CFA Society Emirates to Host MENA Investment Congress 2018

Sunday 04 February 2018
Amer Khansaheb, CFA, President of CFA Society Emirates
Dubai - MENA Herald:

CFA Society Emirates, the association of CFA charterholders and members in the UAE, will host the first ever MENA Investment Congress on Thursday 22 February at the Abu Dhabi Global Market building in Al Marya Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE.   

Under the theme, ‘MENA Investment Strategies in a Digital Age’, the conference will bring together CFA charterholders, members, and eminent investment professionals to debate the latest issues affecting the investment profession in the wake of the gathering pace of artificial intelligence. The conference will explore the opportunities and challenges which the investment management industry is facing, and how financial institutions can embrace disruptive technologies.

Speakers will share their expertise on investment strategies within the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (the current technological revolution) asset allocation in today’s markets, and how diversification strategies away from oil are affecting MENA economies.  

Key Speakers and topics covered by industry experts will include:

Welcome address

Investment Trends: Investor Perspectives on constructing diversified portfolios in today’s MENA markets

  • James Donald, Managing Director & Head of Emerging Markets, Lazard Asset Management, USA
  • Tarek Fadlallah, CEO, Nomura Asset Management, UAE
  • Ayman Abouhend, Chief Investment Officer, Advisable Wealth Engines, USA

Capturing opportunities in the new Saudi Arabia

  • Khalid Albdah, CEO, Goldman Sachs Saudi Arabia  
  • Sam Blatteis, CEO, MENA Catalyst & Former Google Head of Government Relations & Public Policy
  • Robert Ansari, Executive Director & Head of Middle East, MSCI, UAE

Sector Update: The demise of oil and the rise of cleantech – where are the opportunities in MENA energy?

  • Laura El-Katiri, Policy Analyst, IRENA
  • Ennis Rimawi, Founder & MD, Catalyst MENA Clean Energy Fund

Harnessing Technology & AI into business opportunity

  • Eric Haseltine, Author, Long Fuse, Big Bang, Former CTO for the U.S. intelligence community & Former Executive Vice President, Walt Disney Imagineering, USA

Amer Khansaheb, CFA, President of CFA Society Emirates, said: “Given the challenges that come with evolving market dynamics in the Middle East, professionals must adapt their investment strategies to include new disruptive technologies whilst generating returns. In this context, CFA Society Emirates is delighted to host the inaugural MENA Investment Congress as we continue to promote the highest standards of professionalism in the regional investment management industry."

Ahead of the MENA Investment Congress, the findings of the Middle East Societies Market Sentiment Survey - which gauges the opinions of regional investment professionals on a broad range of economic, finance and investment trends in the GCC – will be published.

CFA Institute is currently working closely with Abu Dhabi Global Market to open a CFA Institute office in the Middle East this year.

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