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Georgina Enzer is the editor of SME business magazine FinanceME. Georgina holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Rhodes University in South Africa and has worked as a journalist and editor in Dubai for six years in the fashion, IT and oil & gas arenas. Georgina previously worked at Pakistan TV channel GEO English, based in Karachi and ran a crocodile and snake park in Livingstone in Zambia as the manager and marketing manager.

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Isla MacFarlane has been editor of Islamic Business & Finance since 2010. She is also now responsible for developing CPI Financial's online offering and its social media presence. Previously she worked as a Features Write on Private Equity and Hedge Funds Middle East. She trained as a journalist on a regional newspaper in the Southeast of England before moving to Dubai in 2008.

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Matthew Amlôt is CPI Financial's Web Editor. Matthew graduated from Lancaster University in Britain with a B.A. in Politics and International Relations, specialising in Islamic politics. Having moved to Dubai in 2013, and keen to gain experience of Islamic finance and business, Matthew has taken responsibility for CPI's online news and web presence.

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Robin Amlôt is CPI Financial's Managing Editor. He has worked as an award-winning financial journalist for more than 30 years in print, radio, television and online. He is in demand as a commentator and regular contributor to other media, including AlJazeera English, BBC Worldwide, Dubai One, Dubai Eye and KSA2. Robin has covered all aspects of business and finance in his career, including as Financial Editor of Independent Radio News, UK; Senior Business Producer, Sky News; as a national…

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Sarah Owermohle is the editor of Banker Africa magazine. Previously she worked as an editor for the magazines Capital Business and Business Islamica, covering GCC business and Islamic banking and finance. She also worked as a reporter in Beirut, Lebanon and the U.S. before moving to Dubai in 2012. Sarah holds a B.A. in Government and Middle Eastern Studies from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

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William Mullally is the editor of financeME and co-web editor for CPI Financial. As journalist and writer he has tackled myriad subjects in various publications. He has contributed to Yahoo!, Now Lebanon and others, as well as helping to establish Discord Magazine in Egypt. He is from Boston, MA and holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Florida State University. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the oldest and most prestigious honors society in the United States.

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Zoya is the editor of Banker Middle East, at CPI Financial, Dubai. Zoya has an MA in social anthropology from the University of Kent in the UK. She began her career in publishing in London in 1987, working through the ranks and gaining experience at various media channels from magazine publications and children’s book production to editing an online community media channel and launching and editing luxury lifestyle and business magazines in London and Dubai. She has 14 years of experience…

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Our Associate Bloggers

Adnan Khan is a Consultant specializing in treasury management and Islamic banking at Fundtech. He holds a master’s degree in computer application from Bangalore University.

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Ahmed Heikal is Chairman and Founder of Citadel Capital, a private equity firm in the Middle East and Africa with $9 billion in investments.

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Alex Hoctor-Duncan is Head of EMEA Retail at BlackRock

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Alissa Amico is Programme Manager, Middle East and North Africa, Corporate Affairs Division, OECD

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Antoine Harb is BDM-MEA for Kingston Technology

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Arsalan Aqeeq CDIF, MBA, BE, is a team leader in Bank AlFalah’s Islamic Banking Group. Previously he worked for Allied Bank and before that Citibank.

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Bob Doll is Chief Equity Strategist forFundamental Equities at BlackRock®, a provider of global investment management, risk management and advisory services. Doll is also Lead Portfolio Manager of BlackRock’s Large Cap Series Funds. Prior to joining the firm, he was President and Chief Investment Officer of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers.

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Brian Krebs worked as a reporter for The Washington Post from 1995 to 2009, authoring more than 1,300 blog posts for the Security Fix blog, as well as hundreds of stories for washingtonpost.com and The Washington Post newspaper, including eight front-page stories in the dead-tree edition and a Post Magazine cover piece on botnet operators. He was recently profiled in The New York Times, Business Week and by Poynter.org.

