7-8 March 2021

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira


Now in its Eighth 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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Alea Global Group’s Family Office Summits are unique in the Middle East, organised by a Middle East-based family office. Because we are a family office ourselves, the delegates and speakers at our events are actually members of some of the most prominent family offices around the Middle East, and not simply representatives of those family offices.

The programmes of this eight edition are created with the forward-facing and globally-focused business in mind. It will cover topics as diverse and essential as real estate, private equity, venture capital, digital assets, the generation gap, influencing behavioural changes, the role of faith in business, investing in space, championing women in the workplace, the Holy Quran in family management, and the evolution of the Corporate Social Responsibility concept.

Our summits are a great place not only to learn, but also to network and to present opportunities to potential investors in a relaxed and intimate professional environment.

We know how valuable this kind of opportunity can be, so our programme of panels, talks and round table discussions is broken up with strategic breaks for breakfast, lunch, coffee, dinner and cocktails, designed for meeting and mingling with key decision-makers from family offices.

Our story

The Al Duaij family office has a long and glorious history in Kuwait as one of the most prominent and respected business forces.

The Al Duaij family business, Alea Global Group, has won several awards including The European Award, and the CEO Award two years running. Head of the family office, Mohammad Al Duaij, has won the Man of the Year award for his work building international business relationships.

Through their networks, they have formed strong personal and professional relationships with other family offices across the globe, all sharing much common ground and a willingness to work together.

Mohammad Al Duaij, has been a conference speaker for the past 12 years, appearing at events all over the world. It was during his time touring the conference circuit that Mohammad noticed a gap in the market for events specific to family offices and those who want to meet them.

Bringing together his conference experience, and his special insight into the world’s most prestigious family offices, this conference unites family offices with each other. It also gives business and entrepreneurs unprecedented access to this unique and powerful network.

Esteemed Speakers

Below are some of the speakers we have had the honour of hosting. There may be changes to the summit line-up due to the postponement, so keep checking for the latest details..

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CEO, Alea Global Group, Kuwait

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Dr. Mussaad Al Razouki

Chief Business Development Officer, Kuwait Life Sciences, Kuwait

Hawazen Nazieh Nassief

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

Rozana Al Tayyar

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

Yasser Al Barami

CEO, Mubbadrah Investment, Sultanate Oman

Bader Al Sayer

Director, Al-Sayer Group Holding, Kuwait

Khaled Al Maeena

Quartz & Abeer Medical Group, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Khaled Sharbatly

Managing Partner, Desert Technologies, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Talal Al Ajou

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

Leah Zveglich

Founding Partner, The Aster Club, USA

Dr. Hisham M. El Seddik

CEO, Porcellan Tiles, UAE

Abdulsalam Alkuwaity

CEO, SEA Ventures, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Khaled Al Qurashi

CEO, Quraish Integrated, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Mohamed Ashraf Elshiaty

CEO, Shoura Group, Egypt

Essam Albakr
Essam Albakr

CEO & Founder, Ejada Investment, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Mohamed Badr

Alea Global Group, Kuwait

Salman Gasim

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

Dr. Nadeem Al Duaij

Founder, Baraka Impact Finance, Kuwait

Mishal Kanoo

Chairman, The Kanoo Group, UAE, Sultanate of Oman

Azza Fahmy

Chairwoman & Creative Director, Azza Fahmy Jewellery, Egypt

Fatma Ghaly

Managing Director, Azza Fahmy Jewellery, Egypt

Amina Ghali

Head of Design, Azza Fahmy Jewellery, Egypt

Mounia Khelifi Touhami

Consultant, UAE

Medhat El-Araby

Board Member, Elaraby Group, Egypt

Filipe Pacheco

Equities Reporter, Bloomberg News, UAE

Noora Sultan S Al Suwaidi

Van Cleef & Arpels, UAE

Aldana Bene Hashim

CEO, Al Nasr Engineering, UAE

Dr. Celeste Lo Turco

SWFS Expert, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Dina Al Jiran

Multi Family Office, GCC

Dr Sami Alom

Director, Kasamar Holdings, UAE

Dr. Ali Fouad Al Dahan

CEO, DahanCo, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Hassan Al Fardan

Deputy Head Of Real Estate & Senior Advisor To Group Chairman, Al Fardan Group, UAE

Adel Merhab

CIO, Al Fozan Holding CO. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Vasco Patricio

Executive Performance Coach, Alternative Investment GPs, Portugal

Adil Ismail Al Zarooni

CEO, Al Zarooni Emirates Investments, UAE

Ersoy Erkazanci

Dubai Correspondent, Bloomberg HT, UAE

Saoud A M Al-Furaih

Partner, Merzam Capital Management, Kuwait

Huda Al Lawatai

CIO, Gateway Partners, UAE

Hanine Younes

Managing Partner, MENA Partners, UAE & Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Khaled Al Fahim

