AMEDA - Edaa 39th Meeting - Qatar, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Doha

About the Event

The theme of this year’s meeting focuses on the growing use of AI at CSDs as well as Sustainability through New Initiatives while Maintaining Data Security. We will delve into innovative approaches aimed at ensuring the sustainability of Central Securities Depositories (CSDs) while upholding the utmost standards of data security.

AMEDA’s 39th Meeting will provide a platform for industry leaders, experts, and stakeholders to engage in meaningful discussions, share insights, and explore strategies to enhance the sustainability of CSDs in the ever-evolving financial landscape.

Date: May 1-2, 2024
Location: Ritz Carlton Hotel, Doha

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Agenda

Pre-conference day: Tuesday, April 30th, 2024

 

  • 19:30 – 21:30
Welcome reception – Ritz Carlton
  • 09:00 – 09:30
Registration & Coffee
  • 09:30 – 09:50
Country Leadership
To be confirmed
  • 09:50 – 10:00
Welcome Address
Mr. Abdulla Abdin, AMEDA President
  • 10:00 – 10:15
Welcome Address
Sheikh Saif Al-Thani, EDAA CEO
  • 10:15 – 11:00
Qatar EDAA Presentation and latest Developments
BODIVA of Angola Presentation
Zimbabwe Stock Exchange Presentation
  • 11:00 – 11:30
Coffee Break
  • 11:30 – 12:30
TABADUL Digital Exchange Hub Panel
Mr. Saker Asllan – Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange and AMEDA members
  • 12:30 – 14:00
Buffet Lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:00
Providing benefits for enhanced sovereign commitments to sustainability
Mr. Mazen Wathaifi – Amman Stock Exchange
  • 15:00 – 15:45
How to determine CSDs’ Fees (charged for trading, non-trading) Panel
Mr. Stuart Turner and AMEDA members
  • 15:45 – 16:30
What is the likely impact of generative AI on CSDs? Artificial Intelligence and
its Relevance to CSDs and Exchanges
Mr. Gunsel Topbas – Citi Bank
  • 20:00 – 22:00
Gala Dinner/10th Anniversary/Awards Ceremony
  • 09:00 – 09:45
Mobile and digital solutions: provide investors with easy access to CSDs services, and track transactions.
SDC e-Portfolio Service
Mrs. Sarah Tarawneh, CEO, Securities Depository Center of Jordan
  • 09:45 – 10:30
Common risks: CSDs need to address in their risk management framework, some examples of risk-based admission criteria that CSDs can establish for counterparties.
Mr. Jim Micklethwaite – Thomas Murray
  • 10:30 – 10:50
CSD Investor Services
Mr. Miguel Espinoza – Montran Corporation
  • 10:50 – 11:20
Coffee Break
  • 11:20 – 12:00
Technological Transformation in the Financial Sector.
To be confirmed
  • 12:00 – 12:30
Cyber Security
Mr. William Rimington – Thomas Murray
  • 12:30 – 14:00
Buffet Lunch
  • 14:00 – 14:45
Is it time for CSDs to switch to the Cloud? Cloud Technologies for Efficient
Operations
Mr. Stuart Turner, Avenir Technology Limited
  • 14:45 – 15:30
ESG, what role can CSDs play in ESG compliance?
Bahrain Exchange – Name to be confirmed
  • 15:30 – 15:40
Turkish CSD and TR, MKK
AECSD Istanbul Summit 2024
Dr. Ekrem Arıkan, CEO and Board Member of MKK, AECSD Chairman
  • 15:40 – 16:55
Closing Session and Conference Wrap Up: Vision and the Way Forward
Sheikh Saif Al-Thani, EDAA CEO
  • 15:55 – 17:00
AMEDA Closed Session (members only) AMEDA Related Issues
1- New Application Form
2- AMEDA Financials
3- AMEDA Management Body
4- Legal Working Committee
5- AMEDA Next Venues (Nigeria October 2024, September 2025 Almaty)
6- Any Other Business

Saturday, May 3rd, 2024

 

  • 10:30 – 14:00
Sightseeing

Our Speakers

Mr. Miguel Espinoza, Head of Product, Securities and Trading, Montran

Mr. Miguel Espinoza, Head of Product, Securities and Trading, Montran

Mr. Miguel Espinoza is the Head of Product for Montran’s CSD solution and the Solution Delivery Manager of the Securities and Trading division. He has been actively involved in the development and implementation of over 25 Central Securities Depositories around the world. Coming from an IT background, Miguel has been combining his technical and business knowledge to provide Montran
clients with the best possible CSD solution adopting best practices and focusing on settlement optimization and efficiency.

