Rachel Pether

MODERATOR, ACCELERATING THE GREEN TRANSITION IN THE GULF

– DUBAI, 17th MARCH 2022

Moderated a panel hosted by ING on sustainability. Attendees included Chief Sustainability Officers, banks, Family Offices and institutional investors.

MODERATOR, GLOBAL BLOCKCHAIN CONGRESS

– DUBAI, 21st FEBRUARY 2022

Moderated a panel discussion on Gaming and Investments: How NFTs Are Transforming Games for the 9th Global Blockchain Congress. Speakers included industry experts, investors and developers.

MODERATOR, FINTECH ABU DHABI // “THE SEARCH” ISRAEL

– ABU DHABI, OCTOBER 18TH 2021

Moderator for the investor panel at Fintech Abu Dhabi, Israel edition. We explored why, just over one year on from the signing of the Abraham Accords, these Accords have been a catalyst for major change We heard from an incredible lineup of 20+ speakers, including the CEOs of major banks, world-leading investors and Fintech founders.

MC, SALT NYC

– NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 13TH – 15TH 2021

SALT is a thought leadership forum and networking platform at the intersection of finance, technology, and public policy. The inaugural SALT NYC brought together over 2,500 speakers and participants from around the world, as well as many more via live streaming. I also hosted a fireside chat on the institutional adoption of cryptocurrency.

MC, CYBERTECH GLOBAL UAE-DUBAI

– DUBAI, 5TH – 7TH APRIL 2021

MC for the opening plenary of the largest cybersecurity event outside of the U.S. Cybertech Global attracts thousands of attendees each year, including C-Level executives, investors, professionals, and government officials, from over 80 countries worldwide. This was the first time the event had been held in the GCC.

MODERATOR, KNOWLEDGE SERIES (WEBINAR)

– ABU DHABI, 16TH DECEMBER 2020

Moderator for the Knowledge Series Abu Dhabi edition, focusing on “Transformation in the Legal Industry”, and the collaboration opportunities as a result of the Abraham Accord.

MODERATOR, KNOWLEDGE SERIES (WEBINAR)

– LONDON, 27TH OCTOBER 2020

Moderator for the Knowledge Series London edition, once again focusing on “Transformation in the Legal Industry”. Sponsored by Abu Dhabi Global Market and Phoenix Advisors, we discussed the litigation funding, entrepreneurship and new skills required in the legal industry.

MODERATOR, SKYBRIDGE JANNEY WEBINAR

– NEW YORK, 30TH SEPTMBER 2020

Moderated a special webinar with Andrew Scaramucci, founder and managing partner of SkyBridge Capital. Anthony provided his thoughts on the current macroeconomic landscape as well as SkyBridge portfolio positioning. Moderated live Q&A from the attendees, which consisted of financial advisors from the Janney Group.

MODERATOR, KNOWLEDGE SERIES (WEBINAR)

– NEW YORK, 29TH SEPTEMBER 2020

Moderator for the Knowledge Series New York edition, once again focusing on “Transformation in the Legal Industry”. Sponsored by Abu Dhabi Global Market and Phoenix Advisors, we discussed the digital transformation in the courts, litigation funding and LegalTech.

MODERATOR, SWFI WEBINAR

– 22ND SEPTMBER 2020

I moderated a webinar on “Asset Recovery for Institutional Investors in a COVID-19 Environment: A discussion of the tools of shareholder engagement and ESG via enforcement of rights in arbitration, shareholder litigation, asset recovery and judgment enforcement.”

MODERATOR, SKYBRIDGE FIRESIDE CHAT (WEBINAR)

– NEW YORK, 17TH SEPTEMBER 2020

Moderated a special Fireside Chat between Andrew Scaramucci, founder and managing partner of SkyBridge Capital, and David Bahnsen, founder, managing partner and chief investment officer of The Bahnsen Group. Attendees included financial advisors, asset owners, family offices and hedge fund managers.

MODERATOR, THE BOARD SUMMIT (WEBINAR)

– 25TH AUGUST 2020

For the “Board Summit: Pathways to Gender-Balanced Boards”, I interviewed Mishal Kanoo, Chairman of the Kanoo Group, one of the largest, independent and longest running family owned groups of companies in the Middle East. The topic was Identifying the gaps: a chair’s perspective of the most in-demand skills.

MODERATOR, SKYBRIDGE JANNEY (WEBINAR)

– NEW YORK, 23RD JUNE 2020

Moderated a special webinar with Andrew Scaramucci, founder and managing partner of SkyBridge Capital. Anthony provided his thoughts on the current macroeconomic landscape as well as SkyBridge portfolio positioning. Moderated live Q&A from the attendees, which consisted of financial advisors from the Janney Group.

