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December 7-8, 2023
Middle East and Africa Summit
Navigating Complexity through Collaboration
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Wednesday, December 6, 2023
Thursday, December 7, 2023
Friday, December 8, 2023
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AI, Innovation, & Technology
Business & Industry
Capital Access & Economic Opportunity
Financial Markets
Health & Medical Research
Policy, Politics, & Regulation
Regions & Developing Markets
Security & Risk
Society & Culture
Sustainability & Environment

To accelerate deployment of public and private capital to support climate finance and effective energy transition, the race is on to find new mechanisms to move at the speed we need. Join the Milken Institute for a look at enhanced strategies for ambitious action on deploying capital to meet the climate crisis, including co-financing efforts linking mitigation and adaptation.

A Conversation with Amos Hochstein, Deputy Assistant and Senior Advisor to the President for Energy and Investment, National Security Council, The White House (Invite only)
01:15 PM - 01:30 PM
Guest
Amos Hochstein
Deputy Assistant and Senior Advisor to the President for Energy and Investment, National Security Council, The White House
Moderator
Dan Carol
Senior Director, MI Finance, Milken Institute
Sustainability & Environment

Study after study shows that the world will need at least US $90 trillion in new climate finance investment by 2050, expected losses from extreme weather could total many more trillions of dollars and millions of lost lives, and current decarbonization pathways and commitments are behind schedule. To meet these challenges, a new balance is needed in allocations of global climate finance investment between adaptation and mitigation. To ensure that private and international investment funding is available for long-term mitigation as new and promising decarbonization markets mature, it may be wise to think through re-balancing investment strategies toward frontline adaptation investment and co-benefit strategies that value GHGs and human and financial losses. This private session will bring together cross-sectoral innovators for a frank conversation of how adaptive investment strategies for both resilience and mitigation could work.   

Moderator
Dan Carol
Senior Director, MI Finance, Milken Institute
Speaker
Barbara Buchner
Global Managing Director, Climate Policy Initiative
Richard Manley
Chief Sustainability Officer, CPP Investments
Hiromichi Mizuno
Founder and CEO, Good Steward Partners, LLC
Derek Rozycki
Executive Director, Head of Responsible Investing, Mubadala Investment Company
Alan Schwartz
Executive Chairman, Guggenheim Partners
Sustainability & Environment

Addressing the challenge of climate change requires global coordination amongst nation-states and capital markets. Successfully meeting the challenge necessitates both public and private sector investment at a scale yet to be achieved. Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) remain a promising approach to affecting a just energy transition if countries can strengthen their commitments and access the capital and technical expertise needed to implement ambitious targets. With 2023 as the first global stocktake of the progress made in meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement, this session will highlight successful case studies and consider additional actions that can be taken to mobilize investment for resilience and mitigation.  

What more can be done to ensure NDCs are achieved? Are existing financing options sufficient? Is the international financial system fit for this purpose, or are reforms needed to incentivize investments that create future funding for climate action?  

Moderator
Matthew Aleshire
Director, Government Affairs, Milken Institute
Speaker
Régine Clément
President and CEO, CREO Syndicate
Jennifer Morris
CEO, The Nature Conservancy
Ahmed Saeed
CEO, Allied Climate Partners
Yuri Soares
Chief Impact Officer, IDB Lab
Sustainability & Environment
MEA Summit Check-in
02:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Welcome Reception
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

MEA Summit Check-in
07:30 AM - 07:30 PM
Morning Sound Bath
08:00 AM - 08:30 AM

Start your day with a sound bath! These sounds create different tones and frequencies that rebalance your physical body, clear your chakras, and activate your higher states of energy. The healing benefits relieve stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. You will feel relaxed, restored, and rejuvenated.

Continental Breakfast
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Global Overview
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Divergence in geo-economic and political trends across the regions of the world presents significant challenges in the year ahead. As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine lumbers on, conflict in West Asia, political instability in the Sahel and West Africa, and enduring tensions in East Asia continue to raise regional security considerations while simultaneously reflecting an international order in transition. Uncertainty abounds economically as well. Global growth rates for advanced and developing economies are expected to stay below historical averages in 2024, as inflation is expected to decline, slowly but steadily. Yet with these challenges come opportunities, offering new and existing leadership the chance to create innovative paths forward. Join us for this discussion on the factors shaping the global outlook in the year ahead and the opportunities that are likely to arise.

Opening Remarks
Sarah Sandler
Executive Director, Business and Program Development, Milken Institute
Guest
His Excellency Mohamed Hassan Alsuwaidi
Minister of Investment, United Arab Emirates
Moderator
Becky Anderson
Anchor, CNN International
Financial Markets Regions & Developing Markets
Moderator
Becky Anderson
Anchor, CNN International
Speaker
His Excellency Iván Duque Márquez
33rd President, Republic of Colombia
Michael Milken
Chairman, Milken Institute
Patrice Motsepe
Founder, Motsepe Foundation
Mohandas Pai
Chairman, Aarin Capital Partners
Financial Markets Regions & Developing Markets
Guest
Rostin Behnam
Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Moderator
Mike Piwowar
Executive Vice President, MI Finance, Milken Institute
Financial Markets

In the rapidly evolving landscape of financial technology, the potential for transformative innovation is vast. During this era of unprecedented connectivity and digital inclusion, as entrepreneurs build FinTech solutions at scale, it is crucial to address the world’s 1.4 billion unbanked adults. Panelists will delve into the unique needs and aspirations of the billions of people and enterprises that are not fully benefiting from the financial ecosystem. They will share insights on how FinTech enterprises can empower individuals, communities, and businesses to overcome financial barriers and drive inclusive economic growth. This session will bring together founders of FinTech solutions that have a total addressable market of billions of people, and feature products and services that have outsized potential to shift culture, habits, and ways of transacting, creating, and realizing value. 

