Co-hosted by


ICMA and the United Arab Emirates Financial Markets Association (UAE FMA) were pleased to co-host this joint conference to discuss the Dynamics and developments in the international repo markets - a lens on the MENA region.

The half-day afternoon event was held on 26 October in Dubai and was an opportunity for local and international market participants to exchange views on the role of repo and collateral in the wider financial market and related opportunities for the MENA region. The agenda featured a combination of updates on relevant ICMA initiatives in the area of repo and collateral as well as interactive panel sessions with local market practitioners to discuss opportunities and challenges for repo in the MENA region. Networking drinks followed.

The event was also an opportunity to introduce ICMA’s newly established Global Repo and Collateral Forum (GRCF).


14:00   Registration and networking

  Welcome remarks
Bryan Pascoe, Chief Executive, ICMA
Mohammed Al Hashemi, Chairman, UAE FMA
14:40   Presentation: ICMA's broader repo and collateral work - key themes
Alexander Westphal, Director, Market Practice and Regulatory Policy, ICMA
15:00   Panel Discussion 1: Global and regional repo market trends
Michael Grifferty, President, The Gulf Capital Market Association (GCMA)

Ayman Doukali, Head, Islamic and Structured Finance, Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority
Rahman Janjua, Executive Director, Global Markets, First Abu Dhabi Bank
Nasser Moosawi, Head of Fixed Income, Commercial Bank of Dubai
Usama Umar, Executive Director - Head Corporate, Commercial & Institutional Banking Products (Group Islamic Banking), Standard Chartered Bank 
15:45   Break
16:00   Presentation: GMRA and Legal Tech
Deena Seoudy, Senior Director, Associate Counsel, ICMA
Rafiq Jaffer, Partner, Al Tamimi & Company
16:20   Panel Discussion 2: Automation in the repo market
Abhijit Duge, Global Industry Lead - Treasury & Capital Markets, Finastra

Abdullah Al-Ghanim, Head of MENA, Instimatch Global
Mohamed Dagher, Sales & Relationship Manager - Middle East and Africa, Euroclear
Dharshini Ratnavale, Senior Manager, Global Markets Documentation, Emirates NBD
17:00   Closing remarks
17:05   Networking reception
19:00   Event close


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