Day One: Wednesday 26 April 2017

08:00 AM - 09:00 AM 

Registration and Networking

09:00 AM - 10:30 AM 

Welcome Speeches and Opening Remarks

Dr Fadi Khalaf, Secretary General, Arab Federation of Exchanges
Dr Ghaleb Mahmassani, Acting President, Beirut Stock Exchange & Chairman of AFE
Saad Azhari, Chairman BLOM Bank and Vice-Chairman of the Association of Banks of Lebanon
Nandini Sukumar, Chief Executive Officer, World Federation of Exchanges
Sandy “Meyer” Frucher, Vice Chairman, NASDAQ Group  
Dr Riad Salameh, Governor, Central Bank of Lebanon
H.E Mr. Ali Hassan Khalil, Minister of Finance, Lebanon

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Coffee Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Panel Discussion 1:
Enhancing Liquidity in Emerging and Frontier Markets 

Kurt Zyla, Managing Director and Global Head of Exchange Relationships, S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI)
David S. Grayson, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Auerbach Grayson & Company LLC
Emma V Shand, Senior Advisor, Nasdaq
Sérgio Gullo, Chief Representative EMEA & Asia, BM&FBOVESPA
Mustafa Domanic, Associate Partner, Oliver Wyman

Nandini Sukumar
, Chief Executive Officer, The World Federation of Exchanges

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM 

Panel Discussion 2:
Talk of the Town: Fintech and Trends in International Markets 

Eric Noll, President and Chief Executive Officer, Convergex
Jan Bart de Boer, Global Director, ABN AMRO Clearing Bank N.V.
John Turner, CEO, XBRL International
Umesh Gajria, Advisor for FinTech companies & OTC Markets
Meyer "Sandy" Frucher, Vice Chairman, NASDAQ Group

Chip Dempsey
, Chief Commercial Officer, The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC)

01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Panel Discussion 3:
International and Arab Markets are at a Crucial Point, What are the Expectations?


Nabil AlRantisi, Managing Director - Brokerage, Menacorp
Adel Merheb, Chief Investment Officer, Al Fozan Holding Co.  
Fadi Al Said, Director Fund Manager, Lazard Gulf Limited
Georges Hanna
, Head of Asset Management in KSA, BLOM Bank

02:00 PM - 04:00 PM 


04:00 PM 

Close of Day One - AFE Annual Conference 2017

07:30 PM - 11:30 PM 

Cocktail Reception, Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony



Day Two: Thursday 27 April 2017

09:00 AM - 09:30 AM 

Registration and Networking

09:30 AM - 10:30 AM 

Panel Discussion 4:
The Importance of the Saudi Market Opening for the Region

Charbel Azzi, Senior Director Middle East, Africa, Turkey, Russia & CIS, S&P Dow Jones Indices
Hüseyin Erkan, Advisor, Board of Commissioners, Capital Market Authority (CMA) KSA
Azhar Muhammad Saul, Head of Financial Sales, MENA, Thomson Reuters
Zulf Mir, Executive Director, The International Securities Consultancy (ISC)

Thomas Krantz,
Senior Advisor, Thomas Murray

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM 

Networking Coffee Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Panel Discussion 5:
Investor Relations (IR)

David Hann, Head of Sales, DirectFN
Dr Ryan Lemand, Managing Director, Head of Asset Management & Wealth Management, ADS Securities
Oliver Schutzmann, Founder and CEO, Irridium Investor Relations
Alex MacDonald-Vitale, Chairman, Middle East Investor Relations Association  
Sallianne Taylor, Global Manager, Market Structure & Strategic Alliances, Bloomberg L.P

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM 

Panel Discussion 6:
How Could News Regulations Encourage SMEs Listing 

André Küüsvek, Director for Local Currency and Capital Markets Development, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Keisuke Arai​
, Chief Representative in Europe, Japan Exchange Group Inc.
Giacinto Oriolo, ELITE Growth, Senior Manager – Emerging Markets Leader, London Stock Exchange Group
John Dagher, Chief Executive Officer, Julius Baer
Sami Saliba, Vice Chairman, CMA Lebanon
Dr Fadi Osseiran, General Manager, BLOMINVEST
Alissa Amico, Managing Director, Govern

01:00 PM

Lunch & End of the AFE Annual Conference 2017


Friday 28 April 2017

Full day Post-Conference Tour to "Jeita Grotto, Byblos, Harissa" (Optional)