session

 

 

Victoriya Boklag

CEO, United Group

Ms. Boklag has served in a number of strategic positions at United Group over the past 16 years. Before taking over the role of United Group’s CEO, Viktorija held several responsible positions in finance and commercial operations and acted as CEO of SBB, the leading cable operator in Serbia, and VP of Marketing and Media of United Group. Ms. Boklag is also a member of the Board of SBB Foundation.

Alain Pilloux

EBRD Vice President, Banking, EBRD

Alain Pilloux has overall responsibility for delivery of the Bank's new investment, portfolio and advisory activities, as well as contributing to policy engagement. Before his appointment to this post in 2016, Alain was Acting Vice President for Policy and Partnerships, a role that included coordinating strategies and policy engagement, mobilising and managing multilateral and bilateral donor funding and overseeing the EBRD's engagement with key external partners. After starting his career at the Inspection Générale des Finances in Paris, Alain joined the EBRD in 1992 as a senior banker. He held various management roles, including Country Director for Poland (1995-97), Business Group Director for Central Europe and the Baltic States (1998-2005), Managing Director for Russia (2006-09) and Managing Director, Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness (2010-15). From 2014 Alain also took responsibility for the Bank's direct equity and equity fund investment.

Yes

Jean-Pierre Saad

Managing Director, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Partners LLP

Jean-Pierre Saad (London) joined KKR in 2008 and is part of the Private Equity platform where he is responsible for Technology and Telecom investments in EMEA. He has led KKR’s investments in OVH, SoftwareONE and United Group (f.k.a. SBB/Telemach) and was previously involved in NXP Semiconductors, Acteon, Van Gansewinkel and Legrand. He currently serves on the board of directors of OVH, SoftwareONE and United Group. Prior to joining the Firm, he worked in the telecoms and media team of Lehman Brothers in London. Mr. Saad holds a Grande Ecole degree from HEC Paris as well as an Engineering degree with high distinction in Computer and Communications from the American University of Beirut.

Dragan Šolak

Founder and Chairman of the Board, United Group

 

Mr. Šolak founded United Group as a start-up in Serbia in 2002 and expanded the operations in the region of the former Yugoslavia. He served as the Company's CEO until 2008 and was responsible for all the Company's strategic and operational initiatives during this period. From 2009, Mr. Šolak took over the position of the Chairman of the Board of United Group. In his current role, he is involved in all aspects of the business and responsible for the overall strategic management of the Group.

No

Moderator

Tihomir Ladišić

News Director, Adria News Zagreb

Speakers

Victoriya Boklag

CEO, United Group

Alain Pilloux

EBRD Vice President, Banking, EBRD

Jean-Pierre Saad

Managing Director, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Partners LLP

Dragan Šolak

Founder and Chairman of the Board, United Group

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Wadi Rum Hall, Ground Floor
Mobilising Impact Investments

Meeting the transition challenges in the EBRD region will require mobilisation of large scale capital from multiple sources: development finance institutions are part of the picture, but the private sector – institutional investors and asset managers, commercial banks and family offices, and philanthropic capital – has a big role to play.

Impact investing – investing with the intention to generate a measurable social and environmental impact alongside a market-based financial return – is a growing field, with more actors and more capital deployed each year. It is one of the many ways development actors and private capital together can help countries address their Sustainable Development Goals and Paris climate commitments.

This panel will explore ways in which international financial institutions like EBRD can partner with private capital in innovative ways to invest for and with impact. It will set the stage to explore winning strategies by companies, investors and development finance institutions to further the transition to well-functioning, sustainable market economies.

This Discussion Panel will be followed by a Reception.

 

Daniel Calderon

Chief Executive Officer, Alcazar Energy

Daniel is the co-founder and CEO of Alcazar Energy Partners (AEP).

Prior to Alcazar Energy, Daniel worked at Masdar as the Head of Origination and Investment Management, acquiring, developing and operating projects in the renewable energy sector. He also worked at General Electric for 10 years in various M&A and Principal Investments roles in Asia, Europe, North and South America.

Daniel has developed several renewable energy projects including the first and second utility scale wind farms in the Middle East; two of the first solar PV plants in the UAE as well as in Jordan; the first solar CSP plant in the Middle East; the world’s first CSP Tower project with salt storage; and the world’s largest off-shore wind farm as of 2014.

He holds degrees in industrial engineering and finance from University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Cum-Laude) and an MBA from London Business School.

 

No

Jay Collins

Vice-Chairman, Corporate and Investment Banking, Citigroup

Jay Collins has covered governments his entire career. He currently covers governments as diverse and complex as the U.S. government as well as Emerging Market governments, such as the Philippines. Jay has held a variety of senior roles at Citi since 1997. Jay has responsibility for driving content, innovation and replicable solutions across Citi’s government client base. He has advised 46 different governments on privatizations, liability management and funding solutions, derivatives, and electronic banking services, including mobile finance and card solutions.

Jay is currently working with Citi’s government clients to (1) implement commodity, rates and FX risk mitigation techniques (2) reduce paper and cash processes (3) develop new and innovative funding strategies, including liability management (4) monetize state assets (5) utilize mobile financial solutions to improve financial inclusion and (6) enhance emergency financial preparedness.

 

Yes

Jacco Minnaar

Managing Director, Triodos Investment Management

Jacco Minnaar (1971) is Managing Director at Triodos Investment Management and Triodos Investment Advisory & Services B.V. He is member of the management board and responsible for the investment funds in non-listed assets, including infrastructure/renewable energy and inclusive finance in both Europe and Emerging Markets. Jacco has 22 years of experience working in the financial sector and investment industry. At Triodos Investment Management Jacco worked as Director Energy and Climate, fund manager Triodos Fair Share Fund and Regional Manager Africa and Latin America, responsible for both equity and debt investments in Emerging Markets. Before joining Triodos Investment Management in October 2006, Jacco worked as manager of the Financial Markets Development Program of International Finance Corporation (IFC) in the Mekong region. Jacco holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Science and is a CFA® charterholder.

 

Hashim Shawa

Chairman, Bank of Palestine Group

Hashim Shawa is chairman of the Bank of Palestine Group, after having joined Bank of Palestine as chairman and general manager in 2007. The group has an Islamic banking arm (Arab Islamic Bank), a Fintech company (PalPay) and a brokerage investment arm (Al Wasata). Mr. Shawa began his banking career at Citigroup in 1997, where at Citigroup Italy he managed the group’s transition from the lira to the euro. In 2005 he joined HSBC Switzerland as director of MENA. Mr. Shawa is chairman of the boards of directors of Al-Wasata Securities Co., PalPay E-Payment Solutions, and Ibtikar Innovation Fund. He is a member of the Emerging Markets Advisory Council, as well as a member of the board of trustees of Bethlehem University and the World Economic Forum.

 

Muna Sukhtian

Managing Director, Microfund for Women

She started her career as a management consultant in the US; moved back to work in her family’s pharmaceutical business. She then served as Chief of Staff to Her Majesty Queen Rania's Office. She is currently Managing Director of Microfund for Women. Muna was named Co-Chair of Women’s World Banking Board of Trustees, Founding Board Member in Sanadcom for Business Finance, Vice Chairman of Tanmeyeh Jordan Microfinance Network, she is also a board member at GMS Holdings, Queen Rania Award for Excellence in Education, Royal Film Commission & Abdulhameed Shoman Foundation. She has completed her term on the Washington-based Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, Queen Rania Teaching Academy & Greater Amman Municipality. She holds BA degree in Business - Harvard University & MBA - INSEAD.