Moderator
Mike Piwowar
Executive Vice President, MI Finance, Milken Institute
Speaker
Wemimo Abbey
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Esusu Inc.
TS Anil
CEO, Monzo Bank
Kendrick Nguyen
Co-Founder and CEO, Republic
Elizabeth Rossiello
CEO and Founder, AZA Finance
Maximilian Tayenthal
Founder and CEO, N26
Financial Markets AI, Innovation, & Technology
Global Capital Markets
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Guest
His Excellency Waleed Al Muhairi
Deputy Group CEO, Mubadala Investment Company
Moderator
Dan Murphy
Anchor and Correspondent, CNBC International
Business & Industry

Crisis Is Opportunity: An ongoing credit crisis, a fragmenting world, persistently high interest rates, a looming climate crisis. These are just a few of the headlines investors confront daily. And yet the global capital market shows resilience under immense pressure. The Middle East has emerged as a focal region for capital deployment opportunities, besides being a rich source of capital. After dramatic paradigm shifts in the financial markets that have changed the nature of the market environment, how are investors staying adaptable? Where do financial leaders see stressors and fault lines amid changing flows and dynamics? Conversely, where are the regional bright spots the financial sector can lean toward?

Moderator
Kevin Lu
Senior Fellow, Milken Institute
Speaker
Jonathan Goldstein
CEO, Cain International
Bob Prince
Co-Chief Investment Officer and Director, Operating Board of Directors, Bridgewater Associates
Bin Qi
Executive Vice President and Deputy Chief Investment Officer, China Investment Corporation Ltd
Anne Walsh
Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Guggenheim Partners Investment Management
Financial Markets

Ideally, the health-care supply chain should ensure that medicines and medical supplies of the highest quality in the right quantity reach the right patient at the right time. Although the supply chain largely withstood the challenges of recent public health emergencies, many barriers could—and did—disrupt the chain’s functionality. Dis- and misinformation, limited public-private partnerships, lack of trust and transparency, and under-resourced communities impede equal access to medicines medical supplies globally. This session will explore how nontraditional partners can bridge access gaps, how regions can be treated more equitably, what lessons can be learned from just-in-time vs just-in-case operations, and how trust can be built throughout the physical and mental health care supply chain to promote the regulatory transparency that is critical to national security, public health, and safety.

Moderator
Maggie Switek
Director, Research, Milken Institute
Speaker
Basel AbouJalala
Senior Vice President and General Director of Emerging Markets, Smith & Nephew
Richard Fattal
Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer, Zencargo
Danish Munir
Founding Partner, GreyMatter Capital
Samar Nassar
Managing Director, Healthcare, Ministry of Investment, Saudi Arabia
Business & Industry Health & Medical Research
Forum for Family Asset Management (Invite only)
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Opening Remarks
Alex Schueler
Senior Director, Business and Program Development, Milken Institute
Financial Markets

In this session, experts will examine and aim to predict the positive and negative implications of cybersecurity for financial institutions, the corporate world, and international security. Assessing impacts ranging from everyday data breaches and email phishing schemes to the larger scope of cross-border misinformation campaigns and election meddling, panelists from academia, government, and tech will explore the implications of emerging cyber technologies for public and private sectors worldwide. 

Moderator
Suzanne Kianpour
Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Civil Films; Founder and CEO, Helmet to Heels
Speaker
Hoda Al Khazimi
Director, EMARATSEC, NYUD; Chair on Cyber Security, GFC, WEF
Matt Brady
Guest Lecturer, Department of War Studies, King’s College London
Jack Hidary
CEO, SandboxAQ
Security & Risk AI, Innovation, & Technology

The health of credit markets is seen as a reliable indicator of the overall health of the financial system. As we enter a shifting credit cycle, interest rates are set to stay higher for longer. It will be the best of times and the worst of times for investors and managers alike. With a debt crisis brewing in the horizon, where are investors seeing signs of stress and distress? Who will emerge triumphant? And how will the direction of the credit market impact the rest of the capital markets?

Please note that there will be priority admission to this session for those with reserved seats. General admission will begin at 12:20 pm.

Opening Remarks
Conrad Kiechel
Executive Director, Global Programming and Events, Milken Institute
Moderator
Nicos Mashias
Partner and Director, Client Services, Albourne Partners MENA
Speaker
Lawrence Golub
CEO, Golub Capital
Stephen J. Ketchum
CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Sound Point Capital
Drew McKnight
Co-CEO, Fortress Investment Group
Giuseppe Naglieri
Partner and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Värde Partners
Maggie Switek
Director, Research, Milken Institute
Financial Markets
Lunch Program | Culture and Tourism
12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Guest
Abdulla Al Shehhi
Acting Executive Director, Abrahamic Family House
Moderator
Glenn Yago
Senior Fellow and Founder, Financial Innovation Lab, Milken Innovation Center
Society & Culture Regions & Developing Markets

Cultural heritage tourism fosters appreciation of the diversity of interdependent regions. Technology and regional cooperation promote heritage tourism throughout the MEA, linking virtual and physical sites and increasing revenue. The vast potential ROI from assigning economic value to cultural heritage remains untapped. MEA’s heritage districts and archaeological parks are underutilized resources that could become engines of sustainable development and job creation. Current cultural heritage and eco-tourism policies miss optimal use and fail to enable adaptive reuse. Panelists will explore regional development and finance strategies to drive ROI from endangered assets that can enhance understanding and growth. Digital technologies enliven traditional (myths, history, local stories), interpretative (archeological, geophysical, environmental), and cultural itineraries connecting visitors and storylines to virtual and physical excursions rich in cultural and environmental content. 

Moderator
Glenn Yago
Senior Fellow and Founder, Financial Innovation Lab, Milken Innovation Center
Speaker
Her Royal Highness Princess Dana Firas
President, Petra National Trust; UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Cultural Heritage
Neil Smith
Co-Director, Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability, Qualcomm Institute, University of California, San Diego
Mariët Westermann
Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, New York University Abu Dhabi
Society & Culture Regions & Developing Markets
Guest
His Excellency Mohamed Al Mubarak
Chairman, Department of Tourism and Culture, Abu Dhabi
Moderator
Louise Tabbiner
Senior Advisor, Middle East and North Africa, Milken Institute
Business & Industry Society & Culture Regions & Developing Markets
CEO Roundtable (Invite only)
12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

Join regional and global CEOs in an exclusive roundtable to explore the diverse global economic dynamics shaping the Middle East, Africa, and beyond. The conversation will examine shifting investment trends, the financial implications of climate change and sustainable finance strategies, evolving workforce trends, and the transformative impact of AI. 

