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Mateen is a finance professional with over 25 years experience. He started his career in the UK with KPMG before moving to Deutsche Bank and then ABN AMRO, where he was Finance Director for the private equity arm.

In 2006 he moved to the Middle East and has since been a CFO for various companies in the region, which also included corporate advisory activities covering Africa. His sectoral experience, inter alia, includes infrastructure, industrials and banking. Latterly, he headed up the Dubai office of a global litigation financing firm focusing on NPL recovery for the MENA region.

Mateen holds a Masters in Finance & Economics from the University of Dundee and is a chartered accountant holding fellowships both in the UK and Australia. He also holds a LLM in Arbitration & Dispute Resolution and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in the UK.

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Maruf has over 30 years of experience with leading multinational and regional commercial banks.

His experience spans diverse functional areas in Wholesale, Consumer/Retail Banking, Treasury, Trade Services and business support areas. Maruf started his career with Standard Chartered where he left as the Head of the Consumer Bank and Acting CEO.

He moved on to American Express as Director, Country Operations, Bahrain and MENA. Following this, he moved to Ajman Bank as the Head of the Retail Bank where he launched multiple products aimed at individuals and SMEs.

As Country Manager of Tab Kazak Bank, he focused on cash and trade solutions for mid-cap entities and Treasury products. Most recently Maruf held the role of Assistant General Manager at Arab National Bank in Riyadh.

Maruf holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Accounting and Finance from the University of Manchester.

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Omer has over 2 decades of banking experience in the North American, Asian & Middle Eastern markets with a primary focus towards Global Market Sales and Structuring.

With an extensive background in coverage of Local Markets Fixed Income and Currencies (FIC) businesses with Global Multinationals, Local Corporates and Financial Institutions, Omer has the ability to communicate and work effectively across different cultures and boundaries to deliver results. He has been responsible for delivering on revenue budgets and executing first line of defence towards a strong risk and control environment.

Omer started his banking career in Pakistan and then from 2003 to 2007 he worked with Credit Suisse and Barclays in New York with a primary focus towards FI Derivative Structuring and Structured Repos. Following this, from 2007 to 2021, Omer worked in various roles, at Deutsche Bank in Singapore, London and Dubai, covering Financial Institutions, Supras and Global MNC Corporates for their Emerging Market requirements. Key products included FX, Rate Derivatives and Local Market Financing which covered Episodic as well as Flow Risk Management Solutions behind Asset Swaps, Strategic Investments, DCM – Project Financing, Cross Border Trades and Payment Flows.

Omer holds an MS in Financial Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA and an MS in Finance from Imperial College Business School, London UK. Omer also served on the Imperial College Business School, Alumni Advisory Board (2016 – 2018). He holds a Flying PPL License.

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Francisco has 10 years of experience covering international commercial flows, treasury and portfolio management.

Previously he was heading business development for Gemcorp Group, developing targeted business relationships with sovereigns, state-owned companies, financial institutions and corporates across sub-Saharan Africa.

Formerly, he managed activities focused on developing trade finance credit, treasury and proprietary investment portfolios for Banco Atlantico (Portugal).

Francisco holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Lisbon, a master’s degree in Marketing from the ISCTE Business School and post-graduate specialisation in Investments and Financial Markets from the Portuguese School of Bank Management.

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Dina has been in Operation, Administration and HR for over 25 years and worked both in London and Bahrain with extensive travel in Europe and Africa.

Her current position is Director, Administration, Compliance and Human Resources for iibGroup. Having worked at HSBC, Robeco Institutional Asset Management, TAIB Bank and iibGroup, she maintained customer relations and built a clientele of elite in the Gulf.

She has profound understanding of the Middle East, in particular the GCC, with first-hand knowledge of the various cultures and standards rooting from her background as half-British and half-Iraqi with a deep connection to the Levant. She has a proven track record in relationship management of HNWIs, facility management and asset management bundled with senior administrative skills that ensure precise and timely delivery of business activities within any set-up.

Dina is a dynamic, proactive person who thrives on working independently and meticulously and is a determined individual with a high level of commitment and enthusiasm.

