Annual Trade Conference January 2020

Location: Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
Date: 20-21st January 2020
Event Type: Conference
Language: English


    ICC UAE will organize the ICC UAE Annual Trade Conference to be held on 20 – 21st January 2020 at Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE.

    With over 150 participants expected, the Conference will cover the global and regional trends in trade finance, the future of trade and supply chain, an overview on outlook for business in the region, the value added tax, SME's challenges and opportunities, arbitration growth, arbitration & mediation, courts & arbitration, trade sanctions and many more topics of local and international interests.

    The conference is a must to attend for:

    • SME's, Exporters & Importers
    • Business Owners & Traders
    • Banking experts and practitioners
    • Financial Companies
    • Supply Chain and Logistics Companies
    • Arbitrators
    • Fintech and Trade Finance
    • Digitalization Professionals
    • Mediators
    • In-house Counsels and
    • Legal Advisors
    • Practicing Lawyers


    DAY 1

    08.30 – 09.00     Registration & Networking Breakfast
    09.00 – 09.05 Welcome Remarks
    09.05 – 09.15 Keynote Remarks
    Trade Finance Session  
    Global & Regional Trends in Trade Finance
    09.15 – 10.15 Presentation: Global Trade Finance – Facts and Figures
    • Trade flows
    • SWIFT Trade data
    • ICC insights
    10.15 – 10.30 Networking Break
    The Future of Trade & Supply Chain Finance
    10.30 – 11.15 Panel Discussion: Digitalization of Trade Finance
    • The growth of digital process
    • How banks can transform digital threats into business opportunities
    • Impact for users and stakeholders in this fast changing environment
    • Distributed Ledger Technology
    11.15 – 12.00 Panel Discussion: The Future and Opportunities for Islamic Finance
    • UAE as Islamic Trade Finance Hub
    • Understanding the evolving world of Islamic Trade Finance
    • Innovation in Islamic Trade Finance
    ` • Islamic Finance
    12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
    Trade Facilitation Session
    Business Outlook
    13.00 – 13.30 Presentation: Business Outlook in the UAE & MENA Region
    13.30 – 14.00 Presentation: How Expo 2020 will boost Businesses in UAE?

    • How Expo 2020 will boost Businesses in UAE?
    • Government is focused on bringing up new business friendly initiatives.
    • UAE is becoming a leading place to do business.
    • Ease of doing business
    • UAE 2021/2030 Strategy
    14.00 – 14.30 Presentation: Value Added Tax
    14.30 – 14.50 Networking Break
    14.50 – 15.35 Panel Discussion: SME's Challenges and Opportunities

    • UAE a huge opportunity for SMEs
    • Can banks do more to support SMEs in the UAE?
    • Financing for the SME's
    15.35 – 16.05 Presentation: INCOTERMS 2020

    • Introduction
    • Essentials of Incoterms Rules
    • Implementation of Incoterms® 2020
    • Understanding and Using the Incoterms® 2020

    DAY 2

    Trade Dispute Resolution Session
    08.30 – 09.00 Registration & Networking Breakfast
    09.00 – 09.05 Opening Remarks
    09.05 – 09.50 Panel Discussion: Arbitration Growth - A Focus on MENA Region
    • Opportunities and challenges for arbitration in MENA - a focus on key industries and regions
    • Arbitration and the Belt and Road Initiative
    • Update on Arbitration in UAE
    09.50 – 10.35 Panel Discussion: Arbitration & Mediation
    •What’s the difference between Arbitration and Mediation?
    • Arbitration Mediation Rules & Procedures
    • Resolve Business Disputes with Arbitration or Mediation
    10.35 – 10.50 Networking Break
    10.50 – 11.35 Panel Discussion: Courts & Arbitration
    •Criterias to consider the best route for dispute resolution
    • Particularities of the UAE Court system
      (including UAE’s leading position and policy initiatives around the digital economy)
    • Insight from judges' perspective
    11.35 – 12.20 Panel Discussion: Trade sanctions
    • Latest sanctions updates
    12.30 – 13.30 Lunch


    Hassan Al Hashemi
    Secretary General

    Hassan Al Hashemi joined Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry in 2006 and is currently the Vice President of International Relations. As the principal liaison between governmental authorities and the private sector, Mr. Al Hashemi's department represents Dubai Chamber on the international arena and in turn is one of the organization's most active departments.

    The Department's main duties include negotiating cooperative agreements with foreign partners, organizing major events as well as high level business networking programs, representing the Chamber at local and international events, and organizing inbound and outbound delegations and trade missions.

    Since 2012, Mr Al Hashemi has led the implementation of Dubai Chamber's ProDubai initiative, which involves setting up a number of International Representative Offices in targeted locations around the world. He is also responsible for the promotion of Dubai Association Center, a first in the region that aims at attracting international business and professional bodies to Dubai.

    Mr. Al Hashemi holds a BA degree in Management and Marketing from the University of Dubai and is currently pursuing his Masters in Project Management at the British University in Dubai. He is also a graduate of the "Mohammed Bin Rashid Program for Leadership Development", a selective and highly regarded program initiated by the Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

    Mr. Al Hashemi is also the Secretary General of ICC UAE and Board Member of other local and international business organizations. He is married and has three daughters.
    H.E. Justice Dr. Jamal Alsumaiti
    General Director
    Dubai Judicial Institute

    Dr. Jamal Al Sumaiti is regarded one of UAE's leading personalities in the field of judiciary and public prosecution. His extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the country's judicial and legal system has been instrumental in his appointment in Dubai Courts in 2005.In 2008, he became the Director-General of Dubai Judicial Institute (DJI).

    Dr. Al Sumaiti, who obtained his degree in Law from Dubai Police Academy, also holds a Master's Degree in International Commercial Law from Nottingham University and a Ph.D. in Maritime Law from the University of Wales in the UK, to be the first judge in the UAE to obtain a Ph.D. degree in this field. Aside from his judicial duties in Dubai Courts and the administrative functions at DJI, Executive Diploma in Public Policy from Lee Kuan Yew University 2010, He is also an Accredited Mentor Dr. Al Sumaiti writes on various judicial and legal topics and issues in his regular weekly articles for Al Emarate Alyoum Newspaper and the Dubai Judicial Institute Magazine. He has also written a book titled "Companies Law According to the Judicial Precedents and Legal Principles of the Cassation Court in Dubai," which was showcased in Sharjah International Book Fair in 2009, not to mention his book titled "Dubai…The Inspiration".

