Mena Fund Manager ‘Preparing for the upgrade’ Workshop

Monday 23 September 2013, Ritz Carlton, DIFC, Dubai

The unique workshop, organised by Mena Fund Manager, will provide Mena based fund managers with insights into the methodology of MSCI’s decision to upgrade the country from Frontier to Emerging status, including an in-depth look:

  • The make-up of the MSCI indices
  • Analysis of the likely impact
  • Lessons to be learned from countries that have previously been upgraded

With UAE based managers now faced with an opportunity to interact with emerging market mandated investors, the Workshop will highlight the expectations and selection criteria of these investors, their perceptions of the UAE and the wider region and an understanding of where and to whom potential inflows will go.


The event is FREE to attend, and open to all Mena based fund managers, but will be of particular interest to those based in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

To register to attend, please contact Beth Hall at [email protected] or telephone +44 (0) 20 7832 6576.


9.00am: Registration & Coffee

9.30am: Keynote: Understanding the upgrade
Robert Ansari, Executive Director, MSCI

  • An in-depth look at the methodology and make-up of MSCI’s indices
  • Analysis of the recent decisions on the UAE and its likely impact
  • Lessons from the experience of countries which have previously gained EM status

10.00am: An upgraded UAE market: opportunities and challenges
Dr Ryan Lemand, Senior Economic Adviser, Securities and Commodities Authority
Arwa Hamdieh, UAE Financial Services Association

11.00am: Coffee break

11.30am: World class operational standards
Nakis Efstathiou, Advent Software
Fadi El-Souki, Advent Software

12.15pm: Fund structuring and distribution
Speakers to be confirmed, Loyens & Loeff

  • Creating an attractive product suite
  • Offshore and onshore: Difference and benefits
  • Why and how to re-domicile
  • Putting a UCITS wrapper on an existing fund

13.00pm: Lunch

14.00pm: Reaching international investors
Moderator: Fadi Al Said, Head of Investment, ING IM Middle East
Erik van Dijk, CEO, LMG-Emerge
Jim Leggate, Managing Director, Russell Investments

  • Emerging markets mandated investors: their expectations and selection criteria
  • Investor perceptions of the Middle East and the regional industry
  • The likely destination of investor inflows to the region – short and long term

14.45pm: Round table discussion: Marketing Mena to international investors
Chaired by Akber Naqvi, Executive Director, Al Masah Capital

15:00pm: Close of the event

More speakers will be confirmed shortly.



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