Michael Grifferty founded and leads The Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association (GBSA) the industry association representing the Arabian Gulf fixed income market. The DIFC-based organization is composed of the industry's leading banks, law firms, ratings agencies and service providers. Prior to founding GBSA, Michael served as advisor for US Treasury on sovereign debt and bond markets, where he advised over forty countries and regional organizations. He has also consulted for the International Monetary Fund and Arab Monetary Fund. Prior to his international career, Mr. Grifferty was a senior vice president at Government Finance Associates, providing problem-solving financial advisory services to US state and local governments and public authorities. A sought after speaker at international conferences, Michael is also frequent contributor to the financial press. He has degrees from New York University and Georgetown University in Public Finance and International Relations, respectively. A native English speaker, Michael speaks French and Russian.