Business & Industry

The growing threat of future pandemics has made it more critical than ever to strengthen our ability to predict and detect health threats while building resilient health systems globally. One recent analysis project a 27.5 percent chance of another deadly pandemic in the next decade, with factors such as climate change, increased international travel, and urbanization contributing to the risk. This session will focus on how best to bolster early warning surveillance strategies to detect and respond to the next outbreak as swiftly as possible. Using Kenya as a case study, the panel will examine the funding challenges facing pandemic preparedness and explore innovative financing strategies that have implications beyond boundaries.  

Moderator
Caitlin MacLean
Senior Director, Milken Institute
Speaker
Priya Basu
Executive Head, The Pandemic Fund, World Bank Group
Bob Kelty
CEO, Amref Health Africa US
Chris Moose
Partner, Healthcare and Life Sciences, IBM
Daniel Warutere
Acting Director, Market Operations, Capital Markets Authority of Kenya
Security & Risk Health & Medical Research
Climate Resilience
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Guest
His Excellency Iván Duque Márquez
33rd President, Republic of Colombia
Moderator
Conrad Kiechel
Executive Director, Global Programming and Events, Milken Institute
Financial Markets Sustainability & Environment

While expected losses from extreme weather and poor infrastructure maintenance could total tens of trillions of dollars by 2050, current allocations of global climate finance investment towards adaptation total less than 10% annually. To ensure that private and international investment funding is available for long-term mitigation as promising, new decarbonization pathways become ready to scale, it is wise to think through re-balancing investment strategies now to minimize losses and maximize outcomes. How critical are resilience investments for frontline communities facing immediate and intensifying climate-induced impacts? This session will bring together cross-sectoral innovators to map out the implementation of the most promising financing pathways, policies, and sectoral products in this space. 

Moderator
Victoria Barbary
Director, Strategy and Communications, International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds
Speaker
Ulf Erlandsson
Founder and CEO, Anthropocene Fixed Income Institute
Christopher Marks
Managing Director, Head of Growth Markets, Innovative Finance and Portfolio Solutions EMEA, MUFG Bank
Mahesh Roy
Investor Strategies, IIGCC
Heike Schmitz
Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
Sustainability & Environment AI, Innovation, & Technology

The pace at which technology is driving innovation, unlocking value and solving global challenges has never been higher. In this environment, data and compute are both emerging as commodities, furthered by the growing use of machine learning and artificial intelligence. How are individuals, companies, and governments staying ahead of the curve to drive value and profit? And what does this transition mean for productivity, labor demands, and return on capital? With an emphasis on financial markets, sports, music, tourism, gaming, and real estate, let’s dissect how the smartest businesses are answering these questions to shape advancements and address critical issues.

Moderator
Jack Selby
Managing Director, Thiel Capital
Speaker
May Habib
Co-Founder and CEO, Writer
Kirk McKeown
Co-Founder, CarbonArc
Don Wilson
Founder and CEO, DRW Holdings
AI, Innovation, & Technology

Africa’s demographics are wildly compelling. By 2050, 90 cities in Africa will have more than a million people. Six of the world’s mega cities—those with more than 10 million—will be in Africa by 2050, and 17 others will have more than five million people. The current median age in Africa is 19, and by 2050, it will still be below 25. There is now, and will continue to be, strong consumer demand driven by this growing, literate, young population of early, voracious adopters of new technologies. These demographics, coupled with the need for healthcare and climate-focused investments, are signals to investors that Africa is a region of opportunity, ready for their capital.

Moderator
Abi Mustapha-Maduakor
CEO, African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association
Speaker
Miguel Azevedo
Managing Director, Chairman of Investment Banking Middle East and Africa, Citigroup
Tope Lawani
Managing Partner and Co-CEO, Helios Investment Partners
Hardy Pemhiwa
President and Group CEO, Cassava Technologies
British Robinson
Coordinator, Prosper Africa
Regions & Developing Markets Capital Access & Economic Opportunity

After many years of prosperity, growth, and high valuations, private markets now face serious challenges from geopolitical uncertainty, inflation, and high interest rates. Instead of growth at all costs and rapidly rising valuations, there is a renewed focus on identifying and capturing value to drive profitable growth and realize the expected returns on existing investments. Where are the new pockets of money? In what ways are allocators adjusting, and how are they diversifying their portfolios to achieve long term returns? Where will the private markets industry take us next?  

Moderator
Alishia Sullivan
Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP
Speaker
José E. Feliciano
Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Clearlake Capital Group
Stefan Haselwandter
Vice Chair, Senior Managing Director, Partner, and Head of Client Platform, Wellington Management
Stephen J. Ketchum
CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Sound Point Capital
Edouard Zard
Chief Investment Officer, United Al Saqer Group
Financial Markets

US-China tensions and geopolitical realignment due to the Russia-Ukraine war are requiring government leaders and businesses from MEA and Asia to look elsewhere for capital, talent, and business partners. There are plenty of natural linkages between the two regions, and numerous opportunities for these ties to pick up the slack of politically based economic and financial restrictions. The potential for capital flows and business partnerships between the two regions has only scratched the surface, with many more opportunities yet to be uncovered. 

Moderator
Kevin Lu
Senior Fellow, Milken Institute
Speaker
Eddie Ahmed
Founder and CEO, ITI Ventures
Harvey Toor
Chief Investment Officer, SMU
Bedy Yang
Managing Partner, 500 Global
Miray Zaki
Managing Director, Gulf Capital
Regions & Developing Markets Capital Access & Economic Opportunity
Getting Real on Real Estate
03:15 PM - 04:15 PM

The real estate industry has weathered cyclical headwinds including inflation, interest rate hikes, sinking deal flows, and vacant office and retail spaces in recent years. Yet there is still room for optimism: Workers are returning to offices, smart cities are reimagining urban living while US renters are getting into home ownership and retailers returning to brick-and-mortar to embrace omnichannel strategies. In the midst of a global debt crisis, where are savvy investors taking their aims? What do we do with the world we are in and built environment we have? In a world crowded with news, data and deals, where does the application of data science, AI, and machine learning come into play? And how, besides looking forward, have we met the structural changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last three years?

