2016 Speakers

Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan
Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan is vice chairman and CEO of SABIC, a diversified petrochemicals company. Previously, he held several roles at SABIC, including executive vice president, corporate finance; chief financial officer; executive vice president, chemicals; and executive vice president, corporate human resources. Mr. Al-Benyan also held roles around the world as a business development specialist, commercial manager, and general manager for SABIC. He is chairman of the board of Yanbu National Petrochemical Company (YANSAB) and the Saudi Arabian Fertilizer Company (SAFCO). Mr. Al-Benyan holds a degree in economics and a master’s degree in industrial management.

Lamees Al-Baharna, CFA
Lamees Al-Baharna, CFA, is the chief risk officer at Oman Arab Bank. Previously, she was head of risk management at Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, the sovereign wealth fund of Bahrain, where she was responsible for the setup and implementation of its risk management framework. Prior to that, Ms. Al-Baharna worked in various roles within the credit group at Gulf International Bank in Bahrain. She is a certified Financial Risk Manger (FRM) and a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals. Ms. Al-Baharna has served as the Presidents Council Representative for the 23 CFA member societies in the EMEA East region.

Fadi Al Said, CFA
Fadi Al Said, CFA, is a director and a portfolio manager/analyst on the Middle East and North African Equity (MENA) team at Lazard Gulf Ltd. Prior to joining Lazard, Mr. Al Said was head of investments and portfolio manager for ING Investment Management Middle East. He has also served as a senior fund manager in the asset management division at NBD Investment Bank, as a senior vice president of the asset management division at Noor Capital, as a senior portfolio manager at DAMAC Invest, and as the head of research at Al Jazira Bank. Mr. Al Said started his career working in the Arab Bank in Jordan. He holds an MBA from Cass Business School and a BSc in economics from the University of Jordan.

Martyn Davies
Martyn Davies is the managing director of emerging markets and Africa at Deloitte Frontier Advisory. Previously, he was the founder and CEO of Frontier Advisory, which was purchased by Deloitte. Dr. Davies is a senior fellow at the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth and a member of MasterCard’s MENA & Africa Knowledge Fora. He has chaired both public and private sessions at the World Economic Forum (WEF), has been a member of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on China, and was selected as a Young Global Leader by the WEF.

Florence Eid-Oakden
Florence Eid-Oakden is the CEO and chief economist at Arabia Monitor. Previously, she was a professor of economics and finance at the American University of Beirut and a visiting professor at INSEAD and HEC Paris. Dr. Eid-Oakden also served as head of MENA (Middle East and North Africa) research at JP Morgan, worked with the World Bank on Latin America and North Africa, and worked as a hedge fund investment professional. She serves on the board of directors for the Arab Banking Corporation (Bank ABC) and for the Arab Bankers Association of North America and sits on the advisory council of the Alfaisal University College of Business and the Dean’s Strategic Advisory Board at the American University in Cairo. Dr. Eid-Oakden also served as a trustee of the American University of Paris and as a director of SHUAA Capital. She holds a PhD in organization economics from MIT.

Yousef Gamal El-Din
Yousef Gamal El-Din is the founder of Medialitera, a consultancy that focuses on mentoring executives and thought leaders on optimizing their appearance for television and other platforms. Previously, he was a news anchor with CNBC International in London, where he hosted several programs and conducted coverage in the Middle East. His recent book The Art of Executive Appearance: 5 Simple Ways to Impress on Camera and Inspire a Global Television Audience has been a Public Relations Bestseller. Mr. Gamal El-Din serves as a moderator at events around the world. He holds a BA and MA in journalism from the American University in Cairo.

Lindsey Matthews, CFA
Lindsey Matthews, CFA, is head of R&D for UBS Delta. Previously, he ran UBS group risk education and communication and was a member of the group risk management committee. Professor Matthews is also a visiting professor of practice at International Business School Suzhou and serves on its advisory board. He is a visiting fellow at the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School, University of Reading. Professor Matthews holds a master’s degree in natural sciences and computer science from the University of Cambridge.