As head of product, Miguel is responsible for the general development and the definition of the product roadmap of the Montran CSD solution. With his team, he is constantly reviewing and researching the implemented processes, new initiatives, and emerging technologies to determine possible enhancements and the way forward for Montran’s CSD product.

Mr. Jim Micklethwaite, Managing Director, Financial Markets at Thomas Murray

Jim manages the Global Network Management (‘GNM’) division at TM and has over 26 years in the financial services industry. His responsibilities include running a team of 25 analysts and network managers who track custodian and market practice in 104 markets and assess risks in over 300 custodians, 145 CSDs and 27 CCPs worldwide. Jim is a subject matter expert on post-trade infrastructure and has led various strategic consulting projects on market infrastructure. Previously, Jim was a senior analyst within TM Network Management evaluating and selecting local and global custodians for clients as well as supporting a variety of consultancy engagements. Prior to joining TM in 1995, he was at Taylor Nelson Sofres as a Project Supervisor in their Financial division.
Mazen Wathaifi Chief Executive Officer Amman Stock Exchange

Mr. Mazen Wathaifi Chief Executive Officer Amman Stock Exchange

Mr. Wathaifi is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Amman Stock Exchange (ASE) since September 2019. He joined the Amman Financial Market (AFM) in1984 and became the Director of the Research and Studies Department at the AFM in 1997. He was appointed as the Director of the Research and International Affairs Department at the Jordan Securities Commission (JSC) in 1999.

Among his main responsibilities were conducting researches on matters related to capital market regulation and activities and following up the JSC’s relations with related international organizations including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), Union of Arab of Securities Authorities (UASA), and International securities regulators. He took part in internal committees that drafted the Securities Law and legislations governing various activities in the national capital market. He headed the committee that drafted the Corporate Governance Code for Shareholding Companies Listed on Amman Stock Exchange. He is a member in several local, Arab, and international working groups and task forces. Mr. Wathaifi was appointed as the Executive Director of the JSC in July 2013.

In July 2014 he was appointed by the Jordanian Council of Ministers as a commissioner on the JSC’s Board of Commissioners in addition to the responsibilities of the Secretary General of the JSC. He holds the BA in Business and Economics in addition to a High Diploma in banking studies and the master’s degree in finance/ financial markets. He received training in several international institutions and institutes including the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the British Financial Services Authority (FSA), the American University, and the Capital Market Research Center at the George Town University in Washington.  He participated and represented the JSC and ASE in several conferences and seminars on Arab and international levels.

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Dr. Osman Gunsel Topbas the Regional Head of Custody for Middle East and Africa at Citi Bank

Dr. Osman Gunsel Topbas currently serves as the Regional Head of Custody for Middle East and Africa at Citi, serving to global banks, international broker dealers, and institutional investors across 13 markets.
Dr.Topbas, holds a BSc in Computer Engineering, MSc degrees in International Banking, and a PhD in Corporate Finance. His analytical prowess, business management acumen, and new business development capabilities have enabled him to deliver value to clients, regulators, and market infrastructure institutions. He possesses a deep understanding of local market mechanisms, regulatory frameworks, and global industry best practices.
Dr. Topbas is an active member of the Digital Assets Working Group of the MENA Fintech Association, focusing on blockchain-driven opportunities for the issuance and custody of tokenized and digital assets in the region. He is also a certified Distinguished Public Speaker by Toastmasters International, speaking frequently on topics like digital assets, blockchain, leadership, motivation, and success.
A passionate advocate for the interplay between motivation, influence, success, and personal well-being, Dr. Topbas employs his multidisciplinary interests in business and personal development to set effective strategies for transformation. His leadership style emphasizes proactivity, ensuring sound business execution and sustainable growth.“

Mr. Saker Asllan Chief Operations Officer Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange

Saker Asllan brings over 18 years of expertise in financial markets and banking to his role as the Chief Exchange Operations Officer at the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX). At ADX, he leads the Operations Team, ensuring effective trading control and the preservation of fair market practices through surveillance. His responsibilities also extend to fostering efficient engagement with all financial market members. In addition to his primary role, Saker leads the continuous development of the Tabadul Hub Program, aimed at connecting exchanges and promoting cross-border trading. Before joining ADX, Saker was the Executive Director of Surveillance Optimisation at Morgan Stanley. In this role, he led the bank’s global surveillance program optimisation and spearheaded several key strategic trade monitoring initiatives. Prior to this, he worked for Nasdaq for 9 years, as Associate Vice President in Product Management, leading key product initiatives in Trade Surveillance, use of analytics and data visualizations to drive efficiency in trading risk management.

