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 joined the Bloomberg Quantitative Research group in 2003. Prior to that, he earned his Ph.D from Cornell University in the areas of computer science and applied mathematics. AtMore...


Jens Nystedt

Jens is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Emso Asset Management.


Jihad Azour

Mr. Jihad Azour is the Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department at the International Monetary Fund where he oversees the Fund’s work in the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia andMore...


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

Michelle Edkins is a Managing Director at BlackRock and Global Head of its Investment Stewardship team of over 30 specialists covering the Americas; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and More...


Noor Sweid

Noor Sweid is a General Partner at Global Ventures. Prior to Global Venture, Noor lead investments at The Dubai Future Foundation, focusing on technology and innovation. Prior to this position, NoorMore...


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.


Omar Darwazah

Omar has over 12 years of international experience in corporate finance, corporate communications, management consulting, strategy, investor relations and venture capital. He spent 10 years of hisMore...