We have gathered a world class judging panel representing a who's who of M&A representatives. Together we'll curate a awards evening that recognises and celebrates consistent excellence, new ideas and innovation to help our industry adapt, thrive and survive.
Ashraf Allam is the Regional Vice President for Mundipharma Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, based in Dubai.
Mundipharma is a leading research and manufacturing privately held US Pharmaceutical company with annual revenues around $5.0 Billions
In this role, Ashraf manages Mundipharma business in the MEA countries and is fully accountable for the profit and loss. Over the last five years, Ashraf has been serving as the elected Chairman, Executive Committee for the association of American, European and Japanese research based manufacturing pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies (PhRMA) in the Middle East and Africa region.
Kathleen has been heading the Mergermarket Research EMEA team for the past five years and has been with the Mergermarket Group since 2006. She manages both the EMEA Advisory and Analyst teams and is responsible for all the content on announced transactions in EMEA as well as the region-related press releases, reports and other publications produced by the team. Her qualifications include an MA in Applied Economics from the University of Antwerp and an MSc in Finance and Management from Cranfield School of Management.
Samantha joined Instinctif Partners in June 2013 to launch its Middle East operation, which has its regional headquarters in the UAE. She has over 13 years of financial communications and Investor Relations experience, mostly in the Middle East, but also in Europe and Asia. Since 2007, Samantha has led teams handling Middle Eastern IPOs, Rights Issues, Sukuk and Bond issuance, high-profile M&A deals and numerous fund launches. Her sectors of expertise include financial services, healthcare, energy and telecoms. Samantha was previously the Managing Director of Buchanan Middle East, where she advised a wide range of local, regional and international companies on their corporate, financial and crisis communications strategies.
Prof Scott Moeller is the director and founder of the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School where he also Professor in the Practice of Finance. Scott is widely published as an author, including Why Deals Fail & How to Rescue Them: M&A Lessons for Deal Success (published by The Economist in September 2016), Surviving M&A: Making the Most of Your Company Being Acquired (John Wiley, 2009), the award-winning Intelligent M&A: Navigating the Mergers and Acquisitions Minefield (second edition, John Wiley, 2014). Prior to his teaching and research, Scott was at Deutsche Bank in London for 6 years in several senior banking positions. He worked first at Booz Allen & Hamilton management consultants for over five years and then at Morgan Stanley for 12 years in New York, Japan, and then as co-manager of Morgan Stanley in Germany. He currently sits on the board of several companies in Europe and the UK as a non-executive director. Scott is a graduate of Yale College (BA with honours), the Yale Graduate School (MA) and the Yale Management School (MBA).
Ruth is Head Middle East and North Africa for Mergermarket. Based in Dubai for eleven years she is an experienced financial journalist with an extensive network of contacts in the region. She has worked as a deputy editor for CPI Financial, publisher of Banker Middle East, and prior to moving to Dubai she spent a year reporting and editing at Bucharest Business Week in Romania. Ruth had earlier stints in local and regional newspapers in Northern Ireland and worked as broadcast assistant at BBC Three Counties Radio in Bedfordshire.
Ruth has also worked as a consultant for Dubai-based ValuStrat Consulting, sourcing potential acquisition targets for PE/VC firms, corporates and family offices, and as a consultant partner with market research firm Insight Discovery.
She holds a BA (Hons) Media Performance from the University of Bedfordshire and is a qualified journalist from the Belfast Metropolitan College.