Under the Patronage of

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

8:00 to 9:45


10:00 to 11:00

Global Leaders Debate – Investing for the Future: Shaping Global Investment Strategies

Venue: Sheikh Rashid Hall

Global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows slid by 13% in 2018, to US$1.3 trillion from $1.5 trillion the previous year – the third consecutive annual decline, according to UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2019.

We are witnessing a global slowdown of the economy, with many countries being more conservative and restricting the inflow or the outflow of FDI. The Geopolitics is hampering the growth of FDI. Globalisation is running out of stem, and a new term is being coined called “Slowbalisation”.

The Global Leaders Debate will discuss the future investment trend and how is it impacting FDI, SMEs, Startups and Future Cities.

The high-level panel will convene heads of state, academia, heads of international institutions, leaders from multinational organisations, leading unicorns and investors from developing and mature economies.

11:00 to 12:00

Interview with Industry Leader

Venue: Sheikh Rashid Hall

12:00 to 12:30

Opening Ceremony

Venue: Sheikh Rashid Hall

12:30 to 14:00

Lunch & Networking Break

14:00 to 15:00

FPI Pillar Session 1 - Discussing the Role of Regulators in developing an efficient Capital Market

Venue: Al Multaqua Ballroom

Global capital markets reached new post-financial crisis highs in 2018. The US economy largely drove this expansion. Companies now have to consider a growing range of issues that may affect the shape of future capital market activity, such as an increasing focus by regulators and investors on sustainability and governance, and mounting concerns around deglobalisation, rising populism and greater geopolitical risks.

In this session, speakers from various Capital Market regulators will participate in discussing the global trends, the geopolitical impact and the role regulators need to play to keep the capital market healthy.

16:00 to 17:00

FPI Pillar Session 2 - Stock Exchange and its Future

Venue: Al Multaqua Ballroom

The world’s major stock exchanges share a common challenge and opportunity: globalization. Free-flowing capital, businesses without borders and new economic growth centres create an environment of intensified global competition among the world’s stock exchanges. As a result of the growing competitive pressures, exchanges are actively seeking cross-border mergers, demutualizing and even going public while deploying new technology and service offerings—all in an effort to win market share over their rivals.

How is technology playing an important role in shaping tomorrows exchanges? What are the challenges faced with globalization and how do geopolitics effect exchanges of the world?

10:00 to 11:00

FPI Pillar Session 3 - Impact of Sovereign Wealth Funds on the World Economy

Venue: Al Multaqua Ballroom

12:00 to 13:00

FPI Pillar Session 4 - The World of Pension Funds

Venue: Breakout Room 1

Countries around the globed are engaged in intense pension reform efforts, often involving increased use of funded pension programmes managed by the private sector. There is a growing need among policymakers and the regulatory community, as well as among private sector participants, to compare programme developments and experiences to those of other countries.

Discussing the future of pension funds, for GCC countries, will this model prove beneficial?

13:00 to 14:30

Lunch Break

14:30 to 15:30

FPI Pillar Session 5 - Insurance Investment in a challenging climate

Venue: Breakout Room 1

In an increasingly unpredictable geopolitical climate and amid indications of slowing global economic growth and intensifying market volatility, insurance companies and their investment managers face ever-greater pressure to protect and sustain long-term returns, diversify portfolios and manage emerging risks

In which areas do insurers expect to see increasing risk levels in 2019? Despite the need to secure high returns, will insurers become more risk-averse?

Do interest rates have the potential to rise faster than expected? Are insurers prepared for this change?

11:00 to 12:00

FPI Pillar Session 6 - Family Offices: What does the Future Hold

Venue: Breakout Room 1

Family offices have become a significant segment of the investment ecosystem. According to a report from Ernst and Young, at least half of the 10,000 family offices worldwide were established in the last 15 years and are valued at $1.2 trillion as reported by the Family Wealth Alliance.

We are going to take a deep dive into the investment strategies of Family offices and discuss what the current trends in the family office segment, which sectors are family offices targeting and what can be expected out of family offices in terms of impact investment and sustainable investments.

12:00 to 13:00

FPI Pillar Session 7 – Investing in Real Estate Market

Venue: Breakout Room 1

Discussing investment trends in the international real estate market. Navigating the best investment techniques and the prospects for Real estate funds and real estate investment trusts (REITs).