Virtual high level conference of the Union of Arab Banks

The Union of Arab Banks, the European Banking Federation, the Union of Arab Bankers and Frankfurt Main Finance would like to invite you to our high level virtual conference on Oktober 1, 2020 (12:30 pm – 4 pm CEST). Top-class experts and politicians will discuss the topic “Euro-Arab Banking & Investment Opportunities in Post-Crisis Economy”.

Among other speakers, Dr. Jörg Kukies, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Finance, will deliver the keynote speech. Further speakers at the conference are:

Welcome Speech, Keynote and Impulse talk:

  • Mr. Wissam H. Fattouh, Secretary General, Union of Arab Banks
  • Dr. Philipp Nimmermann,State Secretary at the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing, Germany
  • Mr. Mohamad El Etreby, Deputy Chairman-Union of Arab Banks, and Chairman-Banque Misr, Egypt
  • Mr. Abdulaziz Al-Mikhlafi, Secretary General, Ghorfa Arab-German Chamberof Commerce and Industry, Berlin-Germany
  • Mr. Hubertus Väth, Managing Director, FrankfurtMain Finance, Germany
  • Mr. Peter Kruschel, Head of Division IFR1 (International Policy-Technical Cooperationand Bilateral Relations),Federal FinancialSupervisory Authority(BaFin), Germany

Session I: Euro-Arab growth opportunities and the path out of uncertainty

  • Dr. Adnan A. Yousif, Chairman, Al Baraka Banking Group,Bahrain
  • Mr. Sebastien De Brouwer, Chief Policy Officer, European Banking Federation
  • Dr. Muhammad Baasiri,former Vice Governor-Central Bank of Lebanon, and Chairman-US-MENA PSD Initiative, Lebanon
  • Dr. Martin Pontzen,Deutsche BundesbankDirector, Deutsche Bundesbank, Centre for InternationalCentral Bank Dialogue, Germany (tbc)
  • Dr. Fianna Jurdant, Senior Advisor-Middle East & Africa Division/ Global Relations Secretariat, OECD, France (tbc)

Session II: German-Arab potential banking & business cooperation Post-Brexit

  • Mr. Tarek Fayed, Chairman, Banque Du Caire, Egypt
  • Dr. Andreas Prechtel, Managing Director, Association of Foreign Banks, Germany
  • Mrs. Lara Dagher, Managing Partner, Beirut Practice Law Firm, Lebanon
  • Mr. Yusef Ahmed, Founding Partner & Managing Director, FIC Frankfurt International, Germany

Please find the preliminary agenda here.

Register in advance for the conference here.


Established on March 13, 1973, the Union of Arab Banks (UAB) was established in accordance with its first General Assembly meeting held in Beirut, Lebanon, under the umbrella of the Arab Administrative Development Organization (AADO).

The UAB has numerous foreign offices throughout MENA and European nations, including Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Yemen, Tunis and Germany. UAB is comprised of over 330 Arab banking and financial institutions within its membership, including all MENA region Central Banks, major Arab and MENA banking institutions, financial agencies, and joint Arab-Foreign institutions.