Hamed Hassan Merah

Hamed Hassan Merah

CEO, Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration
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Hamed Merah is the CEO of the Saudi Centre for Commercial Arbitration. Hamed is also an internationally recognised leader and expert, with an extensive track record of achievements during his career encompassing banking, investment banking, insurance (takaful), and the development of related industry standard-setting.

As CEO and board member, he led one of the most important specialised international organisations in the Islamic finance industry, with activities and members in more than 45 countries.

He has comprehensive academic qualifications, professional fellowships, and advanced training courses in law, shariah, leadership, compliance, governance, insurance, and capital markets. Further, he is a Harvard Business School alumni and an MCIArb, member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK.

He delivers courses and workshops, including as a keynote speaker, in numerous specialised conferences in more than 30 countries, and has authored two published books.

He is a member of several international advisory boards andcouncils, including:

  • the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Interdepartmental Working Group on IF (2014–2017);
  • the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) IF Consultative Group (2015–2017); and
  • the Advisory Council on IF of the Astana International Financial Centre, Kazakhstan (2018–2019).

He led the official delegation representing Saudi Arabia in the meetings of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and is a former Secretary General and board of trustees member of the Accounting & Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI), Bahrain.

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