Generating alpha in MENA today requires new investment strategies. Post-oil, diversified, increasingly privatised and disrupted by new technologies, investment managers are facing some of the most challenging yet dynamic markets experienced in MENA. MENA Investment Congress, organised by the CFA Society Emirates, brings together the brightest minds in regional and international investment to assess the strategies, technologies and solutions that can generate returns in the new MENA region.


Hamad Al Mazrouei
Hamad Al Mazrouei
Managing Director, ADGM Academy

Hamad leads the ADGM Academy strategic and operational activities as the Managing Director. In addition to this role, Hamad oversees the strategic operations of Human Resources and General services of ADGM.

He is an experienced professional with a 17 year proven track record of delivering a diverse range of Human Resources functions that support management in achieving its mandate. Prior to joining ADGM, Hamad led functions in The General Secretariats of the Executive Council and ADNOC.

Hamad Al Mazrouei is also a board member of the ADGM Academy.

H.E. Hareb Masood Al-Darmaki
H.E. Hareb Masood Al-Darmaki
Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board, Gulf Capital, Advisor, Managing Directors Office, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Chairman, Global Investment House

Mr. Al Darmaki has been with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) since 1976, joining as the Director of the Bond & Equity Department. Mr. Al Darmaki is currently the Advisor – Managing Director’s office at ADIA. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science from Bristol University in the United Kingdom, and a Master’s Degree in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University, USA.

Amer Khansaheb
Amer Khansaheb
CFA, President, CFA Society Emirates

Amer Abdulaziz Khansaheb is the President of the CFA Society Emirates. He is the Managing Director of Khansaheb Investment, a UAE Family Business with investments in Construction, Infrastructure, Real Estate, Healthcare and Leisure. His expertise includes Real Estate Development, Construction Management, Financial Analysis, and Business Management. Amer graduated from the American University of Beirut with a degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering in 2005. In 2009, he received his MSc in Project Management from the British University in Dubai. He has been a CFA Charterholder since 2010.

Martin Ford
Martin Ford
Author, The Rise of Robots

Martin Ford is the founder of a Silicon Valley-based software development firm and the author of two books: New York Times bestselling Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future and The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future. Rise of the Robots received the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award and was named one of Business Insider’s Best Business Books of the Year.

He has over 25 years of experience in computer design and software development, and holds a computer engineering degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a graduate business degree from UCLA.

He has written for publications including Fortune, Forbes, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Project Syndicate, The Huffington Post and The Fiscal Times. He has also appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including programs on NPR and CNBC, and is scheduled to appear at this year’s TED 2017 conference.

In a front page feature in The New York Times Book Review, Barbara Ehrenrich writes that Martin Ford’s Rise of the Robots is “both a humbling book and, in the best sense, a humble one. Ford, a software entrepreneur who both understands the technology and has made a thorough study of its economic consequences, never succumbs to the obvious temptation to overdramatize or exaggerate.” Ford is a researcher whose unique insights into the increased mechanization of work across various fields, and the rise of increasingly capable “information technology,” has shed new light on the nature of work and education and the value of “human” capabilities in the 21st century.

Mohamed El Sabban
Mohamed El Sabban
Chief Innovation and Strategic Development Officer, Misr Capital Investments

Mohamed El Sabban, Misr Capital Investment Chief Innovation & Strategic Development Officer owning 25 years of wide intensive cross-functional experience in managing, developing and implementing large-scale strategic business and digital transformation within the financial services Industry.

He is also passionate about blending business strategies, human-centric design, disruptive technologies and business models, to develop digital solutions and drive a culture of continuous innovation.

His work revolves around developing and articulating a future-focused vision for the Innovation agenda, Evaluate and assess new business expansion utilizing the latest digital capabilities and identify strategies and opportunities for product and service improvement. Mr. Elsabban also very active in supporting early stage Fintech startups and He is a frequent speaker at conferences on digital disruption, financial inclusion and new challengers’ banks topics.

Johnson Poh
Johnson Poh
Head, Analytics Group, Big Data Technology, DBS Bank

Johnson is currently Head Data Science / Practice Lead for Big Data Analytics at DBS Bank where he leads a team of data scientists in standardizing strategy, best practices and leveraging data driven tools and techniques. He holds an adjunct faculty appointment at SMU School of Information Systems and his focus areas include applied statistical computing, machine learning as well as big data tools and techniques.

