Stream

Pre Event Networking Activity - Lost Chambers Aquarium

Build up to our Icebreaker reception with a trip to the Lost Chambers Aquarium. Delegates will meet one of our Exile staff there for a 5pm start to explore the chambers. Only 18 tickets remain so RSVP here > https://forms.gle/jXE67XDLUakH7vVR7 

Stream

Welcome Icebreaker Networking Reception

Join us for an evening of networking at our official icebreaker at the beautiful Cana by Tamoka beach bar, shake hands, exchange business cards and prepare for a fantastic 2 days ahead!

RSVP Here > https://forms.gle/jXE67XDLUakH7vVR7 

Plenary

Opening Remarks

Exile Groups Managing Director Hesham Zakai welcomes you to MENA 2024 - Agency, Energy and Infrastructure Finance! Join us as we set the scene and look ahead to what is going to be a fantastic couple of days of networking and business critical content!

Hesham Zakai
Managing Director,
Exile Group
Plenary

Keynote Host Welcome: Diversification Dynamics: Shaping MENA’s Export Finance Future

MENA represents an incredibly exciting opportunities for trade and export finance markets to continue to thrive and grow. Join us as we set the scene for the region with an opening keynote presentation discussing:
- The positive impact the growing demand for financing is set to have on the region.
- How the diversification of exports and deal flow out of the region will support the growth of MENA’s Export & Project Finance Markets.
- How will borrowers’ growing desires for untied transactions shape ECA business in the region?

HE Raja Al Mazrouei
CEO,
Etihad Credit Insurance (ECI)
Khalil Al Mansoori
Acting Director General,
Abu Dhabi Exports Office (ADEX)
Plenary

Geopolitical Keynote

Political uncertainty is a key talking point in the Middle East currently with so many areas to discuss from  Palestine to Yemen, Lebanon and more and it is critical that we are able to stay on top of such topical and crucial issues in the region. Join us for a geopolitical keynote presentation looking holistically at some of the key macroeconomic and geopolitical issues affecting the region and walk away with a far more tangible understanding of the current state of play and what to expect in the months ahead.

Robert Besseling
CEO,
Pangea-Risk
Plenary

The Borrowers Panel - Navigating the Expanding Landscape:

Deals in MENA are becoming both richer and more diverse with the rise of more renewable deals and a boom in markets such as Saudi Arabia; it is most certainly a period for both growth and opportunity in the Export Finance market, but how can we capitalize on this movement? Join our panelists as they discuss:
- What does the pipeline look like for Borrowers in the MENA Export Finance Market?
- Have changes to the OECD consensus and the availability of longer tenors made the ECA market a more attractive proposition for borrowers?
- What impact has the rise in untied transactions in the region had on the appetite of borrowers in the region?
- What impact have the increasing levels of ESG scrutiny had on access to export finance?

Muhammad Farrukh
Director Treasury and Corporate Finance,
K-Electric
Omar Qasim
Director – Head of Funding Advisory Section, Global Capital Financing Division,
PIF
Mohammed Alyousef
Head of Corporate Finance,
Saudi Electricity Company (SEC)
Moderator
Manav Futnani
Global Co-Head of Export Finance,
HSBC
Plenary

Networking Break

Grab a coffee and don't miss the chance to explore potential deals and new connections with the who’s who of the market. Network with the executives you need to meet in order to get your next project over the line!

Plenary

The Regional ECAs Outlook - A Vision for Sustained Growth

We have seen a phenomenal rise in activity from local ECAs in the region who are supporting the market as it grows from strength to strength. We will unite the leading regional ECAs to discuss:
- How have the pipelines of regional ECAs changed and increased as they look to promote more non-oil and gas exports?
- How have regional ECAs products supported their growth?
- Discuss the importance of collaboration with international ECAs and other financial institutions.

