David Smith

Company: Alinma Bank
Position: Deputy general manager for project finance

Biography: David Smith has been in Saudi Arabia since 1994, when he joined the government’s financing body, the Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF). He remained there until 2008, taking responsibility for developing SIDF’s core sector lending policies and working on due diligence for some of the fund’s investments in the kingdom’s key industrial projects.

Smith then joined the newly created Islamic lender Alinma. At the bank, he has worked on some of the kingdom’s largest financings, including the $14bn local/French Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Company refinery (Satorp).

Smith is also involved in financing most of the kingdom’s ongoing real-estate schemes. He started his career at the UK’s PricewaterhouseCoopers and has a master’s degree in business administration from Sheffield Hallam University in the UK.

Contact: (+966) 9 200 28000
Company website: www.alinma.com