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Middle East private banking debate: Participants

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Ghazi Al-Rawi (GA-R) is a founder and managing partner of Eastgate Capital Group, a private equity and real estate investment firm with assets under management of $570 million. He was previously with McKinsey & Company and is also on the board of Saudi Sanabel, a government-owned investment company, and the DIFC Wealth Management Advisory Council.
Robert Bush Jr (RB) is a founding partner of Majlis Partners, which assists investors seeking partnerships with asset managers and private banks. He has more than 20 years’ experience in proprietary trading, private equity, corporate governance, risk management and Islamic finance. He was previously managing director of Dubai private-equity firm Istithmar PJSC.
Bruno Daher (BD) is Credit Suisse’s managing director and co-chief executive for the Middle East, based in Dubai. He is also head of private banking for the Middle East and Indian subcontinent. He was with Merrill Lynch for 21 years, latterly as a managing director and head of private clients for the Middle East and India.
Gary Dugan (GD) is the acting general manager and chief investment officer, private banking, at Emirates NBD. He was previously managing director and chief investment officer at Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management (EMEA). His 25-year experience in wealth management also includes leading positions with Barclays Wealth and JPMorgan.
Stijn Janssen (SJ) is an international tax adviser, head of law firm Loyens & Loeff’s Dubai office and a member of its international tax practice group. Before moving to Dubai in 2007, he worked in the firm’s Amsterdam and Tokyo offices. He is also secretary-general of the United Arab Emirates branch of the International Fiscal Association.
Ihab ElSamannoudi (IES) is chief executive of Sukoon International, which he joined in 2006. He studied in the US, has worked in finance in Jeddah since 1991 and has been a director of various companies. He is also president and chief executive of investment firm Hayat Abdul Latif Jameel.
Mark Stadler (MS) is HSBC’s global market head, Middle East and North Africa private banking, based in Dubai. He was with ABN Amro until 2004, running its emerging-markets financial institutions and public sector teams. He then moved to HSBC and was co-head of its financial institutions group from 2006 until taking up his present post in February 2011.
Hazim Zagzoog (HZ) is the executive vice-president and head of the private banking division at Saudi Arabia’s National Commercial Bank, based in Jeddah, and has seven years’ experience in private banking. He is also a board member of The Capital Partnership, a London asset-management firm.

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