3-4 November 2019

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira


Now in its Seventh edition, the Middle East Family Office Investment Summit is a firm fixture in the calendar of the most prominent and influential families in the region – as well as those who want to do business with them.

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“The event is a must for those who are looking to forge new business relationships in the region.”

From new technology to new markets, all the vital information a family office needs is covered at our summit. But financial topics alone are not the only thing on offer at our events, and we strive to cover all aspects of working for a family office, including the benefits they can bring to the world.

We’ve looked at the current reputational problems suffered by Islam around the world, how family offices can uplift entire regions through the phenomenon of impact investment and how family office members can all protect their mental health in order to be more resilient and fulfilled as they continue to take care of their businesses.

Esteemed Speakers, some of which include:

We have welcomed royalty and world-renowned business icons to address an intimate gathering of delegates, interspersed with unparalleled networking opportunities.

Mohammad Alduaij
Mohammad Al Duaij

CEO, Alea Global Group, Kuwait

Bader Al Sayer
Bader Al-Sayer

Director, Al-Sayer Group Holding, Kuwait

Rozana Al Tayyar

Executive Board Member, The International Chamber of Commerce, Saudi Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Noora Sultan S Al Suwaidi 2
Noora Sultan S Al Suwaidi

Van Cleef & Arpels, UAE.

Yasser Al Saheal​ 2
Yasser Al Saheal

ASFO (Family Office), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Nabeel Kanoo

Executive Management & Family Member, Kanoo Group, Kingdom of Bahrain

Ahmad AR. BinDawood

CEO, Danube & BinDawood, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Ahmad Al Ameeri
Ahmad Al Ameeri

CEO, Al Ameeri Group Holding, Kuwait

Dana Al Alami

Dana Alalami Auctions, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Nadine Sami El Khoury

Chief Operating Officer, Robinson Agri, Lebanon

Salman Al Olayan

Chairman & CEO, Olayan Commercial Investment, Saudi Arabia

Majed M Al Tahan

Founder & CEO, AYM, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Talal Al Ajou

Manager of Investment Department, El-Ajou Family Office, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Wissam R. Maalouf
Wissam R. Maalouf

CPA, CFA, Vice President & CFO, Capstone Investment Group SAL, Lebanon

Zahraa Al Fardan

Integration Leader & Financial Advisor, Al Fardan Group, UAE

Huda Al Lawati

CIO, Gateway Partners, UAE

Essam Albakr
Essam Albakr

CEO & Founder, Ejada Investment, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Khaled Al Maeena

Quartz & Abeer Medical Group, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Tariq Nabulsi

Managing Partner, ISG, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Ziad Daoud

Chief Middle East Economist, Bloomberg Economics, UAE

Hawazen Nazieh Nassief

Environmental, Social, and Governance Director, NESR, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Fatima Balfaqeeh

Founder & Managing Director, RKAH Consultancy, UAE

Filipe Pacheco
Filipe Pacheco

Equities Reporter, Bloomberg News, UAE

Dr. Hisham M. El Seddik

CEO, Porcellan Tiles, UAE

Khaled Sharbatly

Managing Partner, Desert Technologies, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Fares Abi Nader

Single Family Office, Lebanon

Helen Wong 2
Helen Wong

Lapis Global Limited, Hong Kong

Leah Zveglich

Founding Partner, The Aster Club, USA

Abdel Karim Dagher

Vice President, Dagher Group, Lebanon

Alwan Hitti

CEO, Hitti Group, Global

Baldwin Berges

Development and Marketing Strategist, Belgium

Abbas Al Lawati

Breaking News Editor, Bloomberg News, UAE

Meher Anand Mirchandani

Managing Director, Palmon Group, UAE

Sara Al Ayed

Co-Founder & Partner, TRACCS, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Mohamed Badr

Alea Global Group, Kuwait

Basem Abu Dagga

Co-Founder, Aster Club Global Partners, UAE

Salman Gasim

CEO Swiss Hospitality Company & Board Member, Saudi-Swiss Business Council, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Yasser Al Barami

CEO, Mubbadrah Investment, Sultanate Oman

Dr. Celeste Lo Turco

SWFS Expert, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Abdulsalam Alkuwaity

CEO, SEA Ventures, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Martin Tideström

Business Development Director, ADGM, UAE

Sunil Dhall

CFA, Co-Chief Investment Offices, Bhansali SFO, UAE

Previous esteemed speakers

Every edition of the Middle East Family Office Investment Summit attracts prestigious speakers from the Middle East.

Click here to see some of the world class names who have contributed to our previous events.

Summit agenda

17:00 Registration, Networking and one-on-one meetings, with Refreshments & Delicacies.

18:00 Welcome

Chairman welcome and Opening Remarks. 

