Speakers

Speakers

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Andrew Rozanov

Independent expert and formerly of the National Investment Corporation of National Bank of Kazakhstan

Andrew Rozanov is an independent expert with a 15-year track record of advising central banks and governments on portfolio management. From 2016-19, he served as an independent non-executive director and chairman of the board of the National Investment Corporation of the National Bank of Kazakhstan, which is one of the country’s sovereign wealth funds. Andrew is also a non-resident fellow at the Sovereign Investment Lab in Bocconi University in Milan.

In the past, Andrew was associate fellow in the International Economics programme at Chatham House. Prior to that, he worked at Permal Group, where he was responsible for advising institutional investors on asset allocation, portfolio construction, risk management and alternative investments, focusing on global macro and tail risk strategies. Before that, he worked at State Street Corporation and UBS Investment Bank, in Tokyo and in London.
Andrew is known in the industry for having introduced the term 'sovereign wealth funds' (SWFs) in an article in Central Banking Journal in 2005. Subsequently, he published extensively on SWF-related matters, and edited two highly acclaimed books – Global Macro and Tail Risk Hedging. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), a Financial Risk Manager (FRM), and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA), and holds a Master's equivalent degree in Asian and African Studies, with a concentration in Japan, from Moscow State University.
 

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Kristian Flyvholm

Head of Reserve Management, Reserve Management Department

Central Bank of the U.A.E

Kristian Flyvholm served as inaugural CEO of the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds and established the global sovereign investor organization in the City of London. Prior to this assignment, he served at the International Monetary Fund (Sovereign Asset & Liability Management Division, MCM), European Central Bank (Investment Division), Danish Central Bank (Investment Division) and Bank of Botswana (Financial Markets Department) with emphasis on sovereign investment management.

Kristian brings 20+ years of institutional investor experience, including roles as Chief Investment Officer at Jyske Invest Fund Management, Head of Investments at the Danish Central Bank and Senior Advisor at Danske Bank.

Kristian holds an MBA from Aarhus University and B.Sc. (Business Finance) from Copenhagen Business School and is a research affiliate with the Fletcher School, Tufts University, Boston, USA.

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Birger Vikøren

Executive Director and Chief of General Secretariat

Norges Bank

Mr. Birger Vikøren started his career at Norges Bank in 1987 when he joined the Bank as an economist on the economic policy department. He's since been in and part of a range of departments within the Bank and more recently Mr. Vikøren has been appointed Executive Director and Chief of General Secretariat, a role he moved into in 2016.

Mr. Vikøren is Chair of the Norges Bank's pension fund and is Norges Bank's representative on the board of Finanstilsynet (Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway).

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Giacomo Gianetto

Senior Financial Sector Specialist

Asian Development Bank

Mr. GIACOMO GIANETTO is Senior Financial Sector Specialist with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) currently responsible for the financial sectors of the People’s Republic of China and Mongolia. Prior to joining ADB he served with the International Monetary Fund.  His career experience includes banking and also roles as a manager in banking supervision at the Central Bank of Kuwait and serving as long term financial sector advisor with banks, central banks and financial supervisors in 23 countries in Europe, South America, and across Asia.  He holds both an MBA and a Master’s degree in International Management.

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Kelly Christodoulou

Manager, Listed ESG & Stewardship, Investments

AustraliaSuper

Kelly Christodoulou has been integrating Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues in investments since 2004.  Her current role is the Listed ESG & Stewardship Manager, Investments at AustralianSuper. This position requires conducting ESG analysis of listed companies, actively voting at company AGMs and direct engagements with company directors.  In addition, ESG assessments of Listed Equities and Private Equity fund managers are completed.  Prior to joining AustralianSuper, Kelly worked in London at the investment banking houses of Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley.  She was awarded the AIST ‘Fund Executive 2015’ scholarship prize and the Australian Government’s ‘Board Diversity Scholarship’ prize in 2014. Kelly is a graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has a Master’s degree in Finance, a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact.

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Celeste Lo Turco

Vice President Strategy

Future Group Holdings

Dr Celeste Lo Turco is a Sovereign Wealth Funds Expert. She has been working for the SWFs Strategic Committee of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the SWFs Law Centre.

She has been the advisor for Ancitel, the Italian Municipalities National Association, for the development of the national economy and the relationship with SWFs.

Former United Nations analyst, she worked within the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).

She has been living in the Middle East for a long period and she currently serves as Vice President Strategy for Future Group Holding, a family office based in Dubai.

She is a Fulbright Visiting Researcher and she holds a PhD in Political Theory and a Master Degree in International Relations, Markets and Institutions of the Global System. She is a part time assistant professor at the American University in the Emirates and active writer on SWFs.

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Fabio Scacciavillani

Chief Strategy Officer

Oman Investment Fund

Fabio Scacciavillani is the Chief Strategist Officer at the Oman Investment Fund, a Sovereign Wealth Fund that manages the Sultanate’s assets for the benefit of future generations.

In this role, he conducts analyses of global economic trends and contributes to devise OIF’s asset management plans based on long-term growth drivers. He takes part in several key private equity deals and the evaluation of large IPOs where OIF participates as an anchor investor. He sits on the Board of SOAG, a multinational producing plastic components for the automotive and white goods sectors.

In his previous career, Dr. Scacciavillani served as Director of Macroeconomics and Statistics at the Dubai International Financial Centre; Executive Director at Goldman Sachs; Senior Economist and Adviser at the European Central Bank during the launch of the euro and held various positions at the International Monetary Fund.

He has published academic research in macroeconomics, exchange rates, finance, and has been a consultant to large European corporates.

His book “The New Economics of Sovereign Wealth Funds”, written with Massimiliano Castelli, is an authoritative piece of research on the rising influence of sovereign investments worldwide and the evolution of their investment strategies over time.

He appears regularly on Bloomberg TV, is frequently quoted on international and regional media, writes a popular blog on economics on Il Fatto Quotidiano and is invited to speak at conferences around the world.

He holds a BA from LUISS in Rome, and a Master and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago where he taught in the College and in the Business School and was assistant to the Nobel Prize Laureate Merton Miller.

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Hatem Ibrahim

Assistant Sub Governor – Head of Risk Management

Central Bank of Egypt

Royston Armstrong

Chief Internal Auditor

Emirates Investment Authority

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Zainab Kufaishi

Head of Institutional Business, Middle East & Africa

Invesco

Zainab is based in Invesco’s Dubai International Financial Centre office and is responsible for developing and leading Invesco’s Institutional business across the Middle East and Africa. She represents Invesco’s full range of investment strategies across a broad set of asset classes and vehicles to sovereign investors, pension funds, investment companies and family offices.

Zainab has more than 15 years’ experience in the asset management industry, spanning London and Dubai within sales, marketing and strategy roles. Prior to joining Invesco in 2009, Zainab was part of Fidelity International’s Middle East & UK Institutional Marketing and Sales team in London from 2005 – 2009. Prior to this, Zainab began her career as a Technical Analyst for Stockcube Research in London where she analysed Asia Pacific Equities and advised on market timing decisions.  

Zainab holds a degree in Economics and International Studies from The University of Warwick, the Investment Management Certificate from the CFA Society UK, and the Certificate in Securities and Financial Derivatives. She is fluent is both Arabic and English.