H.E. Eng. Sherif Ismail
Prime Minister


His Excellency Sherif Ismail, held the Petroleum & Mineral Resources Portfolio during the Government of Dr. Hazem El Beblawi on the 16th of July, 2013 as well as during the first & second Governments of Eng. Ibrahim Mahlab, until being appointed Prime Minister by President Abdel Fatah El Sissi on the 12th of September, 2015.
Ismail graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, Ein Shams University where he specialized in Mechanical Engineering & started his career in oil & Gas with Mobil Oil until 1979. During that year he joined ENPPI until the year 2000 where he became a Board Member &reached the post of General Director for Technical Affairs. In the Ministry of Petroleum he held the post of Deputy Minister for Petroleum & Gas Affairs from 2000 to the year 2005.

Ismail held a number of leadership positions in Oil & Gas Holding Companies from 2005 to 2013. He Chaired the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Holding Gas Company, EGAS from 2005 to 2007 then Chairman of the South Valley Petroleum Holding Company from 2007 to 2013, the year he was appointed Minister of Petroleum, until being appointed as prime minster in 2015.

During his tenure as Minister of Petroleum, the biggest discovery of Natural Gas fields was made in Egyptian exclusive economic waters in the Mediterranean, notably the Zohr field. Sherif Ismail was born on the 6th of July 1955.

H.E. Dr. Sahar Nasr
Minister of Investment
& International Cooperation

Her Excellency Dr. Sahar Nasr was sworn in as the Egyptian Minister of Investment and International Cooperation on February 16, 2017. On March 14, 2017, Dr Sahar temporarily assumed the charge of the post of Minister of Public Business Sector.

Dr. Nasr earned her Professorship from the Supreme Council of Universities. She is a Professor of Economics at the American University in Cairo and a Lecturer at several Egyptian and foreign universities. Throughout her academic career, she published over 60 research papers, technical reports and books merging her technical and practical expertise in the fields of international finance, economic development, private sector and SME development, as well as the fields of financial reform, the labor market, women empowerment, and economic legislation. These papers and reports were published in scientific periodicals, including those of Cambridge and Oxford University in the UK, Berkley University in the USA, and scientific periodicals published by the World Bank. Some of these studies and research papers have contributed to drafting and structuring economic policies in various developing countries and emerging markets, including Egypt.

Since assuming her role as Minister of International Cooperation on September 19, 2015, Dr. Nasr has made several strides in restructuring and reforming the Ministry, such as the establishment of a unit for monitoring and evaluation and a policy development and strategic planning unit in order to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Egypt.

Furthermore, Dr. Nasr has focused on strengthening Egypt’s ties with its existing international partners, as well as exploring new opportunities for cooperation, all through the establishment of mutually-beneficial partnerships. This has involved consolidating Egyptian-Gulf relationships, expanding and deepening ties with African states, and exploring new relationships with Asian partners.

She is the National Coordinator of the National Committee for the Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Dr. Nasr also serves as Governor of Egypt to several institutions such as The World Bank, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa, and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Dr. Nasr has been a member of the Economic Development Council of the Presidential Office through which she provided economic consultations to the President and drafted several proposals for the development of Egypt’s economic policies, boosting economic development efforts, coordinating and streamlining development initiatives and programs across different ministries and authorities, as well as to ensure the modernization of the economic performance system. Her Excellency was granted the 2015 prize of the most influential woman in the Arab economic sector.

Dr. Nasr has extensive experience in negotiating and securing international grants and loans, especially within her role as Lead Economist at the World Bank. She has managed funds exceeding US$ 4.3 billion that were injected into the Egyptian economy in the areas of economic reform, economic policy development, small and medium enterprise (SME) development and social housing.

Furthermore, she has broad expertise in organizing and heading committees of several international economic aid and foreign investment funds, as well as in the coordination with several international organizations, on top of which is the United Nations.

Dr. Nasr’s career heavily involved designing and supervising numerous reform and finance programs in the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe. She has accomplished numerous success stories in the areas of economic and financial strategy design monitoring progress and implementation of financial sector programs including legislative, supervisory and structural reforms development of micro, small and medium enterprises to promote inclusive growth and job creation, design and management of social housing finance programs, as well as constructing partnership schemes between the World Bank Group, Governments of a diverse group of developing countries and other local/international organizations.

H.E. Mrs. Kemi Adeosun
Minister of Finance


Kemi Adeosun was appointed the Honourable Minister of Finance (FMoF), Nigeria in November, 2015. Kemi holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Sector Financial Management from the University of London (School of Oriental And African Studies) and a BSc Hons Degree in Applied Economics from University of East London. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants
England and Wales (ICAEW) and has twenty-two (22) years post qualification experience. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Nigeria (ICAN). She attended various Executive Management Programmes including courses in Strategic Leadership at the prestigious Wharton Business School.

Kemi was born and brought up in London, where she spent thirty-six (36) years of her life.She is a seasoned finance professional with over twenty-five (25) years of experience gained in the United Kingdom and Nigeria. Her expertise spans through Audit, Risk, Management Consultancy, Investment Banking Pensions Administration and Public Sector Financial Management. She has held senior roles in various institutions including British Telecom Plc and Price water house Coopers in the UK. In Nigeria she joined the Chapel Hill Denham Group in 2002 as Financial Controller and rose to become Managing Director until her resignation in 2010 to start her own consultancy - The Quo Vadis Partnership.

