Agenda

Welcome to TXF Middle East & Africa 2022, brought to you from our Host Partners at ECI

Massimo Falcioni
Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Credit Insurance (ECI)
Hesham Zakai
Managing Director, TXF

In this overview, we examine the growing trend for collaboration between the Middle East & Sub-Saharan Africa, and delve into the exciting opportunities available in specific countries.

Dr. Robert Besseling
CEO, PANGEA-RISK

Hear from regional ECAs based in the MENA region on the impact they'll have on the region's economy, and how they plan to support business in Sub-Saharan Africa

Manav FUTNANI
Managing Director | Head of Export & Asset Finance and Infrastructure Finance, MENAT, HSBC
Natasha Saleh
Project Manager, Abu Dhabi Exports Office - ADEX
Omar Barnawi
Manager - Lending Department, Saudi EXIM Bank
Abdalla Alhosani
Director of Commercial and Distribution, Etihad Credit Insurance (ECI)

Whilst our physical guests network, virtual guests can catch up with one of our exciting sessions from our extensive content catalogue Our panel considers how best to support African development by prioritising local knowledge and collaboration

Plenary stream

Export finance for medium and long-term transactions is a dynamic ecosystem. Our panel and audience come together to consider local and international banks, sources of liquidity and financing structures, and sustainability drivers. Audience members join in by voting on our interactive system.

Yusuf Ali Khan
Managing Director Head of Trade and Working Capital Solutions for Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan, Citi
Sarah Pirzada Usmani
Head of Sustainable, Asset & Project Finance, First Abu Dhabi Bank
Maninder Bhandari
Director, Derby Group
Moderator
Hesham Zakai
Managing Director, TXF

Sub-Saharan Africa stream

Africa's local institutions play an important role in the international financial ecosystem. We consider: - Why are local African institutions so important for getting international transactions over the line? - Which transactions would not have closed without the work of African companies? - How have our institutions collaborated with international players, and why is this important?

Mandisi Nkuhlu
Chief Operations Officer, ECIC (Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa)
Craig Weitz
Principal : Export Credit Finance, Nedbank Corporate & Investment Bank
Asanda Tsotsi
Head, Project & Export Finance, Standard Bank
Fredrick Mutua
Regional Underwriter, African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI)
Moderator
Victor Eromosele
CEO, M.E. Consulting Limited

Plenary stream

A countercyclical business, ECA finance has stepped up to the plate to support business over the last two years. Our world-leading ECAs consider the different products and initiatives that will be needed to keep investment flowing into 2022 and beyond - How are international ECAs supporting energy security given the current geopolitical landscape? - Which new, more sustainable energy sources are ECAs pursuing? How will the current situation impact energy transition? - Which exciting projects have our ECAs been working on? - Why is collaboration with local ECAs and DFIs so important in today's market?

Lana Ravel
Interim Head of Middle East & Turkey, Bpifrance
Kohei Toyoda
Director General for Energy Transformation Strategy, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
Michal Ron
President, Berne Union
Richard Simon-Lewis
Director & Head of Business Development, Marketing & Communications, UK Export Finance
Moderator
Francisco Anzola
Principal, CC Solutions/Finpliance

Sub-Saharan Africa stream

ECA guarantees are often a pre-requisite for doing business in Africa. In this panel, we consider how ECAs have supported sustainable growth across the continent, enabling projects that will benefit local communities

Raphael Fofana
Sovereign Underwriter, ICIEC - The Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit
Dominique Aubert
Senior Vice President, Acquisition, SERV - Swiss Export Risk Insurance
Kjell Forsberg
Deputy Director , EKN - The Swedish Export Credit Agency
Moderator
Alarik d'Ornhjelm
Head of Middle East & Africa Structured Trade & Export Finance, Deutsche Bank

As our physical delegates have lunch at Al Dhiyafa Restaurant, digital attendees can catch up with some exciting sessions from our extensive content catalogue Our panel considers the status of the African Continental Free Trade Area

Plenary stream

Egypt is establishing itself as a vital destination for export finance, with large-scale projects on the horizon and a revamped ECA looking to expand the country's exporting footprint. We consider the opportunities that the country has to offer.

