Day 01


Opening of the Conference

Welcome Speeches 
         - H.E. Dr. Omar Al Razzaz  The Prime Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
                                                 Represented by H.E. Mohammed Saleh Hourani, Chairman of the JSC 
         - H.E. Riad T. SALAMÉ  -  Chairman of the UASA
                                             Represented by Fadi Fakih, Executive Board Member - CMA Lebanon  
         - H.E. Nemeh Sabbagh - CEO, Arab Bank
         - H.E. Jalil Tarif  -  Secretary General of the UASA

I. The Regulatory Perspective

- The proper level of regulation to enhance capital market development and protection of investors.
- Contain systematic risk, default risk and market disruption
- Entry standards: Capital and prudential requirements
- Minimizing the damage and loss of investors
- MiFid II: what are the new challenges?
Moderator: Fadi Fakih - Executive Board Member, Capital Markets Authority of Lebanon 
Dr. Obaid Al Zaabi - CEO, Securities and Commodities Authority
Stephen Fisher - Managing Director, BlackRock
Joe Mc Hale - Head of EU Regulatory Affairs, Bloomberg
Andreas Andreou - Vice Chairman, Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission
Mohamed Al-Abri - Vice President, Capital Markets Authority – Oman

Coffee Break

II. Challenges of financial technologies and digitalization

- Regulatory framework: challenges facing financial market infrastructure
- Proper balance between regulation and innovation
- Artificial intelligence, machine learning, distributed ledger technology (DLT): regulatory perspective
- Initial coin offerings (ICOs) and crypto currencies: regulatory implications
- Block chain, implementation in stock market
- Cyber security and cyber resilience
Moderator: Steve Wallace - Director of Outreach – MENA, CFA Institute
John Turner - CEO, XBRL International
Fayçal Belyazid - Head of Business Development & Sales, Nasdaq
Catriona Marshall - Policy Analyst, OECD
Ahmad Tantash - CEO, Jordan Investment Trust P.L.C
Kirill Zagorouiko - COO, Exactpro 

III. Enhancing governance in the Arab capital markets

- Enhancing transparency, disclosure and investors protection: what role international organizations can play?
- Implementing OECD – G20 principles: what are the challenges in the MENA region?
- Role of regulators to protect minority shareholders
- Gender balance in corporate leadership: opportunities to improve
- State-owned enterprises (SOEs): challenges to boost corporate governance
Moderator: Abdelhakim Berrah - Chairman, COSOB – Algeria
Dr. Mowafak Alyafi - Chairman, Alyafi Group
Iman Al Damen - Director , Jordan Commercial Bank
Rami Al Nsour - Advisor, Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange
Omar Fahad Al-Sunaidi - Manger, CG Dept., Saudi Capital Market Authority
Shahzad Khan - Head of Ethics & Compliance, Mubadala Group 


Gala Dinner:

- Awards of appreciation for the Sponsors
- Musical Show (Oscar Group)

Day 02

Keynote speech

“Insider Trading Enforcement in Emerging Markets: Does Enforcement of Insider Trading Laws Matter?” 

Patrick Meaney - Head of Enforcement, Dubai Financial Services Authority

IV. Arab Capital Markets Development Updates

- Openness to foreign investment: what are the opportunities and the risks?
- Passporting: why does it matter?
- Exit policies and foreign exchange risks
- Emerging vs advanced markets: where we stand.
- Derivatives markets, CCPs, direct market: What are the challenges?
Moderator: Konstantin Saroyan - Secretary General, The Federation of Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges
Ahmed Al Marhoon - Director General , Muscat Securities Market
Taha Abdulsalam - CEO, Iraq Stock Exchange
Fadi Al Said - Managing Director, Lazard Gulf Ltd. (Dubai)
Tariq Qaqish - Managing Director, Menacorp 

V. Islamic Finance, Collective investment schemes and fixed income instruments

- Challenges facing Islamic Finance in Arab Capital Markets
- Collective investment schemes: what are the challenges in the Arab markets?
- Fixed income and Islamic Sukuk: Are we on the right track?
- ETFs: impact on liquidity, transparency, and efficiency
- Infrastructure required for asset managers, brokers and investors
- How the new FinTech will help to develop Islamic financial products and CIS in Arab capital markets
Moderator: Wolfgang Engel - General Manager - IIF MEA, Institute of International Finance
Michael Grifferty - President, Gulf Bonds and Sukuk Association
Anita Yadav - Emirates NBD, Head of Fixed Income Research
Dr. Omar Aljazi - Honorary Fellow, International Islamic Centre for Reconciliation and Arbitration
Qutaiba Hawamdeh - CEO, AB Invest
Seçil Sayın Kutluca - Senior Legal Expert, Capital Markets Board Turkey 

Coffee Break

VI. Financial literacy and capacity building

- Financial inclusion: the role of regulators
- Professional certification, continuous education and training
- Ethical and professional standards
- Research and market analysis: what are the challenges?
- Protection of small investors and minority shareholders
Moderator: Lucy Courtenay - Director, CFA Institute
William Tohmé - Regional Head of MENA, CFA Institute
Angus Blair - COO, Pharos Investments – Egypt
Dr. Ghaleb Mahmassani - Vice Chairman, Beirut Stock Exchange
Robert H. Singletary - Technical Team Lead, Capital Market Development Project - Jordan
Wael El-Nagar - Senior Manager, Dubai Financial Services Authority 

VII. Post Trade Transparency: Clearing and settlement update

- New clearing and settlement initiatives
- Derivative markets: Covered short selling, lending and borrowing
- Introduction of T+2 settlement and introducing of delivery versus payments (DVP)
- CCP: what it means for Arab markets?
- Back office as part of the capital markets ecosystem
Moderator: Ahmad Aweidah - CEO, Palestine Exchange (PEX) 
Les Male - CEO, Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange
Mohamed Dagher - Head of Account Management, Euroclear Bank
Sameh H. Aloul - Partner & CEO, ManafSoft LLC
Mohammad Aburoub - Chief Information Officer, Standard Chartered Bank – Jordan
Andrew Dyson - CEO, The International Securities Lending Association 

Lunch Hosted by Arab Bank