In 2008, Saker led the establishment of the Damascus Securities Exchange. As the Acting Deputy CEO, he was responsible for developing core business rules, procedures, and systems for trading, clearing, and settlement. Earlier, in 2006, he played a foundational role in the establishment of the Syrian Commission on Financial Markets as the IT Director, managing IT infrastructure and systems development. Saker holds an MSc (Hons) in International Financial Markets from the University of Southampton, an MBA (Hons) from the international program of Paris-Dauphine University, and a BS in Software Engineering from the University of Damascus.

Mr. Justin Bgoni Chief Executive Officer Zimbabwe Stock Exchange

Mr. Justin Bgoni Chief Executive Officer Zimbabwe Stock Exchange

Mr. Justin is a Chartered Accountant with over 19 years of international experience in the financial and public sector. Justin holds amongst other qualifications a Bachelor of Accounting Science from the University of South Africa and a Master in Applied Finance from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Some notable previous appointments include being a Management Consultant at McKinsey Incorporated and Chief Financial Officer at New Zealand Stock Exchange.

Mrs. Sarah Tarawneh, Chief Executive Officer, Securities Depository Center of Jordan

Sarah Tarawneh is the Chief Executive Officer of the Securities Depository Center of Jordan (SDC), she has been working with the SDC for over 17 years, during which she was responsible of multiple managerial tasks, including public relations, custody business, drafting rules and regulations, her previous role was director of the Legal Affairs, prior to being appointed the Chief Executive Officer early this year.

Sarah also served on the board of ANNA (Association of National Numbering Agencies) for the term of three years (2019-2021) dedicated to supporting the industry of standardization in capital markets in the region.

Sarah is specialized in Capital market legislation, Depository, Clearing and settlement, compliance with international standards and best practices.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Jordan, and a license of practice from the Jordanian Bar association; she also attained many professional training and certificates in financial services field.

Mr. Miguel Espinoza, Head of Product, Securities and Trading, Montran

Mr. Miguel Espinoza, Head of Product, Securities and Trading, Montran

Mr. Miguel Espinoza is the Head of Product for Montran’s CSD solution and the Solution Delivery Manager of the Securities and Trading division. He has been actively involved in the development and implementation of over 25 Central Securities Depositories around the world. Coming from an IT background, Miguel has been combining his technical and business knowledge to provide Montran
clients with the best possible CSD solution adopting best practices and focusing on settlement optimization and efficiency.

As head of product, Miguel is responsible for the general development and the definition of the product roadmap of the Montran CSD solution. With his team, he is constantly reviewing and researching the implemented processes, new initiatives, and emerging technologies to determine possible enhancements and the way forward for Montran’s CSD product.

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Dr. Osman Gunsel Topbas the Regional Head of Custody for Middle East and Africa at Citi Bank

Dr. Osman Gunsel Topbas currently serves as the Regional Head of Custody for Middle East and Africa at Citi, serving to global banks, international broker dealers, and institutional investors across 13 markets.
Dr.Topbas, holds a BSc in Computer Engineering, MSc degrees in International Banking, and a PhD in Corporate Finance. His analytical prowess, business management acumen, and new business development capabilities have enabled him to deliver value to clients, regulators, and market infrastructure institutions. He possesses a deep understanding of local market mechanisms, regulatory frameworks, and global industry best practices.
Dr. Topbas is an active member of the Digital Assets Working Group of the MENA Fintech Association, focusing on blockchain-driven opportunities for the issuance and custody of tokenized and digital assets in the region. He is also a certified Distinguished Public Speaker by Toastmasters International, speaking frequently on topics like digital assets, blockchain, leadership, motivation, and success.
A passionate advocate for the interplay between motivation, influence, success, and personal well-being, Dr. Topbas employs his multidisciplinary interests in business and personal development to set effective strategies for transformation. His leadership style emphasizes proactivity, ensuring sound business execution and sustainable growth.“

Mr. Justin Bgoni Chief Executive Officer Zimbabwe Stock Exchange

Mr. Justin Bgoni Chief Executive Officer Zimbabwe Stock Exchange

Mr. Justin is a Chartered Accountant with over 19 years of international experience in the financial and public sector. Justin holds amongst other qualifications a Bachelor of Accounting Science from the University of South Africa and a Master in Applied Finance from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Some notable previous appointments include being a Management Consultant at McKinsey Incorporated and Chief Financial Officer at New Zealand Stock Exchange.

