MENA IPO Summit Series Dubai Agenda

08:00 – 08:30

Registration & Welcome Refreshments

08:30 – 08:40

Chairperson’s Welcome Address

08:40 – 08:50

Welcome Address

Hamed Ali

CEO Dubai Financial Market (DFM) and Nasdaq Dubai

08:50 – 09:00

Keynote Address: A Supportive Regulatory Ecosystem – Understanding New Mandates in the UAE

Keynote Address

Her Excellency Dr. Maryam Buti Al Suwaidi

CEO, Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA)

09:00 – 09:40

The IPO Outlook


Shaikha Almarri

Head of Government and Corporates HSBC Dubai

09:40 – 10:20

Panel Discussion: Issuers Roundtable: Leading the Growth of Dubai’s Capital Market

Ahmed Ibrahim

Managing Partner Ibrahim & Partners

Abdulla Belhoul


10:20 – 10:40

Networking & Refreshments Break

10:40 – 11:00

Highlighting Key Factors That Make IPO An Attractive Investment Class For Investors

Salmaan Khawaja

Partner, Head of M&A and Transactions Advisory Grant Thornton

  • Mapping the capital markets activities across the UAE and globally
  • Outlook for IPOs in Dubai and the UAE – recognizing the growth trend for IPO market in the UAE
  • Assessing the value of IPOs to family conglomerates and privately-owned businesses

11:00 – 11:40

Panel Discussion: Global Investors – Delivering Sustainable Long-Term Growth Outcomes

Panel Moderator

Tahir Mahmood

Head of Business Development Dubai Financial Market (DFM)


Jassim AlSane

Co-Head Investment Banking- MENA Goldman Sachs Dubai

Salah Shamma

Head of Investment, MENA Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity

11:40 – 12:20

Panel Discussion: The Strategic IPO Journey – Key Factors for Successful IPO Listings

Rony Jawhar

Managing Director Heads the Debt and Equity Capital Markets, Arqaam Capital

Alexander Hageman

Managing Director Moelis & Company

Andrew Tarbuck

Partner, Head of Capital Markets Al Tamimi & Company

  • Insider CFO perspectives on what drive strategic decision-making
  • Preparing the company for IPO readiness – investor expectations and complying with regulations
  • Weighing the pros and cons of going public
  • Aligning to the documentation requirements from DFM
  • Role of corporate finance advisors in the IPO journey

12:20 – 12:45

Fireside Chat: Building a Long-Lasting Legacy for Family Business through IPOs

Salmaan Khawaja

Partner, Head of M&A and Transactions Advisory Grant Thornton

  • Opening doors to new sources of capital and talent
  • IPO – a gateway to succession planning

12:45 – 13:45

Networking Lunch

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13:45 – 14:20

Panel Discussion: Opening Public Markets for Growth Companies


Faheem Aziz

CEO Safa Capital

Abdullah Mutawi

Partner Taylor Wessing

14:20 – 14:50

Panel Discussion: Success of MENA – How MENA took Lead in Global IPO Position

Panel Moderator

Ali Shaikley

Partner White & Case LLP


Andree Chakhtoura

Head of Investment Banking MENA Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Miguel Azevedo

Head of Investment Banking - Middle East & Africa & Managing Director Citi

Eyad Abdulrahim

Group CFO Power International Holding

Patrick Delivanis

Managing Director, Head of Investment Banking MENA Morgan Stanley

14:50 – 15:10

Networking & Refreshments Break

15:10 – 15:30

The Art of IPO session


Andrew Robinson

Head of EMEA ECM and Head of Global Equity Syndicate HSBC

15:30 – 16:10

Panel Discussion: From Africa to Asia – Dubai’s Opportunity to Become a Global Hub

Finlay Wright

Managing Director Rothschild & Co

Karim Meleka

Managing Director, Investment Banking EFG Hermes

16:10 – 16:25

Making your IPO Stand Out from the Crowd – Building a Result-Driven Marketing Strategy

Ted McHugh

Co-Head of Edelman Smithfield Strategic Situations & IR Edelman Smithfield

Simon Hailes

Head of Edelman Smithfield Middle East Edelman Smithfield Middle East

16:25 – 16:25

End of Summit Day One

08:00 – 08:30

Welcome Refreshments

08:30 – 08:40

Chairperson’s Welcome Address

08:40 – 09:20

SPOTLIGHT Panel Discussion: The Valuation Upside of ESG Integration – An Essential Tool for Economic Growth