Ivan Perea
Director,
Standard Chartered Bank
Majed Julfar
Director of Trade Credit Insurance and Export financing,
Etihad Credit Insurance (ECI)
Mohammed Al-Jalahma
Sr Manager of International Finance and Credit Insurance,
Qatar Development Bank (QDB)
Natasha Saleh
Project Manager,
Abu Dhabi Exports Office (ADEX)
Moderator
Ibrahim Chammat
Director - Global Trade Finance,
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)
Proximo: Project Finance

Keynote Sustainability Panel: A closer look at the roadmap to a Net 0 MENA

It is clear that meeting sustainability and net 0 targets is of paramount importance to MENA, and the world at large, region but how do we get there? Join our panellists for a session covering the growing momentum behind of ESG in the MENA region touching on key points in driving sustainable and net 0 goals such as:
- Reflect on COP28 and more generally, what does a roadmap to a net 0 MENA look like?
- How far are we from Hydrogen and other emerging technologies playing a larger role in the MENA energy transition story?
- The increasing importance of battery storage as the MENA region scales renewables portfolios.
- What do renewables pipelines look like in the region with the growth could we see a rise in PPAs to help manage energy distribution for the energy capacity needed to get to net 0?

Rita Ricciardi
Head of Business Development – Partner,
Bergs & More
Somshekhar Wachche
Senior Manager, Project Finance,
ACWA Power
Eva Steinhaus
Director,
German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce (AHK)
Moderator
Humaya Harati
Director - Structured Trade Export Finance,
Deutsche Bank
Plenary

Keynote Financing Panel - Unlocking Capital

With an increase in pipelines and overall deal volume there is no better time to highlight some of the institutions financing the regions growth. Join us as we unite the regions leading project financiers to discuss:
- The increasing importance of hedging tools particularly in a high interest rate environment.
- What do pipelines in the MENA region look like – what asset classes are we seeing as most common.
- How can different project finance structures provide the security necessary to get projects to financial close.
- Assess the impact of the liquidity rich environment financiers are operating in currently.

Aflah Allawati
VP Treasury,
OQ
Eileen Ng
Director - Origination, Asia and Middle East,
Plenary Group
Nagib Eid
Managing Director, Head of Development Structured & Export Finance for Middle East, Europe & CIS,
Societe Generale
Graham Scopes
Country Head - UAE & Kuwait,
UK Export Finance
Moderator
Max Thompson
Managing Editor,
TXF
Proximo: Project Finance

Country in Focus: Egypt

Egypt is a hub of activity for the MENA region, with lots of CAPEX available across a variety of sectors. Join us as we unite some of the most active players to discuss:
- What asset classes and projects are most commonly reaching financial close in Egypt?
- How have challenges such as inflation impacted project pipelines and timelines?
- What role do DFIs have to play in supporting transactions in Egypt?

Nader Ragheb
VP & Group Treasurer,
Orascom Constructions
Mohamed El Ansary
Group Treasury & Corporate Finance Director,
Elsewedy Electric
Moderator
Maninder Bhandari
Director,
Derby Group
Proximo: Project Finance

Project Finance Leaders Lunch Roundable

This exclusive workshop will unite the regions leading financiers to discuss the key topics, trends and opportunities across the MENA project finance space.

This session is invite only, if you are interested in joining and would like to apply to attend please email Max.kallmeier@exilegroup.com

Plenary

The International ECAs Panel - Funding the growth

TXF Intelligence shows that 2023 has been a great year for the MENA Export finance market with $14.5 Bn closed already this year compared to $9.5BN in the whole of 2022 * This illustrates the fantastic job done by ECAs and the export finance community to grow the region. Join us as we unite some of the international ECAs active in MENA to discuss:
- What can ECAs do to support borrowers with untied products and how can this promote the growth of the Export Finance Market?
- How can emerging and green technology deals be structured to include ECA facilities? Can ECAs help more with taking on risk to ensure these deals can reach financial close?
- How can ECAs product offerings help to both support business across the GCC nations and Frontier markets in the region?

* accurate as of October 2023.

