A warm welcome to the Seventh Annual WealthBriefing MENA Awards for Excellence 2020.

Now in its seventh year, and following the hugely successful Awards in 2019, we once again look forward to welcoming old and new faces celebrating their successes with their peers at our prestigious event hosted at the Sofitel Dubai Downtown, on 9th November 2020.

Entry Submission and Categories

The submissions process is now unfortunately closed.

For the 2020 Awards, the categories are to be focused around these main areas:

  • Regional Banking Excellence Categories
  • Country-based Banking Excellence Categories
  • Investment Management Categories
  • Family Office Categories
  • Technology Categories
  • Private Client Categories
  • Special Categories
  • Individual Awards

We are introducing new and exciting categories including those covering the Levant, Southern Africa and Family Office communities.


As in previous years independence, integrity and genuine insight will be the watchwords of the judging process. The panels of judges are drawn from both private banks and trusted advisors/consultants to the sector who advise the Editorial Team at WealthBriefing. The team then makes the final decision based on their extensive knowledge and feedback from the region.

In order to avoid a conflict of interest the final decision is made by an independent team of domain experts who have reported daily on developments in the region for over 16 years.

Winning a WealthBriefing Award sets organisations and individuals apart from their peers. The award is a tangible demonstration that the winners have something special to offer, rewarding achievement and showcasing top class performance and innovation.

For further information on categories and sponsorship opportunities please see the link below

Media Pack

We very much hope you take part and look forward to welcoming you at the 2020 awards ceremony to celebrate your achievements.

For more information about the process please contact rachel.fokes@clearviewpublishing.com

Key Dates

Key Dates for Your Diary

  • Nominations  – Now Closed
  • Winners notified of their success – From 28 September 2020.
  • Gala celebratory dinner  – Monday 9 November 2020 (from 7.00pm), where the names of the winning companies will be publicly announced.


Private Bankers Panel

Mannan Adenwalla

Managing Director

LGT Bank (Middle East)

With more than 31 years’ banking experience in the UAE, Mannan Adenwalla assumed the role of managing director of private banking and asset management group, LGT (Middle East) in 2012. Mannan had previously been managing director of Clariden Leu Asset Management, Dubai which he set up and then led for six years.

Before this he worked for ABN AMRO Bank, where he managed his clients and a team of relationship managers for nearly ten years. Having begun his career in the banking industry in 1984, Mannan’s responsibilities at LGT include developing the business across non-resident Indian and subcontinent markets.

Alain Baron

Limited Partner - Head of MENA

Mirabaud & Cie SA

Alain Baron is an experienced investment professional, who has worked in the wealth management practice in the MENA Region for over 15 years building long-term investment objectives to maintain and grow investors wealth. He joined Mirabaud Bank in 2012 and is currently serving as managing director, head of MENA markets. Since then he has aligned interests between family businesses through creating a mutual investment philosophy. As a non-executive director, Alain Baron is a member of the board of directors for Proton Partners International specialising in the development of the largest global network of proton beam therapy cancer centres across UK and the international market

Patrick Crowley

Executive Director

Banque Richelieu GCC

Patrick is currently an executive director at Banque Richelieu GCC after joining fromDeutsche Bank Wealth Management Dubai. His previous position was senior vice president at DBS Private Banking Dubai. Patrick aims to exploit his reputation as a trusted advisor with entrepreneurial families to help drive the bank’s growth in the ultra-high net worth NRI private client segments, principally in the ME and Africa. Patrick’s 20-plus years’ experience in the sector began at Allied Irish Banks where he rose through the ranks to head up its deposit-taking unit in Jersey. His subsequently moved to BNP Paribas, then Bank of Nova Scotia before joining ABN AMRO Jersey where he rose to become head of private banking and later its country head. He moved to Dubai to join Lombard Odier in 2012.

Gary Dugan

CEO of The Global CIO Office

Purple Asset Management

Gary Dugan is CEO of The Global CIO Office and of Asset Manager, Purple Asset Management based in Singapore. Gary Dugan is a seasoned investment professional with 37 years’ experience working in Managing Director roles at some of the world’s leading Banks and Wealth Managers. For the past twenty years he has held Chief Investment Officer roles manging money for institutions such as sovereign wealth funds through to Ultra- High Net Worth clients. For the core of Gary’s career (1993-2004) he worked at JPMorgan. Subsequently he held CIO roles at Barclays, Merrill Lynch in Europe, and Emirates NBD and NBAD in the Middle East. Gary is well-known in the industry for his outspoken but often-timely call on financial markets. He has a track record of calling the markets crashes of 1987 and 2007 and the tech wreck of 2000. But he also saw the upside in markets advising clients at Merrill Lynch to buy equities on March 17th, 2009 within two days of the market low. More recently he was advising extreme caution on markets in early February 2020. His views are widely featured on TV and quoted in the financial media. He regularly speaks at investment conferences throughout, the Middle East and Asia. In 2015, he was awarded GCC Private Banker of the year by Wealth Briefing. He has a degree in Economics from Salford University. He is an ASIP in the CFA Institute.

