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October 24 The 5th Sovereign Wealth Funds Conference

Sovereign Wealth Funds in the 21st Century
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About The Conference

Since the Fourth Sovereign Wealth Funds (“SWFs”) Conference at American University in October 2017, the world has been subject to changes in the economic conditions including lower than usual oil prices, a greater push by oil-producing countries to focus on diversification, and an addition of different type of levies (value added among others), on their citizens. Fintech is expanding in the financial space and it will have an impact on the way SWFs are going to conduct their activities. There is a new trend in investing in the emerging markets, is it a long-term trend? Also, how is the move to diversifications in some countries going to impact SWFs of the world? The proposed fifth international conference (“Conference”) is planned to address these issues and assess how these global changes are impacting SWFs, all in the context of Sovereign Wealth Funds in the 21st Century.

Where:
American University’s Constitution Hall at East Campus

When:
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 (8:30a.m. – 3:00p.m.)
 

8:30 – 9:00 am   Registration and Breakfast
9:00 – 9:10am    Welcome

Dr. John Delaney
Dean, Kogod School of Business, American University

Dr. Ajay Adhikari
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Kogod School of Business, American University

9:10 – 9:20 Opening Remarks

Dr. Ghiyath Nakshbendi
International Business Department, Kogod School of Business, American University

9:20 – 10:20 am   Keynote Remarks     

Ms. Julie Mason [INVITED]
Senior Vice President of Communications, Albright StonebridgeGroup 

Mr. Timothy J. Richards 
Senior Executive for Government Affairs and Policy, General Electric Global

10:30 – 11:30 am   Panel A: Assessment of the Past*

Moderator: Dr. Michael Papaioannou 
Visiting Scholar and Professor at the LeBow School of Business, Department of Economics, Drexel University

Mr. Geoffrey Davis 
Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

Dr. Archana Hingorani
Co-founder, Siana Capital

Mr. Thordur Jonasson 
Deputy Division Chief, Monetary and Capital Markets Department, International Monetary Fund

Mr. Diego López 
Managing Director, Global SWF

Mr. Abdiel Santiago
CEO and CIO, Fondo de Ahorro de Panamá

11:30 – 12:00 pm  Coffee and Networking Break
12:00 – 1:00 pm  Panel B: The Future Expectations* 

Moderator: Dr. Timothy Timura
Finance & Real Estate Department, Kogod School of Business, American University

Mr. Ahmed Abuzinadah [INVITED]
Deputy Commercial Attaché, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia at Washington D.C. 

Mr. Babak Hafezi
Founder and Partner, Hafezi Capital International Consulting; Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, Department of International Business, American University

Dr. Amin Mohseni-Cheraghlou
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, American University

Dr. Celeste Lo Turco [INVITED]
Vice President Corporate Strategy, Future Holding

Mr. John Vogel 
Senior Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP

1:00 – 2:30 pm    Lunch

Keynote Remarks: Mr. Fred P. Hochberg
Former Chairman & President, U.S. Export-Import Bank

Mr. Hung Q. Tran 
Executive Managing Director, Institute of International Finance

Dr. John Duke Anthony
Founding President and Chief Executive Officer, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

2:40 – 2:50 pm Closing Remarks

Dr. Jeffrey H. Harris
Gary D. Cohn Goldman Sachs Chair In Finance, Chair, Finance and Real Estate Department, Kogod School of Business, American University

2:50 – 3:00 pm   Conference Adjournment

Dr. Ghiyath Nakshbendi
International Business Department, Kogod School of Business, American University

3:00 – 4:00 pm   Networking

*Panelist placements are not yet finalized and are subject to change

Mr. Timothy J. Richards Senior Executive for Government Affairs and Policy, General Electric Global

Mr. Fred P. Hochberg Former Chairman & President, U.S. Export-Import Bank

Dr. John Duke Anthony Founding President and Chief Executive Officer, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

Mr. Hung Q. Tran Executive Managing Director, Institute of International Finance

  • Mr. Geoffrey Davis Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Dr. Archana Hingorani Co-Founder Siana Capital
  • Mr. Thordur Jonasson  Deputy Division Chief, Monetary and Capital Markets Department, International Monetary Fund
  • Mr. Diego López Managing Director, Global SWF
  • Mr. Abdiel Santiago CEO and CIO, Fondo de Ahorro de Panamá
  • Dr. Timothy Timura Finance & Real Estate Department, Kogod School of Business, American University
  • Mr. Ahmed Abuzinadah [Invited] Deputy Commercial Attaché, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia at Washington D.C.
  • Mr. Babak Hafezi Founder and Partner, Hafezi Capital International Consulting; Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, Department of International Business, American University
  • Dr. Amin Mohseni-Cheraghlou Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, American University
  • Dr. Celeste Lo Turco [Invited] Vice President Corporate Strategy, Future Holding
  • Mr. John Vogel Senior Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP



Parking:
Campus can be reached by DC Metro rail and bus, or by using the AU Shuttle Bus. Please park in the Nebraska Avenue Parking Lot, shown on the map below. The entrance is off Nebraska Avenue between Massachusetts Ave NW and New Mexico Ave NW.


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