 

No

Moderator

Laurie Spengler

President & CEO, Enclude Capital

Keynote

Jurgen Rigterink

First Vice Pdt. & Head of CS Group, EBRD

Speakers

Daniel Calderon

Chief Executive Officer, Alcazar Energy

Jay Collins

Vice-Chairman, Corporate and Investment Banking, Citigroup

Jacco Minnaar

Managing Director, Triodos Investment Management

Hashim Shawa

Chairman, Bank of Palestine Group

Muna Sukhtian

Managing Director, Microfund for Women

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Al-Harannah 5,
Level 1
Innovation in Banking
UniCredit session

Traditional banking faces many challenges – not only the fast-changing business environment and digital landscape, but also the need to constantly improve the customer experience. Innovation today is seen as vital for banks to keep up, remain relevant and maintain their market position. Join us for a panel discussion where, together with representatives of some of the leading innovators in the banking world, we will explore this topic in depth. What is the current status of innovation in banking? How can we integrate new and innovative technologies within financial services? What challenges and opportunities does ´being innovative´ bring and what are the trends going forward?

Joze Lenic

President of the Management Board, Abanka d.d.

Jože Lenič has been President of the Management Board (CEO) of Abanka since 2011. He has more than 15 years of management and leadership experience. Previously, he was Partner at a private insurance brokerage house, Axum Insurance. Between 2003 and 2005, he was the CEO of the largest Slovenian insurance group, Zavarovalnica Triglav. Between 2000 and 2003, he served as President of the Capital Fund, a state-owned asset management company. Jože Lenič was also elected Member of Slovenian Parliament in the period 1993-1999 and sat as MP on Finance, Infrastructure and International Relations Committees of the Parliament. Before that he was a President of Executive council of Municipality of Domžale. Jože Lenič has extensive experience in serving as a member of supervisory boards in different banks and companies. He holds a Masters in International Economics from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana.

Yes

Giovanni Luigi Lucini

Head of CEE CIB Strategy, Innovation & Commercial Planning, UniCredit

Giovanni started his career in 2000 at Arthur D. Little Inc., Milan Branch, as management consultant. Giovanni focused, since the beginning, on Financial Institutions and on innovation/technological topics. He moved to McKinsey Company Inc. in 2007, keep focusing on Financial Institutions, Private Equity and Market Infrastructure Providers. He supported multiple prominent institutions in EMEA, taking a leading role in McK Risk Management Practice as Associate Principal. He joined UniCredit in 2015 in his current role. Since then, he has strongly contributed to shape and execute multiple strategic initiatives, with a focus on innovative Group-wide projects in corporate area, fully leveraging on big data technologies. He is also leading the transformation of Commercial Planning to exploit opportunities deriving from advanced analytics. He is also a Member of the Supervisory Board at Unicredit Leasing in Baltics.

Zeki Onder

Executive Vice President, Sekerbank T.A.S

 

Mr. Önder has been with SEKERBANK since 2002 as Executive Vice President in charge of International Banking. He is a member of the Executive Committee and holding board membership positions in subsidiaries of Şekerbank. He has led various strategy and restructuring projects in order to develop the current successful business plan of the bank. He began his banking career in 1991 and worked for various Turkish banks at managerial and executive levels. Mr. Önder is a graduate of California State University - Sacramento with Major in International Business and Marketing; Minor in Economics. He has articles published in various international publications on Turkish Banking and Finance.

No

Gonca Yılmaz Çetin

Group Head, Correspondent Banking and Credit Analysis, Denizbank

Senior Vice President  Correspondent Banking and FI Credit Analysis Gonca Yilmaz Cetin heads Denizbank’s Correspondent Banking and FI Credit Analysis Business under Financial Institutions Group. She started her banking carreer at former OYAK Bank as a Management Trainee in 2002 where she served as a Commercial Banking client representative and as an Area Manager at FI until 2008.  After serving 2 years at Aktif Bank as an FI Area Manager, she joined DenizBank in 2010.  Born in 1980, Gonca Yilmaz Cetin is a graduate of Middle East Technical University (METU), Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Political Science and Public Administration.

Moderator

Andrea Diamanti

Head of CEE Corporate and Investment Banking and Private Banking, UniCredit

Speakers

Joze Lenic

President of the Management Board, Abanka d.d.

Giovanni Luigi Lucini

Head of CEE CIB Strategy, Innovation & Commercial Planning, UniCredit

Zeki Onder

Executive Vice President, Sekerbank T.A.S

Gonca Yılmaz Çetin

Group Head, Correspondent Banking and Credit Analysis, Denizbank

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Mount Nebo Hall,
Sea Level (-1)
Russia: Macroeconomic Developments and Investment Opportunities

This session will present progress achieved by Russia over the last few years in resuming economic growth, improving macroeconomic indicators and developing its domestic capital market. Russia has recently regained its investment grade rating and is currently ranked 35th in the World Bank’s Doing Business rankings. This is opening up new opportunities for both domestic and foreign investors.
 
The panel will discuss:
- Russian macroeconomic indicators today and looking forward
- improvement in the investment climate and measures to strengthen it further
- Russian capital market development
- investment opportunities and priorities.

The EBRD in Russia

Anton Gubkin

Chief Executive Officer, Hlebprom

Anton Gubkin is the Director General of Hlebprom, the leading cake manufacturer in Russia. He has been with Hlebprom since 2007. Prior to that, he held senior positions in finance with Enforta, Sibur, Tele2, Beeline and PwC.  He is a graduate of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University and obtained his Chartered Certified Accountant qualification (FCCA) in 1999.

 

No

Igor Kustarin

Director, Development of Regions and Investment Climate, Agency for Strategic Initiatives

In 2004-2012, Igor Kustarin worked at various positions with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants (Moscow and Munich). In 2012, Mr. Kustarin moved to the Boston Consulting Group (Moscow) where he stayed as Director until 2016. In his more than a decade of international strategic consulting experience, Mr. Kustarin was engaged in projects for both public and private sectors strategic development, operational improvement programs development, as well as mergers and acquisitions and post-merger integration. Mr. Kustarin specifically worked with hi-tech and telecom sectors, and implementation of major public national initiatives. In 2017, Igor Kustarin joined Russia’s Agency for Strategic Initiatives as Regional Development Director, having taken charge (among other things) of the National Investment Climate Index.

Maxim Lapin

Chief Financial Officer, Moscow Exchange

Maх Lapin obtained a summa cum laude masters degree in financial economics from the Moscow State University, and graduated within top 3% of the MBA’07 class from the Columbia Business School, majoring in corporate finance. He is a dedicated follower of the beyond budgeting management philosophy, applied mathematics, econometrics, big data and digital marketing.

Before joining Moscow Exchange Max Lapin was a member of the Management Board and a Business Development Director at MMK. Before MMK he was in charge of Planning and Analysis at Sibur. Previously, Max worked with the Moscow office of McKinsey & Company where he focused on strategy and operational efficiency in the industrial and banking sectors.

Max Lapin was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer and the Member of the Executive Board of Moscow Exchange in 2017.