Prior to her appointment as the Honorable Minister of Finance,she was the Honorable Commissioner for Finance, Ogun State, one of Nigeria’s fastest growing states and the first woman to hold that position. She was very key to Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s Mission in rebuilding the State which led to the economic turnaround of the fortunes of the State. Kemi is credited with aggressive growth of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) by over 500% using a range of innovative structures. Among her many professional attainments was pioneering the introduction of the Centralized Treasury System (Treasury Single Account) in 2011,culminating in significant fund recovery and reduced borrowing costs in the State. She also spearheaded the Residency Rule campaign which resulted in over 100,000 additional taxpayers who worked outside the State remitting their taxes to Ogun State rather than the State of their employment and was also a key part of the Homeowner’s Charter Project which attracted over 200,000 applicants, increased IGR and supported the State’s Urban Renewal Initiatives.

Kemi is passionate about financial empowerment for women and it is a subject on which she writes and speaks extensively. In 2009 she was invited to speak at the Global Summit for Women in Chile. Prior to her foray into the public service, Kemi authored a popular weekly personal finance column aimed at women published in This Day Style Magazine.

H.E.Mr. Matia Kasaija
Minister for Finance


H.E. Matia Kasaija is the current Minister for Finance, Planning and Economic Development in Uganda,a Cabinet position he has held since 2015. He is also an elected Member of Parliament.Since 1981, he has served in various Ministerial positions including asMinister of State for Planning, Minister of State for Internal Affairs andMinister of State for Labor. Hon. Kasaija has also served as board member atvarious institutions in the Public and Private sector, including ProgramPlanning and Development Committee of Partners in Population and Development,Uganda Cooperative Alliance, and Departed Asians Property Custodian Board amongothers.

Mr. Mohamed Farid
The Egyptian Exchange


Mr. Mohamed Farid served as the Vice Chairman of the Egyptian Exchange for the years 2010-2011. He is also a Board member of the Insurance Holding Company and the CEO of one of the financial and economic consultancy institutions.

Mr. Farid was selected as an external advisor for venture capital and financial leasing activities at the World Bank in Egypt for the period from 2013 to 2016. Formerly, Mr. Farid served as an expert on financial economics and Head of the Capital Market Unit at the Ministry of Investment, where he was responsible for following up with the Egyptian Exchange development plans, most importantly the SMEs market (Nilex) and bonds market. He was also an economist at the Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade. In addition, Mr. Farid was a part-time lecturer at the American University in Cairo and the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport.

During his tenure as EGX Vice Chairman, Mr. Farid was responsible for developing a detailed plan for the establishment of derivatives market, in addition to the preparation of the legislative rules governing this market.

Mr. Farid holds a BSc in Commerce and Economics from Helwan University. He also holds an MBA from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport and an MSc in Economics, Finance and Investment from York University, UK and an MSc in Financial Mathematics from CASS Business School, UK.

Mr. Oscar N. Onyema, OON
Chief Executive Officer
Nigerian Stock Exchange


Mr. Oscar N. Onyema, OON  is the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Prior to this role, he served for over 20 years in United States financial markets, managing market structure initiatives, products and securities exchange businesses and the Nigerian information technology sector.

Mr. Oscar N. Onyema, OON has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the American Stock Exchange (Amex), which he joined in 2001. He was instrumental in integrating Amex equity business into NYSE Euronext after its acquisition of Amex in 2008. He then managed NYSE Amex equity trading business, which he helped position as a premier market for small and mid-cap securities.

In 2009, Onyema founded Market Strategists LLC and consulted under the Gerson Lehrman Group platform in the United States. He successfully completed consultations enabling decision makers at investment firms and corporations better understand products, services, companies, and issues in global financial markets.

He also held various positions at New York Mercantile Exchange where he managed futures market structure initiatives, and Data Processing Maintenance and Services Ltd (an IBM business partner) where he sold IBM mid-range system solutions. He has also served as Adjunct Lecturer of Economics at Pace University, New York.

Onyema is currently the Chairman, West African Capital Market Integration Council Chairman of Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc., the clearing house for the Nigerian capital market Council member of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers of Nigeria (CIS) President of the African Securities Exchanges Association, and a Global Agenda Council member of the World Economic Forum. He also serves on the boards of all NSE subsidiaries, as well as FMDQ OTC PLC (FMDQ).

Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin
Senior Vice President
World Bank


Dr. Mohieldin is the World Bank Group Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, UN Relations and Partnerships.

Before joining the World Bank, Dr. Mohieldin held numerous senior positions in the Government of Egypt, including Minister of Investment from 2004 until 2010. He also served on several Boards of Directors including the Central Bank of Egypt and the banking and corporate sector. He was a member of the Commission on Growth and Development and selected a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

He is a Professor of Economics and Finance at Cairo University, an Honorary Professor at Durham University and member of the Advisory Board of the Durham Business School. He also held leading positions in national and regional research centers and think tanks. He has authored numerous publications and articles in leading journals in the fields of international finance, economics, and development in English and Arabic.

