Agenda

Sunday, March 15

8:30 am – 9:00 am:

WELCOME AND KEYNOTE

Timothy Adams, President & Chief Executive Officer, IIF

Douglas Flint, Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc; Chairman, IIF

H.E. the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani

9:00 am – 9:10 am:

KEYNOTE

H.E. Ali Shareef Al Emadi, Minister of Finance, Qatar  

9:10 am – 10:10 am:

 

 

 

GLOBAL RISKS                                                                                                                                         

This session will offer expert assessments of key political, financial market and economic risks confronting investors.

Charles Collyns, Managing Director and Chief Economist, IIF (Moderator)

  Moritz Kraemer, Global Chief Rating Officer, Sovereign Ratings Group, S&P

Marios Maratheftis, Head, Macro Research,  Standard Chartered plc

Jens Nystedt, Head of Sovereign Research EM Debt, Morgan Stanley Investment Management

William de Vijlder, Chief Economist, BNP Paribas 

10:10 am – 10:30 am:

KEYNOTE

Introduction: Yahya A. Alyahya, Chief Executive Officer, Gulf International Bank

Ibrahim Al Muhanna, Advisor to the Minister of Petroleum, Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Affairs, Saudi Arabia

10:30 am – 11:20 am:

ENERGY OUTLOOK  

This session will examine the structural shift in the current global energy market and analyze its impact on the global economic recovery. The session will discuss, among other issues, the role of OPEC, and the surge in US shale oil.

George Abed, Senior Counselor and Director, IIF (Moderator)

Kate Dourian, Senior Editor, MEES

Paul Horsnell, Global Head, Commodities Research, Standard Chartered plc

Edward Morse, Managing Director Global Commodities, Citi Research

11:20 am – 11:40 am:

IN CONVERSATION

Ali Ahmed Al-Kuwari, Group Chief Executive Officer, Qatar National Bank

Timothy Adams, President and Chief Executive Officer, IIF

11:40 am – 12:30 pm:

 

 

MENA

This session will examine the highly fluid situation in the MENA region and outline the key challenges facing policy makers and market participants, looking forward to possible paths to stability and the restoration of growth across the region.

George Abed, Senior Counselor and Director, IIF (Moderator)

Saad Azhari, Chairman and General Manager, Blom Bank

Colin Macdonald, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Commercial Bank of Qatar

Mustapha Nabli, former Governor, Central Bank of Tunisia

Samir Radwan, former Minister of Finance, Egypt

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm:

GLOBAL REGULATORY REFORM

This session is aimed at taking stock of the progress made and remaining measures. It will assess the impact and implications of the measures adopted on financial stability, financial markets resilience, and the overall functioning of the financial sector.

Walid Raif Alameddine, Chief Executive Officer, Middle East & Turkey, Promontory  

William Coen, Secretary General, BCBS

Andrés Portilla, Managing Director, Regulatory Affairs, IIF (Moderator)

Axel Weber, Chairman, UBS             

 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm:

NETWORKING BUFFET LUNCH  

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm:

ISLAMIC FINANCE

In this session, the panel will review the progress of Islamic finance in integrating into the global financial markets and the challenges that lie ahead.

Abdulla Al Awar, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre  

Khalid Hamad, Executive Director, Central Bank of Bahrain 

Muzaffar Hisham, Chief Executive Officer, Maybank Islamic

Khalid Howladar, Head of Islamic Finance, Moody’s (Moderator) 

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm:

INDIA AND CHINA 

This session will focus on the policies and prospects of two of the world's leading emerging markets.

Taimur Baig, Managing Director, Chief Economist, Asia, Deutsche Bank 

Bejoy Das Gupta, Chief Economist, Asia/Pacific Department, IIF

David Fernandez, Managing Director, Head of Research, Barclays plc (Moderator)

Songzuo Xiang, Chief Economist, ABC

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm:

EMERGING AND FRONTIER MARKETS 

With stagnant growth in many mature market economies and the ongoing search for yield over the past several years, emerging and frontier markets have seen strong inflows of portfolio capital. What lessons can frontier market investors, and policymakers in these countries, draw from years of investment in emerging markets?

Goolam Ballim, Chief Economist, Standard Bank

Edwin Gutierrez, Head of EM Sovereign Debt, Aberdeen Asset Management

Luis Oganes, Global Head of Research, Emerging Markets, JP Morgan (Moderator) 

Jean-Charles Sambor, Director, Asia/Pacific, IIF

6:00 pm  –  7:00 pm:

NETWORKING RECEPTION 

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm:

DINNER + KEYNOTE 

Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

Monday, March 16

8:30 am – 9:10 am:

WELCOME AND KEYNOTE 

Timothy Adams, President and Chief Executive Officer, IIF

H.E. Sheikh Abdulla Bin Saoud Al-Thani, Governor, Qatar Central Bank

9:10 am – 10:20 am:

MONETARY POLICY OUTLOOK 

This session will focus on the key uncertainties from divergent monetary policy paths across the US and Europe.

Lewis Alexander, Managing Director, US Chief Economist, Nomura

Charles Collyns, Managing Director and Chief Economist, IIF (Moderator)

▶ Emiliano Mota González, Chief of Staff, Banco de España

10:20 am – 11:00 am:

COFFEE BREAK

11:00 am – 12:00 pm:

INVESTING IN A WORLD OF LOW RETURNS 

With interest rates set to stay low in both the Euro Area and Japan, and rise only gradually in the U.S., low expected returns will remain a significant source of concern for long-term investors including asset managers, pension funds, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds. The answer cannot be to simply take on more risk. This session will examine options and strategies to deal with these challenges, featuring perspectives from across a wide spectrum of investors.

Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive Officer, Aberdeen Asset Management PLC

Hung Tran, Executive Managing Director, IIF (Moderator)

Julian Temes, Head of Strategy Implementation, Zurich Insurance

▶ Kirk West, Chief Executive Director, Principal Global Investors

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm:

INFRASTRUCTURE

Given the vast scale of the need for infrastructure investment, in both mature and emerging economies, very high levels of funding—both public and private—will be required over the next few decades. This session will look at ways to exploit and leverage existing infrastructure financing facilities, initiatives such the World Bank's Global Infrastructure Facility and Europe 2020 project bonds, and the potential for developing infrastructure as an asset class.

Arash Alavi, Managing Director, Macquarie Capital Middle East

Sonja Gibbs, Director, CEM Department, IIF

Spencer Lake, Global Head of Capital Financing, HSBC (Moderator)

Jordan Schwartz, Head, Global Infrastructure Facility, World Bank Global Infrastructure Fund

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm:

CLOSING NETWORKING LUNCH