Dr. Vahdettin ERTAŞ
Capital Markets Board of Turkey
Investments - Fajr Capital
Cedar Bridge Partners and Member of The MENA Private Equity Association Steering Committee
Dr. Fadi Khalaf
Arab Federation of Exchanges
Dr. Mazen Soueid
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. 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.
Dr. Fadi Khalaf is currently the Secretary General of the Arab Federation of Exchanges (AFE), since September 2009. Previously, In 1999 Dr. Khalaf served as the Chairman of the Beirut Stock Exchange, for a period of 10 years. 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.
Dr. Khalaf holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris I - Sorbonne in Paris - France, a Masters Degree in Business Administration, and a Diploma of Technical Analyst.
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.