Kenny Kitamura
Chief Representative for the Middle East,
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
Mael MBAYE
Head North Africa,
Bpifrance
Janusz Wladyczak
CEO,
KUKE - ECA of Poland
Zou Runmo
Deputy Chief Representative, Dubai Office of Sinosure,
Sinosure - China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation
Rafael Montero
Underwriter. Large Accounts. State Account Business Division,
CESCE Credit Insurance
Moderator
Marina Grigorieva
Director, Structured Export Finance, Lead Middle East,
ING Bank
Plenary

The Exporters Panel - A Customers Perspective:

You’ve heard from the ECA’s now its time to hear from the exporters. We will unite some of the region’s most active exporters to discuss:
- What support do exporters feel like they need from their ECA’s and financiers to increase activity in the region?
- How significant have growing ESG concerns been to business in the region?
- Where do exporters see the biggest opportunity for growth in the MENA region.

Rushdi Ali
CFO - Commercial Gas Power,
GE Power
Imran Saeed
Head of Treasury & Corporate Finance- Middle East,
Siemens Energy LLC
Paul Woodman
CEO,
Innovo Group
Pauline Morin
General Manager, Growth & Development for Africa & Europe,
Wartsila
Elie El Hayek
Business Development Director for Middle East,
Alstom
Moderator
Anne Crepin
Head of Export Credit,
SFIL
Plenary

Networking Break

Grab a coffee and don't miss the chance to explore potential deals and new connections with the who’s who of the market. Network with the executives you need to meet in order to get your next project over the line!

Plenary

Boosting Middle East-Africa Trade and Partnership

In this closing keynote conversation, TXF’s Hesham Zakai speaks to Afreximbank’s Melanie Lawrence about the landscape for trade, exports and infrastructure financing in Africa. What is the current macroeconomic environment and how is it impacting dealmaking? How are the challenges, such as Egypt’s FX struggles, being mitigated? How is Afreximbank working with counterparties and financial institutions in the Middle East? What structures and credit enhancement techniques have helped to faciltiate dealflow and how can more organisations get involved? Which market participants can benefit from de-risking tools that are being increasingly utilised in Africa? And finally what are the sector priorities in the region, from healthcare to food security?

Hesham Zakai
Managing Director,
Exile Group
Melanie Lawrence
Senior Manager,
Afreximbank
Plenary

Deal of the Year Case Study: Ras Ghareb Wind

Join us for a closing keynote panel uniting stakeholders from our Proximo MENA renewables deal of the year Ras Ghareb Wind > https://www.proximoinfra.com/d... to break down the transaction from conception to completion, discuss key talking points and takeaways and celebrate the hard work on reaching financial close in such a fantastic deal

Parag Narsingkar
Head, Acquisitions, Investments & Financial Advisory MENA,
Engie
Kenny Kitamura
Chief Representative for the Middle East,
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
Plenary

Women in Export, Project and Development Finance Breakfast Roundtable

We kick off day 2 of MENA 2024 with a women in finance workshop. Join us for an interactive workshop style session led by female financing leaders delving further into the challenges surrounding being a woman in the finance world - network with peers grab some breakfast and join what will be a fantastic and insightful discussion. 

Cristina Bergomi
Senior Vice President,
GE Capital
Apurva Kulkarni
Vice President - MENA Export & Agency Finance,
JP Morgan
Plenary

Opening Remarks

Welcome back to MENA - Agency, Energy and Infrastructure Finance 2024.

Plenary

Exile Group Data Review

Join us for an interactive session breaking down some of Exile's market leading data. We will break down key trends, challenges and topics into live and interactive quizzes giving you the opportunity to show your knowledge of the market – can you beat our experts?

