(at 16th October 2008)

DAY ONE: FRIDAY, 31 October 2008
13:00h – 19.00h Registration
Palmyra Room, Four Seasons Hotel
18:00h – 19.00h Meeting of Moderators and Speakers
Eshtar Room, Banqueting Level, Four Seasons Hotel
19.00h Welcome Reception
Levant Ballroom, Four Seasons Hotel
Hosted by: Bank Audi Syria SA

Welcoming speech: HE Simon Collis, British Ambassador to Syria
DAY TWO: SATURDAY, 1 November 2008
09.00h – 10.00h Opening Session:
  Opening remarks:
Dr. Fawaz Akhras, Co-Chairman, British Syrian Society
  Keynote Speech One: Relections on the Evolving Global Financial Crisis Dr. Charles Chatterjee, Professor, Global Policy Institute, London Metropolitan University
  Presidential Address
10.00 - 11.15h Panel Session 1: What comes after Commercial Banking

Moderated by: Faisal Kudsi, Chairman & CEO, Investment Trust Limited, UK
  • Radwan Termanini, Economic and Business Consultant
  • Marwan Iskandar, Founder & General Manager, MI Associates
  • Mahmoud Abdul Khaleq Al-Nouri, Chairman and Managing Director, Kuwait Syrian Holding
  • Ziad Bahaa Eldin, Legal Advisor and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Egyptian Investment Authority
11.15h - 11.45h Coffee Break
11.45h - 12.15h Keynote Speech Two: HE Dr. Mohammed Al Hussein, Minister of Finance, Syrian Arab Republic
12.15h - 13.30h Panel Session 2: Issues Affecting The Financial Sector

Moderated by: Costi Chehlaoui, Advisor to the Board of Directors, Syria Gulf Bank
  • Dr. Florence Eid, Managing Director Middle East & North Africa, Passport Capital
  • Rabie Rafia, Cham Investment Group
  • Khaled Saoud Al Hasan, Managing Director and CEO, Gulf Insurance Company, Kuwait
  • Fadi Abdulhamid, Executive Director, Talal Abu Ghazaleh, Syria
13.30h - 15.15h Lunch:
Orient Club Restaurant
Hosted by Syria Gulf Bank
15.15h - 16.15h Panel Session 3: Current Financial Crises: Crucial Role of Governance

Moderated by: Wafic Said, Chairman, Said Holdings Ltd
  • HE Dr. Adib Mayelleh, Governor Central Bank Syria
  • HE  Yilmaz Durmus, Governor of Central Bank, Turkey
  • HE Dr. Umayya Salah Toukan, Governor, Central Bank of Jordan
16.15 – 16.45h Tea Break
16.45 – 18.00h Panel Session 4: Islamic Banking: What Does it Offer?

Moderated by: Bassil Hamwi, Deputy Chairman and General Manager, Bank Audi Syria, SA
  • Ibrahim Mardam Bey, Chief Executive Officer, Siraj Capital (Dubai) Ltd.
  • Mamoun Darkazally, General Manager, Al Baraka Bank, Syria (under establishment)
  • John Davie, Head of International Business Development, Vector Management International Limited and Chairman UK Trade & Industry PPP Export Advisory Group
  • Sheikh Dr. Abdul Sattar Abo Guddeh, Chairman, Dar Al Mashorah, Damascus
18.00h – 18.30h Keynote Speech Three: Investment, prosperity, and economic freedom Fred McMahon, Director, Centre for Trade and Globalization Studies, The Fraser Institute, Canada
20.00h Gala Reception and Dinner
Hosted by: Emaar Syria at their premises in Yaafour
Keynote Speech: HE Mr. Abdulla Dardari, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs*
DAY THREE: SUNDAY, 2 November 2008
09.00h – 09.30h Keynote Speech Four: How to Attract Foreign Direct Investment Salem Ben Nasser Ismaily, Chief Executive Officer, The Omani Centre for Investment Promotion and Export Development
09.30h - 11.00h Panel Session 5: Driving Inward Investment

Moderated by: David Freeman, Company Secretary, British Syrian Society
  • Bachar Jazmati, Associate Director, Middle East & North Africa, Project and Export Finance, HSBC Bank Middle East Ltd
  • Dr. Tamer Alhejjeh, Governor of Aleppo, Syria
  • Poul Gadegaard, Senior International Business Development, Institutional Policy Formulation Expert
  • Fathi Saleh, Country Senior Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Jordan
11.00h – 11:30h Coffee Break
11.30h – 13.00h Panel Session 6: Training and Human Resources

Moderated by: Ghayth Armanazi, Executive Director, British Syrian Society
  • Jackie Makhoul-Winn, Human Resources Director, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Sami Barakat, Chief HR & Admin Officer, Cham Holdings
  • Hussein Ismail, Deputy Director, Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF) and President, Bahrain Society for Training and Development
  • Toufic Tasso, General Manager, Pigier Lebanon (Business Education and Training) & President Business & Management University - Erbil
13.00 – 14.30h Panel Session 7: Brainstorm with the Government
Moderated by: Dr. Fawaz Akhras, Co-Chairman, British Syrian Society
A round table discussion with key ministers to analyse the key issues which impact on development
  • Dr. Mohammed Hussein, Minister of Finance
  • Dr. Dr. Amer Housni Lutfi, Minister Economy & Trade
  • Dr. Dyala Al-Hajj A’ref, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
  • Dr. Ghayth Barakat, Minister of Higher Education
14.30h - 14.45h Closing Remarks
Brian Constant, Treasurer, British Syrian Society
15.30h - 17.00h Farewell Lunch
Hosted by the Federation of the Syrian Chambers of Commerce at the farm of Dr. Rateb Shallah
  * Not Confirmed
Gold Sponsors
Bank Audi   Federation of Syrian Chambers of Commerce
The Eighth Gate   Fouad Takla Company
Syrian Enterprise & Business Centre
Syria Gulf Bank
Yazigi Group
Silver Sponsors
Arab Bank
Al Watan   Banque Bemo Saudi Fransi
Byblos Bank
International Bank for Trade & Finance
Khwanda Group   Shell
Syrian Arab Insurance sa   Syriatel
Bronze Sponsors
Bank Al-Sharq
Insight Consulting & Investment Company
Siraj Capital   Cham Bank

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