Dambisa Moyo
Dambisa Moyo is a global economist and author who analyzes the macroeconomy and international affairs. Previously, she was an economist at Goldman Sachs and a consultant to the World Bank. Dr. Moyo’s work has taken her to more than 70 countries over the last decade, during which time she has developed a unique knowledge on the inherent conflicts facing developed economies as well as the interaction between politics, international finance, and developing markets. She is the author of several books, including Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa, How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly and the Stark Choices Ahead, and Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What It Means for the World. Dr. Moyo serves on the boards of Barclays Bank, SABMiller, Barrick Gold, and Seagate Technology, and she is regularly featured in economic and financial publications. She holds an undergraduate degree in chemistry and an MBA in finance from American University, a master’s degree from Harvard University, and a PhD in economics from Oxford University.

Mahmoud Nawar, CFA
Mahmoud Nawar, CFA, is vice president of debt capital markets at GIB Capital, the investment banking arm of Gulf International Bank. Previously, he served as an assistant vice president in the Office of Strategy Management and on the corporate finance team of Arab Banking Corporation. Mr. Nawar also was a member of the advisory and acquisition finance team at Standard Chartered Bank. He was a member of the corporate and structured credit team at Barclays Bank Egypt and a member of the corporate team at Arab African International Bank. Mr. Nawar is president of CFA Society Bahrain. He holds a BA in finance and an MBA in international business and marketing from the American University in Cairo.

Christof H. Rühl
Christof H. Rühl is global head of research at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, where he is responsible for creating and leading a new global research function. Previously, he served as group chief economist and vice president at BP plc and as chief economist in Russia and Brazil at the World Bank. Mr. Rühl also worked in the Office of the Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and served as an academic economist and professor of economics at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has held visiting professorships at academic institutions worldwide and is published and quoted widely in the fields of macroeconomics and energy economics. Mr. Rühl is currently a visiting professor at UCL Australia and is an independent board director of Halyk Bank.

Chester Santos
Chester Santos is one of the world’s foremost experts on memory training. He is the 2008 USA National Memory Champion. Mr. Santos has helped thousands of people around the world realize the benefits of an improved memory and sharper mind, and he has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, and USA Today and on PBS, CNN, and various other television, radio, and print media. He has spoken at executive organizations, such as Young Presidents’ Organization, CEO Clubs International, and ACETECH, at various Fortune 500 companies, and at such universities as the Royal University for Women, the Haas School of Business, Stanford University, and Harvard University. Mr. Santos is working on a book about memory improvement and brain fitness, and his iPhone app, “Steel Trap,” was featured by Apple and became a bestseller.

Willis Sparks
Willis Sparks is the director of global macro at Eurasia Group, where he focuses on top global political risks as well as US politics and elections. He also works directly with Eurasia Group’s president on a variety of macro-political risk projects. Prior to joining Eurasia Group, Mr. Sparks worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he wrote on transnational terrorism and US national security. He speaks regularly on market-moving trends in international politics for investor and corporate audiences in the United States and abroad, and he has appeared on the BBC, CNBC, the CBS Evening News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox, Yahoo, BNN, and other networks. Mr. Sparks holds a degree from the Juilliard School, two bachelor’s degrees from Brown University, a master’s degree in International Relations from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Lord Adair Turner
Lord Adair Turner is chairman of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, where he previously served as a senior fellow. He was chairman of the Financial Services Authority, where he rebuilt the institution’s reputation after the financial crisis and negotiated changes to the regulatory regime. Lord Turner was also chairman of the Overseas Development Institute and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Cass Business School, City University. He was chairman of the Pensions Commission, the Committee on Climate Change, and the Low Pay Commission and became a cross-bench member of the House of Lords. Lord Turner also served as nonexecutive director at Standard Chartered Bank, as vice chairman of Merrill Lynch Europe, as director general of the Confederation of British Industry, and as a director in the Eastern Europe and Russia practice at McKinsey. He is the author of several books, including Just Capital: The Liberal Economy, Economics after the Crisis: Objectives and Means, and Between Debt and the Devil.