Francis Beddington - Standard Bank
Francis Beddington is head of research for CEEMEA at Standard Bank PLC. He joined Standard Bank in March 2005 from JPMorgan. He joined Chase Manhattan/JPMorgan in 1997 from the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office. At the FCO, Beddington was a senior economist in the Overseas Development Administration with responsibility at one time or another for the majority the larger African and Middle Eastern economies. Beddington has a degree in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Manchester.
François Ekam-Dick - Iroko Securities
François Ekam-Dick is managing director of Iroko Securities Limited (ISL) and a founder of Iroko, which is comprised of ISL and Iroko Financial Products. He holds general management and debt origination responsibilities. Prior to forming Iroko, Ekam-Dick was a director of Tradition in London from 1998 to 2002 and was responsible for the firm’s Africa debt capital markets business. From 1994 to 1998, he was a managing director of CEDEF Finance (Africa); having previously worked for five years with Meridien International Bank in London, as a VP, Treasury and Capital Markets and Treasury Co-ordination for Meridien’s African banking subsidiaries. He holds a Master in Banking and Finance from the Université René Descartes, Paris.
Stuart Culverhouse - Exotix
Stuart Culverhouse started at Exotix in July 2006 as chief economist and head of research. He joined after 10 years in the UK Government Economic Service, working at both HM Treasury and the Export Credit Guarantees Department (ECGD), the UK’s official Export Credit Agency. At ECGD, he was the economic adviser covering the Americas and East Africa, as well as global economic issues. Before joining HM Treasury, Culverhouse worked for Goldman Sachs in the London-based economics department, which he joined after graduating. Stuart holds an MSc in Economics from Southampton University.
Alex von Sponeck - Merrill Lynch
Alex von Sponeck is jointly responsible for Merrill Lynch’s CEEMEA Fixed Income, Currencies & Commodities (FICC) structuring, and CEEMEA client groups in its global markets division, based in London. He joined Merrill Lynch in 2003, and ran the firm’s CEEMEA debt capital markets team prior to his current position and has executed emerging market debt issues across the capital structure and product range for sovereign, corporate and bank issuers in Nigeria, Egypt, Botswana, Pakistan, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Poland and Kazakhstan.
Ade Adebajo - Standard Chartered Bank
Ade Adebajo heads Standard Chartered Bank’s debt capital markets coverage for Africa, with responsibility for both local currency and G3 currency fixed-income securities issuance. Prior to joining Standard Chartered in 2002, he led Tradition (UK)’s primary market origination activities for a dedicated African capital markets team between 2000 and 2002 and, prior to that, at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, London, as senior manager, project and structured finance for EMEA. Adebajo read Economics at University College of Swansea, Wales, before starting his professional career at Price Waterhouse in 1989.
Keith Mullin - Editor-in-Chief, IFR
John Weavers - Senior reporter, IFR
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