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Event Partners

The Arab Bankers Association was founded in London in 1980 and is the only professional body in the U.K. dedicated to representing and promoting the interests of Arab banks and financial professionals who work with Arab banks. The Association boasts hundreds of members, both individual and corporate, based in the U.K. and the Middle East. The ABA's Chief Executive is George Kanaan, who was appointed in 2009. The Board of Directors comprises 13 members, all of whom are financial professionals with years of experience working with Arab Banks and financial institutions. The Association organises a wide range of seminars and social events throughout the year. Its website is www.arab-bankers.co.uk

The Institute of Islamic Banking and Insurance (IIBI) is a registered charity that has been serving the Islamic finance industry since 1990. IIBI is dedicated solely to the learning and development of individuals and giving them the very best knowledge and practical understanding of the guiding moral rulings and actions underlying Islamic banking and insurance operations. In 2004 the Vatican’s official newspaper Osservatore Romano said in an article that the ethical principles on which Islamic finance is based may bring banks closer to their clients and to the true spirit which should mark every financial service.
Lebanese International Finance Executives (LIFE) provides a platform to channel the influence of Lebanese finance executives towards accomplishing three aims: CONNECT: Establish stronger bonds among Lebanese finance executives worldwide; NURTURE: Help the next generation succeed in the field of finance; PROMOTE: Act as a global partner and sponsor to the Lebanese economy and to the Lebanese private and public sectors in the areas of policy, development, economic growth and international reach among others. LIFE achieves these objectives through a number of activities including business networking events, providing internships, scholarships, mentoring and career transition advice. In addition, LIFE works in the field of investments and entrepreneurship in Lebanon and in raising awareness of Lebanon within international financial circles. LIFE was established in 2009, is headquartered in London and currently has over 750 members globally.

The Middle East Association (MEA) is the UK’s leading business forum for promoting trade and investment with the Middle East and North Africa. Based in London, the MEA is an independent, not-for-profit membership association, representing organisations from all businesses and industry sectors. With our unrivalled network of government and private sector contacts, longstanding experience, and in-depth market knowledge, we are uniquely placed to provide British companies with the intelligence, access, and guidance they need to develop their business successfully in the region. Membership of the Association offers a range of benefits and incentives including special rates for our events and trade missions, business introductions and networking opportunities, as well as access to exclusive business intelligence and special offers through our website.

Arabia Monitor is an independent research firm specialising in economic and market studies on the Middle East & North African region, which we view as the new emerging market. Our forward looking perspective allows us to place recent developments in the region within a broader context and a long-term view. As the only independent research firm covering all 18 Arabic speaking countries (+ Iran), Arabia Monitor acts as a research and strategy back office for its clients. Our recently launched Sino-MENA Monitor is the world’s only economic and geopolitical research subscription service on the expanding links between China and the MENA region. It monitors China’s growing presence in the region, and developments in the One Belt One Road (OBOR) Strategy, trade, FDI, energy, tourism and diplomacy amongst other fields of economy and politics. For more information on memberships and bespoke services please contact info@arabiamonitor.com.

The Arab-British Chamber of Commerce is a membership organisation, founded in 1975, to promote economic activity and facilitate trade in both directions between the UK and the 22 member countries of the League of Arab States. We do this in many ways, but primarily by providing support services to member companies to help them achieve success in these important markets. The Chamber is committed to encouraging and promoting Arab-British trade and commercial relations in their wider sense. Our mission is to help companies take advantage of the unlocked business potential whether they are new to the markets or more experienced players wishing to extend their operations. That means providing the right kind of services that will assist in building trade links and strengthening Arab-British co-operation, by breaking down cultural barriers and refocusing business on the investment and export opportunities that exist in the Arab World.