    Dr. Al Sumaiti has held various positions. He started his career with supervising several administrative departments in Dubai Police Department. He also assumed responsibility for the Post Graduate Department Curriculums Division of Dubai Police College.

    In 2005, Dr. Al Sumaiti started his career in the judiciary, where he has been appointed as a judge in Dubai Courts; then, Director General of Dubai Judicial Institute in 2008. Moreover, since 2004, Dr. Al Sumaiti has been giving lectures in Dubai Police Academy on maritime law and corporate law, in addition to being a board member of the academy, and a DJI lecturer.

    Dr. Al Sumaiti has also been bestowed many honors for his unwavering dedication and commitment to the development of the country's legal and judicial system in the Emirate of Dubai. In 1999 and 2005, he received the Rashid Award for Excellence. Dr. Al Sumaiti has also been awarded the "Dubai Court's Excellence Award" in 2007 and the Community Service Medal of the Ministry of the Interior 2014.

    Besides reading the books of law and administration in his free time, Dr. Al Sumaiti also enjoys writing articles for various legal, administrative, economic and trade publications.
    H.E. Justice Shamlan Al Sawalehi
    Court of Appeal
    DIFC Courts

    H.E Justice Shamlan Al Sawalehi has a breadth and depth of experience and knowledge on international financial service disputes in both Common and Civil law systems. He joined the DIFC Courts in 2010 as a Judicial Officer before becoming a Small Claims Tribunal Judge and then a Court of First Instance Judge.

    H.E Justice Shamlan holds a master's degree with Merits in International Commercial Law from Westminster University in the UK, a Higher Diploma with Honors in Advanced Legal and Judicial Studies from the Dubai Judicial Institution, and a Bachelor with distinction in Shari'a and Law from the UAE University.

    In July 2017, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, appointed H.E. Justice Shamlan Al Sawalehi to serve as a judge of the Appeal Court of the DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre) Courts.
    Vince Cook
    Chief Executive Officer
    National Bank of Fujairah PJSC

    Vince joined National Bank of Fujairah in 2009 as the bank’s Chief Executive Officer. Since then, he has led its transformational growth as one of the fastest growing banks in the UAE, with a specialised focus in trade finance, treasury and corporate banking. Under his leadership, NBF ranked 4th in the GCC and 1st in the UAE in Mediaquest’s Top CEO Awards in 2017.

    He has spent the majority of his 35+ years in banking, in the Middle East. This included senior positions in Barclays Bank Plc’s Corporate Banking and Middle East Group divisions and a stint as Managing Director, Gulf, of Barclays Capital.

    Prior to his current appointment, he had general management positions in two other regional banks. Vince has a Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of Liverpool and MBA from Henley Management College, UK.
    Abubakr Ebrahim
    Head of Sanctions

    Abubakr Ebrahim has extensive experience in the financial services industry, spanning across business (Retail and Corporate operations) and functional units (Compliance and Risk). Being a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS) and through his roles, Abubakr has demonstrated true leadership in Financial Crime Risk management, specifically the field of Economic Sanctions and Trade related risk. Abubakr has greatly contributed to the strategic direction of sound Sanctions risk management policies and practices for multiple financial institutions across the region, significantly enhancing and establishing strong Sanctions risk management programs. His hands-on approach and dedication is evident by being awarded the prestigious induction as an Honorary Member of the Mashreq CEO's Club (2018). Abubakr is also a member of the ACAMS task force that recently launched the Certified Global Sanctions Specialist (CGSS), an industry leading course for Sanctions specialists.

    In his current role as Head of Sanctions at Mashreq, he is providing strategic direction as custodian of the Mashreq Sanctions Risk Management Program. Abubakr plays a pivotal role in defining Mashreq's Sanctions risk appetite and provides bank-wide support with regards to policy interpretation and requirements, being responsible for overseeing bank-wide compliance with the Policies and Procedures.
    Alan Henderson
    Legal Director
    Multiplex Global

    I am Legal Director at Multiplex Constructions LLC, based in Dubai. Prior to this I was a Legal Director with Clyde & Co.'s Projects & Construction Group in Dubai for 6 years.

    Before moving in-house, I gained over 13 years' experience advising public and private sector clients in respect of major construction, infrastructure and real estate projects. I acted on projects based in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and the United Kingdom.

    I have been based in the Middle East since 2011 advising clients on both front and back end construction related matters.

    My experience includes advising on procurement options for complex projects, often involving a multiplicity of parties, contract negotiations and advice, and advising clients on and guiding them through dispute resolution. I have extensive experience advising on and drafting amendments to FIDIC, NEC, ICE, JCT and SBCC contracts and drafting bespoke contract conditions for a variety of projects, including engineering, procurement and construction contracts.

    I advise on all types of construction-related claims, including extensions of time and associated costs claims, delay and variation claims and bond demands. I have represented clients in adjudication and international arbitration and also have experience advising clients in respect of court matters in the Middle East.

    In my current role, I am also a business advisor to the Board, advising on all legal / commercial issues affecting a company operating within the UAE, Bahrain and Qatar.
    Alec Emmerson
    International Arbitrator
    ADR Management Consultancies

    Alec Emmerson is an international arbitrator. He practised as an English solicitor in London & Guildford, from 1984 to 1996 as a Hong Kong solicitor, and for 18 years as a legal consultant in Dubai, UAE where he is still based. He was a partner of Clyde & Co from 1981 to 2008 and consultant until 2017.

    Alec acted as party counsel in hundreds of arbitrations around the globe involving international trade, shipping, ship building, insurance and reinsurance, energy, commercial contracts, JVs, property, telecomms and infrastructure.

    Since 2008 Alec has been appointed as co-arbitrator, chair or sole arbitrator in more than 160 arbitrations seated in a wide range of jurisdictions under the rules of ADCCAC, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, EMAC, GCCAC, ICC, LCIA, LMAA, SIAC and in ad hoc and UNCITRAL arbitrations.

    Alec is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a CEDR accredited mediator and a member of many institutional panels, including ADCCAC, AIAC (and certified adjudicator), BCDR, DIAC, EMAC, HKIAC, KCAB, SIAC (including emergency panel), SICAC (Takheem) and SZAC.