He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Warwick, M.Sc. in Economic and Social Policy Analysis from the University of York, and B.Sc. in Economics, first in the order of merit, from Cairo University.

Mr. Rashed Al Blooshi
Chief Executive officer,
Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange


Rashed Abdul Kareem Al Blooshi joined Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) in April 2000 where he played an instrumental role in establishing the exchange in November of the year 2000. Mr. Al Blooshi started his career with ADX as Manager of the Clearing, Settlement, Depositary, & Registry (CSD) department. In 2007, Al Blooshi became Deputy Chief Executive, and manager of operations of ADX. He was promoted to Chief Executive in 2012.

Prior to joining ADX, Al Blooshi was Head of Registrar & Depository at the Saadiyat Free Zone Authority. Mr. Al Blooshi holds an MBA from The UAE University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina.

-Vice-Chairman of South Asian Federation of Exchanges (SAFE)
- Member of the Advisory Board of New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)-UAE
- Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) Berlin
- Member of the Board of Directors of Abu Dhabi Center for Corporate Governance (ADCCG)
- UAE Co-Chair for the Financial & Professional Services Working Group of the UK/UAE Business Council

- Government CEO Excellence Award - 2014
- Arab Eagle Award For General Management - 2017

Dr. Edoh Kossi
Cheif Executive Officer
Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières


Dr. Edoh Kossi AMENOUNVE holds a PhD in Administration and Finance from Laval University in Canada (1995) after an MBA (1992).

Before taking office as CEO of the Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières (BRVM) and the Central Depository/Settlement Bank (DC/BR) in October 2012, Dr. Edoh Kossi AMENOUNVE was from September 2003 to September 2012 Secretary General of the Regional Council for Savings and Financial Markets (CREPMF), the financial market regulation authority of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU).
Before that, he was CEO of SGI-TOGO, a Brokerage Company from Togo operating in the regional financial market, from 1997 to 2003 and President of the Professional Association of Brokerage Houses of WAEMU (APSGI) from 2000 to 2001. He has also created OPTI ASSET Management, an Asset Management company of Collective Investment Schemes (CIS).

From 1997 to 2000, he worked toward the installation of the Regional Stock Exchange (BRVM) and the Central Depository / Settlement Bank (DC / BR) as Assistant to the Chairman of the Board and Secretary of the Technical Monitoring Committee.
Dr. Edoh Kossi AMENOUNVE led during his position as Secretary General of the CREPMF major financial market reforms namely the review of basic texts, reform guarantees and the introduction of notation, the development of the mortgage market and securitization, harmonization of taxation of securities in the WAEMU and the introduction of tax incentives, review of market pricing.

Since March 2015, he is the Chairman of the West African Capital Markets Integration Council (WACMIC). He is also Member of the Executive Committee of the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA).

Dr. Edoh Kossi AMENOUNVE is considered as one of the most influential Finance Specialist in Africa.

Mr. Tiaan Bazuin
Chief Executive Officer 
Namibian Stock Exchange


Tiaan Bazuin is the Chief Executive Officer of the Namibian Stock Exchange since 2013, after joining the exchange in 2011 . He is an Admitted Legal Practitioner in the High Court of Namibia with degrees in law and economics. Previous sectors of experience include public service, telecommunications and banking.

Tiaan is a business executive primarily focused on governance, regulatory and legal aspects in capital markets, banking and telecommunications, he has extensive experience in strategic business planning and execution, as well as regulatory development, dealing in regulatory and legal compliance and corporate governance. He is a co-author of the Corporate Governance Code of Namibia (NamCode) with the IODSA.

Outside the NSX, Tiaan has served as trustee and board member in various capacities including Chairman of the Namibia Employers Association.

Mr. Sunil Benimadhu
Chief Executive officer
Stock Exchange of Mauritius


Sunil Benimadhu has been in office as Chief Executive of the Stock Exchange of Mauritius (SEM) since May 1998 after having held various positions in the Securities Industry. He has played an instrumental role in uplifting the operational, technical and regulatory infrastructure of the SEM and contributed to its emergence as one of the leading Exchanges in Africa. Sunil is the Chairman of Global Finance Mauritius, the apex body of private sector operators in the Financial Services Industry in Mauritius.
Sunil was elected in October 2014 for a three-year term on the Board of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), an association of the World’s leading Stock Exchanges. Sunil was the President of the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) an association of 23 Exchanges operating on the continent, from August 2010 to November 2014. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the South Asian Federation of Exchanges (SAFE), and the Chairman of the SADC Committee of Stock Exchanges (COSSE). Sunil is a regular speaker on emerging markets and on African markets in international stock exchange conferences.

Before joining the Stock Exchange of Mauritius, Sunil Benimadhu worked in the Treasury Department of the African Development Bank (ADB) from February 1997 to April 1998, where he managed the Bank’s assets on international fixed-income markets. Sunil Benimadhu was the General Manager of the National Mutual Fund Limited between December 1992 and February 1997. He played an instrumental role in the structuring, marketing and setting up of the National Investment Trust Limited, one of the largest investment trusts listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.

