Agenda

Agenda focus for 2021

2020 provided challenges for treasurers across the Middle East and the speed of change surrounding operations was significant. As we move through 2021, the crisis has provided an opportunity to show the importance of the treasury to the wider organisation, as well as the importance of risk management and resilience to prepare for times of difficulty.

Maintaining skills, both strategic and technical – are essential to enhance the role of treasury, especially as automation accelerates across many treasuries.

Please take a look at the draft agenda below and continue to visit this page for future updates and announcements. 

Day one

28 September 2021 (Gulf Standard Time)

09:30

Welcome and opening remarks from the ACT

Caroline Stockmann, Chief Executive, ACT

09:40

Opening keynote

Economic and trade conversation

Monica Malik, Chief Economist, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

10:30

Stage A: AML and KYC: enhanced controls

AML and KYC requirements are becoming cumbersome – what are the red flags and compliance costs? And what are your responsibilities? What role are central banks, governments and other regulators playing? How can you best work with your banks to achieve these requirements in a cost-effective manner? And what is the future – is this a central registry model or something else?
 

11:25

Treasury lab one: access to liquidity

Access to liquidity has at times been challenging with increased pricing, especially dollar liquidity, due not just to creditworthiness but unusually due to limited competition. This session will consider how to improve your liquidity solutions by considering examples from corporates across the region.

Nader R. Ragheb, VP & Group Treasurer, Orascom Construction 
Staney Pullolickel, Regional Treasurer (Commercial) - MENAT, SSA & Asia, GE
Facilitated by Chris van Dijl, Founder & Managing Director, Cugavadi

12:10

Stage B: practical insights and experiences into API implementation and the increased efficiency and visibility of doing so

Application programming interfaces (APIs) allow the sharing of data between software programmes, such as receiving account data from your banks directly into your ERP, providing increased efficiency and an easier real-time view of your balances and transactions. This session will look at the implementation challenges of APIs, the costs and timelines, and how this compares with the long-term and efficiency gains that APIs can provide, with treasurers, who have been through the process, providing experiences and giving practical insights for treasurers looking at APIs.

Janko Hahn, Treasurer, Autoneum
Alexander Elviss, Senior Treasury Manager, Etihad Airways

Abdullah Dahman, Business Manager, Transaction Banking Sales, ADCB
Ahmed Hamam, Transaction Banking Product and Channel Implementation, ADCB
Facilitated by Naresh Aggarwal, Associate Director – Policy & Technical, ACT

In association with ADCB

12:55 Networking and exhibition time

13:40

Treasury lab two: banking relationships in a post-COVID-19 world

Experiences with banks have varied during the pandemic, with challenges resulting from sovereign downgrades, bank staff working from with higher levels of medical absences, and shifts to digital, but with longer-term relationships helping. How do you assess the performance of your banks and how can you optimise your banking relationships going forward, and in the context of your holding and parent companies? What value-add can local banks, compared with global banks, provide? And with the recent merger of Samba and NCB resulting in the Saudi National Bank, what does it show about the future consolidation of the banking sector in the region?

Steven Buonvino, Treasury and Trade Solutions Sales Head for the Middle East & North Africa, Citi  
Anshuman Shankar, Head of Corporate Banking - Coverage, Commercial Bank of Dubai
Facilitated by Peter Matza Hon FCT, Former Engagement Director, ACT

14:35

Treasury lab three: how to build a cost-efficient treasury centred around automation

Automation is changing the future of treasury, so what should the relationship between operating and parent companies be? Is an in-house bank a solution – what are the advantages and risks? And what are the alternatives? Can streamlining systems assist with maintaining high levels of controls in a decentralised model? And bringing this together, how do you transform your treasury with automation yet limit costs?

Mona Lockett, Treasurer, Automotive, Al Futtaim
Vineet Gupta, Group Treasury Manager, Al Dahra

In association with Refinitiv

15:20

Treasury lab four: Exploring SWIFT through the eyes of a multi-banked corporate 
treasurer

AML and KYC requirements are becoming cumbersome – what are the red flags and compliance costs? And what are your responsibilities? What role are central banks, governments and other regulators playing? How can you best work with your banks to achieve these requirements in a cost-effective manner? And what is the future – is this a central registry model or something else?

Sabrina Fromager, gpi for Corporates Adoption Manager, SWIFT
Mickaël Thomas, Head of Corporate Business - Middle East, Turkey and Africa, SWIFT

In association with Swift

16:05

Stage C: changing priorities for global and regional treasurers

Whether public or private, local/regional or multinational, or indeed the corporate culture, the company a treasurer operates in makes a difference to the role and resources of the treasury department. This discussion will consider the role of treasury in the region (and beyond) and how developments in technology and automation is changing this and affecting the key priorities for today’s treasurer.

Girish Viswanathan, Group Treasurer, Al Tayer
Martin Runow, Global Head of Payments & Digital, Barclays
Eugene D’Souza, Head of Corporate Planning Control & IS at Sony Middle East and Africa
Facilitated by David Shinkins, Managing Director, Global Head, Cash Management Sales, Barclays

In association with Barclays

16:50 Close of day one

 

Day two

29 September 2021  (Gulf Standard Time)

09:30

Welcome and opening remarks from the ACT    

Caroline Stockmann, Chief Executive, ACT

09:40


Keynote address: empowering women in treasury

What progress is being made for greater diversity across the Middle East in enhancing female empowerment and providing equal opportunities across the finance and treasury professions?