    In November 2014 he became a trustee of DIFC Arbitration Institute and subsequently its chief executive and from 1 July 2015 a member of the LCIA Court. He is a member of the ICC UAE commission on arbitration steering committee and was appointed as a member of the Rules Advisory Committee of the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration in November 2019.

    Alec speaks and writes widely on arbitration. He is the author of the Lexis Nexis Users' Notes for the ADCCAC Rules (2014) and for the DIFC-LCIA Rules (2016).

    He has been listed as a leading individual in arbitration by GAR since 2009, and is platinum listed by Newton Arbitration, as well as appearing in many other legal and arbitration directories.
    Ali Ismail Al Zarouni
    Horizons & Co Law Firm

    Ali is the managing partner of the firm with more than 20 years experience specialising in litigation and arbitration matters. He leads a team who support some of the most prominent organisations and individuals in the UAE before all levels of courts and arbitration tribunals. Such matters often involve construction, contracting, property, civil and commercial related disputes and clients often describe him as ‘a master at his game’ (Chambers Global, 2019).

    A registered arbitrator with DIAC and a registered member of the Islamic Centre for Reconciliation and Arbitration (IICRA), Ali is also regularly appointed as an arbitrator or legal expert by both institutions.

    Ali obtained his bachelor of Law in the UAE and is licensed to practice before all Courts, Police Stations and Public prosecutions in the country. He is also a qualified arbitrator and a registered Legal Practioner with the DIFC Courts. Finally, Ali is a licenced Private Notary Public by the Dubai Courts.
    Atif Raza
    Head of Trade Sales
    Commercial Bank of Dubai

    Atif Raza is a Vice chairperson of ICC UAE Banking Commission and a Working Member of ICC Technical Task Force on eUCP & eURC. He is a Qualified Chartered Management Accountant and Masters Economics Degree holder with specialization in Banking & Finance. Supply Chain Finance & Trade Finance has been his core area of specialization during his 22 years of Banking Experience besides Corporate & Islamic Banking. He is working at Commercial Bank of Dubai for last 13 years being associated with Institutions and Transactions Banking Group holding a Senior Position as Head of Trade Sales leading a team of Specialist Trade Sales Managers.
    Digby Bennett
    Regional Sales Director
    China Systems

    Digby is currently the Regional Sales Director and Country Manager for China Systems(CS). He also manages the CS validation programme with SWIFT and BOLERO. Currently the CS products have 4 SWIFT Labels plus the Bolero Certification, more than any Fintech Company - worldwide).

    For 30+ years, Digby has had a dedicated career in financial technology, and he is a 24-year veteran of China Systems (CS), specialising in Trade Finance, Supply Chain Finance and Payments automation.

    Throughout his career, Digby has acquired a wide and varied exposure to Trade Finance and Payments automation in his association with numerous Financial Institutions across many regions, and has a determined drive for constant improvement in the automation space utilising the CS technologies.

    Digby has competed in 2 World Sailing Championships, competed in a number of full Marathons, numerous triathlons, and numerous long distance cycling events and is advanced snow skier.

    His is a direct descendent of the inventor of bleach and the founders of Debenham's department stores.

    About China Systems Corporation. Is the largest supplier of Trade Finance Software worldwide with over 120+ Trade, SCF, Treasury and Payments processing systems deployed in an impressive array of Global Financial Organisations.
    Emmanuel Daniel
    The Asian Banker

    Emmanuel Daniel is an entrepreneur, writer and a model train enthusiast. He is the founder of The Asian Banker, Wealth and Society and The Asian Banker, which he founded in 1996, is a global research and consulting house on the financial services industry that now operates across the Asia Pacific, the Middle East and in Africa. He set up in 2014 as a "trip-advisor for the financial services industry" worldwide. He founded Wealth and Society in 2018 as a London-based programme that tracks impact investments, philanthropy, corporate social responsibility and social or environmental initiatives around the world. He won the Citibank Excellence in Business Journalism for Asia in 1999 for his work on the internet in banking. "The Asian Banker Summit" won the best finance conference from the Asian Conference and Summit Awards in 2012.

    As an entrepreneur, he was once a member of the Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO), a prestigious grouping of young business owners worldwide. He previously served as a member of the Council on Corporate Disclosure and Governance (CCDG) in Singapore. He also served as a non-accountant member in the Ethics Sub-committee of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) of Singapore. He was an associate member of The Asia Society. He has served or is serving in advisory or consulting roles for various governments and institutions at any time, and is a well regarded confidante in leadership circles.

    He is a well regarded global speaker on a variety of topics in the financial services industry, and the development and future of Asia. He is working on his first book on the future of the financial services industry. He is interviewed regularly on BBC, Bloomberg and CNBC.

    He was trained as a lawyer, has degrees from the National University of Singapore and the University of London, and attended a course on economics at Columbia University in New York
    Fatema Balfaqeeh
    Board Member, ICC UAE
    Managing Director
    RKAH Consultancy

    Fatima Balfaqeeh is an independent Arbitrator, Mediator and a member of the Charter Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), a Member in RICS as a chartered Facilities Management Surveyor and a Member in the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Chain (CIPS). Fatima comes with over 14 years of experience in dispute resolution in construction related matters, governance enforcement in contracts and procurement fields in government entities, project related finance, payables and banking credit facilities for cooperate clients.

    Fatima Balfaqeeh is a UAE National who is strategically placed in Abu Dhabi, UAE arbitration scene, with active involvement with the ICC-UAE as a board member and the Charted Institute of Arbitrators (CIarb) as a member of the UAE Branch Committee, on the global panel of Royal Institute of Charted Surveyors (RICS) and many more international and domestic ADR institutes.

    Fatima is a Speaker in different events and very well versed in ADR related matter and Dispute Avoidance solutions.
    Ghanem Al Hajeri
    Founding Partner – Advocate, International Consultant Law Office (ICLO)
    Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration (UAE representative)

    Ghanem Al Hajeri graduated with a Bachelor of Sharia and Law from Emirates University in Abu Dhabi and is an advocate admitted to practice before UAE Courts of First Instance and Courts of Appeal.

    He has 10 years' experience in the public sector as a legal adviser of different public entities including the Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation & Arbitration Centre of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce. In 2010, he moved from the public sector to the private sector and founded International Consultant Law Office (ICLO). Since then, he has developed an in-depth knowledge of the UAE courts' system and extensive experience in a wide range of litigation matters including corporate and commercial law, property and rental disputes, employment, construction and engineering, insurance, and real Estate.