Sebastian Graewert

Chief Representative Officer, MENA & Asia

The Mauritius Commercial Bank

Sebastian is a senior banker and has been working in the Middle East since 2006. He started his career with Credit Suisse where for 14 years based in London, Zurich and Dubai he focused on investment banking services for UHNW and family office private banking clients. For UBS Wealth Management based in Dubai Sebastian was head of the firm’s representative office before moving to Asia as head of the MENA region based in Singapore.

Sebastian also has experience in Great Wealth and acted as Senior Investment Adviser to the Chairman of Equalis, a DIFC based Private Investment Company. Sebastian is currently Chief Representative Officer, MENA & Asia for The Mauritius Commercial Bank.

John Hanafin


Huriya Private

John Hanafin is a financier, investor, deal maker and established Huriya Private after 15 years in financial services in the Middle East.

A focused professional with entrepreneurial drive and a commercial mindset. John has over 25 year’s experience in the HNW Trust & Corporate Services industry, with 15 years based in Dubai, Doha and Manama. With an extensive background in serving the specialised needs of high net worth investors around the world, John brings to the table proven leadership experience in global financial services, residency and citizenship planning, estate planning and other related services. In addition to sitting on the boards of various organizations globally, John is also a trusted advisor to governments for the structuring and implementation of programs to boost corporate re-domiciliation and foreign direct investments.

John is a Chartered member of the Securities Institute (CISI), a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), a member of the International Tax Planning Association (ITPA), a member of the International Business Structuring Association (IBSA) and an FA Registered Intermediary, authorized to conduct intermediary activity on behalf of professional football players and clubs in England.

Martin Liebi

Deputy CEO, Head of Private Banking

Edmond de Rothschild Group

Martin Liebi has vast senior management experience in the banking and financial sectors with Swiss and international clients in all parts of Switzerland. Prior to his present role he was a member of the executive committee and head of private banking at Notenstein La Roche Privatebank. Here he successfully managed various growth projects related to private clients whilst strengthening its offices in Switzerland. Before that role he was for seven years a member of the executive committee, head of the Zurich office and head of private banking at Schroders Switzerland, where he was in charge of the entire Swiss and international private client base. Martin has also worked with Lloyds TSB Bank in Geneva, and with Credit Suisse in Lugano.

Ludovic Pernot

Head of Private Banking, Middle East

Liectensteinische Landesbank

Prior to joining Liechtensteinische Landesbank as head of private banking ME in 2017, Ludovic was head of MENA at Falcon Bank since 2014. Ludovic launched his career in banking at Credit Suisse in 1989 where he stayed for 17 years. Over this time he rose through various senior appointments eventually to become head of Far East private banking for CS Geneva. In 2006 he moved to create the Geneva Booking Center FE/ME at Julius, becoming executive director of its Middle East ISC operation in 2008. In 2011 Ludovic was appointed CEO of Mirabaud Private Bank (Middle East), a role he grew until his appointment at Falcon Private Bank.

Craig Roberts

Regional Managing Director

MENA with The Apex Group

Craig has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry globally, having held senior management positions in fund management firms, investment banking and fund administration. He is keenly involved in the development of practices and the landscape of the financial services sector and his expertise and advice is often sought by major stakeholders in the sector.
Prior to joining Apex, Craig was Senior Executive Officer with RoC Capital Management (Dubai) Ltd. and responsible for developing the firm to manage fund structures based in a variety of jurisdictions and covering a full range of investment strategies and structures. Craig also served as a Director with Sanne Group Dubai Limited. where he was responsible for the group's open-ended fund administration service. Other earlier roles included Chief Financial Officer at United Investment Bank Limited and Chief Executive Officer at Apex Fund Services (Dubai) Ltd. where he established the first fund administration provider to be approved by the DFSA.
Craig holds several other directorship roles in financial services companies and investment funds.
He is also a member of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand.

Bruce Weatherill

Chief Executive

Weatherill Consulting

Bruce is a chartered accountant with over 37 years financial services experience, previously a partner in PwC, latterly as Global leader of their Wealth Management practice and the key driver of their bi-annual Wealth Management Report. Bruce is now CEO of Weatherill Consulting providing advice on client centricity and wider strategic matters to wealth managers. He is the author of The Value of Trust: the quest by Wealth Managers for Trusted Advisor status and a number of other thought leadership reports. Bruce is chairman of ClearView Financial Media and a non-executive of a number of companies including Fidelity Holdings UK, The Wisdom Council, ComPeer, JDX Consulting and Ten Group.