MODERATOR, KNOWLEDGE SERIES (WEBINAR)

– LAGOS, 23RD JUNE 2020

Moderator for the Knowledge Series emerging markets Nigeria edition, focusing on “Transformation in the Legal Industry”. Sponsored by Abu Dhabi Global Market and Phoenix Advisors, we discussed the acceleration of transformation in the courts in light of COVID-19, as well as litigation funding and online arbitration.

MODERATOR, SKYBRIDGE FIRESIDE CHAT (WEBINAR)

– NEW YORK, 20TH MAY 2020

Moderated a special Fireside Chat between Andrew Scaramucci, founder and managing partner of SkyBridge Capital, and David Bahnsen, founder, managing partner and chief investment officer of The Bahnsen Group. Attendees included financial advisors, asset owners, family offices and hedge fund managers.

MODERATOR, KNOWLEDGE SERIES

– MUMBAI, 26TH FEBRUARY 2020

Moderator for the Knowledge Series emerging markets India edition, focusing on “Transformation in the Legal Industry”. Sponsored by Abu Dhabi Global Market and Phoenix Advisors, we discussed disruptive trends in the legal industry. Speakers included industry experts and Legal Tech startups.

MC, SWFI US SUMMIT

– TEXAS, 19TH – 20TH FEBRUARY 2020

MC for SWFI’s VIP US Summit, held in Austin, Texas. Attendees included Chief Investment Officers and Chief Strategists from pension funds, foundations, SWFs, Central Banks, Family Offices and institutional investors.

Moderator, Cayman Alternative Investment Summit 2020 (CAIS20)

– Grand Cayman, Feb 6 – 7th 2020

CAIS20 brought together investors and fund managers from across the globe to discuss the global alternative investment space. More than 50% of the speakers were female. I moderated a fireside chat with Rodney Brooks, Professor of Robotics (emeritus) at MIT, widely regarded as one of the pioneers in Artificial Intelligence.

Host, CFA Charter Awards Dinner

– Abu Dhabi, 25th Jan 2020

Host and MC for the annual CFA Awards dinner. Guests of honour included H.E. Governor of the Central Bank of the UAE, as well as President and CEO of the CFA Institute Margaret Franklin.

Moderator, CFA Annual Forecast Dinner

– Dubai, 20th Jan 2020

Held by the CFA Society and CAIA, the annual economist dinner discussed market trends in 2020 and the economic impact on the region. Speakers included Bank of Singapore, ADCB and EmiratesNBD.

MC, SALT ABU DHABI

– ABU DHABI, DECEMBER 9TH – 11TH

MC for the inaugural SALT Abu Dhabi, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Global Market and Mubadala. SALT is one of the leading thought leadership and networking forums for the global alternative investments industry, featuring speakers and participants from around the world. I also did keynote interviews with senior representatives from Sovereign Wealth Funds, and hosted panel discussions on sustainability and global systematic macro investing.

MC, AIM SUMMIT

– DUBAI, NOVEMBER 18TH – 19TH

MC for the ninth edition of the Alternative Investment Management (AIM) Summit. Also moderated a panel on Institutionalizing Family Offices. Topics included private equity, real estate, venture capital, securitization, and digital assets.

MC, ADGM ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT

– ABU DHABI, SEPTEMBER 30TH

MC for the inaugural Abu Dhabi Global Market Entrepreneurship Summit, held under the patronage of H.E. Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State for the UAE. The theme was “Made in the UAE: Building Successful Startups From Idea to Exit” and involved panel discussions with regional startups, as well as tech enablers and investors.

MC, UGLY DUCK 2019

– LUXEMBURG, SEPTEMBER 25TH

MC for Ugly Duck, the European Investment Fund’s annual venture capital event that brought together over 400 GPs and business angels from across Europe, plus representatives from European Commission. Also did onstage interviews with CEO and CIO of the European Investment Fund.

MC, GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT 2019

– THE HAGUE, 4TH JUNE 2019

MC for The Finance Forum at GES 2019, hosted under the patronage of the Governments of the United States and the Netherlands. We welcomed HRH Queen Maxima, Mayor of the Hague Pauline Krikke, Minister Sigrid Kaag, US ambassador to the Netherlands, US Secretary of State, Ivanka Trump as well as countless senior executives and entrepreneurs.

MODERATOR & MC, SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUND INSTITUTE ASIA SUMMIT

– SINGAPORE, 6TH – 7TH MAY 2019

MC for SWFI’s VIP Europe Summit. Also moderated panels on How Can Institutional Investors Truly Take Advantage Of Private Markets? and Global Venture Capital. Attendees included pension funds, foundations, SWFs, Prime Ministers, Central Banks, Family Offices and institutional investors.

