Abdulaziz B. Al Loughani is co-founder and managing partner of Faith Capital, a Kuwait-based regional VC fund; and CEO of Floward, an online flower and gift retailer. He was previously vice chairman of Kuwait’s National Fund for SME Development and a co-founder of Talabat, the Middle East’s largest online food-ordering platform. He talks about opportunities and the growth of entrepreneurship in the region.
With oil prices low and stress on liquidity, banks in the GCC are increasingly looking to consolidate in order to remain strong.
Tech companies compete with banks.
Adnan Ahmed Yousif, president and CEO of Al Baraka Banking Group, talks with Global Finance about fintech, the changing regulatory environment and hurdles to overcome.
Saudi Arabia is looking for greater foreign investment.
CEO James Formby talks about how Rand Merchant Bank is adapting to meet the needs of corporate and institutional clients in a fast-changing region.
Faisal Al Haimus, CEO of Trade Bank of Iraq, talks about his country’s prospects for economic growth—and potential to leap ahead with new technology—as it emerges from hard years.
Freddie Baz, general manager and board vice chair of Bank Audi, talks about his bank’s robust performance despite difficult conditions, and government efforts to restore trust.
Saudi Arabia has had mixed results in attracting foreign capital.
Saudi Arabia is determined to replace foreign workers with natives.
Fintech meets Islamic finance.
Collaborative international fintech meets regtech.
How far will MENA banks go in embracing digital innovation? Global Finance’s Dubai conference explored various approaches to rapid change in the banking sector.
Falling oil prices are squeezing GCC economies.
Chinese finance is stepping up in Africa. While other powers worry about Beijing’s growing influence, it’s hard for cash-strapped governments to say no.
Sultan Al Habsi Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Oman talks to Global Finance about special economic zones, foreign investment, and state-of-the-art logistics.