The Euromoney Lebanon Conference


H.E. Mr Riad Salamé


Banque du Liban

His Excellency Mr Riad Salamé is the Governor of Banque du Liban, Lebanon's Central Bank, first appointed in August, 1993. He was reappointed for three consecutive terms in 1999, 2005 and 2011.

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Saad Azhari

Chairman and General Manager


Mr Saad Azhari has been the chairman of BLOM Bank since 2008, after having been the vice chairman and general manager of BLOM Bank between 2001 and 2007. Mr Azhari also assumes several functions on the board of directors of BLOM Bank Group’s entities.

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Samir Hanna

Group Chief Executive Officer

Bank Audi

Mr Samir Hanna joined Bank Audi in January 1963. He held several managerial and executive positions across various departments of the bank. He was appointed general manager of Bank Audi in 1986 and member of its Board of Directors in 1990.

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Hani Raad

General Manager, Levant and Iraq


As general manager, Hani leads Cisco’s sales and strategy across the Levant and Iraq. In this role he is responsible for overseeing Cisco’s business operations and driving its growth plan in a number of promising markets that include Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. Formulating Cisco’s strategic direction in the

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Firas Safieddine

Executive Board Member

Capital Markets Authority

Before his appointment as an executive board member at the Capital Markets Authority, Mr Firas Safieddine served as the senior adviser to the Lebanese Minister of Economy and later the Lebanese Minister of Finance for more than four years.

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Carlos Abou Jaoude

Managing Partner

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm

Carlos Abou Jaoude is the managing partner of Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm (AJA), one of the largest law firms in the MENA region. He gained broad knowledge and experience during his several years of practice in Europe (mainly Paris, London and Geneva) and Beirut.

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Vedat Akgiray

Professor of Finance / Former Chairman

Bogazici University / Capital Markets Board of Turkey

Vedat Akgiray is currently a professor of finance and director of the Center for Corporate Governance (CCG) at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Ahmed Al Salahy

Regional Manager, North Africa and Levant


Ahmed Al Salahy is the regional manager at PayFort for North Africa and Levant, a premier online payment service provider in the Arab World. 

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Michel Aramouni

Assistant General Manager, Group Capital Markets

Bank Audi

Michel Aramouni joined Bank Audi in 1994. He established the Capital Markets Department of the Bank in 1996 and managed it until 2000, whereby he joined the office of the chief executive officer, to handle capital market activity. From 2007 until 2009, he acted as deputy chief executive officer of

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Stéphane Attali

Dean and Director General

ESA Business School

Stéphane Attali is dean and director general of ESA Business School. Stéphane graduated from Paris Dauphine University and Sciences Po Paris. After working as a consultant, he joined the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIP) in 1999.

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Richard Banks

Consulting Editor

Euromoney Conferences

Richard Banks is consulting editor for Euromoney Conferences in the MENA region and in other emerging markets. He is responsible for setting conference agendas, liaising with Euromoney’s network of high-level government and private sector partners as well as chairing many of the conferences personally.

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Victoria Behn

Director, Middle East and Africa

Euromoney Conferences

Victoria has worked at Euromoney for over 13 years where she is director of Euromoney Conferences’ Middle East and Africa business. Euromoney has run major financial events in the MEA region for 22 years.

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Karim El Khoury

Chief Marketing Officer / Former Founder

PinPay / Viamobile

Karim El Khoury graduated in Finance from the Lebanese American University and has solid experience in the fields of banking, finance, healthcare, and technology.

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Hala Fadel

Co-Founder / Chairwoman

Leap Ventures / MIT Enterprise Forum, Pan Arab Region

Hala is a co-founder of Leap ventures, a venture capital firm focusing on global technology companies. She has 20 years of experience in finance and entrepreneurship as a portfolio manager for 12 years in European equities at Comgest, a EUR 20bn growth equity fund focused on investing in growth companies.

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Christopher Garnett

Senior External Adviser

Euromoney Conferences

Christopher Garnett is senior external adviser to Euromoney Conferences. He worked in various roles at Euromoney Institutional Investor from 1988.

