AIM Summit - Dubai - A True Global Alternatives Event
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November 1st

7:30 - 9:00

Registration & Networking

8:45 - 9:10

Opening Remarks - Salmaan Jaffery, Chief Business Development Officer at DIFC

9:10 - 9:35

Gary Dugan - CIO of Emirates NBD

“Global and GCC Outlook”
  • Global economic overview
  • What long term growth should we expect
  • Growing but not exceeding expectations
  • Much needed structural change is accelerating
  • Impact of oil price on the economies of the GCC

9:35 - 10:25

2016 Upside Down Year Review & Outlook
Sebastien Henin Head of Asset Management - The National Investor (TNI)
Jamal A. Al Naif Senior Director - Pictet Asset Management (MENA)
Dr. Ryan Lemand
Head of Managed Solutions and Business Development - ADS Securities
Nadir S. Qureshi
CIO - Makara Capital
Yousef Gamal El-Din Anchor - Bloomberg Markets: Middle East
  • Key factors determining the investor outlook for 2017
  • Brexit as the most volatile event since the fall of the Berlin Wall
  • Impact of political change
  • Which strategies and investments might you deploy in the current environment?
  • Creating opportunities in an age of uncertainty

10:25 - 11:25

Coffee, Tea & Networking

10:25 - 10:55

Dr. Nasser Saidi - Economist and Governance Reform Advocate at Nasser Saidi & Associates

“Gulf Wealth in the New Oil Normal”
Saudi’s $1trln+ Sovereign Wealth Fund - Fact and Fiction
  • Pragmatisms of Saudi Aramco’s floatation - difficult decisions in the Kingdom
  • How will the worlds largest sovereign wealth fund be managed
Alternative Investment Strategies & Models to Manage Sovereign, Institutional and Private Wealth in the Gulf
  • Adjusting to the New Oil Normal: deficits and increased reliance on investment returns
  • Regional SWF’s, family offices and institutions: moving away from passive investment strategies

10:55 - 11:25


“Economic and Geopolitical Underpinnings”

11:25 - 11:50

Robert E. Kiernan III. - CEO of Advanced Portfolio Management

Market Outlook
  • Market Turbulence, Economic Condition, Central Bank Experiments, Global Recovery
Macro Assessment
  • United States, Europe, China, Japan
Investment Strategy
  • Divergence and Uncertainty, Stort-Term, Medium-Term, Long-Term

Carnegie Room
10:25 - 11:25

Manager Showcase

Limited number of registrants
Shezad Syed Managing Director - Millburn International (Europe) LLP
Andreas Vogelsanger
CEO - Asia Frontier Capital (Vietnam) Ltd.
Jalal Faruki
Executive Director - Suhail Capital

11:50 - 12:30

Sovereign Wealth Funds “Managing Alternatives”
Meshal A. Al Othman Deputy Director of Investment Department - Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development
Gerlof de Vrij Member of the Expert Panel - Norway Government Pension Fund Global (CEO/CIO at Blenheim Capital Management)
Cedric Kohler Head of Advisory - Fundana SA
  • Which strategies are seeing the largest fund flows
  • Which strategies are becoming crowded
  • Broadening the opportunity set

12:30 - 12:55

Dr. Farzam Kamalabadi - President & Chairman of Future Trends International (Group) Corporation

“The Real China”
A well known international personality and a legendary figure in modern China, having spent over 20 years active in high level international economic co-operation, geo-political affairs, and cultural exchanges. One of very few personalities widely acclaimed both by the Cinese media and also the China government leadership at large as a true “China Hand” and a leading authority on China.

12:55 - 13:20

13:20 - 13:50

Executive Lunch

W. Ben Hunt, PhD - CRO at Salient Partners

“An Investor’s Survival Guide for a Policy-Driven Market”
Ben Hunt is the Chief Risk Office at Salient Partners, a firm managing over $16b in AUM, and author of Epsilon Theory, a newsletter and website that examines markets through the lenses of game theory and history. Over 100,000 professional investors and allocators across 180 countries read Epsilon Theory for its fresh perspective and novel insight into market dynamics.

13:50 - 14:20

Zachary Cefaratti - CEO of Dalma Capital

“Alpha Erosion and The New Alternative”
  • As ‘Traditional’ hedge and private equity strategies become core, a new alternative is emerging; what are the implications?
  • What is ‘the New Alternative?’ How do these emerging alternatives differ?
  • What are the implications of the New Alternative from ‘Wall Street’ to ‘Main Street’?
  • How does this affect the integrity of the global financial system?

