2015 Speakers

His Excellency Anas K. Al-Saleh is the Kuwait minister of finance. Previously, he served as the Kuwait minister of commerce and industry. Mr. Al-Saleh also served as a member of the board of directors for the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a member of the market committee for the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a member of the board of directors of the Kuwait Real Estate Co., and a member of the Kuwait Financial Markets Association. He was chairman of Kuwait Clearing Company, general manager at Sadeem Al-Kuwait General Trading & Contracting Co., and general manager at Al-Baderi Holding Co. Mr. Al-Saleh also served as chairman at IFA Securities and as chief financial officer at EFG-Hermes IFA Co. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business and finance from Portland State University.

Nayef F. Al-Hajraf is chairman and managing director of the Capital Markets Authority of Kuwait. Previously, he served as a director of the Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait and of the Kuwait Investment Authority. Dr. Al-Hajraf also served as minister of finance of Kuwait and as the minister of education and higher education. He was the commissioner of the Capital Markets Authority of Kuwait and a board member of the Supreme Petroleum Council. Dr. Al-Hajraf also served as CEO at the First Abu Dhabi Real Estate Development Company and as vice chairman of Kuwait Dynamics Limited Company. He has also held various roles as a financial consultant and as an assistant professor at the Gulf University for Science and Technology. Dr. Al-Hajraf holds a BS degree in accounting from the College of Business Administration of Kuwait University, an MS degree in accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a PhD in accounting and finance from the University of Hull.

Abdulaziz B. Al Loughani is the vice chairman and executive director of the Kuwait National Fund for SMEs Development, an independent public institution that is responsible for developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kuwait. Previously, he was a director at Global Capital Management. Mr. Al Loughani has served as a member of the board on a number of companies within the MENA region in the banking, consumer finance, food and beverage, and real estate sectors. He also previously served as managing partner of 6alabat.com, now Talabat.com. Mr. Al Loughani is an active angel investor.

Bader M. Balghonaim is the manager of the rules, regulations, and international standards department at the Capital Market Authority of Saudi Arabia (CMA), where he is responsible for managing CMA’s rules and regulations projects, including the recently issued credit rating agencies regulations and the proposed rules for allowing qualified foreign financial institutions to invest in shares listed in the Saudi market. During his time at CMA, he has been involved in formulating and drafting regulations and regulatory policies as well as providing legal advice on corporate and securities-related matters. Mr. Balghonaim was seconded to Norton Rose Fulbright’s London office. He received his bachelor’s degree in law from King Saud University and his master of laws degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

Paul Craven, ASIP, is director of Salomon Partners, a specialist coaching firm focused on helping asset managers, hedge funds, and other investors develop their skills. Previously, he served at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where he was a managing director and the head of European institutional business. Prior to his time at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Craven worked at PIMCO Europe Ltd, where he was head of UK business development. He also served at Schroders as a portfolio manager and as head of UK institutional sales. Mr. Craven is an independent adviser at the AkzoNobel (CPS) Pension Fund and the British Steel Pension Fund as well as a trustee director for the Mitchells & Butlers Pension Schemes. He serves on the panel of experts for #OgilvyChange, part of the Ogilvy & Mather Group. Mr. Craven received his master’s degree in history from St. John’s College at Cambridge University.

Dany Farha is co-founder and CEO of BECO Capital, a venture capital firm focusing on technology companies in the MENA region. He is a serial entrepreneur, having co-founded and exited many businesses in MENA, including Bayt.com. Mr. Farha also sits on the boards of several portfolio companies.

Fereidun Fesharaki is founder and chairman of FGE, a leading consulting group focusing on the oil and gas markets east of the Suez Canal, Europe, and the United States. His work is recognized worldwide for pioneering oil and gas market analysis and studies of the Asia Pacific and Middle East energy markets. Previously, Dr. Fesharaki served as energy adviser to the prime minister of Iran and as a senior fellow at the East-West Center. Dr. Fesharaki served as a member of the International Advisory Board of JX Holdings, as president of the International Association for Energy Economics, as a senior fellow at the United States Association for Energy Economics, and a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has been appointed twice to the National Petroleum Council. Dr. Fesharaki is the author of more than 100 papers and has written or edited more than 30 books and monographs. He completed a visiting fellowship at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies and holds a PhD in economics from the University of Surrey.