Dominic Reed

Partner, UFG Private Equity

Moderator

Denis Morozov

Executive Director, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Speakers

Anton Gubkin

Chief Executive Officer, Hlebprom

Igor Kustarin

Director, Development of Regions and Investment Climate, Agency for Strategic Initiatives

Maxim Lapin

Chief Financial Officer, Moscow Exchange

Dominic Reed

Partner, UFG Private Equity

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Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea
Cultural Performance & Reception for All Participants

Reception For All Participants hosted by the Jordanian Authorities at the Movenpick Hotel

The Cultural Show will showcase a sample of Jordan's best performing arts groups. The show will start with the Abdulhalim Alkhatib Trio performing a selection of their Classical Arabic Qanoun (The Arabic Zither) repertoire. The trio will be followed by a performance from the Jordan String Quartet with some classical selections from their repertoire.

The evening will end with a number of dances inspired by Jordan, performed by the Misk Dance Company from the National Center for Culture and Arts (NCCA). In the transitions, the audience can enjoy a selection of videos produced by the Jordan Tourism Board (JTB), two of which are a collaboration between Jordanian composer Talal Abu Ragheb and the JTB with pieces inspired by Aqaba and Wadi Rum.

 

Further Details

The cultural show will start at 19:15 promptly, in the Sunset Arena and will last for one hour.

The show will be followed by a cocktail reception for guests to network in a beautiful outdoor setting.

For security reasons, the Annual Meeting badge MUST be worn at all times.


A shuttle service from the KHCC will commence at 18:15 and continue for every 15 minutes until 19:00.

The returning service from the Movenpick will begin at 20:40 and continue every 20 minutes until 22:00.

Speaker information coming soon.
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Time Location Key Event
Dead Sea Hall,
Sea Level (-1)
Networking Breakfast

Networking Breakfasts and Lunches are complimentary and open to all Annual Meeting participants.

Speaker information coming soon.
X
Dead Sea Hall,
Sea Level (-1)
EBRD's Sustainability Event

Sustainability is at the heart of the Bank’s mandate and EBRD’s Sustainability Event 2018 will highlight the accomplishments of the Bank and its clients.
This event, organised by EBRD’s Environment and Sustainability Department, will begin with a dynamic presentation of the Bank’s Sustainability Report 2017. We will demonstrate how EBRD implements its environmental and social policies, explaining strategic themes, showing how we monitor and measure impacts, and how we engage with our stakeholders. The launch will include an external expert review of the report followed by a discussion with active audience participation.
The event will conclude with the EBRD Sustainability Awards 2018, where we will showcase and celebrate the remarkable achievements of award winning EBRD clients. Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards will be presented in four categories: Sustainable Energy; Climate Resilience; Environmental & Social Best Practice and Environmental & Social Innovation.
Sustainability Award Judges

Listen to the Session


The Gold Winners

Sustainable Energy

Project Latte
(ENFAŞ ENERJİ ELEKTRİK ÜRETİMİ A.Ş.)

Climate Resilience

Saïss Water Conservation Project
(Royaume du Maroc, Ministère de l'Agriculture, de la Pêche Maritime, du Développement Rural et des Eaux et Forêts)

Environmental and Social Best Practice

Egyptian National Railways Restructuring
(Egyptian National Railways)

Environmental and Social Innovation

VIPA Energy Efficiency Structured Loan
(Private Limited Liability Company, Public Investment Development Agency (VIPA))


The Silver Winners:

Sustainable Energy

Risha Solar PV Power
Risha for Solar Power Projects PSC, 100% owned by ACWA Power

Climate Resilience

Tajikistan Climate Resilience Financing Facility
Microcredit Deposit Organisation “Humo”

Environmental and Social Best Practice

Shymkent WWT Essential Modernization Project
“Vodnye Resursy Marketing” LLP.

Environmental and Social Innovation

Sisecam Resource Efficiency, Glass Recycling and Energy Efficiency, and Glass Recycling Equity Projects
Türkiye Şişe ve Cam Fabrikaları A.Ş.


The Bronze Winners:

Sustainable Energy

Green Cities Framework: Banja Luka District Heating

Climate Resilience (2 bronze winners)

Enguri HPP – Climate Resilience Upgrade project

Varna Climate Resilience Infrastructure Project
Varna Municipality

Environmental and Social Best Practice (2 bronze winners)

Fayoum Wastewater Expansion Programme
Arab Republic of Egypt - Holding Company for Water and Wastewater

Dundee Precious Metals Equity
Dundee Precious Metals

Environmental and Social Innovation

Nibulon Grain Infrastructure
NIBULON

Alistair Clark

Managing Director, Environment & Sustainability, EBRD

Dr Alistair Clark is Managing Director of the Environment and Sustainability Department. His role includes ensuring that all investments are consistent with the Environmental and Social Policy and Environmental Procedures of EBRD and he is also responsible for providing strategic direction to EBRD on the implementation of the Bank’s environmental and social mandate and the incorporation of environmental and social aspects in all sector and country policies and strategies. He has been responsible for the 2003, 2008 and 2014 Environmental and Social Policies of EBRD. He is a member of EBRD’s Senior Management Group. In addition, he is a member of the UK Export Guarantee Advisory Council and Trustee of Television for the Environment, a UK registered charity specialising in environmental and social issues.

Yes

Jan Piotrowski

Environment Correspondent, The Economist

Jan Piotrowski is The Economist‘s Environment correspondent. Previously he was São Paulo bureau chief. Jan also held the position of the online science editor, having joined The Economist following a three-month stint as the Richard Casement science intern in 2008. He is a regular contributor to “The World In” annual compilation of forecasts, which examines the critical issues that will shape the year ahead. Mr Piotrowski holds a PhD in linguistics and philosophy from Warsaw University, where he lectured in semantics and translation theory.

 

Moderator

Jonathan Charles

Managing Director, Communications, EBRD

Speakers

Alistair Clark

Managing Director, Environment & Sustainability, EBRD

Jan Piotrowski

Environment Correspondent, The Economist

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Philadelphia Hall,
Ground Floor
Jordan: Fostering Investment, Trade and Innovation Throughout the Region and Beyond

Jordan has always been a unique country for turning challenges into opportunities; bridging three continents and being a regional and global hub for business, trade and investments. It has also been able to position itself as a regional leader in renewable energy, consulting services, the finance sector, pharmaceuticals, medical tourism and education, as well as being a leading regional capital for ICT, startups and the creative industries.

Jordan may be small, but it is rich in terms of its strategic assets and as a gateway for regional and world trade and business. Jordan constantly seeks to extend what such a gateway can provide Jordanians and their partners. Not only access to billions of consumers through multiple FTAs, but diversifying exports and partners. Not only active connections to global supply chains, but international networks that facilitate small and medium-sized enterprises through financing, partnerships and new markets.

The Jordan Investment Outlook session will consist of the following three panels:
- Promotion
- Exploring the Pearl of the Red Sea – Aqaba
- Empowering Economies through Innovation

The EBRD in Jordan 

Watch Session

Sahl Dudin

Managing Director, Ayla Oasis Development Company

Sahl Dudin is the Managing Director of Ayla Oasis Development Company, and a board member of its 26 affiliated firms.
Mr Dudin has over 32 years of experience in the development of large-scale projects. He began his career as an engineering supervisor at Jordan’s Public Security Directorate in 1986, and then became Director of Maintenance and Engineering at Hotel Intercontinental Jordan. He later led high net-worth projects in hospitality and tourism for Zara Investment Holding Company.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jordan Tourism Board, the Investment Board of the Social Security Investment Fund, the Board of Trustees of Tafila Technical University, and the boards of a number of other organisations.
Sahl holds BSc degrees in mechanical and civil engineering from the University of Hartford, USA.