Rola Abu Manneh, Chief Executive Officer, UAE, Standard Chartered
Caroline Stockmann, Chief Executive, ACT 

10:30

Stage D: why should treasurers care about ESG and sustainability?

As sustainability becomes integral in businesses through the region, why should treasurers get involved and what are the practical, workable tools available? How can the treasurer play a strategic role to assist the sustainability strategy of the business? 

Daniel Tromans, Group Treasurer, Etihad Airways
Syed Khurrum Zaeem, Managing Director, Head of Trade & Transaction Banking, Africa & Middle East, Standard Chartered Bank

11:25

Treasury lab five: optimising your treasury management system

The pandemic has either led or accelerated transformation projects for many treasury teams. This session will provide an in-depth perspective on the steps and challenges when a new system is deployed end-to-end to help you get the most from your investment.

Anis Rahal, Director of Strategy and Market Development for Treasury, Bottomline TreasuryXpress
Patrick Denhiere, Executive Director of Treasury, TECOM Investments

In association with Bottomline TreasuryXpress

12:10

Stage E: the macroeconomic picture and outlook for credit ratings – when to 
issue?

What is the forecast for key macroeconomic indicators including interest and currency rates and inflation? What is the outlook for sovereign debt ratings? How can corporates protect and enhance their ratings as their businesses and the global economy emerge from the challenges of 2020? And bringing each of these together, when should corporates plan to issue debt?

Jan Friederich, Head of Middle East and Africa Sovereign Ratings, Fitch Ratings 

12:55 Networking and exhibition time

13:40

Treasury lab 6: going paperless – practical steps to trade digitisation

Duncan Lodge, Global Head of Traditional Trade, EMEA Head of Trade & SCF Product, Bank of America
Toby Shore, Senior Director, Group Treasury, Risk and Insurance, Emirates Global Aluminium 
Robert Barnes, Co-Founder, Marco Polo Network

In association with Bank of America

14:25

Treasury lab seven: the ambition for real-time payments

From a time of cash and cheques, the payments space is moving digital. Join this session to hear a story of transformation from manual to digital payments, with the ultimate goal of real-time payments.

Barry O'Sullivan, Strategic Payments Director, Kyriba
John Vincent, Regional Presales Manager - EMEA Emerging, Kyriba

In association with Kyriba

15:10

Treasury lab eight: spotlight on Qatar

As relations between Qatar and the other GCC countries begin to thaw, what has the effect of the blockade been? And what’s the outlook for Qatar as the world looks towards it for the football world cup next year?

James Mason, Senior Economist, QNB
Facilitated by Fadey AbiDaoud, Instructor, College of the North Atlantic, Qatar

16:00

Adapting to the change in demographics

The skills and mindset of millennials (and younger) is different – more technologically adept and more focused on purpose. How do you embrace the mix of generations within organisations, and manage talent effectively for the success of the business; and coupled with the greater IT focus in treasury, how will this lead to the new treasury team of the future? Join this session that will address the changing generation followed by a discussion on how this relates to finance and treasury.

Muhsin Al Rustom, Chief Financial Officer, ASYAD
Narayanan Seshan, Chief Financial Officer, Omantel
Facilitated by Caroline Stockmann, Chief Executive, ACT

 

16:50

Closing remarks

Caroline Stockmann, Chief Executive, ACT

On-demand

A selection of pre-recorded content for you to watch as soon as the platform opens.

On-demand treasury 101 series

  • Treasury 101 – developing a personal brand and enhancing resilience
  • Treasury 101 – the fundamentals of cash forecasting
  • Treasury 101 – defining an effective working capital management strategy 

 

Join us virtually this September to:

Understand key priorities, including the role of SMEs and supporting a diverse workforce

Turn challenges into opportunities for personal, treasury, and organisational growth

Explore the strategic and technical fundamentals of treasury

Gain skills to assist you with the effective development of you and your treasury department

The ACT Treasury Network Middle East Advisory Panel

The programme is being developed in consultation with our regional Advisory Panel. The ACT Treasury Network Middle East Advisory Panel was developed to provide on the ground intelligence and guidance and ensure the ACT is supporting the local needs of the treasury and finance community. The panel consists of treasury professionals from some of the largest and most influential organisations across the GCC and helps drive the high-quality and impartial content the ACT Middle East Treasury Summit is known for in the region. Stay tuned for exciting updates around this year's agenda

Book your place today

ACT Middle East Treasury Summit
28-29 September 2021
A virtual event

Registration is FREE for corporate treasurers, with reduced rates for other attendees.

Learn with the ACT – drop-in session

Want to learn more about the ACT qualifications and training courses? Join us on Wednesday 29 September at 1pm (GST) for an informal meeting with our Learning team, to hear what our programmes offer, how they can help you achieve your goals and for an opportunity to ask questions you have.

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