Moderator
Jana Sehnalova
Managing Director and Co-Founder, Tovana Investment Advisors
Speaker
Rich Gomel
Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Two Sigma Real Estate
Don Mullen
Chairman and Founder, Pretium
Hussain Sajwani
Chairman and Founder, DAMAC Group
David Steinbach
Global Chief Investment Officer, Hines
Sophie van Oosterom
Global Head of Real Estate, Schroders
Business & Industry

The magnitude of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks, like climate change, is prompting transformation across all economic and political sectors, including insurance and banking. This panel will explore how financial institutions are integrating ESG into their frameworks, employing innovative strategies to manage these risks, and leveraging tools like risk modeling and rating for financial resilience. Our discussion will navigate the intersections of climate risk, sustainable finance, and the future of global markets, and offer insights into a new era of financial resilience and sustainability guided by ESG principles. 

Moderator
Hiromichi Mizuno
Founder and CEO, Good Steward Partners, LLC
Speaker
Eva Cairns
Head of Sustainability Insights and Climate Strategy, abrdn
Jacobo Calderon
Director, Responsible Investing, Mubadala Investment Company
Cara Williams
Global Head of ESG, Climate and Sustainability, Mercer
Financial Markets Sustainability & Environment

In a little over two decades, the number of sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) has grown from 62 in 2000 to 176 currently. Funds from North Africa, Eastern Mediterranean, and the Gulf now comprise a pool of over $4.1 trillion looking to invest long-term in human capital development and high value technologies that could transform the region through job creation and capital formation. SWFs increasingly seek to enlarge capital allocations by moving away from stability funds to include foreign exchange reserves, revenues from privatization, government transfer payments, remittance flows, and other new investment vehicles. How can short term intensification of natural resource development encourage regional energy transitions and new technologies that promote sustainability and reduce fossil fuel demand? What catalytic role can SWFs play in building markets for the next generation of new technologies and expanding connectivity between the Middle East, Africa, and the Mediterranean Basin?

Moderator
Glenn Yago
Senior Fellow and Founder, Financial Innovation Lab, Milken Innovation Center
Speaker
Victoria Barbary
Director, Strategy and Communications, International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds
Bernardo Bortolotti
Professor of Finance and Executive Director, Transition Investment Lab, NYU Abu Dhabi
Eric Bundugu
Deputy Executive Director, Capital Market Authority, Rwanda
Haris Lambropoulos
President, Hellenic Development Bank of Investments SA (HDBI)
Financial Markets Regions & Developing Markets

At a time of profound transformation, the Kingdom finds itself at the intersection of innovation and tradition, on the brink of changes that could reshape not only the regional but also the global landscape. This session will explore Saudi Arabia's strategic vision and dynamic economic evolution, focusing on the Kingdom’s dedication to sustainability initiatives, recent developments in the healthcare sector, advancements in education and workforce development, and the ever-evolving cultural and social transformation. Speakers from both the public and private sectors will share their views on Vision 2030 and the complex challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Join us for a discussion aimed at enhancing our understanding of Saudi Arabia's transformative journey and how it is forging a path that extends beyond Vision 2030.  

Moderator
Adel Hamaizia
Managing Director, Highbridge Advisory; Research Fellow, MEI Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School
Speaker
Manar Al Moneef
Chief Investment Officer, NEOM
His Excellency Ibrahim Almubarak
Assistant Minister of Investment, Saudi Arabia
Abdulrahman Tarabzouni
Founder and CEO, STV
Regions & Developing Markets
Africa's FinTech Revolution
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM

Africa's FinTech ecosystem is witnessing a remarkable rise, with several homegrown unicorns emerging as global leaders in innovation and financial inclusion. This panel brings together influential voices from the US$150 billion African FinTech landscape to discuss the growth, impact, and future prospects of Africa's FinTech giants. Join us as we delve into the success stories and unique strategies employed by these FinTech trailblazers. Our panelists, including founders, investors, smart-city developers, regulators, & all-round experts, will explore the key factors that have propelled African FinTech companies to the forefront of the industry. They will share valuable insights on the challenges faced & opportunities seized, shedding light on the transformative power of FinTech in driving economic growth and social change across the continent. 

Moderator
Nicole Valentine
FinTech Director, MI Finance, Milken Institute
Speaker
Monica Brand Engel
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Investment Strategy, Quona Capital LLC
Barbara Iyayi
Founder and Managing Partner, Unicorn Growth Capital
John O'Connor
CEO, RealFi
Peter Orth
Co-Founder and General Partner, 4DX Ventures
Ibrahim Sagna
Executive Chairman, Silverbacks Holdings
Daniel Warutere
Acting Director, Market Operations, Capital Markets Authority of Kenya
Sustainability & Environment Regions & Developing Markets AI, Innovation, & Technology

In the ever-evolving landscape of investment opportunities, the old reliable 60/40 portfolio has fallen out of favor. Alternative investments are no longer optional in an investor’s playbook. Yet alternatives managers are not resting on their laurels amid an increasingly crowded industry. How will technological innovations continue to disrupt the industry? Where are the areas of market inefficiencies managers can address? Ultimately, how will the continued prominence of alternatives shape the future of investment management? 

Moderator
Richard Hope
Co-Head of Investments, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Hamilton Lane
Speaker
Fatima Al Noaimi
Co-Head, Mubadala Capital Solutions
Natasha Brook-Walters
Senior Managing Director, Partner, and Co-Head of Investment Strategy, Wellington Management
K. Don Cornwell
CEO and Co-Founder, Dynasty Equity
Behdad Eghbali
Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Clearlake Capital Group
Tony Minella
Co-Founder and President, Eldridge Industries
Financial Markets

This session builds on conversations held across the Milken Institute’s global signature events and alongside preparations for COP28 (UN Climate Change Conference 2023), where food systems are a growing focus. Despite 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions resulting from food systems activities, only 3 percent of public climate financing is directed toward addressing them. Reframing the goals of climate financing to include investments in food systems will require global public-private collaboration. Particularly in nations grappling with concerns about food security amid a changing climate, investments in climate-smart innovations related to food production and distribution are essential. Panelists representing a range of investment perspectives will discuss the imperative and business cases for investing in food systems to address climate change and food as national security. 