Daniel Williams

Managing Partner

Sigma Private Office

Daniel is the Managing Partner of Sigma Private Office, part of the Sigma Group. He has been advising HNW and UHNW individuals since 2006 and is an expert in Investment Management Solutions for international clients. Starting his career in the City of London as a Stockbroker with a focus on US equities and Alternative Investments, he moved to the British Private Bank, Arbuthnot Latham in 2011, where he served as Director Investment Management as part of the Investment Committee until 2015 before moving to head up the bank’s Investment Management team in the Middle East, as Investment Director. In 2021 Daniel founded Sigma Private Office and continues to work with long standing clients in the region and abroad. Daniel enjoys various sporting activities and is a keen golfer. Given his experience Daniel regularly commentates in the press and on panels as a subject expert and holds various professional qualifications through the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI).

Trusted Advisor Panel

Laurence Black

Regional Director, Client Solutions, MENA

Asiaciti Trust Group

Laurence is the Regional Director, Client Solutions, EMEA for Asiaciti Trust in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He joined Asiaciti Trust in late 2012 and has over 35 years’ experience in the offshore finance industry. Based in the Middle East for the past 28 years he has particular skills and experience in cross border planning, the establishment of offshore trusts, foundations and company formation. Laurence also acts as a Non-executive Director for GSB Capital Ltd in the Dubai International Financial Centre. Before joining Asiaciti Trust he held a number of senior positions within the Trust & Fiduciary industry and more recently was Head of Fiduciary Services, MENAP for a major international financial institution in the Dubai International Financial Centre. In these roles he successfully serviced clients in the EMEA region with their international needs and works closely with other cross border specialists in the establishment of international trusts and a variety of investment structures. Laurence maintains a comprehensive knowledge of legislative changes and industry trends affecting cross-border issues. He is a full member of STEP Worldwide (Society of Trust and Estate Planners) and was the founding Chairman of STEP Arabia.

Sabila Din

CEO & Founder

Din Consultants

Sabila is CEO and Founder of Din Consultants, HQ in London and is an accomplished global business management, marketing and gender specialist. She works with global private banks, elite family offices and entrepreneurs - delivering propositions for growth. She works extensively with World Bank/IFC across EMEA, building financial capacity to drive female SME growth and gender financial inclusion. In addition to her consultancy, she also runs a ‘property private client office’. Prior to setting up her businesses, she held senior roles at ABN AMRO, Asia, JWT HK and was an Associate, IBM e-business fs consultant, EMEA.

Ismael Hajjar


PwC Middle East

Ismael Hajjar is a UAE based partner specialising in international tax & wealth structuring, family office and private capital advisory.

Relevant experience: Ismael started his career in Europe and has been serving international families for over 16 years. He relocated to the UAE in 2013 and is currently acting as trusted advisor to a number of successful families across the Middle East region.

He is leading PwC Middle East Tax and Legal service offering to private clients, entrepreneurial & royal families and family offices in helping them understand and manage their global affairs, overcome cross-border tax challenges and identify opportunities to achieve their family and business objectives.

Prior to joining PwC, Ismael was acting as head of Private for another big four firm and was responsible for the design and execution of the overall firm strategy for private companies and their owners across all service lines. He also founded and led their MENA family enterprise and family office award-winning consulting practice which specialises in assisting successful families, entrepreneurs, and family offices across MENA at managing risks, preserving and growing wealth.

Ismael has contributed to building and currently serves Family Offices. He is a regular speaker in the Middle East and beyond on topics such as family business and private wealth institutionalisation, global tax transparency, succession planning, governance and the role of the family office.

Education: Ismael holds a Master Degree in Business Administration, HEC-Ulg School of Management (Belgium) and is a certified chartered accountant in Luxembourg (“expert-comptable”). He also holds an Islamic finance qualification, Institute of Islamic Banking & Insurance (UK). Ismael is a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and holds a Certificate in Family Business Advising (CFBA, Family Firm Institute).

Jacques-Antoine Lecointre

Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer Middle East & Africa (MEA)

BNP Paribas Wealth Management

Jacques-Antoine Lecointre serves as the COO of BNP Paribas Wealth Management for the MEA Region. He is based in Dubai from where he oversees the regional operations for the Institution.

Before joining BNP Paribas, he was the Head of Business Management for the Global South Asia and Middle East business for Bank of Singapore. Prior to that, Jacques-Antoine spent more than 10+ years at Barclays in their Wealth Management division across Europe and the Middle East.

Jacques-Antoine brings over 18+ years of experience gained across multiples roles within the front, back and product office. Having started his career in law firms, Jacques-Antoine holds a LLM in International Business Law from the University of Lyon and an MSc in Finance & Law from EM Lyon Business School.