Dominik Kloiber
Co-Founder,
Exile Group
Plenary

Country in Focus: Saudi Arabia

With mega deals in Saudi being a major contributor to the YoY growth in volume for the MENA region, it is clear that Saudi Arabia is clearly a hub for energy and infrastructure. With a tangible set of closed deals n KSA has been a trailblazer of activity for the region and there is no sign of slowing down. Join our panellists as they discuss:
- What does the project pipeline look like in Saudi Arabia?
- What role does Saudi EXIM and the other key stakeholders in the region have to play in ensuring the Saudi market growth continues?
- With the unavoidable oil and gas transactions in the region, how can institutions stay on top of ESGs whilst still conducting business in Saudi. ~
- How can ECA’s support the growth of projects in new technologies in the region.

Torsten Richter
Head of Treasury,
CEER National Automotive Company
Madiha Aslam
Director, Structured Finance,
Innovo
Michal Ron
Chief International Business Officer,
SACE
Moderator
Rodolphe de Lambertye
Global Head of Business Origination and Strategy,
Santander Bank
Plenary

Networking Break

Grab a coffee and don't miss the chance to explore potential deals and new connections with the who’s who of the market. Network with the executives you need to meet in order to get your next project over the line!

Plenary

A Look to the Horizon – Exploring Opportunities in the Frontier Markets:

Whilst GCC countries play a particularly significant role in the increasing prominence of the MENA region, we cannot forget to look to the frontier markets such as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and more, all of which present some unique and exciting opportunities to help foster growth. With projects in the pipeline and some reaching financial close, its time to take a closer look at some of these frontier markets and see where the opportunities are:
- What opportunities are there for Financiers to become active in frontier markets?
- How significant are the roles of ECA’s and DFIs in ensuring transactions can proceed in these countries?
- Do institutions need to rethink ESG policies to ensure frontier markets can effectively transition away from fossil fuels?

Muhammad Farrukh
Director Treasury and Corporate Finance,
K-Electric
Layali Abdeen
Head of MENA,
MIGA - Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
Christopher Cantelmi
Principal, Natural Resources & Infrastructure,
IFC World Bank Group
Bruce Johnson
Associate Director, Structured Finance, Treasury and Insurance,
Masdar Energy
Moderator
Zishan Iqbal
Expert,
Independent
Plenary

Charting Tomorrow: MENA’s Trade, Export Finance and COP28 Momentum

The UAE Consensus has reshaped the energy landscape, presenting a transformative vision for the future in the region and beyond. This panel discussion delves into key aspects of the COP28 and the UAE Consensus, exploring the intricate interplay of energy transition, security, affordability in the context of new energy and value chains:

·       Understanding how COP28 mandates an increase in adaptation finance to address urgent climate change needs

·       Examining strategies to address energy trilemma – transition, security and affordability

·       Assessing the impact of COP28 on the new energy and associated global supply chains

·       Exploring policy and investment strategies to meet substantial emission reduction targets

·       Discussing initiatives to make climate finance more accessible and mobilize pledges, along with innovative financing models

Hannah Sakr
Head of Private Sector Partnership,
UAE Climate Change Special Envoy
Yasin Kasirga
Decarbonization Leader - Middle East & Africa,
GE
Vito Saluto
Head of ESG,
AMEA Power
Mustafa Bosca
Co Founder & CEO,
CarbonSifr
Moderator
Semih Ozkan
Executive Director | EMEA Energy, Power, Renewables, Metals & Mining,
JP Morgan
Plenary

Closing Remarks

And thats a wrap! Thank you for attending MENA 2024!

Plenary

Export Finance Leaders Lunch

This exclusive invite only session will bring together regional and global export finance leaders for a behind closed doors lunch which is a fantastic opportunity to network with peers, discuss the MENA market and reflect on the past 2 days.

