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Arab Financial Forum

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The AFF provides a framework for strategic discussions on key issues facing the development of Arab financial markets, linking key decision-makers and practitioners from the public and private sectors in the Arab world and their international counterparts.


Arab economies are at cross-roads. The challenges of economic diversification, job creation and globalisation will be met by countries in a variety of ways. AFF brings together leading groups and individuals involved with current challenges to exchange views, disseminate and initiate research papers and identify best practice ideas and experience as part of evolutionary processes.


The three main challenges addressed by the AFF are:

  • Development of Arab capital markets
  • Economic liberalisation
  • Integration of Islamic finance

AFF achieves its objective by coordinating national and international conferences, commissioning and distributing discussion papers, regular briefings with financial commentators, government advisors and think tanks and through monthly newsletters via its website.


AFF is chaired by HE Dr. Abdulla Bishara, Vice-Chairman of KIPCO and former Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council.  The Advisory Board coordinates the Arab Financial Forum’s future  programmes.

Membership: The Arab Financial Forum is keen to hear from individuals and organisations that wish to participate in its activities. Suggestions as to academic studies, speakers and areas of research are welcome. To join the Arab Financial Forum or find out more about our work, please contact us by email, visit our LinkedIn page or call us directly at +44 207-591-4816.