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Asset Allocation Middle East Investments Summit 2011 23-24 November, 2011 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
After two years of financial turmoil, MENA investors are under pressure to acquire unprecedented portfolio agility, adapt their decision-making practices and embrace a new level of sophistication and diversification. As regulation evolves, the number of investment strategies available to market players increases rapidly, calling for an adept adjustment of asset allocations. The Middle East Investments Summit 2011 is the premium forum for the foremost institutional investors of the region.

As the unrest in the Middle East is redrawing the political and investment map of the region, uncertainty about local economies is bound to forge a global mindset amidst MENA institutional investors. With more opportunities to evaluate, and more weeds to tear out, risk management remains a top priority for local market players. Tails are now fatter than ever, causing Middle East investors to actively seek portfolio protection.

As operational excellence takes centre stage, strong due diligence practices are essential to continued growth. The Sharia market develops further in breadth and depth, requiring real leaders to take charge and improve governance and harmonisation. Emerging markets continue offering the rare luxury of strong performance but tapping this opportunity requires not only a robust internal process, but also reliable external partners with sufficient skill and expertise to decode success.

The primary objective of the Middle East Investments Summit is to explore the key aspects and issues in protecting portfolio assets while securing satisfactory performance. The summit’s programme topics have been pinpointed and validated by the MENA institutional investor community as the top critical issues they face.

Key topics to be addressed in 2011 include:
  • Along the Path to Prosperity – Seizing attractive investment opportunities created in the changing dynamics of Gulf and Levant economies
  • On Market Watch – Quantifying the effects of the euro zone crisis and developments in the USA to effectively control risk exposures
  • Cautious Optimism – Picking emerging markets opportunities with precision for a timely avoidance of overheating sectors
  • Regulation Adaptation – Gearing up for new regulatory regimes across GCC countries to ensure efficient compliance
  • From Stimulus to Recovery – Analysing efforts to contain regional political unrest for intimate insight on the future investment climate
  • Funnelling Growth – Securing portfolio performance by increasing geographical and asset class diversification
  • Powering up Islamic Finance – Tapping the expanding and fortified Sharia investments universe to marry financial and religious goals
Noël Amenc, Professor of Finance at EDHEC Business School and Director of EDHEC Risk Institute, will be speaking at the event as part of the Asset Allocation forum. His presentation entitled, "Gaining a New Perspective on the Role of Diversification in Risk Management to Enhance Portfolio Philosophy", will present new research on:
  • The limits of diversification and its revised role in risk management
  • The issue of dimensionality in extreme risk management and solutions when complexity backfires
  • A holistic approach to risk combining efficient portfolio construction with other risk controls
Indeed, the ‘new normals’ in the post-crisis environment have been much talked about, but market realists were quick to point out that there is nothing new about them. As institutional investors globally come to the realisation that extreme risks can no longer be overlooked, risk management methods await an update that will finally make them reflective of reality.
Event Details
  When   Between 23/11/2011 08:30 AM and 24/11/2011 05:00 PM
Where   Park Hyatt Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Contact Details
  Name   Maria Tembriotou
E-mail   Delegates@marcusevanscy.com
Phone   +357 22 849 333