John Bruton, former Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland and twice Minister of Finance in the Irish Government, will be the guest keynote speaker at the Middle East Banking Forum which will take place at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai on 26 November.
This is the first conference to be hosted and organised by the Federation in association with the Financial Times Live and The Banker magazine.
Credited as helping to transform the Irish economy while he was in Government, Bruton is currently Chairman of International Financial Services Centre Ireland, which plays host to half of the world’s top 50 banks and to half of the top 20 insurance companies, and which has become one of the leading hedge fund service centres in Europe. Bruton also served Irish Ambassador to the United States.
Bruton’s speech will address the fundamental economic, market and regulatory challenges facing financial institutions around the world, and the adjustments they are having to make. He will also focus on developments in the European Union and Ireland that are of relevance to the Middle East.
The conference will also be addressed by HE Sultan Al Suweidi, Governor of the UAE Central Bank, reflecting the close working relationship and regular consultation on key issues affecting the banking sector and its development that exists between the Central Bank and the UAE Banks Federation.
Other principal speakers at the one day conference include Christos Papadopoulos, Regional Chief Executive Officer for Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan, Standard Chartered Bank, Redmond Ramsdale, Director, Financial Institutions, Fitch Ratings, ZulfiCaarHydari, Chief Executive, European Islamic Investment Bank and Khalid Howladar, Senior Credit Officer of Moody’s.
The Forum is by invitation only and is aimed at leaders of UAE Banks Federation member institutions as well as top tier representatives of regional and international banks and other organisations serving and operating in the UAE’s financial sector.
The Chairman of the Federation HE AbdulAziz Al Ghurair said, “We are delighted to have assembled such a strong list of speakers and in particular to be honoured by the attendance of Ambassador Bruton who brings a unique mix of experience and international statureto our event. We are also grateful to the Governor of the Central Bank to support the conference with his presence and overview on the local and regional banking sector. ”
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