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Disrupting Geography:
Investing in an Uncertain World

Investor and author Ray Dalio studied the past 500 years and describes the typical lifecycle of a superpower’s rise and decline in his book: “Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order.” Dalio claims that the start of a new era often heralds a period of peace, prosperity and productive debt growth. A prolonged period of economic prosperity and confidence results in increased borrowing which eventually leads to a bubble. As bubbles burst, inflation surges, inequalities rise and internal conflicts assume, we witness revolutions to redistribute wealth that can be either peaceful or violent. Towards the latter stages in the cycle, the leading empire becomes less powerful relative to rivals, and the deteriorating economic conditions and disagreements between powers typically results in some kind of conflict.

Speakers

Nadine Hani

Anchor for Al Arabiya News Channel

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George YEO

Visiting Scholar at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Ray Dalio (TBC)

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Ian Goldin

Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development

Forum Program

Time

Program

08:00 am

Registration and welcoming

09:00 am

Forum Opening

Verses from the Holy Quran

Opening Speech by MASIC Vice Chairman, Nasser M. Alsubeaei

09:10 am

Keynote Speech

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09:30 am


Program Overview

Nadine Hani

9:40 am

Presentation by

George Yeo

10:10 am

Q & A

10:20 am

Presentation by

Ray Dalio (TBC)

10:50 am

Q & A

11:00 am

Presentation by

Professor Ian Goldin 

11:30 am

Q & A

11:40 am

Panel Discussion

12:40 pm

Closing Remarks by MASIC CEO, Hani Halawani 

12:45 pm

Prayer Time and Lunch

02:00 pm

End of Forum

Venue

Al Faisaliah Hotel, Prince Sultan Grand Hall, Riyadh, KSA

Al Faisaliah Hotel forms an integral part of Riyadh’s landmark centerpiece, the Al Faisaliah Center, which includes luxury shopping, high-tech entertainment and a 250-meter office tower. The center and hotel are ideally located in the city’s prestigious business and residential area, Olaya, affording easy access to the city’s Diplomatic Quarter, ministries, government offices, shopping and business centers.

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Disrupting Geography: Investing in an Uncertain World

MASIC Annual Investment Forum 2023

Investor and author Ray Dalio studied the past 500 years and describes the typical lifecycle of a superpower’s rise and decline in his book: “Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order.” Dalio claims that the start of a new era often heralds a period of peace, prosperity and productive debt growth. A prolonged period of economic prosperity and confidence results in increased borrowing which eventually leads to a bubble. As bubbles burst, inflation surges, inequalities rise and internal conflicts assume, we witness revolutions to redistribute wealth that can be either peaceful or violent. Towards the latter stages in the cycle, the leading empire becomes less powerful relative to rivals, and the deteriorating economic conditions and disagreements between powers typically results in some kind of conflict.

The world enters 2023 in the wake of the significant instability. The international economic order is under significant stress: inflationary pressures have led central banks to raise interest rates and the prospects for global growth have dampened as recession risk looms large over developed economies. Against this backdrop, the shift to “glocalisation” is accelerating. The cross-border economic integration that multilateral institutions have fostered since World War II is being weakened by a multi-local world. Investors and businesses are adjusting to new normal where national governments seek to priorities local communities, companies and industries amidst rising geopolitical tensions and strained US-China relations.

The next decade is being increasingly viewed as a decisive period as the balance of power shifts from west to east. The nineteenth century, with the arrival of the Industrial Revolution, was driven by Europe. The twentieth century gave rise to the United States of America as “The American Century” and the US Dollar as the world’s reserve currency. The twenty-first century, meanwhile, is emerging as “The Asian Age” – a defining moment in which Asia reclaims its position as the engine for global growth and China prepares to overtake the US as the world’s largest economy.

With heighted geopolitical risk at the top of the CEO agenda, according to a recent McKinsey survey, the 2023 MASIC Annual Investment Forum will (a) examine how geography has shaped and continues to influence the world’s economy and superpowers; (b) the implications of a future international economic order dominated by Asia; and (c) consider the impact of new systems, rules and alliances on the investor community and the global economy at large.

Nadine Hani

Anchor for Al Arabiya News Channel

Nadine Hani’s experience however goes beyond the newsroom to the field, where she has reported live from the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange), and has done investigative reports from major Arab cities especially Riyadh, KSA.

She has also covered and reported from major international events and conferences, including the IMF and World Bank annual meetings, and the World Economic Forum Annual Meetings in Davos since 2008. Nadine is often asked to moderate high-profile conferences such as the panels at the World Economic Forum and Saudi Public Investment Fund events such as the Future Investment Initiative.

Nadine Hani joined Al Arabiya in 2005 from CNBC Arabiya in Dubai, where she worked as a business news anchor, as well as hosting a personal finance show.

Previously she worked as a Private banking consultant for 2 international banks in Lebanon, ABN AMRO Bank and BNP Paribas, advising high net worth individuals on investment alternatives. She started her career in media presenting a daily summary of business news at MTV (Murr TV) in Lebanon, while working as a private banker, pioneering stock markets’ coverage in the Arab world.

Nadine graduated from the American University of Beirut with a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

She is a Lebanese national, and speaks fluent Arabic and English, and basic French and German.

Fahad bin Abdullah Almubarak

Governor, Saudi Central Bank

Fahad bin Abdullah Almubarak holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering, a Master’s degree in Accounting and Taxation, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). He also received a Doctorate of Business Administration in Operation and Production from the University of Houston, USA. 