    Ghanem is regularly involved in major corporate matters including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions. He also regularly acts as a counsel and arbitrator (chair, sole and co-arbitrator) in ad hoc proceedings and under various international rules, including those of the ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, AAA, LCIA and under various local institutions including Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation & Arbitration Centre (ADCCAC), DIFC-LCIA and Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC). He is particularly involved with the ICC arbitral institution and has held his second mandate as a Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. He also has international exposure through participation in major seminars, conferences and forums.
    Graham Lovett
    Gibson Dunn

    Graham trained and qualified as an English solicitor with Clifford Chance, where he spent 22 years. After 10 years in London he was seconded to Clifford Chance’s Dubai office and became regional managing partner. Graham joined Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in January 2016 to head up the regional disputes practice. He specialises in complex commercial arbitration and litigation, often with a cross-border element.

    Graham is Chairman of the DIFC Authority Legislative Committee, a Member of the Steering Committee for the ICC UAE, Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), former Member of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Arbitration Committee and Member of the Advisory Board of the IBA Arab Regional Forum. He is co-editor of Summaries of UAE Courts’ Decisions on Arbitration (ICC). Graham regularly appears as an advocate before the DIFC Courts and sits as an arbitrator in both domestic and international arbitrations. He also has full rights of audience in the English Courts.

    For a number of years Graham has been recommended as a leading lawyer in the field of Dispute Resolution – currently Tier 1 rankings in Dispute Resolution for both UAE and Middle East-wide as well as Corporate Investigations by Chambers Global 2019. Renowned for his expert handling of cases in the UAE and throughout the Middle East Chambers sources described him as “highly regarded for being a very pragmatic litigator”, 'very knowledgeable...', 'top of the class practitioner” and “an absolutely great legal mind with a customer comes first attitude - one of the best I have worked with'. He is consistently listed as a key individual in Legal 500 EMEA 2013-2018, and has most recently been named the Best Lawyers 2017 Arbitration and Mediation 'Lawyer of the Year' in the United Arab Emirates, and also recognized in the field of Litigation.

    In September 2019, Graham was appointed by Decree by HH the Ruler of Dubai as a Trustee of the Board of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), one of only two ex-patriate appointments to the Board. The appointment is for three years.

    Graham received his Legal Practice Course in 1993 from Guildford College of Law. He is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales
    Gopal R
    Global Vice President
    Frost & Sullivan

    Functional Expertise

    • 20 years of Economic analysis, Business consulting and Supply chain solutions development expertise, which include Strategic planning, Business development and Hands-on execution. Particular expertise in:

    • Concept and development of economic / industry research products and analysis tools
    • Market and solutions development from Supply chain perspective
    • Creation and execution of strategies supporting organizational growth

    Industry Expertise

    Experience base covering broad range of sectors, leveraging long-standing working relationships with leading industry participants' Senior Executives

    • Economic and Industry Analysis
    • Freight infrastructure and facilities
    • Maritime, Supply chain solution providers
    • Transportation: Rail, Urban Transportation and Automotive

    What I bring to the Team

    • Practical industry experience and senior level interaction with various organizations across industries
    • Acceptance as industry thought leader by organizations and industry associations
    • Project management and client deliverable fulfilment that meets expectations
    • Positive outlook, team approach, open to ideas and lead by example

    Career Highlights

    Extensive expertise in corporate, financial and consulting organizations Worked directly with major companies like:

    • Caterpillar Logistics, Southeast Asia
    • Industrial Development Bank
    • Industrial Reconstruction Bank


    • M Sc (Honours) Economics & Master of Management Studies
    • "Making Great Leaders" Certification, Hay Group, Singapore
    Hassan Arab
    Chair, ICC UAE Commission on Arbitration & ADR
    Partner, Dispute Resolution, Al Tamimi & Co

    Hassan Arab is a leading expert in all aspects of of civil and commercial litigation, arbitration, ADR, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. He has spent his career building one of the strongest litigation teams in the Middle East which Legal 500 has recognised as "having a great reputation for local court work with a number of really good practitioners".

    Chambers Global has commended Hassan Arab as a "real winner who gives excellent advice and solutions". Hassan Arab has been recognised as a leading lawyer in the field.

    Hassan Arab is also listed in the prestigious category of Arbitration Future Leaders 2017 by Who's Who Legal.

    Hassan Arab serves as an arbitrator in complex and commercial cases with a nationwide practice. As an arbitrator, he has arbitrated several claims under leading international arbitration institutes and provided advice on arbitration and construction.

    He has extensive dispute resolution experience in providing expert opinions on the UAE laws before several arbitration tribunals and foreign courts.

    Hassan Arab's doctoral thesis is titled "Critical Study of the Concept of International Arbitration in the UAE: Identifying Problems Affecting the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign and International Arbitral Awards".

    Hassan actively participates as a Member in the Task Forces and Sub-Committees of various arbitral institutions and international organisations in connection with drafting and/or revising their Rules, which includes:
    • Member of the Drafting Committee for drafting the Rules for the future Arbitration Court of the Casablanca International Mediation & Arbitration Centre (CIMAC)
    • Revision of the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration on Party/Tribunal Appointed Experts.
    • Member of the Sub-Committee for drafting Rules for the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre.
    • Member of the Steering Group of the IBA Arbitration Guidelines and Rules Subcommittee to prepare Report on the IBA Guidelines on Party Representation in International Arbitration.
    • Member of the Drafting Committee for revising the Rules of the Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Centre (TAHKEEM).

    Hassan Arab is listed on the panel arbitrator for :

    • International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
    • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
    • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Panel of Arbitrators
    • DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre (DIFC-LCIA)
    • Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA)
    • Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC)
    • Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)
    • Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Centre (TAHKEEM)
    Haytham Elmaayergi
    Global Head of Transaction Banking
    Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

    Haytham Elmaayergi is the Global Head of Transaction Banking at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank. He joined the bank in 2015.

    As global head of transaction banking he leads a multi-country team across sales, product development and service. His teams oversee cash management and liquidity management, in conjunction with the trade finance and financial structures teams.

