2019 conference agenda

 

Dubai, 23 - 24 April 2019

Schedule

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Apr 2309:00
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Keynote: Trade talks and tail risks: tension and transition in mercurial markets

Keynotes
  • Navigating contagious trade tension and cross-border collaboration
  • Reacting to Brexit repercussions, Eurozone fragmentation and the Trump take over
  • Looking to investor strategies for disruptive global trade orders
  • Preparing for dissolved trade agreements. What does this mean for regional and international institutional investors?
  • Protecting portfolios, reviewing strategies and reacting to a worst case, ‘full trade war’ scenario
  • Framing expectations for 2020
Gert Dijkstra, Senior Managing Director, APG Asset ManagementNetherlands
Apr 2309:20
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Keynote: Economic (in)stability, protectionist politics and sustainable growth: strategising for collaboration and expansion

Keynotes
  • Adapting to a truly globalised economy, shifting protectionist policies and evaluating impact of global nationalistic tendencies
  • Assessing the effect of market growth on asset allocation strategy and the overall return outlook
  • Offsetting the threat of protectionism, populism and a flatting yield curve
  • Responding to steady growth and subdued inflation: taking positive risks while preparing for shocks and muted returns
  • Balancing portfolios along with consequences of politically driven surprises and positive changes to the dynamic of globalisation
Apr 2310:00
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Keynote: Long term clarity: identifying strategies for the future economy

Keynotes
  • Planning for sustained success, making sound decisions and avoiding capital misallocation
  • Creating a globally balanced portfolio responsive to the uncertain political and economic landscape
  • Reviewing opportunities and challenges in a digitalised economy: exploring new areas for maximum returns
  • Reaping the benefits of expanded global recovery and globalisation
Apr 2311:17
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PRIVATE EQUITY

Stream 2
Host: David Gibson-Moore, President, Gulf AnalyticaUnited Arab Emirates
Apr 2311:20
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Panel Powerful profitability returns from EMs: the return of the ‘BRICS’

Stream 1
  • Accessing the ‘Bric’ countries: Brazil, Russia, India and China
  • Exploring the outperforming strategies and asset classes
  • Preparing for the anticipated deflationary headwinds
  • Are EM investors getting enough return for the risks in local currency debt?
  • Comparing opportunities across each ‘BRIC’ market
  • Exploiting declining inflation, economically advantageous policies and strong predicted growth
Catherine Shiang, Managing Director, Asia Capital AdvisorHong Kong
Apr 2311:20
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Fireside Chat Secondary markets: value and volume

Stream 2
  • Building diverse portfolios, providing liquidity Taking riskier bets and rebalancing flexibility with secondary market investments
  • Finding success in competitive and elusive deal environment with the asset class
  • Exploring and accessing the current market opportunities for secondaries
  • Collecting and analysis data from secondary transactions for sound decision making
Apr 2311:40
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Emerging market equities: consumer is king

Stream 1
  • Entering emerging markets during their transitions from industrial machines to conscious consumers
  • Mitigating reluctances posed by tightening of the fed and trade concerns
  • Exploring the fundamentals for success in these markets: individual companies and consumer goods
  • Benefitting from high levels of volatility in these regions
  • Penetrating markets with strong balance sheets: Thailand and Russia
Apr 2311:40
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Panel Deploying capital: dry powder and deal making

Stream 2
  • Addressing structural challenges: dealing with capital abundance
  • Reviewing the shift in deal making with diversified strategies: generating attractive returns
  • Evaluating dry powder: risks and rewards
  • Entering global maturing private equity environment: large deals, new geos and emerging strategies
  • Preparing for market upside potential and avoiding failures with effective manager/investor relationship
Apr 2312:00
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Incubation for startups: funding innovation and capturing returns

Stream 2
Abhishek Sharma, Founder And Chief Executive Officer, Foundation HoldingsUnited Arab Emirates
Apr 2312:20
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Roundtables

