MENA Asset Management and Trading Summit


Conrad, Dubai, UAE

06 Nov 2019

 

Now in its 10th year, Global Investor’s MENA Asset Management and Trading Summit will be held at Dubai’s Conrad Hotel on November 6. Featuring expert panellists from across the region and beyond, the summit will debate the hottest topics in the industry right now.

 

The conference also provides a unique marketing platform to the industry, giving the opportunity to reach the most influential participants in derivatives. 

For information on sponsorship opportunities please contact Hanna DeBank 

If you have any questions about the event please contact Yasmin Okolo at Yasmin.okolo@globalinvestorgroup.com 

Agenda


08:15 Registration and Networking

08:55 Welcome Address
William Browne, GM, Global Investor Group

09:00 MENA asset management outlook – how to prosper in volatile times

Gulf stock markets enjoyed an upbeat start to 2019 only for steep declines in May to wipe out much of these gains. A renewed rally on some bourses has buoyed sentiment,
but a prolonged bull-run seems unlikely amid a stuttering regional economy.

  • Has Gulf markets’ haphazard performance made regional asset management services a tougher sell?
  • Or does the difficult market environment make the services of skilled asset managers all the more essential for regional wealthy and institutional investors? Are
    individual investors becoming warier of investing directly themselves?
  • Are Gulf markets oversold? Where is the most value to be found?
  • DIFC and ADGM are the Gulf’s two leading financial centres. What is this duo doing to support the asset management sector?
  • In the likes of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, asset managers have deployed momentum strategies to profit from the huge inflows of foreign money due to emerging
    market upgrades and changes in EM index weightings, how much longer can this play last?
  • Is austerity over in Saudi and what does that mean for equities?
  • What further reforms would help boost Saudi bourse trading volumes?

Moderator: Nigel Sillitoe, Insight Discovery, CEO

Speakers: 
Steve Barnett, Financial Centre Development Director, Financial Services Regulatory Authority, ADGM
Lawrence Paramasivam, Director of Supervision, Dubai Financial Services Authority
Ashish Marwah, Chief Investment Officer at ADS Investment Solutions
Shakeel Sarwar, Head of Asset Management, SICO

 

09:45 Conventional asset managers face fintech conundrum

Automation in equity market trading began in the 1990s. Now, fintech-based financial advisors and wealth managers seem poised to take market share from
conventional asset managers as well as bringing in new clients. Fintech firms claim their proprietary technology provides unparalleled, near-instant research
and analysis across a variety of asset classes, including equities and fixed income, while their platforms can be tailored for retail, high net worth, and institutional
investors.

  • Can active fund managers still provide investors with a competitive edge or will algorithms ultimately prevail?
  • How are MENA fund managers responding to the fintech threat and what more should they do?
  • Is fintech a friend or foe?
  • Could MENA asset managers use fintech tools to provide their clients with more opportunities to invest internationally?
  • Can technology help MENA asset managers diversify their product offerings?


Moderator: Yazad Darasha, Partner and Director, White Paper Media Consulting

Speakers:
Wai Lum,Senior Executive Director - Capital Markets, ADGM Financial Services Regulatory Authority
Ali Adou, Head of Asset Management, Daman Investments
Mark Chahwan,Co-founder and CEO, Sarwa
Mehdi Benslimane, Global Expansion Strategist, Wahed Invest

 

10:30  Coffee and Networking

 

11:00 Alternative asset classes for MENA investors

Diversification is an essential tenet of investment, and real estate has long been a favoured alternative asset class for MENA investors – retail, high-net-worth and
institutional. As well as property, there are plenty other unconventional asset classes to consider.

  • What alternative assets are most in demand from MENA institutional and wealthy investors? And why?
  • Is interest from regional investors in these asset classes growing and why?
  • What are biggest challenges to increasing the regional AUM of alternative assets?
  • Real estate will always be a popular investment among regional investors, although Gulf property markets have broadly suffered a prolonged downturn.
    How does Gulf real estate compare with other emerging property markets?
  • Real estate industry players report an influx of consultants, lawyers and other experts from abroad to Saudi Arabia. What are the biggest opportunities in Saudi real estate and why?

Moderator: Selloua Chakri, Managing Director, SCL Advisory Limited

Speakers:
Robert Ansari, Executive Director and Head of Middle East, MSCI
Sandip Bhatt, CIO, Damac Invest
Georges Hanna, CIO, Invest AD
Jahangir Aka, MD and Head of MEA, Neuberger Berman

 

11:45 Investing beyond MENA to boost returns

In an increasingly globalised, interconnected world, investors are less constrained by geographical boundaries.

  • Where should MENA investors be putting their money to work outside the region?
  • What asset classes offer the most potential in the short to medium term?
  • How can MENA asset managers work with their international counterparts to help clients invest beyond the region?
  • How does the dollar’s prolonged strength against the likes of the pound and the euro affect international investment strategies for MENA asset managers?

