Middle East Investment Summit 2018 Day 1


Allan Polack

Keynote: Populism, from periphery to power: a renewed anti-globalisation

  •     Examining mounting political risk, reviewing macro perspectives and evaluating global fragmentation
  •     Assessing the ramifications of polarised political systems on asset allocation strategy, global financial markets and the overall returns outlook
  •     Altering strategies reflective of new administration and low volatility and high cross market correlation
  •     Adapting portfolio construction and the allocation of capital in political uncertainty and heightened geopolitical risk 
  •     What can investors expect from protectionism and its impact on global growth - bracing portfolios for ‘uncertainty shocks’
Panel discussion

Pension Fund Panel: Traversing evolving global political structures and trends

  •     Leveraging secular inflation and downside risks, examining the geos most affected 
  •     Highlighting 2018’s exposed economic disparities, what are the real implications for investors?
  •     Evaluating global trade patterns, noting the growing global GDP and modest EM growth 
  •     Considering what the bond market is offering in returns – where are the greatest opportunities?
  •     Examining the overall impact on investor portfolios

Speed networking


Networking refreshments





Panel: Opportunities of tomorrow: the investment space of 2030

  •     Identifying investment themes to best maximise returns in tomorrow’s opportunities
  •     Where are the emerging alternatives yet to be explored by institutional investors?
  •     Investing in tech and emerging innovation: identifying the opportunities in robotics, autonomous cars and AI as asset classes
  •     Looking to the ultimate alternative alternatives: space, biotech, satellites etc. 
  •     Considering sectors including entertainment and leisure, renewable energy, disruptive tech, data
Siddharth Kumar, Director, Imperium Global

Fireside Chat: Global macro strategy spotlight: multi-asset approach

  •     Applying multi-asset strategies, considering current wider global macro themes and the breadth of global growth
  •     Exploring cross and intra-asset allocation strategies – themes and implications
  •     Structuring a multi-asset approach and benefits for large scale investors
  •     Managing risk methodologies

Panel Alternative property structures and sectors: global diversification opportunities

  •     Deciphering the greatest opportunities in line with global structural themes and cross border investment activity
  •     Deliberating new ways to access the market and fight competitive capital: looking to broader co-investment or open-ended debt funds
  •     Considering alternative assets: healthcare, storage, malls, student assets, private rented sectors, farms, hospitality and smart buildings

Where are the real diversification opportunities for investors?

  •     Leaving mainstream assets behind: alternatives most suited to the post-crisis environment
  •     Diversifying fixed income portfolios with alternative allocations
  •     Building a global platform to expand revenue streams
  •     Matching return potential of traditional equities
  •     Looking to emerging strategies from real estate to private equity funds to illiquid credit for redeeming opportunistic yields

GCC sovereign dollar debt issuance: considerations for investors

  • Reviewing what institutional investors are looking at/for
  • Analysing the determining factors across demographics, growth drivers, debt metrics, fiscal and financial buffers, and other idiosyncratic drivers
  • Comparing the GCC vs. rating peers: similarities and differences
  • Equating hard currency vs. local currency debt & building and liberalizing domestic debt markets
  • Addressing the impact of “lower for longer” oil prices

The ‘real assets’ continuum and the quest for yield

  •     Responding to the expanding range of investment opportunity
  •     Exploring the emergence of alternative real estate subsectors 
  •     Reacting to rapid urbanisation and increasing risk for assets
  •     Highlighting the outperforming assets and markets and noticing the safe havens

Alternative allocations: achieving positive results

  •     Evaluating the role of alternative alternatives in asset allocation
  •     Exploring commercial aircraft, engines and spare parts as alternative asset classes
  •     Examining benefits of a multi-strategy alternative portfolio
  •     Accessing risk, managing volatility and achieving positive results with aeronautics

Capturing premium returns: looking to private equity

  •     Looking to private equity as an asset class in the current macro environment 
  •     Private equity vs listed equity and access to the asset class
  •     Reviewing the opportunities and risks
  •     Evaluating current trends

Fighting the right risk/return balance in commercial real estate

  •     Reviewing the unique benefits of the CRE asset class
  •     Securing differentiated, uncorrelated portfolio positioning with real estate private equity  
  •     Evaluating what should be considered when allocating capital to CRE
  •     What role can this asset class play in portfolio diversification?
  •     Reviewing risk management


Visionary projects: a futurist’s outlook on allocation and investment opportunities of the future

Cryptocurrencies: safe haven or time bomb?