Confirmed attendees:
- BBVA
- Bank of America
- BPI France
- CA CIB
- Credit Suisse
- DZ Bank
- ECI
- German Emirati Joint council for Industry & Commerce
- HSBC
- ING
- JBIC
- KUKE
- Sinosure
- SCB
- UKEF
- Societe Generale
- SMBC
- SFIL

This is an invite only session, to enquire about attendance please email max.kallmeier@exilegroup.com


Stream

Pre Event Networking Activity - Lost Chambers Aquarium

Build up to our Icebreaker reception with a trip to the Lost Chambers Aquarium. Delegates will meet one of our Exile staff there for a 5pm start to explore the chambers. Only 18 tickets remain so RSVP here > https://forms.gle/jXE67XDLUakH7vVR7 

Stream

Welcome Icebreaker Networking Reception

Join us for an evening of networking at our official icebreaker at the beautiful Cana by Tamoka beach bar, shake hands, exchange business cards and prepare for a fantastic 2 days ahead!

RSVP Here > https://forms.gle/jXE67XDLUakH7vVR7 

Plenary

Opening Remarks

Exile Groups Managing Director Hesham Zakai welcomes you to MENA 2024 - Agency, Energy and Infrastructure Finance! Join us as we set the scene and look ahead to what is going to be a fantastic couple of days of networking and business critical content!

Hesham Zakai
Managing Director,
Exile Group
Plenary

Keynote Host Welcome: Diversification Dynamics: Shaping MENA’s Export Finance Future

MENA represents an incredibly exciting opportunities for trade and export finance markets to continue to thrive and grow. Join us as we set the scene for the region with an opening keynote presentation discussing:
- The positive impact the growing demand for financing is set to have on the region.
- How the diversification of exports and deal flow out of the region will support the growth of MENA’s Export & Project Finance Markets.
- How will borrowers’ growing desires for untied transactions shape ECA business in the region?

HE Raja Al Mazrouei
CEO,
Etihad Credit Insurance (ECI)
Khalil Al Mansoori
Acting Director General,
Abu Dhabi Exports Office (ADEX)
Plenary

Geopolitical Keynote

Political uncertainty is a key talking point in the Middle East currently with so many areas to discuss from  Palestine to Yemen, Lebanon and more and it is critical that we are able to stay on top of such topical and crucial issues in the region. Join us for a geopolitical keynote presentation looking holistically at some of the key macroeconomic and geopolitical issues affecting the region and walk away with a far more tangible understanding of the current state of play and what to expect in the months ahead.

Robert Besseling
CEO,
Pangea-Risk
Plenary

The Borrowers Panel - Navigating the Expanding Landscape:

Deals in MENA are becoming both richer and more diverse with the rise of more renewable deals and a boom in markets such as Saudi Arabia; it is most certainly a period for both growth and opportunity in the Export Finance market, but how can we capitalize on this movement? Join our panelists as they discuss:
- What does the pipeline look like for Borrowers in the MENA Export Finance Market?
- Have changes to the OECD consensus and the availability of longer tenors made the ECA market a more attractive proposition for borrowers?
- What impact has the rise in untied transactions in the region had on the appetite of borrowers in the region?
- What impact have the increasing levels of ESG scrutiny had on access to export finance?

Muhammad Farrukh
Director Treasury and Corporate Finance,
K-Electric
Omar Qasim
Director – Head of Funding Advisory Section, Global Capital Financing Division,
PIF
Mohammed Alyousef
Head of Corporate Finance,
Saudi Electricity Company (SEC)
Moderator
Manav Futnani
Global Co-Head of Export Finance,
HSBC
Plenary

Networking Break

Grab a coffee and don't miss the chance to explore potential deals and new connections with the who’s who of the market. Network with the executives you need to meet in order to get your next project over the line!

Plenary

The Regional ECAs Outlook - A Vision for Sustained Growth

We have seen a phenomenal rise in activity from local ECAs in the region who are supporting the market as it grows from strength to strength. We will unite the leading regional ECAs to discuss:
- How have the pipelines of regional ECAs changed and increased as they look to promote more non-oil and gas exports?
- How have regional ECAs products supported their growth?
- Discuss the importance of collaboration with international ECAs and other financial institutions.

