From MENA to Wall Street: The Arab Identity and Pathways into Finance


April 4, 2024
6:00pm - 8:00pm


Columbia University
3022 Broadway
New York NY

ABANA and the ABANA Foundation are delighted to partner with the Columbia Arab Alumni Association (CAAA), Turath (Columbia Undergrad Arab Student Association), and Columbia Business School MENA Club, in providing this special event for Arab/MENA students and young professionals interested/working in finance.

This is a great opportunity to learn from industry leaders and build connections with fellow students/young professionals, which should not be missed!

The opening hour will feature a panel discussion introducing the various sides of and pathways into finance, with a special focus on the intersection of a US finance career with the Arab identity through themes of relationships, authenticity, and international work. Following will be a networking reception with food.

Moderator – Khalid Azim: President of ABANA and Columbia University Professor of Professional Studies.
Speakers –
Ola El-Shawarby: Deputy Portfolio Manager for the Emerging Markets Equity Strategy at VanEck, and previous ABANA Board Member.
Salah Zalatimo: Technology leader, Managing Partner at Ooblek Partners, and Columbia Business School Alumnus.

6:00 pm – Welcome
6:05 pm – Panel Discussion
7:00 pm – Networking Reception (with food)
8:00 pm – End

Location: Columbia Business School – Geffen Hall, Room 420 (MAKE SURE TO BRING ID FOR ENTRY)

*This event is limited-capacity and especially designed for Young Professionals (35 & Younger). Therefore, priority for registration will be given to this group. If you are not in this group but would still like to join, please send an email to to be added onto the waitlist. 

**Registration is required and ID’s will be checked at the door. Registration closes promptly at 12:00 pm on April 4th, so please make sure to RSVP before then.  For any registration questions/matters, please email


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