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The Road Ahead in the MENA Investment Industry
MIDDLE EAST ASSET MANAGEMENT FORUM
30th & 31st May 2016, Gulf Hotel, Kingdom of Bahrain
The Global Asset Management Landscape
Combining a highly innovative and interactive format with world-class speakers and more than 200 international delegates, The Middle East Asset Management Forum (MEAMF 2016) will tackle the most pressing questions that will drive the ongoing progress of the asset management industry across the dynamic markets in this region. The Middle East Asset Management Forum (MEAMF 2016) is an initiative of the Central Bank of Bahrain. The Middle East Asset Management Forum (MEAMF 2016) will take place on the 30th & 31st of May 2016 at the Gulf Hotel in the Kingdom of Bahrain, under the theme The Road Ahead in the MENA Investment Industry.”
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Foreword
Abdul Rahman M. Al-Baker
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Executive Director - Financial Institutions Supervision
The Central Bank of Bahrain

“The asset management industry is poised to enter an exciting stage in its evolution in the GCC region. The shape of the wealth and asset management sectors in the GCC is unique and the last two decades have confirmed the region’s position as an important financial hub for wealth and asset management, as well as a key trading centre connecting East and West. Indeed, the financial services industry has made significant contributions to the impressive economic growth rates across the GCC.

However, global economic headwinds, created by uncertainties in China and the decline in oil prices, are challenging the international asset management industry to respond to this changing investment landscape. Nevertheless, positive prospects continue to attract capital to the region in search of hig-quality investment opportunities. Bahrain is already the Gulf’s most established fund distribution centre and is an internationally recognized financial hub, with the financial services sector in Bahrain being not only the largest sector of the non-oil economy but also the largest employer.

Against this dynamic backdrop, the Middle East Asset Management Forum (MEAMF 2016), is being launched under the patronage of the Central Bank of Bahrain and with the support of the Bahrain Asset Managers Association. Combining a highly innovative and interactive format with world-class speakers and more than 200 international delegates, MEAMF 2016 will tackle the most pressing questions that will drive the ongoing progress of the asset management industry across the dynamic markets in this region. The Middle East Asset Management Forum (MEAMF 2016) will take place on the 30th & 31st of May 2016 at the Gulf Hotel in the Kingdom of Bahrain, under the theme The Road Ahead in the MENA Investment Industry.”

The Road Ahead in the MENA Investment Industry



Fresh Format: New Insights, New Ideas

The Middle East Asset Management Forum 2016 features a fresh new approach on how industry leaders can engage with the key issues impacting the future of the investment industry. The Forum has a unique and innovative format that that combines traditional speaker-driven sessions with highly interactive and forward-looking discussions that blend the perspectives of industry leaders with the out-of-the-box insights of visionary thinkers.

Key Topics of Discussion

  • International Investment Leaders and the Global Economic Outlook
  • Institutional Investors, SWFs and Family Offices: Adapting to Changing Investment Scenarios
  • Emerging and Frontier Markets: What are the New Opportunities in the Middle East?
  • Asset Allocation: Diversification and Shifting Strategies?
  • Pension and Corporate Savings: A New Opportunity in the GCC?
  • Leader’s Dialogue Live! New Insights, New Ideas: In Conversation with an Asset Management Leader/Pioneer
  • Interactive Roundtable Discussion on Key Asset Sectors and Segments
  • New Research Insights: Asset Management Industry in the Middle East
  • Assessing the Shift Towards Responsible Investment
  • Reshaping Fund Distribution in the Middle East
  • Changing the Game: How the FinTech Revolution is Disrupting and Transforming the Asset Management Industry

2
Days
25+
Speakers
2
Keynote Addresses
200+
International Attendees

Confirmed Speakers



Opening Keynote Address
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Abdul Rahman M. Al-Baker
Executive Director - Financial Institutions Supervision
Central Bank of Bahrain
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Dr. Ahmed Al Jawhary
Chairman
Bahrain Asset Managers Association (BAMA)

Keynote Speakers
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Nabil Hamadeh
Chief Executive Officer
Capital Growth Management WLL
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Shakeel Sarwar
Head of Asset Management
Securities & Investment Company (SICO)
speaker-2
Walid Mourad
Senior Vice President - Portfolio Manager/Analyst
Lazard Gulf Limited
In Conversation with an Industry Leader
speaker-4
Anthony Mallis
Vice Chair at Disciplinary Committee
Bahrain Bourse &
Managing Principal
Mallis & Co.

