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.


Resources

Invitation Brochure

Invitation Brochure (Russian)

Invitation Brochure (Arabic)


Event Schedule

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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.

Participants wishing to attend should register via:

Timea Nagy: NagyT@ebrd.com

 

 

Speaker information coming soon.
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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

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.

 

Participants wishing to attend should register via:

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

 

 

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.

 

Yes

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

Moderator

Mattia Romani

Managing Director, Economics, Policy & Governance, EBRD

Keynote

Jurgen Rigterink

First Vice Pdt. & Head of CS Group, EBRD

Speakers

Natasha Khanjenkova

Managing Director, Central Asia and Russia, EBRD

Cyril Muller

Vice President, World Bank Group

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

A panel discussion will explore the attractiveness of the Jordanian capital market for local and international investors and how the EBRD is working with the authorities to realise market potential.

 

Participants wishing to attend should register via:
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

No

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.

 

 

Robert Hendry Singletary JR

Capital Market Expert, AOL

No

Moderator

Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker

Emerging Europe Editor, Euromoney

Speakers

Mazen Al-Waithaifi

Commissioner, Jordan Securities Commission

Christelle Fink

Associate Director, LC2 SEMED, EBRD

Qutaiba Hawamdeh

CEO, AB Invest

Robert Hendry Singletary JR

Capital Market Expert, AOL

X
To be confirmed
Making Technology and Development Finance Work for the Region’s Most Vulnerable

The event is by invitation only.

Information to be provided in due course.

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

In light of expected privatisations and large financing gaps in infrastructure, energy and other sectors across the region, effective capital markets platforms are becoming increasingly important. This session will explore how financial hubs such as the Astana International Financial Centre can facilitate channelling of domestic and international investment to catalyse growth as well as set standards in relation to corporate governance, skills and green innovation.

Participants wishing to attend should register via:

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.

 

Jarosław Grzywiński

Vice President of the Exchange Management Board, Warsaw Stock Exchange

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.

 

No

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

Amina Turgulova

Head of International Relations Department, Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE)

No

David Walker

Head of Public Sector, EMEA, Citi

David Walker is Head of Citibank's public sector banking group for Europe, Middle East and Africa. The business serves governments, central banks, agencies and multilateral organisations in over 50 countries.

David joined Citibank in 1990 and has held roles in banking, capital markets, derivatives and transaction services. David is a senior credit officer of the bank and a Trustee Director of Citibank's UK pension schemes.

 

He has a BSc. in economics from the University of St Andrews and was a Robert T. Jones scholar at Emory University in Atlanta, USA. He is an alumnus of the Whitehall & Industry Group/UK Cabinet Office exchange programme 2016-17, developing dialogue between the public and private sectors.

 

Externally, he leads Career Ready, a nationally-accredited careers programme board, for a central London state school.

 

Yes

Moderator

Mattia Romani

Managing Director, Economics, Policy & Governance, EBRD

Speakers

Hao Fu

Managing Director, Shanghai Stock Exchange

Jarosław Grzywiński

Vice President of the Exchange Management Board, Warsaw Stock Exchange

Nurlan Kussainov

CEO, Astana International Financial Centre Authority

Andre Kuusvek

Director, Local Currency & Capital Market Development, EBRD

Amina Turgulova

Head of International Relations Department, Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE)

David Walker

Head of Public Sector, EMEA, Citi

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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.

 

Participants wishing to attend should register via this link:

 

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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Wadi Rum Hall, Ground Floor
Annual Donor Meeting - Annual update on the Small Business Initiative (SBI), and the Annual Assembly of the Small Business Impact Fund (SBIF)

 

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

Information to be provided in due course.

Participants are requested to be in the Philadelphia Hall and take their seats by no later than 09:45. 

Doors will be closed promptly at 09:55.

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

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

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.

Follow the debate live

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.

 

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

Barbara Rambousek

Lead Economist, Economic Inclusion, EBRD

Mattia Romani

Managing Director, Economics, Policy & Governance, EBRD

Speakers

Mark Keese

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

Dana Reizniece-Ozola

Minister of Finance, Latvia

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

Information to be provided in due course.

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

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

Shukhrat Vafaev

Deputy Chairman, State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Investments

Moderator

Natasha Khanjenkova

Managing Director, Central Asia and Russia, EBRD

Speakers

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

Cyril Muller

Vice President, World Bank Group

Shukhrat Vafaev

Deputy Chairman, State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Investments

X
Terraces,
Sea Level (-1)
Networking Lunch

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

 

 

 

Speaker information coming soon.
X
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

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.