MODERATOR & MC, AIM SUMMIT

– ABU DHABI, 7TH APRIL 2019

Moderator & MC for the eighth edition of the Alternative Investment Management (AIM) Summit, the largest alternative investment conference in the Middle East. Also moderated panels on Litigation Funding, Securitized Token Offerings, and the Global Start-up Ecosystem. Other topics included Investing in Volatile Markets, Crypto-Economics, Securitization, and the Future of Private Credit.

MODERATOR & MC, SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUND INSTITUTE EUROPE SUMMIT

– FRANKFURT, 26TH – 27TH MARCH 2019

MC for SWFI’s VIP Europe Summit. Also moderated panels on building Long-Term, Responsible Institutional Investors and Global Venture Capital. Attendees included pension funds, foundations, SWFs, Central Banks, Family Offices and institutional investors.

MODERATOR, MILKEN INSTITUTE MENA SUMMIT

– ABU DHABI, 13TH FEB 2019

Moderator for the closing panel discussion at the 2019 Milken Institute MENA Summit, on “Global Capital Markets”. Topics included dislocation in the credit market, opportunities in distressed credit, the Impact of trade war, opportunity in the Asian real estate market and private equity.

MODERATOR, OCEAN ECONOMY AND FUTURE TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE

– OMAN, 11TH – 12TH FEBRUARY 2019

Moderator for a plenary session on “Investing in the Ocean Economy”, focusing on investment in sustainable ocean development projects, collaboration between the public and private sector, and how to scale up investment in the ocean economy.

MODERATOR & MC, SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUND INSTITUTE US SUMMIT

– ARIZONA, 6TH – 7TH FEBURARY 2018

MC for SWFI’s VIP US Summit. Also moderated panels on Emerging Markets, Corporate Governance and Shareholder Engagement, and Optimal Asset Allocation. Attendees included pension funds, foundations, SWFs, Central Banks, Family Offices and institutional investors.

MODERATOR, ACCELERATING CHANGE: SUSTAINABLE FINANCE

– DUBAI, 30TH JAN 2019

Moderator for a breakfast session on sustainable finance, hosted at the DIFC in partnership with ING Bank. In this session, we discussed the global need for financing change, ING’s journey to become more sustainable and demonstrated the impact through specific client case studies.

MODERATOR & MC, AIM SUMMIT

– DUBAI, 26TH – 27TH NOV 2018

Moderator & MC for the seventh edition of the Alternative Investment Management (AIM) Summit, the largest alternative investment conference in the Middle East. Topics included crypto-economics, the future of venture capitalism, the rise of algorithmic trading at hedge funds, and the state of the distressed debt market.

MODERATOR & MC, INDOSUEZ WEALTH MANAGEMENT

– DUBAI, 28TH OCT 2018

This was the first time Indosuez (Crédit Agricole’s international wealth management arm) held their annual event in the Middle East. Topics covered included the State of the World, the Challenges of Wealth, and enriching humanity in a digitized world. Attendees included UHNWI and family offices from across the GCC.

MODERATOR, FUTURE INVESTMENT INITATIVE (FII)

– RIYADH, 23RD – 25TH OCT 2018

Hosted under the leadership of HRH Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, I moderated a panel discussion on “Emerging Markets: Challenges and Opportunities for Sovereign Funds”. Attendees included the world’s most visionary and influential leaders in business, government, and civil society.

MODERATOR, SWFI EMERGING MANAGER FORUM

– SAN FRANCISCO, 26TH SEP 2018

Moderator for the inaugural SWFI Minority and Emerging Managers Forum, which included keynote presentations and round table discussions. Focus on the China opportunity and emerging manager selection, featuring on-stage interviews with high performing emerging managers.

PANELLIST, ARTIFICAL INTELLIGENCE WEEK

– DUBAI, 4TH – 5TH SEP 2018

Panelist on “Investor Panel – Funding Tech”, exploring investment opportunities in AI for investors and evaluating the role of tech investments by Sovereign Wealth Funds. Attendees included government officials, venture capitalists and futurists.

MC, SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUND INSTITUTE ASIA SUMMIT

– TOKYO, 5TH – 6TH JUN 2018

MC for SWFI’s VIP Asia Summit, held in partnership with the Government Pension Investment Fund of Japan, the world’s largest pension fund. Also included onstage interview with the former Prime Minister of Mongolia. Attendees included pension funds, foundations, SWFs, Central Banks, Family Offices and institutional investors.

