2017 ABANA Achievement Award Dinner

Date October 16, 2017, 6:00 pm

Location 583 Park

583 Park Avenue, New York, NYSee Map

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H.E. Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), is the 2017 recipient of the prestigious ABANA Achievement Award. H.E. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States, delivered the introduction at the October 10th event, which was held at 583 Park in New York City.


A PDF of His Excellency’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 praised Ahmed Al Sayegh as “a true global leader who for over thirty years has played a transformational role in many of the United Arab Emirates’ most strategically important initiatives. Now, as Chairman of Abu Dhabi Global Market, he is building one of the world’s leading financial centers in the capital of the UAE.”

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 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.

H.E. Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh has a wealth of experience that spans over three decades. He holds several senior positions in a number of leading public and private institutions in Abu Dhabi, and has extensive experience with launching and developing pioneering initiatives.

In addition to his position as the Chairman of Abu Dhabi Global Market, Mr. Al Sayegh is also the Managing Director of Dolphin Energy Limited, Deputy Chairman of the Emirates Wildlife Society, and Board Member of Etihad Airways. He has previously served as Deputy Chairman of First Gulf Bank, Chairman of Aldar Properties and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar). He has also held senior positions in leading governmental institutions such as Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Mubadala, and Abu Dhabi Investment Company (Invest AD).

Mr. Al Sayegh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Lewis & Clark College, USA.

Our sponsors included:

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

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 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 1. 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.

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


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Mona Aboelnaga Kanaan

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