Ivan Perea
Director,
Standard Chartered Bank
Majed Julfar
Director of Trade Credit Insurance and Export financing,
Etihad Credit Insurance (ECI)
Mohammed Al-Jalahma
Sr Manager of International Finance and Credit Insurance,
Qatar Development Bank (QDB)
Natasha Saleh
Project Manager,
Abu Dhabi Exports Office (ADEX)
Moderator
Ibrahim Chammat
Director - Global Trade Finance,
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)
Proximo: Project Finance

Keynote Sustainability Panel: A closer look at the roadmap to a Net 0 MENA

It is clear that meeting sustainability and net 0 targets is of paramount importance to MENA, and the world at large, region but how do we get there? Join our panellists for a session covering the growing momentum behind of ESG in the MENA region touching on key points in driving sustainable and net 0 goals such as:
- Reflect on COP28 and more generally, what does a roadmap to a net 0 MENA look like?
- How far are we from Hydrogen and other emerging technologies playing a larger role in the MENA energy transition story?
- The increasing importance of battery storage as the MENA region scales renewables portfolios.
- What do renewables pipelines look like in the region with the growth could we see a rise in PPAs to help manage energy distribution for the energy capacity needed to get to net 0?

Rita Ricciardi
Head of Business Development – Partner,
Bergs & More
Somshekhar Wachche
Senior Manager, Project Finance,
ACWA Power
Eva Steinhaus
Director,
German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce (AHK)
Moderator
Humaya Harati
Director - Structured Trade Export Finance,
Deutsche Bank
Plenary

Keynote Financing Panel - Unlocking Capital

With an increase in pipelines and overall deal volume there is no better time to highlight some of the institutions financing the regions growth. Join us as we unite the regions leading project financiers to discuss:
- The increasing importance of hedging tools particularly in a high interest rate environment.
- What do pipelines in the MENA region look like – what asset classes are we seeing as most common.
- How can different project finance structures provide the security necessary to get projects to financial close.
- Assess the impact of the liquidity rich environment financiers are operating in currently.

Aflah Allawati
VP Treasury,
OQ
Eileen Ng
Director - Origination, Asia and Middle East,
Plenary Group
Nagib Eid
Managing Director, Head of Development Structured & Export Finance for Middle East, Europe & CIS,
Societe Generale
Graham Scopes
Country Head - UAE & Kuwait,
UK Export Finance
Moderator
Max Thompson
Managing Editor,
TXF
Proximo: Project Finance

Country in Focus: Egypt

Egypt is a hub of activity for the MENA region, with lots of CAPEX available across a variety of sectors. Join us as we unite some of the most active players to discuss:
- What asset classes and projects are most commonly reaching financial close in Egypt?
- How have challenges such as inflation impacted project pipelines and timelines?
- What role do DFIs have to play in supporting transactions in Egypt?

Nader Ragheb
VP & Group Treasurer,
Orascom Constructions
Mohamed El Ansary
Group Treasury & Corporate Finance Director,
Elsewedy Electric
Moderator
Maninder Bhandari
Director,
Derby Group
Proximo: Project Finance

Project Finance Leaders Lunch Roundable

This exclusive workshop will unite the regions leading financiers to discuss the key topics, trends and opportunities across the MENA project finance space.

This session is invite only, if you are interested in joining and would like to apply to attend please email Max.kallmeier@exilegroup.com

Plenary

The International ECAs Panel - Funding the growth

TXF Intelligence shows that 2023 has been a great year for the MENA Export finance market with $14.5 Bn closed already this year compared to $9.5BN in the whole of 2022 * This illustrates the fantastic job done by ECAs and the export finance community to grow the region. Join us as we unite some of the international ECAs active in MENA to discuss:
- What can ECAs do to support borrowers with untied products and how can this promote the growth of the Export Finance Market?
- How can emerging and green technology deals be structured to include ECA facilities? Can ECAs help more with taking on risk to ensure these deals can reach financial close?
- How can ECAs product offerings help to both support business across the GCC nations and Frontier markets in the region?

* accurate as of October 2023.

