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The Second Sovereign Wealth Funds Conference

The Third Sovereign Wealth Funds Conference: Can SWFs survive a prolonged commodity price weakness?

Join us on October 6, 2016 for the Second Sovereign Wealth Funds Conference at American University.

One-Day Conference: The Second Sovereign Wealth Funds Conference (SWF 15)

How is Political Turbulence Impacting SWFs?

American University's Kogod School of Business
Washington. D.C.

Since the first Sovereign Wealth Funds (“SWFs”) Conference at American University in October 2014, the world has experienced drastic changes. Oil prices plummeted precipitously while OPEC maintained its production volume. Concurrently, the world’s economic recovery still continues with the growth rate of developing countries exceeding that of developed countries. Instability in some of the world regions, from the Ukraine to Iraq, passing through Afghanistan to Syria, and lately to Yemen, has forced countries to dip into their SWFs to sustain their annual budgets. The sudden changes in SWFs are altering the investment strategies of these funds. The proposed second international conference will address these issues and assess how these global changes are impacting SWFs.

Scholars and practitioners from around the world will be meeting at American University for an insightful, one-day conference exploring how political turbulence is impacting SWFs.


  • H.E. Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari
    Ambassador of Qatar to the United States
  • Dr. John Duke Anthony
    Founding President, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
  • David Hamod
    President and CEO, National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. Edwin (Ted) Truman
    Senior Fellow, The Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Peter Alois
    President, Alois Global Trade Strategies, LLC
  • Geoffrey Davis
    Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Amb. Adam Ereli
    Vice Chairman, Mercury
  • Dr. Celeste Cecilia Moles Lo Turco
    Expert, Italian Ministry of Finance
  • Dr. Amin Mohseni-Cheraghiou
    Assistant Professor, American University Department of Economics
  • Dr. Michael Papaioannou
    Deputy Division Chief, International Monetary Fund
  • Dr. Ananthakrishnan Prasad
    Division Chief, International Monetary Fund
  • Amb. Patrick Theros
    President, US-Quatar Business Council
  • Dr. John Willoughby
    Professor, Department of Economics, American University
  • Dr. Jeffrey Harris
    Professor, Kogod School of Business at American University
  • Dr. Ghiyath Nakshbendi
    Executive in Residence, Kogod School of Business International Business Department, American University

Previous Attendees Include: Senior officials from sovereign wealth funds, private equity corporations, major international banks, major investment companies, think tanks, and higher education institutions.

Conference Proceedings will be shared with the guests few months after the conference.

Host: Kogod School of Business, American University


When: Monday, November 16, 2015 (8:30am - 3:00pm )

Where: American University’s Abramson Founder’s Room
The School of International Service Building
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, D.C.
Directions and Parking

Read More: 2014 SWF Conference Proceedings (PDF, 10.4MB)


Registration for the conference is free ( limited availability ).

RSVP for a limited time HERE.


Embassy of the State of Qatar

National U.S. - Arab Chamber of Commerce

Kogod School of Business

American University