2017 Schedule

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Pre-Conference Fintech Workshop

  • Fintech in the future – regional and international trends
  • Fintech application to capital market – new business models, impact on traditional models and new services offered
  • Crowdfunding – overview of the industry, products and platforms, benefits and risks of financial return
  • Blockchain technology – description and benefits

Facilitated by: Paul Schulte, Founder and Editor, Schulte Research

Thursday, 23 February 2017

08:00 – 09:00
Registration and networking breakfast

09:00 – 09:05
Chair’s Welcoming Remarks

09:05 – 09:10
Opening Comments
Paul Smith, CFA
President & CEO
CFA Institute

09:10 – 09:15
Welcome from the CFA Society Emirates President
Amer Khansaheb, CFA
CFA Society Emirates

09:15 – 09:20
Welcome Address from the ADGM
H.E. Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh
Abu Dhabi Global Market

09:20 – 10:05
Opening Keynote
Todd Buchholz, former director of economic policy at the White House, managing
director of the US$15bn Tiger hedge fund and award winning economics teacher at

10:05 – 10:20
Moderated Q&A

10:20 – 10:50
2017 Macroeconomic and financial sector outlook: The increasing role of
geopolitics on market prices over the next 12 months

Dr. Hatem Samman, Chief Economist, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority
Tim Fox, Executive Vice President, Group Chief Economist & Head of Research,
Emirates NBD
Jithesh Gopi, CFA, Head of Research & Financial Institutions, Al Rajhi Capital

10:50 – 11:20
Morning Networking Refreshments

11:20 – 11:50
Impact of Fintech to the economy and investment world: The Internet of things
and what’s over the horizon

Paul Schulte
Founder & Editor
Schulte Research

11:50 – 12:35
Introducing VAT: Gearing up for the introduction of value – added tax – the
importance, the impact and the increased cost of doing business

M.R. Raghu, CFA, FRM, FCMA, Head of Research, Kuwait Financial Center (Markaz)
Clare McColl, Partner, Indirect Tax, KPMG

12:35 – 13:05
Currency War: Is it over, or is it the next big financial crisis?

Hussein Sayed
Chief Market Strategist (Gulf & MENA), FXTM; Anchor, CNBC Arabia

14:35 – 15:20
The Middle East Energy Outlook and Its Global Implication

Thomas Streater
Head of Investment Research
AWAAM Consulting

15.20 – 15.50
Afternoon Networking Refreshments

Closing Keynote

Pippa Malmgren
Author, Economist
Co-Founder, H Robotics

Closing Comments

17:05 – 17:35
Book Signing and Networking Drinks