Sherif El Zeiny
Vice President and CFO, Elsewedy Electric
Layali Abdeen
Senior Underwriter and MENA rep, MIGA - Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
Nader Ragheb
VP & Group Treasurer, Orascom Construction PLC (OC)
Moderator
Hesham Zakai
Managing Director, TXF

Sub-Saharan Africa stream

Healthcare is a vital sector for Africa, although transactions can be difficult to get off the ground. We consider the challenges and successes we've seen in Africa's healthcare sector over the past year

Ed Harkins
Managing Director, GKB Ventures
Frederik Hsu
Deputy Chairman, NMS International

Plenary stream

Saudi Arabia is piquing international interests as large scale projects such as Neom provide exciting opportunities. This session considers the types of project we've seen financed over the last year, and what's still in the pipeline

Leslie Abraham
Director, Project Finance, ACWA Power
Semih Ozkan
Head Structured & Trade Finance Sales, SMBC Group
Michelle Leong
Country Head for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain & Jordan, UK Export Finance
Moderator
Eva Steinhaus
Director, German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce (AHK)

Sub-Saharan Africa stream

We take an in-depth look at the Luanda Bita Water Project, which is set to transform communities in Angola

Maher Roz
Executive Director, Structured Export Finance, Standard Chartered
Nishant Das
Executive Director, Project & Export Finance, Standard Chartered

As our physical delegates network, catch up with some exciting sessions from our extensive content catalogue Tune in to a fireside discussion with Orascom to learn more about the outlook for borrowers over the next year

Africa’s infrastructure gap is infamous, yet there are plenty of local and international players striving to implement vital services where they are needed most. In this session, we consider the pipeline for infrastructure projects across the continent and how best to finance them.

Antonio Sala
Origination Export Finance Africa & Eastern Europe, Santander
Nkem Onwuamaegbu
Regional Head - Africa, MIGA - Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
Fatma Bao
Head of Export Finance, Colas
Humaya Harati
Director Export Finance, Deutsche Bank
Moderator
Luka Lightfoot
Partner, Baker McKenzie

The Middle East is renowned for its strong borrower market, and on the backdrop of Expo2022, enthusiasm is returning for large scale projects. Many have their sights set on Africa as well! Our borrowers tell all

Marie-Clotilde Brianchon
Director, Project Finance, ACWA Power
Rahul Chandran
CFO, Planet One Education Holding
Neeraj Agrawal
Group CFO, Crescent Group
Moderator
Simon Lee
Head of International Trade & Transaction Banking MENA , Crédit Agricole CIB

Thank you for joining TXF Middle East & Africa 2022! Closing remarks will be followed by a networking drinks reception at the conference venue, the Habtoor Grand Resort

Hesham Zakai
Managing Director, TXF

Welcome to the second day of TXF Middle East & Africa 2022!

Hesham Zakai
Managing Director, TXF
Eavie Burnett
Head of Content, TXF

We kick off today with a geopolitical overview of the Middle East, a region in flux. Hear an update on the tensions and partnerships that you need to know about if you want to do successful business in the region.

Sorana Parvulescu
Partner, Control Risks

In the wake of the ICC’s report on sustainable export finance, the market is carefully considering how to align export finance structures with ESGs. One thing is certain: It's not going to be easy.

