The 2017 ABANA Summit @ Bloomberg L.P.

Date April 24, 2017, 1:15 pm

Location Bloomberg L.P.

731 Lexington Ave, New York, NYSee Map

On April 24th, The ABANA Summit @ Bloomberg L.P. will bring together 100 business leaders with a focus on the MENA region for a half-day program with discussions on changes to trade and commerce, the geopolitical risk map and China’s economy, all through the lens of a new anti-globalization era and with an eye to the implications for emerging markets and the MENA Region. Check back for more details and speaker announcements.*

*Space at this year’s Summit is limited and attendance is by invitation only. To inquire about attendance email [email protected]


Contact Zainab Al Dabbagh, [email protected] to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

1:15 pm  Registration

1:30 pm  Welcome Remarks: Globalization at Risk

Mona Aboelnaga Kanaan, ABANA Chairperson & Managing Partner, K6 Investments
Jason Kelly, NY Bureau Chief, Bloomberg

1:40 pm  Political Risk

Brexit, Trump and elections throughout the EU are changing the political risk map. As the US and the EU become new drivers of political risk, how are alliances in Africa and the Middle East shifting?

Moderator: Mahmoud Salem, Managing Director, BNY Mellon 
Amer Bisat, Managing Director, BlackRock
Alex Kazan, Managing Director, Eurasia Group
Zef Lokhandwalla, Energy Markets Specialist, Bloomberg

2:25 pm Market-Moving Events

How does Bloomberg see investors' perspective on "Market-Moving Events" shifting?

Carl Riccadonna, Chief US Economist, Bloomberg

2:40 pm Break

2:55 pm Trade

Trade agreements, border taxes, labor treaties, manufacturing & innovation, protectionism -- all are in flux. What do these changes or uncertainties portend for global commerce going forward? Are we heading for a trade war? What are the risks for multinationals, for emerging markets, for the MENA region?

Moderator: Mohammed Grimeh, Deputy Global Head of Fixed Income, Millennium Management
Gerardo Rodriguez, Managing Director, BlackRock
Gordian Kemen, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Lawrence McDonald, Founder, The Trap Bear Report

3:40 pm China

With much of the world's attention elsewhere, the risks China poses to the global economy have not completely waned. Will China be able to maintain a steady growth trajectory? What is the outlook for the renminbi and the potential ramifications to the broader EM complex? How is China's position as a rising trade partner and a major source of investment financing in Africa changing? How is the One-Road-One-Belt strategy affecting the MENA Region?

Moderator: Lotfi Karoui, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
Daniel Rosen, Founder & China Director, Rhodium Group (RHG)
Jens Nordvig, Founder & CEO, Extante Data
Hui Shan, Senior Commodity Strategist, Goldman Sachs

4:25 pm  Closing Remarks

4:30 pm Reception at Le Cirque


Alexander Kazan

Alexander Kazan is Eurasia Group’s lead emerging markets strategist and also directs the firm’s comparative research, including quantitative approaches

Daniel Rosen

Daniel H. Rosen is a founding Partner of the Rhodium Group (RHG), and leads the firm's work on China and the world economy. RHG combines policy experience, quantitative economic tools andMore...

Gerardo Rodriguez

Gerardo Rodriguez, Managing Director, is a Portfolio Manager for the Emerging Markets (EM) group. His responsibilities include the management of multi-asset portfolios, the development of EM productsMore...

Gordian Kemen

Gordian is a Managing Director and Global Head of EM Fixed Income Strategy, based in New York. He is responsible for the development of macro views, trade ideas and portfolio allocation across EMMore...

Hui Shan

Hui Shan is a member of the Commodities Research team. Hui joined Goldman Sachs in 2011, previously working in the Global Markets team and focusing on the US housing and mortgage markets. Prior toMore...

Jens Nordvig

Jens Nordvig is a Danish-born economist specializing in foreign exchange markets and macroeconomic policy. He is the founder of Exante Data. He then worked for eight years at Goldman Sachs in LondonMore...

Mahmoud Salem

Managing Director, Depositary Receipts Division
Head of Global Marketing & Middle East Region at BNY Mellon

Mohammed Grimeh

Mohammed Grimeh

Mohammed Grimeh is Deputy Global head Fixed Income at Millennium Partners, a $34 billion global multi-strategy hedge fund. Prior to Millennium, Mohammed was head of Global Markets for the Americas atMore...

Mona Aboelnaga Kanaan

Mona Aboelnaga Kanaan

Mona Aboelnaga Kanaan has been a successful serial entrepreneur and investor for over 25 years. She has a proven track record of building successful businesses by decisively defining and implementingMore...