H.E. Mehmet Simsek
Minister of Finance, Turkey
Dr. Vahdettin ERTAŞ
Capital Markets Board of Turkey
Union of the Arab Securities Authorities
Capital Market Authority, Oman
Capital Markets Authority, Lebanon
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.
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. Tarif is currently the Secretary General of the Arab Union for Securities Commissions located in Dubai. Previously, from 1999 - 2012 he was the first Chief Executive Officer of Amman Stock Exchange.
Mr. Tarif started his career in the Central Bank of Jordan and held the positions of Executive Director and Deputy Director General in Amman Financial Market between 1992 and 1999, where he oversaw Jordan’s entire capital market. Through his role as Deputy Director General, Mr. Tarif assisted in writing the new securities law that implemented the three separate entities that make up Jordan’s Capital Market today.
Some of the roles Mr. Tarif has held during his career include: President, NSC-Unix user group, Atos-Euro Next Market Solutions; Chairman of IOSCO Self-Regulatory Organization Consultative Committee; Member, OECD Corporate Governance Working Group, MENA region; Chairman of FIAS. In addition, he spearheaded the team that established the Stock Exchange in Palestine. He also participated in meetings with the IMF, IBRD, IOSCO, WFE, FEAS, and UNCTAD.
Mr. Tarif's research record covers the following: Role of Capital Markets in Privatization; Transparency; Income Tax Treatment of Investment; Obstacles to Attract Foreign Investment; Legal Structure of Arab Stock Exchanges; External Debt and Economic Development; Foreign Exchange Control; Corporate Governance.
Ahmed Sulaiman Al-Qassabi is a director of compliance and disclosure at Capital Market Authority where he focuses on audits and investigations of public listed companies, mutual funds and accounting firms. He is also looking after market disclosures and companies filing. Prior to his appointment, he served more than 10 years in numerous areas such as, corporate governance, corporate finance, and audit. He is a board member in Muscat Clearing and Depositary Company since 2011. Ahmed is a Chartered Certified Accountant ACCA from UK and has also a bachelor of accounting and finance.
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.