Times shown are in Gulf Standard Time (GST).


Registration and breakfast 


Opening remarks from the chair

James Adams, Group Treasurer, Chalhoub


An update from the ACT: changing treasury in 2021 in the Middle East

Utilising the ACT’s Business of Treasury Research 2021 and focusing on the Middle East market, the session will highlight the biggest issues for treasurers today, how treasury has changed through the pandemic and the role of treasury within organisation, and on an individual basis, both now and in the future. 

Caroline Stockmann, Chief Executive, Association of Corporate Treasurers 


The benefits of improved connectivity as part of the treasury transformation journey – in association with Kyriba

The pandemic has pushed treasurers to accelerate their transformation processes but what are the key challenges for treasurers embarking on transformation, as well as the key considerations associated with the planning and execution. And what benefits can improved payments connectivity bring, including with SWIFT, as part of the Kyriba Active Liquidity Network? 

John Vincent, Regional Presales Manager - EMEA Emerging, Kyriba


Exploring SWIFT through the eyes of a multi-banked corporate treasurer – in association with SWIFT

Why do treasurers use SWIFT? What is SWIFT’s role in banking and how can it help to achieve treasury objectives? After the success of SWIFT GPI for banks, corporate customers can now get all benefits of payment tracking capabilities over GPI for Corporates services. GPI for Corporates provides traceability and transparency in payment processing (processing time, routing, fees, and FX rates) and gives corporates better control and visibility on outgoing and incoming payments, allowing them to significantly improve their cross-border payments experience.

Mickaël Thomas, Head of Corporates, Middle East Turkey, SWIFT


The role of technology and its future in treasury in the Middle East

Bringing together the themes of transformation and connectivity, the presentation speakers, along with another corporate speaker and a bank representative, will build on these to provide a selection of key takeaways to improve your treasury transformation journey and cross-border payments experience.

Onur Ozan Head of Middle East, Turkey & North Africa, SWIFT
Amer Chebaro, Region Lead, EMEA Emerging Markets, Kyriba

Hemant Patel, Senior Vice President, Head of Payments & Liquidity Management, Mashreq Bank
Abdul Majid Syed, VP Financial Reporting Controls and Systems, ACWA Power

Facilitated by James Adams, Group Treasurer, Chalhoub

10:55 Closing remarks
11:00 Networking



ACT Middle East Breakfast Briefing has been postponed. A date will be confirmed soon. 

If you would like to register your interest in the meantime, please contact the ACT Events team at

Exclusively for corporate treasurers and non-financial institutions.

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