Financial Centres Of The World 2021: Focus On Dubai
Webinar - Dubai

Webinar Recording

Dubai International Financial Centre is the leading financial hub in the Middle East & Africa in the Global Financial Centres Index, and has a 15-year track record of facilitating trade and investment flows across the region, connecting local markets with the economies of Asia, Europe and the Americas.

In this webinar, Salmaan Jaffery, Chief Business Development Officer, DIFC Authority, will focused on Dubai’s successes and future development.


09:00 Welcome, Mike Wardle, Director and Head Of Indices, Z/Yen Group

09:05 Dubai International Financial Centre: Overview and Development, Salmaan Jaffery, Chief Business Development Officer, DIFC Authority

09:25 An External View, Mike Wardle, Director and Head Of Indices, Z/Yen Group

09:30 Questions, Comments, Answers

09:45 Close


In his capacity as Chief Business Development Officer, Salmaan Jaffery is responsible for developing and executing business strategies aligned with the DIFC’s 2024 growth ambitions. The business development team, under Mr. Jaffery’s direction, identifies and evaluates potential partnership opportunities that serve business and client growth within the DIFC community.

Mr. Jaffery has 20 years of extensive operating and advisory experience working with global financial services and consulting firms across the Middle East & North Africa, Asia and North America. During this time, he has established a track record for earning trust and delivering value to clients by developing new revenue opportunities, improving performance and driving organisational change. Mr. Jaffery has cultivated a vast network of peer and C-Suite relationships and is an accomplished thought leader in customer centricity and Islamic finance.

Before joining the DIFC Authority, Mr. Jaffery held leadership roles in Conventional & Islamic Finance at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young Middle East. Prior to that, he held operating and finance roles at Citibank and American Express in New York. Mr. Jaffery has also led client teams at Oliver Wyman focused on customer driven growth strategies and new venture analyses.

Mr. Jaffery holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BA in International Relations (Phi Beta Kappa) from Colgate University in the United States. He is President of the Cornell University and Johnson School Clubs, Middle East and serves on the Boards of several non-profit organisations.

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

9:00 - 9:45 GMT


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