Sunil Benimadhu holds a MBA in Finance and Investment from the University of Illinois, United States. He also holds a D.E.A in Development Economics and a Maîtrise in Macro-Economics from the University of Aix-Marseille, France.

Ms. Nicola Comninos
Head of Group Strategy
Johannesburg Stock Exchange


Nicola Comninos has been with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) since May 2007 and currently heads up a team responsible for JSE Group Strategy and Sustainability, Key Client Relationship Management and Company Services. She represents the JSE on various sustainability committees and working groups, including the WFE Sustainability Working Group.

Nicola has over 10 years’ experience in financial markets and her previous roles include Head of Business Intelligence, Financial and Pricing Analysis where she was responsible for JSE statistics Head of Equities and Equity Derivatives and Head of Equity Market Development where she was the market head of the JSE equities and equity derivatives markets.

In her previous roles she was the business owner of the JSE Trading Advisory Committees for Equity and Equity Derivatives, held seats on the JSE Retail and Product Advisory Committees and represented the JSE on the WFE Statistics Working Group. She also served on the JSE Employment Equity Forum for 3 years.

Her market experience outside the JSE includes Investment Consulting at acsis Limited and Life Investment Product Development as Assistant Actuary at mCubed Life.

Nicola is a trustee of JSE Pension Fund, holds B.Com Honours Investment Management (Cum Laude), B.Com Investment Management (Cum Laude) degrees and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder.

Mr. David Cowan
Managing Director
Citi Group


David has been the Africa economist at Citi since July 2007.

Prior to this he held two posts at the Economist Intelligence Unit in London for a total of eight years. As a Senior Economist for Africa, he was responsible for the coverage of Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and the overall forecast for Sub-Saharan Africa. He then moved on to serve as the Director of the Middle East and North Africa team, leading the coverage of Egypt and Morocco.

Before joining the Economist Intelligence Unit, he worked for six years as the Principal Research Officer at the Bank of Botswana, the country’s central bank, where he also co-edited a book, Aspects of the Botswana Economy: Selected Papers (James Currey and Lentswe La Lesedi), with J.S. Salkin, D. Mpabanga, J. Selwe and M. Wright. He also worked for three years for the Economic Research Unit of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During his working career, David has built up has a wide-ranging knowledge of financial and foreign exchange markets in Africa, global oil markets and the problems of maximising the benefits of natural resources in African countries.

Much of his primary education was in various African countries, including Swaziland and Sierra Leone, but he completed his secondary education in Hong Kong. He has a first degree in economics from the University of Bath and a PhD from the University of London that examined the impact of Tanzania’s structural adjustment programmes from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s.

Mr. Hubert Danso
Chief Executive Officer
Africa Investor Group


Hubert is Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Africa Investor (Ai) Group. He is responsible for advising institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, governments and development finance institutions on major infrastructure, resources and private equity investments in Africa. He is also the Managing Editor of Africa investor magazine.

Hubert established Africa investor in 2002, after leaving the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris, where he was the Senior Adviser for African Affairs, responsible for Advising the worlds largest corporations and institutional investors on investments in Africa. He holds an LLB in Business Law and an LL.M Masters in International Commercial Law from the University of Sussex in England.
Hubert is the Chairman of the African Sovereign Wealth and Pension Fund Forum (ASWPFF). He was instrumental in establishing the NEPAD Business Group and is a member of the OECD-NEPAD Investment Initiative Steering Committee, the African Development Bank-NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Fund Oversight Committee, the UNEP Finance Initiative African Task Force, the UN Business Committee on Financing for Development and a Reviewer of The Africa Competitiveness Report published by The World Bank, World Economic Forum and the African Development Bank. Hubert is also a member of the Junior Achievement Worldwide Board.

Eng. Ahmed Bahaa El-Din Shalaby
Vice Chairman 
M.B. Engineering, Egypt



- Master of Business Administration.
- Nile University in cooperation with IESE University, Spain.
- Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering with Honors.
- University of Greenwich, United Kingdom.
- Bachelor of Engineering with honors.
- October University of Modern Science.

Current positions:

- Vice Chairman and CEO of MB Engineering.
- BOD Member at Beta Electric Industries.
- BOD Member at Grand Investment Leasing.
- BOD Member at the Egyptian Stock Exchange.


Eng. Ahmed has led MB Engineering since joining to achieve its strategic plans at all levels, including the following:
- Development Level: He joined the company in 2006 as a sales manager for a period of five years, which he achieved a fourfold growth in revenues. He became Managing Director from 2010 and started implementing the backward integration strategy through local manufacturing.
In addition to converting the legal and operational form of the company from a private company to a public company listed in Nilex with several subsidiaries to activate the operational aspects, where MB Industrial and Beta Electric represents the industrial arms while MB Electrical Systems represents the trading arm to build an effective strategic integration and create a strong structure for growth.
- Corporate Level: By consolidating the principles of governance, maximizing the role of the board of directors and taking care of the administrative structures in the company at all levels in terms of the permanent development of administrative structures and the introduction of external cadres and support of the administrative levels developed in order to efficiency of business.
- International Level: Through international agreements with global companies within the field through partnerships manufacturing, technology transfer and increase the trade cooperation

Previous Positions:

- Head of Trade Committee at the Egyptian Junior Business Association.
- President of the MSA Student Union for several consecutive years.

