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Dubai Summit 2017

“The real asset of any advanced nation is its people, especially the educated ones, and the prosperity and success of the people are measured by the standard of their education.”
Sheikh Zayed

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Event details


St. Regis
Dubai, (Special rates for registrants)


8-9th November, 2017


Light Breakfast
Buffet Lunch
Registration 8am - 9am
Afternoon Coffee & Canapés

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8 November, 2017
8:30 am - 8:55 am
Registration Networking Breakfast
Hosted By Walkers
9:00 am - 9:05 am
Opening Remarks - Astor Ballroom
Sohail Jaffer, MD Business Development, Capita Middle East
Welcome Remarks From AIMA
9:10 am - 9:20 am
Welcome to AIM Summit - Astor Ballroom
Trends in the Regional Alternative Investments Industry. ASTOR BALLROOM
9:30 am - 10:00 am
Christof Ruhl - Astor ballroom
    Global Growth: Secular Stagnation or Financial Cycle Drag
    Insights into Oil Prices and the Impact on Sovereign Wealth Accumulation
    Trends, Research and Opportunity Discovered
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Strategically Timing your Asset Allocations - Astor Ballroom
Omeir Jilani, Head of Alternative Investments , National Bank of Abu Dhabi
James Skeggs, Managing Director, Global Head of Alternative Investments , Societe General
Mohamed Hage, Head of Research , CPG Advisory
Dr. Ranjan Bhaduri, Founder & CEO, Bodhi Research Group
Dr. Nick Thomas-Peter, Vice President, Investment Strategy, Winton Capital
    Autocorrelation of Trend Following Returns
    Tactical Asset Allocation, How A Quantitative Approach May Be ‘The’ Strategy
    A Myth Of Perfectly Timed Allocations? Or Historically Relevant Events
Moderator: James Skeggs - Managing Director, Global Head Of Alternative Investments Consulting Societe General
10:50 am - 11:30 am
Manager Showcase: Majed Kabbara - Fund Exploration - Carnegie Room
Majed Kabbara, Fund Manager
10:50 am - 11:30 am
Private Debt - Astor Ballroom
Dr. Bjorn Holste, Managing Director , Prime Capital
David Gibson-Moore, President , Gulf Analytica
Oliver Fochler, Managing Director , Stone Mountain Capital
Svein Engh, Managing Director, Portfolio Manager , EnTrustPermal
Global Venture Debt Opportunities
    A Dive Inside The Minds Of Those Realizing Returns In Private Lending As An Opportunity
    What And How Can You Learn Form The Best In Aircraft Leasing
    What Is Distressed Debt? Valuing And Restructuring Distressed Companies In The Face Of Operational Headaches
    Can Lending Break Away Private Debt Returns?
    “Shadow Banking”? Or “Market Based Finance”?
Moderator: David Gibson-Moore - President Gulf Analytica
11:30 am - 11:45 am
Networking Break
Hosted by Walkers
11:55 am - 12:40 pm
Ryan Lemand, The Future of MENA - Astor Ballroom
Dr. Ryan Lemand, Managing Director- Head of Wealth & Asset Management, ADS Securities
11:55 am - 12:40 pm
Manager Showcase: Liam Robertson - Carnegie Room
Liam Robertson, CEO , Alphabit
    Mr Liam Robertson "A Volatility Trader's Paradise". Learn More on AlphaBit's Cryptocurrency Trading Strategy and Why They Have Achieved Such High Alpha Since Inception
12:50 pm - 1:25 pm
Litigation Financing: Inside the Gavel - Carnegie Room
Nick Rowles-Davies, CEO, Chancery Capital
Zachary Cefaratti, CEO, Dalma Capital
Geoff Dover, President & CIO, Heirloom Investments
Patrick Moloney, CEO, Litigation Capital Management
Are The Close Ended Structures Capping A Larger Opportunity?
    Is There A New Opportunity In Litigation Funding?
    Bloomberg Describes The Strategy As “Booming!” But How Much Room Is There To Grow?
    Do Only The Largest Players Achieve Top Quartile Results?
    The Truth Behind Litigation Efficiency
Moderator: Zachary Cefaratti - CEO, Dalma Capital
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Presented by HSBC
2:00 pm - 2:40 pm
Alternative Investments: UCITS - Carnegie Room
Omar Kodmani, SEO , EnTrustPermal
Manfred Schraepler, Managing Director , Aquila Capital
Paul Graham, CEO, AlphaGen Capital
Salvatore Cordaro, Founding Partner, CIO, Tages Capital
    The New Guide For Regulatory Framework That Constantly Evolves
    A UCITS Guide & Breakdown
    Investor Attitude, Shifting Perspectives?
    The Future of UCITS
    Cross Border Distribution
2:00 pm - 2:40 pm
Alternative to Alpha - Factorization, Risk Premia, and Indexation - Astor Ballroom
David Elms, Head of Diversified Alternatives | Fund Manager, Janus Henderson Investors
Jamil Ismail, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Thayer Brook Partners
David Fricchione, Research Scientist, ISAM
Smart Beta And Alternatively The Best Passive Strategies Evolving from Active to Passive A Fund Factor Approach And Its Passive Avenue To Alpha Why Does Warren Buffet Bet on The Vanguard Index? Why are Hedge Funds Struggling to Keep Up? Should Families Consider Smart Beta or Alt. Beta Strategies? Will Indexation result in Fund terms easing or Becoming more Flexible?
2:40 pm - 3:30 pm
The Benefits Of A Multi Manager Approach & Co-Investment/ Direct - Carnegie Room
Stephen Oxley, Vice Chairman , PAAMCO
Mohamed Hage, Head of Research , CPG Advisory
    How And Why Does The Region Believe In Direct Dealing, a DIY Approach?
    Can A Fund Of Fund Strategy Out Perform The Cultural Norm Of The Region?
    Family Offices, Can They Out Perform Such A Diversified Approach?
2:40 pm - 3:30 pm
Saudi Arabia's Shifting Sands in Alternative Investments - Astor Ballroom
Ivo Detelinov, Vice President, Riyad Capital
Sam Blatteis, CEO, The MENA Catalysts
James Stull, Partner, King & Spalding
    Flotation of Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest company, and transfer to the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF)
    How will the World’s Largest Fund invest $2 trillion? Abroad vs. Domestic? Alternatives vs. Traditional?
    Gleaning insight from recent deals in infrastructure, technology and defense
    Opening up the Kingdom to foreign investors: Private Equity and Venture Capital Opportunities from Privatization
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The Future Of Funds - Astor Ballroom
Sean Capstick, Head of Prime Brokerage, Global Prime Partners
Tom Kehoe, Global Head of Research, AIMA
Amy Bensted, Head Of Hedge Fund Products, Preqin
    The Inaccuracy And Over Complication Of Asset Valuation Models
    What are the Key Elements Of Influence Behind Each Model