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Imad Ghandour

Co-founder and Managing Director


Imad Ghandour is the co-founder and managing director of CedarBridge, an investment company focused on high growth opportunities in education, healthcare and retail in MENA. Imad has more than 10 years’ experience in private equity and investments throughout the MENA region and China

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Charles Goodfellow


Peterhouse Corporate Finance

Charles Goodfellow is a corporate broker with over 25 years' experience of fund raising for small and mid-caps and private companies across a range of sectors and jurisdictions. He is a director of Acorn Minerals plc, a company listed on the standard segment of the main market of the London

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Walid Hanna

Founder and Managing Partner

Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)

Mr Walid Hanna is the founder and managing partner of Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP). He has been active in venture capital and in new venture development for the past 17 years. Walid has founded, co-founded, invested in, and led more than 35 investments/companies spanning a range of industries

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Marianne Hoayek

Director of the Executive Office

Banque du Liban

Marianne Hoayek heads the Executive Office at Banque du Liban since its establishment in July 2007. The Office reports directly to the Governor. Mrs Hoayek manages and follows up the organisational and reform projects at the Central Bank of Lebanon.

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Ayham Kamel

Director, Middle East and North Africa

Eurasia Group

Ayham Kamel focuses on Iraq, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, and the Levant area (Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon). His sectoral expertise includes the financial industry, banking, hospitality, infrastructure, and oil and gas.

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Fares Kobeissi

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer


Mr Fares Kobeissi is the chairman and chief executive officer of Bluering s.a.l., a leading software company in Lebanon specialised in credit risk automation and the regional partner of Standard & Poors risk management company.

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André Küüsvek

Director, Local Currency and Capital Markets Development


André Küüsvek is the director for local currency and capital markets development (LC2) at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), leading the strategic bank-wide LC2 Initiative. He is a member of two EBRD management committees, the Strategy and Policy Committee and the Asset and Liability Committee.

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Souraya Machnouk


Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm

Souraya Machnouk is a partner at Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm and lends her specialised knowledge and experience to several practice groups including corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, banking, capital markets, private equity and telecommunications.

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Fadi Osseiran

General Manager


Dr Fadi Osseiran started his banking career at BLOM Bank S.A.L. as forex assistant dealer from 1981 to 1982. From 1985 to 1987, he moved to teach in the Economics Department at the American University of Beirut (AUB)

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Jean-Paul Pigat

Senior Economist, Global Markets and Treasury

Emirates NBD

Jean-Paul Pigat is a senior economist at Emirates NBD, based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He is responsible for the bank's macro research on the markets of the Middle East and North Africa (ex-GCC).

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Mohammed Qadadeh

Vice President, Head of Government Sector, Middle East


Mohammed Qadadeh is head of government services and solutions (GS&S) for Middle East and North Africa at MasterCard. In his current mandate, he is responsible for leading MasterCard’s government business, overseeing its expansion strategies and leveraging MasterCard’s capabilities to solve government’s needs for efficiency, social progress and financial inclusion as

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Colm Reilly

Chief Executive Officer

UK Lebanon Tech Hub

Colm Reilly is chief executive officer of the UK Lebanon Tech Hub and Cyro Research. Colm has substantial experience enabling public and private sector organisations to deliver substantial benefit by improving project performance.

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Tarek Sadi

Managing Director

Endeavor Lebanon

Mr Tarek Sadi is the managing director of Endeavor Lebanon, an Economic Development non-profit focused on supporting outperforming entrepreneurs to create jobs and transform economies. He has extensive experience in venture capital and corporate finance in Middle East, Europe, and Latin America.

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Karim Safieddine

Founder and Chief Executive Officer


Karim Safieddine is the founder and chief executive officer of Karim founded Cinemoz following a career in film and TV production and distribution, mainly spent between Working Title (Universal), Magnolia Pictures (NYC) and The Weinstein Company (NYC)

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