Featured Speakers

ABANA has hosted an impressive and diverse roster of speakers at its events over the past thirty years. A small selection of past speakers is highlighted below. Please refer to our Past Events to view profiles of all past speakers.

George T. Abed

Distinguished Scholar in Residence
Institute for International Finance (IIF)

Jad Salame

Founder & Managing Partner
Phoenician Funds

Jihad Azour

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

Joseph A. Stanislaw

Tremont Energy Partners

Khaldoon Al-Mubarak

Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak
Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer, Mubadala Investment Company

Laurence D. Fink

Chairman & CEO

Musabbeh Al Kaabi

Chief Executive Officer
UAE Investments Platform, Mubadala Investment Company

Namek Zu'bi

Namek Zu’bi is the Co-Founder and a Managing Partner of Silicon Badia, a group of venture capital funds investing in entrepreneurs who are building the next generation of disruptive technology companies globally. A seasoned venture capitalist and a top decile fund manager, Namek has personally led investments in over 80 different technology companies globally in over 15 different industries across all stages. Namek has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs in all capacities and has been involved in every step of the life cycle of a startup from launch to exit. Prior to this, Namek was a Founding Principal at a global macro opportunistic fund based in NYC, focusing on early stage venture capital investments in the software, digital media, mobile, fintech and internet spaces. Namek started his career on Wall Street where he worked at Deutsche Bank AG and UBS AG building technology for their global market equities groups. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors and distinction from Carnegie Mellon University with a BS in Information Systems and currently resides in New York City.

Noor Sweid

Founder & General Partner
Global Ventures

Omar Darwazah

Founder and General Partner
Arab Angel Fund

Ramy Adeeb

General Partner
1984 Ventures

Wally Adeyemo

Senior Advisor