IFM Awards 2023 - Timeline


International Finance Awards recognises industry talent, leadership skills, industry net worth and capability on an international platform. After careful consideration of nominations by a qualified research team, winners are declared on the strength of their application and past accomplishments. These winners are felicitated at a glittering awards gala, held at a premium five-star venue in a major business hub.


C-level executives and senior management representatives in the fields of finance, banking, asset management, brokerage, insurance, energy, oil & gas, logistics and utilities, predominantly from Middle East, Asia, Europe and Africa can participate in these awards.


Our past winners include Saudi Telecom Company, Sharjah Asset Management, Oman Oil Corporation for Exploration and Production, Emirates NBD Egypt, BIDV, OCBC Bank, Barwa Bank, Saudi Enaya, Kuwait Aviation Services Company, and many more. You too can be a winner!

THE DIGNITARIES – International Finance Awards 2023

H.E. Miss Nipa Nirannoot
H.E. Miss Nipa Nirannoot
Consul-General of Thailand in Dubai

As the Consul-General of Thailand in Dubai, H.E. Miss Nipa Nirannoot plays a pivotal role in executing diverse diplomatic and consular responsibilities. Her duties encompass fostering and maintaining bilateral relations between both countries, delivering consular services to Thai nationals in the region, championing trade and cultural exchanges, and catalysing collaboration across various sectors. H.E. Miss Nipa Nirannoot acts as a key representative, working to strengthen ties and address the needs of both Thai citizens and the broader diplomatic community.

Homam Abdulaziz Hashem
Mr. Homam Abdulaziz Hashem
CEO of Kafalah

Homam Hashem joined Kafalah as the CEO of its loan guarantee program in 2017. With over 25 years of experience in the financial sector and financial consulting services, Mr. Hashem worked with the team to restructure operations, launch new products, expand the business network, and empower the young team at Kafalah. Mr. Hashem has a proven track record of effectively managing a high-risk portfolio and capitalizing on opportunities for both consumer and small-to-medium-sized businesses. He also oversees the implementation of several strategic projects involving artificial intelligence and scoring, which have helped to automate credit decision-making processes.

Mr. Ahmed Ali Abdelrahman
Mr. Ahmed Ali Abdelrahman
CEO, Post for Investment S.A.E.

Mr Ahmed Ali Abdelrahman has over 28 years of extensive experience in banking and investment. His expertise extends to the capital markets, banking, and non-banking financial services in Egypt and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Throughout his impressive career, Mr. Abdelrahman has held leadership positions at multiple investment banking firms with great success.

Mr Bong Yik Jui
Mr. Bong Yik Jui
Deputy Chief of Mission/Minister at the Embassy of Malaysia in Bangkok

Mr Bong Yik Jui serves as the Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister at the Embassy of Malaysia in Bangkok. He is also the PR of Malaysia to the Permanent Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).

Ms. Susan Phoebe Sabado
Ms. Susan Phoebe Sabado
Vice Consul – Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Bangkok

Susan Phoebe Sabado, the current Third Secretary and Vice Consul at the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Bangkok, Thailand, handles economic and cultural matters with a commitment to excellence. With a background in the legal profession and a decade-long experience in the corporate world before transitioning to the diplomatic service, she assumes a pivotal role in fostering and enhancing bilateral ties between the Philippines and Thailand. Susan actively contributes to fulfilling the Embassy’s mandate, ensuring the well-being of her fellow countrymen within the vibrant Thai community.

H.E Ali AlThayedi
H.E. Ali AlThayedi
Consulate General Kuwait – UAE

His Excellency Ali Salem Al Thayedi is the Consul-General of Kuwait in Dubai, who took over his diplomatic responsibilities in 2022. Under his watch, UAE-Kuwait ties have continued to flourish as the latter’s Consulate in Dubai offers a wide range of consular services to Emirati residents as well as Kuwaitis and foreigners from other countries.

H.E Roy Fernandes
H.E. Roy Fernandes
Deputy Secretary-General of IIMSAM under the United Nations

His Excellency Ambassador Roy Fernandes, Deputy Secretary-General of IIMSAM under the United Nations, is known for bringing in his progressively responsible professional experiences in leadership ranks of governmental and private sector entities. Diplomat for the UAE government.