Zishan Iqbal
Director of Murabaha Solutions, Etihad Credit Insurance
Cécile Camilli
Global Head of Development & Structured Export Finance, Societe Generale
Anne Crepin
Deputy Head of Export Credit, SFIL
Hesham Zakai
Managing Director, TXF
Moderator
Thierry Gernigon
Director Export Finance Origination CEEMEA, BNP Paribas

From multi-sourced mega-projects to small ticket transactions, export finance deals require careful consideration of exporters’ needs. And with so many projects on the table in the Middle East & Africa, there are plenty of exciting ways for exporters to engage with the market. In this session, we compare and contrast exporting opportunities across Africa and the Middle East

Alexandre Fontanaud
Managing Director, Jebsen & Jessen Industrial Solutions France SAS
Louis Strydom
Director Project Development, Wartsila
Moderator
Florian Schifferdecker
Regional Manager, ODDO BHF Aktiengesellschaft

Energy is, and always has been, a vital sector for the Middle East and Africa. But whilst ECAs tend to focus on large power projects, many countries – including Ghana – are now reporting a surplus. The real pain point is in the lack of grid infrastructure. Here, we consider how to get energy where it's needed most

Angela Perez
Head of Structured Finance, Elecnor
Vilde Gronn Larsen
Senior Vice President, Eksfin
Hitesh Kumbat
CFO - Nordics, Kalapataru Power
Moderator
Jonathan Bell
Editor-in-chief, TXF

The Middle East and Africa are both incredibly vulnerable to climate risk. Decarbonisation is therefore a vital sector for these markets, which have conventionally relied on oil revenues. We consider some of the emerging technologies which will support the energy transition, as well as the innovative financial structures that will be needed to support them

Agnes Brault
Vice President Treasury, Financing & Risk, Technip Energies
Peter Nyeko
CEO, Mandulis Energy
Wale Shonibare
Director, Energy Financial Solutions, Policy & Regulation, African Development Bank (AfDB)
Jeffrey Beyer
Managing Director, Zest Associates
Imran Saeed
Head of Treasury & Corporate Finance Middle East, Siemens Energy Global
Moderator
Eavie Burnett
Head of Content, TXF

Thank you for joining TXF Middle East & Africa 2022! Closing remarks will be followed by lunch

Hesham Zakai
Managing Director, TXF

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Registration is open from 8am. Pick up your badge, grab a coffee, and get ready for sessions to begin at 9am

Welcome to TXF Middle East & Africa 2022, brought to you from our Host Partners at ECI

Massimo Falcioni
Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Credit Insurance (ECI)
Hesham Zakai
Managing Director, TXF

In this overview, we examine the growing trend for collaboration between the Middle East & Sub-Saharan Africa, and delve into the exciting opportunities available in specific countries.

Dr. Robert Besseling
CEO, PANGEA-RISK

Hear from regional ECAs based in the MENA region on the impact they'll have on the region's economy, and how they plan to support business in Sub-Saharan Africa

Manav FUTNANI
Managing Director | Head of Export & Asset Finance and Infrastructure Finance, MENAT, HSBC
Natasha Saleh
Project Manager, Abu Dhabi Exports Office - ADEX
Omar Barnawi
Manager - Lending Department, Saudi EXIM Bank
Abdalla Alhosani
Director of Commercial and Distribution, Etihad Credit Insurance (ECI)

Whilst our physical guests network, virtual guests can catch up with one of our exciting sessions from our extensive content catalogue Our panel considers how best to support African development by prioritising local knowledge and collaboration

Export finance for medium and long-term transactions is a dynamic ecosystem. Our panel and audience come together to consider local and international banks, sources of liquidity and financing structures, and sustainability drivers. Audience members join in by voting on our interactive system.

Yusuf Ali Khan
Managing Director Head of Trade and Working Capital Solutions for Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan, Citi
Sarah Pirzada Usmani
Head of Sustainable, Asset & Project Finance, First Abu Dhabi Bank
Maninder Bhandari
Director, Derby Group
Moderator
Hesham Zakai
Managing Director, TXF

A countercyclical business, ECA finance has stepped up to the plate to support business over the last two years. Our world-leading ECAs consider the different products and initiatives that will be needed to keep investment flowing into 2022 and beyond - How are international ECAs supporting energy security given the current geopolitical landscape? - Which new, more sustainable energy sources are ECAs pursuing? How will the current situation impact energy transition? - Which exciting projects have our ECAs been working on? - Why is collaboration with local ECAs and DFIs so important in today's market?

