The ABANA Summit @ Bloomberg L.P.

Date May 2, 2019, 2:00 pm

Location Bloomberg L.P.

731 Lexington Ave, New York, NYSee Map

The 6th Annual ABANA Summit @ Bloomberg brings together more than 100 business leaders with a focus on the MENA region for a half-day program with discussions on Geopolitical Risks, Financial Innovation and Investment Opportunities in the MENA region, Artificial Intelligence and more.


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

If you would like to RSVP, please email [email protected].

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

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2:00 PM

Welcoming Remarks

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

2:05 PM

Panel 1: Geopolitical Risks in the MENA Region

3:00 PM

Panel 2: Technology Then & Now

  • Alexis Crow, Lead, Geopolitical Investing Practice, PwC
  • Jad Salame, Founder & Managing Partner, Phoenician Funds
  • Ayah Bdeir, Founder & CEO, littleBits
  • Joud Abdel Majeid, Managing Director & COO, BlackRock Solutions, BlackRock (Moderator)

4:00 PM

Panel 3: Investing in MENA in 2019

  • 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)

Closing Remarks

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

5:00 PM



Ellen Laipson

Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

Jad Salame

Founder & Managing Partner
Phoenician Funds

Jean-Francois Seznec

Adjunct Professor
The School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University

Joud Abdel Majeid

Managing Director, Chief of Staff to the Chairman & CEO

Mahmoud Mamdani

Mahmoud Mamdani 1

Vice Chairman & Managing Director
Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley