Posted on December 13, 2018

CFA Society Doha, the local association of CFA Institute, and its strategic partner Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) hosted the inaugural conference “Financial Markets Outlook in 2019” to discuss the key economic, strategic and investment themes for 2019.

The event, held earlier this week, brought together policymakers, industry experts and investment and financial market participants from across Qatar. The forecast event provided a platform for financial market professionals in Qatar to share their insights and views on the current and future trends impacting the financial markets.  

Mr. Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida, CEO of QFC, opened the conference with a keynote speech and commented: “While the global economic landscape remains volatile, Qatar’s economy has undoubtedly persevered. Not only have global agencies upgraded the banking sector’s ratings, but their forecast for 2019 reflects continued confidence in Qatar’s economy. This is of course due to Qatar’s well-established economic resilience, as well as prudent national fiscal policies that provide a comprehensive framework for foreign investors.”

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Gary Baker, Managing Director EMEA of CFA Institute commented: “Qatar has made great strides in building an efficient and transparent financial sector. Qatar’s goals - such as enhancing investor protection through standards and codes of conduct and building talent through professional development - are aligned with the mission of CFA Institute. As leaders of the investment profession, the CFA Institute and CFA society Doha are aligned on our shared mission to advance ethics, raise professional standards of practice, and enhance market integrity. CFA Institute and CFA Society Doha are also very excited to launch the inaugural forecast event and to bring various financial market participants in one place to discuss key economic and investment trends.”

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The key note speeches were followed by a panel discussion comprising of industry experts including Akber Khan - Senior Director at Al Rayan Investment LLC, Dr. Alexis Antoniades - Director of International Economics, at Georgetown University in Qatar, Dr. Ataf Ahmed - Head of Asset Management at Qinvest and Henk Jan Hoogendoorn - Managing Director of Financial Sector Office at QFC. The panel discussion was moderated by Umair Siddique - President of CFA Society Doha. The panelists shared their views on current status of Qatar’s economic and business environment and future challenges and opportunities. The panel also discussed major headwinds facing the global economy in 2019, particularly the impact of trade war and interest rate normalization.

Finally, the panel experts shared their views on the potential asset allocation strategy for 2019. The panel discussion closed with a question and answer session with the audience.

The event, which was attended by a large number of financial market professionals in Qatar, concluded with a networking dinner.

For further information please contact:

Enis Kefi, CFA Society Doha,; Mobile: +974 66629309 or

Umair Siddique, CFA Society Doha,; Mobile: +974 7031 7140