Luma Saqqaf

CEO Ajyal Sustainability Consulting

  • Integrating ESGs into core pre-IPO strategy – identifying the key ESG indicators
  • The growth in regional ESG issuance, listing and investment
  • Understanding the green financing framework – strategy of asset managers
  • The role of stock exchanges in developing and promoting ESG best practices

09:20 – 10:00

ASSET Management -Wearing the Investor’s Hat – Maximising the Value of an Investment Portfolio

Panel Moderator

Pervez Akhtar

Partner Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP


Steve Corrin

Senior Executive Officer Emirates NBD Asset Management Ltd

Faisal Hasan

CIO & Head of Asset Management Al Mal Capital UAE

10:00 – 10:40

Panel Discussion: Financing Growth Before Initial Offering: Tapping into PE & VC Backed IPOs


Nabil Ismail

Executive Director Gulf Capital

Fadi Ghandour

Managing Partner Wamda Capital

Sharif El-Badawi

CEO Dubai Future District Fund

Joost Smulders

Chief Investment Officer Dubai Green Fund

10:40 – 11:00

Networking & Refreshments Break

Coffee Sponsor

11:00 – 11:20

Panel Discussion: Creating a Secondary Market – Expanding the Investment Opportunities for Retail Investors

Ali Amer Al Hashimi

CFO & Head of Strategy Dubai Financial Market (DFM)

Saad Chalabi

CEO xCube

  • The strategic role of market-makers in liquidity provisions in IPOs
  • Using technology to tap into the secondary investment market
  • Driving access to the new IPO listings and subscription to the retail customers

11:20 – 11:40

An Analyst's View on Market Opportunity And the Key to Research

Jaap Meijer

Managing Director Head of Research, Arqaam Capital

11:40 – 12:20

Panel Discussion: Dubai – A Hub for Global Businesses


Dr Leon Lee Celand

Senior Director, Legal Office Corporate Affairs Dubai Integrated Economic Zones

12:20 – 13:00

Panel Discussion: Exploring Alternative Capital Raising Instruments – SPACs, REITS, ETFs

Kapil Jobanputra

Head, Commercial Real Estate, AME Standard Chartered Bank

  • Dubai – a market for REITs in the current real estate environment
  • SPACs in the Dubai market – regulations and projections
  • Efficient mobilization of the SPAC process
  • Looking at ETF as an efficient way to diversify portfolio offering trading flexibility – key risk management benefits

13:00 – 13:40

Networking Lunch

Sponsored By

14:00 – 14:40

Panel Discussion: Corporate Governance Under the Lens – Why is Good Governance Important for a Successful IPO?

Panel Moderator

Michael P. Grifferty

President Gulf Capital Market Association


Dr. Ashraf Gamal El Din

CEO Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance

Mohammad Junaid

Head - Corporate Governance Section Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA)

John Gollifer

General Manager Middle East Investor Relations Association (MEIRA)

  • Watertight governance and capital growth – the latest guidelines and their implications for listed companies and prospective issuers
  • Issuers – the Corporate Governance journey as a listed company
  • Investor expectations for a company that is going public

14:40 – 15:00

Building and Fostering Investor Relations (IR) – A Strategic Enabler on the Road to Listing

Oliver Schutzmann

Co-Founder & CEO Iridium Investor Relations

  • Entering the public markets and preparing the organization for life as a public company
  • Laying the groundwork for a premium valuation

15:00 – 15:20

Networking & Refreshments Break

Coffee Sponsor

15:20 – 17:00

IPO Bootcamp – A Masterclass in successful communications for your IPO Journey

John Kiely

EMEA Chair Edelman Smithfield

Ted McHugh

Co-Head of Edelman Smithfield Strategic Situations & IR Edelman Smithfield

Alex Simmons

Head of Edelman Smithfield EMEA Edelman Smithfield, UK

Simon Hailes

Head of Edelman Smithfield Middle East Edelman Smithfield Middle East

Ensuring a Successful IPO with Communications as a Critical Factor Ensuring Successful Communications and Investor Relations Planning:

  • Pre-IPO Communications
  • Building a Compelling Investor Narrative
  • Analyst Engagement
  • Communications planning for key milestones
  • Listings Day
  • Building a Financial Communications and IR program as a public company

17:10 – 17:10

End of Summit Day Two