TUESDAY 8 MAY

Reinforcing Investors' Interest in Jordan's Capital Market

Petra Hall,
Sea Level (-1)

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

 

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

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.

 

Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker

Emerging Europe Editor, Euromoney

Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker is an editor for emerging Europe at Euromoney magazine. She covers banking, finance and capital markets in Central and South-eastern Europe, the Baltics, Russia, Turkey and CIS. She started her career in banking, working on fixed income and derivatives desks in the City of London, before switching to journalism in 2003. She has been covering Central and Eastern Europe for Euromoney since 2009, as well as writing on emerging markets for publications including GlobalCapital and Global Markets.

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.

 

 

Kotaro Iwasaki

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

 

Mr. Kotaro Iwasaki is Adviser to the Board Director for Japan in the EBRD. He also serves as Vice Chair of Working Party 2 of the OECD’s Committee on Fiscal Affairs, which analyses and discusses the global economy from the tax standpoint. Prior to his current position, he worked as Deputy Director in the Ministry of Finance, Japan, in charge of foreign exchange reserve management in International Bureau, planning of economic stimulus package in Minister’s Secretariat, tax treaty negotiations in Tax Bureau and G20/IMF issues in International Bureau. He obtained LL.B from Tokyo University and M.A in International and Development Economics and East Asian Studies from Yale University, USA.

 

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.

 

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.