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07:30 08:00 (30 mins)

Main agenda

Registration and Networking

08:00 08:05 (5 mins)

Main agenda

Chairman’s Opening Address

08:35 09:05 (30 mins)

FundForum Middle East & Africa - The Macro Picture

Global Macro Overview: Oil and politics in a region in flux and the impact on flows and investors appetite

  • Marios Maratheftis - Chief Economist, Standard Chartered

09:05 09:30 (25 mins)

FundForum Middle East & Africa - The Macro Picture

Geopolitics & Risk in a Frontier Market Context Deglobalisation? East/West - Is the balance of power shifting?

  • Hasnain Malik - Managing Director, Head Frontier Markets Strategy, Exotix

09:30 10:00 (30 mins)

FundForum Middle East

The FundForum CEO Interview

Get into the mind of a leading Asset Management figurehead

  • Interviewer George Triplow - Middle East Leader, EY
  • Interviewee Ted Truscott - CEO, Columbia Threadneedle

10:00 10:30 (30 mins)

Main agenda

Networking Morning Coffee

10:30 11:00 (30 mins)

FundForum Emerging/Frontier Markets

PMs in Conversation: The Next Big Thing Where will the next big Emerging Market opportunity be?

  • Zin Bekkali - CEO & Founder, Silk Invest
  • Khaled Abdel Majeed - Founder, MENA Capital
  • Dino Kronfol - Chief Investment Officer, Global Sukuk and MENA fixed income, Franklin Templeton Investments

11:00 11:30 (30 mins)

FundForum Africa

Green Shoots and Silver Linings Can we start to talk of an African Recovery? Is the timing right to reap the benefits from the continent’s ongoing growth story

  • Gavin Butcher - Director, Optis Investment Management
  • Ola Sowemimo - Chief Investment Officer, EcoBank
  • Shuaib Audu - CEO, Stanbic IBTC Investments Limited
  • Grant Flanagan - CEO, Atria Africa

11:30 12:00 (30 mins)

FundForum Middle East

A Post-Oil Middle East?: How are markets gearing up to mitigate their reliance on oil, assessing the impact of a privatisation-drive for investors and determining where will the opportunities be in a more diversified GCC

  • Moderator Ehab El Sawy - Head of Securities Services - MENA (ex UAE), Standard Chartered
  • MR Raghu - Head of Research, Markaz
  • Talal F.Samhouri, CFA - Head of Asset Management, AMWAL
  • Nadim Kabbara - Head of Research, FFA Private Bank
  • Hedi Ben Mlouka - founder and CIO, FIM Partners

12:15 12:45 (30 mins)

FundForum Middle East

The State of the Industry: the Middle Eastern investment landscape, pressure points and future opportunities

  • Mishal Kanoo - Chairman, Kanoo Group

12:45 13:45 (60 mins)

Main agenda

Networking Lunch

13:45 14:15 (30 mins)

FundForum Africa

African Capital Markets: What developments are needed to boost both domestic and international investment in Sub-Saharan African markets & is the political will there to enact these?

  • Ross Alexander - Executive Director, Africa Matters

13:45 14:15 (30 mins)

FundForum Middle East

CEO Discuss: what is keeping the region's most respected business leaders awake at night

  • Where to play - selecting your niche and playing to your strengths
  • The commoditisation of the industry - what does this mean?
  • Working with regulation 
  • Fintech - embracing a digital agenda


  • Moderator Jeremy Amias - Global Head, Financial Institutions, Standard Chartered
  • Eric Swats - Head of Asset Management, Rasmala
  • Nasreen Srouji - CEO, Amundi Middle East
  • Jahangir Aka - Managing Director Middle East, Neuberger Berman
  • Gaurav Kumar - Managing Director, Head of Fund Distribution - Middle East, Africa and South Asia, Principal Global Investors
  • Emmanuel Laurina - Head of Middle East and Africa, SSGA

14:15 14:45 (30 mins)

FundForum Africa

Cross-Border Africa/Intra Africa: Can we expect more cross-border interaction between African markets?

  • Chris Van Staden - Head of Securites Services Operations, Africa and Middle East, Standard Chartered
  • Einstein Kihanda - CEO, ICEA LION Asset Management

14:15 14:45 (30 mins)

FundForum Middle East

Spotlight On Pensions: What is the industry doing to help develop a savings culture in the Middle East so that retirement needs are met

  • Sohail Jaffer - Deputy CEO, FWU Takaful

14:45 15:15 (30 mins)

FundForum Africa

Investor Perspective: Myth vs Reality - Have international investors lost faith in Africa? How to evaluate the actual opportunity beyond headline stories

  • Fatima Vawda - CEO, 27 Four Investment Managers
  • Wale Adeosun - CIO & Founder, Kuramo Capital
  • Hany Assaad - Co-Founder and Chief Portfolio & Risk Officer, Avanz Capital
  • Segun Omoniwa - Senior Manager, Managed Investments, Wealth Management Asia, Standard Chartered

14:45 15:15 (30 mins)

FundForum Middle East

The Impact of Regulation Assessing the current swathes of regulatory change for managers and distributors – will increased clarity and transparency enhance the industry or lead to unnecessary difficulties

  • Tim Searle - Chairman, Globaleye

15:15 15:45 (30 mins)

FundForum Emerging/Frontier Markets

India: What place does India hold in the Emerging Market universe and what are the drivers of success in that market?

  • Ruchit Puri - Director & Chief Executive Officer, Kotak Mahindra (UK) Ltd
  • Sundeep Sikka - Executive Director & CEO, Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management Limited

15:15 15:45 (30 mins)

FundForum Emerging/Frontier Markets

Looking to the future: what role will technology and digital play in facilitating access to Emerging Market investment opportunities

15:45 16:15 (30 mins)

Main agenda

Afternoon Tea

16:00 16:20 (20 mins)

FundForum Middle East

Saudi Vision 2030! Part 1: Frontier or Emerging? What is the timeframe and what will the impact be on the region as a whole?

  • Basim Al-Ahmadi - Co-Founder, Global Risk Insights & Consultant, SET Advisory

16:20 17:00 (40 mins)

FundForum Middle East

Saudi Vision 2030! Part 2: Assessing the upscale potential and foreign inflows when Saudi Arabia is upgraded

  • Moderated Basim Al-Ahmadi - Co-Founder, Global Risk Insights & Consultant, SET Advisory
  • Tarek Sakka - CEO, Ajeej Capital
  • John Gebeily - Head of MENA Equities, Audi Capital
  • Johan Hattingh - Managing Director and Chief Investment Office, Ashmore Investment Saudi Arabia

16:50 17:20 (30 mins)

FundForum Middle East

Sharia Compliance & Responsible Investing: Can conviction investing deliver desired returns?

  • Dr Ataf Ahmed - Head of Asset Management, QInvest
  • Akber Khan - Senior Director, Asset Management , Al Rayan Investment LLC
  • Charles-Henry Monchau - Managing Director, CIO & Head of Asset Management, Al Mal Capital
  • Christian Guckel - Chief Risk Officer, Sedco Capital

17:20 17:40 (20 mins)

FundForum Emerging/Frontier Markets

Multi Asset Investing: Multi-asset investing in a world where safety costs

  • Joe Linhares - Head EMEA, Russell Investments

17:40 18:00 (20 mins)

FundForum Emerging/Frontier Markets

Fixed Income & Sukuk: Hunt for yields in bond markets – where to look?

  • Husayn Shahrur - Head of Asset Management, NBK Capital

18:00 19:30 (90 mins)

Main agenda

The FundForum Middle East & Africa Cocktail Reception