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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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. 

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.

 

Paddy Padmanathan

President & CEO, ACWA Power International

Mr Padmanathan, a professional civil engineer, has served ACWA Power since 2005.
A graduate of the University of Manchester, UK, Mr Padmanathan started his career as a consulting engineer delivering infrastructure projects financed by the national treasuries and multilateral financial agencies and moved on to develop privately financed power, water and wastewater projects in over a dozen countries. A substantial period of his career before ACWA Power was with Black & Veatch, a US headquartered multinational engineer & constructor where he served as a Vice President and Corporate Officer.
Mr Padmanathan also serves on the board of directors of several companies all of whom operate in the water and power sectors.

No

Ana Palacio

Founder of Palacio y Asociados and Board Member, Enagas

Ana Palacio is an international lawyer specializing in international and European Union law. Presently, she serves on the Council of State of Spain. She is a member of the boards of various companies, think tanks and public institutions. She is a visiting professor at the Edmund E. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and maintains a monthly column at Project Syndicate.
From 1994 until 2002, Ms. Palacio was a member of the European Parliament. She served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain (2002-2004) and was a member of the Spanish Parliament (2004-2006) where she chaired the Joint Committee of the two Houses for European Union Affairs. She has been Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of the World Bank Group and Secretary General of ICSID (2006-2008). She has been a member of the Executive Committee and Senior Vice-President for International Affairs of AREVA (2008-2009).

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

Katarina Mathernova

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

Paddy Padmanathan

President & CEO, ACWA Power International

Ana Palacio

Founder of Palacio y Asociados and Board Member, Enagas

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

Information to be provided in due course.

Speaker information coming soon.
X
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 having in mind the process of creating business across borders in the region recently going through a war, about overcoming the challenge of attracting investments in general, let alone getting onboard some of the biggest and most successful investors, such as KKR and EBRD.

 

Follow the debate live

 

 

Victoriya Boklag

Vice President Marketing and Media, 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

Vice President Marketing and Media, 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

No

Jay Collins

Vice-Chairman, Corporate and Investment Banking, Citigroup

Yes

Jacco Minnaar

Managing Director, Triodos Investment Management

Hashim Shawa

Chairman, Bank of Palestine Group

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?

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.

Moderator

Andrea Diamanti

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

Speakers

Giovanni Luigi Lucini

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

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

Information to be provided in due course.

Anton Gubkin

Chief Executive Officer, Hlebprom

No

Vladimir Kolychev

Deputy Minister of Finance, Russian Federation

Maxim Lapin

Chief Financial Officer, Moscow Exchange

Dominik Reed

Partner, UFG Private Equity

Moderator

Denis Morozov

Executive Director, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Speakers

Anton Gubkin

Chief Executive Officer, Hlebprom

Vladimir Kolychev

Deputy Minister of Finance, Russian Federation

Maxim Lapin

Chief Financial Officer, Moscow Exchange

Dominik Reed

Partner, UFG Private Equity

X
Al-Harannah 2
Level 1
EBRD President's Press Conference
Speaker information coming soon.
X
Mövenpick Hotel
Cultural Performance & Reception for All Participants

Further details to follow shortly.

Speaker information coming soon.
X
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

The Gold Winners of the EBRD Sustainability Awards 2018 are.....

 

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))
 

 

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.

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

Moderator

Jonathan Charles

Managing Director, Communications, EBRD

Keynote

Suma Chakrabarti

President, EBRD

Speakers

Sergei Guriev

Chief Economist, EBRD

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

Information to be provided in due course.

 

 

Oleksandr Danyliuk

Minister of Finance, Ukraine

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

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

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

Information to be provided in due course.

 

Lida Kita

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

Kivanc Ozer

Head of Planning, Nurol Holding INC.

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

Speakers

Lida Kita

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

Kivanc Ozer

Head of Planning, Nurol Holding INC.

Kemal Çağatay İmirgi

Director General, Undersecretariat of Turkish Treasury

X
Terraces,
Sea Level (-1)
Networking Lunch

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

Speaker information coming soon.
X
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

Draft Agenda

Speaker information coming soon.
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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.

Speaker information coming soon.
X
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.

 Follow the debate live

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

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

X
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.

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

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.

Speakers

Susan Goeransson

Director, Head of MEI, EBRD

Katharina Schneider-Roos

CEO, Global Infrastructure Basel

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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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