- Award of best M.Sc. Thesis at University of Greenwich.
- M.Sc. Distinction Award at University of Greenwich
- 1st Award in the IEEE Paper Contest (Egypt Section)
- 2nd Award in the International Electronics Design Contest

- "Design and Implementation of FPGA Based and Microcontroller Based Current Relay", 16th International Conference of Microelectronics, Tunis, 6-8 Dec –.
- "FPGA based protection Relay", 21st National Radio Science Conference, Cairo March.

Mr. Omar El-Maghawry
Chief Executive Officer
FEP Capital


Omar El-Maghawry is currently the Chief Executive Officer of FEP Capital a licensed and regulated Private Equity, Asset Management and Investment Banking firm based in Cairo, Egypt.

The company was originally established and founded in 1995 under the name White House Securities. Ever since its inception and until 2007, FEP Capital focused its operations on establishing corporates and promoting securities, a need which was derived from the thriving Egyptian Stock Market back then. This aided the company in realizing satisfactory returns on capital.

With the downturn in 2008 and in order to cope with the changes affecting the market, FEP Capital started utilizing its underwriting and securities licenses. By successfully listing several companies on the Nilex stock exchange during the following four years, the company pioneered as a market leader in this field.
Omar occupies the following posts (present):
1. Deputy Managing Director of First Equity Partners Group.
2. General Manager of First Equity Partners, Egypt.
3. Board Member in Egyptian Steel Company.
4. Co-Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Engazat Misr (a company specialized in investing in Small and Medium Enterprises, food and beverage sector in Egypt).
5. Chairman of Senaat Misr (a company specialized in investing in distressed industrial companies Small and Medium Enterprises in Egypt).
6. Vice Chairman in Suez Canal Agriculture and Trading Development Company.

While he successful held the following posts:
1. Managing Director of Youm7.
2. Investment Manager - Investment Committee Member at Bedaya Private Equity Fund.
3. Board Member in National Seeds Company.
4. Co-Founder of Corecap.
5. Vice President of Abraaj Capital.
6. Head of Business Development at Barclays Bank.
7. Retail Banking & Insurance Manager at IBM.

Omar El Maghawry graduated from:
1. American University of London with an MBA in Business Administration and Management, General (2005 – 2007).
2. Ain Shams University with BS of Commerce - English Section, Accounting and Business/Management (1994 – 1998).
3. Ecole active Bilingue, with an American Diploma in Business Administration, Paris (1994).

Mr. Meyer Frucher
Vice Chairman
Nasdaq Group


Meyer "Sandy" Frucher is Vice Chairman of The NASDAQ Group. In this role, Mr. Frucher is responsible for developing global exchange relationships and serves as an advisor to the NASDAQ senior management team. He joined the exchange after NASDAQ acquired The Philadelphia Stock Exchange in 2008, where he was Chairman and CEO since June,1998.
Mr. Frucher also has a distinguished career in city, state, and federal government, including serving as the chief labor negotiator for New York State, CEO of Battery Park City Authority, and CEO of the School Construction Authority.
Mr. Frucher is the founding chairman and trustee emeritus of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. He also sits on the Boards of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Options Clearing Corporation, the World Federation of Exchanges and Sirius Group.

Mr. Martin Habel
International Finance Corporation


Martin Habel is the Manager of IFC‘s Treasury Clients Solutions team for Africa, Europe, Middle East, and Central Asia based in London. The team is responsible for delivering debt capital markets, structured finance and derivative solutions for IFC’s clients in the EMEA region. Since joining IFC in 2007, Martin has worked on transactions and initiatives in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Europe across a wide range of asset classes. Prior to IFC, he worked with KfW Development Bank where among other things he helped to expand KfW’s asset securitization activities into emerging markets. Before that, Martin gained some experience in energy efficiency, renewable energy, microeconomic research and business consulting. Martin holds a Masters in Mathematics from the Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg and a MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Mr. Karim Hajji
Chief Executive Officer
Casablanca Stock Exchange


Karim Hajji is the CEO of the Casablanca Stock Exchange, the second largest Exchange in Africa by market cap, and a member of the World Federation of Exchanges.

In 2011, he joined the Hope Global Board of Advisors and was appointed Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Association of African French speaking Exchanges. Mr Hajji is also Deputy President of the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA), a position he holds since 2014.

Prior to joining CSE in April 2009, he was Chairman and CEO of Atlas Capital Group, a well respected, independent Investment bank, active in both corporate finance and asset management, which he had founded in 1999.

After an eight years international career at Eli Lilly and Co in the US then in Italy and Switzerland, Mr Hajji had joined the ONA group, Morocco’s largest conglomerate, in 1990 as advisor to the Chairman, then General Manager of an affiliate in Monaco and finally Group CFO in 1994.

Karim Hajji holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School, a diploma from “Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris” and a Master’s degree in capital markets from the University of Paris-IX Dauphine.

