H.E. Mehmet Simsek
Minister of Finance, Turkey
Dr. M. Ibrahim Turhan
Investments - Fajr Capital
HSBC Bank A.S
Dr. Mazen Soueid
H.E. Mehmet Simsek was elected to Parliament in the general election on July 22, 2007. He was appointed as the Minister of Finance on May 1, 2009. Prior to that, he was the State Minister for Economic Affairs during August 2007 - April 2009.
Prior to joining politics, H.E. Simsek was the chief economist and strategist for emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa region at Merrill Lynch in London for 7 years. He also served as senior economist and bank analyst for Deutsche-Bender Securities from 1998 to 2000. H.E. spent about a year in New York where he worked for UBS Securities in 1997. Prior to that, he was a senior economist at the US Embassy in Ankara for almost four years.
President, Federation of Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges (FEAS)
Member, World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) Board of Directors
Mr. Turhan has been the Chairman and CEO of Borsa İstanbul since January 1, 2012. Previously, he was appointed Deputy Governor in 2008, member of the Monetary Policy Committee in 2006 and he served as a board member at Central Bank of Turkey in 2004.
He also served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Contemporary Turkish Studies Chair, London School of Economics and Political Science, European Institute. Mr. Turhan is a member of the Leaders' Circle and the Advisory Board of the Global Economic Symposium organized by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. He served as Managing Editor and Editor in Chief in sectorial journals published on banking, finance and finance technologies.
Mr. Zafar focuses on principal investments at Fajr Capital, and also serves on the Board of Directors of MENA Infrastructure.
He was previously Managing Director, Corporate Finance Advisory at Deloitte, Middle East. Prior to Deloitte, Mr. Zafar established the Qatari investment firm and government–related entity Al Rayan Investment, serving as CEO and Board Member. In a wide ranging international investment banking career, he has also held senior roles at leading institutions such as CIBC, Bank of America and HSBC in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. He has particular depth in Islamic financial services (having set up Bank of America’s Islamic financial services unit in 1999 and assisted in Arcapita’s early development) and the oil, gas and mining industries. He has a Bachelor’s in Accounting and a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas, Austin. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Mr. Horozoglu has recently joined HSBC Turkey as the Head of Global Capital Financing and Debt Finance. He has 14 years of experience in banking.
Prior to joining HSBC, he was Citigroup's Head of Corporate & Investment Banking for Saudi Arabia and Oman and previously he was Director of Citigroup's Global Islamic Banking, Syndications and Capital Markets business where he spent 6 years covering Middle East, Turkey, Africa, CIS and new markets; responsible for Islamic syndications, bonds and other structured financing transactions.
He closed the first Turkish Sukuk, the first Turkish sovereign Sukuk, the largest Islamic syndication in Turkey, the first Islamic aviation facility, the largest syndication in Middle East, the largest Sukuk globally, the first Islamic syndication in Russian Federation, the first Eurolira bond, the first Tier-II Sukuk and executed several other first-of-its kind and landmark capital market, syndication, project finance and quasi securitisation transactions. He originated and completed 100+ debt capital markets deals.
Dr. Mazen Soueid is the Chief Economist at BankMed. He was also Economic Advisor to the Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora, and from January 2010 onward, he has been advising PM Siniora in his capacity as head of the Future Parliamentary Block. Prior to joining BankMed, Dr. Soueid worked as an Economist at the International Monetary Fund, particularly in the Asian, Middle Eastern Departments as well as the Capital Markets Department. At the IMF he worked on a range of issues and countries like Venezuela, Korea, Mexico, and the Philippines. He had also worked in Deutsche Bank in London and New York covering the Middle East. He taught Finance and Economics at Brown University and the American University of Beirut. Dr. Soueid is the author of the best-selling book “The Lebanese Economic Project” which won an award for “Best Book on the Lebanese Economy” published in 2010 by Capital Issues.