Keynotes
1. Learning from the ‘endowment model’: moving beyond an asset class
2. Quant funds: algorithms for appealing to new generation talent
3. Making a positive impact: changing responses to impact investing
4. India: land of opportunity
5. Mixing gender diversity thematic allocations: impact on portfolios
6. The real estate and infrastructure convergence: managing and balancing portfolios
9. India: land of opportunity
Shridhar Narayan, Group Director And Chief Investments And Strategy Officer, Hiranandani Group of CompaniesIndia
Apr 2314:20
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Funding for the future: creating a sustainable cross-asset portfolio

Stream 1
  • Establishing environmental and corporate responsibility as key investment priorities
  • Modernising portfolios with SRI and ESG
  • Replacing existing, ethically challenged assets with responsible, renewable instruments
  • Adopting an environmental and social activism engagement strategy and accessing ESG assets
  • Reviewing the impact of increased ESG vehicles on portfolios
Apr 2314:20
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Panel Identifying best-in-class players: the unicorns evolving for future economies

Stream 2
  • Analysing the outperforming and emerging opportunities in the global VC landscape
  • Focusing on cultural and gender diversity: looking beyond western markets to developing countries
  • Identifying emerging tech asset classes: automation, self-driving cars, education, green energy
  • Using gathered data to make informed decisions and weigh up the risks and opportunities
Christopher Rogers, Partner, Lumia CapitalUnited States
Suneel Gokhale, Founding Partner, VentureSouqUnited Arab Emirates
Apr 2314:40
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Propelling returns: powering portfolios with green energy

Stream 1
  • Searching and accessing truly sustainable investment opportunities
  • Reviewing long term investment potential in renewables
  • Considering the future of renewable energy markets and becoming sustainably profitable
  • Discovering where the specific vehicles are for investing in wind, wave, solar and geothermal power
  • What are the long-term value propositions?
Apr 2314:40
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Fireside Chat Venturing beyond ‘traditional’ deals: accelerating the MENA startup ecosystem

Stream 2
  • Identifying regional VC hotspots and notable opportunities
  • Evaluating MENA VC deals by quality, volume and size
  • Looking beyond the ‘traditional’ to smaller funds and fuelling MENA start up growth
  • Discussing what MENA investors have learned from VC investing in 2019
  • Remaining creative with effective exit strategies
Neil Flemming, Founder, MENA Angel InvestorUnited Arab Emirates
Apr 2315:00
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Environment and finance: conflict or cooperation?

Stream 1
  • Evaluating the correlation between the environment verticals and returns
  • Recognising the evolving factors/disruptors in ESG asset classes
  • Balancing values with financial returns
  • managing the impact of liquid and illiquid ESG strategies
  • Supplementing existing investment processes alongside personal bias
  • Considering the potential material risks to security valuation and understanding the financial impact
Catherine Shiang, Managing Director, Asia Capital AdvisorHong Kong
Apr 2315:00
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Panel SMEs: opportunities, growth and returns

Stream 2
  • Uncovering the potential SME investment: where to look for potential large enterprises and global players
  • Taking risks to achieve higher target returns
  • Analysing the growth of regional SMEs and the impact for large scale, long term, retail and institutional investors
  • Balancing the risks and rewards of early stage, small cap and initial investment
Mo Bississo, Director And Principal, Kasamar HoldingsUnited Arab Emirates
Apr 2315:10
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Collaboration for impact: sharing values and generating returns

Stream 1
  • Making a global impact and securing positive returns: sourcing ESG assets
  • Building ESG assets effectively into portfolios
  • Going beyond sharing values of ESG companies and working together to meet SRI and ESG goals
  • Examining the benefits for long-term, large scale investorsReserved for sponsor
Apr 2315:10
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Comparing and competing: deal flow and making a VC investment

Stream 2
  • Deploying and raising capital for VC funds
  • Employing the proved outperforming strategies of 2019
  • Capitalising on growth of new strategies: crowdfunding, angel investing, early stage, seed funding
  • Reaching the optimal position for maximum returns and scalable growth
  • Going global with VC international potentialReserved for sponsor
Apr 2315:20
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Saudi Arabia: a diversified land of potential

