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​​​​​1st Diversity and Inclusion in Finance MENA Conference (DIF MENA)

 

Can diversity enrich company culture and enhance the success of the investment decisions? How does inclusion helps nourish a diverse financial market? Numerous studies shed light on how diverse perspectives lead to more innovation, better group problem solving and improve performance.

CFA Society Bahrain invites you to join the 1st Diversity and Inclusion in Finance MENA Conference (DIF MENA), which will take place on March 9, 2019 at Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain.

The DIF MENA Conference aims to create a meeting ground between an eclectic group of leading and influential speakers. This full-day event and will cover a range of speeches, panel discussions and workshops not only highlighting the importance of women inclusion in the financial sector but also discussing means whereby women could reach C-Suite and Board levels. Join us to celebrate the International Women's Day while at the same time hear inspirational success stories, get knowledge transfer from specialist speakers, and skill improvements from beneficial workshops; all of which shedding the light on diversity as an industry imperative. Be the difference and let us all unite to have a financial sector as diverse as the world we live in.

 HIGHLIGHTS

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The conference offers plenary sessions, where several top tier speakers guided by moderator give their opinion on topical issues.At the workshops, you may go deeper into the hot topics, discuss real-life cases and share your opinion in q&a sessions.There is nothing better than meeting like-minded people, changing and updating contacts.

 

SPEAKERS
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Ahmed Abou El Saad, CFA
President of CFA Society Egypt,
Chairman of Rasmala Egypt
Asset Management 
Amer Khansaheb, CFA
President of CFA Society Emirates
Anca Paliu Dragu
Adviser to Deputy General Director
European Commission & Former
Minister of Finance of Romania
Ania Jakubowski 
Supervisory Board Member,
Millennium Bank SA
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Carol Noakes
Voice and Speaker Coach, RADA 
Business
Dr. Karolien Notebaert
Founder and CEO, Notebaert 
Consulting- One Step Ahead
Elham Hassan
Non-Executive Board Member, 
Ithmaar Bank

Eman Nooruddin
Founder & psychotherapist of 
Insights Therapy, Partner of Capital 
Knowledge- Institute of Finance

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Fatema Ebrahim 
Founder, Andra PR & Corporate Communications & Board of 
Director, Bahrain Economic 
Development Board
Hisham Abu Alfateh
Head of Marketing & Corporate
Communications at National 
Bank of Bahrain
Ihsane Elhassani 
Founder, Sterling Stamp Law 
Firm, UK
H.E. Jamal Fakhro 
First Deputy Chairman, Kingdom
of Bahrain Shura Council
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Lamees Al Baharna, CFA
Chief Risk Officer, Oman Arab Bank
Rania Ahmed Al Jarf
Director Gender Balance Center,
Supreme Council for Women
Randi Tolber, CFA 
Head of Global Society Relations
at CFA Institute​
Dr. Suzan Hamdy
Senior General Manager,
Banque Misr​
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William Tohmé, CFA
Regional Head of MENA 
CFA Institute
Zeeba Askar, CFA
Board Member, CFA Society
Bahrain & Investment Director,
Ithmaar Development Company

AGENDA
09:00 – 10:00REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING
​10:00 – 10:10WELCOMING REMARKS
Mahmoud Nawar, CFA, President of CFA Society Bahrain & Vice-President – DCM & Syndicate, GIB Capital
​10:10 – 10:40SPEECH 1: CHIEF GUEST & KEY NOTE SPEECH
Anca Paliu Dragu, Adviser to Deputy General Director, European Commission and Former Minister of Finance of Romania
​10:40 – 11:10​SPEECH 2: BREAKING STEREOTYPES
​Ihsane Elhassani, Founder, Sterling Stamp Law Firm, UK
Interviewer: Amer Khansaheb, CFA, President, CFA Society Emirates and Managing Director, Khansaheb Investment
​​11:10 – 12:10​​PANEL DISCUSSION 1: SHIFTING THE BALANCE: A PROSPEROUS EVOLUTION
Panelists:
H.E. Jamal Fakhro, First Deputy Chairman, Kingdom of Bahrain Shura Council
Randi Tolber, CFA, Head of Global Society Relations at CFA Institute
Rania Ahmed Al Jarf, Director Gender Balance Center, Supreme Council for Women   
William Tohmé, CFA, Regional Head of MENA, CFA Institute
Moderator:
Ahmed Abou El Saad, President of CFA Society Egypt, Chairman and Managing Director of Rasmala Egypt Asset Management
​12:10 – 12:20BREAK AND NETWORKING
​12:20 – 13:50WORKSHOP 1: EXECUTIVE PRESENCE
Carol Noakes, Voice and Speaker Coach, RADA Business
​​12:20 – 13:50WORKSHOP 2: PROTECTING YOUR BRAIN AND BODY
Eman Nooruddin, Founder and psychotherapist of Insights Therapy, Partner of Capital Knowledge-Institute of Finance, Founder of Breathe
​​​12:20 – 13:50WORKSHOP 3: BRAIN AND DIVERSITY: HOW TO BREAK OUT OF OUR HABITUAL THINKING
Dr. Karolien Notebaert, Founder and CEO, Notebaert Consulting – One Step Ahead
​​13:50 – 14:50LUNCH AND NETWORKING
​14:50 – 15:50PANEL DISCUSSION 2: BE INSPIRED: MORE THAN JUST REAL SUCCESS STORIES
Panelists:
Elham Hassan, Board Member, Ithmaar Bank
Fatema Ebrahim, Founder, Andra PR & Corporate Communications and Board of Director, Bahrain Economic Development Board
Dr. Suzan Hamdy, Senior General Manager, Banque Misr
Zeeba Askar, CFA, Board Member, CFA Society Bahrain and Investment Director, Ithmaar Development Company
Moderator:
Lamees Al Baharna, CFA, Chief Risk Officer, Oman Arab Bank
​15:50 – 16:00BREAK AND NETWORKING
​16:00 – 16:45​​SPEECH 3: HAVING AN IMPACT​
Ania Jakubowski, Supervisory Board Member, Millennium Bank SA
​16:45– 17:00INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY:
Celebration, Award Giving and Closing of Conference