Mr.Ahmed Issa
Consumer Banking,
Commercial International Bank

Ahmed Issa leads Retail Banking divisions at CIB, and is a member of the bank’s management committee. His key responsibilities cover consumer banking, business banking and the bank’s distribution strategies and networks. Prior to this role, Ahmed was Chairman of the board at CORPLEASE and at Falcon, Group CFO at CIB, Co-founder and Head of Research at CIBC, and Managing Director of Investment Banking at CI Capital.

Ahmed is the Chair of the banking committee at AM Cham, and chairs the board audit committee at Civil Aviation Finance Holding Company.
He earned his MBA at UNC-Chapel Hills Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2003, and re-joined CIB in the same year.

Ahmed is passionate about the role of banks as a fair intermediary and as a capital allocator, reversing Egypt’s brain drain, equality through education, disruption in consumer banking, and how markets work.

Ms. Zeona Jacobs
Johannesburg Stock Exchange


Zeona Jacobs is the director of Marketing and Corporate Affairs at the JSE. She joined the JSE in September 2012.

Zeona heads up group marketing and branding transformation, public policy, regulation and government relations group communications, including media relations and internal communications events retail strategy and corporate social responsibility.

Zeona currently chairs the Committee of SADC Stock Exchanges (CoSSE) and an executive member of the African Securities Exchange Association (ASEA). She is also Chairperson of the Johannesburg Social Housing Company as well as an Advisory Board Member of the Wits Business School.

Previous positions Zeona has held includes director of Corporate Communications for Cell C at the time of its launch, Executive Head of Corporate Communications at Telkom, and director for Communications at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She also owned and managed Lobedu Leo Burnett, an advertising agency. Together with her team at Cell C they launched extremely successful “Take a Girl Child to Work” campaign.

Zeona graduated from Damelin College Johannesburg’s Business Management Program and the University of the Witwatersrand Business School’s Management Advancement Program. She also completed her Associate Coaching Certification with the University of Cape Town.  She is a fellow of the Aspen Institute of Leadership and was awarded the Distinguished Hubert Humphrey Fellowship in 2016 where she attended a leadership program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Dr. Dalia A. Kader
General Manager 
Arab African International Bank


Dr. Dalia A. Kader is a recognized expert in the fields of sustainable finance and branding financial institutions. Currently, General Manager and Director of Sustainability & Marketing Communications at Arab African International Bank, she is also a Founder, Vice Chairman and Board Member of “We Owe it to Egypt” foundation, the first of its kind to be established in 2007 by a financial institution in the Middle East that started a trend for other financial institutions to join track. Dr Kader is Chair of the Sustainability Development Committee at the Federation of Egyptian Banks. As adjunct professor at the American University in Cairo, she designed and instructed a Sustainability Marketing course for the MBA program.

Sustainable Finance is a core focus for her ongoing advocacy. Dr. Kader represented Egypt in the working sessions of the G20 Green Finance Study Group that issued the 2017 Green Finance Synthesis Report. In 2014, she launched MOSTADAM platform, the first platform for advancing Sustainable Finance in the Middle East focused on capacity building, policy advocacy and promoting sustainable products and services.

Dr. Kader has managed to make AAIB the first and only bank in Egypt to join the Equator Principles in 2009 and introduce social and environmental risk management policies and procedures to the Bank’s corporate line of business. The U.N. Global Compact – which recognized AAIB for Best Practices from 2011 through 2016 and the London Benchmarking Group are also part of Dr. Dalia’s serious efforts to leverage international networks to support sustainability programs and provide professional guidelines.

Substantiated with an inter-disciplinary exposure to finance, political science, economics and sustainability, Dr. Kader conceived the concept of “Humanizing Finance” one that sees the role of the financial industry in context of environmental and social concerns to create a sustainable life. She also introduced and lectured a proprietary postmodern interpretation of the Marketing discipline in international platforms. She is well versed in national security studies and has special interests in
postmodernism and critical thinking. Dr. Kader lectured in several local and international conferences on sustainable finance and sustainability branding including the Financial Times conference “Future of Marketing” in New York in 2016. She is author of several articles on finance for development, national security and international relations.

Dr. Kader holds a B.A from the American University in Cairo (Major in Political Science & Minor in Economics), M.A. degree in Political Science from the American University in Cairo and Ph.D in
Political Science from Cairo University

Mr. Ali Khalpey
Frontier Markets,
EFG Hermes

Ali Khalpey joined the EFG Hermes team in 2017 as CEO of Frontier Markets. After a successful 20 year career focusing on Frontier and Emerging Markets, he joins to drive the expansion of EFG Hermes’ frontier platform. Ali joins EFG Hermes from Exotix Africa, a firm he co-founded and built into one of the leading Frontier Markets Investment Banks.

His professional career includes stints in New York, London, Dubai and Johannesburg with Blackrock, Investec plc and Renaissance Capital. Ali is a graduate of the London School of Economics with a First Class BSc in Economics.

Mr. Sean Kidney
Chief Executive Officer,
Climate Bonds Initiative


Sean Kidney, co-founder and CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative

Sean Kidney is the co-founder and CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an investor-focused NGO based in London working to mobilize debt capital markets to fund a rapid, global transition to a low-carbon and climate resilient economy.