Stream 1
  • Understanding regional nuances and emerging opportunities in Saudi Arabia
  • Generating upside returns in a new Saudi Arabia
  • Dissecting the risks, challenges and opportunities of a radical, evolving emerging market
  • Assessing the KSA contemporary economic landscape and space for foreign direct investment: infrastructure, tourism, technology
Nabil Nazer, Cio, Al Sulaiman GroupSaudi Arabia
Apr 2315:20
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Panel Alphabet, Apple and Amazon: a digitalisation of the global economy

Stream 2
  • Investing in disruptive tech: long term play and sizeable returns
  • Regulating risks of changing business models
  • Proritising tech in diversified portfolios
  • Analysing the risks and opportunities offered by the tech giants, discussing pricing concerns and
  • Where does alpha exist in digitalised economy? How can institutional investors access it?
Paul Kenny, Managing Director, AYM CommerceUnited Arab Emirates
Apr 2315:40
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Macro trends driving regional fluctuating markets: super trend equities

Stream 1
  • Evaluating macro structure and regulatory changes in the Middle East
  • Examining the equities most impacted by MENA’s fluctuating markets
  • Dealing with intensified threats to free trade
  • Considering GCC politics update: MENA economics and common ground and effect on portfolios, exposure and asset classes
  • What opportunities can be realised in the region
Apr 2315:40
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Build vs. buy approach to building Tech businesses in MENA

Stream 2
  • What goes into a ‘build vs. buy’ decision?
  • Which markets are more suitable for M&A as opposed to organic entry:
  • KSA apt for ‘buy’ given the presence of strong existing player, and unique characteristics of the market
  • Cleartrip’s Flyin acquisition case study
  • Largest Travel Tech deal in MENA – creating the undisputed market leader
  • Keys to successful integration
Apr 2316:00
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GCC credit: sovereign debt issuance attraction and appeal

Stream 1
  • Addressing the headwinds impacting debt performance:
  • higher US interest rates
  • weaker local currencies
  • uncertain free trade agreements
  • Facilitating the continuation of high paced debt issuance and avoiding economic depletion with robust fundamentals and vehicles
  • Entering a compelling risk/reward dynamic in GCC markets
  • Examining the effect of multi-tranche sovereign bond transaction: Saudi Arabia
  • Measuring the longevity of the trend
Apr 2316:00
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Blockchain and cryptos: a double-edged sword

Stream 2
  • Embedding digital and disruptive assets to investor portfolios
  • Preparing for worldwide regulation and transition to crypto-based economies
  • Evaluating the controversial decentralised currencies: volatility, uncertainty and ambiguity
  • ‘Shorting’ the crypto market and integrating the blockchain
Apr 2316:20
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An AI hybrid: complementing the ‘human touch’ for smart investing

Stream 2
  • Transforming alpha generation with machine learning and AI
  • Using machine learning to generate fast and accurate landscape insights
  • Utilising AI for transactions, allowing human experts to outperform the market
  • Making real life interaction successful with a vehicle mix to meet individual goals
Apr 2317:00
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Keynote: Disruptive, divisive and digital: shaping an investable, innovative future

Keynotes
  • Foreseeing the impact of digital economies: building exposure to innovative technology to portfolios
  • Preempting the technological revolution and examining what ‘digital’ really means for investors
  • Exploring the effects of digitalisation disruption and enablement on investments, trade and ROI
  • Capturing opportunities in innovative funds and technologies
  • Diversifying into tech sectors for robust structural growth: o Telecommunication o AI o Social media
Apr 2317:20
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Keynote: The 4.0 world: pursuing innovation as effective investment strategies

Keynotes
  • Using innovation for greater portfolio resilience: regulating digital processes
  • Accessing highest growth rate potential with technological tools
  • Utilising AI, machine learning and data and analytics to construct and monitor investments
  • Delivering sustainable growth outcomes for investors with technology and innovation
  • Separating hype from reality and fostering trust in technology: benefits and risks to investorsReserved for sponsor

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Apr 2409:30
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Keynote Clash of the competing forces: navigating fractured markets

