H.E Dr Ali Al Allaq
Governor, Central Bank of Iraq
Dr Mahdi Al-Alaq
Secretary General, The Council Of Ministries
Chairman, Parliamentarian Economy & Investment Committee
Dr. Mudher Kasim
Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister Iraq
Dr Sami Al-Araji
Chairman, National Investment Commission, Iraq
UK Ambassador to The Republic of Iraq
CFO & Vice President Global Growth Operations at General Electric
Iraq Country Manager, International Finance Corporation
Head of the Iraq Reconstruction Fund
Chief Executive Officer, Iraq Stock Exchange
Senior Originator for MENA, Head of Iraq Origination, Deutsche Bank
Managing Partner, KPMG
Chairman, Rabee Securities
Duha Abdul Karim
Director of Payments Department, Central Bank of Iraq
Chairman, Iraqi Private Banks League
Dr Salah Khalaf
Chairman, Securities Commission, Federal Board of Supreme Audit
Chief Executive Officer, QiCard
Muzaffer Suat Utku
Executive Vice President, FI, Aktif Bank
Ali Basim Al-Saeed
Deputy CEO of Switch / Iraq E-Gate for Financial Services
Assistant General Manager, External Expansion, BBAC
Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Iraq
Dr Mohamed Radwan
Managing Director, Platinum Partners
Corporate Governance Operations Officer, MENA, IFC
Director, Head of Information Technology Advisory, KPMG
Partner, Stephenson Harwood
CIO, Iraq Fund, Asia Frontier Capital
Bilal Rabah Al Sugheyer
Operations Officer, MENA Infrastructure Team, IFC
Group Sales Manager, Guardia Systems
Financial Consultant & Business Development, Enprode Engineering & Construction AŞ
Christine Van den Toorn
Executive Director, Policy & External Relations, AUIS
Co-Founder & CEO, Miswag
Managing Partner, Board Member, Khudairi Group
Luay Al Khateeb
Founding Director, Iraq Energy Institute
Publisher & Editor-at-Large, Iraq Oil Report
Co-Founder, "Escape the Room Iraq"
H.E Dr Ali Al AllaqGovernor, Central Bank of Iraq
Dr Mahdi Al-AlaqSecretary General, The Council Of Ministries
Ahmed Al-KinaniChairman, Parliamentarian Economy & Investment Committee
Dr. Mudher KasimEconomic Advisor to the Prime Minister Iraq
Dr. Kasim is currently the Economic Advisor of the Iraqi Prime Minister.
He held several positions at the Central Bank of Iraq until appointed as Deputy Governor and Member of the Board of Directors.
Among his many duties at the Central Banks are the following: General Manager at the Directorate of Statistics and Research, Member of the Panel of Experts at the Central Bank for Economic Reform, Member of the Iraqi delegation attending the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, and Head of the technical team during the negotiations with the IMF.
Dr. Kasim holds a PhD in Economics from Wales University and a BA of Economics from Al-Mustansiriya University.
Dr Sami Al-ArajiChairman, National Investment Commission, Iraq
John WilksUK Ambassador to The Republic of Iraq
Frederic RibierasCFO & Vice President Global Growth Operations at General Electric
Frederic Ribieras is the Chief Financial Officer of Global Growth Operations, appointed in January 2014.
His career with GE began in 1990 as an FMP with GE Healthcare Europe in Paris. He held various Finance roles within the Healthcare business in Accounting, FP&A, Ultrasound Finance and Six Sigma with experiences in France, UK, Germany, Russia and the US. In
1999 he joined the Corporate FP&A team and in 2000 moved to GE Energy as the
Commercial Finance Manager for the Power Gen. division. In 2002 he joined the Aviation team as Manager of Group FP&A and later on as CFO for Aviation Services. Early 2006 he was appointed as CFO for Oil & Gas and led the team through the significant growth from the core business and $15B of acquisitions. In January 2014 he moved to GGO and is currently the CFO for GGO Global as well as the MENAT region. He graduated from the FMP program in 1992 and the EFLP program in 1998.
He graduated from E.S.D.E., a French Business School, in 1986 and obtained in 1987 his
MBA in Finance and International Business from the University of Hartford (CT).
Frederic is married to Christine and they have 3 children, ages 21, 19 and 17.