Moderator
Holly Freishtat
Senior Director, Feeding Change, Milken Institute
Speaker
Jeremy Coller
Chief Investment Officer and Managing Partner, Coller Capital; Founder and Chair, FAIRR
Sanjeev Krishnan
Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director, S2G Ventures
Mihir Pershad
Founder and CEO, Umami Bioworks Pte. Ltd
Gunhild A. Stordalen
Founder and Executive Chair, EAT
Sustainability & Environment

Representing over $28 trillion in assets under management, the Global Capital Markets Advisory Council will gather for its annual meeting in the MEA region, an opportunity to exchange ideas and break down silos between investors from pension plans, endowments and foundations, sovereign funds, insurance companies, and single-family offices. Drawing on collective knowledge, CIOs and CEOs from around the world will consider the most compelling ways to navigate the changing macroeconomic landscape and address the most urgent questions facing them. What are the most exciting investment opportunities? How is the relationship between asset owners and asset managers evolving? What investment megatrends will be the biggest drivers of growth in the next 5-10 years? How are institutional investors considering energy transition and ESG in their portfolios? What geographies have the greatest investment potential, and how are investors approaching the current geopolitical climate? 

Opening Remarks
Erin Lubitz
Associate Director, Business and Program Development, Milken Institute
Welcome Remarks
Michael Milken
Chairman, Milken Institute
Moderator
Mike Piwowar
Executive Vice President, MI Finance, Milken Institute
Financial Markets

In this exclusive off-the-record gathering, senior leaders from business and finance will engage in private discussion, sharing their insights about the most urgent economic challenges on the horizon—and the greatest opportunities—from both regional and global perspectives.

Reception
05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Dinner Program
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Opening Remarks
Louise Tabbiner
Senior Advisor, Middle East and North Africa, Milken Institute
Guest
His Excellency Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak
Managing Director and Group CEO, Mubadala Investment Company
Moderator
Michael Milken
Chairman, Milken Institute
Business & Industry

Today, tech investors and entrepreneurs are at the forefront of developing technologies to enhance the world around us. Naval Ravikant has been a part of shaping this landscape for the past 25 years. Join us for a discussion on with AngelList Co-founder and Chairman on emergent technologies and their relationship to the world. 

Guest
Naval Ravikant
Co-Founder, Chairman, and Former CEO, AngelList
Moderator
Louise Tabbiner
Senior Advisor, Middle East and North Africa, Milken Institute
AI, Innovation, & Technology

Fostering human wellbeing has been at the core of spirituality for millennia. Over the last 40 years, Sadhguru, a yogi and mystic, has been offering tools to empower individuals to take charge of their wellbeing from within—Inner Engineering.  

What role can inner and outer technologies play in creating more resilient individuals and crafting a conscious planet? Join us for a stimulating conversation between AngelList Co-founder and Chairman, and Sadhguru to explore the intersection of wellbeing and technology. 

Guest
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
Founder and Head, Isha Foundation
Moderator
Naval Ravikant
Co-Founder, Chairman, and Former CEO, AngelList
AI, Innovation, & Technology

MEA Summit Check-in
07:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Morning Sound Bath
08:00 AM - 08:30 AM

Start your day with a sound bath! These sounds create different tones and frequencies that rebalance your physical body, clear your chakras, and activate your higher states of energy. The healing benefits relieve stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. You will feel relaxed, restored, and rejuvenated.

Continental Breakfast
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Regional Overview
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Opening Remarks
Haifa Albedrawi
Senior Advisor, Milken Institute
Moderator
Hadley Gamble
Host, Interview with Hadley Gamble
Speaker
His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud
Chairman of the Board, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies
Regions & Developing Markets

The Middle East's relationship with developed economies in Asia and the West involves a complex blend of diplomatic ties and economic opportunities. While historic investments in the region focused on energy reserves and infrastructure, there's a current emphasis by governments to diversify economies, attracting foreign investment across tourism, finance, technology, renewable energy, and manufacturing. This diversification enhances diplomatic, economic, and commercial opportunities, fostering partnerships and collaborations with other nations. Join our panel to explore the dynamic relationship between the Middle East economies and the world, highlighting business and investment opportunities regionally and globally.

Moderator
Mike Piwowar
Executive Vice President, MI Finance, Milken Institute
Speaker
Manar Al Moneef
Chief Investment Officer, NEOM
Sameh Al Qubaisi
Group Head of Global Markets, FAB
Karim Haggag
Professor of Practice, American University in Cairo; Fellow, Middle East Initiative, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School
Regions & Developing Markets
Guest
Mohammed Alardhi
Executive Chairman, Investcorp Holdings
Moderator
Faisal Abbas
Editor-in-Chief, Arab News, Saudi Research and Media Group
Financial Markets

However unknowable our future world may be, today’s visionaries see glimpses of what is beyond the horizon. From the technological advances in immersive reality to space tourism to AI’s transformation of entertainment, education, and finance, revolutionary changes are underway. We will explore the innovative, mind-bending trends that are reshaping our economies, cultures, and future. Join us as we delve into the potential societal, ethical, and economic implications of these innovative technologies, and gain insights from leading experts into what the future holds.  

Moderator
Thomas Hudson
Managing Partner, Kestrel Global
Speaker
Keith Adams
General Partner, Pebblebed
Justin Cleveland
Managing Director, Gecko Robotics
Stephanie Dinkins
Artist and Kusama Endowed Professor of Art, Stony Brook University
Alexander Heller
Co-Founder and CEO, HyperSpace
Alex Zhavoronkov
Founder and CEO, Insilico Medicine
Society & Culture AI, Innovation, & Technology

Despite a bumpy year for the tech industry with mass layoffs and an uncertain economic climate, the influence of tech in our everyday lives, investing included, is here to stay. With rates remaining higher for longer, is this the end of easy money? How are investors’ portfolios in founder-owned businesses performing? What is the sector-wide state of investing and funding? And for companies in the tech sector, what fundamentals are they focusing on to create and scale their businesses through good times and bad? 

Moderator
Ibrahim Ajami
Head of Ventures, Mubadala Capital
Speaker
Henrique Dubugras
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Brex
Anu Hariharan
Founder, Avra
Klaus Hommels
Founder and Chairman, Lakestar; Chairman, NATO Innovation Fund
Rajeev Misra
CEO, SoftBank Investment Advisers
Financial Markets

The rise of passive investing at the expense of active has been a major theme in fund management for years. With growing geopolitical uncertainty, inflation fears, and persistently high interest rates, volatility seems to be here to stay. How are investors rethinking portfolio construction to account for interest rates remaining at current or only slightly lower levels? What geographies have the greatest investment potential given the current geopolitical climate globally? And how does technology continue to impact the asset management industry? 