No

Sheldon Fink

Chief Executive Officer, PBI, Aqaba Industrial Estate LLP

Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in the United States of America, Sheldon Fink holds a JD degree from the Harvard Law School.

Mr Fink has served as CEO of an American Stock Exchange-listed manufacturing company and as a developer of water desalination, energy and transport initiatives in Israel, Jordan and Turkey.

In 2004 he became CEO of PBI Aqaba Industrial Estate Group, which is involved in developing industrial and logistics projects in Aqaba, Jordan. Mr Fink owns 50 per cent of the Group.

 

Omri Gainsburg

Senior Investment Director, Meridiam

Omri Gainsburg is Vice Chairman of AIG’s Board of Directors, and Director for Turkey and Eurasia and Senior Investment Director at Meridiam, where he oversees the firm’s development, investment and asset-management activities in the region as well as its office in Istanbul.
Gainsburg has overseen Meridiam’s growth in Turkey and spearheaded the company’s expansion into new geographies and initiatives, such as green bond financing for emerging market infrastructure. He has been active in Meridian’s milestone projects, including its first investments in Spain (A66 highway), Chile (Félix Bulnes Hospital), Turkey (Adana Hospital PPP) and Jordan (Queen Alia International Airport). Before joining the firm in 2010, Omri worked for Lazard’s restructuring practice.
He holds a BSc and BBA from the University of Texas, Austin.

 

Reem Goussous

Managing Director, Endeavor

Reem Goussous is the Managing Director of Endeavor Jordan, a global organisation that works to accelerate the growth of startups and small and medium-sized enterprises. Previously, she worked as a development economist, spearheaded the establishment of several research and reporting units, and worked as a policy adviser to the Minister of Planning and International Cooperation of Jordan.
 
Goussous is currently on the boards of the Arab Potash Company, Capital Bank, the Jordan River Foundation, Capital Investments, and is the Vice Chair of the Numeira Mixed Salts and Mud Company.

She holds a BA and MA in economics from Boston University.

Sergei Guriev

Chief Economist, EBRD

Sergei Guriev joined EBRD in 2016 after running the New Economic School in Moscow in 2004-13 and serving as a tenured professor of economics at Sciences Po, Paris in 2013-16. His research interests include contract theory, corporate governance, political economics and labor mobility. He has published in international refereed journals including American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of European Economic Association, Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Perspectives and American Political Science Review. He has been a board member of Sberbank, E.ON Russia, Alfa-Strakhovanie Insurance Company, Russia Venture Company, Russian Home Mortgage Lending Agency, Russian Agricultural Bank, and the Dynasty Foundation. He also served as a President of the Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics. He is a Member of the Executive Committee of the International Economic Assoc. and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London.

Yes

Emad Hejazeen

Representative, Special Economic Zone

Zeid Husban

Co- Founder & Chief Executive Astronaut, POSRocket

Zeid obtained his bachelor’s degree in electronics and communications engineering from the University of Kent, UK, in 2008. He returned to Jordan and started as a technical support engineer, then he co-founded ifood.jo, an online food ordering platform, in 2012.

Despite it being a self-funded venture, both partners managed to quickly eliminate all local competitors. With annual growth of 200 per cent, ifood.jo attracted the eye of foreign investors and in 2013, the company sold a majority stake to the Turkish food ordering company Yemeksipeti. Zeid sold the rest of his shares in 2016 after a successful acquisition by the global giants "Delivery Hero".

Since then, Zeid has begun another venture with the vision to revolutionise the point-of-sale systems in the region with a cloud-based product called “POSRocket”.

 

Ahmad Khalifeh

General Manager, Jordan bromine Co.

Ahmad Khalifeh is Vice-President of Global Bromine Specialties at Albemarle Corporation (ALB), a US speciality Chemicals firm & General Manager of the Jordan Bromine Company, a joint venture between the Arab Potash Company and ALB. 
From 2007-14  served as ALB’s Regional Vice-President, Middle East and India, and later as Chief Administrative Officer. He is Vice-Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Jordan, and a Director of the Jordanian business association EDAMA.
Mr Khalifeh holds an MSc degree from Nottingham University in the United Kingdom.

 

Loay Malahmeh

Head of Innovation at Luminus Group, FabLab Irbid

Loay Malameh is the Head of Innovation at Luminus Education, the largest TVET provider in Jordan. Luminus founded Jordan’s first fabrication lab "Fab Lab Irbid" and also its first hardware and manufacturing incubator funded by the EU -  "Luminus Shamal Start" with a portfolio of 84 startups and an upcoming venture capital fund, Luminus Ventures for hardware tech and manufacturing investments.

Prior to joining Luminus Group, he co-founded 3Dmena and ROW, two social enterprises that build fabrication labs and social innovation hubs. He worked on advocating 3D printing technology adoption as well as initiating the “fab lab” movement in Jordan, and setting up labs and humanitarian makerspaces in Turkey and Greece.

Loay and his work have been featured in Wired, Popular Science, Upworthy, Newsweek, Techcrunch, Wamda/GE Makers, the BBC and the World Economic Forum.

Tamam Mango

CEO, Crown Prince Foundation

Tamam Mango is the CEO of the Crown Prince Foundation. She holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Exeter, a Master’s Degree in International Development and Regional Planning, and Bachelor’s Degrees in Urban Planning and Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Tamam was a member of the Jordan National Competitiveness Team at the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation and the Jordan Agency for Enterprise and Investment Development. Prior to her work with the Crown Prince Foundation she was a partner at Leading Point Management Advisory Services focusing on work in development consulting.

Ines Rocha

Director, Financial Products SME F&D, EBRD

Ines has almost 20 years of experience in the financial industry and in capital markets. Ines currently works as a Director for Financial Products in the SME F&D team designing advisory and investment products to SMEs. Prior to her current role Ines was a Senior Banker in the Financial Institutions team covering mainly structured product and capital market investments in bank and non-bank financial institutions across EBRD’s Countries of Operation.

Ines joined the EBRD in 2005 integrating the Treasury department where she provided advice on structuring and pricing of derivatives and capital market transactions across all Countries of Operation.  A Portuguese/British national, Ines holds a MSc degree in Economics from the London School of Economics.

 

Yes

Muhannad Shehadeh

Minister of State for Investment Affairs, Jordan Investment Commission

His Excellency Mr Muhannad Shehadeh is the Minister of State for Investment Affairs and the President of the Jordan Investment Commission.
Before that, Mr Shehadeh served at the Office of His Majesty King Abdullah II, as the Director of Investment and Business Development.
In 2011, he was appointed as the CEO and Vice Chairman of the Military Credit Fund. He has over 14 years professional experience in the banking and financial sector in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and the West Bank, where he held key positions at HSBC and the Arab Bank.
In 2014, Mr Shehadeh was appointed as the General Manager of MetLife Alico.
Mr Shehadeh graduated from Lincoln University- CA with a master’s degree in business administration, and holds a BSc in computer science; he is also fluent in Arabic and English.

 

Steven Yoogalingam

Chief Executive Officer, ACT Aqaba

Steven is the Chief Executive Officer of Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) in Jordan, a post held since July 2017. He has over 20-years of international experience in port management.

ACT is a joint venture between the Jordanian Government (ADC) and APM Terminals, a leading global port operator. ACT owns and operates the Container Terminal in Aqaba, which serves the Jordanian economy and the wider markets of the Levant Region.

