Dubai: Standard Chartered announced today its exclusive partnership of the DIFC Treasury Leadership Forum, marking a new milestone in the collaboration between Standard Chartered and Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the leading global financial centre in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia (MEASA) region.

Organised by DIFC, the forum will bring together senior treasurers from leading banks, multinationals and services providers to focus on how to optimise treasury operations for growth and the key trends shaping treasury across different sectors.

Christopher Parsons, Senior Executive Officer, Standard Chartered at DIFC said: “We are delighted to partner with DIFC to host the DIFC Treasury Leadership Forum, a dynamic platform that brings together thought leaders to share insights, exchange ideas and collaborate to shape the future of treasury management. This partnership demonstrates the strong synergies between Standard Chartered and DIFC and is a testament to our long-term commitment to optimising growth and creating a better future for the industry.”

Alya Al Zarouni, Chief Operating Officer, DIFC Authority said: “We are pleased to have Standard Chartered, join us as the exclusive partner of the DIFC Treasury Leadership Forum to address how businesses can build robust treasury infrastructures. Showcasing the benefits of setting up regional treasury divisions in DIFC, the forum will also provide corporates with strategies on how to centralise, manage, and consolidate regional resources, offering a competitive advantage by reducing operating costs.”

Hosted at The Atrium, Gate District, DIFC, on 31 May, themed ‘A deep dive into the future of treasury centres’, the DIFC Treasury Leadership Forum will showcase the latest trends in treasury solutions designed to streamline financial operations, optimise liquidity management, and enhance risk management strategies.

Speakers and panellists include: Alya Al Zarouni, Chief Operating Officer, DIFC Authority; Ankur Kanwar, Head of Cash Management (ASEAN), and Global Head of Structured Solutions, Standard Chartered; Christopher Parsons, Senior Executive Officer, Standard Chartered; Irwin Medford, Director, Treasury Advisory, PwC Middle East; Motasim Hasan Iqbal, Head Transaction Banking Sales, Africa Middle East, Standard Chartered; Ricky Kaura Head, Transaction Banking, Asia Pacific, Africa & Middle East, Standard Chartered; Ruta Jukneviciute, Executive Director, Structured Solutions, Standard Chartered; Shashi Kumar Goyal, CFO, Reliance International; Syed Khurrum Zaeem, Head, Transaction Banking, Africa & Middle East, Standard Chartered. The event will be moderated by Viplav Rathore, Managing Director, Head of Cash Products, AME, Standard Chartered.

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About Dubai International Financial Centre

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is one of the world’s most advanced financial centres, and the leading financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA), which comprises 72 countries with an approximate population of 3 billion and an estimated GDP of USD 8 trillion.

With a close to 20-year track record of facilitating trade and investment flows across the MEASA region, the Centre connects these fast-growing markets with the economies of Asia, Europe and the Americas through Dubai. 

DIFC is home to an internationally recognised, independent regulator and a proven judicial system with an English common law framework, as well as the region’s largest financial ecosystem of over 36,000 professionals working across over 4,300 active registered companies – making up the largest and most diverse pool of industry talent in the region. 

The Centre’s vision is to drive the future of finance through cutting-edge technology, innovation, and partnerships. Today, it is the global future of finance and innovation hub offering one of the region’s most comprehensive FinTech and venture capital environments, including cost-effective licensing solutions, fit-for-purpose regulation, innovative accelerator programmes, and funding for growth-stage start-ups.  

Comprising a variety of world-renowned retail and dining venues, a dynamic art and culture scene, residential apartments, hotels and public spaces, DIFC continues to be one of Dubai’s most sought-after business and lifestyle destinations. 

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About Standard Chartered

Standard Chartered is a leading international banking group, with a presence in 59 of the world’s most dynamic markets and serving clients in a further 64. The Bank’s purpose is to drive commerce and prosperity through its unique diversity, and its heritage and values are expressed in the brand promise, here for good.

Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges. 

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