14:20 - 14:50

Kathryn M. Kaminski, PhD - Director, Investment Strategies at Campbell & Company

Author: “Trend Following with Managed Futures: The Search for Crisis Alpha”

Carnegie Room
14:20 - 15:05

Adapting to the Legal and Regulatory Environment

  • Limited number of registrants
Discussion Leaders
Jacques Visser Chief Legal Officer - DIFC Authority
Muneer Khan
Partner - Simmons & Simmons
Nora Wouters Partner - Dentons

14:50 - 15:05

Anthony E. Capone - Chief Executive Officer at Fundbase

Having previously been a speaker at the SALT Conference, Anthony joins AIM Summit to provide insight on the world’s largest marketplace for Hedge Funds

Carnegie Room
15:05 - 15:50

Family Office Workshop

  • Limited to 40 registrants
  • The institutionalization of family offices
  • Fund of funds vs direct investments
  • Robust systems and best practices
  • Preserving intergenerational equity
Cedric Kohler Head of Advisory - Fundana SA
Stephen Oxley
Vice Chairman - PAAMCO
Zachary Cefaratti
CEO - Dalma Capital

15:05 - 15:50

Dawn of the Machines

Shezad Syed Managing Director - Millburn International (Europe) LLP
Stephen Hedgecock Founding Principal - Altis Partners (Jersey) Ltd.
Mansour Sindi
Director, Product Management - Aspect Capital
Dr. Jeremy Taylor
Head of Research - ISAM
James Skeggs Managing Director, Global Head of Alternative Investments Consulting - Societe Generale
  • High profile managers are struggling in recent years
  • Machines have the edge on stocks going down
  • The impact of volatility on CTA performance
  • What are the recent advancements in CTA/systematic strategies?

15:50 - 16:20

Dr. Jeremy Taylor, Head of Research at ISAM

Topic to be confirmed

16:00 - 17:00

Coffee, Tea & Networking

19:00 - 22:30

AIM Summit Hedge Fund Awards and Sharpe Soirée Gala Event

Awards Jury Chairman:
1. Cedric Kohler
Head of Advisory - Fundana SA
Awards Jury Members:
2. Shubeur Rahman
Risk Officer, Active Investment Strategies - Abu Dhabi Investment Council
3. James Skeggs
Managing Director, Global Head of Alternative Investments Consulting - Societe Generale
4. Gerlof de Vrij
Member of the Expert Panel - Norway Government Pension Fund Global
5. Charles-Henry Monchau
Head of Asset Management - SHUAA Asset Management Ltd.
6. Mohamed Hage
Senior Analyst - CPG Research and Advisory

Applicants for the awards will be able to download our form and submit it by email starting on the 4th of September

To find out more, contact Luka Stimac at

November 2nd

7:30 - 9:00

Breakfast, Registration & Networking

9:00 - 9:20

Opening Remarks by Cedric Kohler - Head of Advisory at Fundana SA

“Latest Trends in Hedge Fund Allocations”

9:20 - 10:10

Alternatives Debate

Paul Graham CEO - AlphaGen Capital (Henderson Global Investors)
Omeir Jilani Executive Director, Head of Alternative Investments - National Bank of Abu Dhabi
Robert E. Kiernan III.
CEO - Advanced Portfolio Management
Stephen Oxley Vice Chairman - PAAMCO
David Gibson-Moore President and CEO - Gulf Analytica
  • Risks in terms of volatility continue to heighten with lower returns all across
  • Does the prominent feature of hedge funds / alternative investments remain?
  • Are hedge fund strategies optimizing portfolios?
  • The continuous search for alpha in a decreasing alpha environment

10:10 - 10:50

Hedge Funds in Emerging/Frontier Markets

Dr. Amin El Kholy Managing Director - Arqaam Capital
Zeeshan Ali
Senior Portfolio Manager - Aventicum Capital Management
Mohamed Hage
Lead Analyst - CPG Research and Advisory
Joelle Wyser-Pratte Managing Partner - OCP Capital
  • Do emerging markets offer higher alpha?
  • What are the risks?
  • Which countries are becoming the most attractive?
  • Diversification benefits of adding EM/FM market exposure

10:10 - 11:10

Coffee Break & Networking

10:50 - 11:10

Amy Bensted - Head of Hedge Funds at Preqin

11:10 - 11:55

Funds, Platforms and the Evolving Dynamics in the Alternatives Industry
Mustafa G. Kheriba COO - Abu Dhabi Financial Group
Zachary Cefaratti CEO - Dalma Capital
Jeroen M. Tielman
Founder - QStone Capital
Chris Divito
Senior Vice President, Wealth & Asset Management - DIFC Authority
George Triplow MENA Wealth & Asset Management Leader - EY
  • Most important strategic priorities; growth and operational efficiency
  • The wake of regulatory changes, shrinking margins and technological advances
  • Launching multiple products through platforms
  • Optimizing cost structure in launching customized solutions
  • A smaller universe of bigger players is becoming an inefficient and expensive way to invest
  • Smaller players struggling at the expense of compliance