Networking lunch





Panel: The next frontier: managing market myths

  •     Addressing market concerns: the subordinate governance structure, perceived illiquidity and small-cap deployment
  •     Reviewing the opportunities offered in 2018 frontier markets – robust economic growth, increasing macro development and low correlation
  •     Considering South Asian, Sub Saharan and South American geos as lucrative, front-running frontier markets 

Panel: Private equity: rising above uncertainty and outsized demand

  •     Reviewing the private equity landscape of 2018
  •     Dealing with concentrated P.E demand generated by unreachable public equity and the competition for assets
  •     Evaluating the repositioning of the asset class with threats from surging inflow and increasing levels of co-investment
  •     Exploiting small to mid-market buyout funds and buy and build strategies

Remaining ‘cautious’ while maximising returns: buying into the global market

  •     Considering opportunities in a ‘cooled’ market and amongst fragile economic growth
  •     Looking to the increasingly narrow property yield gap in developed economies
  •     Exploring long lease strategies, equity vs debt and bottom-up strategies 

Allocating capital in the right geographies

  •     Increasing portfolio exposure to the emerging markets – have they gone too far?
  •     What are the potential risks?
  •     Where can investors expect to look next?
  •     Who is doing this right today?
Ramu Chakravarthy, Director, Trustplutus Wealth Managers india Pvt Ltd

Reacting to the threat of dry powder

  •     Highlighting the risks surrounding dry powder in the market
  •     What should investors be cautious of?
  •     Reviewing impact on direct deal flows
  •     Mitigating uncertainties of long-term P.E investments

CRE: securing a competitive advantage

  •     Examining the niche/emerging sectors 
  •     Overcoming concerns over Brexit
  •     Determining risks surrounding the Chinese economy 
  •     Considering North American uncertainty
  •     Addressing the development of REITs and what means for investors in this asset class 
  •     What will the end of low interest rates mean for your real estate portfolio?

Regional spotlight: India

  •     Recognising the further potential in the country ranked 4th in developing Asia for FDI inflows
  •     Capitalising on regulatory framework changes, demonetisation policy and the stable middle class
  •     Evaluating Indian real estate: generating yield outside the developed ‘gateway’ cities
Abhinav Munshi, Co-Founder and Board of Directors, Sirona Hospitals

Secondary markets: a secondary advantage

  •     Accessing liquidity and balancing portfolios across the asset class through the secondary market – evaluating the driving trends
  •     Gaining greater exposure to private companies through secondary transactions
  •     Reacting to companies remaining private for longer – what does this mean for wider investor portfolios?

Direct deals in real estate

  •     Which real estate sectors are best suited to direct deals?
  •     Reviewing the benefits and challenges of direct ownership
  •     Where are the threats or overvalued assets in this space?
  •     Is the direct investment trend likely to continue?





Panel: Geopolitical challenges across the GCC: protecting and expanding portfolios

  •     Reacting to regional fragmentation and stabilising risks
  •     Debating the consequences for regional and international investors
  •     What are the most successful investment vehicles for the current environment? 
  •     Moving forward, what might the world expect?

Panel: Investing in tomorrow’s disruptors: venture capital and the Middle Eastern investor

  •     What have investors learned from VC investing thus far?
  •     Why is investing into venture capital different and to what end it stand out from other strategies?
  •     Highlighting the spaces and areas for maximum progress
  •     Identifying return opportunities in the Middle East and beyond
  •     Evaluating effective exit strategies

Clean transport: the new frontier in infrastructure investing

  • Why clean transport makes sense – for the environment and for investors
  • The role for government – reacting to societal pressure and harnessing the power of consumers
  • The opportunity for investors – deploying capital at scale into proven technology in underdeveloped markets
  • Smart investment vehicles – creating alignment and maximising returns

Social capital markets: the sharing economy driving overall value

  • Acting upon this paradigm shift and making promising long-term investments
  • Capturing returns in an increasingly connected world
  • Accessing sharing economy exposure
  • Assessing sectors/industries at risk as a result of new and disruptive business models

Investing in SMEs

  •     Uncovering the potential of regional SME investment and exploiting the space
  •     Analysing the growth of crowdfunding and the impact for large scale, long term investors 
  •     Weighing up the risks and rewardsReserved for sponsor

Going green and riding the renewable energy wave

  •     Reviewing long term value propositions in renewables
  •     Considering the future of renewable energy markets
  •     Discovering where the specific vehicles are for investing in wind, wave, solar and geothermal power

Regional specific VC mega trends: a Middle Eastern transformation

  • Understanding and reacting to the cyclical and structural trends
  • Assessing the projected outlook for MENA
  • How will the region keep the upward trends?

Networking break


Khalid Al Hussan

Keynote Interview: The Middle East: investing in the post oil era

  • Considering the traditional and alternative opportunities in the Middle East
  • Evaluating the post oil prospects in the GCC
  • Implications for MENA and the international investor
  • Looking to emerging regions and anticipating trends for 2019

Close of day one


After-hours networking party

last published: 23/Apr/18 13:25 GMT