Mr. Jim Micklethwaite, Managing Director, Financial Markets at Thomas Murray

Jim manages the Global Network Management (‘GNM’) division at TM and has over 26 years in the financial services industry. His responsibilities include running a team of 25 analysts and network managers who track custodian and market practice in 104 markets and assess risks in over 300 custodians, 145 CSDs and 27 CCPs worldwide. Jim is a subject matter expert on post-trade infrastructure and has led various strategic consulting projects on market infrastructure. Previously, Jim was a senior analyst within TM Network Management evaluating and selecting local and global custodians for clients as well as supporting a variety of consultancy engagements. Prior to joining TM in 1995, he was at Taylor Nelson Sofres as a Project Supervisor in their Financial division.

Mr. Saker Asllan Chief Operations Officer Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange

Saker Asllan brings over 18 years of expertise in financial markets and banking to his role as the Chief Exchange Operations Officer at the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX). At ADX, he leads the Operations Team, ensuring effective trading control and the preservation of fair market practices through surveillance. His responsibilities also extend to fostering efficient engagement with all financial market members. In addition to his primary role, Saker leads the continuous development of the Tabadul Hub Program, aimed at connecting exchanges and promoting cross-border trading. Before joining ADX, Saker was the Executive Director of Surveillance Optimisation at Morgan Stanley. In this role, he led the bank’s global surveillance program optimisation and spearheaded several key strategic trade monitoring initiatives. Prior to this, he worked for Nasdaq for 9 years, as Associate Vice President in Product Management, leading key product initiatives in Trade Surveillance, use of analytics and data visualizations to drive efficiency in trading risk management.

In 2008, Saker led the establishment of the Damascus Securities Exchange. As the Acting Deputy CEO, he was responsible for developing core business rules, procedures, and systems for trading, clearing, and settlement. Earlier, in 2006, he played a foundational role in the establishment of the Syrian Commission on Financial Markets as the IT Director, managing IT infrastructure and systems development. Saker holds an MSc (Hons) in International Financial Markets from the University of Southampton, an MBA (Hons) from the international program of Paris-Dauphine University, and a BS in Software Engineering from the University of Damascus.

Mrs. Sarah Tarawneh, Chief Executive Officer, Securities Depository Center of Jordan

Sarah Tarawneh is the Chief Executive Officer of the Securities Depository Center of Jordan (SDC), she has been working with the SDC for over 17 years, during which she was responsible of multiple managerial tasks, including public relations, custody business, drafting rules and regulations, her previous role was director of the Legal Affairs, prior to being appointed the Chief Executive Officer early this year.

Sarah also served on the board of ANNA (Association of National Numbering Agencies) for the term of three years (2019-2021) dedicated to supporting the industry of standardization in capital markets in the region.

Sarah is specialized in Capital market legislation, Depository, Clearing and settlement, compliance with international standards and best practices.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Jordan, and a license of practice from the Jordanian Bar association; she also attained many professional training and certificates in financial services field.

Mazen Wathaifi Chief Executive Officer Amman Stock Exchange

Mr. Mazen Wathaifi Chief Executive Officer Amman Stock Exchange

Mr. Wathaifi is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Amman Stock Exchange (ASE) since September 2019. He joined the Amman Financial Market (AFM) in1984 and became the Director of the Research and Studies Department at the AFM in 1997. He was appointed as the Director of the Research and International Affairs Department at the Jordan Securities Commission (JSC) in 1999.

Among his main responsibilities were conducting researches on matters related to capital market regulation and activities and following up the JSC’s relations with related international organizations including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), Union of Arab of Securities Authorities (UASA), and International securities regulators. He took part in internal committees that drafted the Securities Law and legislations governing various activities in the national capital market. He headed the committee that drafted the Corporate Governance Code for Shareholding Companies Listed on Amman Stock Exchange. He is a member in several local, Arab, and international working groups and task forces. Mr. Wathaifi was appointed as the Executive Director of the JSC in July 2013.

In July 2014 he was appointed by the Jordanian Council of Ministers as a commissioner on the JSC’s Board of Commissioners in addition to the responsibilities of the Secretary General of the JSC. He holds the BA in Business and Economics in addition to a High Diploma in banking studies and the master’s degree in finance/ financial markets. He received training in several international institutions and institutes including the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the British Financial Services Authority (FSA), the American University, and the Capital Market Research Center at the George Town University in Washington.  He participated and represented the JSC and ASE in several conferences and seminars on Arab and international levels.

Venue - Ritz Carlton Hotel, Doha

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