ABANA 2009 Summer Leadership Retreat

ABANA Summer Leadership Retreat

Date August 26, 2009, 12:00 am

Location Salve Regina University

100 Ochre Point Avenue, Newport, RISee Map

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

6:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception

7:00 p.m.

Buffet Dinner & Welcome

  • Omar Wohabe, Partner, Wohabe Law Offices, LLP

Thursday, August 27, 2009

8:00 a.m.

Buffet Breakfast

8:45 a.m.

Welcome Remarks & Opening Address
"Redrawing the Map of the Future: Physical Challenges & Limits to Growth"

  • P.H. Liotta, MFA, Ph.D., Executive Director, Salve Regina University, Pell Center for International Relations & Public Policy

9:45 a.m.

Keynote Speaker
Middle East Finance & Private Equity

  • Mohamed S. Younes, Chairman & CEO, Concord International Investments

10:30 a.m.

Break

10:45 a.m.

Roundtable Discussion I: The Dynamics of Deal Flow

What is being financed and what is not? Is there more positive movement? What regional and industry perspectives--U.S., Asia and MENA--exist and how do they differ? Is it possible to find common ground between them?

  • Facilitator: Pierre Jean Everaert, Partner, Cobblestone Advisers
  • Jack S. Griswold, Senior Advisor, Brown Investment Advisory, LLP
  • Michael Kempner, General Partner, KS Capital Partners
  • Nathan Lewis, Principal, Kiku Capital Management, LLC

10:45 a.m.

Roundtable Discussion II: Real Estate and the Distressed Markets

In the wake of financial downturn, what options exist? How best to adapt to "transitional" conditions that may become permanent? Is there a "crest in the wave" that might exist?

  • Facilitator: P.H. Liotta, MFA, Ph.D., Executive Director, Salve Regina University, Pell Center for International Relations & Public Policy
  • Carlos Arriaga, Chairman & CEO, Mashta Advisors, LLC
  • George Jalinos, President, Galen Group
  • David Lynd, Managing Director, The Lynd Companies

12:00 p.m.

Luncheon

1:20 p.m.

Forging New Markets in MENA: Private Investment in Syria

  • Peter Wodtke, Chairman, Syria Rising Private Equity Fund Limited

2:00 p.m.

Adjournment

3:00 p.m.

Tour of the Loeb Visitor's Center with

  • Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr.

6:30 p.m.

Dinner at the Home of Katherine Quinn & Tour of Anthony Quinn Art Studios

Speakers

Carlos Arriaga

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Principal
Mashta Advisors LLC

Peter Wodtke

Peter Wodtke

Chairman
Syria Rising Private Equity Fund Limited