Dr. Vahdettin ERTAŞ
Capital Markets Board of Turkey
Cedar Bridge Partners and Member of The MENA Private Equity Association Steering Committee
Ahmed Saleh Al Marhoon
Muscat Securities Market
Capital Markets Authority, Lebanon
HSBC Bank A.S
Dr. Vahdettin ErtaŞ is the Chairman of the Capital Markets Board of Turkey (CMB), which is the regulatory and supervisory authority for capital markets. The CMB has a wide range of responsibilities with regard to ensuring fair and orderly functioning of capital markets, protecting rights and interests of investors.
Mr. ErtaŞ started his career at the CMB in 1987. From 1997 to 2005, he performed the tasks of Head of Department respectively at the Institutional Investors and Corporate Finance Departments of the CMB. During this period, he also carried out Board memberships at Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool and Tax Council. Mr. ErtaŞ was appointed as the Chairman of Istanbul Gold Exchange in 2005 and as a member of the CMB Executive Board in 2006. In January 2013 he was appointed as the Chairman of the CMB.
Mr. ErtaŞ earned his Master Degree in 1991 and Doctoral Degree in 2012 at the Department of Business Administration of Hacettepe University. Additionally he has an MBA Degree from Lancaster University.
Mr. Ghandour is the Co-founder & Managing Director of CedarBridge, where he focuses on investing in growth companies in MENA region. He has more than 10 years experience in private equity and investments throughout the Middle East and China, and specializes in the educational and healthcare sectors.
Mr. Ghandour is currently a director in the board of Kids First Group, the region’s largest chain of nurseries, CIRA, the largest chain of schools in Egypt, and Tamkeen, private public partnership to train and employ Egyptians. Previously, he was a director in Maarif Education, the largest educational group in Saudi Arabia, TechnoScan, the largest chain of radiology centers in Middle East, and Advanced Laboratory Services, a reference lab in Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Ghandour is also a co-founder of the MENA Private Equity Association, and was awarded by Private Equity World the prestigious Private Equity MENA Merit Award for 2011.
Mr. Ahmed Saleh Al Marhoon assumed his duties as the Director General of the Muscat Securities Market in 2001. He has since worked for Oman’s public and private sector organizations in leading positions in many public and private sector institutions like the Ministry of Oil & Minerals and one of the brokerage companies in Oman.
He serves as a board member in many banking and financial institutions.
Mr. Al Marhoon successfully graduated with an MBA degree from a reputed university in United Kingdom.
Mr. Saliba is currently an Executive Board Member at the Capital Markets Authority of Lebanon, established by Government Decree in July 2012. Formerly, he served for around 20 years as Chief Financial Officer for 3 of the top 10 Lebanese banks where he was involved in initiating many issues of shares and debt instruments as well as investment funds, and managed mergers and acquisition transactions.
His experience includes hands-on Asset/Liability Management, Accounting systems and procedures, implementation of Basle 2 and 3 requirements, IAS and IFRS reforms and ICAAP related standards. He has extensive experience in implementing IT/Business Intelligence products throughout the institutions he worked for including Data Warehousing, Treasury Management Core systems and MIS reporting.
Previous to the above, he worked for The Arab Monetary Fund in Abu Dhabi as Division Chief in Investment Management. He started his career with Merrill Lynch International in New York and Dubai as Financial Advisor.
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.