Almubarak has held several positions, including General Manager of Rana Investment Company, from 1992 to 1999. Between 2003 and 2011, he served as a Chairman of the Saudi Stock Exchange Tadawul. He was then appointed as Governor of Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) -currently the Saudi Central Bank- during the period 2011 – 2016. In the following couple of years, Almubarak served at the Royal Court as an Advisor. Between December 2018 and January 2021, He served as Saudi Arabia’s G20 Sherpa and Minister of State and Member of the Saudi Arabian Council of Ministers. More recently, the Royal Decree was issued to reappoint Fahad Almubarak as Governor of the Saudi Central Bank. Last but not least, Almubarak is the Chairman of the Anti-Money Laundering Permanent Committee (AMLPC). Furthermore, Dr. Fahad Almubarak has been appointed to chair the Standing Committee on Standards Implementation at the Financial Stability Board.

Almubarak has served in many capacities and has held a number of memberships, including Member of the Shura Council from 1999 to 2005, and Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Saudi Arabia from 2005 to 2011.  He was also a member of the Board of Directors of SABIC, Board of Directors of the National Industrialization Company (Tasnee), Board of Directors of the Saudi Telecom Company and Mobily and Board of Directors of Saudi Hollandi Bank.

George YEO

Visiting Scholar at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

George YEO is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore and the Founding Patron of its Asia Competitiveness Institute. He was with Kerry Group in Hong Kong from 2012 to 2021. He was Chairman and Executive Director of Kerry Logistics Network from 2012 to 2019. He served 23 years in Government as Minister in various portfolios from 1988 to 2011. Mr Yeo has a BA in Engineering (Double First) from Cambridge University and an MBA (Baker Scholar) from Harvard University. He began his military career as a Signals Officer in the Singapore Army, crossed over to the Air Force, became Chief-of-Staff of the Air Staff, and Director of Joint Operations and Planning in the Defence Ministry attaining the rank of Brigadier-General. Mr Yeo sits on various advisory bodies and company boards, both local and international which included the Vatican from 2013 to 2020.

Ray Dalio

Professor of Economics, New York University’s Stern School of Business

Nouriel Roubini is a Professor of Economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is also CEO of Roubini Macro Associates, LLC, a global macroeconomic consultancy firm in New York, as well as Co-Founder of Rosa & Roubini Associates based out of London. At a 2006 address to the International Monetary Fund, Roubini warned of the impending recession due to the credit and housing market bubble. His predictions of these upside-down balance sheets became a reality in 2008, with the bubble bursting and reverberating around the world into a global financial crisis – a recession we’re only recently rebounding from after a decade climb.

Dr. Roubini has extensive policy experience as well as broad academic credentials. He was Co-Founder and Chairman of Roubini Global Economics from 2005 to 2016 – a firm whose website was named one of the best economics web resources by BusinessWeek, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal and the Economist. From 1998 to 2000, he served as the senior economist for international affairs on the White House Council of Economic Advisors and then the senior advisor to the undersecretary for international affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department, helping to resolve the Asian and global financial crises, among other issues. The International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and numerous other prominent public and private institutions have drawn upon his consulting expertise.

He has published numerous theoretical, empirical and policy papers on international macroeconomic issues and co-authored the books Political Cycles:  Theory and Evidence (MIT Press, 1997) and Bailouts or Bail-ins? Responding to Financial Crises in Emerging Markets (Institute for International Economics, 2004) and Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance (Penguin Press, 2010). Dr. Roubini’s views on global economic issues are widely cited by the media, and he is a frequent commentator on 

various business news programs. He has been the subject of extended profiles in the New 

York Times Magazine and other leading current-affairs publications. The Financial Times has also provided extensive coverage of Dr. Roubini’s perspectives. 

Dr. Roubini received an undergraduate degree at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, and a doctorate in economics at Harvard University. Prior to joining Stern, he was on the faculty of Yale University’s department of economics.

Ian Goldin

Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development

Professor Ian Goldin is the Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development and was the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School, the world’s leading centre for interdisciplinary research into critical global challenges. Ian leads the University’s Oxford Martin Programmes on Technological and Economic Change, Future of Work and Future of Development. Ian previously was World Bank Vice President and the Group’s Director of Policy, after serving as Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Economic Advisor to President Nelson Mandela. Ian also was principal economist at the EBRD and Head of Programmes at the OECD. He is an advisor to a wide range of businesses, governments and international agencies and has served as a non-executive director of leading listed and unlisted global companies, having chaired all key Board Committees. Ian has a BA (Hons) and BSc from the University of Cape Town, an MSc from the London School of Economics, an AMP from INSEAD and an MA and Doctorate from the University of Oxford. Goldin has been knighted by the French Government and nominated Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He is Chair of the core-econ.org initiative to transform economics. He is the author and presenter of three BBC series, After the Crash, Will AI Kill Development and The Pandemic that Changed the World. Ian has published 23 books, the most recent of which is Rescue: From Global Crisis to a Better World. Previous books include Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years; Age of Discovery: Navigating the Storms of our Second Renaissance; The Butterfly Defect: How globalisation creates systemic risks; and The Pursuit of Development: Economic Growth, Social Change and Ideas. He has published over 50 academic papers, including Why is Productivity Slowing Down? in the top rated Journal of Economic Literature. He is a highly acclaimed speaker, with regular keynotes at the WEF Davos meetings, and at TED, Google Zeitgeist and other global events. His website is iangoldin.org and he is on twitter @ian_goldin.

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