 

 

Moderator

Jonathan Charles

Managing Director, Communications, EBRD

Keynote

His Excellency Dr. Hani Al Mulki

Prime-Minister of Jordan

Suma Chakrabarti

President, EBRD

Speakers

Sahl Dudin

Managing Director, Ayla Oasis Development Company

Sheldon Fink

Chief Executive Officer, PBI, Aqaba Industrial Estate LLP

Omri Gainsburg

Senior Investment Director, Meridiam

Reem Goussous

Managing Director, Endeavor

Sergei Guriev

Chief Economist, EBRD

Emad Hejazeen

Representative, Special Economic Zone

Zeid Husban

Co- Founder & Chief Executive Astronaut, POSRocket

Ahmad Khalifeh

General Manager, Jordan bromine Co.

Loay Malahmeh

Head of Innovation at Luminus Group, FabLab Irbid

Tamam Mango

CEO, Crown Prince Foundation

Ines Rocha

Director, Financial Products SME F&D, EBRD

Muhannad Shehadeh

Minister of State for Investment Affairs, Jordan Investment Commission

Steven Yoogalingam

Chief Executive Officer, ACT Aqaba

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Dead Sea Hall,
Sea Level (-1)
Ukraine: An Attractive Destination for Investors- How to Maintain the Momentum?

Sevki Acuner

Director, Head of Ukraine, EBRD - Kiev

Sevki Acuner was appointed EBRD Director in Ukraine on 3 April 2013.  He previously held the position of EBRD Deputy Country Director for Turkey.

During his 22-year career at the EBRD, Mr. Acuner held senior management positions in the Credit Risk and Agribusiness departments before being appointed to Turkey in 2009. He started his new assignment on 1 June 2013.

Prior to joining the EBRD, Sevki Acuner worked at the Central Bank of Turkey, the Bank of Montreal and the Royal Bank of Canada in various countries in North America and Europe.

Mr. Acuner is a Turkish national and holds a BSc in Management from Bosporus University, Istanbul, and an MBA from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Yes

Roman Borysenko

Deputy Governor, National Bank of Ukraine

Roman Borysenko was appointed deputy Governor of the NBU in October 2016. Prior to that,  he was acting deputy governor of the NBU from August 2016.
A member of the NBU Board since October 2016. Roman Borysenko was a member of the NBU Board while working as director of the Personnel Department from December 2014  to July 2015.
Areas under his management include finances, human resources, and management of property and procurement for the National Bank of Ukraine.
Mr Borysenko has worked in Ukraine’s banking system for more than 16 years. From 2001 to 2014 he worked at Raiffeisen Bank Aval where he started his career as an economist and reached the position of deputy director – head of human resources.
Roman Borysenko graduated from the Ukrainian Banking Academy of the National Bank of Ukraine in Sumy where he majored in Banking and completed a degree in Economics.

 

Oleksandr Danyliuk

Minister of Finance, Ukraine

Oleksandr Danyliuk was appointed as Ukraine’s Minister of Finance in 2016.

From 2010-15, he chaired the Economic Reform Coordination Center, an apolitical think-tank under the aegis of the administration of the President of Ukraine. From 2014, Mr Danyliuk was the President’s representative at the Cabinet of Ministers and later Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration. He has also been a consultant and investment manager in a number of private sector companies, including Alfa Capital and the Western NIS Enterprise Fund in Ukraine. Between 2006 and 2010, he chaired the Rurik Investment fund, which operated in London and Luxembourg.

Mr Danyliuk has an MBA from Indiana University Kelley School of Business, and is a graduate of the National Technical University of Ukraine and the Kyiv Institute of Investment Management.

 

 

No

Lenna Koszarny

Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Capital

Lenna Koszarny is Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Capital, a leading private equity firm focused on Ukraine and the near region with over $700 AUM via four funds.  Ms. Koszarny leads Horizon Capital and is a member of the Investment Committee.  She is a Board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine; a Board member of Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association; a Board member and Vice President of the Ukrainian World Congress as well as other organizations. Ms. Koszarny is a recipient of a Commemorative Medal issued on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of Independence by the President of Ukraine.  Originally born in Canada, Ms. Koszarny has lived and worked in Ukraine for over 24 years, is a Canadian CPA and received her HBA at the Ivey School of Business in Canada.

Yuliia Kovaliv

Head of Office, Office of the National Investment Council

Julia Kovaliv has almost ten-year experience of executive positions in the energy sector and public administration. Before the creation of NIC Office she served as the First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade and was responsible for reforming state enterprises and for investment policy. She was also a member of the state regulator of the National Commission, which performs state regulation in the energy and utilities. From April 2016 to April 2017 Julia Kovaliv also held the position of Chairman of the Supervisory Board in “Naftogaz Ukraine".
In her early career Julia worked for Ernst & Young, business and financial consulting companies in Ukraine, held CFO position in utility and energy supplying companies.

Maksym Nefodov

First Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine

Maksym Nefyodov began his career as an analyst at the Kiev-based M&A firm Golden Gate Business, later becoming a senior investment and banking associate at Dragon Capital, the largest Ukrainian investment bank, and in 2008, a director of the same team.
Prior to his appointment as Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine in 2015, Mr Nefyodov served as Managing Partner at ICON Private Equity, managing investments in Europe, Russia and Ukraine.
In 2016, he became Ukraine’s First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade.
His responsibilities include public procurement reform, removing technical barriers to trade, foreign trade regulations, donor coordination and the electronic auction of state property.
Maxim holds a master’s degree in economics from Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University.

 

No

Igor Tynnyi

Owner, Aquanova Development LLC

Igor Tynnyi was born in Kyiv and obtained his PhD in Economics in 1999. His business career began in the mid-1990s as Ukraine began its transformation to a market economy. Today Igor is a self-made entrepreneur, managing and co-investing in a number of business partnerships in renewable energy (small hydro, solar and biomass), hospitality, commercial real estate, children’s clothing manufacturing and household waste management industries employing around 2,000 people all over Ukraine. In 2014, with other market players, he founded the Ukrainian Association of Renewable Energy, the most influential industry investor platform in the country. He is also a member of Innovation Council under the Prime Minister of Ukraine. A dedicated world traveller, he has visited more than 100 countries.

Moderator

Francis Malige

Managing Director, Eastern Europe & Caucasus, EBRD - Kiev

Speakers

Sevki Acuner

Director, Head of Ukraine, EBRD - Kiev

Roman Borysenko

Deputy Governor, National Bank of Ukraine

Oleksandr Danyliuk

Minister of Finance, Ukraine

Lenna Koszarny

Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Capital

Yuliia Kovaliv

Head of Office, Office of the National Investment Council

Maksym Nefodov

First Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine

Igor Tynnyi

Owner, Aquanova Development LLC

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Wadi Rum Hall, Ground Floor
Turkey: Economic Inclusion for Competitiveness

This investment outlook session will explore how economic inclusion – the opening up of economic opportunities for the integration of three core groups: women, the young and people living in remote areas – can benefit the Turkish economy.
Economic inclusion is at the core of our mandate and a top priority for our Turkish investments. In Turkey, almost 66 per cent of companies report difficulty filling vacancies, with a further 10 per cent reporting that a poorly educated workforce is their main constraint on growth. This presents Turkey with significant opportunities to improve productivity and competitiveness.
With appropriate measures in place to equip women, young people and the increasing numbers of refugees with appropriate training and skills, there is clearly scope for Turkey to increase workforce participation and access to economic opportunities, thereby reducing labour market tightness and making companies and the economy more competitive.
This session will look at specific policies of the government, initiatives of the EBRD and development partners such as European Training Foundation (“ETF”) as well as examples of how the private sector can be a critical force driving inclusive and sustainable growth.

