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Middle East & Africa Briefing Day


                  Why attend 

  • To understand the geopolitical risks, investor appetite and export finance challenges specific to the region
  • To explore the macro-economic outlook for the region, and to understand which markets/sectors show the most promise for project and export financing
  • To get insights from exporters – common challenges faced, and lessons learned
  • To meet and network with exporters, importers, ECAs, multilateral  lending institutions and commercial lenders
  • To understand the changing dynamics of export finance in Middle East/Africa
  • – including the role of the African DFIs: what expertise can be shared from the ground
  • To hear project case studies on ECA-financed deals:

         Africa – Lake Turkana Wind Farm in Kenya; LNG project in Mozambique

         Middle East – Dubai infrastructure projects, KPNC in Kuwait, Sadara Chemicals in Saudi Arabia


                  Confirmed speakers - Africa 


  • Henrique de Azevedo Avila, Head of Business Development in Africa, Export Credit Division, Brazilian Development Bank
  • Bob Chestnutt, Senior Project Manager, Aldwych International
  • Gino Conte, Chief Commercial Officer, Coface
  • Vinco David, Secretary General, Berne Union
  • Arnaud Defrance, Investment Manager, FinnFund
  • Justo Garcia, Head of Structured Finance, HOMT Infrastructures
  • Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Director & Head of Financial Services, Africa Finance Corporation
  • Tuomas Haapakoski, Director, Financial Services, Wärtsilä
  • Dr. Hendrik Holdefleiss, Head of  Department, Underwriting and Risk Management, Euler Hermes
  • Jørgen Kragh, Head of Team Offshore and Project Finance, EKF
  • Tony Lindström, Director, Customer Finance & Risk, Volvo
  • Eduardo Oliveira, CEO, HOMT Infrastructures
  • Suresh Samuel, Managing Director, Africa, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
  • Stephen Wilhelm, International Business Development, Regional Vice President – EMEA, Export Development Canada (EDC)


                Confirmed speakers - Middle East 

  • Lamya Abdel Hady, General Manager for Renewable IPP Projects, Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company
  • Neeraj Agrawal, Group Chief Financial Officer, Crescent Petroleum
  • Salah Al-Garawi, Corporate Treasurer, Sadara Chemical Company
  • Irfan Al-Hasani, Senior Economist & Editor-in-Chief, Dubai Economic Council
  • Victor Carstenius, Senior Country Analyst, EKN
  • Hadi El-Amaary, AMEA Treasurer, ABB
  • Richard Evans, Director, Export & Agency Finance, Citi
  • Marco Ferioli, Head of SACE Dubai, UAE and MENA Region, SACE
  • Federica Pocek, Relationship Manager, International Relations and Network, SACE
  • Andreas Schweitzer, Senior Managing Partner, Arjan Capital
  • Rajiv Yadav, Corporate Strategy Director, ACWA Holdings

                    Confirmed sessions  - Africa 

  • Macro economic outlook: critical factors driving long term sustainable growth for Africa’s economy
  • Political risk in Africa and implications for export finance: A country by country analysis
  • Exporter insights and case studies: Sharing common challenges and lessons  learnt
  • Changing dynamics of export financing in Africa: How is the role of DFIs, ECAs and multilaterals evolving?
  • Understanding the Chinese ECA model and how it is being used for African export finance
  • Evaluating the trade and investment opportunities in East Africa, including renewable energies
  • Insurer insights: Scrutinising the increased demand for investment risk insurance coverage in Africa
  • Discussing the outlook for commodities: Will pricing ever recover to previous levels?

      Confirmed sessions - Middle East 

  • Geopolitical and economic outlook for the Middle East region and the implications for export finance
  • Understanding increased sovereign and public sector appetite for export credit to finance infrastructure projects across the Middle East
  • Project case studies: Dubai
  • The emergence of high quality borrowers: Kuwait case study
  • Egypt focus session: Overcoming political risks to meet Government expansion plans and unlock Egypt’s huge investment potential
  • Case study: the financing of the Sadara Chemical Company
  • Lender insights: Market dynamics in a low pricing environment