AIM 2019 Speakers

Conference and Workshop Speakers


Fatima Al Arabi

Founder and CEO

ALAF Capital SA, Switzerland

Dr. Fatima Al Arabi has earned a reputation as a thought leader in global wealth management, Socially Responsible Investments, ethical and Islamic finance. She has been sought out to develop and manage global strategies addressing industry 4.0 Fintech challenges and opportunities for several global industrial and financial institutions.

She he has contributed to a number of research initiatives and case studies at Harvard University, including her work as a strategic advisor to the largest European and Gulf states-based SWFs (sovereign wealth funds). Additionally, Fatima has been invited as a keynote speaker and panelist, to address industry, academic, and government groups worldwide (Harvard University, Sharjah FDI forum, AIM Dubai).

Topics were mainly focusing on:
a) SWF and sustainable investments and building future strategies
b) SWF and strategic positioning in industry 4.0
c) SWF investment strategies and future mega trends
d) SWF bargaining powers and Economic protectionism
e) Attracting FDIs in 2020 and beyond
f) Addressing challenges faced with digitization and industry 4.0
g) Private Equity “Canadian vs Dutch” With nearly 25 years of leadership experience in private banking,

Fatima has drawn upon a forward-thinking, holistic approach to wealth planning, corporate M&A deals, and complex asset financing in building long-term relationships of trust with ultra-high-net-worth clients worldwide.

Today, as the Founder and President of ALAF CAPITAL SA, she utilizes her understanding of global markets and financial structures, as well as her risk management mindset and expertise in anticipating market trends, in advising individuals and families with dynamic portfolios and complex needs. Born in Saudi Arabia, Fatima quickly became part of a new era in global wealth management. Earlier in her career, she accepted a position as a Senior Relationship Manager for the National Commercial Bank’s Private Banking division in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Here, she co-led the launch of the Kingdom’s first private banking business dedicated exclusively to high-net-worth women. She was consistently recruited to build and manage thriving private banking businesses—with a focus on wealth management and high-net-worth investors, serving in leadership positions with The Pictet Group, Citibank EMEA, a Saudi-Swiss private banking startup, BNP Paribas Private, Bank of China (Suisse SA), and Bank Julius Baer.

In each position, she has played an important role in shaping the bank’s go-to-market strategy for Gulf and eastern Mediterranean markets. An executive with joint Saudi citizenship and Swiss residency, Fatima holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Webster University Geneva’s Grenoble School of Management (France, Thesis: “Islamic Financial Products and Investments in Western Banks–Whence and Whither?”), an M.B.A. from The University of Manchester Business School (U.K.), and several certificates from Harvard Business School, IMD Lausanne and INSEAD Fontainebleau.

Country Presentation Speakers


Mikheil Khidureli

Chief Executive Officer
Enterprise Georgia

H. E. Nabeela F. Tunis

Minister of Planning and Economic Development
Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, Sierra Leone

H.E. Mr. Husin Bagis

Ambassador of The Republic of Indonesia to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia, Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Ridwan Hassan

Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Consulate General of Indonesia

D. Rizky Novihamzah

Indonesia Investment Promotion Centre (IIPC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Anthony Nkinzo Kamole

Managing Director
National Investment Promotion Agency (ANAPI), DR Congo

Patient Sayiba TAMBWE

Managing Director
Multimodal Freight Management Office - OGEFREM, DR Congo

Mr. Omphitlhetse Bobo Senosi

Director, Investment
Botswana Investment & Trade Centre (BITC)

Dwianto Eko Winaryo

Deputy Chairman
Business Facilities of Batam FTZ- Riau Islands Province, Indonesia

Paola Maccani

Head of Unit Territorial Development and Attractiveness
Ervet, Emilia Romagna Regional Agency, Italy

Francesca Chieti

Head of Institutional Investors Business Development
London Stock Exchange Group, Italy

Patrizia Celia

Head of Large Caps, Investment Vehicles & Market Intelligence
Borsa Italiana, Italy

Stefano Nigro

Director of the Foreign Direct Investment Department
ITA Agency, Italy

Alessandro Bonfiglioli

Chief Executive Officer
Agriculture and Food Centre of Bologna, Italy

Jaba Phutkaradze

Minister of Finance and Economy
Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Georgia

Nino Mghradze

Deputy Head of Municipal Department of Economic Development
Tbilisi City Hall, Georgia

Tengiz Tsereteli

Senior Investment Officer
JSC Partnership Fund, Georgia

Otar Dikhaminjia

Supervisory Board Member
JSC Axis Towers

Davit Ebralidze

Chief Executive Officer
Poti Free Industrial Zone, Georgia

Mariam Asatiani

RE/MAX Capital, Georgia

Ibrahim Ahli

Director of Investment Promotion Division
Dubai FDI, United Arab Emirates

Marwan Ben Hareb

Director of Investment & Promotion Department
Chamber of Commerce, United Arab Emirates

Neville Matjie

Chief Executive Officer
Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN)

Hamish Erskine

Chief Executive Officer
Dube TradePort Corporation

Russell Curtis

Non-Executive Director
Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Emad Aubry

Business Development Specialist – Director of Investment Promotion Department
Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Ras Al Khaimah

Mohammad Juma Al Mashrekh

Executive Director
Sharjah Investment & Development Authority (Shurooq)

Valentina Setta

Consul General
Consul General of Italy in Dubai

Mr. Lasha Chikovani

Investment Projects Adviser
Colliers International Georgia

Minister Paul Tasong

Minister Delegate in Charge of Planning, Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development

Zeng Yan

Deputy Director General
Tianjin Municipal Bureau of Commerce

Aubrey Shabane

Chief Executive Officer
KZN Growth Fund

Juma Al Kait

Assistant Undersecretary
Foreign Trade Affairs at Ministry of Economy

Sharief Habib Al Awadhi

Director General
Fujairah Free Zone Authority (FFZA), Fujairah

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