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H.E. Sameh Al Qubaisi

Group Head of Global Markets at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Sameh Al Qubaisi is the Group Head of Global Markets at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) in the United Arab Emirates. As a member of the Group Executive Committee, he oversees the bank’s award-winning global markets function, including trading, sales, products and research as well as new product capabilities to fuel the momentum and appeal of FAB’s global client base.

The Global Markets team’s combination of broad reach, deep insight and responsive world-class tailored products and cross-asset platform enables our clients to pursue global growth quickly and carefully while managing risk. Our FX, research and overall business functions alone have drawn multiple accolades from Euromoney, AsiaMoney, Global Finance, IFC and other global and regional industry experts.

Sameh previously served as Director General of Economic Affairs at the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development. In this role, he led teams responsible for delivering Abu Dhabi’s economic strategy, overseeing SME policymaking, logistics and trade facilitation, the Competitiveness Office of Abu Dhabi, the Industrial Development Bureau, and the Abu Dhabi Residents Office.

He was also Executive Director of Business Enterprise at the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) where he was primarily responsible for investments and Public Private Partnerships, playing a key role in scaling up ADIO’s coverage, capabilities, and offerings.

Sameh’s 15+year career in global banking and finance and long- standing expertise in wholesale banking, risk management and global markets plays a crucial role in his efforts towards achieving macro- economic diversification initiatives.

He spent more than a decade at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi and has held a number of leadership roles at CAPM Investments, Finance House, Standard Chartered Bank, HSBC, and National Bank of Dubai.

Sameh holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations with minors in Political Science and Economics from Rollins College, USA.

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