The EBRD in Turkey

 

 

 

Lida Kita

Specialist in VET and Social Inclusion - Country Desk Serbia and Turkey, European Training Foundation

Lida Kita is a specialist in vocational education and training and social inclusion at the European Training Foundation, and EU agency, where she previously worked as a country manager and social inclusion specialist. In 1993 she was appointed as an education and social sector project officer at the World Bank office in Tirana, Albania. Ms Kita has also been a lecturer at the University of Tirana, a textbook author and a curriculum expert at the Albanian Ministry of Education and Science.
Lida graduated from the University of Tirana in 1981. She has an MSc in the management of development from ILO-Turin University and an MSc in public policy and management from the Centre for Financial and Management Studies at SOAS, University of London.
Her main areas of expertise are public policy on education and training, VET and social inclusion.

Selin Oz

Manager, Garanti Bank

Selin Öz received her undergraduate degree from Middle East Technical University and her MBS from the Manchester Business School in 2001. Since 2010, she has been the SME Banking Entrepreneurship Banking Manager at Garantibank. She has also been leading the development and implementation of the Women Entrepreneurship Program at Garantibank, Turkey's first private bank that has developed a specific program for women entrepreneurs as a worldwide best practice. She has led banking, marketing, strategy, and fund raising management of Women Entrepreneurship Program with many IFIs, government organizations, NGOs and universities. She has more than 15 years of professional experience, in retail banking and SME banking. She is the member of advisory board of Independent Women Directors Project. She received the Women in Business Award by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

No

Kivanc Ozer

Head of Planning, Nurol Holding INC.

Kıvanç Özer (B.Eng & MBA) has joined Nurol Holding Inc. in 2003 and served as Director of Foreign Economic Relations Department until 2008. He was appointed as Planning and Budget Control Department Manager in 2009 and still working as Department Head since 2017.

His area of responsibility includes; planning, managing and reporting of budgeting and performance evaluation processes, ifrs reporting and consolidation, project financing and evaluation, m&a transactions and implementation of incentive legislation through 22 subsidiaries of Nurol Group of Companies.

Nazli Soydan

HR Manager, Ford Otosan

Kemal Çağatay İmirgi

Director General, Undersecretariat of Turkish Treasury

K. Çağatay İmirgi joined Turkish Treasury in 2000. He served as Treasury Expert and Head of Department respectively at the Department of International Capital Markets. He was appointed as the Deputy Director General for Foreign Economic Relations in December 2014. Beyond capital markets, he was responsible for external debt, including project financing and public private partnerships. He is currently the Director General of Foreign Economic Relations of Turkish Treasury since August 2017. He is mainly responsible for external borrowing on behalf of Turkish Republic, Treasury guarantees and policy on PPPs and relations with IFIs. He holds a BA degree in Economics from Ankara University and MBA degree from Kenan-Flagler Business School of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

 

 

No

Moderator

Arvid Tuerkner

Managing Director, Turkey, EBRD - Istanbul

Speakers

Lida Kita

Specialist in VET and Social Inclusion - Country Desk Serbia and Turkey, European Training Foundation

Selin Oz

Manager, Garanti Bank

Kivanc Ozer

Head of Planning, Nurol Holding INC.

Nazli Soydan

HR Manager, Ford Otosan

Kemal Çağatay İmirgi

Director General, Undersecretariat of Turkish Treasury

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Terrace,
Sea Level (-1)
Networking Lunch

Networking Breakfasts and Lunches are complimentary and open to all Annual Meeting participants.

Speaker information coming soon.
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Mount Nebo Hall, Sea Level (-1)
FinTech - Opportunity or Threat?

FinTech (short for “financial technology”) is growing rapidly and will disrupt and fundamentally change the financial sector in the years to come. Typically, the focus of FinTech companies revolves around customer-facing solutions and improved user experience by increasing the accessibility and speed of financial services. Recently, an increasing number of applications have focused on mid- and back-office solutions for financial service providers. The target is to reduce costs and improve efficiency and effectiveness.

The FinTech panel will highlight the impact of disruptive technology on the financial sector. This includes threats to the banking industry and the opportunities it creates to increase access to capital for SMEs and investors.

 Watch Session

Urmas Peiker

Co-Founder and Legal / Board member, Funderbeam

Starting his career as a securities regulator in Estonia, in charge of both the regulation and supervision of public capital markets he established an early interest in growth capital and legal compliance. Thereafter he received an LL.M degree from Duke University (US) which led to careers at EBRD, Morgan Stanley, and finally as the Head of Compliance at LHV Bank (Estonia) before beginning to build Funderbeam.

No

Bassem Salfiti

Non-Executive Board Member, Bank al Etihad

Basem Salfiti is a board member of Bank al Etihad, leading its Digital Transformation initiative and overseeing the acquisition of Safwa Islamic Bank. He is also on the board of the King Hussein Foundation.

Mr Salfiti has over 25 years of experience in technology and financial services. Before joining Bank al Etihad, he was a General Partner at Hummingbird Ventures, where he led investments such as Deliveroo and Souqalmal. Previously, Basem was Managing Director at Perella Weinberg Partners, where he led the firm’s technology banking business in Europe. Mr Salfiti also served as Executive Director in European Technology Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley & Co. and was Chief Operations Officer at Best Laboratories, Inc. He holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BA in Electrical Engineering from Brown University.

 

Vilius Sapoka

Minister of Finance, Republic of Lithuania

Mr. Vilius Šapoka occupies the position of the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania. In 2012 - 2016 he had been working as a Director of the Financial Services and Markets Department at the Central Bank of Lithuania, and prior to that, he held the position of the Chairman of the Lithuanian Securities Commission. A decade ago, Mr. Vilius Šapoka was also employed in the Financial Market Policy Department of the Ministry of Finance. In 2003 he was granted the degree of Master of Economics in Banking at Vilnius University, and he also has an International Executive Master of Business Administration from the Baltic Management Institute.

 

No

Moderator

Andre Kuusvek

Director, Local Currency & Capital Market Development, EBRD

Keynote

Jiang Yang

Vice President, Tencent

Speakers

Urmas Peiker

Co-Founder and Legal / Board member, Funderbeam

Bassem Salfiti

Non-Executive Board Member, Bank al Etihad

Vilius Sapoka

Minister of Finance, Republic of Lithuania

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Al-Harannah 2,
Level 1
Green Infrastructure: Setting High Quality Standards For The Emerging Asset Class
EBRD/WEF event

In the context of global infrastructure investment focus, with needs estimated by the G20's Global Infrastructure Hub at nearly US$ 1 trillion each year, a consensus has formed that emerging market (EM) countries in particular will not only need to foster increased levels of investments but must do so with the significant participation of high-quality private sector institutional investors, such as pension and insurance funds.

In order to do so, EM infrastructure will need to become a recognised asset class for institutional investors, who have assets under management of over US$ 50 trillion.  In addition, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lay out the challenge of green investments on top of this imperative of accelerated investment to close the global gap.  Finally, there is a need for further efficiencies gains by governments and their operators (whether public or private) to deliver more efficient public services. Therefore, the solution in broad terms is to attract a significantly increased level of high-quality, efficient, investment by the private sector and institutional investors into emerging markets to meet the simultaneous challenge of the global infrastructure gap and the SDGs.

