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The International Arab Banking Summit “Istanbul 2024”

“Arab – Turkish Economic and Banking Relationships”

23rd – 24th of May, 2024               The Peninsula Hotel              Istanbul – Türkiye


Agenda & Timetable

Thursday 23rd  May 2024

08:00 – 09:00

Registration and welcome coffee

09:00 – 10:15

Opening Speeches

  • Chairman of Union of Arab Banks, Mr. Mohamed El Etreby
  • Chairman of Banks Association of Türkiye, Mr. Alpaslan Çakar

Keynote Speeches

  • H.E Mr. Mehmet Simsek, Minister of Treasury and Finance, The Republic of Türkiye
  • H.E. Mr. Nasser Kamel, Secretary General, Union for the Mediterranean (UFM)
  • Speech of the President of the Republic of Türkiye

10:15 – 10:45

Award Ceremony

“Arab Banker of the Year 2024”

 Mrs. Randa Sadik, Group CEO, Arab Bank, Jordan

Award announcements:

Dr. Wissam H. Fattouh, Secretary General, Union of Arab Banks

Memorial Group Photo – “Istanbul 2024 Summit”

10:45 – 11:00

Networking, Coffee break & visit to the exhibition accompanying the Summit

Panels of Discussion:

11:00 – 12:30

Panel 1: “Arab-Turkish strategic economic cooperation in light of global geopolitical tensions”

– Achieving an Arab-Turkish economic alliance
– Collaboration in energy sector and renewable energy
– Boosting bilateral trade
– Conditions to promote bilateral FDI

Keynote Speech:

  • E. Mr. Amin Salam, Minister of Economy & Trade, Lebanon
  • E. Mr. Atheer Dawood Al Ghirairi, Minister of Commerce, Iraq
  • E. Mrs. Hala Helmi Said, Minister of Planning & Economic Development, Egypt
  • Senior Official – Ministry of Economy and Planning, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Senior Official – Ministry of State for Foreign Trade, UAE
  • E. Amb. Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, Head of EU Delegation to Türkiye



12:30 – 12:45

Coffee Break & Networking

12:45 – 14:00

Panel 2: “Arab-Turkish economic & banking relationships: the road to regional banking integration”

– Economic cooperation
– Arab-Turkish banking alliances
– Cooperation in Digital Banking and Open Banking
– Expansion of Arab banks in Turkey and vice versa


Senior Executive from the Central Bank of KSA
Senior Executive from the Central Bank of Egypt
Dr. Osman Cevdet Akçay, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Türkiye
Mrs. Didem Şahin Çakmak, Executive Vice President- Corporate Banking, Alternatif Bank, Türkiye




Luncheon & free Networking (end of day one activities)

N.B.: UAB & FBF reserves the right to modify the program as it sees fit

Friday 24th of May 2024

09:00 – 09:30

Opening Speech:

 H.E. Dr. Fatih Karahan, Governor of The Central Bank of the Republic of Türkiye

09:30 – 10:45

Panel 3: “Global economic growth & monetary conditions”

  • Impact of geopolitical tensions on growth & Interruption of international trade and supply chains
  • Impact of high interest rates on inflation
  • Movement of global capital flows and investments
  • Role of Islamic finance in diversifying economic growth avenues
  • Global growth slowdown


  • Gabriel Di Bella, Senior Resident Representative for the Republic of Türkiye – International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • Adnan Yousif, Chairman, Association of Banks in Bahrain
  • Peter Simon, Managing Director, WSBI-ESBG, Brussels
  • Hedwige Nuyens​​​​, Managing Director, The International Banking Federation (IBFED), London
  • Iyad Asali, General Manager, Islamic International Arab Bank, Jordan
  • Levent Guven, Exec. Vice President – Treasury and Financial Institutions, Alternatif Bank, Türkiye

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee Break & Networking

11:00 – 12:00

Panel 4: “ Financial Technology and Digital Banking “

  • Digital transformation in banking
  • Banks and Fintech firms: cooperation or competition?
  • Artificial Intelligence changing banking landscape


  • Onur Kursun, Executive Vice President- Head of Transfer Solutions/ EEMEA, Mastercard International
  • Halil Ozcan, Executive Vice President/ Digital Banking, Burgan Bank, Türkiye
  • Sallianne Taylor, Principal Advisor, Bloomberg L.P, London
  • Burcu Civelek Yüce, Executive Vice President – Consumer Banking and Digital Solutions, AKBANK, Türkiye

12:15 – 12:15

Coffee Break & Networking

12:15 – 13:30

Panel 4: “ Climate risks and food security “

  • Climate changes and its repercussions on food security
  • Arab-Turkish cross-border food production investments
  • Water security challenges
  • Impact of climate risks on financial stability


  • Achraf Bouali, Head for OECD Istanbul Center for Global Relations
  • Sahba Sobhani, Director – UNDP Istanbul International Center for
  • Eric Usher, Head of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), Switzerland
  • Carol Cherfane, Director/ Arab Centre for Climate Change Policies; Cluster Leader, Climate Change & Natural Resource Sustainability Cluster / UN-ESCWA
  • Hale Özsoy Bıyıklı, Board Member and Treasurer, Impact Investing Advisory Board (EYDK), Türkiye


   Ms. Pelin Ataman Erdönmez, Director of Sustainability, Banks Association of Türkiye

13:30 – 14:00

Summits’ Conclusion


Luncheon & free Networking