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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

08:05 08:25 (20 mins)

FundForum Middle East & Africa - The Macro Picture

Global Economic Overview: What factors will determine frontier market growth?

08:25 08:45 (20 mins)

FundForum Middle East & Africa - The Macro Picture

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

08:45 09:05 (20 mins)

FundForum Middle East & Africa - The Macro Picture

The Outlook for Oil: Declining supply and stagnating prices – what does this mean for economies reliant on oil

09:05 09:30 (25 mins)

FundForum Middle East

The FundForum CEO Interview

Get into the mind of a leading Asset Management figurehead

09:30 10:00 (30 mins)

FundForum Emerging/Frontier Markets

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

10:00 10:30 (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

10:30 11:00 (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

11:00 11:30 (30 mins)

Main agenda

Networking Morning Coffee

11:30 12:00 (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?

11:30 12:00 (30 mins)

FundForum Middle East

The State of the Industry CEO Debate: 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

12:00 12:30 (30 mins)

FundForum Africa

CEOs Discuss: Building Successful and Sustainable Businesses for Africa

  • What Are the Major Headwinds for Africa?
  • Slicing and Dicing: Can Africa Be Compartmentalised?
  • What’s the Opportunity for distribution in Africa?
  •  What Factors Will Underpin Growth in The Next Decade?

12:00 12:30 (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

12:30 13:00 (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

12:30 13:00 (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

13:00 13:30 (30 mins)

FundForum Africa

A Domestic Pension Industry: Determining the current contribution of pension funds to the capital market development and what barriers need to be lifted to fully realise the potential of an active domestic investor base

13:00 13:30 (30 mins)

FundForum Middle East

Middle East - Fund Domicile: The Middle East as a centre for Emerging and Frontier Markets – What are the benefits?

13:30 14:30 (60 mins)

Main agenda

Networking Lunch

14:30 14:50 (20 mins)

FundForum Emerging/Frontier Markets

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

14:50 15:10 (20 mins)

FundForum Emerging/Frontier Markets

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

15:10 15:30 (20 mins)

FundForum Emerging/Frontier Markets

ETFs & Smart Beta Examining the appeal of passive vehicles for Middle Eastern investors and the evaluating the threat posed by these strategies to traditional active managers

15:30 15:50 (20 mins)

FundForum Emerging/Frontier Markets

Passive vs Active: Does a passive approach make sense in an Emerging Market context?

15:50 16:10 (20 mins)

FundForum Emerging/Frontier Markets

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

16:10 16:40 (30 mins)

Main agenda

Afternoon Tea

16:30 17:00 (30 mins)

FundForum Africa

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

16:30 16:50 (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?

16:50 17:10 (20 mins)

FundForum Middle East

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

17:00 17:45 (45 mins)

FundForum Africa

Interactive Regional Roundtable Discussion Session

Pick the table of your choosing or switch between them for an overview of the varied opportunities across the African continent 

Southern AfricaDebating recent woes in South Africa and their impact on the broader continent

 North AfricaEgypt and Morocco: can these growth stories drive momentum in the region

East Africa

Where are the real investment opportunities?

West Africa

Can the region hit back post-commodities slump?

17:10 17:30 (20 mins)

FundForum Middle East

Part 3 Short Selling in Saudi Arabia: What opportunities will this unleash in the region and will other countries follow suit?

17:30 18:00 (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?

17:45 18:00 (15 mins)

FundForum Africa

Feedback and final comments: Markets to explore & new pockets of opportunity

18:00 19:30 (90 mins)

Main agenda

The FundForum Middle East & Africa Cocktail Reception