However, the task is challenging on several fronts: first, increasing investment will require significant engagement with private sector investors, with Public-Private Partnership (PPPs) arrangements still too bespoke given risks, real and perceived; second, EM countries charged with organising infrastructure investment often lack experience with such complex programmatic efforts and with PPP preparation, tendering and monitoring; and lastly, the ‘translation’ of the SDGs into a practical set of actions with indicators is still a work in progress.  

This panel will bring together experts and institutions dedicated to the tasks of private sector investments in infrastructure, standard setting for infrastructure sustainability and public sector preparedness.  

Panellists will discuss practical examples of how green investments are being made in the sector, as well as the trends in standardisation to help ensure both high-quality and broad levels of investment as EM infrastructure moves toward an asset class category.

For more information, please contact:

Timea Nagy: NagyT@ebrd.com

Susan Goeransson

Director, Head of MEI, EBRD

Ms. Susan Goeransson is the Director for the Municipal and Environmental Infrastructure team at the EBRD, covering water, wastewater, waste management, urban transport and district heating projects located in eastern Europe, the CIS, Turkey and the southern and eastern Mediterranean countries. Having joined EBRD in 1993 she has worked in a variety of sectors, including infrastructure, agribusiness and general industry. Prior to joining EBRD, she worked at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation as a senior banker and the Securities and Exchange Commission as a financial analyst. She has a Master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and is a chartered financial analyst. She has a joint Bachelor’s degree in urban studies and history from Northwestern University.

Yes

Sultan Mashakbeh

Deputy Secretary General, Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ)

Lasse Ringius

Head of Green Investment Services, Global Green Growth Institute

Dr. Lasse Ringius is Director/Head of Green Investment Services, Global Green Growth Institute, Seoul, South Korea, since November 2016. Lasse is responsible for the GGGI team tasked with identification, design and development of bankable projects and green fund structures in GGGI member countries. Lasse combines more than 25 years of professional experience in green infrastructure and climate finance at, among others, IFC, the World Bank, and UNEP Risø Centre

Katharina Schneider-Roos

CEO, Global Infrastructure Basel

Katharina's team has assessed over one hundred infrastructure projects across the world applying the GIB Grading for Sustainable Infrastructure. She was responsible for organizing an annual investment forum during GIB Summits, and led the publication of the Sustainable Infrastructure Capacity Building Handbook and a Scoping Study for the Early Stage Project Preparation Stage. She co-chairs the Cities Climate Leadership Alliance’s (CCFLA) Working Group on Project Preparation Facilities, is member of the CCFLA Steering Board and a member of the ICLEI Resilient Cities Conference Program Committee. She worked with a project team to establish SuRe® – The Standard for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure. Katharina is member of the Steering Board of the Resilience Measurement, Evidence and Learning Community of Practice.

Dragan Tevdovski

Minister of Finance, Ministry of Finance of Macedonia

Anne de Pazzis

Senior Director, leader in the field of water & waste PPPs

Anne Lardoux-de Pazzis is a global leader in investment portfolio for Built-Operate-Transfer and Public-Private-Partnerships (BOT/PPP) contracts, focused in water, waste and circular economy. Her 20 years of senior roles in SUEZ, mostly abroad, included leadership positions in corporate strategy and institutional relations, and as global head of BOT/PPP most recently. Her key expertise comprises origination, financing, negotiation, investment approval, closing, construction management, operation and refinancing of large capital projects across the globe, in the context of multicultural and long term partnerships, especially with governmental bodies, Development Financial Institutions, investors and lenders. She led transformation initiatives and drove business restructuring throughout major organizational evolutions of Degremont and SUEZ International. Anne serves as Board Member of companies and joint venture investment projects around the world.

Moderator

Alex Wong

Head, Global Challenge Partnerships, World Economic Forum

Keynote

Suma Chakrabarti

President, EBRD

Imad Fakhoury

Minister of Planning, International Cooperation and Tourism, Ministry of Planning & International Cooperation

Speakers

Susan Goeransson

Director, Head of MEI, EBRD

Sultan Mashakbeh

Deputy Secretary General, Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ)

Lasse Ringius

Head of Green Investment Services, Global Green Growth Institute

Katharina Schneider-Roos

CEO, Global Infrastructure Basel

Dragan Tevdovski

Minister of Finance, Ministry of Finance of Macedonia

Anne de Pazzis

Senior Director, leader in the field of water & waste PPPs

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Al-Harannah 5
Level 1
The EU External Investment Plan (EIP): a New Frontier for Development Finance
EBRD/European Commission event

            

Featuring senior representatives from European institutions, multilateral development banks, as well as the private sector and philanthropic foundations, this Special event aims at exploring within an interactive format:

  • How the EIP represents an opportunity for private investors in the Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood to manage risk;

  • How a new guarantee instrument under the EIP would allow EBRD and other Development Finance Institutions to offer innovative financing solutions to clients;

  • What is the role of different stakeholders in mobilising private finance, improving the business climate and policy environment providing technical support for project preparation and implementation across the Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood.

As the External Investment Plan is now operational, it is essential for both policy makers and business community to join forces and work together in designing new products that can leverage and mobilise the private sector as well as drive shared policy reform objectives.

At a time of important discussions for the future of the global and European financial architecture, please join us to listen (and question) how different actors and institutions could build an efficient and effective system for development finance as well as what challenges need to be overcome.

 

For more information, please contact:

Francesca Foglia: FogliaF@ebrd.com

 

Investor's Pitch Presentation

Presentation by Katarina Mathernova, Deputy Director General at DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), European Commission

 

Suma Chakrabarti

President, EBRD

Sir Suma Chakrabarti is the sixth President of the EBRD. He has held the position since 2012.
Suma has spent a great deal of his professional career working in the British civil service, international development economics and policy-making, as well as in designing and implementing wider public service reform.
Prior to joining the EBRD, he was Permanent Secretary at the British Ministry of Justice and, earlier, headed the UK’s Department for International Development. He also worked in the UK Treasury and in the Cabinet Office.
After studying politics, philosophy and economics at the University of Oxford, Suma took a Masters in development economics at the University of Sussex.  He holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Sussex and East Anglia, as well as Bucharest’s University of Economic Studies.

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Emile Cubeisy

Managing Partner – Silicon Badia, Badia Impact Fund

 

Emile is a Founder and Managing Partner of Silicon Badia focusing on investments in the Middle East region. Previously Managing Partner of IV Holdings, the early-stage investment arm of Accelerator Technology Holdings, Emile is currently a director of several regional online and digital media companies. He was selected as a member of the Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum in 2006, and in 2012 was selected a Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

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Imad Fakhoury

Minister of Planning, International Cooperation and Tourism, Ministry of Planning & International Cooperation

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Janet Heckman

Managing Director SEMED, EBRD - Cairo

 

Janet Heckman has been Managing Director for the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region at EBRD since February 2017. Based in Cairo, Ms Heckman is responsible for the formulation and delivery of the EBRD’s strategy and business plan for Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon and West Bank and Gaza. An American national, Ms Heckman joined the EBRD in July 2012 as Country Director for Kazakhstan after a long career at Citi where she was Managing Director for corporate banking activities in Algeria, and held many field roles in  Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Bahrain, among other roles. Ms Heckman holds a M.Sc. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a B.A. in History from Kenyon College. 