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Damian Burleigh is Managing Director, S&P Capital IQ, EMEA and Head of European Sales & Client Services EMEA, responsible for $230m EMEA business. He joined Standard & Poor’s as VP of Sales in 2005 promoted to Managing Director in 2007 and in the last five years has led the division through major transformational growth including the recent creation of S&P Capital IQ following the successful integration between S&P Valuations and Risk Strategies and sister company Capital…

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Dave Landry is a business and finance blogger and infographic designer based in Southern California. Dave enjoys creating content on all-things finance, everything from frugality methods and banking to more fun affair like international heists.

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David Pinkerton is Chief Investment Officer, Falcon Private Bank

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Douglas Roberts is Senior International Economist, Standard Life Investments

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Dr. Ayoub Kazim is Managing Director, Education Cluster (Dubai Knowledge Village and Dubai International Academic City), TECOM Investments

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Dr. Nasser H. Saidi is a member of the IMF’s Regional Advisory Group for MENA and Co-Chair of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) MENA Corporate Governance Working Group. He is a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of the Global Corporate Governance Forum, an institution of the World Bank driving global corporate governance reforms. He is also Chair of the regional Clean Energy Business Council. He was Chief Economist and Head of External Relations…

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Elaine Garzarelli, President of Garzarelli Capital, Inc., is an economist with a doctorate from Drexel University in economics and statistics. She worked for major institutional brokerage firms for over 15 years while perfecting her market and industry econometric timing models, and was ranked #1 for 11 consecutive years on Institutional Investor’s “All-Star” team for Quantitative Analysis and was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame. She started her own companies…

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CIO Weekly from Emirates NBD Wealth Management

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Gary Dugan is Chief Investment Officer & Head of Investment Strategy, National Bank of Abui Dhabi. Previously he was Chief Investment Officer for Asia and the Middle East for Coutts and prior to that was Chief Investment Officer, Emirates NBD Private Banking.

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Gaurav Kashyap is Head of DGCX Desk, Alpari ME DMCC

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Geoffrey Howard is an associate North Africa analyst at Control Risks. Geoffrey provides in-depth analysis and bespoke consultancy projects assessing political, operational and security risks in Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. He is a regular speaker at MENA-focused events and has made contributions to media reports. Geoffrey travels regularly to North Africa and has lived in several regional countries, including Syria and Libya.

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Gerhard Schubert is Head of Commodities – Wealth Management, Emirates NBD

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INSEAD The Business School for the World As one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas to change lives and to transform organisations. A global perspective and cultural diversity are reflected in all aspects of its research and teaching. With campuses in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore) and Abu Dhabi, INSEAD’s business education and research spans three continents. Our 146 renowned Faculty members from 34 countries…

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Jean-Luc Freymond is the Chief Executive Officer of Swiss-based financial software company, SAGE SA. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Jean-Luc used to be one of the significant architects of the company's flagship product, Prospero. He has more than 14 years of experience in systems development and in the management of banking projects. Prior to joining SAGE, Jean-Luc worked for UBS Bank. He received both his BA in Management and his Postgraduate Diploma in European Law from the University…

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Jim O’Neill is Chairman, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

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Joanna Andrews has 17 years experience in journalism having worked at Reuters as a sub-editor in Europe and Asia, and a broadcast journalist and business reporter at CNBC in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.  She has interviewed some of the top names in business and politics. She was instrumental in the launch of several high-profile TV programmes at CNBC including Worldwide Exchange which broadcasts live from Asia, Europe & the US and was billed as ‘the first ever global business…

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Lars Seier Christensen is Co-CEO and co-founder of Saxo Bank. Seier Christensen has been involved in derivative sales and trading since 1987 and he worked in London at both European and American brokerage firms until 1995. In 1992, Seier Christensen and Fournais founded the Danish service broker, Midas. Since 1995, Seier Christensen and Fournais have managed the company together. In 2001, Midas was granted a banking license and officially changed its name to Saxo Bank A/S.

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Lee Manzi is joint fund manager on the Jupiter Global Convertibles SICAV, the Jupiter Strategic Total Return SICAV and the Jupiter Strategic Reserve Fund (Unit Trust). He has been with Jupiter Asset Management since 2010.

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Mark McFarland was Chief Investment Strategist at Emirates NBD.