Moderator
Van Sternbergh
Senior Advisor, Blue Pool Capital
Speaker
Kevin Irwin
Chief Investment Officer and CEO, Knollwood Investment Advisory
Eloy Lindeijer
Chairman of the Board, The Global Impact Investing Network
Sonia Weymuller
Co-Founder and General Partner, VentureSouq
Financial Markets

Without transformative measures, carbon emissions attributed to agriculture and land use are projected to increase up to 90 percent by 2050. Expanding investments in food systems requires capital to catalyze transformation of sustainable food systems with technologies for higher yields, incomes, and productivity while reducing disproportionate carbon emissions. Amid concerns about food security and climate change, investment in climate-smart innovations related to food production and distribution is essential for political, environmental, and social stability. From perspectives of investment and business cases, panelists from across the MEA will address climate change and food as national security. New and adapted technologies, validated solutions for policy leadership, and systemic financial solutions must align interests while being market-driven, scalable, and financially viable. The network of farmers, suppliers, off-takers, and regulators must support flows of capital allocation to control costs of water, fertilizers, soil and seed science, and technologies, along with data-driven decision support tools to activate system- financing solutions for the transition to climate-smart and regenerative supply chains. Panelists will focus on how to achieve the goals by leveraging finance to increase capital access.  

Moderator
Simon Winter
Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation
Speaker
Michael Dunford
Regional Director for Eastern Africa, United Nations World Food Programme
Neelam Kumar Gupta
Head of Agriculture, J.B. Boda Group
Jake Levine
Chief Climate Officer, US International Development Finance Corporation
Paul Winters
Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Global Affairs and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Notre Dame; Executive Director, Innovation Commission for Climate Change, Food Security and Agriculture, University of Chicago
Fatma Yehia
Senior Financial Analyst, Monetary Policy Implementation, Central Bank of Egypt
Sustainability & Environment AI, Innovation, & Technology
Health and Medical Research
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Guest
His Excellency Mansoor Ibrahim Al Mansoori
Chairman, Department of Health, Abu Dhabi
Moderator
Sung Hee Choe
Senior Director, FasterCures, Milken Institute
Health & Medical Research Regions & Developing Markets

Experts will discuss the remarkable growth and untapped potential of biomedical innovation globally. Investments in biomedical research around the world are leading to new innovation ecosystems and new opportunities for advances in medicines and technologies that improve health. What are the changes to the health care landscape that we can expect to see in the future? What are the trends and technologies that will define the next era of innovation in health care?

Moderator
Sung Hee Choe
Senior Director, FasterCures, Milken Institute
Speaker
Alex Aliper
President, Insilico Medicine
Adrian Aoun
Founder and CEO, Forward
Helmy Eltoukhy
Chairman and Co-CEO, Guardant Health
Folakemi Odedina
Professor and Enterprise Deputy Director for Community Outreach and Engagement, Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center
Nicole Sirotin
Department Chair, Preventive Medicine, Medical Subspecialties Institute, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi; CEO, Institute for Healthier Living Abu Dhabi
Health & Medical Research Regions & Developing Markets
Scaling the Credit Cliff
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

High-yield collateralized loan obligations (CLOs) issuance reached a six-year high at over $500 billion in 2021 but has since fallen to $70 billion by mid-2023. Unquestionably, rising interest rates and technical uncertainty have created perilous conditions for high-yield borrowers. With the need to refinance approximately $1.1 trillion of potentially underperforming loans before the 2025 maturity wall, there's a looming risk of unmanageable debt burdens. What systemic risks could emerge if market participants are unable to bridge this funding gap? Can private credit help prevent contagion across the global credit landscape? Consequently, how can private credit extend its traditional role in the market? 

Moderator
Veronica Bateman
Private Credit Strategist, Aksia
Speaker
Michael Gross
Co-Founder, SLR Capital Partners
Paul Horvath
CEO, Orchard Global
Chris Taylor
Head of Private Credit, Third Point
Anne Walsh
Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Guggenheim Partners Investment Management
Financial Markets

Description: AI’s explosion onto the global stage will fundamentally change how investors search for and deliver alpha. We will explore groundbreaking advancements in artificial intelligence and the innovative investment strategies emerging in today's dynamic landscape. Our panelists will share insights on investing in AI-focused companies and harnessing data-driven strategies to power investment decisions. Join us to gain a comprehensive understanding of the transformative potential of AI, as we uncover innovative approaches that are reshaping the future of investing.

Moderator
Fahad AlSharekh
CEO and Founder, Techinvest; General Partner, Kamco JEDI Fund
Speaker
Charlie Ebersol
Founder and CEO, Infinite Athlete
Abdulrahman Tarabzouni
Founder and CEO, STV
Pamela Vagata
Founder, Pebblebed
Jake Zeller
Founder, Powerset
Financial Markets AI, Innovation, & Technology

Rising global tensions, conflicts in Europe and the Middle East, frontline energy poverty for billions of people, and extreme weather effects in real time are forcing a re-set in thinking about how we can accelerate the energy transition to net zero. Achieving this progress will need to be anchored by market-based realities, not just theoretical projections on climate technology pathways, including carbon removal and renewable deployment rates. Nature-based solutions, carbon credits, voluntary carbon offsets, green bonds, and similar investment vehicles have appealed to a growing number of market participants, creating opportunities to advance and improve upon them. This private session will focus on innovative all-of-the above approaches to advance energy transition strategies and partnerships.

Financial Markets Sustainability & Environment

The intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and art has sparked a thought-provoking dialogue transcending traditional boundaries. As AI technologies advance, artists are increasingly incorporating these tools into their creative process. From generative algorithms that create original pieces to machine-learning algorithms that interpret artistic styles, AI is revolutionizing the artistic landscape. However, this intersection poses profound questions about copyright ownership, intellectual property, and ethical considerations surrounding AI-generated art. Experts at this private roundtable will debate the challenges of defining authorship and ownership of AI-generated artwork. Eminent voices from AI, traditional art, AI artists, academia, and others will explore further questions including: Does AI itself possess creative rights? Can AI-generated art be protected by copyright laws? What is the potential impact on artists, the art market, and artistic expression? Will the use of AI in the creation of art be a tool to augment or replace human creativity?  

