PRE-EVENT WORKSHOPS:19 FEBRUARY 2020Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, UAE

CONFERENCE:20 FEBRUARY 2020ADGM Building, Al Maryah Island, UAE

Congress

Thursday
February 20
08:00

Registration and Refreshments

 
08:55

Welcome by Congress Chairperson

09:00

Welcome address by CFA Institute

Speakers
William Tohmé
Regional Head Middle East & North Africa,
CFA Institute
09:10

Welcome address by CFA Society Emirates Presidents

Speakers
Richard Lee
President,
CFA Society Emirates
09:20

Welcome address by ADGM

Speakers
Senior Representative
ADGM
CFA Society Emirates
09:30

Opening Keynote Address: Macroeconomic View of Geopolitics, Trade Associations and Alliances

Speakers

  • How will global events such as Brexit, Iran tensions and shifting global trade alliances affect the region?
  • With more countries moving towards a nationalistic political and economic stance, what will be the effect on global markets and MENA?
  • Are current global trends resulting in new areas of opportunity for the region and the country?

Simon Baptist
Chief Economist
The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU)
10:15

Panel Discussion: New Areas of Opportunity: Looking East

  • What opportunities are present in East Asia and emerging markets?
  • Asia and the UAE continue to grow their trade alliance – what is the size of opportunity?
  • How does Asia compare to other alternative markets and which sectors will be the drivers of growth for the next 5 years?

Speakers
Fadi Al Said
CFA, Director, Portfolio Manager/Analyst
Lazard Asset Management
Taimoor Labib
Founding Partner
Affirma
Rebecca Hall
Deputy Chief Investment Officer,
Bin Ladin Holding Co.
Senior Representative
ADGM
 
11:10

Networking Break

11:30

Panel Discussion: Start-Ups and New Players in the Market

  • What effect are entrepreneurial VISAs and new 5 year and 10 year visas expected to have on the local economy?
  • Will 100% foreign ownership encourage market activity in the next few years?
  • What is the role of venture capitalists in the tech sector?

Speakers
Alok Bishnoi
Director, Portfolio Management and M&A
KBBO Group
Walid Hanna
Founder & CEO
Middle East Venture Capital

Expert Insight: Tech Landscape in MENA

Speakers
Meriem Menani
Senior Analyst
Public Policy, The Economist
12:00

In Conversation: Building a Successful Tech Start Up in the Region

Panel Discussion: Diversity, Nationalisation & Talent Development - A Comprehensive Analysis of Challenges in The Sector

  • Highlighting national demographics, current and future talent gap and national requirements – can they be aligned?
  • War for talent: balancing competition for a scarce pool of talent.
  • How can the CFA Society, Public and Private organizations contribute to attracting more talent to the sector?

Speakers
Senior Representative
ADGM Academy
 
12:30

Networking Break (Book signing for all delegate)

13:00

Future Focus: The Investment Professional of the Future – Future Proofing Your Career

Speakers

  • What does the finance professional of the future look like?
  • What skills will be required in an increasingly tech driven world and how can you start equipping yourself today?
  • Highlighting the essential soft skills that you need to begin developing

Robert Stammers
Director of Investor Engagement
Future of Finance Team, CFA Institute
14:00

Closing Keynote: Blockchain, AI, Cyber Security and The Future of Work

Speakers

  • The future of economy will be decentralized as we become better at gathering data, how will blockchain enhance global trade?
  • Will we see old models of commerce and finance changing resulting in improved trade and new efficiencies?
  • What is the true effect of technology in the future?

 
14:45

Closing Speech and Vote of Thanks

 
15:00

Networking Lunch Reception