He was formerly Chief Data Scientist, ASEAN at Booz Allen Hamilton where he drove the technical implementation of big data, cloud computing and advanced analytics solutions as the pioneer senior lead scientist for the region. Prior to his stint in the private sector, Johnson was Head Data Science / Principal Scientist at the Defence Management Group during which he built and developed core data science capabilities for enhancing quality service delivery and policy reviews. He was previously a Senior Technical Staff at DSO National Laboratories and was involved in the development of modelling, simulation and analytics tools to support decision making across various government agencies. He has been a member of Mensa Singapore since 1998 and was Director of Information Communication Technology from 2011 to 2013.

While at DSO, Johnson received the Defence Technology Prize (Team Engineering), a top tiered award conferred by the Ministry of Defence, as well as the Ministry of Trade and Industry Innovation Award. In 2014, he was named an Outstanding Mentor by Ministry of Education for his involvement in the Science Mentorship Programme.

An avid programmer and data enthusiast, Johnson enjoys developing apps and data products. Most recently, he was awarded first prize in Singapore’s largest coding competition, Hackathon@SG 2015 as well as the CapitaLand Data Challenge 2016.

Johnson completed his bachelor’s degree at University of California, Berkeley, majoring in the subjects of Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Economics. He received his postgraduate degree in Statistics at Yale University.

Dr. Karim El Solh
Dr. Karim El Solh
Co-Founder, CEO and Managing Partner of Private Equity, Gulf Capital

Dr. El Solh is the co-founder and CEO of Gulf Capital and Managing Partner of the Private Equity division. Prior to founding Gulf Capital, Dr. El Solh was CEO of The National Investor, a leading UAE investment bank, Head of Capital Markets at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette (DLJ), now part of Credit Suisse, and a senior banker at Citigroup.

Dr. El Solh has a B.S. in civil engineering from Cornell University, an MBA from Georgetown University and a doctorate in economics from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). Dr. El Solh has been named as one of the Top 100 CEOs in the Gulf by CEO Magazine and one of the 500 Most Influential Arabs by Arabian Business Magazine.

William Tohmé
William Tohmé
Regional Head- MENA, CFA Institute

William Tohmé, CFA, is Regional Head of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at CFA Institute and is based in the new CFA Institute office in Abu Dhabi.

In his role, William advocates for the highest standards of practice and ethics in the investment management industry through the promotion of financial market integrity and transparency among regional policy makers and regulators.

William brings a wealth of experience in building a presence in new markets, deep local knowledge, and a strong entrepreneurial spirit to develop the CFA Institute hub in MENA. He partners with local MENA society leaders to assist with the expansion of their networks, contributing to the further professionalisation of the investment management industry in this flourishing region.

Prior to joining CFA Institute, William was Director, Institutional Business Development at Lazard, where he developed the sovereign institutional client business in the Middle East, covering the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Egypt, Jordan and Bahrain. Prior to this role, he was Director, Middle Eastern Institutions, Alliance Bernstein Middle East.

William graduated with a Masters of Advanced Studies (D.E.A.) in Finance, Monetary Sciences and Banking from the Université Paris II in 2001 (Honours) and earned his CFA charter in 2009. William is fluent in English and a native speaker of French and Arabic.

Rosanna Lockwood
Rosanna Lockwood
Broadcast Journalist & Television Presenter

Rosanna Lockwood is a British-qualified broadcast journalist based in Dubai. She has worked variously as a presenter, editor, reporter and producer for major television and radio news organisations in the UK, the Middle East and Russia. Prior to moving to the UAE, Rosanna was based in Moscow as a news anchor for RT International, presenting nightly live television news bulletins to English-speaking audiences around the world. She has also worked for the BBC, Bloomberg and ITN back home in the UK, covering local, national and international stories. Rosanna began her career in investment communications and has a special interest in finance and business topics. She now puts this knowledge to good use at Reuters in Dubai, where she currently works as a television news correspondent covering Gulf stock markets and Middle East business, alongside offering her services as a professional event host and moderator in the region.

Professor Raphael Douady
Professor Raphael Douady
Robert Frey Endowed Chair for Quantitative Finance, Stony Brook University, and Fellow, Economic Centre of Sorbonne

Raphael Douady is a French mathematician and economist. He held the Frey Family Endowed Chair of Quantitative Finance at Stony Brook University (SUNY, 2015-18), and was, prior to that, Academic Director of the Laboratory of Excellence on Financial Regulation (Labex ReFi, a joint initiative of Paris 1-Sorbonne University, ESCP-Europe, CNAM and ENA, 2013-16). He is affiliated with Paris 1-Pantheon-Sorbonne University and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).