Yann Mrazek

Managing Partner


Yann is the Managing Partner of M/HQ. He chiefly focuses on private wealth and immigration practice. He has vast experience advising successful individuals and entrepreneurial families with Middle Eastern exposure on implementing inter-generational wealth transfer strategies and structuring their operational assets and global wealth. He is regularly involved in the ongoing management of such structures – as a board member, council member, guardian or protector. Yann is recommended by all of Chambers & Partners Private wealth, Legal Week’s Private Client Global Elite and Who’s who legal private client. He was the Chair of STEP Arabia from 2015 to 2018


The submission process for the Seventh Annual WealthBriefing MENA Awards for Excellence 2020 is now unfortunately closed.

For any questions, please contact rachel.fokes@clearviewpublishing.com

About our Sponsors

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Here is a selection of some of our global charity partners that we supported through our previous awards programs help throughout the World.

Winners Interviews


Banking Categories – MENA


Best Overall MENA Private Bank

LGT Middle East


Best Overall International Private Bank (HQ outside MENA region)

HSBC Private Banking 


Best Asia-based Private Bank Active in MENA

Bank of Singapore


Best Private Bank Servicing the Expat UHNW Community

BNP Paribas Wealth Management


Best Private Bank Servicing NRI/NRP Clients

BNP Paribas Wealth Management


Best Private Bank – Client Digital Offering

Citi Private Bank MENA


Best Private Bank – Overall Client Service

Deutsche Bank 


Best Private Bank – ESG Offering

Standard Chartered Bank


Best Private Bank – Discretionary Fund Management (DFM) Offering

Arbuthnot Latham & Co


Best Private Bank – Credit Provider

BNP Paribas Wealth Management


Best Private Bank – Investment Management Platform

Citi Private Bank


Best Boutique Private Bank

Nedbank Private Wealth


Best Pure Play Private Bank

Bank of Singapore


Best Shariah-Compliant Wealth Management Offering

Lombard Odier


Best Private Bank Customer-Facing Digital Capabilities



Best Private Bank External Asset Manager (EAM) Proposition

Mirabaud (Middle East)


Best Private Bank Wealth Planning Team

BNP Paribas Wealth Management


Individual Country Categories


Best Private Bank Servicing United Arab Emirates

Mashreq Private Bank


Best Private Bank Servicing The Sultanate of Oman



Best Private Bank Servicing The Kingdom of Bahrain



Best Private Bank Servicing The State of Kuwait

Mirabaud (Middle East)


Investment Categories – MENA


Most Innovative Investment Proposition by a Private Bank

Lombard Odier


Best independent Wealth Manager or External Asset Manager (EAM)

Index & Cie


Investment Management Categories – MENA


Best Overall Fund Manager

REYL Finance (MEA)


Best Fund Manager – Global Reach

REYL Finance (MEA)


Best Fund Manager – Regional Reach

REYL Finance (MEA)


Best Real Estate Investment Proposition or Service

BNP Paribas Wealth Management


Best Private Equity Offering

BNP Paribas Wealth Management


Family Office Categories – MENA


Best Wealth Management Team Offering Family Governance Advice

Union Bancaire Privee


Best Wealth Manager Servicing Family Offices

Citi Private Bank


Wealth Management – Estate Planning Team



Technology Categories – MENA: (Open to Non-banking companies)


Best Front-Office Solution



Best Transaction Processing Solution



Best Onboarding Solution



Best Compliance/Regtech Solution



Most Innovative Wealth Management Client Solution



Best Client Reporting Solution



Best Client Accounting Solution



Best Client Communication Solution

SS&C Advent


Most Innovative Overall Fintech Solution

Profile Software


Private Client/Consultancy Categories – MENA


Best Trust Company



Best Legal Advice Provision for UHNW individuals, Families or Wealth Managers

Al Tamimi & Company


Best Accounting Provision for Servicing Private Clients



Best Independent Trust or Fiduciary Company

Asiaciti Trust Administration Pte Ltd (Dubai Branch)


Best Estate Planning Service

EY Private – MENA


Best Family Office Advisory Offering

EY Private – MENA


Best Family Office Governance Service Provision

EY Private – MENA


Special Wealth Management Categories


Best Private Bank Marketing Campaign

Standard Chartered Bank


Best International Financial Centre (IFC)

Jersey Finance


Most Innovative Wealth Management Model

Standard Chartered Bank


Best Global Citizenship/Immigration Program Offering

Huriya Private


Individual Categories 


Leading Individual

M/HQ – Yann Mrazek


Leading Woman in Wealth Management

M/HQ – Kath Zagatti


Wealth Management Rising Star under 30

M/HQ – Celia Titouni


Wealth Management Rising Star under 40

M/HQ – Kath Zagatti



Category Sponsors