Lana Ravel
Interim Head of Middle East & Turkey, Bpifrance
Kohei Toyoda
Director General for Energy Transformation Strategy, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
Michal Ron
President, Berne Union
Richard Simon-Lewis
Director & Head of Business Development, Marketing & Communications, UK Export Finance
Moderator
Francisco Anzola
Principal, CC Solutions/Finpliance

As our physical delegates have lunch at Al Dhiyafa Restaurant, digital attendees can catch up with some exciting sessions from our extensive content catalogue Our panel considers the status of the African Continental Free Trade Area

Egypt is establishing itself as a vital destination for export finance, with large-scale projects on the horizon and a revamped ECA looking to expand the country's exporting footprint. We consider the opportunities that the country has to offer.

Sherif El Zeiny
Vice President and CFO, Elsewedy Electric
Layali Abdeen
Senior Underwriter and MENA rep, MIGA - Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
Nader Ragheb
VP & Group Treasurer, Orascom Construction PLC (OC)
Moderator
Hesham Zakai
Managing Director, TXF

Saudi Arabia is piquing international interests as large scale projects such as Neom provide exciting opportunities. This session considers the types of project we've seen financed over the last year, and what's still in the pipeline

Leslie Abraham
Director, Project Finance, ACWA Power
Semih Ozkan
Head Structured & Trade Finance Sales, SMBC Group
Michelle Leong
Country Head for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain & Jordan, UK Export Finance
Moderator
Eva Steinhaus
Director, German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce (AHK)

As our physical delegates network, catch up with some exciting sessions from our extensive content catalogue Tune in to a fireside discussion with Orascom to learn more about the outlook for borrowers over the next year

Africa’s infrastructure gap is infamous, yet there are plenty of local and international players striving to implement vital services where they are needed most. In this session, we consider the pipeline for infrastructure projects across the continent and how best to finance them.

Antonio Sala
Origination Export Finance Africa & Eastern Europe, Santander
Nkem Onwuamaegbu
Regional Head - Africa, MIGA - Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
Fatma Bao
Head of Export Finance, Colas
Humaya Harati
Director Export Finance, Deutsche Bank
Moderator
Luka Lightfoot
Partner, Baker McKenzie

The Middle East is renowned for its strong borrower market, and on the backdrop of Expo2022, enthusiasm is returning for large scale projects. Many have their sights set on Africa as well! Our borrowers tell all

Marie-Clotilde Brianchon
Director, Project Finance, ACWA Power
Rahul Chandran
CFO, Planet One Education Holding
Neeraj Agrawal
Group CFO, Crescent Group
Moderator
Simon Lee
Head of International Trade & Transaction Banking MENA , Crédit Agricole CIB

Thank you for joining TXF Middle East & Africa 2022! Closing remarks will be followed by a networking drinks reception at the conference venue, the Habtoor Grand Resort

Hesham Zakai
Managing Director, TXF

Join us for some relaxed networking at The Garden Lawn in the Habtoor Grand Resort

Africa's local institutions play an important role in the international financial ecosystem. We consider: - Why are local African institutions so important for getting international transactions over the line? - Which transactions would not have closed without the work of African companies? - How have our institutions collaborated with international players, and why is this important?

Mandisi Nkuhlu
Chief Operations Officer, ECIC (Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa)
Craig Weitz
Principal : Export Credit Finance, Nedbank Corporate & Investment Bank
Asanda Tsotsi
Head, Project & Export Finance, Standard Bank
Fredrick Mutua
Regional Underwriter, African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI)
Moderator
Victor Eromosele
CEO, M.E. Consulting Limited

ECA guarantees are often a pre-requisite for doing business in Africa. In this panel, we consider how ECAs have supported sustainable growth across the continent, enabling projects that will benefit local communities