Moderator
Nicole Valentine
FinTech Director, MI Finance, Milken Institute
Speaker
Stephanie Dinkins
Artist and Kusama Endowed Professor of Art, Stony Brook University
X Eyeé
CEO, Malo Santo
Benedetta Ghione
Executive Director, Art Dubai
Meagan Kelly Horsman
Managing Director, Christie's
Anna Seaman
Curator, MORROW Collective
Society & Culture AI, Innovation, & Technology

The digital assets industry is achieving truly global scale as it transforms finance and the internet across borders. In this session, panelists will delve into the transformative landscape of digital assets and the emerging Web3 ecosystem, where boundaries blur and opportunities expand. Eminent panelists, including leading experts from blockchain technology, finance, and decentralized applications, will explore the profound impact of these developments on global economies, banking, and society at large. Join them in navigating the uncharted waters of this dynamic digital expanse and uncovering the potential for a more interconnected and inclusive future. 

Moderator
Mike Piwowar
Executive Vice President, MI Finance, Milken Institute
Speaker
Jeff Bandman
Chief Operating Officer, 6529 NFT Fund and 6529 Capital; Principal, Bandman Advisors
Colin Jones
Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Outerlands Capital
Bryan Stirewalt
MENA Financial Services Regulatory Lead, EY
Policy, Politics, & Regulation AI, Innovation, & Technology

Arts and sports share a long history in furthering diplomacy and economic growth. Nations leverage sports to bolster their international profiles and grow local economies. Movies, art, and music may be promoted—or banned—across diverse cultures. Organizations such as the NBA and FIBA have doubled down on fostering international engagement and cultural exchange through initiatives like Basketball Without Borders, an outreach supporting education, health, and well-being among youth worldwide. With dozens of countries engaged in international competitions and arts exchanges, politicians and investors should take note of the expanding markets and opportunities. Our diverse panelists will share lessons learned and challenges faced in seeking to leverage economic soft power, redouble efforts on entrepreneurial returns, and drive impact across Middle Eastern and African markets—and beyond. How can nations best leverage these soft but telling diplomatic tools? How can governments invest adequately in diverse, creative economies to support high-quality international outputs? States must look for ways to cooperate and agree on the right role for government both on stage and behind the scenes.

Moderator
Aubrey Hruby
General Partner, Tofino Capital
Speaker
Hamisha Daryani Ahuja
CEO and Founder, Forever 7 Entertainment Ltd.
Tunde Folawiyo
Executive Chairman, Yinka Folawiyo Group
Manuel Rabaté
Museum Director, Louvre Abu Dhabi
Victor Williams
CEO, National Basketball Association, Africa
Society & Culture

Global aging has profound impacts on families, societies, and economies. Despite advances in biomedical research and improved living conditions around the world, age remains the biggest risk factor for diseases like cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. A multipronged ‘whole life’ approach can address the different but interacting biological and environmental drivers of health and disease. Geroscience targets common internal aging pathways to prevent or reverse these diseases. However, external factors like air pollution, green spaces, diet, and work spaces also interact and greatly influence our aging processes. Longevity Cities aim to optimize the external environment, reducing cumulative negative environmental exposures to improve later-life outcomes. This panel will focus on initiatives in the Middle East and Africa to establish “Longevity Cities” and enhance overall health. 

Moderator
Rajiv Ahuja
Associate Director, Future of Aging, Milken Institute
Speaker
Jim Mellon
Co-Founder, Juvenescence
Rrajat Pradip Handa
Founder and CEO, Descrptive Solution Pvt Ltd
Tina Woods
Founder and CEO, Collider Health; Healthy Longevity Champion, National Innovation Centre for Ageing (UK)
Sergey Young
Founder, Longevity Vision Fund
Health & Medical Research

With the risk of global economic slowdown looming and capital reallocation hitting peak levels, India has emerged as a bright prospect for global businesses and investors seeking new growth opportunities. India is expected to become the world's third-largest economy by 2027. Its skilled labor force and a growing culture of entrepreneurship and innovation enhance its appeal. India also provides a strong geopolitical environment and instituted macro reforms aimed to reduce bureaucratic and political challenges, unfavorable tax policies, and investment reluctance by domestic investors. Which sectors are particularly promising and merit the most investment interest? Which risks are top-of-mind for investors, and how can India further increase its share of global capital allocation?

Moderator
Priyam Ghandi Mody
Author and Political Communications Expert
Speaker
Mukund Krishnaswami
Co-Founder, Lighthouse Funds India
Akshay Mansukhani
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Malabar Investments
Abhinav Reddy
Owner, GAR Corp
S. Sriniwasan
Managing Director, Kotak Alternate Asset Managers Limited
Financial Markets Regions & Developing Markets

Whether it’s Russia’s war on Ukraine, the proliferation of space satellites by private actors, the war in the Middle East, or the geopolitical risks of AI-assisted warfare, the issue of defense preparedness has become a prominent concern for political leaders, military analysts, and investors in recent years. The global race for technological supremacy, allied with the traditional imperative of mobilizing troops and materiel, has made armed conflict less predictable and potentially more devastating. This panel will explore how new weaponry, the revolution in automation and AI technology, and the shifts in political debates, and public opinion will shape our preparedness for global conflict. 

Moderator
Mohamad Ali Harisi
Foreign Editor, The National
Speaker
Matt Brady
Guest Lecturer, Department of War Studies, King’s College London
Kirsten Fontenrose
President, Red Six Solutions
Karim Haggag
Professor of Practice, American University in Cairo; Fellow, Middle East Initiative, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School
Taimur Khan
Head of Regional Operations - Gulf, Conflict Armament Research
Security & Risk

Please note that there will be priority admission to this session for those with reserved seats. General admission will begin at 1:20 pm.

Join us for a panel discussion with Jack Hidary, a renowned figure in the technology and quantum computing space. Jack will guide us through an exploration of the future of climate action powered by technology. This panel discussion promises a synergy of technology and climate action, not just offering a glimpse into the technological landscape of the future, but also inspiring listeners to become active contributors to our collective battle against the effects of climate change.

Moderator
Katherine Keating
Managing Partner, SOUNDWaves
Speaker
Jack Hidary
CEO, SandboxAQ
Sustainability & Environment AI, Innovation, & Technology

Growing demand for access to reliable energy sources and the need for climate-related solutions are the two forces shaping today’s energy transition. While many countries around the world are seeking to rapidly transition legacy energy systems towards a lower-carbon output, others face an energy poverty that hinders developmental goals. Against a global backdrop of higher interest rates, managing the investment considerations involved in the energy transition has taken on even greater importance. How can technology and technical expertise be deployed across geographies to solve for challenges of security, access, and affordability? How can capital allocation be accelerated to this end? Join us as we address the fundamental question of how to achieve a more equitable and inclusive energy transition that recognizes communities around the world are starting from vastly different places.