PANELLIST, MIDDLE EAST ASSET MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE

– MANAMA, BAHRAIN, 14TH MAY 2018

Panellist on “Asset management market dynamics and outlook to 2020”, discussing how GCC asset managers’ investment strategies have changed to reflect the current challenges, and how the regional institutional investor base can expand.

MC, SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUND INSTITUTE US SUMMIT

– Santa Monica 19th – 21st Feb 2018

Topics covered included the blue economy, blockchain and opportunities in Russia and China. Attendees included pension funds, foundations, SWFs, Central Banks, Family Offices and institutional investors.

PANELIST, 42ND ICA CONFERENCE

– Dubai, 22nd – 25th Nov 2017

Held in conjunction with the UAE Financial Markets Association, this panel discussion focused on “Prized Assets: The Increasing Importance of GCC Sovereign Wealth Funds”.

MC, SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUND INSTITUTE EUROPE SUMMIT

– Amsterdam – 23rd – 24th Oct 2017

Topics covered included Shareholder Rights, the proliferation of Smart Beta, and U.S. Infrastructure. Attendees included pension funds, foundations, SWFs, Central Banks, Family Offices and institutional investors.

Moderator & MC, Middle East Investment Summit

– Dubai, 21st – 22nd May 2017

Moderator & MC for the Middle East’s most influential investment event. I moderated sessions covering humans vs. robots, macro trends, fintech disruption, trading innovation, and portfolio construction. Attendees included over 200 family offices, investment managers and sovereign wealth funds.

MODERATOR & AWARDS HOST, TXF NATURAL RESOURCES & COMMODITY FINANCE

– Amsterdam, 10TH – 11TH May 2017

Moderator & Awards host for the Trade & Export Finance (TXF) Commodity Summit. Speakers included ADM, Gazprom, RaboBank, BP, Trafigura and many, many others…

MC, SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUND INSTITUTE ASIA SUMMIT

– SINGAPORE, 23RD – 24TH APR 2017

Topics covered included the impending pension crisis, artificial intelligence, emerging markets and China-US relations. Attendees included pension funds, foundations, SWFs, Central Banks, Family Offices and institutional investors.

MC, SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUND INSTITUTE US SUMMIT

– ARIZONA, 21ST – 22ND FEB 2017

Topics covered included Drone insurance, Farmland investment, solar panel mortgage-backed securities and Make America Great Again. Attendees included pension funds, foundations, SWFs, Central Banks, Family Offices and institutional investors.

Keynote speaker, Prestel & Partners Family Office Forum

– Dubai, 7th – 8th Feb 2017

Presentation on “Impact Investing; Just a nice story or is there more to it?”
How family offices can leverage their long-term investment ethos to “make a difference”. Attendees included Family Offices, Principals and UHNWI.

Moderator, CFO Strategies Forum

– Dubai 17th Nov 2016

The panel discussion focused on The Changing Role of CFOs: From Accounting to Accountable. Speakers included Saudi Aramco, Bayt.com and Abu Dhabi Terminals.

MC, Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Europe Summit

– Frankfurt, 24th – 25th Oct 2016

Topics covered included the Euro area, de-carbonizing investment portfolios, factor-based investing and corporate governance. Attendees included pension funds, foundations, SWFs, Central Banks, Family Offices and institutional investors.

Panelist, UN Committee on Food Security

– Rome, 19th Oct 2016

I recently participated as a private sector delegate at the United Nations, addressing food security and how to integrate smallholders more effectively into global markets to allow for truly sustainable investing.

MC, Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Asia Summit

– Singapore, 24 – 25th Apr 2016

It is difficult to summarize all topics covered at the SWFI Asia Summit. They ranged from opportunities in Iran, to sustainable ocean investing, to Asian real estate. Speakers included former Prime Ministers, Presidents, CEOs, and CIOs. See the full agenda here.

Moderator, CFA Annual Forecast Dinner

– Dubai, 20th Apr 2016

Held by the CFA Society and Fitch, the annual economist dinner discussed implications of lower oil prices and the outlook for the Middle East in 2016 and beyond. Speakers included Fitch Ratings, ADCB and EmiratesNBD.

Moderator, CFA Pension Discussion

– Dubai, 29th Feb 2016
– Abu Dhabi, 1st March 2016

The panel discussion focused on the UAE expat pension environment, and the risks and opportunities with the current liability infrastructure. Speakers included Inside Consulting, EmiratesNBD and Asiya Investments.

MC, HSBC Technology Day

– Dubai, 7th Oct 2015

This one-day event for HSBC clients discussed how to streamline financial management in order to achieve efficiencies, and showcased current and future technologies. There was also a live phone hack, which was as scary as it was impressive. Speakers included HSBC, KPMG and Mastercard.

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