Ziad BadrIraq Country Manager, International Finance Corporation
Ziad Badr, a Lebanese national, joined the World Bank in 1993 and worked in the Africa and MENA regions. He assumed various responsibilities including as Senior Economist in the Africa Knowledge and Learning unit where the concepts of “Knowledge Bank”, and “Monitoring and Evaluation tools” were pioneered. In 2003, he became the Head of the World Bank mission in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In 2006, he relocated to Jordan as Head of the World Bank Iraq Interim office in Amman. Mr. Badr has been instrumental to establish the World Bank presence in Baghdad, and nurture the relation with the Iraqi government. He also lead the first Bank mission to the Kurdistan region that opened the door for closer cooperation with the regional government, and the development of several projects in the North of Iraq. In July 2011, Mr. Badr joined IFC, and became their first manager in Iraq responsible for setting up the new IFC office in Baghdad, developing and executing IFC’s strategy in the country, and leading IFC’s dialogue and coordination with the Iraqi government, private sector, donors, and other stake-holders.
Mustafa Al-HitiHead of the Iraq Reconstruction Fund
Taha AbdulsalamChief Executive Officer, Iraq Stock Exchange
Taha Ahmed Abdulsalam Al-Rubaye received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in economics from Baghdad University. After finishing his studies in 1991, he began working with the Baghdad Stock Exchange and rose to the position of Manager of the Exchange’s Research Department. In 2004, he left his post with the Ministry of Finance to help transition the Baghdad Stock Exchange into the Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) and he has served as the ISX CEO since then. As CEO, he has overseen the exchange’s most impressive developments, helped to form a board of governors, consulted on both laws and regulatory bodies and spearheaded efforts to accommodate electronic trading on the ISX. This last project successfully transitioned the ISX to an automated trading system in 2009.
In addition to his impressive achievements with the exchange, Mr. Al-Rubaye remains devoted to education, teaching a class in financial institutions at his alma mater Baghdad University and, on top of that, he serves on several boards and commissions including the Union of Arab Securities Companies and the Euro-Asian Exchange Federation. Mr. Al-Rubaye has long been committed to engaging the West and the United States specifically in the activities of the ISX, as demonstrated by his participation in the 2009 Investment and Economic Partnership Conference in New York and DC. He resides in Baghdad with his wife and four children.
Hussain QaragholiSenior Originator for MENA, Head of Iraq Origination, Deutsche Bank
Hussain Qaragholi graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Business and International Political Economy and subsequently began his career on Wall Street with Merrill Lynch, followed by Citigroup, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) and Essdar Capital, before he founded Phoenix Capital in 2011.
In 2003, while at Citigroup, Mr. Qaragholi initiated the Citigroup Iraq Desk, where he transacted on market leading corporate, structured and trade finance deals, including the $22 billion restructuring of Iraq’s Saddam-era commercial claims and the Republic’s debut $2.7 billion sovereign bond issue, the Iraq 2028s. In 2006, he initiated the Citigroup Global Structured Solutions Group desk, covering CEEMEA, where he advised public and private sector clients on solutions-based bespoke financings. He subsequently joined Essdar Capital, as Senior Managing Director, and advisor to the UAE and Oman sovereign governments and private royal wealth funds. As a Senior Vice President and Iraq Business Head at ADIB, he led the bank’s entry into Iraq and successfully set-up the first stand-alone foreign bank branch in the Iraqi market.
Mr. Qaragholi is founding board member and President of the US Business Council in Iraq. He is a recipient of the International Finance Review “Global Restructuring Deal of the Year” and “EMEA Restructuring Deal of the Year” awards. He has appeared frequently in the media, including the Financial Times, Christian Science Monitor, the National, as well as on the internationally broadcasted CNBC Capital Connection and Platts Energy Week. He received his Bachelors of Arts (Honors) from The College of William and Mary as well as a Masters of Arts (Honors) from the School of Foreign Service and an MBA—both from Georgetown University. He is a native speaker in Arabic and English.
Hatem KawasmyManaging Partner, KPMG
Hatem leads KPMG Jordan and Palestine practices as well as he is leading the business in Iraqi market, with a team of over 170 professionals covering projects across industries throughout Jordan, Iraq and Palestine. He has an extensive 30 years of senior management experience and a solid background as a market strategic planner.
Hatem has expertise in advising commercial companies, not-for-profit organizations and governmental institutions on capacity building, institutional development, business improvement, and strengthening the financial management, internal controls, and taxation.
Hatem provides to many local and international clients, spanning the whole services spectrum from external audit, internal audit, strategy planning & formation, feasibility studies, business planning, devising acquisition/disposal strategies to performing valuations and due diligence reviews, preparing information memoranda & identifying and negotiating with potential investors.
