Pioneering Progress: The Middle East's Leadership in Alternative Investments and Professionalism

Date: Saturday - April 20, 2024
UAE Time: 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Swiss Time: 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

(Live Online)

The Middle East has increasingly become a hub for alternative investments and a beacon of professionalism in the finance sector. This transformation has been driven by several factors, including economic diversification efforts, regulatory reforms, and a growing pool of skilled professionals.

One of the key drivers of alternative investments in the Middle East is the region’s quest for economic diversification. Traditionally reliant on oil revenues, many countries in the Middle East have recognized the need to diversify their economies to reduce dependency on oil. This has led to increased investments in alternative asset classes such as private equity, venture capital, real estate, and infrastructure projects. Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) in the region, have been at the forefront of these efforts, allocating substantial portions of their portfolios to alternative investments.

Moreover, regulatory reforms have played a crucial role in fostering the growth of alternative investments in the Middle East. Governments across the region have introduced regulatory frameworks that provide clarity and transparency, making it easier for investors to participate in alternative asset classes. Additionally, initiatives aimed at improving corporate governance and investor protection have bolstered investor confidence, attracting both domestic and international capital.


Understanding Alternative Investment Options

Viewers can learn about various alternative investment options such as cryptocurrencies, peer-to-peer lending, venture capital, commodities, art, and collectibles. This understanding helps them explore new avenues for potential investment opportunities.

Risk Management

Alternative investments often come with different risk profiles compared to traditional assets. The talk show may discuss strategies for managing and mitigating risks associated with alternative investments, helping viewers make informed decisions.

Portfolio Diversification

Diversification is key to building a resilient investment portfolio. The talk show may emphasize the importance of diversifying across different asset classes, including alternative investments, to reduce overall portfolio risk.

Tax Implications

Alternative investments can have unique tax implications. The talk show may cover tax-efficient investment strategies and structures, as well as tax considerations specific to certain types of alternative assets.

Market Trends and Analysis

Viewers can gain insights into market trends, emerging opportunities, and potential pitfalls within the alternative investment space. Expert guests may provide analysis and forecasts based on their experience and research.

Regulatory and Legal Considerations

Alternative investments often operate within a complex regulatory environment. The talk show may address legal considerations, compliance requirements, and regulatory changes that could impact alternative investment strategies.

Due Diligence and Research

Making informed investment decisions requires thorough due diligence and research. The talk show may discuss best practices for evaluating alternative investment opportunities, including analyzing market fundamentals, assessing management teams, and conducting risk assessments.

Long-Term Outlook and Investment Strategies

Alternative investments may have different investment horizons and strategies compared to traditional assets. The talk show may explore long-term investment themes, investment strategies, and approaches for generating sustainable returns in the alternative investment space.


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Voice of Global Women


Musa Shaikh

Musa Shaikh
Berkeley Middle East Holding

Group CFO & CEO

  • Royal Family Investment Advisor
  • Berkeleyme & MS Voice of Global Women – Founding Director

Shaikh is a Certified Public Accountant, a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK, and a CGMA from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, an Associate member of the Institute of Financial Accountants, a fellow member of International Accountants. He is a Certified Internal Auditor from the Institue of Internal Audit, Florida, USA, a Certified Information System Auditor, and a Fellow Member of Securities and Investments from CISI, United Kingdom. He is a double graduate in law and business, LLB (Hons) from Buckinghamshire New University UK, a Master in Law from Kings College London, a Master in Business Administration from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, a Master in Public Administration from Chichester University, He is a Certified Project Management Professional from PMI, USA. He has amazing capabilities to innovate, equipped with deep knowledge of Artificial intelligence, system architecture, and data sciences. He is a certified Amazon AWS Data Analytics and certified Solutions Architecture Professional. He has more than 20 years of experience in leading financial strategies, planning & budgeting, corporate governance, FP&A, VC, Corporate finance, strategies for turnaround, Risk and compliance management, acquisitions for startups & large projects, financial modeling, due diligence, and advise on leading key business complex matters on a global scale.


Laura Merlini

Laura Merlini

Managing Director, EMEA

Laura Merlini is a senior financial industry professional with a strong interest in education and governance. Laura currently serves as Managing Director for EMEA at the CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) Association and has 20 years of experience in the European alternative investments industry. During her previous role at Fortis Prime Fund Solutions in Milan, Madrid, and Geneva, Laura advised on the areas of fund set-up, administration, banking, and custody. She earned the CAIA charter in 2007 and has been an active CAIA proponent and member-volunteer, being the co-founder of the CAIA Iberia Chapter (based in Madrid) in 2008 and leading the CAIA Switzerland Chapter in Geneva since 2010. Furthermore, she chaired the 100 Women in Finance Educational Committee in Geneva from 2016 to 2018. Laura earned a BA in Business Administration at Bocconi University in Milan, received the CEMS MIM (Community of European Management Schools) MSc in International Management in 2002 and is a member of the inaugural class (2014) of the Executive Master in Positive Psychology, Leadership, and Strategy form IE in Madrid in 2014. She is a Certified Investment Fund Director by the CIFD Institute, she was a member of the UN PRI HF Advisory Committee, and sits on the board of Agave Advisors, an independent wealth management company in Geneva. Moreover, Laura is a certified sommelier and enjoys travelling to discover new terroirs.



Khulood Shaban

Khulood Shaban

Group CFO & CEO

Imthiyas Hameed

Group Director Operations

Alifiya Bohra

Director – Business Development

Maria Malykh

Director – Business Development

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