9 November, 2017
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Networking Breakfast
Hosted by ISAM
9:00 am - 9:40 am
Riding the Wave – the latest research about the managed futures industry. - Carnegie Room
James Skeggs, Managing Director, Global Head of Alternative Investments , Societe General
Tom Kehoe, Global Head of Research, AIMA
David Fricchione, Research Scientist, ISAM
Dr. Ranjan Bhaduri, Founder & CEO, Bodhi Research Group
Tom Wrobel, Director of Alternative Investments Consulting, Societe Generale Prime Services
Grant Jaffarian, Portfolio Manager, Crabel Capital Management
Diving Deeper Into The Research Of GPP and AIMA's Recent Paper
9:00 am - 9:40 am
Infrastructure Investing Pulling Back the MENA Curtain - Astor Ballroom
Philippe Moschetta, CFO , Al Muhaidib
Ned Othman, Chief Legal Officer, ACWA Holding
Rajit Nanda, CIO, ACWA Power Holding
Ali Ayub, Director, Acquisitions and Project Finance, ACWA Power
    Is There A Bright Side That Attracts Investors? Who Leads This Charge?
    The Risk Curve Of An Infrastructure Project
    Who Should Not Invest In This Field?
    Stages Of A Road Map, Keys To Success
9:50 am - 10:20 am
Regional Outlook - Astor Ballroom
Biswajit Dasgupta, CIO , Emirates Investment Bank
Christof Ruhl, Global Head of Research , ADIA
Ali Taqi, Head of Equities, Rasmala
    Fiscal Consolidation
    The Outlook for Oil
    Regional Risk Consdierations
10:20 am - 11:00 am
Accelerating Future Growth - Carnegie Room
Sam Blatteis, CEO, The MENA Catalysts
Ramzi Ismail, Managing Director, TechStars
Yousef Al Harthy, CEO, Oman Technology Fund
Sriram Viswanathan, Managing Partner, IndusAge Partners
Noor Sweid, CIO, Dubai Futures Foundation
10:20 am - 11:00 am
Keynote: Kyle Bass - Astor Ballroom
Kyle Bass, CIO , Hayman Capital
CEO, Hayman Capital
11:00 am - 11:30 am
The Strategic Advantage of Seeding Funds - Astor Ballroom
Tom Cheesman, Manager, Stable Asset Management
Tom Kehoe, Global Head of Research, AIMA
Mark De Klerk, Head of Seeding Strategies , Tages Capital
Stephen Oxley, Vice Chairman , PAAMCO
A Premium on Others Success? How do platforms play a role for emerging managers in reducing barriers to and cost of entry? Combining liquid and illiquid components of the seed portfolio Structures for capitalizing on manager success
11:30 am - 12:10 pm
Global Perspectives, Venture Capital and It’s Culture - Astor Ballroom
Sudhir Rao, Founding Partner , IndusAge
Peter Gullander, CEO , Inlandsinnovation
Namek Zu'bi, Managing Director , Silicon Badia
Khalfan Juma Belhoul, CEO, Dubai Futures Accelerators
Tariq Bin Hendi, Executive Vice President & Head Of Products & Advisory, Emirates NBD
Mohamed Hamdy, Head of Investments, Dubai Futures Foundation