Kenny Kitamura
Chief Representative for the Middle East,
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
Mael MBAYE
Head North Africa,
Bpifrance
Janusz Wladyczak
CEO,
KUKE - ECA of Poland
Zou Runmo
Deputy Chief Representative, Dubai Office of Sinosure,
Sinosure - China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation
Rafael Montero
Underwriter. Large Accounts. State Account Business Division,
CESCE Credit Insurance
Moderator
Marina Grigorieva
Director, Structured Export Finance, Lead Middle East,
ING Bank
Plenary

The Exporters Panel - A Customers Perspective:

You’ve heard from the ECA’s now its time to hear from the exporters. We will unite some of the region’s most active exporters to discuss:
- What support do exporters feel like they need from their ECA’s and financiers to increase activity in the region?
- How significant have growing ESG concerns been to business in the region?
- Where do exporters see the biggest opportunity for growth in the MENA region.

Rushdi Ali
CFO - Commercial Gas Power,
GE Power
Imran Saeed
Head of Treasury & Corporate Finance- Middle East,
Siemens Energy LLC
Paul Woodman
CEO,
Innovo Group
Pauline Morin
General Manager, Growth & Development for Africa & Europe,
Wartsila
Elie El Hayek
Business Development Director for Middle East,
Alstom
Moderator
Anne Crepin
Head of Export Credit,
SFIL
Plenary

Networking Break

Grab a coffee and don't miss the chance to explore potential deals and new connections with the who’s who of the market. Network with the executives you need to meet in order to get your next project over the line!

Plenary

Boosting Middle East-Africa Trade and Partnership

In this closing keynote conversation, TXF’s Hesham Zakai speaks to Afreximbank’s Melanie Lawrence about the landscape for trade, exports and infrastructure financing in Africa. What is the current macroeconomic environment and how is it impacting dealmaking? How are the challenges, such as Egypt’s FX struggles, being mitigated? How is Afreximbank working with counterparties and financial institutions in the Middle East? What structures and credit enhancement techniques have helped to faciltiate dealflow and how can more organisations get involved? Which market participants can benefit from de-risking tools that are being increasingly utilised in Africa? And finally what are the sector priorities in the region, from healthcare to food security?

Hesham Zakai
Managing Director,
Exile Group
Melanie Lawrence
Senior Manager,
Afreximbank
Plenary

Deal of the Year Case Study: Ras Ghareb Wind

Join us for a closing keynote panel uniting stakeholders from our Proximo MENA renewables deal of the year Ras Ghareb Wind > https://www.proximoinfra.com/d... to break down the transaction from conception to completion, discuss key talking points and takeaways and celebrate the hard work on reaching financial close in such a fantastic deal

Parag Narsingkar
Head, Acquisitions, Investments & Financial Advisory MENA,
Engie
Kenny Kitamura
Chief Representative for the Middle East,
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
Plenary

Women in Export, Project and Development Finance Breakfast Roundtable

We kick off day 2 of MENA 2024 with a women in finance workshop. Join us for an interactive workshop style session led by female financing leaders delving further into the challenges surrounding being a woman in the finance world - network with peers grab some breakfast and join what will be a fantastic and insightful discussion. 

Cristina Bergomi
Senior Vice President,
GE Capital
Apurva Kulkarni
Vice President - MENA Export & Agency Finance,
JP Morgan
Plenary

Opening Remarks

Welcome back to MENA - Agency, Energy and Infrastructure Finance 2024.

Plenary

Exile Group Data Review

Join us for an interactive session breaking down some of Exile's market leading data. We will break down key trends, challenges and topics into live and interactive quizzes giving you the opportunity to show your knowledge of the market – can you beat our experts?

