MULTAQA 2014: Akshay Randeva, director, strategic development, Qatar Financial Centre Authority, looks ahead to the March event

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The annual Multaqa Qatar conference is widely recognised as the Middle Eastern region’s leading risk and insurance platform.

It is the flagship (re)insurance event of the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority, co-organised by GR. The agenda for the eighth event (March 9-11) is now close to final.

The proceedings will be officially opened by H.E. Ali Shareef Al Emadi, Minister of Finance, State of Qatar, with an update on Qatar’s economic prospects and its financial services sector followed by a keynote address by H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Saoud Al-Thani, the governor, Qatar Central Bank and Chairman, Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority (QFCRA).

The international keynote address will be delivered by Amer Ahmed, chief executive of Allianz Re. Ahmed will elaborate on the strategic outlook for global (re)insurance markets and potential implications for the MENA markets.

The first panel debate on day one, chaired by Jack Grocott, editor GR, will look into the future of the MENA (re)insurance markets. Yassir Albaharna, chief executive, ARIG; Walid Sidani, chief executive, Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company; Salvatore Orlando, head of high growth markets, Partner Re; and Robert Makhoul, Middle East chief executive, Marsh will share their expert views.

The day will conclude with a debate between Fadi Abu Nahl, chief executive, Trust Re and George Kabban, chief executive, UIB (DIFC) on the challenges presented by developing and managing a multicultural workforce in regional (re)insurance markets. The session will be moderated by Sivam Subramaniam, editor-in-chief, Asia Insurance Review and Middle East Insurance Review.

Day two will commence with the launch of the second MENA Insurance Barometer, a regular executive survey conducted on behalf of the QFC Authority. The presentation of the latest findings will be followed by an industry keynote address from Taher Al Heraki, managing director and chief executive of Dhofar Insurance on the future of reinsurance buying in the MENA region, a topic of utmost relevance given the region’s exceptionally high cession rate of more than 30%.

Following this speech Michael Morrissey, chief executive, International Insurance Society, will host a panel discussion focusing on the role of regulators in the region. It will feature different views as to whether regulators should enforce industry consolidation or not. Senior participants include Ashraf Bseisu, group chief executive, Solidarity Group Holding; Imad Abdel Khaleq, member of the board and managing director, Jordan Insurance Company; George Pickering, managing director, policy and enforcement division, QFCRA; and James Portelli, general manager, United Insurance.

Besides its high-quality agenda, Multaqa Qatar will again offer a unique platform for networking with around 500 expected senior participants from more than 30 countries, facilitated by a state-of-the art meeting tool.

The QFC Authority is proud to host MultaQa Qatar in its eighth year and looks forward to welcoming its distinguished participants.

To register to attend this year’s Multaqa, click here.