The ABANA Summit @ Bloomberg L.P.


Date April 23, 2018, 8:00 am

Location Bloomberg LP

120 Park Avenue, New York, NYSee Map

The 5th 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 ESG Investments, Investment Opportunities in the MENA region, Artificial Intelligence and more. Full agenda…

This special event is open to ABANA Sustaining and Institutional members and their guests. Members must be logged in to register online. 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

  • Mahmoud Salem
  • Mahmoud Mamdani
  • Khalid Azim
  • Mo Grimeh
  • Lotfi Karoui


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8 am             Registration and breakfast

8:30 am        Welcoming Remarks

  • Mahmoud Mamdani, ABANA Chair
  • Jason Kelly, NY Bureau Chief, Bloomberg

8:45 – 9:30   ESG Investments Address

  • Michelle Edkins, Global Head of Investment Stewardship, BlackRock

9:30 – 10:15 Keynote address

  •  Jihad Azour, Director of Middle East & Central Asia Department, IMF and Former Lebanese Minister of Finance (interviewed by Dr. Amer Bisat, Head of EM-Alpha, BlackRock).

10:15-11:00 MENA Venture Capital Outlook & Case Studies

  • Noor Sweid, General Partner, Global Ventures
  • Mona Aboelnaga Kanaan, Managing Partner, K6 Investments LLC

11:00 – 11:45    Investment Opportunities in MENA

  • Omar Darwazah, Founder & General Partner, Arab Angel Fund
  • Jens Nystedt, Senior Portfolio Manager, Emso Asset Management
  • Ola El-Shawarby, Senior Investment Analyst - Emerging Markets Equities, VanEck
  • Moderator: Khalid Azim, Director of Strategic Curricular Networks and Partnerships, Columbia Business School

11:45-12:00    Break

12:00 – 12:30  Bloomberg AI address

  • Dr. Arun Verma, Head of Quant Research Solutions, Bloomberg LP

12:30   Closing remarks



Arun Verma

Dr. Arun Verma
Head of Quant Research Solutions


Jens Nystedt

Jens is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Emso Asset Management.


Jihad Azour

Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department
International Monetary Fund


Khalid Azim

Khalid Azim is the Director of Strategic Curricular Networks and Partnerships at the Columbia Business School. His responsibilities include working closely with the Dean, faculty, the SambergMore...

Mahmoud Mamdani

Mahmoud Mamdani

Mahmoud Mamdani is a Vice Chairman and Managing Director, IBD at Morgan Stanley.


Michelle Edkins

Managing Director and Global Head, BlackRock Investment Stewardship Team


Ola El-Shawarby

Ola El-Shawarby is a Senior Analyst for the Emerging Markets Equity strategy; she specializes in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) region of emerging markets at VanEck.