Dominik Kloiber
Co-Founder,
Exile Group
Plenary

Country in Focus: Saudi Arabia

With mega deals in Saudi being a major contributor to the YoY growth in volume for the MENA region, it is clear that Saudi Arabia is clearly a hub for energy and infrastructure. With a tangible set of closed deals n KSA has been a trailblazer of activity for the region and there is no sign of slowing down. Join our panellists as they discuss:
- What does the project pipeline look like in Saudi Arabia?
- What role does Saudi EXIM and the other key stakeholders in the region have to play in ensuring the Saudi market growth continues?
- With the unavoidable oil and gas transactions in the region, how can institutions stay on top of ESGs whilst still conducting business in Saudi. ~
- How can ECA’s support the growth of projects in new technologies in the region.

Torsten Richter
Head of Treasury,
CEER National Automotive Company
Madiha Aslam
Director, Structured Finance,
Innovo
Michal Ron
Chief International Business Officer,
SACE
Moderator
Rodolphe de Lambertye
Global Head of Business Origination and Strategy,
Santander Bank
Plenary

Networking Break

Grab a coffee and don't miss the chance to explore potential deals and new connections with the who’s who of the market. Network with the executives you need to meet in order to get your next project over the line!

Plenary

A Look to the Horizon – Exploring Opportunities in the Frontier Markets:

Whilst GCC countries play a particularly significant role in the increasing prominence of the MENA region, we cannot forget to look to the frontier markets such as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and more, all of which present some unique and exciting opportunities to help foster growth. With projects in the pipeline and some reaching financial close, its time to take a closer look at some of these frontier markets and see where the opportunities are:
- What opportunities are there for Financiers to become active in frontier markets?
- How significant are the roles of ECA’s and DFIs in ensuring transactions can proceed in these countries?
- Do institutions need to rethink ESG policies to ensure frontier markets can effectively transition away from fossil fuels?

Muhammad Farrukh
Director Treasury and Corporate Finance,
K-Electric
Layali Abdeen
Head of MENA,
MIGA - Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
Christopher Cantelmi
Principal, Natural Resources & Infrastructure,
IFC World Bank Group
Bruce Johnson
Associate Director, Structured Finance, Treasury and Insurance,
Masdar Energy
Moderator
Zishan Iqbal
Expert,
Independent
Plenary

Charting Tomorrow: MENA’s Trade, Export Finance and COP28 Momentum

The UAE Consensus has reshaped the energy landscape, presenting a transformative vision for the future in the region and beyond. This panel discussion delves into key aspects of the COP28 and the UAE Consensus, exploring the intricate interplay of energy transition, security, affordability in the context of new energy and value chains:

·       Understanding how COP28 mandates an increase in adaptation finance to address urgent climate change needs

·       Examining strategies to address energy trilemma – transition, security and affordability

·       Assessing the impact of COP28 on the new energy and associated global supply chains

·       Exploring policy and investment strategies to meet substantial emission reduction targets

·       Discussing initiatives to make climate finance more accessible and mobilize pledges, along with innovative financing models

Hannah Sakr
Head of Private Sector Partnership,
UAE Climate Change Special Envoy
Yasin Kasirga
Decarbonization Leader - Middle East & Africa,
GE
Vito Saluto
Head of ESG,
AMEA Power
Mustafa Bosca
Co Founder & CEO,
CarbonSifr
Moderator
Semih Ozkan
Executive Director | EMEA Energy, Power, Renewables, Metals & Mining,
JP Morgan
Plenary

Closing Remarks

And thats a wrap! Thank you for attending MENA 2024!

Plenary

Export Finance Leaders Lunch

This exclusive invite only session will bring together regional and global export finance leaders for a behind closed doors lunch which is a fantastic opportunity to network with peers, discuss the MENA market and reflect on the past 2 days.

Confirmed attendees:
- BBVA
- Bank of America
- BPI France
- CA CIB
- Credit Suisse
- DZ Bank
- ECI
- German Emirati Joint council for Industry & Commerce
- HSBC
- ING
- JBIC
- KUKE
- Sinosure
- SCB
- UKEF
- Societe Generale
- SMBC
- SFIL

This is an invite only session, to enquire about attendance please email max.kallmeier@exilegroup.com