H.E. Mehmet Simsek
Minister of Finance, Turkey
Dr. M. Ibrahim Turhan
Ijlal Ahmed Alvi
International Islamic Finance Market (IIFM)
Dr. Fadi Khalaf
Arab Federation of Exchanges
Capital Market Authority, Oman
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. Alvi has over two decades of experience in the financial services industry, specifically in the areas of Capital & Money Market and Investment Banking.
He is Chief Executive of International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM) since 2005, where he has been instrumental in initiating standardization of Islamic Capital & Money Market’s Documentation, Products and related Processes. In order to enhance and bring unification in Islamic Finance and its legal system he has negotiated and successfully signed several Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with organizations such as IRTI-IDB, ISDA, ICMA, AIBIM etc.
Mr. Alvi manages a number of IIFM’s Global Working Groups focused towards developing unified Islamic Capital & Money Market documentation and product standards specifically on Islamic Hedging, Liquidity Management & Capital Market Instruments. He also manages IIFM workshops and specialized Capital & Money Market events.
Mr. Alvi is also involved in several working committees at international level such as the IFSI's 10 Year Framework and Islamic Financial Sector Development Working Group. Mr. Alvi is a regular contributor in the printed media where his contributions are focused on Islamic financial instruments, liquidity management, risk mitigation and innovation in Islamic Financial Services Industry as well as expert participation in events hosted by regulators such as Securities Commission Malaysia, Central Bank of Bahrain, Bank Indonesia, State Bank of Pakistan as well as other Islamic finance events such as WIBC, IFN Forum, Euromoney’s Islamic Summit etc.
Mr. Alvi has overseen the launch of the IFSI’s first global standardized documentation namely Murabaha and Agency documentation, ISDA/IIFM Tahawwut (Hedging) Master Agreement, Hedging Product Standards, Inter-Bank Unrestricted Investment Wakalah Standard etc,.
Mr. Alvi holds a Master’s in Finance from Golden Gate University, California, USA.
Dr. Khalaf is the Secretary General of the Arab Federation of Exchanges (AFE), since September 2009.
In 1999, Dr. Khalaf served as the Chairman of the Beirut Stock Exchange, for the period of 10 years. Previously, from 1994 to 1999, he worked as a Financial Consultant in France.
Dr. Khalaf is mainly specialized in the Financial Markets field, and has conducted various research and publications. He participates in many regional and International conferences, on an academic and professional level in his field of expertise.
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.