MENA economies: Positioning for a new world (dis)order 16–17 September 2017

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HE Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa

HE Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa was appointed Minister of Oil of the Kingdom of Bahrain in June 2016. He is also a board member of the National Oil and Gas Authority and the Central Bank of Bahrain, and Chairman of the Bahrain Petroleum Company for the year 2016.

HE Mr Amr Al-Garhy

HE Mr Amr Al-Garhy was appointed Egypt’s Minister of Finance in 2016. Between 2013 and 2016, he served as a board member and Managing Director of Citadel Capital Holdings Inc. Prior to that, he held various key positions, including Vice Chairman and Managing Director of National Investment Bank, board member and Managing Director at EFG Hermes.

HE Yahya Said bin Abdullah Al-Jabri

HE Yahya Said bin Abdullah Al-Jabri has been the Chairman of the Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm, Sultanate of Oman since 2011. Prior to that he served as Chairman of the Capital Market Authority, Chairman of Majan Electricity Company – SAOC, and Chairman of Pak Oman Asset Management Company Ltd. He served as a Member of Board of Governors at the Central Bank Of Oman, the Oman Investment Fund as well as the Civil Service Pension Fund.

HE Khalid Al-Rumaihi

HE Khalid Al-Rumaihi has been the Chief Executive of Bahrain Economic Development Board since 2015 and serves as its Director. He also holds the post of Director at Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company and has been a Director at the National Bank of Bahrain BSC since 2014.

Mr Neil Atkinson

Neil Atkinson has been the Head of Oil Industry and Markets Division at the International Energy Agency since 2016. His main area of expertise is the oil and gas market and he has worked for organisations such as Petroleos de Venezuela; McGraw-Hill; Oxford Institute for Energy Studies; Energy Intelligence Group; KBC Advanced Technology; and Informa.

Dr Ibrahim Babelli

Dr Ibrahim Babelli is Acting Deputy Minister for Sectoral Development at the Ministry of Economy and Planning, Saudi Arabia. Prior to this, he served as Renewable Energy Team Leader as well as Chief Strategist at King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, where he led the development of economic and regulatory models for renewable energy.

Mr Carl Bildt

Carl Bildt served as Prime Minister of Sweden from 1991–94 and as United Nations Special Envoy for the Balkans from 1999–2001. He worked on peace negotiations as High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1995 and 1997. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Centre for European Reform and Council member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Dr Amer Bisat

Dr Amer Bisat is the Managing Director, Head of Emerging Markets Crossover Team, and Portfolio Manager at BlackRock. Before joining the firm in 2013, he was a Partner at Traxis and Rubicon and held portfolio management responsibilities at UBS and Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Between 1991 and 1998, he was a Senior Economist at the International Monetary Fund.

Dr Simon Buckle

Dr Simon Buckle has served as Head of the Climate, Biodiversity and Water Division within the Environment Directorate at OECD since November 2014. He was Climate Policy Director at the Grantham Institute, Imperial College London, from 2007–14. He played a leading role in the creation of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s Climate Knowledge and Innovation Communities.

Prof. Gao Haihong

Prof. Gao Haihong is the Director of Research Center for International Finance, Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). She is also a senior fellow at CASS; guest professor at China Foreign Affairs University; standing director of the council, China Society of World Economy; and Chief economist of the Network of East Asian Think-Tanks, China Working Group.

Dr Hafez Ghanem

Dr Hafez Ghanem is Vice President of the World Bank for the Middle East and North Africa, where he leads the bank’s engagement with 20 countries in the region. Prior to his appointment in 2015, he was a Senior Fellow on the Global Economy and Development programme at the Brookings Institution. Between 2007 and 2012, he served as Assistant Director-General at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Ms Janet Heckman

Janet Heckman has served as Managing Director of Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Region at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development since 2017. In this role, she is responsible for strategy covering Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. She is also Head for Egypt at the bank, and previously served as Head of Kazakhstan.

Dr Alicia García Herrero

Dr Alicia García Herrero is Chief Economist for Asia Pacific at Natixis. She also serves as Senior Fellow at the European think tank Bruegel and research fellow at Real Instituto El Cano, and is currently adjunct professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Alicia also holds the post of adviser to the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research.

Dr Aasim Husain

Dr Aasim Husain is Deputy Director of Middle East and Central Asia, International Monetary Fund. He has served as mission chief for Italy, Egypt, Jordan, and Kazakhstan, and headed the IMF’s work on commodity and energy issues.

Mr John Knight

John Knight is Executive Vice President of Statoil and also Country Manager for Statoil in the UK. He has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2011, where he runs the Global Strategy and Business Development department, responsible for corporate strategy, business development, mergers and acquisitions, geopolitical analysis, and sustainability policy.

Dr Ken Koyama

Dr Ken Koyama is Managing Director and Chief Economist at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan. His expertise includes: economic and political analysis of the oil and natural gas markets, energy security, and geopolitics of energy. He also holds the post of Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo.

Dr Christof Rühl

Dr Christof Rühl is Abu Dhabi Investment Authority’s first Global Head of Research. From 2005–14, he served as Group Chief Economist and Vice President of BP plc. Between 1998 and 2005 he was at the World Bank, where he served as the bank’s Chief Economist in Russia and Brazil. Before that, he worked in the Office of the Chief Economist at the EBRD in London.

Dr Nasser Saidi

Dr Nasser Saidi is the founder and President of Nasser Saidi & Associates. He served as Lebanon’s Minister of Economy from 1998–2000 and Chief Economist of Dubai International Financial Centre from 2006–12. Since 2009, he has held the posts of Member of Gulf Cooperation Council Regional Advisory Council, Standard Chartered Bank, and Member of International Monetary Fund, MENA Region Advisory Group.

Prof. James Steinberg

Prof. James Steinberg is professor of International Affairs and Law at Syracuse University. He has held various positions including Deputy Secretary of State to Secretary Clinton; Deputy National Security Advisor to President Clinton (1996–2000), Director of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff, and Chief of Staff of the State Department (1994–96). He was also a Senior Fellow for US Strategic Policy at the International Institute for Strategic Studies from 1985–87.

Dr Joachim von Amsberg

Dr Joachim von Amsberg is the Vice President of Policy and Strategy at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. He previously served in a number of senior roles at the World Bank, where he most recently held the position of Vice President, Development Finance, responsible for the replenishment and stewardship of the International Development Association.

Prof. Xiang Lanxin

Prof. Xiang Lanxin is Director of Centre of One Belt and One Road Studies, China National Institute for SCO International Exchange and Judicial Cooperation. He was Associate Professor at Clemson University, United States, and held the Kissinger Chair of Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress from 2003–04. His book The Origins of the Boxer War (2003) was nominated for the Wenjin National Book Award in China.