Hatem serves a wide client portfolio in particular subsidiaries of multinational listed banks, local banks, financial institutions and mutual Companies. In addition to assurance, Hatem has significant experience of performing due diligence reviews for top tier companies, business planning and structuring of operations for inward investments. He has also worked on a number of global cross border transactions, acquisitions and related transactions. In addition, he was also responsible for corporate and personal income tax services and had advised many international companies on Jordanian tax issues.
Hatem plays a key role in leading client relationship development and performance management strategies to more fully expand the exposure and scope of the Client’s service capabilities. He serves a wide client portfolio of financial, retail, real estate, insurance, government, oil and gas, energy and manufacturing.
Shwan TahaChairman, Rabee Securities
Duha Abdul KarimDirector of Payments Department, Central Bank of Iraq
Mrs. Doha Abdul Karim is the director of the payments department in the Central Bank of Iraq. She has held several positions in the Central Bank of Iraq including deputy director of the payments department and head of the clearing department.
She represented the Central Bank of Iraq in several meetings and conferences inside and outside Iraq and is a member of the Arab Commission for Payment Systems in the Arab Monetary Fund and member of many internal committees.
Mrs. Abdul Karim holds a Bachelor of Statistics from the Department of Management and Economics at the University of Baghdad.
Wadea Al-HandalChairman, Iraqi Private Banks League
Dr Salah KhalafChairman, Securities Commission, Federal Board of Supreme Audit
Scott MundenChief Executive Officer, QiCard
Scott Munden is the Chief Executive Officer At International Smart Card.
Joined ISC at the beginning of 2016 as its COO and was appointed CEO in early 2017. Before joining ISC, he has been a partner in a regional management consulting company providing consulting services predominantly in the Middle East. He has spent the last 11 years specialized in Iraq working in a cross-section of industries with a specific emphasis on the Public and ICT sectors. He has been engaged in a number of World Bank and Government of Iraq sponsored restructuring and/or development projects. His background is in the ICT industry in international companies
specializing in enterprise automation. He has held a number of senior posts in those companies from CTO to COO. He has advised clients on strategy, operational improvement,
go-to-market planning, and served has as a solution architect to a number of projects in global
He has spent a good portion of his career working on go-to-market and investment or funding strategies for companies. He specializes in operational transformation and brings more than
30 years of experience to his current post as the Chief Executive Officer of ISC.
Muzaffer Suat UtkuExecutive Vice President, FI, Aktif Bank
Ali Basim Al-SaeedDeputy CEO of Switch / Iraq E-Gate for Financial Services
Ali has over 13 years of experience in investment and corporate banking, specialized in financial markets services. Ali held senior positions in regional and international banks; the likes of Audi Bank and Standard Chartered Bank. Ali is a visionary leader who works with people to grow their personal and professional skills, human-to-human, in addition for been involved in many events and activities in the region related to NGOs like SOS and Injaz.
Ali holds a BA in control engineering from university of technology in Baghdad as well as being an MBA candidate from the university Warwick, United Kingdom.
Chawki BadrAssistant General Manager, External Expansion, BBAC
Mr. Chawki Badr is currently the Assistant General Manager for External Expansion at BBAC (Bank of Beirut and the Arab Countries). He joined the bank as a Branch Manager only to become a Regional Manager at a later stage.
Mr. Badr also served as the Executive Advisor for External Expansion at BBAC. His main role was to explore and infiltrate international markets.
Throughout his professional career, Mr. Badr demonstrated exceptional leadership skills by constantly organizing a variety of seminars and training programs within BBAC, which included: banking operations, legal issues in studies on the banking sector, credit, accounting and economic feasibility.
Mr. Badr is a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.
Musab AlkateebChief Executive Officer, Siemens Iraq
Dr Mohamed RadwanManaging Director, Platinum Partners
Mohamed Radwan is a Corporate Governance Consultant with IFC. He has been working on corporate governance practices in Kurdistan – Iraq for the past 4 years. Dr. Radwan has a wealth of corporate governance experience working in the field on the regional level for the past ten years. His expertise journey included activities such as: corporate governance assessments, board evaluation, advising of corporate governance practices, supporting the implementation of corporate governance practices, delivering leadership and corporate governance training for board of directors, consulting boards on their business strategies, and serving as board member for various organizations in the region.
