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The Third Sovereign Wealth Funds Conference

The Third Sovereign Wealth Funds Conference

Can SWFs survive a prolonged commodity price weakness?

Location: Abramson's Founder Room, School of International Services
at American University, Washington, D.C.


Since the Second Sovereign Wealth Funds (“SWFs”) at American University in November 2015, the world has been subject to drastic changes, with oil prices plummeting precipitously and it has been stabilized a bit at a price which is 1/3 of its height in June 2014.

In the meantime, OPEC has stayed the course and maintained its production volume without full cooperation from some members. Economic woes, military conflict, an immigration crisis never experienced in the world before has impacted many countries. The need to fund their deficit, maintain their economic growth, finish their developmental plans among other necessities.

The proposed third international conference is planned to address these issues and assess how these global changes are impacting SWFs and mainly, can SWFs survive a prolonged commodity price weakness?



  • Mr. David Rubinstein
    Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group
  • Ambassador (Ret.) Gordon Gray
    Executive Vice President of the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce


  • Mr. Nazem Fawwaz Al Kudsi
    Founding Partner and CEO at Frontier Partners DWC-LLC
  • Mr. Mohammed Saif Al Sowaidi
    President of Qatar Investment Authority Advisory
  • Mr. Geoffrey Davis
    Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Ambassador Adam Ereli
    Vice Chairman, Mercury
  • Dr. Bill Megginson
    Professor and Price Chair in Finance at the University of Oklahoma’s Michael F. Price College of Business.
  • Mr. Omar Namoos
    Founder of Greystone Advisory Group
  • Dr. Michael Papaioannou
    Deputy Division Chief, International Monetary Fund
  • Ambassador Patrick Theros
    President, US-Qatar Business Council
  • Dr. George Tsetsekos
    Francis Professor of Finance and Dean Emeritus at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business
  • Dr. John Willoughby
    Professor, Department of Economics, American University