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.

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.

David Smart

Chief Strategy Officer, Oman Investment Fund

After 35 years in investment management, the majority of which were with Franklin Templeton, David now serves as a trustee of the National Trust and chair of the investment committee. He also sits on the investment committee of Beazley, a Lloyds of London insurer, and UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees. He had a very close involvement with Sovereign Funds and Central Banks during his career at Franklin Templeton and also advised the United Nation Pension Fund for 28 years.

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.

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.

Michael Creed

Senior Manager

Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA)

Michael Creed is a Senior Manager at the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA). In his role, he is responsible for providing strategic advice on regional and global economic and financial market developments as well as providing analysis and advice on risks to the DFSA’s objectives.

Michael has over a decade of experience as a professional economist, with prior roles including Senior Economist at the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates. At the Central Bank, he specialized in monetary policy, money markets, foreign exchange and market development.  Prior to his time in the United Arab Emirates, he was previously an economist in Australia at the National Australia Bank and Department of Treasury and Finance. His research interests and expertise include macroeconomics, econometrics, monetary economics and financial markets. Michael has degrees in psychology, econometrics and a Masters degree in economics from Monash University in Australia.