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Robert Undwerwood (HSBC)

Rob Underwood is the Chief Risk Officer HSBC MENA Region, taking up the role in June 2014. He has been with the HSBC Group since 1987, and has worked in London, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Chile, Mexico and Dubai. He has undertaken various roles on both the Risk and Business side, had spells in Training / HR and was CEO in Chile. Prior to his current role, Rob was, from February 2010, HSBC MENA Regional Head for Wholesale and Market Risk.

He graduated from Bath with a BSc in Economics and Politics, and went on to become an Associate of the Institute of Bankers.

Mohammad Al Tuwaijri (HSBC)

Mohammad Al Tuwaijri was appointed Deputy Chairman and CEO of HSBC Bank Middle East Limited on 1 October 2013. Prior to this, he was the Regional Head of Global Banking and Markets, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited, effective 1st June 2010.

Mohammad has 21 years of senior banking experience in the region, including 12 years with Saudi British Bank (SABB), HSBC’s joint venture partner in Saudi Arabia. Before joining HSBC, he was Managing Director and Head of Saudi Arabia with J P Morgan.

He also serves as Chairman on the Board for HSBC Egypt S.A. and as a Board Director for, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited, HSBC Saudi Arabia Limited and The Saudi British Bank.

Iqbal Khan (Fajr Capital)

Iqbal Ahmad Khan is the Chief Executive Officer of Fajr Capital. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Jadwa Investment, Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam, and MENA Infrastructure. Prior to Fajr Capital, Mr. Khan was the founding CEO of HSBC Amanah, the global Islamic financial services division of the HSBC Group.

He is a long-time advocate of the Islamic financial services industry, serving as an advisor to government initiatives in the UK, UAE, Singapore and Malaysia. Mr. Khan holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Physics and Chemistry, both from Aligarh Muslim University.

He is the 2012 recipient of The Royal Award of Islamic Finance by HM the King of Malaysia, and was recognized for his “Outstanding Contribution to Islamic Finance” by Euromoney in 2006.

Michael Raynes (Waha Capital)

Michael Raynes serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Waha Financial Services (a fully owned subsidiary of Waha Capital) and the Chief Operating Officer of Waha Capital. Previously, Michael was the Global Head of Aerospace, Defence and Trade Finance at Barclays Capital in London and a member of the European Investment Banking Senior MD committee.

Under his leadership, the team executed several billion dollars’ worth of structured finance transactions, including some of the most structured high value asset backed financing mandates to date.

Atilla Kurama (Fajr Capital)

Atilla Kurama is the Chairman of Fajr Capital Advisors and Chairman of Fajr Capital’s Audit and Risk Committee. Mr. Kurama is also a board member of Türkiye Finans ve Katilim Bankasi and Godiva Chocolatier, and a member of the Holding Executive Board of the Ulker Group, one of Turkey’s leading diversified conglomerates. The Ulker Group, with origins in the food and beverage industry, has been an operator and principal investor in a wide range of sectors and in 2008 acquired Godiva Chocolatier.

In addition to strong insight and connectivity in Turkey and other OIC markets, Mr. Kurama brings deep expertise in the Financial Services sector, having played a pivotal role in the 60% sale of Türkiye Finans to Saudi Arabia’s National Commercial Bank (NCB) in 2008.

Fahad Al Qassim (Waha Capital)

Mr. Al Qassim heads Waha Capital’s Principal Investments team, managing strategic proprietary investments, such as AerCap, Dunia Finance and Waha Land. He sits on the board of a number of companies, including Bahrain’s Addax Bank, Al Bashayer Investment Banking, First Education Holding; in addition to serving as the company’s representative on Dunia Finance’s board.
Prior to joining Waha Capital in 2009, Mr. Al Qassim held various positions at the Executive Council in the Government of Dubai, Dubai Islamic Bank, and Dubai Aluminum Company.

Mr. Al Qassim is a UAE national and holds a BSc. (Hons) in Applied Computing from Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) specializing in Finance & Investments from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.


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