    Mr. ElMaayergi brings to the bank a focus on using digital tools to advance the capabilities of the businesses the bank serves for corporate, Financial institutions and SMEs. He helps develop and execute the development of more efficient and functional trade finance structures for clients, helping them to better access different geographies, and handle liquidity and efficiency.

    Before joining ADIB, Haytham's prior assignment was with Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) where he was Managing Director and UAE Country Head of Global Transaction Banking while also managing the GTB Regional Sales Heads for MENA region. Haytham possesses 25 years of professional banking experience and has held several key roles around the region, beginning with Societe Generale, and moving to Citi where he was Country Head of Global Transaction Services for Egypt, UAE and Iraq, in addition to heading client coverage for Multinationals and Financial Institutions.

    Mr. Elmaayergi holds a degree in computer engineering and MBA from the American University in Cairo.
    Huny Garg
    Global Head of Trade and Supply Chain

    Huny Garg is the Head of Trade and Supply Chain at SWIFT since 2017. Huny has over 20 years of experience working for banks like Standard Chartered, ABN AMRO, ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank in transaction banking, corporate and commercial banking roles across in Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Currently based in Dubai, he is passionate about moving trade finance to a new digital era and bridging the SME finance gap globally. Huny is a member of the Executive Committee of ICC Banking Commission and a member of BAFT Global Trade Industry Council.
    Ibtissem Lassoued
    Partner, Financial Crime
    Al Tamimi & Co

    Ibtissem Lassoued is a Partner and Head of Advisory in the Regional Financial Crime practice in Dubai.

    She graduated from the Sorbonne University (Paris) and joined Al Tamimi & Company in 2007 from the legal department of the French Group Vivendi, where she conducted primarily US litigation (e.g. class actions, Securities and Exchange Commission ('SEC') and Department Of Justice ('DOJ') investigations.

    Ibtissem has extensive experience advising a variety of clientele on a spectrum of white collar crime matters which have spanned the globe. Her expertise on these matters includes complex corporate fraud, tracing, freezing and recovery of assets, anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing, extradition (acting both for States submitting extradition requests and individuals who are subject of a request) and mutual judicial cooperation, including issues relating to foreign judgments and Interpol notices. In order to advise fully, Ibtissem offers clients a full and practical knowledge of the remit of inter-governmental organizations, in particular in relation to the FATF and MENAFATF, and the effect of the same on anti-corruption, confiscation of the proceeds of crime, de-risking and the reporting of suspicious transactions.

    Furthermore, she frequently advises clients on international economic sanctions, counter-terrorist financing (particularly concerning charitable fundraising regulations), embezzlement, fraud and corruption, including advising multinational companies, global banks and international firms. Ibtissem is also experienced in assisting with multijurisdictional investigations where the applicability of foreign regulations needs to be considered (e.g. the anti-corruption laws such as the US FCPA and the UK Bribery Act).

    Ibtissem has been ranked Band 1 in Chambers Global for the last four consecutive years, every year since the addition of the Corporate Investigations category, and was commended by sources as being "most effective" and "stunningly good at what she does". She is also praised for her "very good reputation in challenging and interesting issues in the Middle East" and for being "well versed in anti-corruption and anti-bribery law, regularly advising multinationals and high net worth individuals. She has conducted a number of cross-border investigations and is well known for her white-collar crime practice." Her international profile and engagement with the financial sector has led her to be ranked amongst Financial News' 50 Most Influential Women in Middle East Finance in 2019.
    K Nizardeen
    Chief Operating Officer

    Nizardeen is an Executive Committee member of ICC Banking Commission. Well known Islamic Trade Finance expert. COO of FIB, Malaysia/UAE/Turkey and previously the Head of Transaction Banking at Emirates Islamic (Bank), Dubai, United Arab Emirates (ENBD Group). Prior to joining Emirates Islamic Bank, he has held several similar positions in leading banks such as Country Head of Operations, Head of Service Delivery, Head of Credit & Finance Operations and Head of Trade & Corporate Services. A Certified Documentary Credit Specialist (CDCS – IFS, University College, UK), holder of Certificate Trade Finance Compliance (CTFC) and a qualified Trade Finance banker with an MBA in Banking and Finance (USA).

    He is a member of DCW Editorial Advisory Board (Documentary Credit World) USA, Trade Advisory Group member of Dubai Multi Commodity Centre (DMCC), Editorial Advisory Board member of LC Monitor, a member of ICC working group on Digitization (revising eUCP and eURC) and Vice Chair of ICC UAE. A well-known speaker at GTR, Euromoney, Middle East LC Survey (IIBLP USA), Trade Credit Insurance Summit, Annual Islamic Banking & Financial Institutions Summit, OPEX, EBRD Silk ROAD Forum (Ukraine), ICC and ICC – UAE conferences. He is also a regular writer and has written several articles on UCP/Islamic banking.

    He is a well-known trainer and conducts training on Trade Finance, Islamic Banking, Operations, CDCS and AML (TBML). His extensive experience includes more than 30 years of professional Trade Finance, Transaction Banking and Operations experience including 20 years in Islamic Banking. He has extensive experience in system implementations and product implementation. He Invented and implemented the first Islamic online Trade platform for Islamic Trade Finance. First to Implement Blockchain technology for Islamic goods inspection.
    Karim Nassif
    LPA Middle East

    Karim J. Nassif is a partner in our Dubai office. He has more than 20 years’ experience in arbitration, mediation, civil law, contract law, commercial and corporate law, banking and finance, real estate and construction law.

    He has acted as counsel, expert, mediator, adjudicator and arbitrator in many complex disputes under the most leading international and regional arbitration rules, including the rules of the ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, AAA-ICDR, GCC, UNCITRAL, IICRA and ADCCAC; in various cases seated in the UK, France, USA, Switzerland and throughout the Middle East; and governed by a variety of national laws (Lebanon, UAE – including DIFC, France, England and Wales, Qatar, Bahrein, Oman, Libya, Kuwait, New York, OHADA …) or sharia law.

    Karim has authored and co-authored several publications in English, French and Arabic and he has frequently been a speaker in international conferences and seminars on international arbitration, civil code, mediation, commercial contracts, property, family structuring and legislative reform matters; including ICC, LCIA, IBA, DIAC, Arab Forum, CRCICCA, DIFC Academy of Law, Paris Bar, Society of Construction Law etc .. events. He handles cases in English, French and Arabic.