Other Confirmed Speakers
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Adel Al-Mangour
Deputy CEO
The Family Office Company BSC (c)
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Jaideep Kumar Rana
Head of Finance and Board Secretary
Bahrain Institute of Banking & Finance(BIBF)
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Johannes Van der Dong
Chief Investment Officer
Takaud Savings and Pensions B.S.C
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Dr. Jarmo Kotilaine
Chief Economist
Economic Development Board of Bahrain (EDB)
speaker-4
Yazan M. Abdeen
Lead Fund Manager, Head of MENA Capital Markets
SEDCO CAPITAL
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Gaurav Kumar
Managing Director, Head of Distribution – Middle East & Asia
Principal Global Investors
speaker-4
Jennifer Gnana
Business Reporter
The Gulf Magazine
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Dr. Ataf Ahmed
Managing Director - Asset Management
QInvest Asset Management
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Abhijit Singh
Head of Asset Management
Solidarity Group Holding Company
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Amin El Kholy
Managing Director - Asset Management
Arqaam Capital
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Adnan Hashim
Managing Partner
Istishara
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Ijlal Ahmed Alvi
Chief Executive Officer
International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM)
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Stephen Vineburg
Chief Executive Officer
ASMA Capital Partners B.S.C. (c)
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Cassim Docrat
Director
DDCAP (DIFC) Limited
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Kaushiq Kodithodika
Regional Sales Director – MENA
Advent Software

Sponsors

Investment Funds Partner
Affiliate Partners
Knowledge Partner
Why Partner with MEAMF 2016?
The Middle East Asset Management Forum 2016 is an innovative and exciting new platform that will bring together industry leaders to explore a fresh vision for the industry.

  • Putting you face-to-face with industry thought leaders to assess the latest market intelligence and provide new insights to your most challenging questions
  • A fresh approach to building long-term client relationships that add genuine value
  • Harnessing the latest technological innovations to create a unique Live! experience that take our conferences to the next generation
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  • Convening leading industry decision-makers Live! and in-person to strengthen relationships and get deals done

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Insights from Our Speakers
Dr. Ahmed Al Jawhary
Dr. Ahmed Al Jawhary
Chairman
Bahrain Asset Managers Association (BAMA)

“The Asset Management sector is a growing sector within the fabric of Bahrain’s banking offering as a regional hub with a noticeable steady upward trend over the past few years. The challenges to this promising sector might be more of awareness about the significance of asset management and wealth management regionally. It is time to differentiate between asset management and other parts of banking activities and to have a progressive and a dynamic approach towards this unique element of banking and finance. It is a collective responsibility of financial institutions, practitioners, service providers, regulators, and all other concerned stakeholders in Bahrain to tell the target clientele why professional Asset Managers are important and why their discipline can make the client’s life and/or businesses better or different and thus illustrate how this differentiation can be achieved. The culture element is very important, you have to overcome cultural barriers to enter any new activity, industry or line of business. Asset management is a key element of any international financial hub such as New York, London or Zurich. It was not given enough or distinct attention by the financial institutions in the region. Even when you had investors investing with a handful of regional investment firms in their random financial offerings and investment products, they were still doing their full-fledged asset management somewhere else in Europe or North America.

Through BAMA and this upcoming specialized Forum, we're campaigning, creating awareness and showing potential clients that the same level and quality of asset management services can be delivered regionally on top of whatever they get out of international managers. That is the key to overcoming these barriers.”

Walid Mourad
Nabil Hamadeh
Chief Executive Officer
Capital Growth Management WLL

“Home bias is a well researched and documented phenomenon in behavioural finance. Whether a client is domiciled in the US, Europe or the Middle East, they need to diversify their investment assets globally. Yet in a world financial system that structurally continues to be riddled with conflicts of interest, investors are better protected by independent investment advisors who don’t just talk about transparency but who actually apply it.”

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2016 Speakers Presentations

Day 1

Assessing The Road Ahead in the MENA Investment Industry

Presented by:
Shakeel Sarwar
Head of Asset Management
Securities & Investment Company BSC (c)

What are the New Opportunities in the Middle East?
Presented by:
Yazan M. Abdeen
Lead Fund Manager, Head of MENA Capital Markets
SEDCO CAPITAL
Day 2

Shari’ah‐Compliant Asset Management and Sukuk as a Driver of Growth in the Middle East
Presented by:
Stephen Vineburg
Chief Executive Officer
ASMA Capital Partners B.S.C. (c)

Changing the Game: How the FinTech Revolution is Disrupting and Transforming the Asset Management Industry
Presented by:
Kaushiq Kodithodika
Regional Sales Director – MENA
Advent Software

Sharing The Experience of Asset Managers in Regional Hubs
Presented by:
Abhijit Singh
Head of Asset Management
Solidarity Group Holding Company

Shari’ah‐Compliant Asset Management and Sukuk as a Driver of Growth in the Middle East
Presented by:
Ijlal Ahmed Alvi
Chief Executive Officer
International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM)