Agenda 2021


Day one

28 September 2021 (Gulf Standard Time)


Welcome and opening remarks from the ACT

Caroline Stockmann, Chief Executive, ACT


Keynote discussion: Middle East in 2021

Join Monica Malik, ADCB's Chief Economist, and Scott Livermore, Oxford Economics Middle East's Chief Economist for a discussion about the key macroeconomic trends globally and across the Middle East that are affecting today's treasury and finance professionals, and providing the context for the discussions over the two days of the ACT Middle East Treasury Summit.

Monica Malik, Chief Economist, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
Scott Livermore, Chief Economist, Oxford Economics Middle East
Facilitated by Rahul Daswani, Group Manager, Strategy&Programs, Global Treasury & Financial Services, Microsoft


ACT Business of Treasury Research 2021

• what are the biggest issues for treasurers today?
• how has working life changed through the pandemic?
• what is the position of treasury within organisations?
• where do treasurers see themselves in the future?

The ACT’s annual research presents views from treasurers around the world during an exceptional year. Understanding the challenges facing treasurers today is critical to understanding the future evolution of treasury. Caroline Stockmann, ACT Chief Executive, and Anne Hogarth, ACT Director of Marketing & Communications discuss the research findings.

Caroline Stockmann, Chief Executive, ACT
Anne Hogarth, Director of Marketing & Communications, ACT


Developing a personal brand and enhancing resilience

As a more developed treasurer, in the middle of your career, how do you make sure you stand out from the crowd and enhance resilience in a rapidly changing and digital world?

Caroline Stockmann, Chief Executive, ACT


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


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


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


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
Facilitated by Husam Basaddiq, Refinitiv

In association with Refinitiv


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

In this session, you will hear about the role of SWIFT in banking, and find out more about how it can help corporate treasurers achieve their objectives. We will discuss the benefits of gpi for Corporates and how it improves the traceability and transparency in payments processing (processing time, routing, fees and FX rates), giving corporates better control and visibility on outgoing and incoming payments and allowing them to significantly improve their cross-border payments experience.

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

In association with Swift


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)


Welcome and opening remarks from the ACT    

Caroline Stockmann, Chief Executive, ACT


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 


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? 

John Arentz, Head of Treasury, Majid Al Futtaim
Daniel Tromans, Group Treasurer, Etihad Airways
Syed Khurrum Zaeem, Managing Director, Head of Trade & Transaction Banking, Africa & Middle East, Standard Chartered Bank
Facilitated by Adrian Sargent, Founder and Managing Director, ESG Treasury


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

Facilitated by Chris van Dijl, Founder & Managing Director, Cugavadi

In association with Bottomline TreasuryXpress


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

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


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


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


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


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, Senior Advisor, Treasury, Omantel
Bruno Massera, Chief Financial Officer, Middle East, BRF
Facilitated by Caroline Stockmann, Chief Executive, ACT


Closing remarks

Caroline Stockmann, Chief Executive, ACT


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

On-demand treasury 101

Treasury 101 – the fundamentals of cash forecasting
Cash forecasting has proved vital over the last 18 months, what are the fundamentals that you need to know to build an effective cash forecasting process?

Saad El Hachimy, Global Cash & Investments, Nestle
Abdessalem Lassoued, Group Treasurer, OLA Energy
Facilitated by Chris van Dijl, Founder & Managing Director, Cugavadi


Treasury 101 – defining an effective working capital management strategy 
Managing your working capital management successfully has been vital over the last year. Hear examples to provide you with advice to improve your strategy.

Princy Royce, Treasury Manager, Middle East, Africa, India, National Oilwell Varco (NOV)
Usman Hassan, Group Head of Finance & Tax, Telford Offshore
Facilitated by Brian Shanahan, Director, Informita



What you missed

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

Booking are now closed

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

Platform closed on 13 October

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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