H.E. Mehmet Simsek
Minister of Finance, Turkey
Union of the Arab Securities Authorities
Investments - Fajr Capital
Dr. Fadi Khalaf
Arab Federation of Exchanges
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.
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.
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.
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.