18:10 Representing Islam Through Family Office Activities – A Real Opportunity

– What are the current problems facing the image of Islam today?
–How and why should family offices challenge this through their activities.
– Case studies showing successful representations of Islam through businesses around the world.

18:40 Dealing With Conflict In Family Business

By Rozana Al Tayyar, Executive Board Member, The International Chamber of Commerce, Saudi Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

19:00 Roundtable Discussions

With peer learning and interaction in mind, these 60-minute breakout sessions are designed to promote the sharing of experiences and brainstorming of ideas in facilitated and balanced discussions. 

20:00 Special Networking Dinner

A chance to network in an informal setting and discuss the day’s events over dinner. 

08:30 Registration

Registration, Breakfast and Networking. 

9:40 Welcome

Chairman Welcome and Opening Remarks. 

9:50 Regional Economic Outlook And Q&A

Presented by Ziad Daoud, Chief Middle East Economist, Bloomberg Economics, UAE.

10:10 Knowing The Differences Between Impact Investment, Social Enterprise And Philanthropy

– Defining the key elements of all three types of funding.
– How to pick the right one, based on your strengths, objectives and needs
– Case studies outlining the best real world uses of each type of investment.
– Where to start once you’ve decided which option is for you.

10:40 Effective Wealth Preservation And How To Achieve It

– How to assess and minimise risks with a smart investment strategy.
– What restrictions are you working against? The obstacles you face and how to circumnavigate them.
– Diversification is key: how to use it to your advantage.
– Managing international cash movement for wealth preservation.
– Balancing assets and liquidity for flexibility and security.

11:10 Education

– What are the different stages and types of educational experience available today once school is over?
– What are the benefits of higher education, internships and apprenticeships?
– Which should you consider for yourself or your children and why?
– Where are the best places to study around the world for different subjects and specialisms? 

11:30 Networking Break

Morning networking coffee break. 

11:50 Digital Assets

– What exactly are digital assets?
– Why should you store them securely?
– The best ways to organise and access your digital assets.  

12:10 The Gulf’s Global Reputation And Its Effect On Local Family Office Investments

– The success stories of Gulf region family offices on the global stage.
– How to harness the Gulf’s growing positive reputation for your own business.
– A ‘who’s who’ of family offices to connect with in the Gulf region.

12:40 Investing In Culture – Why And How

– What is cultural investment and how does it work?
– How investing in culture can have huge impact.
– Where to start and how to align your investments with your own values.

13:00 The Next Big Thing

Our pick of the best investment opportunities for the next 6 months. 

13:15 Networking Lunch Hosted By Mapletree Investments

A chance to meet and discuss the morning’s sessions over lunch.

14:15 How To Do Environmentally-Friendly Business

– How to make sure your business is doing what it can to combat climate change.
– Industries that can make the biggest difference with the smallest changes.
– Universal rules for business that have sustainability in mind.

14:35 Family Business And Their Passion For Real Estate

– Why is it a good idea to invest in real estate?
– A look at some family businesses using real estate investment.
– How to spot a valuable real estate opportunity.
– Considering agricultural real estate investments.
– All about medical office real estate investments.

15:05 The New Technology That Will Shape Our Personal And Professional Lives

– How to make sure your business is doing what it can to combat climate change.
– Industries that can make the biggest difference with the smallest changes.
– Universal rules for business that have sustainability in mind.

15:35 The Social Responsibility Of Family Offices

– Why should family offices think about their social responsibility?
– The payback your family office can get from social investments. 

15:55 Networking Break

Afternoon networking coffee break. 

16:15 The Luxury Concierge

– Hear from a professional concierge service about the past, present and future of their industry, and gain valuable insight into why you should choose a luxury concierge for your next trip.
– The services they can provide are many and varied, so it’s important to find the right concierge service for your needs.

16:35 Roundtable Sessions Hosted By Family Offices

Attracting family office capital for start-ups

– How to approach family offices – do’s and don’t’s.
– Why family office capital is the best option for your start-up.
– Success stories of start-ups and the family offices who invested in them.

Investing in technology and its effect on employment

– Are machines really replacing workers? Why you shouldn’t feel guilty about investing in new technology.
– How to choose the most ethical new technologies to invest in.
– Future trends in emerging workplace technology.

Retail Business

– New trends in retail investment.
– International retail opportunities and how to find them.
– How to add a retail arm to your business.

The importance of branding for family offices

– What makes a brilliant and long-lasting family office brand?
– How to begin branding or re-branding your family office.
– How much difference can branding make to your family office’s current image and future legacy?

Finding work-life balance in a Family Office

– How to avoid burnout when working within a family office.
– Setting and maintaining boundaries between professional and personal life.
– How to find the perfect balance for you.

17:35 Closing Remarks

Chairman closing remarks for Day 2.

17:45 Networking Cocktail Reception

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