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Tom Koczwara

Director, Debt Management Office
Government of Sharjah, UAE

Tom joined the Government of Sharjah, in the UAE, to set up its Debt Management Office in 2012. The DMO has obtained international credit ratings for the Emirate and ventured into the debt capital markets for the first time in 2014 with a $750 million issuance in shariah-compliant sukuk format. As well as managing the Government’s own debt portfolio, the DMO oversees the borrowing activities of 21 Government-related entities, with an objective of ensuring long-term fiscal sustainability. Sharjah is a potential newcomer to the ECA market, as it looks to diversify its sources of funding and build stronger long-term relationships with financiers and contractors. Tom previously worked at HM Treasury, the UK’s finance and economics ministry, where he was responsible for capital funding allocations as the government turned from fiscal stimulus to consolidation in 2010, following the financial crisis. Tom has also worked with consultancy PwC, helping public sector clients in the Middle East with various policy and strategy challenges. He enjoys the countryside and crosswords.

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