He has also contributed immensely in the fields of protocol affairs, human resources, finance and general administration.
He is known for his charity work around the world & runs the food Programme in the United Nations.

Dr. Ekapong Rimcharone
Dr. Ekapong Rimcharone
Deputy Secretary General, Office of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission, Thailand

Dr. Ekapong Rimcharone is the Deputy Secretary General of Thailand’s Office of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission. He has been serving the department since 2017 and graced various leadership positions. He also has the distinction of serving as the chairperson of various APEC and ASEAN panels on the digital economy. Apart from these, he has also worked as an advisory member in various committees of the Thailand Assembly.

Ms. Chandon Phanouvong
Ms. Chandon Phanouvong
Commercial Counsellor – Laos Embassy in Thailand

Ms. Chandone Phanouvong is the Commercial Counsellor at the Lao Embassy in Thailand. She has been serving Laos’ Ministry of Industry and Commerce’s Domestic Department since 2008 and held leadership roles such as the Deputy Director General, Director of Administration Division and Deputy Director of Administration Division.

H.E Ambassador Deyab AlRashidi
H.E. Ambassador Deyab AlRashidi
Consulate General of Kuwait and UAE

H.E. Ambassador Deyab AlRashidi is the Dean of the Consular Corps – General Consul of the State Kuwait to Dubai and North Emirates since 2013 till present time. He is an Advocate and studied Law at Kuwait University before joining the Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1992.

Mr. Rashed AL Teneiji
Director of Government Communication Department, UAE

Mr. Rashed AL Teneiji is the Director of Government Communication Department at the Federal Government, UAE. Before joining the federal government he was the part of Young Arab Leaders between 2010-2011, a nonprofit Organization Management, founded in 2004 at the World Economic Forum in ‘The Dead Sea’ under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the vice president, prime minister, and minister of defence of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as well as the ruler of Dubai.

H.E. Saud Salim Al Mazrouei
Director, Hamriyah Free Zone and Saif Zone

One of the youngest leaders tasked with the enviable assignments of transforming two of the economic growth engines of Sharjah – Hamriyah Free Zone and Sharjah Airport International Free Zone, Saud Salim Al Mazrouei is a tireless organiser and an energetic business traveler.

H.E. Fahad Al Gergawi
CEO Dubai FDI, Department of Economic Development (DED)

Fahad Al Gergawi was appointed by the Government of Dubai as Chief Executive Officer of Dubai FDI, the foreign investment promotion agency in the Department of Economic Development (DED), in 2008 after he successfully led international business development initiatives for strategic organizations in the emirate.

H.E. Ms. Sania A Ansari
CEO and chairperson for the Ansari Group

H.E. Ms. Sania A Ansari is the CEO and chairperson for the Ansari Group, a global consulting firm that provides clients with elite strategy, consulting, digital technology, and operations services. Ms. Sania A Ansari, whose ancestors came from Saudi Arabia, was born in Pakistan and raised in Canada.

Ms. Hind Al Youha – VIP GUEST
Director of Investment, Ministry of Economy

Ms. Hind Al Youha, Director of Investment, Ministry of Economy will attend the International Finance Awards as a VIP guest in Dubai, january 2020. Ms. Hind Al Youha is a chair member of various committees, including the National Agenda Economy Pillar and the Investment Committee. She has undertaken major leadership roles at the Department of Civil Aviation, Roads and Transport Authority and Customs. In her current role, Ms. Hind Al Youha is focused on introducing global practices to shape the future of Dubai’s economy.

Ms. Hind Al Youha has supervised the preparation and completion of the UAE Trade Policy Review’s third report conducted by the World Trade Organisation in 2016. In addition to her active role in the economic and investment sector, Ms. Hind Al Youha has developed the UAE Investment Navigator which offers insights into the future of the UAE economy.

H.E. Hani Al Hamli

Secretary General,Dubai Economic Council

Nathan Hunter

Business Development, Department of Economic Development, Ras Al Khaimah

H.E. Dato’ Ilango Karuppannan

High Commissioner of Malaysia to Singapore

Jeremy Tan

Honorary Secretary and Singapore, Enterprise Chapter Chairman, SGTech