Stuart Anderson is the Managing Director & Regional Head Middle East for Standard & Poor’s; based in their regional office at the Dubai International Financial Centre. Mr Anderson was appointed to this position in September 2011 and since then has significantly strengthened S&P’s analytical presence in the region along with an expanded program of thematic research and thought leadership within the financial community. Mr. Anderson is also the current Chairman of The Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association. Previously Mr Anderson had more than 20 years of experience with Standard Chartered Bank in business development, risk management and governance functions throughout Asia and the Middle East. He had most recently held a chief risk officer role in the Middle East and prior to that was head of Standard Chartered\'s regional non-bank financial institutions business and its wholesale banking business in Qatar. Mr Anderson’s extensive knowledge of capital markets and wealth of experience across business development, risk management, governance, investor and government relations enable him to lead Standard & Poor\'s as an important participant within the Middle East\'s financial markets, as Standard & Poor’s continues to engage with debt issuers, investors, intermediaries and policymakers across the region. Initially educated in New Zealand, Mr Anderson holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Curtin University in Australia and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young.