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Mark Mobius is Executive Chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group Currently, he directs the Templeton research team based in 15 global emerging markets offices and manages emerging markets portfolios. After more than 30 years in global emerging markets, Dr. Mobius has received numerous industry awards, including “Emerging Markets Equity Manager of the Year 2001” by International Money Marketing, “Ten Top Money Managers of the 20th Century” in a 1999 Carson Group survey,…

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Matein Khalid is Chief Investment Officer / Strategist, Fortes Holdings. Fortes Holdings is the property development arm of the Fortis Group, a diversified business group established in the UAE since 1975. 

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Mike Gallagher is a freelance journalist and country risk analyst. He was previously an Editor at CPI Financial for five years. He has spent a considerable amount of time working in emerging and frontier markets across the developing world; in the Middle East, the Balkans, Asia and Africa. He has reported from across the Middle East (and periphery) in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Jerusalem, as well as Northern Ireland and the former Yugoslavia.

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Mobasher Zein Kazmi is a research analyst covering geo-economic issues based in Shanghai, China. He tweets @MobasherZein 

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Ole S Hansen is Head of Commodity Stretegy, Saxo Bank

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Omar Al Juraifani is a financial advisor for investment projects in the GCC. He is also the Co-founder and vice president of Asharqia Chamber Young Businessmen Executive Council. 

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Paul Butres is Senior Project Manager, IT Applications and Enterprise Management at Emirates NBD. Butres joined Emirates NBD in 2007 as a Senior Manager for IT Applications & Enterprise Management, where he works on implementing Oracle in the business. Prior to Emirates NBD, Butres worked as an Executive Consultant for Oracle Practice at KPMG and a Senior Consultant for Oracle HCM at Hyperlink, where he worked across eight countries to conduct 17 implementations of Oracle applications in Banking,…

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Peter Beynon is Regional Director, ICAEW Middle East. ICAEW (The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) is a professional membership organisation, supporting over 138,000 chartered accountants around the world.   

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Rushdi Siddiqui is Global Head, Islamic Finance & OIC Countries, Thomson Reuters.

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Russ Koesterich, Managing Director, is BlackRock’s Global Chief Investment Strategist, as well as Global Chief Investment Strategist for BlackRock’s iShares business. Koesterich was previously Global Head of Investment Strategy for active equities and a senior portfolio manager in the US Market Neutral Group. Prior to joining the firm in 2005, he was Chief North American Strategist for State Street Bank.

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Shayne Nelson is Global Head of High Value Client Coverage and CEO of Standard Chartered Private Bank 

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Sheila Bair is Chair of the Systemic Risk Council. She was the 19th Chairperson of the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). She was appointed to the post for a five-year term on June 26, 2006 by George W. Bush, and served as a member of the FDIC Board of Directors through July 8, 2011.

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Steen Jakobsen was appointed to the position of Saxo Bank’s Chief Economist in March 2011. Jakobsen returned to the Bank after two years’ absence. During that time he has been Chief Investment Officer for Limus Capital Partners. Prior to his departure in early 2009, Jakobsen was with Saxo Bank for almost nine years as Chief Investment Officer. He has more than 20+ years of experience within the fields of proprietary trading and alternative investment. In 1989, after finishing his studies…

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Suneil Mahindru ia Chief Investment Officer of International Equity, Goldman Sachs Asset Management.

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Originally from New Zealand, Tamara Pitelen’s media career spans 19 years and six countries, namely Japan, UK, Australia, Hong Kong, NZ and now the UAE. She started out as a daily news reporter for the Christchurch Press in New Zealand and has since worked extensively in consumer and contract magazines and newspapers ranging from finance and business titles to luxury lifestyle and celebrity as well as in the digital environment where she headed up the online department of a large Dubai-based…

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Tim Elliott is a journalist and broadcaster and has worked as a music and news radio presenter in his native London, the south of England and the UAE – since 1989. Having spent the past decade working in financial media, based in Dubai, he’s now made the switch back to radio… presenting latest national and international sporting news and more, weeknights on Dubai Eye 103.8FM’s Tonight Show with Richard Dean.

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Ziad Al Chaar is Managing Director of DAMAC Properties.

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