Keynotes
  • Geopolitics: governance, growth and global capital flows in a new ecosystem
  • Succeeding in political and economic reforms and the 2019 election
  • Reviewing the asset classes expected to outperform in the ‘new economy’ and shifting regimes
  • Assembling winning portfolios and deploying capital in competitive and fractured markets: interpreting trends to make the best decisions
  • Adapting to a dynamic investment environment and changing market cycles
  • Finding returns and exploiting value and self-sustaining growth in EMs and the Eurozone rebound: investing nuances
  • What can institutional investors expect from emerging buoyant equity in a new economy and where can returns be generated
Apr 2410:00
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Family Office Panel Investing for a dominant generation: millennials and the Next Generation

Keynotes
  • Positioning millennials as a major driving force reshaping the investing landscape: defining characteristics for investors
  • Understanding millennial appetite, views and approaches to uncertainty in markets and collective responsibility
  • Meeting demands of millennials and capturing spending habits: what are the prioritised asset classes for the new generation? o energy efficiency and electrified vehicles o constant connectivity and technology o innovative technology, blockchain and ICOs o sustainable consumables
  • Driving new trends and ideas for digital, connected, influential global millennial forces: values of this generation becoming the norm
  • Evaluating how the investment landscape changing as a result?
Apr 2411:18
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ALTERNATIVE REAL ESTATE

Stream 1
Host: David Gibson-Moore, President, Gulf AnalyticaUnited Arab Emirates
Apr 2411:18
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HEDGE FUND STRATEGIES

Stream 2
Reserved for: 100 Women in Finance
Apr 2411:20
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Panel Alternative real estate assets: moving to the mainstream?

Stream 1
  • Utilising long term yield opportunities and growth prospects for capital deployment outside uncertain market cycles
  • Deploying capital to emerging alternative real estate
  • co working offices
  • senior care facilities
  • data centres
  • laboratories
  • self-storage
  • build to rent
  • Identifying niche alternatives for maximum returns and accessing the latest, ‘non-mainstream’ sectors
  • Weighing the benefits and risks of alternative opportunities
Apr 2411:20
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Panel Reinvention and evolution: complementing portfolios with renewed view of hedge funds

Stream 2
  • Exploring alternative and outperforming hedge fund strategies old and new
  • Looking to the outperformers:
  • quant
  • reinsurance
  • long/short
  • Treating hedge funds as a separate asset class: capitalising on low equity correlation and fixed income markets
  • Analysing the growth of global hedge fund distribution
  • How are institutional investors using hedge funds in 2019? Discussing the sweet spots and new strategies to exploit these markets
Apr 2411:40
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REITS: seeking alpha in a rebounding sector

Stream 1
  • Diversifying portfolios with a previously ‘overlooked and undervalued sector’
  • Accessing the benefits of real estate investment with the benefits of investing in publicly traded stock
  • Avoiding overcrowding and searching for undervalued vehicles
  • Operating successfully in the new sweet spot for investors and maintaining strong occupancy for maximum returns
  • Adopting and REIT strategy to secure dividend-based income, transparency, liquidity and inflation protection
  • What can investors expect from REITs for 2019?
Apr 2411:40
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Hedge funds on the rebound: the return of returns

Stream 2
  • Boosting hedge fund allocation during stabilising flows and correcting markets
  • Adopting systematic and equity market neutral strategies for success in a positive environment for the asset class
  • Evaluating the hedge fund performance in 2019 and discussing what can investors expect going forward
  • How far are funds exceeding expectations?
Apr 2412:00
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Panel Creating communities and developing spaces: property development in the UAE

Stream 1
  • Reviewing the overall property outlook in the UAE
  • Driving economic growth with alternative real estate vehicles
  • Securing better returns with diversified alternative real estate strategies
  • Establishing strategic partnerships for deploying capital: boutiques and smaller companies
  • Looking beyond Dubai: evaluating the extensive opportunities and emerging projects in Abu Dhabi
Apr 2412:00
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Algorithmic trading & quants: challenges, drivers and trends

Stream 2
  • Examining the trends and identifying the outperforming strategies in
  • Accessing the market landscape and its growth prospects
  • Analysing growth prospects in the algorithmic trading market
  • Utilising electronic trading to modernise portfolio and achieve goals
Apr 2412:20
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Roundtables

