Middle East Investment Summit 2018 Day 2


Antony Barker

Keynote: Inflation, reflation, deflation - navigating economic instability

  •     Examining the wider catalytic forces determining the global economic change shaping the future of the financial markets 
  •     Overcoming today’s challenges and focusing on understanding the future – preparing for tomorrow’s projected opportunities
  •     Deploying capital in a low yield environment most effectively
  •     Reviewing the fluid rate of inflation and the impact on portfolios
Hussein Sayed

SWF Panel: Rearranging the Central Bank balance sheet: evaluating Q.E, monetary and fiscal policy

  •     Reacting to the transforming monetary and fiscal policies
  •     Adapting to decisions made on Q.E. and meeting the challenge of the sustained low return environment 
  •     Examining the effects on capital markets as the central banks decrease monetary stimulus
  •     What will the new economic cycle look like, what can investors expect at the close of 2018?
Andrew McCaffery

Keynote: Tactical positioning in stabling markets: recovery and reformation

  • Reviewing regulatory reforms and the effect of long term structural trends
  • Evaluating key influential factors and disruptors in 2018, shrinking working age populations, potential growth rates in advanced economies, reimagined corporate governance and overvalued US stocks
  • Assembling a winning portfolio while considering the paradigm shifts destabilising the world
  •  Identifying the improved global financial systems and addressing the challenges and opportunities for investors
  • Generating alpha over benchmarks to meet growth objectives

11:40 Streams begin: attendees can visit any of the conferences below


Networking break and refreshments





Panel: Seeking alpha in the healthcare market

  •     Where are the most lucrative opportunities in developed international healthcare markets to deploy assets?
  •     Escaping traditional investment vehicles in the space: reviewing opportunities across private equity and mutual funds
  •     Considering alternative derivatives across biotech, medical tourism, healthcare real estate – where are the emerging spaces?

Evolving allocations in the face of political ambiguity - looking to old and new risks

  •     Anticipating lower interest rates while reacting to emerging risks masked by excess liquidity
  •     Evaluating the potential dollar shortage and rethinking the growing amounts of global debt 
  •     Looking at the long-term opportunities and securing portfolio resilience for the 2018 investor

Hedge funds: shock absorption for the risk-averse investor

  •     Reviewing the hedge fund of 2018 thus far
  •     Capitalising on anticipated growth
  •     Exploring alternative and outperforming hedge fund strategies
  •     Examining the new wave of boutique funds
  •     Why has there been evidence of lower returns?

Adapting to changing market regimes: co- investing capabilities

  •     Harnessing the benefits of working directly alongside other large-scale investors
  •     Reacting quickly to co-investment opportunities
  •     Looking to the most successful co-investment deals and transactions

The golden age of activist investing

  • Understanding 'Shareholder Activism' and what it achieves for stakeholders
  • Refining Activist strategies and applying them to MENA hedge funds/SWFs operating overseas or at home
  • Unlocking shareholder value for hedge funds to achieve Alpha
  • How MENA hedge funds/ SWFs can implement Activism to bolster transparent and efficient corporate governance
Kevin Romanteau, Investment Banking Analyst, BNP Paribas

EdTech: an SRI revolution

  •     Evaluating the innovation trends that are driving capital into the EdTech market
  •     Discovering the demographic forces keeping EdTech a prominent emerging alternative
  •     Examining the new technological demands of millennial learner and the digital technologies required
  •     Defining return potential from this growing alternative asset class

Impact investing in modern portfolio theory

  •     Highlighting initiatives for responsible investment and incorporating the strategy into MPT 
  •     Recognising the wider importance of impact investing - highlighting the importance and the benefits
  •     What do the next generations of impact investors care about and what will impact investing look like in 2030?
  •     Weighing up the implications for MENA

Paradigms shifts: the future of hedge fund allocation

  •     Reviewing the technological landscape ahead and the influence of contemporary structural changes and trends
  •     Is the industry ready for computer driven hedge funds? 
  •     Will there be any effect on allocated long term institutional capital?