    After obtaining an LLB and LLM (Hons) in Business Law and a Diploma in Law and IT from the University of Montpellier, Karim J. Nassif served as a lecturer in civil and commercial law. He is admitted to the Beirut Bar and is licensed as a legal consultant in Dubai. Before joining LPA-CGR, Karim was a Partner at a leading Paris-based-law-firm. In the past as well, he headed for many years and subsequently the departments of international arbitration, real-estate and construction, and corporate commercial of a leading Dubai-based law-firm; he was as well counsel to one of the leading shipping liners in the world and a lawyer in a leading law-firm in Beirut.

    Finally, Karim is the current Vice-Chairman of the IBA Mediation Committee and he was the former Conference Quality Officer of the IBA Mediation Committee.
    Khalid Sharaf
    Director, International Business Engagement
    Expo 2020 Dubai

    Khalid Sharaf is Director of International Business Engagement at Expo 2020 Dubai, where he has worked since September 2014. Khalid is responsible for developing programmes and platforms to support participating countries at Expo 2020 in their business plans; this includes a Business Matchmaking service, executing partnerships with investment funds & Venture Capitals amongst others. Khalid is also responsible for B2B marketing to communicate the business value proposition for Expo 2020 Dubai to the business community.

    He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston (2011) and a higher diploma in mechatronics engineering from Higher Colleges of Technology in Dubai (2008).
    Laila El Shentenawi
    Senior Legal Counsel

    Laila El Shentenawi is a Senior Legal Counsel with Siemens LLC. She has experience in the Middle East and Europe where she acted as counsel, arbitrator and mediator. Prior to joining Siemens, Laila practiced arbitration and dispute resolution in the UAE for approximately 5 years and in Egypt for approximately 8 years. She regularly leads seminars on Arbitration, Mediation and Negotiation, she is a visiting lecturer at Middlesex University in Dubai and an external CEDR Faculty
    Manu Nair
    Partner & CEO
    Emirates Chartered Accountants Group

    A passionate professional - CEO & Partner of Emirates Chartered Accountants Group. Possess more than twenty years of extensive experience in the fields of Finance, Accounts, Audit, Taxation and Management Consultancy.

    After 8 years of experience within the auditing industry in India, he started his career in Dubai in the year 2003. In the year 2005, under the leadership of Mr. Manu, a team of finance professionals started a Chartered Accountants Firm called Emirates Chartered Accountants. Later, the firms United Auditing – the Audit Division, ECA Taxation – the Tax Division and Emirates Int’l Chartered Accountants were also incorporated under the group as Emirates Chartered Accountants Group and now it is one of the leading Financial Audit, Tax and Financial Consultancy firms in the UAE.

    Emirates Chartered Accountants Group & Its Associate Professional Firms (Emirates Chartered Accountants Group) are ISO 9001-2008 Certified International Chartered Accountants Firms head quartered in Dubai. The firm has branches in other Emirates of the UAE, Bahrain, UK & India. It is a member of IECNet an international association of accountants, auditors and tax professionals with its head office in Paris, France.

    Mr. Manu is a TAX Expert with practical experience of implementing VAT in UAE & Bahrain. He also conducts VAT Training on a regular basis and has already conducted 246 (until 2nd Jan. 2020) VAT seminars and Training Sessions across the UAE & Bahrain since May 2017.

    A VAT speaker in various platforms like, live talk shows in TV or on Air, Middle East Finance and Accounting Show, VAT Clinic held by ICAI Dubai Chapter & Khaleej Times, a panelist in ICC UAE Trade Finance Conference (International Chamber of Commerce) & many other platforms.
    Dr. Mohamed Alkamali
    Director General, Institute of Training & Judicial Studies
    Under Secretary, Ministry of Justice


    • Bachelor in Law & Sharia , UAE University 1987.
    • Diploma in International Commercial Law, UK, 1994.
    • PhD in Law, Exeter University, UK, Title : Intellectual Property Rights.

    Professional/ Work Experiences :

    • Public Prosecutor – Al Ain (1987-1990).
    • Senior Judicial Inspector (Ministry of Justice – Abu Dhabi) (1995-1997).
    • Appeal Judge (Ajman Federal Court of Appeal) (1997-1995).
    • (Civil, Commercial, Criminal, Family and labor Cases) .
    • President of Al Ain Court ( 1997-2000)
    • (Civil, Criminal, Commercial and Labor Cases).
    • Supervised the Practical Training in the Moot Court in the College of Sharia and Law – UAE University. (1998-2000).
    • Director of Judicial Inspection Department (Ministry of Justice – Abu Dhabi) (2000-2004).
    • Director General for the Institute of Training and Judicial Studies(2004-Present)
    • Vice president of The UAE National Committee of International Humanitarian Law.
    • Vice President of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Committee.
    • President of the grievance Committee of Patent Office at the Gulf Cooperation Council.
    • Intellectual Property Expert registered in the UAE courts( Federal and Locals).
    • Ex-Member of the UAE National Anti-Money Laundering Committee.
    • Chairman and member of several committees that prepared different laws.
    • Participated in several conferences and scientific meetings of local, regional and international Conferences, Seminars and workshops.
    • Representative of the UAE in a number of conventions
    Nadia Abdul Aziz
    Chair, ICC UAE Commission on Customs & Trade Facilitation
    President, National Association of Freight & Logistics

    Nadia Abdul Aziz, is the Managing Director/Partner of UNASCO LLC, President of National Association of Freight and Logistics- NAFL (Fiata),Chairperson of WILAT-ME- Women in Logistics & Transport- Middle East (part of CILT, Chair of the ICC UAE Commission on Customs and Trade Facilitation Steering Committee, Vice President of FIATA extended Board .She is also in the Board of Governors for Al Noor Centre for children with special needs and a Board member of Dubai Land Transport Group.

    Nadia has more than 17 years of experience in Freight & Logistics sector. She has worked in her family business DULSCO LLC – one of the largest man power supply companies in the Gulf. Nadia has a Bachelor's degree in Marketing & Advertising and Master's degree in Business Administration (American University in Dubai).

