The Euromoney Lebanon Conference 2017


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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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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Pierre Achkar

President / Chairman

Lebanese Federation For Tourism Industries / Monroe Hotels Groups

Pierre Achkar is the president of the Lebanese Federation for Tourism Industries and the Lebanese Hotel Association. He has been mayor of Brummana Municipality District since May 1998 and acts as chairman of the Monroe Hotels Group. Between 1999 and 2005 Mr Achkar acted as vice‐president of the National Council

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Amine Awad

General Manager


Amine Awad started his banking career at BLOM Bank in 1982, following his role as the dean of the ‘University Institute of Technology - Business Administration at Saint Joseph University’ from 1979 to 1982. From 1985 to 1992 he served as senior manager of the International and Financial Institutions Department

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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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Marwan Barakat

Group Chief Economist and Head of Research

Bank Audi

Marwan Barakat is the group chief economist and head of research at Bank Audi s.a.l. Dr Barakat has headed the Bank’s research department since the mid-1990s. The Bank’s research covers a wide range of weekly, quarterly and annual economic, sectoral and market reports, considered a reference source on the MENA

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Freddie Baz

Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Group Strategy Director

Bank Audi

Freddie Baz joined Bank Audi in 1991 as adviser to the chairman and founded the Secretariat for Planning and Development at the Bank. As group strategy director, he is now responsible for the development of the group strategy and for its oversight and communication, internally and externally.

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Ruth Beddows


GlobalCapital - now incorporating The Cover

Ruth Beddows left Euromoney Conferences, where she had been director of capital markets and head of covered bonds, in December 2014. She moved within the Euromoney family to GlobalCapital to learn the arts of journalism and editing.

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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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Wissam Chbat


Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA)

Wissam Chbat is chairman of the Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA). Mr Chbat has 20 years’ experience in the Oil and Gas E&P. He has been a board member at the Lebanese Petroleum Administration and head of the Geology and Geophysics department Since 4 December 2012 and on 4 December 2016 he

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Patrick Chovanec

Managing Director and Chief Strategist

Silvercrest Asset Management

Patrick Chovanec is managing director and chief strategist at Silvercrest Asset Management. He also teaches part-time as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Before Silvercrest he was an Associate Professor of Practice at Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management in Beijing, where he

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Raya El Hassan

Chairman-General Manager

Tripoli Special Economic Zone

Raya El-Hassan is the Chairman-General Manager of the Tripoli Special Economic Zone. From November 2009 until June 2011, Mrs El-Hassan served as the Minister of Finance in Lebanon.

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Janet Heckman

Managing Director, Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED)


Janet Heckman is the managing director for the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). She started in the role in February 2017. Based in Cairo, Ms Heckman is responsible for the formulation and delivery of the EBRD’s strategy and business plan

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Mohieddine Kronfol

Chief Investment Officer, Global Sukuk and MENA Fixed Income

Franklin Templeton Investments

Mohieddine (Dino) Kronfol is the chief investment officer of Global Sukuk and MENA fixed income at Franklin Templeton Investments. Mr Kronfol is responsible for the investment process, research and performance of the Global Sukuk and MENA Fixed Income teams. He is one of the founding partners and a board member

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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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Marwan Mikhael

Head of Research


Marwan Mikhael is head of equities and economic research at BLOMINVEST Bank (part of BLOM Bank group) since 2008. He has also been working on investment banking M&A deals since 2014. Before joining the bank, Mr Mikhael was an adviser to the Minister of Economy and Trade H.E. Dr. Sami

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Karl Naim

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer


Karl Naim is the co-founder and chief executive officer at ChefXchange. He has an extensive international background in finance, spanning from wealth management, asset management and private equity.

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Paul Wetterwald

Chief Economist, Member of the Investment Committee

Indosuez Wealth Management

Paul Wetterwald is chief economist of Indosuez Wealth Management and has extensive experience in economic research and portfolio management. His financial analysis and research for Indosuez Wealth Management Switzerland is conducted with support from approximately fifty specialists around the world, and is used in the development of investment strategies for

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Tarek Zebian

Director of Research and Communications

Capital Market Authority

Tarek Zebian is director of research and communications at the Capital Markets Authority. Previously Mr Zebian worked in the Payment Systems, Real Estate and Financial Assets Departments of the Banque du Liban.

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