Keynotes
1. The power of the crowd: crowd funding for large scale, long term investors
3. Public or private equity? Attractive returns and smart fundraising activities
4. Turkey: investing on the short end
6. Examining exit strategies: when is the right time
Apr 2414:19
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EVOLVING ALTERNATIVES

Stream 2
Host: David Gibson-Moore, President, Gulf AnalyticaUnited Arab Emirates
Apr 2414:20
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Rethinking real estate: moving away from cycles of uncertainty

Stream 1
  • Navigating structural, technological and demographic factors driving investor and consumer demand
  • Dealing with abundant capital and where to allocate within the asset class
  • Adapting to the predicted interest rate normalisation and effect of new tax laws
  • Capitalising on the value-shift from traditional passive to dynamic strategies
  • Considering debt strategies to enter the securely enter the sector
Apr 2414:20
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Panel Alternatives thriving in volatile markets: a core asset class

Stream 2
  • Looking being traditional markets and allocating to alternative assets for upside growth
  • Expanding conventional boundaries with alternative asset classes: infrastructure, technology, autonomous vehicles, alternative data
  • Taking a long-term view of the bigger risk picture of alternatives: expectations and future directions
  • Adopting complex assets while traditional asset classes converge
Apr 2414:40
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Portfolios of global metropolises: cosmopolitan entrepots and capital cities

Stream 1
  • Adapting to the rapid rate of expansion in global cities and capitals
  • Reacting to global urbanisation with greater real estate exposure
  • Capitalising on strong growth prospects with real estate
  • Embedding large scale property to overall portfolios for maximum returns and long-term positioning
  • Focusing on high quality assets in the world’s strongest markets
Apr 2414:40
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The future alternative and the hunt for diversification

Stream 2
  • Leaving behind mainstream assets: finding the alternatives generating the highest returns
  • Diversifying fixed income portfolios with alternative allocations
  • Matching return potential of traditional asset classes with alternatives
  • Using emerging strategies for opportunistic yields and maximum returns
  • venture capital
  • natural resources to
  • private debt
  • illiquid credit
Apr 2415:00
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Contemporary infrastructure models: keeping up with the pace of change

Stream 1
  • Exploring the opportunities in infrastructure as a standalone asset class
  • Highlighting the advantages for investors – increasing demand inside and outside the developed markets
  • Building bridges for equity pools and capitalising on rising levels of industrialisation
  • Accessing the infrastructure funds of the future
Apr 2415:00
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Investing for impact: value driven decisions

Stream 2
  • Aligning investments with individual values and beliefs
  • Navigating the impact investing boom
  • Setting out to address societal changes with impact investment strategies
  • Blurring financially driven decisions with philanthropy and individual goals
  • Measuring impact: reviewing the key trends and challenges in the asset class
Apr 2415:20
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Panel Transformation through transactions: recycling and reinvesting capital

Stream 1
  • Tapping into viable long-term trends to reinvest capital
  • Demonstrating high profitability and rising leverage with innovative portfolio construction and resilience
  • Smoothing out volatility without sacrificing returns
  • Adapting to regulatory reform and capital competition
Apr 2415:20
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Global macro: strategic and tactical asset allocation

Stream 2
  • Drawing together opportunities in global macro perspective
  • Combining degrees of top down allocation
  • Deploying capital in new markets
  • Using cross-border and intra-asset allocation strategies. Reviewing the themes and implications for securing returns
Apr 2415:40
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Rise of thematic investing: generating alpha at scale

Stream 1
  • Adopting an innovative, top down thematic approach
  • Adapting to long term structural trends and medium-term cyclicality
  • Yielding the benefits of thematic-based investing
  • Identifying and prioritising invest-able themes
  • Analysing hotspots for capital deployment
Apr 2415:40
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Adding value with broad diversification

Stream 2
  • Reviewing fundamental portfolio structure in 2018, 2019 and beyond
  • Identifying diverse market opportunities and vehicles
  • Is 60/40 still relevant to institutional investors?
  • Avoiding disorganised portfolio construction and below target returns with alternative assets and diversification strategies
  • Designing strategic allocation for maximum returns
last published: 24/Mar/19 10:15 GMT

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