Entrepreneur, Investor, Strategist, UAE

Amer Khansaheb

Managing Director, Khansaheb Investments, UAE

Tariq Nabulsi

Managing Partner, ISG, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Edmund Yong

Partner Accel-X, Singapore

Diana Hamade

Founder & Managing Partner, Diana Hamade Attorneys at Law, UAE

Zahraa Al Fardan

Deputy CEO, Al Fardan Group, UAE

Cyba Audi

Founder & Managing Director, Saba Consultants, UAE

Abdulla Al Moayed

CEO & Founder, Almoayed Technologies and Tarabut Gateway, Kingdom of Bahrain

Mohamed (Nagaty) Aboulnaga

Co-Founder & CCO, Halan, Egypt

Hossam El Sallab

CEO, Mostafa El Sallab Group, Egypt

Talal M. Al Kaissi

Advisor – Strategic Projects, UAE Space Agency, UAE

Layan Odeh

Bloomberg News, UAE

Lina Al Tamimi


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

16:00 Registration

Registration, Networking and one-on-one meetings, with refreshments & delicacies.

16:50 Welcome

Chairman welcome and opening remarks.

17:00 Humanity versus Geopolitics

– Is there any role or place for political manoeuvres during a global crisis?
– Saving the economy at what cost?: balancing a nation’s immediate safety and long-term prosperity.
– How family offices can lead our nations to join forces when the whole world is threatened.
– The business of humanity: how we can support health and social care effectively.

– Finding common ground: the global collaborative success stories of 2020.

17:30 Egypt’s bright future for family offices

– How Egypt’s most prominent family offices are leading the country into new prosperity.
– The family offices you need to know about when investing in Egypt.
– How Egypt’s family offices contribute socially to the society.
– As the next-Gen; how you are facing the new challenges.
– Will the family offices have more impact in the Egyptian economy in the coming few year.

18:15 What your investments say about you

– What makes a good private equity investment vs a good venture capital investment?
– Red flags to look out for before you invest in either case.
– How to make your start-up or existing business an attractive prospect for investors.
– As a family office, how should you be looking to invest?

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.

8:30 Registration

Registration, Breakfast and Networking and one-on-one meetings.

10:00 Welcome

Chairman welcome and opening remarks.

10:10 Healthcare in the Gulf – an investment opportunity

– Emerging trends in global healthcare, and their impact on the Gulf region.
– New medical technology and how it will transform our healthcare services.
– The merging of sectors, as healthcare looks to other industries to solve problems.
– Public and private healthcare across the region and the differing needs of both.

10:30 What do your investments say about you?

– What makes a good private equity investment vs a good venture capital investment?
– Red flags to look out for before you invest in either case.
– How to make your start-up or existing business an attractive prospect for investors.
– As a family office, how should you be looking to invest?

11:00 Family Offices lead globalisation by venturing into frontier markets

– Why family offices are perfectly placed to explored new frontier markets.
– A detailed look at frontier markets including Africa, post-Brexit Europe, Asia, South East Asia, India and China.
– Success stories of family offices who have done well in frontier markets of the past.

11:30 Networking Break

Morning networking coffee break.

12:00 All about digital assets

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

12:30 The changing face of Corporate Social Responsibility

– What does CSR look like in 2020?
– CSR’s journey from self-regulated good to legal obligation.
– Choosing a CSR strategy that works for you.

13:00 Put your own mask on first: making nations self-sufficient for the greater good
– Identifying the gaps in national self-sufficiency.
– How family offices can help their own regions to manage a crisis.
– Back to basics with investment in agriculture, energy and health.

– What we can learn from the countries who manage isolation well.

13:20 The next big thing

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

13:40 Networking Lunch

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

14:30 Space: the new emerging market

Presentation by Talal M. Al Kaissi, Advisor – Strategic Projects, UAE Space Agency, UAE.

14:50 Effective Wealth Preservation and how to achieve it

– How to assess and minimise risks with a smart investment strategy.
– What restriction 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 flexiblity and security.

15:20 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.

15:40 Real estate investment: established or emerging?

– New builds vs existing developments, which is best for you?
– The up-and-coming global real estate markets and how to get into them.
– Tried and test markets that will continue to maintain their value.

16:00 Networking Break

Afternoon networking coffee break.

16:30 Roundtable sessions hosted by family offices

Table one: The end of ‘a job for life’?: professional diversification and millennial career aspirations.

Table two: The best practice for work-life balance at the highest levels of responsibility.

Table three: The importance of branding for family offices.

Table four: Education – a business, an ideology, and a social good.

Table five: Retail business.

Table six: Venture capital made easier.

Table seven: Sport as an investment prospect.

17:40 Closing Remarks

Closing Remarks For the summit.

17:50 Cocktail Reception

A Cocktail reception with the chance to network in a n informal setting and discuss the summit.

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