Mohamed Radwan holds a Doctorate of Business Administration from the School of Business and Entrepreneurship, with a specialization in International Management, Nova Southeastern University, Florida, USA. The practical hands-on experience of Dr. Radwan adds to the richness of his knowledge and expertise. Mohamed’s wealth of experience, over 30 years, is gained through his corporate practice, leadership development, executive coaching, corporate governance advisory, board of director roles, and strategic business development consulting activities performed in the region as well as his academic and teaching background & certifications on various business development solutions.
Amira AgagCorporate Governance Operations Officer, MENA, IFC
Amira El Saeed is IFC Corporate Governance Operations Officer in the MENA region, which advises banks and private sector companies on good corporate governance practices, in particular through training events as well as corporate governance assessments and improvement plans.
Amira has significant academic and hands-on experience in the Education and Training field; as a visiting faculty in the American University in Cairo, Lecturer, and training lead faculty. Amira has presented in various regional and International conferences, and written numerous articles on corporate governance-related topics in various Egyptian and Regional economic newspapers and magazines. She holds a doctorate Degree in Business Administration; she is Level Two Candidate, Certified Financial Analyst, CFA Institute, USA. Before joining the IFC, World Bank, Amira worked as the Head of the Egyptian Stock Exchange Technical Office. She speaks Arabic, English and fair French.
Muhana AlmrahlehDirector, Head of Information Technology Advisory, KPMG
Muhana is the Head of IT Advisory for KPMG Jordan and in Iraq and he is the National IT Security Officers for many KPMG firms in the region. He has more than 13 years of experience in technology, cyber security and IT governance. Muhana joined KPMG 5 years ago, prior to KPMG he had worked for Jordan Telecom Group “Orange-Jordan” (Network Operation Center) as acting head of Services , Platforms , and Traffic Control (SPTC) department in the areas of IT Engineering (Thinking and Building), technology and infrastructure management.
Muhana has an intensive experience in technology assessment, IT strategy & governance and cyber security consulting which were gained through working for or with large international or governmental entities, consulting firms, critical infrastructure, manufacturing and telecom. Muhana is a part time member of KPMG International Information Protection Group (IPG) where he contributes to the continuous improvement of compliance with information protection matters for KPMG and its clients.
Muhana played key roles in designing new disaster recovery plans in one of the largest operators in Jordan and played a key role in one of the biggest revenue assurance project for telecom companies in the region.
Also Muhana worked on many implementations of Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) and Business Continuity Plans (BCP’s) against relevant technology standards such as ITIL, ISO 27001, ISO 22301 or CoBIT frameworks.
Muhana holds a bachelor degree in Electronic Engineering from Yarmouk University.
Certified Information System Auditor (CISA).
Certified Project Manager (IAPPM).
Microsoft Certified IT Professional for Enterprise.
Salem ChalabiPartner, Stephenson Harwood
Salem’s experience in the Middle East consists of leveraged finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, bank financings, refinancings, initial public offerings and large-scale infrastructure and real estate development projects both for private bodies and government entities. Salem’s client base includes some of the Middle East’s largest companies across the energy, banking, real estate and private sectors.
He has extensive experience across the Middle East and has advised on matters concerning various jurisdictions. He has particular experience in Iraq, having lived/worked in the jurisdiction for more than fifteen years. He is an Iraqi national who is fluent in Arabic and has a history of acting for Iraqi government ministries as well as advising on a large number of corporate transactions in the country.
Salem is a member of the New York bar and is admitted to provide legal services in the UAE. Prior to joining Stephenson Harwood, Salem headed the Iraq practise at DLA Piper and before that practised at Clifford Chance (London) and Morgan Lewis (New York).
Ahmed TabaqchaliCIO, Iraq Fund, Asia Frontier Capital
Ahmed Tabaqchali, CIO of AFC Iraq Fund, is an experienced Capital Markets professional with over 25 years experiences in US and MENA markets. Currently a Non-resident Fellow at the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani (AUIS). He is a board member of the Credit Bank of Iraq.
He is a former Executive Director of NBK Capital, the investment banking arm of the National Bank of Kuwait as head of Brokerage. Prior to that a Managing Director and Head of International Institutional Sales at WR Hambrecht + Co. based in London, New York and San Francisco. This followed on from roles as a Managing Director at KeyBanc in London charged with international sales, and before that Director & Head of Capital Markets & Institutional Sales at Jefferies Int’l in London. He started his career at Dean Witter Int’l in London.