Cryptocurrencies: safe haven or time bomb?

Beyond traditional indexing: innovation in ETF markets and strategy

AI and trading – what are the implications?

Is 60/40 still relevant?


Networking lunch





Interview: Digital Darwinism: the digital investor

  •     When technology and society evolve faster than an organisation can adapt, what are the challenges and disruptors for investment ecosystems?
  •     Adopting digital transformation initiatives and sourcing specific human capital support
  •     Automation and machine learning: removing emotion and biases - the impact on ROI
Moderator: Hani Sabry, Founder, Atef Advisory
Siddharth Kumar, Director, Imperium Global
Moustafa Magar, Head of Spin Off Investment, Saudi Aramco

Illiquidity and creating the perfect vehicle blends

  •     Exploiting the ‘best of both worlds’ approach to incorporating illiquidity into portfolios – public vs private equity 
  •     Reconfirming the advantages of illiquidity, which assets provide the highest illiquidity premium – are there enough to go around?
  •     What due diligence needs to be taken when adding illiquidity to portfolios 

Panel: Venturing beyond geopolitical trends: deploying and raising VC specific capital

  • Highlighting the current fundraising challenges and evaluating the impact of currency fluctuation, cashflow generation, etc.
  • Noting out-performing strategies
  • Considering the demographical shift towards technology dependence, will the focus on innovation pay off for VC investors?

The value of Blockchain: an investor’s guide

  •     Using the cryptographic distributed ledger to secure transactions, establish smart contracts and transfer asset ownership
  •     Leaping forward with technology, keeping strategies, risk and business models up to pace with western contemporaries
  •     Exploring advantages of the extreme volatility of the asset classes supported by blockchain

Portfolio protection in toxic, benign markets

  •     With the measure of volatility at an all-time low, should investors be concerned? 
  •     Examining market dangers - toxic positioning, aggressive hunt for yield and short volatility positioning
  •     Using volatility to protect portfolios - looking for correlations
  •     When can we expect the period of low volatility to end?

Case study: Ascending to the global stage

  • Unearthing a start-up with international potential
  • Developing a regionally focused player into an international company
  • Reaching the optimum performance for maximum returns and scalable growth
  • Considering the benefits and risks for the VC, angel and seed investor




Population fluctuation: impact on financial markets

  •     Examining the implications of the aging population of the West 
  •     Discussing the effect of the rising ratio of dependent to working population and longer life expectancies
  •     Reacting to the flood of equities and bonds due to the forced selling of retirement plans 
  •     Reviewing the challenges met by institutional investors worldwide as a result

Assessing external macro factors – what is the ‘market sentiment’ for the investor?

  •     Looking to the growing influence of the developing world on markets
  •     Reviewing regulatory changes, developing economic cycles and technological disruption
  •     Debating collaboration rather than competition across institutional capital

Second Alpha: using secondary transactions to turbo-charge portfolios

  • The New Realities: Life after PE secondaries
  • Case Study: Horror Shows and Home Runs
  • Evaluating value Creation: Strategies & Opportunities 
Sonny Saksena, Managing Director, Mahir Capital Strategies

Climate change and the physical risks to real assets

  •     Appraising and mitigating risks posed by changing climates
  •     Protecting portfolios and carbon sensitive assets from extreme climate change
  •     Implementing climate considerations to portfolios and reviewing regulatory reforms 
  •     Considering sustainability investments for both ESG purposes and seeking higher returns  

Exploring ICOs and blockchain

  • Is it the right mechanism for the company to undertake?
  • Reviewing pros and cons
  • Current Regulatory environment in the USA and Worldwide
Natalia Sokolova, Managing Partner, SGG World LLC, Sokol Family Office

End of conference day two


Closing networking refreshments

last published: 26/Apr/18 13:05 GMT