2018 ABANA Achievement Award Dinner honoring David Rubenstein

Date October 1, 2018, 6:00 pm

Location The Plaza

768 Fifth Avenue, New York, NYSee Map

Watch David Rubenstein interview Khaldoon Al Mubarak on The David Rubenstein Show

David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder & Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group, is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious ABANA Achievement Award. The October 1st event will be held at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.

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.

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

Past recipients of ABANA’s Achievement Award include: Laurence Fink, 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.

David M. Rubenstein is a Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Mr. Rubenstein co-founded the firm in 1987. Since then, Carlyle has grown into a firm managing $195 billion from 31 offices around the world.

Mr. Rubenstein, a native of Baltimore, is a 1970 magna cum laude graduate of Duke, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. Following Duke, Mr. Rubenstein graduated in 1973 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an editor of The Law Review. From 1973-1975, Mr. Rubenstein practiced law in New York with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

From 1975-1976, he served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments. From 1977-1981, during the Carter Administration, Mr. Rubenstein was Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. After his White House service and before co-founding Carlyle, Mr. Rubenstein practiced law in Washington with Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman).

Mr. Rubenstein is Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Council on Foreign Relations; a Fellow of the Harvard Corporation; a Trustee of Brookings Institution, the National Gallery of Art, the University of Chicago, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Institute for Advanced Study; and President of the Economic Club of Washington.

Mr. Rubenstein is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Business Council, Harvard Global Advisory Council (Chairman), Madison Council of the Library of Congress (Chairman), Board of Dean’s Advisors of the Business School at Harvard, Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, and Board of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community.

Mr. Rubenstein has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Duke University and Co-Chairman of the Board of the Brookings Institution.

Join our list of sponsors! Click on the “Sponsorship” Tab at the top of this event page to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.


Our sponsors include:

Carlyle          MCNeuberger Berman    Olayan      MS          


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

H.E. Ahmed Al Sayegh
Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM)

Laurence Fink

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 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 1 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 Partner Pre-Reception with our honoree on October 1 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.

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Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak
Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer, Mubadala Investment Company