He co-founded fin-tech firms Riskdata (1999) and Datacore (2015) and now advises Matrics, a cloud-based system using AI for the buy-side industry. He has more than twenty years of experience in the banking industry and thirty-five years of research in pure and applied mathematics. His current research focus is systemic risk and the anticipation of financial market crises, as well as the use of advanced data science and statistical techniques for long-term investment. His background in pure mathematics is in dynamical systems, chaos theory and symplectic geometry. He studied at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and earned his PhD in mathematics in 1982 from the University of Paris 7. He is a board member of Friends of IHES, a charity supporting the French Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques.

Jesse Barnes
Jesse Barnes
Managing Partner & Portfolio Manager, HighVista Strategies

Jesse is a Managing Partner of HighVista Strategies and a founding member of the investment team. In addition to designing and implementing HighVista’s asset allocation and risk models, he has portfolio management responsibilities for direct quantitative strategies. Prior to HighVista he worked at The Investment Fund for Foundations (TIFF) where he helped develop a customized endowment outsourcing program (Keystone). Previously, he was a PhD candidate in Economics at Harvard University, where he was twice the recipient of the Allyn Young teaching prize for instruction in Economics. Jesse received a BS magna cum laude from Brigham Young University, and an AM from Harvard University.

Professor Andre Perold
Professor Andre Perold
George Gund Professor of Finance & Banking, Emeritus, Harvard Business School and Founder, Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer, HighVista Strategies

André is a Co-Founder, Managing Partner, and Chief Investment Officer of HighVista Strategies. He was previously the George Gund Professor of Finance and Banking at the Harvard Business School where he served in senior roles including Senior Associate Dean and Chair of the Finance Faculty. André’s research and teaching were in investment management and the capital markets, for which he won numerous awards. André is a Board Member of The Vanguard Group and RIT Capital Partners and he serves on the Investment Committees of the Partners Healthcare System and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He received a BSc (Hons) from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and an MS and PhD from Stanford University.

Kato Mukuru
Kato Mukuru
Managing Director, Head of Frontier Markets Research, EFG Hermes

19 years of experience in investment banking in New York, London, Madrid, Lagos and Dubai. The first four years were in corporate finance and the last fifteen years have been in research, where I have covered European, South Asian, African and Middle Eastern banks and insurance stocks. Currently I am the Head of Frontier Research at EFG Hermes.

Duncan Bonfield
Duncan Bonfield

Duncan Bonfield, who joins IFSWF as Director of Communications on 1 March 2016, is a highly experienced professional who has led communications at a number of leading businesses.

Most recently he was Director of Corporate Communications at Land Securities plc, a member of the FTSE 100 and the UK’s biggest listed property company. In this role he led the company’s relations with leading stakeholders including investors, media, politicians and employees. Prior to this he led communications at Network Rail, which owns and runs the UK’s railway and is responsible for more than 1 billion passenger journeys every year. In previous roles he was Corporate Affairs Director for BAA, responsible for Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports and was leading its investor relations during its takeover in 2006 by Ferrovial.

Duncan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics from Bristol University.

Kristian Flyvholm
Kristian Flyvholm
Head, Reserve Management, Central Bank of UAE
Jae Yoon
Jae Yoon
Chief Investment Officer, New York Life Investment Management


  • Macro-Economic Briefing: The Impact of Global Politics, Us Sanctions Policy, Market Crises and Trade Wars on Mena Economies
  • Hunting Returns Through Alternative Investments and Private Asset Classes
  • Data Science in Finance: Using Machine Learning and AI to Draw Insights and Make Predictions
  • Emerging Markets and Frontier Markets: What’s New, What’s Now and What’s Next?
  • Risk Management in Financial Markets: From Currency and Trade Wars to Global Political Tensions What are the Major Areas of Risk for Investors
  • Artificial Intelligence: The Coming Disruption – What Investors, Managers and Everyone Else Needs to Know


Network with 300 senior investment professionals and industry experts including:

  • Heads of Investment
  • Financial Advisors
  • Fund Managers
  • Wealth Managers
  • Portfolio Managers
  • Risk Managers
  • Investment Banking Analysts
  • Corporate Financial Analysts
  • Chief Financial Officers & other CXOs


MENA Investment Congress 2019 attendees qualify for CE credits. The agenda is being finalised and the number of credits will be published shortly. For CFA Institute members, these credit hours will be updated automatically in your online CE Tracking auto-entry.



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CFA Society Emirates is the local United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) member society of CFA Institute, which is the preeminent global association of professionals in the field of investment analysis. CFA Institute administers the globally recognized Chartered Financial Analyst® Program. The local society, founded in 2002, was created to serve the growing requirements of investment professionals in U.A.E. for support, continuing education programs and networking opportunities. Our society seeks to fulfil the CFA Institute mission at the local level: to lead the investment profession by promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society.
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