The agenda is subject to change.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018


Welcome Remarks

Ahmed Abou El-Saad, CFA, MBA
President, CFA Society Egypt
Chairman, Rasmala Egypt Asset Management


CFA Institute Welcome

Gary Baker, CFA
Managing Director, EMEA
CFA Institute


Welcome Address

Mohamed Farid Saleh
Egyptian Exchange (EGX) and the Federation of Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges (FEAS)


Inaugural Address

H.E. Dr. Sahar Nasr
Minister of Investment and International Cooperation
Arab Republic of Egypt


Panel Discussion: A Tour of Investment Opportunities in Egypt and the Middle East

  • How is the current geopolitical environment impacting investments in the Middle East?
  • What is the role of regulation in driving economic growth in the region?
  • Where are investors finding yield?
  • Have the IMF reforms in Egypt delivered expected results?

Moderator: Gary Baker, CFA, Managing Director, EMEA, CFA Institute

H.E. Dr. Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Arab Republic of Egypt


Networking Break


Panel Discussion: How Can Capital Markets Drive Economies?

  • What needs to happen to deepen Egypt’s capital markets?
  • How is the introduction of new debt instruments impacting regional capital markets?
  • What needs to be done to promote more bond issuance?
  • How to address the challenges facing the equity capital markets and IPOs in Egypt?
  • How can the capital market benefit the vast majority of citizens and improve the GDP per capita?

Moderator: Ahmed Abou El-Saad, CFA, MBA, President, CFA Society Egypt, Chairman, Rasmala Egypt Asset Management

Mohamed Farid Saleh, Chairman, Egyptian Exchange (EGX) and The Federation of Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges (FEAS)

Farah Foustok, Chief Executive Officer, Lazard Gulf Ltd. Middle East

Ashraf El Ghazaly, Chief Executive Officer, NI Capital


Panel Discussion: Developing Real Estate for Future Generations

  • Is real estate the strongest sector in the economy or a huge bubble?
  • What are the main drivers that could contribute to the growth in the regional real estate market over the coming decade?
  • Can the mega projects and new cities, including the new administrative capital, lead the future growth?
  • What can be done to ensure high standards of living for young people?
  • In a high interest rate environment, how will mortgage finance change the real estate market and affect new entrants?


Networking Lunch


Discussion: Lending in Non-Banking Financial Services – A Call for Change

  • What’s the state of non-banking private debt in Egypt and the rest of the region?
  • Are the trends driving non-bank lending here to stay?
  • How to ease access to financing for businesses, grow the industry and make impact?
  • Do we need new regulations, products and outreach models?
  • How could fintech reshape the industry? Is competition or collaboration better for the industry?
  • Can making a social impact be part of a profitable strategy for the sector?

Moderator: Ashraf El Khatib, MBA, CFA, Board Member, CFA Society Egypt
Senior Vice President, Private Equity, NI Capital

Walid Hassouna, Chief Executive Officer, EFG Hermes Finance


Networking Break


Panel Discussion: The Oil-Rich Region’s Push for Renewable Energy

  • What are governments in the region doing to shift to more sustainable energy sources?
  • The biggest challenges in achieving sustainability and ideas on how to overcome them. How are investors approaching the energy sector?
  • Can renewables meet the growing energy demand?
  • A closer analysis of various renewable energy sources and their applications for the Egyptian market. Where are opportunities for investors in Egypt’s energy sector?
  • How to meet the need for an integrated national electricity grid in Egypt?
  • Risks and benefits of nuclear power plants.