Projects include a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $34 trillion of assets represented on its Board and some 200 organizations involved in its development and governance developing green securitization as a response to aggregation challenges in emerging markets working with the Chinese central bank on how to grow green bonds in China a Green Infrastructure Investment Coalition and market development programs in India, Brazil, Mexico and East Africa.

Sean has also been a consultant on green bonds to the United Nations Secretary General and was a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Expert Committee on Climate Finance. He was previously an award-winning marketing advisor to a number of the largest Australian pension funds and a social marketer and publisher.

A regular speaker on climate change and finance, Sean has over the past year spoken at conferences and seminars on six continents.

He is also a member of
- Mercer’s Sustainability Opportunities Fund Advisory Panel.
- The Canadian Corporate Knights Capital Advisory Council.
- The Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport’s (SloCAT) Financing Framework.

Sean has four daughters and lives in London with his partner.

Mr. Paul McKeown
Senior Vice President
Nasdaq Group


Paul McKeown is a Senior Vice President of Global Sales of Market Technology. In this role, Mr. McKeown oversees the global sales activities for Nasdaq’s core technology offerings to exchanges, clearinghouses, depositories and emerging marketplaces.

He most recently served as head of Global sales and Service for Nasdaq’s Global Corporate Solutions business following the acquisition of the business from Thomson Reuters in 2013.

Mr. McKeown also served as Vice President of Market Technology and Global Head of Nasdaq’s compliance and surveillance offerings from 2011 to 2013.

Paul joined Nasdaq in 2000, and has 18+ years of sales and marketing experience within financial markets across Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Americas. He has been involved in a wide spectrum of sectors including retail banking, international treasury, retail and institutional securities, trade finance, investment banking, exchange trading, clearing and settlement.

Mr. McKeown was educated in the United Kingdom and holds a BA (Hons) in Business from Nottingham Trent University. He gained his Asia-Pacific regional experience during his 12 years living in Sydney. Paul has been based in New York since 2009.

Mr. Karim Nehma
Head of Asset Management


He is aco-founder and former Managing Director of Act Financial, was a part of theexecutive team steering the company’s investments. Mr. Nehma was alsoresponsible for the Asset Management division within Act Financial. Previously,Mr. Nehma was Head of Asset Management and the Chief Investment Officer atEFG-Hermes. Prior to that, Mr. Nehma managed the largest equity fund in theMiddle East, ranked one of the best performing emerging markets funds forseveral consecutive years. Prior to that, Mr. Nehma worked on sell-sideresearch at some of the region’s top investment banks with extensive exposureto a multitude of sectors. Mr. Nehma graduated from the AUC with a bachelor’sdegree in Accounting and has more than 18 years of experience in the MENAequity markets.

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Mr. Geoffrey Odundo
Chief Executive officer
Nairobi Securities Exchange


Mr. Geoffrey Odundo is the Chief Executive of the Nairobi Securities Exchange. He is an accomplished Investment Banker with 22 years financial sector experience, 16 years of which have been in the Capital Markets in various senior roles in asset management, corporate finance and stock broking. He was instrumental in the setting up of Co-op Trust Investment Services, Co-op Consultancy Services limited and Kingdom Securities Limited.
Prior to his appointment Mr. Odundo was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Kingdom Securities Limited a position he held from June 2009. During his tenure at Kingdom Securities Limited he grew the business to become one of the leading Trading Participants of the NSE and has been instrumental in key listings on the NSE as well as other Corporate Finance transactions.

Mr. Odundo has also in the past served as a Director and Secretary of the Kenya Association of Stock Brokers and Investment Banks (KASIB) a role in which he was instrumental in improving the service delivery and standards on the operations of Capital Markets intermediaries.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics & Economics from Egerton University and a Masters in Business Administration (Strategic Management) from the United States International University (USIU). Mr. Odundo is also a member of various professional bodies and has attended various financial and capital markets courses and forums worldwide.

Mr. Habil O. Olaka
Chief Executive Officer,
Kenya Bankers Association


Dr. Olaka is the Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Bankers Association (KBA), an appointment he took up in October 2010. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the Association, covering industry advocacy, development and sustainability.

Previously he was the Director of Operations of the East African Development Bank (EADB) based in Kampala after serving as the Resident Manager in Kenya. He earlier served the bank as the Head of Risk Management and as the Chief Internal Auditor. Before joining the Bank, he had been with Banque Indosuez (now Bank of Africa) as the Internal Auditor. He started his career at the PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nairobi in the Audit and Business Advisory Services Division.

He sits on a number of boards representing the KBA. These are the Kenya Private Sector Alliance, Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Higher Education Loans Board, Auctioneers Licensing Board, Federation of Kenya Employers, and the National Task force on AntiMoney Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism. He is Chairman of the Pan-EAC Financial Service Providers Council and also chairs the Advisory Board of the School of Economics of the University of Nairobi.

He holds a Doctorate of Business Administration from USIU-Africa, a First Class Honours BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nairobi, and an MBA in Finance from the Manchester Business School in the UK. His PhD study was on the influence of strategic leadership on the implementation of strategy in the commercial banks in Kenya.

He is a member of the Institute of the Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) and the CFA Institute. He is an alumnus of the Strathmore School of Accountancy and has a good command of the French language.

