ACT Middle East Annual Conference 2014

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27 October - 28 October 2014
Ritz-Carlton, DIFC, Dubai


The largest treasury conference and exhibition in the GCC

Bringing together the region’s leading corporates, this conference attracts over 400 delegates from across the world of treasury. Spanning two days and covering a range of treasury concerns such as funding, payments and risk, this event is also the ideal place to catch-up with your peers and share best practice.

  • hear from the region’s business and ministerial leaders during thought-provoking keynote addresses
  • get practical tips about new strategies from detailed corporate case studies
  • meet with your peers during networking breaks in the vibrant exhibition




Five years on from its inception, the ACT Middle East Annual Conference is the leading corporate treasury conference and networking event for the GCC region. Having grown significantly year on year, this two-day event provides a programme of rich content and experienced speakers.

This year we are seeking to capitalise on change. With changing regulation, changing trade patterns and a changing economy this is a very exciting time for the GCC. Companies need to know where to focus their attention during this period of great innovation and growth.

Whether you’re interested in strengthening your treasury team’s capabilities or navigating the evolving regulatory landscape, the programme will have something for you. Each panel, case study and presentation is thoughtfully planned in order to best inform today’s treasurer. Providing a perfect balance on how to explore future innovations
together with guidance on practical and attainable solutions, you will return to your office with new ideas ready to implement and improve your business.

It’s a fantastic opportunity for you to network with your peers and share ideas with the people that count.

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Sponsors and partners








Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities

Contact: Denis Murphy, Sponsorship Director, ACT
T: +44 20 7847 2581 E:


List of speakers

Amir Ahmad, Partner, Pinsent Masons
Baihas Baghdadi, Managing Director, Head of Trade and Working Capital International, Barclays
Carole Berndt, Head of Global Transaction Services, RBS
Adam Boukadida, Deputy Treasurer, Etihad Airways
Sohail Choksy, Director, SC Providge and Chairman, UAE Institute of Internal Auditors
Shrimati Damal, Group Treasurer, Majid Al Futtaim
Chris Van Dijl, Managing Director, Cugavadi
Anil Kumar Dudani, Head of Treasury, Dragon Oil
Dr R. Durgadoss, Group Director – Finance and Strategy, The House of S.T. Bhatia
Gianluca Elmosi, Treasurer, Muntajat
Alexander Harris, Group Treasurer, Al Muhaidib
Michael Grifferty, President, The Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association (GBSA)
Mark Holliday, Group Treasury Director, Dar Al Riyadh
Daniel Hurst, Vice President - Sales, Sungard
Alex Johnson, Regional Sales Manager, Middle East & Africa, 360T
Bassam Khalifa, Country Manager, MENA and Turkey, SWIFT
Lourie Kruger, Vice President - Treasury and M&A, Kingdom Hotel Investments
James Lockyer, Development Director, ACT
Peter Matza, Engagement Director, ACT
Matthew Norris, Group Treasury Manager, Petrofac
Harish Pai, Senior Manager Treasury, TDIC
Rachel Pether, Financial Risk Manager, Mubadala GE Capital
Henadi Al-Saleh, Chairwoman, Agility
Declan Sawey, Group Treasurer, KIPCO
H.E. Saif Hadef Al Shamsi, Assistant Governor, Monetary Policy and Financial Stability Department, Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates
Arijit Shome, Group Treasurer, Almarai
Toby Shore, Corporate Treasurer and Chief Risk Officer, Emirates Global Aluminium
Arun Singh, Corporate Treasurer, Aramex
Gary Slawther, Corporate Treasurer, OCTAL Petrochemicals
Nicoletta Stella, Head of Corporate Liquidity and Investment and Head of International Cash Management Corporate & Investment Banking, BNP Paribas Middle East and Africa
Balaji Subramanian, Senior Finance Manager, Corporate Finance, Landmark Retail, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited
Murali Subramanian, Executive Vice President and Head of Transaction Banking, ADCB
Jonathon Traer-Clark, Director, Global Business Solutions, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Colin Tyler, Chief Executive, ACT
Zulfiqar Unar, Senior Manager, Capital Markets Middle East, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Sunil Veetil, Regional Head of PCM - Middle East and North Africa, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited
Nat Vora, Chief Financial Officer, Gulf Energy

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Speaking opportunities

If you are a corporate treasurer with a success story to share and would like to speak at this event, please email Annabel Nason at

Venue, accommodation and booking information

Conference venue

The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC
PO Box 72127, Dubai, UAE
T: +971 4 372 2222

Preferential hotel rates are available for delegates from 27-29 October.

Simply visit and enter AVCAVCA in the “group code” field.
The rate is available until 7 October 2014 and cancellation after this date will be charged one night inclusive of taxes.

For further assistance you can contact Ritz Carlton group reservations:
T: +971 4 372 2222

Booking information

Register by Sunday 21 September 2014 to take advantage of the early booking discount

ACTME 2013 rates

  • Fees include refreshments, lunch and conference materials.
  • Look out for some special corporate delegate sponsored places.

How to register

  1. Online at
  2. Fax a copy of the completed booking form to +44 20 7374 8744
  3. Return completed booking form to

For enquiries please email or phone +44 20 7847 2589.
To pay by credit card you must book online at
We reserve the right to refuse entry to the conference should payment not be made prior to the event.

New to the conference?

For an idea of what to expect, take a look at the 2013 conference website.

Networking reception

At the end of day one, 17.15 at The No.5 Lounge & Bar Terrace

All delegates are invited to join us for an exclusive evening drinks reception – the perfect occasion to network with your colleagues and clients from across the GCC over drinks and canapés. The reception takes place in The No.5 Lounge & Bar Terrace the social hub of The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC. The modern décor, with its lounge-style sofas and contemporary black and white tables and chairs, provides the perfect backdrop for networking.

Sponsorship/exhibition opportunities

To find out what sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available this year contact Denis Murphy, Sponsorship Director, ACT
T: +44 20 7847 2581 E:

Speaking opportunities

If you are a corporate treasurer with a success story to share and would like to speak at this event, please email Annabel Nason at