    She helps the Al Noor Centre to raise funds for the school and assist with event organization .She mainly focusses on raising the freight /logistics industry standards in the country by offering professional training and in solving industry challenges and opening opportunity doors for the investors to the country in collaboration with government organizations.
    Rafi-uddin Shikoh
    CEO & Managing Director

    Rafi-uddin Shikoh is a growth strategy thought leader and execution specialist for government agencies, investors, and corporates. He is passionate about solving for limited global innovations coming from Islamic economies and is currently focused on driving the confluence of global innovations and prioritized global social impact needs. He is the Founder and CEO of DinarStandard™--a specialized market intelligence and advisory firm.

    Since 2008, Rafi-uddin has been building DinarStandard into a strong research and predictive analytics-driven advisory firm serving multi-national corporates, government agencies, and investment firms from over 12 countries. He has built a small yet global execution team and proprietary global market intelligence on government innovation and Islamic/ethical economies. He has spoken at over 70 conferences worldwide while achieving over 1,500 global media mentions including The Economist, CNN, Fortune, and the BBC.

    Prior to DinarStandard, Rafi-uddin has had 15 years of marketing strategy, e-business strategy, and technology management experience with small to Fortune 500 ranked companies. He had been a Vice President with Marsh Inc, a global risk-brokerage firm, where he led and successfully delivered multi-million dollar knowledge management and marketing technology-related initiatives. He had previously served as a Senior e-Business Consultant at a Boston based firm. In addition, he has also served as a Marketing Director for a communications training and sports media consulting company.

    Rafi-uddin has an MBA from UNC-Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, and a BSc. in Marketing from Southwest State University, Minnesota, USA.
    Rahul Jayakar
    GTS Trade Head
    Noor Bank

    Rahul Jayakar is currently the GTS Trade & Sales Head of Noor Bank. He is primarily accountable for developing the Bank's Trade & Cash business including Trade products. In addition to his current role, Rahul Jayakar is also the vice chairman of ICC's UAE chapter and has been associated with the steering committee since 2016.

    Prior to Joining Noor Bank, Rahul held senior positions in Mashreq Bank's International Banking Business as Head of Transaction Banking and for Mashreq's local business as Head of GTS, products and Trade.

    Before that, Rahul was with Standard Chartered Bank, where he held various roles including that of senior transaction banker for Strategic Clients Coverage Group and the Head of Transaction Banking for South India. Rahul has worked in wholesale banking for most of his career in variety of roles in client coverage, sales and products, which also included Asset Distribution and Financial Institutions.

    Rahul is a Science (Physics & Electronics) graduate and holds a MBA degree from University of Mumbai.
    Rehan Ali
    Head – Business Banking , Corporate and Institutional Banking
    National Bank of Fujairah PJSC

    Rehan's journey with NBF started 15 years ago when he joined as a Relationship Manager - Corporate Banking in 2003. In his current role as Head of Business Banking he is responsible for managing and growing the Business Banking portfolio of NBF, striving to maximize and generate high profits per segment.

    The business banking segment led by Rehan generates more than 20% of bank's net profit and he manages 1,000+ plus borrowing customers across UAE and big portfolio of non-borrowing customers as well. This segment has been progressing very well over the years under his leadership and has become one of the key contributor to the bank in terms of assets, deposits and profitability. Rehan's mandate has been to ensure its sustainability and grow it successfully.

    Rehan is a seasoned banker with more than 20 years of banking experience in the UAE having worked with different banks including Mashreq Bank and Union National Bank.

    Rehan has won various awards for products and services at the Banker Middle East awards, thus raising NBF profile in this segment.
    Robert Chandler
    Senior Principal, Assurance
    Ernst & Young & Co.

    Based in the Middle East since 1999, Bob has been undertaking forensic work for over 25 years and has undertaken many fraud investigations and given evidence (both oral and written and as expert witness and witness of fact) at trial. He has acted as an accounting expert in respect of arbitral disputes and litigious matters in the region, generally involving quantification of losses. He has also undertaken various regulatory investigations involving fraud, trade and financial sanctions, and money laundering.
    Dr. Satish Mapara
    Management Consultant
    Globeapex Management Consultants

    Dr. Satish Mapara provides all their clients with secured knowledge in end to end supply chain / global Logistics transportation management with comprehensive commercial / counseling / advisory Support in several integrated and complex fields of international trade / finance / marine insurance / shipping / global conference / corporate training related management competencies / speaker / panelist.

    Dr. Mapara holds:

    a) B.Com. / LL.B. / AICS / FIIS / Ph.D.
    b) Doctorate degree in three principal faculties Maritime Law & Ship Management, Marine Insurance & Finance/Banking.

    He is:

    a) Accredited Expert / Arbitrator with D.I.A.C. – Dubai
    b) Accredited Expert / Mediator with EMAC (Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre) – Dubai
    c) Life member of Indian Council of Arbitration, Delhi
    d) Member of the Board of Supply Chain & Logistics Group (SCLG) – Dubai.
    e) Former Member of the Board of Indian Business & Professional Council (IBPC) –Dubai. f) The Coordinator of Commission on Customs & Trade Facilitation – ICC – UAE / ICC – Paris initiative
    g) Member of Lions club of Mumbai Airport – 1989 to 2011
    h) Recipient of –

    i) Maritime Excellence Award 2016 - Indywood
    ii) Golden Elder Award – 2016 from IBPC - Dubai
    iii) ICC-UAE Champion for year 2017 – 2019
    iv) Lifetime Achivement Award - Shri Chikhli Modh Vanik Seva Samaj - Charitable Trust- Mumbai, India

    Dr. Satish Mapara has also been advising and counseling GlobeApex Management Consultants / India, UAE, from time to time on need basis after consolidating all expertise from previous consultancy / agency & other former employers from 1968 to 2002.

    Sean D. Yates
    General Counsel
    China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Middle East)

    China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East (CSCEC ME)'s general counsel Sean D. Yates received high praise from a nominating source, who commented that 'he stands apart from other general counsel because of the detailed, hands-on role he takes, even personally advocating some of the disputes in his capacity as an English barrister, which is probably unique among general counsel In the region. Having worked with him and many other general counsel in the Middle East during 13 years of practice, I have no reservations about singling him out as deserving of recognition for his capability, value addition, commitment and work ethic in such a demanding and complex role'. Yates himself mentions a number of career highlights which emphasise his breadth of experience in the region since first joining an in-house role with Tatweer back in 2008. 'At IMG, my first group general counsel role, I oversaw the legal function for a diverse family conglomerate with activities ranging from a motor driving school, a taxi business, the Sunseeker Yacht franchise and the IMG Worlds of Adventure Theme Park.

