Union of the Arab Securities Authorities
Investments - Fajr Capital
Cedar Bridge Partners and Member of The MENA Private Equity Association Steering Committee
Ahmed Saleh Al Marhoon
Muscat Securities Market
Dr. Mazen Soueid
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.
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. 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.
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.