CFA Society Emirates invites you to its ‘2021 FORECAST DINNER | Digital Edition’ webinar, on Wednesday, the 27th of January, from 17:00 to 19:30 GST.

Join us for a great discussion on the macroeconomic outlook for 2021, and hear from industry leaders about how financial markets will shape up this year.


Jean Chia

Chief Investment Officer and Head of Portfolio Management & Research Office, Bank of Singapore

As Head of PMRO, Jean is responsible for CIO Views, Investment Strategy, FX, Equity & Fixed Income Research, Discretionary Portfolio Management (DPM), Advisory Portfolio Management (APM) and Funds Due Diligence teams at Bank of Singapore. She has over 20 years of experience in private banking and asset management. She was previously Head, Equities Advisory & Sales at BOS, and Head of Client Advisory Services for Equities, Investment Products & Services at UBS Wealth Management, Singapore. Jean graduated with an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.

M R Raghu

Managing Director, Marmore MENA Intelligence

Raghu is the Managing Director of Marmore Mena Intelligence, a research subsidiary of Kuwait Financial Center (Markaz), a leading asset manager based in Kuwait. In a career spanning over 33 years, Raghu has dedicated nearly 22 years in the Gulf region (Riyadh, Bahrain and Kuwait). Prior to this, Raghu worked with several leading institutions based in India, including Unit Trust of India, and the large engineering consultancy MECON. Raghu is a CFA charterholder, and a certified Financial Risk Manager from the Global Association for Risk Professionals, as well as a fellow member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India.

Laurent Denize


Laurent Denize is the Global Co-CIO of ODDO BHF AM, a leading independent asset manager in Europe. Prior to this, Laurent was a Senior Bond Manager, Head of investment solutions at Oddo Asset Management, the Founder and Deputy CEO of Anakena Finance and Chairman of DDF Exclusive. Laurent has also held roles with Caisse des Dépôts in equity-linked products proprietary trading, and Crédit Lyonnais in interest rates brokerage, credit and trading. Laurent holds an Actuarial degree (IAF) and is a graduate of ESC Toulouse. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Banking and Finance from Lyon II.

Jim McDonald

Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Strategist, Northern Trust

Jim is the Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Strategist of Northern Trust, as well as the co-portfolio manager of the Northern Global Asset Allocation Fund. He chairs the Northern Trust Tactical Asset Allocation Committee, is a member of the Investment Policy Committee and is a trustee of the 50 South Capital Alpha Strategies Hedge Fund. Prior to joining Northern Trust, Jim was a Director of Equity Research with ABN AMRO. Jim holds a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Babson College. He is a member of the CFA® Society of Chicago and a registered CPA in the State of Michigan.