2015 Schedule

10 February 2015

07:30-08:15
Registration and Continental Breakfast

08:15-08:20
Welcoming Remarks
Henny Sender, Conference Chair
Chief Correspondent, International Finance, Financial Times

08:20-08:30
Opening Comments
Rafik Hafez, CFA, President, CFA Society Kuwait
Aaron Low, Chairman, Board of Governors, CFA Institute

08:30-08:45
His Excellency Anas K. Al-Saleh
Minister of Finance, State of Kuwait

08:45-09:00
Keynote Address
Dr. Nayef Al-Hajraf,Chairman of the Board of Commissioners- Managing Director
Capital Markets Authority – Kuwait

09:00-09:45
The Geopolitics of the Middle East:
The United States, Russia, China, and the New Cold War
Philippa Malmgren, President and Founder, DRPM Group

09:45-10:30
Building Effective Regulatory Structures – The Regulator’s Role and Investors’ Responsibilities:
Lessons MENA can learn from other regions
Mr. Hüseyin Emre Üzer, Head of Research at Capital Markets Board of Turkey
Mr Bader M. Balghonaim, Manager, Rules, Regulations & International Standards Department, Saudi CMA
Mr Ahmed Barakat, Managing Partner, ASAR Legal

10:30-11:00
Networking Refreshments

11:00-11:45
A Changing Global Energy Landscape – Implications for MENA
Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki, Founder and Chairman, Facts Global Energy

11:45-12:30
The Magic of Behavioral Economics
Paul Craven, Director, Salomon Partners

12:30-13:30
Networking Lunch

13:30-14:30
Why Demographics is Core to Growth & Financial Markets in Middle East
Amlan Roy Managing Director and Head, Global Demographics and Pensions Research, Investment Banking Division, Credit Suisse

14:30-15:15
Asia: Global Growth Driver
Jim Walker, Founder and Chief Economist, Asianomics Group Limited

15:15-15:45
Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

15:45-16:30
Are we on the Cusp of a Venture Capital Boom in the Middle East?
Dany Farha, Managing Partner, BECO Capital
Abdulaziz B. Al Loughani Vice Chairman & Executive Director, Kuwait National Fund for SMEs

16:30-17:30
Finale Keynote: New Realities In The Global Economy
Nouriel Roubini, Co-founder and Chairman of Roubini Global Economics

17:30-17:35
Closing Comments
Nitin Mehta, Managing Director, EMEA, CFA Institute

17:35-18:00
Book Signing with Nouriel Roubini

17:35-19:00
Networking Reception