  • Venture Capital: India, A Under Appreciated Landscape Or A Miss-Evaluated Opportunity
  • United States: Venture Capital’s Shifting Sands
  • Can State Ownership Of VC Funds Create Jobs For The Tax Payer?
  • Can Governmental Partnerships Shape Culture For the VC Landscape Ahead?
  • Perspectives From a Tech Leader

11:30 am - 12:10 pm
What Happens when Funds Go Wrong - Carnegie Room
Daniel Wood, Managing Partner, Investment Funds , Walkers LLP
Glyn Gibbs, Regional Head of Business Development MENA, Apex Fund Services Ltd.
Sophie Kassam, Senior Counsel, Insolvency, Restructuring & Dispute Resolution, Walkers LLP
Zeeshan Dhar, Counsel International Disputes, King & Spalding
    Issues for fund managers to consider when a fund encounters liquidity difficulties
    How fund managers should approach the end of terms of funds
    Investors Rights And Liquidity Issues
    Valuation considerations for open and closed ended funds
12:10 pm - 12:55 pm
Artificial Intelligence and the Machine that Learns - Astor Ballroom
Vasant Dhar, Founder , SCT Capital Management
Gaurav Chakravorty, Co-Founder , Qplum
Simon Fasdal, Senior Director, Head of Fixed Income, Saxo Bank
Arta Babee, Senior Quantitative Analyst, Thayer Brook Partners
    Does The Emergence Of Artificial Intelligence Mark The End Of The Human Discretionary Trader?
    What Is Artificial Intelligence?
    How Is This Currently Affecting Asset Management?
    Deep Probabilistic Programming, Combining Bayesian Statistics And Machine Learning
    Walk Forward Testing, The Prevention Of Over Optimization
    Are Managers Preparing Their Clients Against Extreme Liquidity Events
    The Rise Of Robots, The Future Of A Quant Lead Approach
    What Will Be The Cost Of Staying Ahead Of The Curve In The Future?
1:55 pm - 2:20 pm
Hosted by Bhodi Research Group
1:55 pm - 2:20 pm
Alternative Data and it's Impending Displacement of Traditional Norms - Astor Ballroom
Vasant Dhar, Founder , SCT Capital Management
    Is Alternative Data The Key To Maintaining The Next Edge?
    Who Can Access This Alpha Generating Tool?
    Is Alt. Data The Next High Frequency Trading? Potential Insider Trading Risks?
    Data Dis-aggregation, MiFID 2: A Mountain Of Potential
    How Satellite Data, FinTech And Drones Are Unlocking The Next Data Goldmine
    What Is Alternative Data, How It Differs From Traditional Data And Adopting Early
1:55 pm - 2:20 pm
New Age of Lending Debate - Carnegie Room
Peter Taverner, CFO & COO , Beehive
Biswajit Dasgupta, CIO , Emirates Investment Bank
Dr. Michael Kianicka, Founder , Burkian Capital Management
  • With Peer To Peer Leading On The Rise, A Shift In Investment Opportunity Could And Will Occur?
  • Exploring The New Disruptive Market Of Peer To Peer Lending 
  • How And Can This Become A Disruptive Technology?
  • Alpha In A Bank Lending Decline? 
  • Benefiting From Regulatory Premiums 
  • P2P and Crowd-funding Advisory?
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Blockchain, a Future with Informational Efficiency - Astor Ballroom
Marshall Hayner, CEO & Founder , Metal Coin
Namek Zu'bi, Managing Director , Silicon Badia
Gary Sheynkman, Founder & CEO, Flylabs
  • Regulations, Implementation And The Future Of Currency 
  • Explore The Link Between The Explorers, Adopters And Enablers Of The Blockchain Movement
  • Investor Risk Analysis With Future Forks Ahead?
  • AML And The Image Issue Of Crypto
3:20 pm - 3:50 pm
Cryptocurrencies: Diving into a Volatile Pool, and Advantages Over Fiat Currencies - Carnegie Room
Marshall Hayner, CEO & Founder , Metal Coin
Liam Robertson, CEO , Alphabit
Namek Zu'bi, Managing Director , Silicon Badia
  • Pushing Through The Barriers, Crypto Debit Cards 
  • Exploring the best and worst innovations in Alternatives
  • The Mark Of Success, ICO’s
  • A startup with a liquidity and volatility image issue, but a solution with a decentralized twist
  • A potential impact investment or democratized form promoting entrepreneurship? 
4:00 pm - 4:20 pm

