Hosted by ISF and the Central Bank of Bahrain, the Middle East Asset Management Forum brings together senior level delegates from the asset management industry. The day will comprise of panel discussions and presentations featuring industry leading experts, regulators and analysts.
The event will be held at the Gulf Hotel. Upon receiving your confirmation email and delegate pass, you will be eligible to apply for a discounted room rate. To do so, please complete the Delegate Reservation Form and email a completed copy, as well as a copy of your delegate pass, to: email@example.com.
8.15: Registrations and Networking
9.15: Welcome Address
Luke Jeffs, Managing Editor, Global Investor Group
9.20: Keynote speech
Welcome by Patron (Central Bank of Bahrain)
9.45 Panel 1: Asset management market development
The first panel will examine recent trends and discuss the outlook for the local and regional (GCC/ MENA) asset management sector – where are new opportunities emerging?
Moderator: Alastair O’Dell, Editor, Global Investor Group
Naveed Ahmed, Senior Portfolio Manager, SICO
Nigel Bradshaw, Partner, PwC
Charles-Henry Monchau, Managing Director - CIO & Head of Investment Management, Al Mal Capital
Nizamuddin Arshad, Assistant Manager/Head, Financial Stability Office, Central Bank of Kuwait
10.25: Panel 2: Regulatory update
A panel of local and international legal experts will discuss the interaction of global legal and regulatory developments on the MENA market. How will international initiatives impact the local market and how can they be harmonized with local rules?
Adel Al-Mangour, Deputy CEO, The Family Office
Marwa Faisal Almaskati, Assistant Director of Marketing & Business Development, Bahrain Bourse
Dr. Hassan Ali Radhi, Founder & Senior Partner, Hassan Radhi Associates
Ebtisam Al Arrayed, Acting Director –Financial Institutions Supervision, Central Bank of Bahrain
11:05: Coffee break
11.55 Panel 3: GCC’s introduction of VAT from 2018
The six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) aim to introduce a 5% value added tax (VAT) on goods and services from January 2018, eroding the region’s tax-free reputation. The move, long advocated by the IMF, will help diversify state income during a prolonged period of low oil and gas prices.
Luke Jeffs, Managing Editor, Global Investor
Dr. Alexis Antoniades, Associate Professor, Director of International Economics Faculty, Georgetown University Qatar
Philip English, Group CFO, Kanoo Group
Ken Healy, Director - Tax, PWC
12.40 Panel 4: The outlook for asset management amid Western political upheaval and the strong dollar era
The EU project has been rattled by recession, Brexit and the rise of nationalism, while Donald Trump has vowed to put America first and has questioned elements of Dodd-Frank. The US President’s combative approach has little affected the dollar, which could strengthen further against emerging market currencies if US interest rates rise as predicted.
Hussein Al-Sayed, Chief Market Strategist, FXTM
Francis Dassou, Head of Securities Services Bahrain & Regional Head of Global Custody, HSBC
Redha Al Ansari, Research Team Leader, Thomson Reuters
Fadi Al Said, Fund Manager & Head of MENA, Lazard Asset Management
Rami Jamal, Portfolio Manager, Amwal Qatar
13.20 Networking lunch
14.40 Market Presentation
Jail Tarif, Secretary General, Union of Arab Securities Authorities
15.20 Panel 5: Blockchain and fintech
Fintech is becoming ever more important and distributed ledger technology, or blockchain, has the potential to revolutionise financial systems. This panel will discuss developments globally as well as projects underway in the GCC.
Moderator: Luke Jeffs, Managing Editor, Global Investor Group
Nicholas Bone, CEO, Equichain
Roger Y. Abboud, Founding President, Card Switch SAL
Areije Al-Shakar, Vice President, Bahrain Development Bank
Nigel Bradshaw, Partner, PwC
16.00 Conference concludes
A full list of speakers will be released closer to the event.
The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) is a public corporate entity established by the 2006 CBB and Financial Institutions Law. It succeeded the Bahrain Monetary Agency, which had previously carried out central banking and regulatory functions since its establishment in 1973.
The CBB inherits the BMA's 33-year track record and wide range of responsibilities, including the implementation of the Kingdom's monetary and foreign exchange policies. The CBB also manages the government's reserves and debt issuance, issues the national currency and oversees the country's payments and settlement systems. It is the
sole regulator of Bahrain's financial sector, covering the full range of banking, insurance, investment business and capital markets activities.
The CBB's wide scope of responsibilities allows a consistent policy approach to be undertaken across the whole of the Kingdom's financial sector. It also provides a straightforward and efficient regulatory framework for financial services firms operating in Bahrain.
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