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
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
Chairman, Rabee Securities
Chairman, Iraqi Private Banks League
Dr Salah Khalaf
Chairman, Securities Commission, Federal Board of Supreme Audit
Chief Executive Officer, QiCard
Founder, Northern Gulf Partners LLC
Ali Basim Al-Saeed
Deputy CEO of Switch / Iraq E-Gate for Financial Services
Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Iraq
Dr Mohamed Radwan
Managing Director, Platinum Partners
Corporate Governance Operations Officer, MENA, IFC
Partner, Stephenson Harwood
CIO, Iraq Fund, Asia Frontier Capital
Bilal Rabah Al Sugheyer
Operations Officer, MENA Infrastructure Team, IFC
Financial Consultant & Business Development, Enprode Engineering & Construction AŞ
Environmental Specialist, IFC
Luay Al Khateeb
Founding Director, Iraq Energy Institute
Publisher & Editor-at-Large, Iraq Oil Report
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
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.
Shwan TahaChairman, Rabee Securities
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.
Zaab SethnaFounder, Northern Gulf Partners LLC
Zaab Sethna is a co-founder and partner at Northern Gulf Partners LLC (www.northerngp.com), a frontier markets investment firm with a focus on Iraq and Kurdistan. Northern Gulf Partners manages Iraq Investment Partners I, one of the longest-established and best-performing ISX funds.
Mr. Sethna has been working closely with the Iraqi government, Council of Representatives, business families, and entrepreneurs since 2003. With a base in Baghdad for the last fourteen years, he advised the Government of Iraq on financial, trade, and energy policies from 2003 to 2007. Since then, Mr. Sethna has successfully completed a number of Iraq and Kurdistan transactions in oil and gas, real estate, banking, insurance, telecomms, infrastructure and other sectors. His experience in Iraq has included: raising capital for two oilfield service companies, a cellular carrier and an Internet service provider; advising two of the world’s largest investment banks and acting as strategic business adviser to Iraq’s leading bank; public affairs and government relations for the world’s largest insurance group; business development and government relations for various international oil companies; market entry advice for a Fortune 500 telecoms equipment maker; an in-depth study of the Iraqi oil sector for a leading European market researcher; and strategic advisory and relationship management for one of the world’s biggest alternative-investment managers.
Mr. Sethna began his career with the United Nations in Brazil and also worked at the Sawyer/Miller Group in New York and the Rendon Group in Washington, D.C. and London. He received a bachelors degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and a masters degree from Columbia University in New York City.
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.
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.
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 is an experienced capital markets professional with over 22 years experience in the US and MENA markets. He is a former Executive Director of NBK Capital, the investment banking arm of the National Bank of Kuwait. Prior to this, Ahmed was Managing Director and Head of International Institutional Sales at WR Hambrecht + Co. based in London, New York and San Francisco. This followed on from his role as a Managing Director at KeyBanc in London and before that as Director and Head of Capital Markets at Jefferies 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.
Coşkun AkdenizFinancial Consultant & Business Development, Enprode Engineering & Construction AŞ
Ragia AfifiEnvironmental Specialist, IFC
Ragia has twenty years of experience in the environmental field. Ragia is an Environmental specialist covering the MENA region at IFC, and is based in Cairo. Ragia works closely with financial institutions, to meet international Environmental & Social (E&S) best practices and be in line with IFC’s E&S requirements. Ragia provide guidance to financial institutions to be able to identify, assess, and mitigate the E&S risks in their business. Ragia also liaise with financial sector regulatory agencies and banking associations in the region with the objective of advancing sustainable finance in line with international good practice. Prior to joining IFC, Ragia worked as an environmental consultant for 12 years. In addition, she worked in several donor funded environmental projects. Ragia holds an MBA from the American University in Cairo and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cairo University.