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Yousef Al Harthy [More Info]
Oman Technology Fund
Ali Ayub [More Info]
Director, Acquisitions and Project Finance
ACWA Power
Arta Babee [More Info]
Senior Quantitative Analyst
Thayer Brook Partners
Kyle Bass [More Info]
Hayman Capital
Amy Bensted [More Info]
Head Of Hedge Fund Products
Dr. Ranjan Bhaduri [More Info]
Founder & CEO
Bodhi Research Group
Tariq Bin Hendi [More Info]
Executive Vice President & Head Of Products & Advisory
Emirates NBD
Sam Blatteis [More Info]
The MENA Catalysts
Sean Capstick [More Info]
Head of Prime Brokerage
Global Prime Partners
Zachary Cefaratti [More Info]
Dalma Capital
Gaurav Chakravorty [More Info]
Tom Cheesman [More Info]
Stable Asset Management
Salvatore Cordaro [More Info]
Founding Partner, CIO
Tages Capital
Biswajit Dasgupta [More Info]
Emirates Investment Bank
Mark De Klerk [More Info]
Head of Seeding Strategies
Tages Capital
Ivo Detelinov [More Info]
Vice President
Riyad Capital
Vasant Dhar [More Info]
SCT Capital Management
Zeeshan Dhar [More Info]
Counsel International Disputes
King & Spalding
Geoff Dover [More Info]
President & CIO
Heirloom Investments
David Elms [More Info]
Head of Diversified Alternatives | Fund Manager
Janus Henderson Investors
Svein Engh [More Info]
Managing Director, Portfolio Manager
Simon Fasdal [More Info]
Senior Director, Head of Fixed Income
Saxo Bank
Oliver Fochler [More Info]
Managing Director
Stone Mountain Capital
David Fricchione [More Info]
Research Scientist
Glyn Gibbs [More Info]
Regional Head of Business Development MENA
Apex Fund Services Ltd.
David Gibson-Moore [More Info]
Gulf Analytica
Paul Graham [More Info]
AlphaGen Capital
Peter Gullander [More Info]
Mohamed Hage [More Info]
Head of Research
CPG Advisory
Mohamed Hamdy [More Info]
Head of Investments
Dubai Futures Foundation
Marshall Hayner [More Info]
CEO & Founder
Metal Coin
Dr. Bjorn Holste [More Info]
Managing Director
Prime Capital
Jamil Ismail [More Info]
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Thayer Brook Partners
Ramzi Ismail [More Info]
Managing Director
Grant Jaffarian [More Info]
Portfolio Manager
Crabel Capital Management
Sohail Jaffer [More Info]
MD Business Development
Capita Middle East
Omeir Jilani [More Info]
Head of Alternative Investments
National Bank of Abu Dhabi
Khalfan Juma Belhoul [More Info]
Dubai Futures Accelerators
Majed Kabbara [More Info]
Fund Manager
Sophie Kassam [More Info]
Senior Counsel, Insolvency, Restructuring & Dispute Resolution
Walkers LLP
Tom Kehoe [More Info]
Global Head of Research
Dr. Michael Kianicka [More Info]
Burkian Capital Management
Omar Kodmani [More Info]
Dr. Ryan Lemand [More Info]
Managing Director- Head of Wealth & Asset Management
ADS Securities
Patrick Moloney [More Info]
Litigation Capital Management
Philippe Moschetta [More Info]
Al Muhaidib
Rajit Nanda [More Info]
ACWA Power Holding
Ned Othman [More Info]
Chief Legal Officer
ACWA Holding
Stephen Oxley [More Info]
Vice Chairman
Sudhir Rao [More Info]
Founding Partner
Liam Robertson [More Info]
Nick Rowles-Davies [More Info]
Chancery Capital
Christof Ruhl [More Info]
Global Head of Research
Manfred Schraepler [More Info]
Managing Director
Aquila Capital
Gary Sheynkman [More Info]
Founder & CEO
James Skeggs [More Info]
Managing Director, Global Head of Alternative Investments
Societe General
James Stull [More Info]
King & Spalding
Noor Sweid [More Info]
Dubai Futures Foundation
Ali Taqi [More Info]
Head of Equities
Peter Taverner [More Info]
Dr. Nick Thomas-Peter [More Info]
Vice President, Investment Strategy
Winton Capital
Sriram Viswanathan [More Info]
Managing Partner
IndusAge Partners
Daniel Wood [More Info]
Managing Partner, Investment Funds
Walkers LLP
Tom Wrobel [More Info]
Director of Alternative Investments Consulting
Societe Generale Prime Services
Namek Zu'bi [More Info]
Managing Director
Silicon Badia
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