Ahmed has an M. Sc. in Mathematics from Oxford University in the UK, a B.Sc. (Hons, 1st class) in Mathematics from Victoria University in New Zealand and a B.Sc. in Mathematics from Canterbury University in New Zealand. Ahmed is an Iraqi & a British national.
Bilal Rabah Al SugheyerOperations Officer, MENA Infrastructure Team, IFC
Over 20 years of experience in investment, corporate and SME Banking in IFC, Arab Palestinian Investment Bank, Societe Generale de Banque au Jordanine, and Credit Guarantee programs. Bilal joined IFC as an Operations Officer in MENA financial infrastructure team and Banking Advisory Services Program. He managed of a number of financial infrastructure, risk management and SME banking advisory projects in Palestine, Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Yemen with focus of Islamic banks. Prior to working with the World Bank group in 2006, Bilal managed the European Union Euro 40m Loan Guarantee Program in Jordan, assumed the responsibility of Senior Credit and Investment Officer in Arab Palestinian Investment Bank and worked in the Palestinian Monitory Authority in Banking Supervision department. Bilal holds a B.A. in Business Management from Cairo University and final year candidate for Masters in Islamic Finance from the World Islamic Science and Education University.
Charles KanaanGroup Sales Manager, Guardia Systems
Mr. Kanaan joined Guardia Systems, part of Monla Group Holding, in 2005 and he is the Group Sales Manager with a solid Technical and Operational background.
He is involved in different companies within the Group covering Telecom, IT and Security solutions.
Mr. Kanaan holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Saint Joseph University (ESIB) with a specialization in Networks and Systems Security.
With a solid experience of over 12 years within the Group, Mr. Kanaan contributed heavily in building and developing the group vision and activities in different segments and was able to maintain a high level of customer satisfaction by merging the sales activities with a close follow up on the implementation of the acquired projects.
He is fluent in English, French and Arabic.
Coşkun AkdenizFinancial Consultant & Business Development, Enprode Engineering & Construction AŞ
Christine Van den ToornExecutive Director, Policy & External Relations, AUIS
Ms. van den Toorn is the Executive Director, Policy and External Relations at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) and is responsible for managing relationships with key stakeholders for the University in the Middle East region and abroad. She is also the Director of the University’s policy center, the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS), and organizes the annual Sulaimani Forum, one of the premier gatherings for Iraq and Middle East policy debates. Ms. van den Toorn conducts research primarily on the disputed territories of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), and she has published in Foreign Policy, Carnegie’s Sada, War on the Rocks, Iraq Oil Report, Inside Iraqi Politics, Daily Beast and Niqash. Before coming to AUIS in 2009, Ms. van den Toorn received her M.A. in History (Middle East) from the University of Virginia and served in the United States Peace Corps in Morocco. She speaks Arabic and French.
Ammar AmmenCo-Founder & CEO, Miswag
Ammar Ammen is a computer engineering graduate from the University of Baghdad. He is currently a consultant software engineer at HRB Group and he was a coach for youth entrepreneurs at Startup Weekend Baghdad in 2014. Ammar is also the co-founder and CEO of Miswag, the first e-commerce service in Iraq with a delivery service to all major Iraqi cities. Miswag was developed from scratch by Iraqi entrepreneurs and experts to best fit the young market’s requirements.
Mohammed KhudairiManaging Partner, Board Member, Khudairi Group
Mohammed Khudairi’s is a managing partner and a board member of Khudairi Group and an Angel investor in several tech companies in the UAE and USA. He is a Co-Founder of TechHub Erbil and a contributor to Bite.Tech on the need to support the entrepreneurial community in Iraq through government, academic institutions, and private corporations – http://bite.tech/news/tech-iraq.
Luay Al KhateebFounding Director, Iraq Energy Institute
Ben LandoPublisher & Editor-at-Large, Iraq Oil Report
Faten Al-WaeliCo-Founder, "Escape the Room Iraq"
Faten Al-Waeli is a graduate of the University of Baghdad, College of Science for Women. She is currently the Iraq Program Coordinator at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Faten is also the co-founder of Escape the Room Iraq, an adventure game that includes a series of puzzles designed for groups to solve together and enhance their teamwork skills. http://www.escaperoomiraq.com
Marwan AhmedDirector, Mishwar
Marwan Ahmed is a graduate of the University of Mustansriyah, College of Science. He currently works as a consultant at Euphrates Advisors LLC. Marwan is an entrepreneurship evangelist who’s the co-founder of The Week bootcamp, and the Director of Mishwar, the only grocery delivery startup in Baghdad