22-23 March 2020

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira

Dubai

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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Introduction

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 Previous Speakers, some of which included:

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

Sheikh Adbulla Zayed Saqr Al Nahyan
Sheikh Abdulla Zayed Saqr Al Nahyan

Member The Aster Club, President S&S Brokerage House, CEO Dolphin Air, UAE

Rozana Al Tayyar

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

Ahmad AR. BinDawood

CEO, Danube & BinDawood, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Huda Al Lawati

CIO, Gateway Partners, UAE

Abdullah Al Mutawa

Founder, The Taken Seat, Kuwait

Hawazen Nazieh Nassief

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

Essam Albakr
Essam Albakr

CEO & Founder, Ejada Investment, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Zahraa Al Fardan

Integration Leader & Financial Advisor, Al Fardan Group, UAE

Majed M Al Tahan

Founder & CEO, AYM, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Dr. Celeste Lo Turco

SWFS Expert, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Yasser Al Barami

CEO, Mubbadrah Investment, Sultanate Oman

Sara Al Ayed

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

Ahmad Al Ameeri
Ahmad Al Ameeri

CEO, Al Ameeri Group Holding, Kuwait

Rania Halabi

Halabi Family Office, Lebanon & Africa

Yasser Al Saheal​ 2
Yasser Al Saheal

ASFO (Family Office), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Fatima Balfaqeeh

Founder & Managing Director, RKAH Consultancy, UAE

Salman Gasim

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

Leah Zveglich

Founding Partner, The Aster Club, USA

Abdulsalam Alkuwaity

CEO, SEA Ventures, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Cyba Audi

Founder & Managing Director, Saba Consultants, UAE

Khaled Al Maeena

Quartz & Abeer Medical Group, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Meher Anand Mirchandani

Managing Director, Palmon Group, UAE

Ziad Daoud

Chief Middle East Economist, Bloomberg Economics, UAE

Helen Wong 2
Helen Wong

Lapis Global Limited, Hong Kong

Fares Abi Nader

Single Family Office, Lebanon

Khaled Sharbatly

Managing Partner, Desert Technologies, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Dr. Hisham M. El Seddik

CEO, Porcellan Tiles, UAE

Benson Tam

Chairman & Founding Partner, Venturous Group, China

Tariq Nabulsi

Managing Partner, ISG, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Filipe Pacheco
Filipe Pacheco

Equities Reporter, Bloomberg News, UAE

Talal Al Ajou

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

Martin Tideström

Business Development Director, ADGM, UAE

Sunil Dhall

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

Abdalla Kablan

Serial Tech Entrepreneur and Digital Innovation Advisor, Malta

Khalid Al Araimi

Director, Al Siraj Holdings, Sultanate Oman

Chua Tiow Chye

Deputy Group CEO, Mapletree Investments, Singapore

Abbas Al Lawati

Breaking News Editor, Bloomberg News, UAE

Mohamed Badr

Alea Global Group, Kuwait

Basem Abu Dagga

Co-Founder, Aster Club Global Partners, UAE

Baldwin Berges

Development and Marketing Strategist, Belgium

Ritesh Shah

CFO, SunFunder, USA

Karl Soliman

Founder & Managing Partner, Sustany Capital, USA

Jamil Marmarchi

Founding Partner, IMA Venture Co, UK & UAE

Amir Groman

CEO, Spire Security Solutions, Global

Jimmy Zhong

CEO, SnowPlus, China

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

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

18:00 Welcome

Chairman welcome and opening remarks.

18:10 Women are the future

– Data doesn’t lie: where women excel, and why we’d be foolish to ignore it.
– Dispelling myths about female leadership in business and politics.
– How to create an equal path for women in business.

18:40 Religion in business: a crash course for the uninitiated

– The key ways religion influences business practices around the world.
– Respecting, understanding and working with collaborators of different faiths.
– The business world as an example for harmonious global relations.

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 The Holy Quran as guidance for family governance

– An ancient text in a modern world: applying the Holy Quran to some very new issues.
– Creating structure and order in family life and family business.
– How to solve and avoid family disputes in a fair and positive way.

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 Knowledge is not motivation: how to really change customer, employee and global behaviours

– Environmental issues: why so many businesses talk about them, but so few are taking action.
– Understanding human nature and how to build it into our internal and external communications.
– Carrot, stick, or a new way entirely? Find out what works for motivating your workforce.

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

– It’s not all about a dying planet – some positive reasons to look at space exploration.
– Space investment for cross-border unification and financial reward.
– The companies making the most effective and fastest progress in space exploration for business.

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 Digital natives vs digital immigrants: the real generation gap

– How those born after 1980 grew up speaking the language of computers, while previous generations had to learn it from scratch.
– Digital nativism’s impact on education and training, and why yesterday’s systems are failing today’s learners.
– How digital immigrants and digital natives can work together in harmony.

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 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.

17:00 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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