MENA investment strategies in a digital age

Main Conference Day | Thursday, 21 February 2019

09.00 Opening Remarks from the Chair

Rosanna Lockwood, Broadcast Journalist & Television Presenter

09.10 Welcome address by CFA Society Emirates President

Amer Khansaheb, CFA, President, CFA Society Emirates

09.15 Welcome address by CFA Institute

William Tohmé, Regional Head- MENA, CFA Institute

09.20 Host Welcome by ADGM
09:30 Opening Global Keynote Address

Khalid Alsuwaidi, Chief Operating Officer, ADGM


Macro-Economic Briefing: The impact of global politics, US sanctions policy, market crises and trade wars on MENA economies

  • The state of global economies, the key factors in play and their impact on regional economies
  • The effect of rising political risk, and the reaction to those crises on emerging market countries and regional economies

11.00 Networking Break

Panel Discussion

Hunting returns through alternative investments and private asset classes

  • Private markets vs. Private equity: the short, mid and long-term assessment and where the greatest gains lie
  • Understanding the increasing popularity of alternative investment classes by Middle East investors
  • With fierce competition and rich valuations, attractive deals are becoming harder to find – what are the most attractive opportunities regionally and globally?

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


Panel Discussion

Investment and Cross-Border Business Opportunities between China and the Middle East

  • How can fund managers work with portfolio companies to create value and scale up opportunities between China and the Middle East?
  • Where do the greatest returns for investors lie? Ports, Energy, Infrastructure? Opinions from the experts
  • Safeguarding the Middle East’s position as a close trade partner of China despite the dispute between Beijing and Washington
12.45 Lunch

Data Science in Finance: Using Machine Learning and AI to Draw Insights and Make Predictions

  • Transforming the financial services industry by engaging clients, improving decision making and managing risk and compliance
  • Augmenting, not replacing the Human Advisor to take on more tasks and maximise the impacts to the client being serviced

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


Sector Update: Oil Prices

A Bullish Forecast as Regional Tensions Rise

  • With geopolitical tensions (and oil prices) on the rise, how high are prices predicted to go and what impact will higher prices have on government finances and their willingness to invest?
  • Understanding the global risk environment for oil and gas companies and investors – will the current increase in oil prices be overshadowed by longer term impacts caused by geopolitical flashpoints?

Panel Discussion

Emerging Markets and Frontier Markets: What’s new, what’s now and what’s next?

  • Africa or Egypt? India or the MENA? What are the latest hot-spots in emerging and frontier market investing?
  • Understanding the consequences to the GCC’s regional finance hubs as other markets open up
  • What to expect in 2019

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

15.30 Networking Break

Risk Management in Financial Markets: From Currency and Trade Wars to Global Political Tensions What are the Major Areas of Risk for Investors – What are the major issues at stake?

  • Understanding the Global Risk Indicators: What should be keeping you awake at night?
  • Are the current risks worthy of investors repositioning their portfolios?
  • Rhetoric vs. reality: Will political self-interest prevail and will tariffs be walked back to ensure long-term economic gains?

Closing Keynote

Artificial Intelligence: The Coming Disruption (What Investors, Managers and Everyone Else Needs to Know)

This talk draws on Martin Ford’s unique experience as a futurist and author—as well as his role as the consulting expert for Societe Generale’s new “Rise of the Robots” equity index, which is focused specifically on investing in companies that will be significant participants in the artificial intelligence and robotics revolution

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

Martin Ford is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and the author of the best-selling Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future. A computer engineer with over 25 years’ experience in software development and design, he has become one of the leading voices on artificial intelligence and automation in the world.

18.30 Busses leave Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi for Louvre Abu Dhabi (RSVP required in advance)
19.00 Gala Dinner at Louvre Abu Dhabi



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