Rafik Hafez, CFA, is head of finance at Al Yasra Fashion, where he oversees all finance and treasury activities at the regional level. He also serves as the president of CFA Society Kuwait and was a member of the original action group that worked to launch the society. Previously, Mr. Hafez worked at Citibank and The Sultan Center Company. He received his bachelor’s degree in financial management.

Philippa Malmgren is president and founder of DRPM Group. Previously, she served as deputy head of global strategy at UBS and as chief currency strategist and head of global investment management business at Bankers Trust. Dr. Malmgren also served as a financial market adviser to US President George W. Bush, as a member of the National Economic Council, and as a member of the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets and the Working Group on Corporate Governance. She serves on several advisory boards and working groups, including the British Ministry of Defence Working Group on Global Strategic Trends, the Greater London Authority Infrastructure Advisory Group, the MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, and the Indiana University School of Public Policy and Environmental Affairs. Dr. Malmgren is a frequent guest on the BBC and a guest anchor for CNBC and Bloomberg. She holds a BA from Mount Vernon College and an MSc and a PhD from the London School of Economics.

Nouriel Roubini is co-founder and chairman of Roubini Global Economics, an independent global macroeconomic and market strategy research firm. He is also a professor of economics at the New York University Stern School of Business. Previously, Dr. Roubini served as the senior economist for international affairs on the White House Council of Economic Advisers and as senior adviser to the undersecretary for international affairs at the US Treasury Department. He also served on the faculty of Yale University’s Department of Economics. The International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and numerous other public and private institutions have drawn on Dr. Roubini’s consulting expertise. He has published numerous theoretical, empirical, and policy papers on international macroeconomic issues and co-authored the books Political Cycles: Theory and Evidence, Bailouts or Bail-Ins? Responding to Financial Crises in Emerging Markets, and Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance. Dr. Roubini holds an undergraduate degree from Bocconi University and a doctorate in economics from Harvard University.

Amlan Roy is managing director and head of global demographics and pensions research at Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited. Previously, he served as global emerging markets strategist at Credit Suisse and as an expert on financial architecture and crises modeling for the Bank of England, the International Monetary Fund, and the UK Treasury. Dr. Roy also taught at Boston University School of Management, the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa, and the University of London. He is a senior research associate at the London School of Economics Financial Markets Group and a guest professor in the finance department at London Business School. Dr. Roy also serves on the S&P Index Advisory Committee and the CSCB Index Advisory Committee. He holds a BA in economics with maths from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a MA and PhD in financial economics from the University of Iowa.

Henny Sender is chief correspondent, international finance, at the Financial Times, where she writes columns frequently on Asian and US capital markets. Previously, she was the senior special writer for the money and investing section at the Wall Street Journal. Ms. Sender has also worked at Wall Street Journal Asia, Far Eastern Economic Review, and Institutional Investor. She was part of the team at the Wall Street Journal that won a Loeb Award for its coverage of the meltdown of Amaranth, a hedge fund, and she has been a finalist for the National Magazine Awards. Ms. Sender is the author of a book on India, The Kashmiri Pandits, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds an MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Hüseyin Emre Üzer is the director of the research department at the Capital Markets Board of Turkey, the regulator of capital markets in Turkey. Previously, he was the deputy director of the institutional investors department at the same organization. Mr. Üzer received his MBA from Cambridge University.

Jim Walker is founder and chief economist of Asianomics Group Limited. Previously, he served as chief economist at CLSA. Dr. Walker also worked as an economist at the Royal Bank of Scotland and as an economic researcher at the Fraser of Allander Institute. He is a frequent speaker at major economic conferences and a presenter at global investment forums. Dr. Walker appears regularly in the media, including on CNBC, Thomson Reuters, and Bloomberg. He holds a BA and a PhD in economics from the University of Strathclyde.