Mr. Bola Onadele. Koko
Chief Executive Officer
FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange


Bola Onadele. Koko is the pioneer Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange. Prior to this engagement, Koko was the President of FDHL, a financial markets and risk management consulting firm he founded in 2001, where he provided business leadership in the empowerment of the Nigerian fixed income market and consulted extensively for the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

With over twenty-five (25) years’ financial services experience, including involvement in financial markets architecture and diplomacy, Koko championed various financial markets infrastructure development initiatives in Nigeria. He also served as consultant to the World Bank-IFC on the development of the Nigerian corporate bond market and was appointed the Country Manager of the Efficient Securities Market Infrastructure Development (ESMID) program in 2009.

Koko’s career spanned Coopers & Lybrand (PWC), FCMB Limited, Citibank Nigeria, Trust Bank of Africa (Merchant Bankers) and Leadbank PLC. He is an economist and a first-class chartered accountant with a passion for the development of Nigerian financial markets and housing finance.

Mr. Evans Osano
Capital Markets Director
FSD Africa


Evans is Director, Capital Markets Development at FSD Africa, where he leads capital markets development initiatives across sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining FSD Africa, he worked with the IFC/World Bank as Head, Efficient Securities Markets Institutional Development (ESMID) Africa.

Before joining the World Bank Group, he was Head of Investments at AIG Global Investment Group where his responsibilities included managing a pan-African total return fund that was a pioneer investor in debt and equity markets in Africa.

Evans’ investment and technical assistance work experience in the capital markets spans sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, North America, Europe and South Asia.

Dr. Hani Sarie-Eldin
Founder & Managing Partner
Sarie-Eldin & Partners Legal Advisors,

Dr. Hani Sarie-Eldin is a prominent legal practitioner in Egypt and Middle East with an expertise of thirty years in corporate, banking, project finance, PPP Projects, arbitration and capital market.

He is the founder & managing partner of Sarie-Eldin & Partners Legal Advisors.

Dr. Sarie-Eldin is a professor of Commercial and Maritime Law at Cairo University, and a Visiting Professor of Economic Development Law Queen Mary College at University of London.

He holds a Ph.D. in International Business Law from Queen Mary and Westfield College, university of London.

In addition to his private professional career, Dr. Sarie-Eldin had served in executive and non-executive public positions includingChairman of Capital Market Authority, Board member of the Central Bank of Egypt & General Authority For Investment, and first official US-Egyptian Fund to promote investment in Egypt.

He also holds inter- alia, the positions of Chairman of SODIC a leading Real Estate Development Company and Vice Chairman of Philip Morris Egypt.

Mr. Harvesh Seegolam
Chief Executive Officer
Financial Services Commission

Mr. Harvesh Seegolam is currently the Chief Executive of the Financial Services Commission, Mauritius (FSC Mauritius).

Prior to joining the FSC, Harvesh was Chief Executive of the Financial Services Promotion Agency (FSPA), institution under the aegis of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development mandated for the development and promotion of Mauritius as an International Financial Centre (IFC) of excellence.

Harvesh has also been at the Board of Investment (BOI), the Investment Promotion Agency of Mauritius, where he was in charge of the Innovation, Technology and Services cluster. He has successfully advised a number of global players on setting up operations in Mauritius in the fields of banking, private equity, investment funds, legal services and wealth management, manufacturing and ICT amongst others.

Harvesh holds a BSc (Hon) in Economics and an MSc in International Finance, in addition to several other qualifications in accountancy and finance. He is an alumni of the London School of Economics & Political Science, the University College London, Durham University, as well as, the SKEMA ‘Grande Ecole de Commerce’ in France.”

Mr. Thapelo Tsheole
Chief Executive Officer
Botswana Stock Exchange


Mr Tsheole is a seasoned Financial Markets expert with a cumulative experience of 15 years having worked for Bank of Botswana (BoB) and Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE).

Mr Tsheole holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Single Major Economics) from the University of Botswana and a Master of Commerce (MComm) in Financial Markets from Rhodes University (RSA). Further, he holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town (RSA). He has also completed several financial markets programmes as well as a Leadership Development Programme at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (RSA).

Mr Tsheole has extensive financial markets experience in Capital Markets, Forex, Structured Products and the Financial Market Regulation. He was appointed CEO of the BSE in January 2016 following a short stint as Deputy CEO at BSE since February 2014, preceded by the Product Development Manager position since 2007. Mr Tsheole began his career at BoB in 2001as Settlement Supervisor and Money Markets Dealer in the Financial Markets Department.

Mr Tsheole is a firm believer in the development of the financial market in Botswana and Africa, as well as their importance to economic growth and stability. It is against this backdrop that he has led initiatives to increase activity in the financial market in Botswana.

Mr Tsheole is currently an Executive Committee member of the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA), and sits on the following Boards Botswana Accountancy Oversight Authority, Medicines Regulatory Authority of Botswana, ACHAP Botswana and ACHAP International. As a result of his extensive experience he was invited to serve as a member of Africa Integrated Reporting Committee (AIRC), a joint initiative between Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA) and World Bank as of July, 2017.


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