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John Band (Special Advisor – Financial Services)

John has spent more than 25 years in the securities industry as investment strategist, stockbroker and merchant banker, with a track record of successful financial services business creation.

He has recently led Chescor Capital projects including a US$1 billion privatization in Kuwait and a business planning project for a major regional reinsurance.

John has worked with a variety of major international firms including Banque Nationale de Paris and Daiwa Securities of Japan, where he was responsible for substantial equity raisings and / or foreign listings for several insurance groups, including BAT / Eagle Star (UK), GIC (Australia) and Mapfre (Spain). He was also actively involved in several major UK and European privatizations.

Between 1997 and 2002 he was President of Heritage International, the Africa / Asia holding company of Raymond James Financial, Inc. a US$1.5 billion US investment banking business with operations in Mauritius, Mumbai, Istanbul, and Johannesburg.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and a Member of the Securities Institute (UK). He has an M.A. in Economics from Cambridge University


Bachir Boustani (Senior Advisor – Oil & Gas)

Bachir is a senior adviser to the up stream oil and gas industry in which he has more than 30 years' of experience. He is well connected at all levels of the oil exploration and production divisions of the regional oil ministries and national oil companies.

With over 25 years with the Schlumberger Group, Bachir was Vice President & General Manager – Middle East & Far East, of the Schlumberger Integrated Project Management (IPM) and successfully led over a dozen high visibility projects for Saudi Aramco (Shaybah Fast Track Field Development), for Cairns India (Ravva Offshore Field Development), for British Gas Egypt (Rosetta Offshore Field Development), for Conoco Indonesia (Offshore Gas Development Project), for Marathon Sakhalin Island (Oil Development Project), and for Pedco's Iran Project.

He later became Vice President Industry Affairs for Asia & the Middle East and played a key role in the integration of Camco International (newly acquired completion company) into the Schlumberger Oilfield Group.

Bachir is currently Director Energy Consulting services and part owner of Applicom at Dubai Internet City. He is involved in several consultancy agreements with international oil and oil service companies, and addresses several regional energy conferences organized by OAPEC and other national ministries.

He graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Georgia Institute of Technology – Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 1974.

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