ALTSME is an education-focused alternative investment event designed to bring the investor community together for a full day of dialogue and discussion on the most relevant topics facing investors and managers today.
ALTSME is developed and led by the CAIA Association and is a hot spot for those seeking the very latest in alternative investment news and developments. ALTSME is specifically designed to provide relevant, education-focused content for individuals who manage, advise, allocate to, or oversee alternative investments. With leading allocating and management firms, the agenda will include topics such as global asset allocation, risk management, private markets, real assets, alternative beta strategies, private equity, hedge funds, ESG, crypto, and more.
Mishal Hamed Kanoo, Chairman, Kanoo Group
Mr. Mishal Kanoo is one of the most iconic business figures in the Middle East and has a reputation as a futurist and strategist with a strong track record in forecasting economic developments in the region. Mr. Kanoo currently serves as the Chairman of The Kanoo Group, one of the largest, longest running and independent family-owned groups of companies in the Gulf region. Furthermore, he is a professional and motivational speaker, writes articles for local and regional media, is published in business journals on a regular basis, and holds chief positions as Chairman/Director of various reputable companies, including Gulf Capital, KHK & Partners Limited, Dalma Capital, Johnson Arabia LLC and KAAF Investments.
Mishal Kanoo tries to help people reach their professional dreams. The excitement of helping others achieve their goals, both big or small, is what drives him. Playing a role in bettering people's lives is a great instigator for doing what he does. Kanoo has been investing on a personal and company level since 1991.
Mishal Kanoo adheres to family values and ideals in pursuit of quality and excellence. Over the years, the Kanoo family has always been associated with the progress and development of the entire region combined with a sense of philanthropy.
Mishal grew up in the United Arab Emirates and finished his early schooling in Dubai. Thereafter he obtained two MBAs, one in finance from the University of St. Thomas, in Texas, and one from the American University of Sharjah. He began his professional career within the family business before going to university to get his first Master’s Degree. He then worked as an auditor outside his family business with Arthur Andersen in Dubai, before Re-joining The Kanoo Group in 1997 as the Deputy Chairman.
Laura Merlini, Managing Director, CAIA Association
Laura Merlini is a senior financial industry professional with a strong interest in education and governance. She currently serves as Managing Director for EMEA at the CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) Association and has 20 years of experience in the European alternative investments industry. Laura earned the CAIA charter in 2007 and has been an active CAIA proponent and member-volunteer, being the co-founder of the CAIA Iberia Chapter (based in Madrid) in 2008 and leading the CAIA Switzerland Chapter in Geneva since 2010. Furthermore, she chaired the 100 Women in Finance Educational Committee in Geneva from 2016 to 2018. Laura is a Certified Investment Fund Director by the CIFD Institute, she was a member of the UN PRI HF Advisory Committee, and sits on the board of Agave Advisors, an independent wealth management company in Geneva.
Ahmad Alwan CAIA, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Hub 71
Elena Manola-Bonthond Chief Investment Officer Pension Fund of CERN
Vignesh Vijayakumar Chief Operating and Financial Officer, Private Family office (Formerly Chief Operating and Financial Officer, Miras Management) Miras Family Office
Abdulrahman Albogami Head of Credit for The Private Banking and Wealth Management Group Bank AlJazira
Sonali Goila Head of Venture Capital and Private Equity Panthera Investments
Eline Sleurink Head of UK & Ireland and Middle East, Signatory Relations PRI
Erik van Dijk Co-Founder EMFM Advisors
William J. Kelly, CAIA Chief Executive Officer CAIA
Hadi Kabalan CFA, Investment Partner NOA Capital
Sky Kurtz Founder and Chief Executive Officer Pure Harvest (UAE)
Mohammad Madani Managing Director Gulf Capital (UAE)
Faisal Hasan Chief Investment Officer & Head of Asset Management Al Mal Capital (UAE)
Khalid Alhumaid Chief Investment Officer Aseel Capital
Samer Solh Chief Investment Officer Bahamdan Group (Saudi Arabia)
Kandarp Bagaria Vice President Gulf Islamic Investments
Ajay Mohanty Chief Investment Officer Xanara (Multi family office)
Samira Zakour Managing Director and Head of Private Banking First Abu Dhabi Bank
Ziad Zen CFA, President of the Board of Directors CFA Society Emirates
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PRIVATE EQUITY AND VENTURE
Uncertainty makes it difficult to determine value in potential acquisitions and we will cover the importance of vintage diversification in uncertain times.
Creating a dialogue around the opportunities in this volatile market through digital assets, especially cryptocurrencies
REAL ESTATES, ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE, and ESG
As ESG continues to be important to institutional investors, family offices, wealth managers and private banks, investors will discuss the game plan and framework in these asset classes.
Institutional Portfolio Construction
Taking a future-gazing approach to issues from expanding on quant-driven inhouse capabilities to developing direct investment functions — and answer the question: What does an alternatives-driven portfolio of 2030 look like?
Macroeconomics & Global Trends
Comparing and contrasting global macro conditions and investment performance.