Dina holds a degree in International Affairs from the Lebanese American University.

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Hussain has over 20 years of experience in telecommunications, across strategy, product development, systems implementation and project management.

He worked for 15 years in development and management of products with telecom operators, including the largest operators in the Middle East, building certified data centre facilities, hosting related products, designing ICT and cloud strategies and developing roadmaps for their implementation.

He also worked for 7 years in financial institutions in the Middle-East, heading the information technology division responsible for building and managing cloud-enabled IT infrastructure and designing data centre facilities meeting the institution’s security, backup and geographical redundancy requirements.

Hussain holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Technology from the University of the West of Scotland and certification in multiple data centre specialisations, Amazon Web Services and a range of related professional disciplines.

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Sabiha has a professional experience of over 2 decades at senior level management positions in based in Singapore, Hong Kong and London.

She has a track record of building new businesses in emerging markets along with a specialized focus on fund management, equity trading, advisory services and regulatory frameworks. She has worked on several corporate finance transactions ranging from fundraising, mergers and acquisitions, convertible debt, restructuring and tender offers. Sabiha has served as a Director at TPL Corp, NCPL and Rovida Asset Management. She is a Venture partner at Integra Partners, formerly Dymon Asia VC. Prior to that she was working at Cenkos Asia, as Director – International, where she was providing strategic and regulatory advice to its clientele.

She has served as Director of Asian Equity Sales at Standard Chartered Singapore, Director – Head of Sales at JP Morgan, Pakistan and was a fund manager at Societe Generale Asset Management.

Sabiha holds an LLB degree in Law from the University of London, Westminster. She is a qualified barrister from the UK, a member of Lincoln’s Inn and is licensed for CMFAS Module 1B and 6 in Singapore.

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Mehhdi has over 15 years of experience in corporate and investment banking, with a strong expertise in structured finance, corporate finance advisory, strategic advisory, restructuring and capital markets.

His adeptness extends to having collaborated and structured numerous transactions spanning various countries and sectors within the EMEA region.

He has collaborated and structured numerous transactions spanning various countries and sectors within the EMEA region. Before his tenure at iib, Mehdi was based in the Netherlands, where he held a pivotal role within the EMEA pricing & structuring team for OmniBridgeway, a leading global institution specializing in investments in legal and distressed assets. Preceding this, Mehdi devoted more than a decade to corporate finance advisory and corporate & investment banking responsibilities at eminent global and regional financial institutions such as Société Générale in France, AXYS Group in the United Arab Emirates, and CDG Capital in Morocco.

Mehdi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics as well as a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Orléans in France. He can communicate fluently in Arabic, French, English and Spanish, with a proficient comprehension of Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, and Maltese.

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Farah has over 20 years of experience building brands in international markets with a track record of hybrid marketing and a focus on the financial sector.

She brings expertise in strategic and tactical branding, consumer insights, product development and customer experience. Her digital expertise includes in-depth knowledge of UX/UI as well as social media marketing and strategy.

She started her career as a banker with Deutsche Bank and Credit Agricole Indosuez. Following this, she spent 8 years in Chicago, IL building digital assets for McDonald’s, Beer Nuts, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Farah has worked with brands including group companies in the AKFED portfolio, Emaar and Bank Alfalah, creating 360° solutions that built brand equity across all channels. She has won multiple awards for excellence in advertising and sustainability.

Farah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with a minor in Economics from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York.

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Mahboob Husain is a professional banker with over 45 years of financial and IT systems experience.

He set up a commercial bank and an Investment bank in Pakistan and later worked as CEO of two Investment Banks. He worked in Saudi Arabia for eleven years with the largest and second-largest commercial banks as Technology Head and as Head of the Investment Division respectively, that included financial and systems work.

Following this, he headed the IT Group of Pakistan’s second-largest bank. He was also a member of the SAMA committees for clearing and legislation for mutual funds.

His current responsibilities as part of Advisory Services include review of IT services, good practice, and banking operations at iibGroup.

He has a B.Sc degree from Punjab University, Lahore and has completed several international courses in Finance and IT.

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