Postponed! The 2020 ABANA Summit

Date March 26, 2020, 2:00 pm

Location White & Case LLP

1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NYSee Map

Dear ABANA Members & Guests,

After discussions with ABANA’s leadership and the Summit’s Organizing Committee yesterday, we’ve agreed that it is best to reschedule the event for a later date in the year (likely in Q3). This decision was reached after consulting with our membership and is consistent with the actions of many organizations to ensure the safety of the participants and attendees for the next few weeks.

The ABANA team will be in touch with you soon to share information about the new date, and we will make sure to keep you posted on any other updates.

Thank you for all your support, and we look forward to seeing you soon!


The ABANA Team

The 7th Annual ABANA Summit will bring together more than 100 business leaders with a focus on the MENA region for a half-day program with discussions on ESG Impact on Investment, Fixed Income, Debt, Private Equity, Capital Markets, Infrastructure initiatives and more.

This special event is open to ABANA Sustaining and Institutional members and their guests. 

If you are the guests of an ABANA Sustaining or Institutional Member, please email [email protected] to register.

To become a Sustaining Member and register, please click here.

Summit Organizing Committee

2:00 PM

Welcoming Remarks

  • Mahmoud Mamdani, Chair, ABANA and Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

2:10 PM


2:40 PM

Panel 1: ESG Impact on Investment

  • Ashley Schulten, Managing Director, Head of Responsible Investing for Global Fixed Income, BlackRock
  • Joud Abdel Majeid, Managing Director & Chief of Staff, BlackRock (Moderator)

3:20 PM

Panel 2: Investment Opportunities: Private Equity + Debt

  • Caesar Maasry, Head of EM Cross Asset Research, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
  • Damian Sassower, Chief EM Credit Strategist, Bloomberg Intelligence
  • Lotfi Karoui, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs (Moderator)

4:20 PM

Fireside Chat: New Infrastructure Projects in MENA

  • Salim Samaha, Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP)

5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

  • Mahmoud Salem, Vice Chair, ABANA; Managing Director, Depository Receipts, BNY Mellon



Ashley Schulten

Managing Director, Head of Responsible Investing for Global Fixed Income

Joud Abdel Majeid

Managing Director, Chief of Staff to the Chairman & CEO

Mahmoud Mamdani

Vice Chairman & Managing Director
Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley

Mahmoud Salem

Managing Director, Depositary Receipts Division
Head of Global Marketing & Middle East Region at BNY Mellon