    During my four years, we saw the construction completion and opening of the theme park, then the world's largest indoor theme park', he says. At his current role, the successes have continued: 'As general counsel for CSCEC ME I have the privilege of being part of the world's largest construction company and some of the region's most exciting building and civil projects, including the Etihad Rail project and many EXPO 2020 activities. The international dynamics of a Chinese state-owned company operating in the Middle East with international employees provides a dynamic environment in which all of my previously learned skills are brought to bear'. Keen to ensure the legal function of CSCEC ME is at the cutting edge of what 21st century In-house legal teams can do, Yates is focusing on increased use of technology among the company's lawyers. 'Since my arrival, we have introduced software to optimise legacy contracting documents, rendering them searchable. We have also used indexing software to enable us to undertake documents reviews dispute arise.

    We have also introduced voice recognition software and the ability to collaborate on draft documents simultaneously in real time', he says.
    Tomás Guerrero
    Halal Trade & Marketing Centre

    Mr. Guerrero was born in Spain and has resided in Madrid for the better part of his life. Passionate about the Islamic Economy and Emerging Markets, he has dedicated himself to the Halal industry and sovereign wealth funds (SWFs).

    He began his career working as a researcher at ESADE Business School´s economic intelligence unit (ESADEgeo) for Mr. Javier Solana, former NATO Secretary General, and Mr. Javier Santiso, former OECD Development Center Director & Chief Economist. During his years at ESADEgeo, he organized events on entrepreneurship and emerging markets, such as "Start-Up Spain" or "Globalization Labs", and he also contributed to the development of the first four editions of the KPMG-ICEX Sovereign Wealth Funds Report. This experience led him to discover the global potential of the Islamic Economy and to start researching about the Halal Market, enabling him to join the Halal Institute in Spain.

    Mr. Guerrero has been working at Instituto Halal as Head of Madrid Office and International Relations Director for five years. He has decisively contributed to modernization and internationalization of the Instituto Halal, reaching more than 400 certified companies, helping them start their operations in Latin American countries such as Mexico and Argentina and also becoming one of the largest Halal certification bodies in the World. He has also been a key contributor to develop projects like the First International Halal Congress of Spain, the Cordoba Halal Cluster and the Halal Academy. In addition, Mr. Guerrero has worked as a Consultant on SWFs at Inter-American Development Bank, advising countries in Latin America to set up SWFs, as Director of Strategy Consulting & Cultural Intelligence at Horwath HTL, leading projects on Halal tourism, and as a researcher on SWFs at IE Business School in Spain

    He has been a known speaker in numerous international events, such as World Islamic Economic Forum, Malaysia; Mediterranean Leaders Week, Spain; Alimentaria, Mexico; Thailand Halal Assembly to name a few. Mr. Guerrero has also been ranked in the top 500 Leaders who contribute to the Islamic Economy by "IsFin-Forbes Middle East" consecutively for the last 4 years & appointed as Young Fellow by the World Islamic Economic Forum.

    Mr. Guerrero has published several articles and working papers on Halal industry, sovereign wealth funds and emerging markets in publications like Thomson Reuters (Canada), The World Financial Review (UK), Fedesarrollo (Colombia), Política Exterior (Spain), Alternative Emerging Investor (USA) and Clear Path Analysis (UK). He has also published numerous opinion pieces on the similar topics in newspapers such as Financial Times (UK) Cinco Días (Spain) and Exame (Portugal).

    Mr. Guerrero holds a MSc. in Economic Development and Growth from University Carlos III de Madrid. He also holds a B.A in Economics and B.A in Law from the same university and he is fluent in Spanish and English
    Usman Khakwani
    SVP & Head of Business Banking
    Noor Bank

    Usman Khakwani is an SVP & Head of Business Banking at Noor Bank since 2014. In his role, he is responsible for the bank's Business Banking (SME) assets and liabilities. Usman has lead the team to create the Noor Trade brand by introducing a wide variety of asset and liability products and has been instrumental in the development of various distribution channels.

    He possesses over 23 years of diverse banking experience and is one of the Noor Bank's founding members, joining the bank in 2007. Usman has also held various leadership roles at Noor Bank including serving as the General Manager and Head of National Sales for the bank's Premium Marketing business (Sales Entity owned by Noor Bank) from 2007 to 2013. Usman also is a member of the UAE Bank's Federation Committee on Business Banking.

    Prior to Noor Bank, he was the Vice President and Head of Sales with Dubai Bank. He has also worked with Emirates Islamic Bank, Mashreq Bank and Citibank, handling various responsibilities in retail banking. Usman holds a BBA from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada specialising in marketing and finance.
    Vincent O'Brien
    Advisor on Innovation and Market Intelligence
    China Systems Middle East

    Member Executive Committee ICC Banking Commission. Trade Facilitation Technical Consultant delivering technical trade finance assistance in more than 100 countries for major banks, development institutions and governmental organisations.

    Advisor on Innovation and Market Intelligence at China Systems Corporation, the leading global trade and supply chain finance solutions provider.

    Engaged as expert witness in international trade related dispute resolution exercises and legal cases.

    Conference leader and guest speaker for major global trade finance forums and summits worldwide.

    Vincent has represented ICC UAE at ICC Banking Commission Meetings around the world for more than 10 years and he has attended each and every single meeting regardless of geographic location.











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    Dana Ballroom
    Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE


    Registration Fees:

    ICC Member – AED 315.00
    Non-member – AED 630.00



    ICC UAE will organize the ICC UAE Annual Trade Conference on 20-21st January 2020 at Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE. Supported by an increasing number of sponsors and partners since 2011, the conference event is not to be missed for those looking to explore new business opportunities as well as strengthen existing ties with key industry players.

    The conference provides its sponsors an unrivalled exposure and profiling among their peers and clients. It offers various appealing options that would strategically and effectively help raise the profile of the partners.

    The Conference will cover the global and regional trends in trade finance, the future of trade and supply chain, an overview on outlook for business in the region, arbitration growth, arbitration & mediation, courts & arbitration, trade sanctions and many more topics of local and international interests.

    Sponsoring the Conference offers an ideal opportunity to promote your firm or organization. Sponsors receive maximum visibility during the promotional phase, onsite and also following the Conference. As a truly global organization, we have a global audience.

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