Moderator: Paromita Dey, Business Editor, Argaam

Speakers: 
Jan Thorwirth, Vice President, Eurex
Salah Shamma, Head of Investment MEA, Franklin Templeton Investments
John Gebeily, Head of Investment Office, Audi Capital

 

12:30 Trading Saudi: Fireside chat with CEO from Tadawul TBC

Saudi Arabia's bourse, the Tadawul, has introduced sweeping reforms in recent years, opening up the market to direct foreign share ownership in order to achieve emerging market status on key index providers such MSCI and FTSE Russell. Saudi Aramco's IPO, which is poised to be one of the largest ever worldwide, will bring global attention to the Middle East's largest stock exchange.
Whilst Saudi Aramco is gearing up for what could be the largest IPO ever, but for equity investors numerous questions remain.

  • What valuation will the company and the banks seek?
  • What will happen to the price of Aramco shares after they premier?
  • What will the dividend be for publicly traded shares of Aramco?
  • Will a publicly traded Aramco pump any more or less oil than before?
  • Will a publicly traded Aramco remain protective of the long-term health of its oil reserves?

 

13:00 Lunch

 

14:10 Shariah Products: DGCX launched in March 2018 the first physically-backed Sharia-compliant gold contract, marking the latest launch
by a regional exchange.

  • What is the outlook for the trading of Sharia-compliant contracts?
  • What changes need to be made to ensure greater traction in the trading of Sharia-compliant products?
  • What are some of the new Sharia-compliant products that exchanges should look to list?

Moderator: Emilio Escartin, Professor of Islamic Finance,  IE Business School

Speakers: 
Khalid Howladar,
MD and Founder, Acreditus
Amjad Bangash,
Head of Shariah Advisory, National Bank of Oman
Bashar Al Natoor,
Head of Islamic Finance, Fitch Ratings
Ismail Dadabhoy,
Advisor, International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM)

 

15:00 Close of Conference and Networking Drinks

Currently confirmed speakers:

Nigel Sillitoe, CEO, Insight Discovery

Yazad Darasha, Partner & Director, White Paper Media Consulting

Paromita Dey, Business Editor, Argaam

Selloua Chakri, Managing Director, SCL Advisory Limited

Steve Barnett, Director, ADGM

Robert Ansari, Executive Director, MSCI

Khalid Howladar, Managing Director & Founder, Acreditus

Krishnamurthy Sundaresan, COO, Dubai Investments Group

Ali Adou, Head of Asset Management, Daman Investments

Sandip Bhatt, CIO, Damac Invest

Salah Shamma, Head of Investment, Franklin Templeton Investments

Amjad Bangasj, Head of Sharia Advisory,  National Bank of Oman

George Hanna, CIO, AD Invest

Bashar Al Natoor, Head of Islamic Finance, Fitch Ratings

Ismail Dadabhoy, Advisor, IIFM

Jahangir Aka, Managing Director & Head of MEA, Neuberger Berman

Shakeel Sarwar, Head of Asset Management, SICO

And many more to be announced

Silver Sponsor


ADS Investment Solutions

 

 

Cboe

 

 

 

Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (“Cboe Global Markets” or “Cboe”) is one of the world’s largest exchange holding companies, offering cutting-edge trading and investment solutions to investors around the world. The company is committed to relentless innovation, connecting global markets with world-class technology, and providing seamless solutions that enhance the customer experience.

Cboe offers trading across a diverse range of products in multiple asset classes and geographies, including options, futures, U.S. and European equities, exchange-traded products (ETPs), global foreign exchange (FX) and multi-asset volatility products based on the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX Index), the world’s barometer for equity market volatility.

 

 

DGCX

 

 

Established in 2005, DGCX is the region’s leading derivatives exchange and the only one allowing global participants to trade, clear and settle transactions within the Gulf region. The Exchange has played a pioneering role in developing the regional market for derivatives and financial infrastructure. DGCX is an electronic commodity and currency derivatives exchange with over 200 members from across the globe, offering futures and options contracts covering the precious metals, energy, equities and currency sectors.  DGCX is a subsidiary of DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre), a Dubai Government Authority for trade, enterprise and commodities. For more information: www.dgcx.ae 

DGCX also owns and operates the region’s largest and only multi-asset Clearing House – Dubai Commodities Clearing Corporation (DCCC). DCCC is federally regulated by the Securities & Commodities Authority (SCA) and is recognized as a Third-Country CCP by European Securities Markets Authority (ESMA) with over 90 clearers from across the globe. For more information: www.dccc.co.ae 

 



Eurex

Eurex Exchange is the marketplace of choice for the global derivatives community. It offers a broad range of international benchmark products
and operate the most liquid fixed income markets in the world with about 2,000 products across nine asset classes, featuring open and low-cost
electronic access. With market participants connected from 700 locations worldwide, trading volume at Eurex exceeds 1.7 billion contracts a year.
We offer a wide choice of equity-based contracts on indexes, single equities, ETFs, dividends and some of the world’s most liquid fixed income
derivatives on one single platform.

Eurex Clearing is one of the leading central counterparties globally, clearing the broadest scope of products under a single framework in Europe.
It serves 176 Clearing Members in 17 countries, managing a collateral pool of EUR 50 billion and processing a gross risk valued at almost EUR
16 trillion every month.

 

Venue


Conrad Dubai
Sheikh Zayed Road, 308 Road, 49,
Dubai

 

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