Raphael Fofana
Sovereign Underwriter, ICIEC - The Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit
Dominique Aubert
Senior Vice President, Acquisition, SERV - Swiss Export Risk Insurance
Kjell Forsberg
Deputy Director , EKN - The Swedish Export Credit Agency
Moderator
Alarik d'Ornhjelm
Head of Middle East & Africa Structured Trade & Export Finance, Deutsche Bank

Healthcare is a vital sector for Africa, although transactions can be difficult to get off the ground. We consider the challenges and successes we've seen in Africa's healthcare sector over the past year

Ed Harkins
Managing Director, GKB Ventures
Frederik Hsu
Deputy Chairman, NMS International

We take an in-depth look at the Luanda Bita Water Project, which is set to transform communities in Angola

Maher Roz
Executive Director, Structured Export Finance, Standard Chartered
Nishant Das
Executive Director, Project & Export Finance, Standard Chartered

Registration opens at 8am. Pick up your badge, grab a coffee, and get ready for sessions to begin at 9.15am

Welcome to the second day of TXF Middle East & Africa 2022!

Hesham Zakai
Managing Director, TXF
Eavie Burnett
Head of Content, TXF

We kick off today with a geopolitical overview of the Middle East, a region in flux. Hear an update on the tensions and partnerships that you need to know about if you want to do successful business in the region.

Sorana Parvulescu
Partner, Control Risks

In the wake of the ICC’s report on sustainable export finance, the market is carefully considering how to align export finance structures with ESGs. One thing is certain: It's not going to be easy.

Zishan Iqbal
Director of Murabaha Solutions, Etihad Credit Insurance
Cécile Camilli
Global Head of Development & Structured Export Finance, Societe Generale
Anne Crepin
Deputy Head of Export Credit, SFIL
Hesham Zakai
Managing Director, TXF
Moderator
Thierry Gernigon
Director Export Finance Origination CEEMEA, BNP Paribas

From multi-sourced mega-projects to small ticket transactions, export finance deals require careful consideration of exporters’ needs. And with so many projects on the table in the Middle East & Africa, there are plenty of exciting ways for exporters to engage with the market. In this session, we compare and contrast exporting opportunities across Africa and the Middle East

Alexandre Fontanaud
Managing Director, Jebsen & Jessen Industrial Solutions France SAS
Louis Strydom
Director Project Development, Wartsila
Moderator
Florian Schifferdecker
Regional Manager, ODDO BHF Aktiengesellschaft

Whilst our physical delegates network, virtual guests can catch up on one of our sessions from our extensive content catalogue Our panel considers the role of DFIs across Sub-Saharan Africa, and how banks collaborate with them to close deals on the continent.

Energy is, and always has been, a vital sector for the Middle East and Africa. But whilst ECAs tend to focus on large power projects, many countries – including Ghana – are now reporting a surplus. The real pain point is in the lack of grid infrastructure. Here, we consider how to get energy where it's needed most

Angela Perez
Head of Structured Finance, Elecnor
Vilde Gronn Larsen
Senior Vice President, Eksfin
Hitesh Kumbat
CFO - Nordics, Kalapataru Power
Moderator
Jonathan Bell
Editor-in-chief, TXF

The Middle East and Africa are both incredibly vulnerable to climate risk. Decarbonisation is therefore a vital sector for these markets, which have conventionally relied on oil revenues. We consider some of the emerging technologies which will support the energy transition, as well as the innovative financial structures that will be needed to support them

Agnes Brault
Vice President Treasury, Financing & Risk, Technip Energies
Peter Nyeko
CEO, Mandulis Energy
Wale Shonibare
Director, Energy Financial Solutions, Policy & Regulation, African Development Bank (AfDB)
Jeffrey Beyer
Managing Director, Zest Associates
Imran Saeed
Head of Treasury & Corporate Finance Middle East, Siemens Energy Global
Moderator
Eavie Burnett
Head of Content, TXF

Thank you for joining TXF Middle East & Africa 2022! Closing remarks will be followed by lunch

Hesham Zakai
Managing Director, TXF

Round off the event with a networking lunch