2016 ABANA Achievement Award Dinner

Date October 10, 2016, 6:00 pm

Location The Pierre Hotel

2 East 61st Street, New York, NYSee Map

Video coverage of the 2016 ABANA Achievement Award Dinner is now available.

Laurence D. Fink, Chairman and CEO of BlackRock, is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious ABANA Achievement Award. H.E. Anas Khalid Al Saleh, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, and Acting Minister of Oil of the State of Kuwait, delivered the introduction at the October 10th event, which was held at The Pierre Hotel in New York City. Ali Velshi served as Master of Ceremonies.


A PDF of Mr. Fink’s remarks is available here

The award recognizes an individual who exemplifies outstanding leadership in banking and finance and who has displayed a proven commitment to positive professional cooperation between the US and the Middle East and North Africa.

ABANA Chairperson Mona Aboelnaga Kanaan pointed out that this is only the second time in thirty years that ABANA, founded in 1983 as the “Arab Bankers Association of North America,” has given the award to a non-Arab recipient. “That ABANA’s Board enthusiastically selected Larry Fink as this year’s recipient is a testament to his outsized influence on the industry in which we all work. Under his leadership, BlackRock has moved from asset gatherer to true asset allocation advisor, and he now often gets the ‘first call’ from decision and policy makers all over the world — and certainly from the Middle East.”

The ABANA Award Dinner has long been the premier U.S. event for the Arab and international finance industry. Held in New York City following the World Bank and IMF annual meetings, the event brought together hundreds of guests in celebration of an exemplary business leader.

Among past recipients of ABANA’s Achievement Award are Carlos Ghosn, Hutham S. Olayan, Mohammed Ali Alabbar, Bader Al Sa’ad, Muhammed Al-Jasser, Mohammed El-Erian, Faisal Al-Ayyar, Lubna Olayan, Richard Debs, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal and Abdul Majeed Shoman.

Laurence D. Fink, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BlackRock, also leads the Global Executive Committee.

Mr. Fink has led the firm since its founding in 1988, keeping client centric solutions and innovation at the forefront of his leadership. He was named “CEO of the Decade” by Financial News in 2011 and has been named one of the “World’s Best CEO’s” by Barron’s for nine consecutive years.

Prior to founding BlackRock in 1988, Mr. Fink was a member of the Management Committee and a Managing Director of The First Boston Corporation. Mr. Fink joined First Boston in 1976 and quickly became one of the first mortgage-backed securities traders on Wall Street. During his tenure at First Boston, Mr. Fink was co-head of the Taxable Fixed Income Division, which was responsible for trading and distribution of all government, mortgage and corporate securities. Mr. Fink also started the Financial Futures and Options Department and headed the Mortgage and Real Estate Products Group.

Mr. Fink serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University and is Co-Chairman of the NYU Langone Medical Center Board of Trustees. Mr. Fink also serves on the Boards of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Council on Foreign Relations and Robin Hood, the New York City charitable organization. He is also an Executive Committee member of The Partnership for New York City, which works to engage the business community in efforts to advance the City’s economy and maintain its position as the center of world commerce, finance and innovation.

Mr. Fink earned an MBA degree with a concentration in real estate from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1976 and a BA degree in political science from UCLA in 1974.

Our sponsors include:


KIPCOnational-bank-of-kuwaitstandard_charteredKing & Spalding

Neuberger BermanGoldenTree Asset ManagementGulf International BankJpmMetLife

GACIBCOlayanHSBCGibson Dunn


TCWRanieri RanieriMSMS


Media Partner



Online registrations are now closed for this event. Contact ABANA at 1 212 599 3030 or [email protected] for last-minute registrations or questions.

Hutham S. Olayan
Olayan America

H.E. Mohamed Ali Alabbar
Emaar Properties

Bader M. Al Sa'ad
Kuwait Investment Authority

H.E. Dr. Muhammad Al-Jasser
Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency

Youssef A. Nasr
HSBC Bank Middle East Limited

Abdul Aziz A. Al-Ghurair

The Lebanese Banking System
Represented by H.E. Riad Toufic Salamé

Dr. Mohamed El-Erian
Harvard Management Company

Faisal Hamad Al-Ayyar
Kuwait Projects Company (Holding)

Lubna S. Olayan
Olayan Financing Company

Dr. Richard A. Debs
Morgan Stanley International

Dr. Abdullah El-Kuwaiz
Embassy of Saudi Arabia to Bahrain

HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin AbdulAziz Alsaud
Kingdom Holding Company

William R. Rhodes

Ghazi M. Abdul Jawad
Arab Banking Corporation

Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz
National Bank of Egypt

Dr. Khaled M. Al-Fayez
Gulf Investment Corporation

Ibrahim S. Dabdoub
National Bank of Kuwait

Nemir A. Kirdar

Abdlatif Yousef Al-Hamad
Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development

Suliman Olayan
The Olayan Group

Abdulla A. Saudi
Arab Banking Corporation

A. Robert Abboud
A. Robert Abboud & Co.

Mohamed Abdul Mohsin Al-Kharafi
National Bank of Kuwait

Salim Ahmed Bin Mahfouz
The National Commercial Bank

Dr. Mohamed Abushadi
Al-Ubaf Group

1986, 2002
Abdul Majeed Shoman
Arab Bank

Saleh A. Kamel
Dallah Albaraka Group

Sponsorship levels for the ABANA Achievement Award Dinner & The ABANA Conference are listed below. Additional branding sponsorship opportunities are also available (contact Zainab Al Dabbagh at [email protected]).

All Sponsors may fill a table of 10 at the ABANA Achievement Award Dinner on October 10th, receive a number of complimentary tickets to The ABANA Conference (4-10, according to sponsorship level) and are acknowledged in the dinner/conference program. Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Partner-level sponsors may place a full-page ad in the program and new sponsors may receive a complimentary one-year Institutional Membership in ABANA. Platinum, Diamond and Partner-level sponsors receive premium seating and table placement for the dinner. Diamond and Partner-level sponsors are invited to a VIP Pre-Reception with our honoree on October 10th and will be upgraded to Sustaining Institutional membership if they are existing members. For a detailed list of specific sponsor benefits or for other details please contact Zainab Al Dabbagh at [email protected] or 1 212 599 3030 ext. 2.

For sponsor registration, please see the PDF invitation.

Sponsorship Level Member Non-Member
Partner $50,000 $50,000
Diamond $25,000 $27,500
Platinum $15,000 $17,500
Gold $10,000 $12,500
Silver $6,000 Members Only
Program Advertisment $7,500 $10,000



Ali Velshi

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Mona Aboelnaga Kanaan

Mona Aboelnaga Kanaan

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