ACT Middle East Annual Conference 2015

23 November - 24 November 2015
Conrad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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The region’s largest and most established network of treasury and finance professionals in Dubai this November.

Bringing together the region’s leading corporates, this conference attracts over 450 delegates from across the world of treasury. Spanning over 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

Here's some photographs from day 1 of the conference. Looking forward to tomorrow! Click here to see more



'ACT impressed us again with another successful annual event. Practical discussions and great opportunity to network.' Riyad Hammad, Treasury Director, Arabtec Construction

Venue and accommodation

Conrad Dubai
Sheikh Zayed Rd
United Arab Emirates


Price (AED) Price (USD)
ACT members (incl. student members and affiliate members) AED 3940 $1,049
Non-members from non-financial corporates AED 4700 $1,259
Non-members from banks and FIs AED 6300 $1,679
Non-members from consultancies and other service providers AED 7100 $1,931


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Keynote guest:
Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State, Board Representative of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee & Director General, Bureau Dubai Expo 2020

Speaker list:

Omar Abu Shaqra, Group Treasurer, AW Rostamani
Mohamed Al-Afif, Group Treasurer, Al-Gihaz Holding
Khalid Al Ameri, Columnist, The Gulf Today & The National
Mohamed Sharif Al Zarooni, Founder & CEO, Dimara International
Peter Arnfield, Former Director of Treasury Middle East & Asia Pacific, Baker Hughes
Maria Bavelaar, Group Treasurer, Averda Group
Halina Bernard, Treasury Manager, General Motors Middle East Operations
Adam Boukadida, Deputy Treasurer, Etihad Airways
Shrimati Damal, Senior Vice President - Group Treasury, Majid Al Futtaim Holding
Debashis Dey, Partner, White & Case
Fabrice Famery, Head of Corporate Sales Global Markets – EMEA, BNP Paribas
Werner Flaig, CFO, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group
Nicholas Masoud Gilani, Senior Partner, Arjan Capital
Michael Grifferty, President, The Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association
Nick Guest, Former CFO, GEMS Education
Sonal Gupta, Corporate Treasurer, Alghanim Industries
Francis Ho, Director, Group Treasury, CLP Holdings
Matthew Hurn, Executive Director – Head of Finance, Emerging Sectors, Mubadala Development Company
Emre Karter, Managing Director, Head of Treasury & Trade Solutions - MENA, Pakistan & Turkey, Citi
Jagadeshwaran K, Director, Head of Cash Management for Treasury & Trade Solutions - MENA & Turkey, Citi
Matein Khalid, Managing Director, IPC Global
Vikas Khandelwal, Head Corporates Coverage, Corporate & Institutional Banking, BNP Paribas MEA
Anfal Mahmood, Acting Senior Manager Corporate Finance, Etihad Airways
Frédéric Marret, CFO, Webcor Group
Joby Mathew, Chief of Accounts Division & Acting Chief of Treasury Division, UNRWA
Antoine Maurel, Head of Markets MENA, Global Banking & Markets, HSBC
Hesham Moustafa, Head of Treasury & Insurance, Head of North Africa & Middle East, Unilever
Kevin Murphy, Group Treasurer, YBA Kanoo
May Nasrallah, Founder & CEO, deNovo
Rajesh Pareek, CFO, DIFC Authority
Michael Pechner, Head of Cash Management, Global Corporate Banking, Barclays
Andrew Schaefer, Finance Director, Aspen Healthcare Dubai
Girish Shenoy, Director Group Treasury, DP World
Toby Shore, Senior Director, Group Treasury, Risk & Insurance, EGA
Arun Singh, Corporate Treasurer, Aramex
Gary Slawther, Financing Advisor to the CEO, OCTAL
Jonathon Traer-Clark, Head of Strategy, Global Transaction Services, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Roshun Tulkens, International Treasury Manager – Developing Markets, Reckitt Benckiser
Vineet Varma, Managing Director, Head of Global Transaction Banking, NBAD
Daniele Vecchi, CFO, Transmed
Sunil Veetil, Regional Head of Global Payments & Cash Management, MENA, HSBC

Girish Viswanathan, Group Treasurer, Al Tayer Group
Mike Wallace, Director of Corporate Finance & Treasury, ALDAR

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Sponsors and exhibitors

Lead sponsor


Track sponsors

bamlmeac      Barclays2      BNP      

Question Time sponsor


Technology sponsors

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360tmeac      ADCBmeac      openlinkmeac
spmeac      Treuters

Supporting partners

Supporting partners

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Media parters

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An interview with...

Peter Arnfield
Former Director of Treasury Middle East & Asia Pacific
Baker Hughes

Peter was until recently Treasury Director for Middle East Asia Pacific with Baker Hughes in the oilfield services Sector. He started his career as a chartered accountancy with KPMG qualifying in London and ending up in Brazil. Since then he has worked for fifteen years in differing areas of Finance including audit, controllership and commercial roles with Shell, Schlumberger and Baker Hughes in a number of countries including France, Norway, The Netherlands and Dubai and ended up in Treasury in 2012.

What are you most looking forward to about the ACT Middle East Annual Conference this year?

I always enjoy meeting new people from around the region and seeing friends as well. I get great value from listening to speakers who either bring new insights or confirm what I already think. It’s rare that you get to hear so many relevant opinions and insights at any one gathering.

What has been your top treasury concern so far in 2015?

In the oil field, the agenda has been efficiency and operational cost savings. Foreign exchange has remained a focus for the last few years and now with the strong USD you need to be on top of your exposures in the emerging markets.

You could be treasurer at any other company for one day, which would you choose and why?

If I could be Treasurer for one day at any company I’d choose Google. In one day, I would hope to have the chance to view how the future might be. I know that Google are working on many game-changing ideas and I’d love to get a first hand view.

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