IIF Announces Future Leaders Group Class of 2024

January 18, 2024

Class consists of 60 rising stars from 58 financial institutions around the world.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Institute of International Finance (IIF) announced today the IIF Future Leaders Group Class of 2024. Participants were nominated by their firms based on a track record of achievement and their potential to become leaders in global finance. The 2024 cohort represents the 11th class of participants to join the Future Leaders Group. Upon completing the program, they will become members of a distinguished alumni network comprising more than 500 members.

“As we embark on a new year, geopolitical tensions remain top of mind, but so does the transformative power of sustainable and transition finance, artificial intelligence and other advancing technologies,” said IIF president and CEO Tim Adams. “Now more than ever, it is important that our future leaders stay focused and informed on the pressing topics impacting the trajectory of our industry. The Future Leaders Group brings together promising talent, providing critical avenues for collaboration and connection. We look forward to supporting the phenomenal Class of 2024 and ensuring they have the tools and knowledge to grow both personally and professionally.”

The Future Leaders Group was established in 2014 by the IIF’s Board of Directors to recognize the next generation of outstanding individuals with high leadership potential, and to build connections between its members’ rising stars from a wide range of countries and backgrounds.

Participants will attend IIF-hosted events designed to introduce them to the big ideas and topics that will drive the future of the finance industry. The goal is to spur innovation and fresh thinking beyond their day-to-day responsibilities and offer them the rare opportunity to develop a close global network of peers. This year, the class will gather in Paris in May before the IIF’s European Summit and again in October during the IIF Annual Membership Meeting held in Washington, D.C.

The Class of 2024 consists of 60 individuals from 58 IIF member institutions. It is a diverse group from 26 countries, representing a wide variety of functional areas including risk and investments management, technology, client services, sustainable finance, public policy and regulatory affairs.

The Class of 2024 roster is as follows:

Ilse Karelse, ABN AMRO

Mandy Rawlinson, abrdn

Fhatuwani Nemakhavhani, ABSA

Mohammed AlMheiri, Abu Dhabi Global Market

Sulaiman Cisse, Africa Finance Corporation

Simba Simba, Africa Export Import Bank

Ugur Sönmez, Akbank

Abdulaziz Alomran, Alinma Bank

Maxime Laurent, Allianz SE

Filipa Seabra, Banco Santander

Sulaiman Hazineh, Bank of Palestine

Marina Andrés Machicote, BBVA

Eike Dreusicke, BCG

Tommaso Fassati, BNP Paribas

Manasee Atre, BNY Mellon

Rishi Luthria, Citi

Hany El Dieb, Commercial International Bank

Lamiaa Yousry, Commercial International Bank

Phyllis Tigges, Commerzbank

Saki Terao, Daiwa Capital Markets America Inc.

Jolynn Wong, DBS Bank

Sandra Frenz, Deutsche Bank

Joachim Bacha, DNB

Léa Dunand-Chatellet, DNCA Finance

Nasser Belhabala, Dubai International Financial Centre

Ankit Sahni, Element Capital

Emira Al Baghdadi, Erste Group Bank AG

Isabel Fernandez Sarabia, European Investment Bank

Batool Zaidi, First Abu Dhabi Bank

Ankita Thakkar, The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Abdullah AlTuraiyef, Gulf International Bank

Faris Al Ghannam, HSBC

Hannah Anderson, Institute of International Finance

Ivan Burgara, Institute of International Finance

Claudia Vassena, Intesa Sanpaolo

Alizeh Hussain, JP Morgan Chase

Cherrelle Eid, Julius Baer

Claire O'Dea, LSEG

Emily Cains, Macquarie Group

Aiman Mahadzir, Maybank

Anna Mrugala-Stefanska, mBank S.A.

Ryuhei Sugizaki, Mizuho Financial Group

Ronald Kamdem, Morgan Stanley

Takuya Omura, MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Victoria Manresa, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency

Alia Albaeer, National Bank of Fujairah

Rose Chen, Prudential plc  

Maryam Abdulla Mohammed, Qatar National Bank

Sara Fiehn, SEB Group

Fouzia Boufayssi, Société Générale

Boitumelo Sethlatswe, Standard Bank Group

Karolina Bartosik, State Street Bank

Takahiro Uekawa, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Kyoko Matsushita, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings

Hendre Garbers, Swiss Re 

Nesteren Ozsoy, Turkiye Is Bankasi

Ruben Mangold, UBS

Francesco Robertella, UniCredit

Neha Saran, White & Case

Ciara Becton, Zurich Insurance Group



The Institute of International Finance (IIF) is the global association of the financial industry, with about 400 members from more than 60 countries. The IIF provides its members with innovative research, unparalleled global advocacy, and access to leading industry events that leverage its influential network. Its mission is to support the financial industry in the prudent management of risks; to develop sound industry practices; and to advocate for regulatory, financial and economic policies that are in the broad interests of its members and foster global financial stability and sustainable economic growth. IIF members include commercial and investment banks, asset managers, insurance companies, professional services firms, exchanges, sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds, central banks and development banks. To learn more about IIF, please visit www.iif.com, follow us on TwitterLinkedIn or YouTube, or check out IIF’s podcasts.