 

Yes

Pierre Heilbronn

Vice President, Policy & Partnerships, EBRD

 

Pierre Heilbronn is responsible for the EBRD’s policy engagement, country and sector strategies, TC and initiatives supporting the Bank’s transition mandate. Before joining the EBRD in November 2016, he was deputy chief of staff for France’s Minister of Economy and Finance. Before that, he served as the European advisor of the French Prime Minister. Earlier in his career, he assisted in the creation of the European External Action Service. As head of Cabinet of the European Commissioner for External Relations and Management of Development Aid, he also worked on the Neighbourhood policy and on the management of EU development aid. Pierre Heilbronn graduated from Sciences Po Paris and ENA. He also holds a Master of Economics from Cambridge University and a Master of European studies from the College of Europe of Bruges.

Yes

Kerstin Jorna

Deputy Director-General, European Commission

Kerstin Jorna is a German national and a civil servant at the European Commission where she has held various positions, amongst others as Head of Cabinet of several Commissioners and different Director posts in the areas of Intellectual Property, Innovation and Standards, Single Market Policy, Regulation and Implementation. Since December 2016 she is Deputy Director General in the Economic and Financial Affairs general directorate.  Her areas of responsibility include, amongst others, macroeconomic surveillance of EU Member States, structural reforms, finance matters including the European Investment Plan and coordination with international financial institutions.

Mrs. Jorna is the European Commission nominated Board Member at the European Investment Bank. 

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Katarina Mathernova

Deputy Director General of DG NEAR, European Commission, DG NEAR

Katarína Mathernová has been Deputy Director General of DG NEAR, the Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations since 2015. She served as Deputy Director General in DG Regional Policy from 2007-10.
She has held senior management and advisory posts at the European Commission, the World Bank (2002-04 and 2010-14), and in the reform government in the Slovak Republic (1998-2002) where she was Chief Institutional and Policy Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs. Ms Mathernová holds a Juris Doctor degree from Comenius University in Bratislava, a Masters of Law degree from the University of Michigan, is a member of the New York Bar, and speaks six languages.
Her distinctions include Slovak Woman of the Year in 2000 and the Pro Bono Human Rights award in 1993 from the International Human Rights Law Group.

 

Nuria Molina

Senior Programme Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Nuria Molina is Head of European Affairs at the department of Global Policy and Advocacy of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Before joining the Gates Foundation, she held senior management positions at ActionAid UK, as Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns, and at Save the Children UK, as Director of Policy and Research. In both capacities she was responsible for covering development finance and development economics, poverty and inequality, women’s rights and the role of the private sector in development. Prior to joining Save the Children, Nuria was the Executive Director for the European Network on Debt and Development (EURODAD). There she led EURODAD's research and advocacy on development finance, including aid effectiveness, debt management, fiscal policy and private sector in development. She was Policy and Development Adviser for the European Anti-Poverty Network and worked for the UN Financing for Development Office in New York.

Sergio Pimenta

Vice President, International Finance Corporation

Sérgio Pimenta is in charge of all advisory and investment operations in a region with over 600 staff and a committed portfolio of $20 billion, including mobilization. Previously, Mr. Pimenta was the Director and Global Head of Industry—Manufacturing, Agribusiness, and Services at IFC, managing all operations in these sectors worldwide. Mr. Pimenta also served for three years as IFC’s Regional Director responsible for East Asia and the Pacific. Prior to joining the World Bank Group through its Young Professionals Program in 1996, Mr. Pimenta worked for the Treasury Department of the French Ministry of Finance, as well as for the Banque Nationale de Paris (BNP). A Portuguese and French national, Mr. Pimenta holds an engineering degree from the École Polytechnique, Paris, and a post-graduate degree from the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.


Alexander Stubb

Vice President, European Investment Bank

Alexander Stubb is VP of EIB since August 2017. His oversights include the Bank’s financing activities in the Nordics, Baltics and a number of Eastern European countries;   Funding & Treasury; EU Multiannual Financial Framework; Security & Defence; Corporate Responsibility; Gender Equality and Diversity & Inclusion. Mr. Stubb served as Prime Minister, Finance Minister, Foreign Minister, Trade and Europe Minister of Finland. His background is in academia and civil service, with a focus on EU affairs. He was a member of the European Parliament from 2004-2008, a government minister from 2008-16, a member of parliament from 2011-2017 and chairman of the National Coalition Party from 2014-16. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics.

Moderator

Jonathan Charles

Managing Director, Communications, EBRD

Speakers

Suma Chakrabarti

President, EBRD

Emile Cubeisy

Managing Partner – Silicon Badia, Badia Impact Fund

Imad Fakhoury

Minister of Planning, International Cooperation and Tourism, Ministry of Planning & International Cooperation

Janet Heckman

Managing Director SEMED, EBRD - Cairo

Pierre Heilbronn

Vice President, Policy & Partnerships, EBRD

Kerstin Jorna

Deputy Director-General, European Commission

Katarina Mathernova

Deputy Director General of DG NEAR, European Commission, DG NEAR

Nuria Molina

Senior Programme Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Sergio Pimenta

Vice President, International Finance Corporation

Alexander Stubb

Vice President, European Investment Bank

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Dead Sea Hall,
Sea Level (-1)
Trade Facilitation Programme

The Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP) currently includes over 100 issuing banks in the EBRD region and more than 800 confirming banks worldwide. The event will give 250 guests the opportunity to review and discuss current market challenges with key industry specialists, regulators and representatives from the World Trade Organization, the International Chamber of Commerce HQ and the local, national ICC committees industry. It will also feature the highly popular annual award ceremony for ‘The Most Active EBRD TFP Banks’ and ‘Deal of the Year’.

Invitation only – enquiries:

Kamola Makhmudova
makhmudk@ebrd.com
 
Zammurad Salam
salamz@ebrd.com


TFP Magazine

Agenda

TFP Facebook

 

Speaker information coming soon.
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Networking Area,
Sea Level (-1)
National Centre for Innovation Launch

 

In 2015, the Jordanian government via the Higher Council for Science and Technology approached the EBRD to help strengthen the innovation ecosystem in Jordan through providing start-up finance for the establishment of the National Centre for Innovation (NCI) and its transition to full operation functionality. The first of its kind in Jordan, the NCI will be a national hub for all matters related to innovation, in both the public and private sectors, enhancing its policies and programmes to foster a growth-focused economy through better coordination, information and monitoring of all innovation-related activities. The NCI will be officially launched during the EBRD’s Annual Meeting in the presence of Princess Sumaya and other government officials and EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti.

 

Speaker information coming soon.
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Networking Area,
Sea Level (-1)
Community Initiative

Charitable donation by the EBRD Community Initiative

This year, the EBRD Community Initiative will make a charitable contribution of EUR 50,000 to the Women Access to Entrepreneurship Development and Training Society (WAEDAT).

WAEDAT was founded in 2004 and launched under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania in 2005. The organisation provides mentoring and training for women and young entrepreneurs in Jordan, to raise their awareness of local development opportunities and provide basic skills to start their own businesses.

The EBRD Community Initiative donation will enable WAEDAT to support local women entrepreneurs in strengthening and expanding their business activities.

The exhibition of the local goods and crafts, produced by the members of WAEDAT, will take place at Sea Level of the King Hussein bin Talal Convention Centre.

Contact:
Olga Filippova
FilippoO@ebrd.com


Enquires:
CommunityInitiative@ebrd.com

 

Speaker information coming soon.
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Wadi Rum Hall, Ground Floor
EBRD Alumni Reception

The EBRD Alumni Association will hold a reception for former employees of the EBRD attending the Business Forum. This will be a chance to network, to re-connect with old friends and colleagues, and to meet members of management and senior staff.

Invitation only – enquiries:

alumnie@ebrd.com

Speaker information coming soon.
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