12:15 - 13:00

VC - Fintech Disrupting the Financial Industry

Hala Fadel Founding Partner - Leap Ventures
Angus McLean Partner - Simmons & Simmons
Brian Smiga
Partner - Alpha Venture Partners
Emile Cubeisy
Managing Partner - Silicon Badia
Zachary Cefaratti COO - Dalma Capital
  • How fintech firms plan to put you out of a job
  • Changing the finance sector
  • The catalyst needed for change

13:00 - 13:25

13:25 - 13:45

Executive Lunch

The FinTech Threat Facing Todays Banks

  • Fintech startups have superior information to traditional financial institutions
  • Centralizing the banking system
  • Rethinking value propositions
  • Using disruptive and sophisticated software

13:45 - 14:30

Private Equity in the GCC and Africa

Richard Dallas Managing Director - Gulf Capital
Umar Khan CEO - GenCap Global Advisors
Ashwin Roy
CIO - Surya Capital
Tom Hodgson Managing Director - Fajr Capital
Taimoor Labib Managing Director, Global Head of Private Equity Portfolio Management and Regional Head of MENA Private Equity - Standard Chartered
  • The hottest sectors and markets in MENA
  • Benefits and challenges to Co-investment in PE Opportunities
  • Controlling the pace of capital deployment and overcommitment
  • Trends in the PE sector
  • Challenges with IPO exit strategies

14:30 - 15:20

Real Assets: Real Estate and Infrastructure

Michael Underhill Founder & CIO - Capital Innovations
Robin Williamson Managing Director MENA Real Estate - Deloitte
Gagan Suri
CEO - Bahrain Bay Development
Gaurav Shivpuri
Head of Capital Markets - JLL

15:10 - 17:00

Coffee, Tea & Networking

Day 3 - Exclusive Event

11:00 - 17:00

More information coming soon. To register contact Luka Stimac at:
*agenda is subject to amendment.
  • Speakers were super high quality. I attended 2 other summits this year, you beat them by far. Incredible content.
  • Great content, speakers and audience. Good opportunity to meet industry peers.
  • Good mix and coverage of topics. Excellent networking.
  • Great speakers. Well organised.
  • Thank you for the event. You guys know how to do a good job.
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Robert E. Kiernan III., CEO of Advanced Portfolio Management
“The AIM team developed a conference that was conceptually and methodically well-conceived and then flawlessly executed.  The agenda was thoughtful and prescient, and the speakers and panels were contentious and trenchant in grappling with the most current and complex challenges facing investors in the current market environment. Unsurprisingly, the attendees were of a caliber that easily outstripped the mean of the ‘usual suspects’ on the alternative investing conference circuit.” 
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Nadir Qureshi, CIO at Makara Capital
From my perspective, the AIM Summit is arguably the best conference in the region because not only does it bring together some of the biggest and best money managers and economic advisors globally, the intimate nature of the conference and the social events it encompasses enables a unparalleled opportunity to exchange and debate ideas with the top professionals in the industry.”
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George Triplow, MENA Wealth and Asset Management Leader at EY
“Fast becoming the key alternatives conference in the Middle East that addresses the trends from both buy and sell side. The quality of delegate and speaker is high, especially the ability to attract international names who are clearly more interested in the dynamics of the region.”

St. Regis Hotel
Dubai, UAE
(Special rates for Registrants)

1st November, 2016
2nd November, 2016
3rd November, 2016

Day 1 8:30AM - 5PM
Day 2 8:30AM - 5PM

Day 3 1:00PM - 5PM

Light Breakfast
Buffet Lunch
Afternoon Coffee and Canapés

Travel by Emirates
Discount code: EVE6SMM
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Composition of registrants from previous event:
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Who Should Attend:

Invitations are selectively targeted and exclusive - quality over quantity.

Attendance should be comprised of portfolio managers, analysts, risk managers, business leaders and other key persons who might benefit from or contribute to such a forum. Invitees will include key representatives and members of:

  • Sovereign Wealth Funds
  • Family Offices
  • Investment Managers
  • AIMA members
  • Ultra High Net Worth Individuals
  • Insurers, pension schemes, private banks, asset managers, endowments and other institutional investors