Opening Remarks
Dan Carol
Senior Director, MI Finance, Milken Institute
Moderator
Suzanne Kianpour
Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Civil Films; Founder and CEO, Helmet to Heels
Speaker
Fahad Al-Dhubaib
Senior Vice President, Strategy, Sustainability and Risk, Saudi Aramco
Raad Al-Saady
Vice Chairman and Managing Director, ACWA Power
Jason Bordoff
Founding Director, The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA
Matt Harris
Founding Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners
Joseph McMonigle
Secretary General, International Energy Forum
Shannon Miller
CEO and Founder, Mainspring Energy
Sustainability & Environment AI, Innovation, & Technology

The international trading system is undergoing a profound transformation driven by forces including geopolitical tensions, technological advances, and the unfolding revolution in supply chain management. These shifts present serious risks and significant opportunities for the Middle East and Africa, which hold a combined 30 percent of global mineral reserves, 42 percent of oil and gas reserves, 50 percent of natural gas reserves, and growing technology and manufacturing ecosystems, but nevertheless account for just 12 percent of global trade. What are the most pressing trade and investment challenges facing government and private sector leaders across these two diverse and dynamic regions? What further steps should be taken to deepen regional economic integration, building on initiatives including the African Continental Free Trade Area and the Gulf Cooperation Council? How will national and regional economic diversification efforts contribute to and benefit from deeper integration into global value chains? 

Opening Remarks
Mike Piwowar
Executive Vice President, MI Finance, Milken Institute
Moderator
Ziad Daoud
Chief Emerging Markets Economist, Bloomberg Economics
Speaker
Eddie Ahmed
Founder and CEO, ITI Ventures
Eric Bundugu
Deputy Executive Director, Capital Market Authority, Rwanda
Steven Ciobo
Managing Director, Head of Global Affairs, Stonepeak; Former Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment of Australia
Mona Haddad
Global Director for Trade, Investment and Competitiveness, World Bank Group
Business & Industry

Artificial Intelligence has the potential to transform the world as we know it, for better and for worse. Balancing the acknowledged risks and promising rewards for society, how do we proceed with AI’s development and dissemination? This panel will join influential members of the AI community to examine its potential impact on our lives.

Moderator
Nicole Valentine
FinTech Director, MI Finance, Milken Institute
Speaker
Erkin Adylov
CEO and Founder, Behavox
Ramzi Ben Ouaghrem
Director of Research Development and Engagement, Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence
X Eyeé
CEO, Malo Santo
Andrey Kravchenko
Lecturer in Computer Science, Christ Church, University of Oxford
Cliff Weitzman
CEO, Speechify
Financial Markets AI, Innovation, & Technology

In the face of escalating global energy demands and the urgent need to transition to clean, sustainable energy sources, the conversation around nuclear energy is of paramount importance. With over 50 countries generating nuclear energy in about 220 research reactors, nuclear power remains a significant player in the global energy landscape. The panel discussion will delve into the intricacies of nuclear energy, addressing common misconceptions and highlighting its numerous benefits, including those of research reactors, which require less fuel and generate less waste. Drawing from the documentary "Nuclear Now!" by Oliver Stone, the discussion will explore how nuclear energy can help the global community address climate change and achieve net zero carbon emissions. This session is an opportunity to learn, to question, and to understand. It’s a chance to be part of a conversation that could help shape the future of our planet.

Moderator
Roksana Ciurysek
Founder, PossibleX
Speaker
Isabelle Boemeke
Nuclear Influencer
Stefano Buono
CEO, NewCleo Ltd
Clay Sell
CEO, X-energy, LLC
Oliver Stone
Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Sustainability & Environment AI, Innovation, & Technology

Not least against the backdrop of economic environment, technological evolution and complex trends pointing towards deglobalization, the state of venture capital is more dynamic than ever. Recalibrating from the exuberance in 2021 followed by a lacklustre 2022, venture capitalists have been staying patient and vigilant in where capital is deployed. Where does the runway for generative artificial intelligence end? Besides artificial intelligence, where are market leaders setting new sights upon? In a region where capital is in abundance, how are venture capitalists setting themselves up for success to investors and portfolio companies alike?  

Moderator
Annelie Ajami
Founder and Managing Partner, Anamcara Capital
Speaker
Katherine Keating
Managing Partner, SOUNDWaves
Adam Mastrelli
Partner, Woodstock Fund
Lo Toney
Founding Managing Partner, Plexo Capital
Business & Industry Capital Access & Economic Opportunity AI, Innovation, & Technology

Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy and one of the continent’s most closely watched markets. Since the election victory of Bola Tinubu, significant changes are being made whose impacts will not only be felt domestically but across the continent and the globe. With the cutting of fuel subsidies, the unification of foreign exchange markets, and even the possible partial sale of the national power utility, a new Nigeria may be on the horizon, and markets have responded accordingly.  

What happens next? With major reforms seemingly increasing investor confidence, how will that confidence be translated into dollars? In particular, how can foreign investors as well as Nigeria’s growing domestic institutional investor base be better mobilized to ensure that finance flows towards those sectors that need it the most, such as long-term infrastructure and sustainability projects? How can Nigeria best position itself not only to attract these flows but also to ensure that they deliver on growth, and what experiences from other countries can it draw on? Leveraging insights from Nigeria as well as from other markets, this private session will consider how government can best capitalize on the current uptick in investor sentiment, and also examine the responsibilities of domestic and foreign institutional investors in bringing about much-needed long-term investments and continued prosperity across Africa. 

Moderator
Jingdong Hua
Vice-Chair, International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB)
Speaker
Miguel Azevedo
Managing Director, Chairman of Investment Banking Middle East and Africa, Citigroup
Chinua Azubike
CEO, InfraCredit
Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien
Co-Founder, ToroNet; President and Founder, Growing Businesses Foundation
Aymeric Saha
CEO, MiDA Advisors
Regions & Developing Markets Capital Access & Economic Opportunity
Closing Reception
04:15 PM - 05:00 PM