Sovereign Wealth Fund Round Table: a dialogue between SWF executives and ministers

Exploring the potential of sovereign wealth funds for investment in sustainable development
Session Type
Parallel Events
Session Themes
Institutional Investors
Room number
Room 103, Level-1
22 April 2012
10:00 - 12:30 Asia/Qatar

Investment by sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) is growing rapidly. With estimated total assets of nearly $4-5 trillion and the relatively high growth of emerging economies that own these funds, SWFs offer great potential to contribute to sustainable development through FDI. In this session, organized by UNCTAD in partnership with the Qatari Government, senior executives from leading SWFs, ministers, and eminent investment experts will explore best practices and appropriate policy measures, at the international and national levels, to maximize the impact of SWF-sponsored investment and actions that SWFs can take to promote sustainable investment.

The discussion will be informed by an UNCTAD paper on “Exploring the Potential of Sovereign Wealth Funds for Investment in Sustainable Development – A dialogue between SWF executives and ministers.”

Questions to be addressed include

  • What role can SWFs play in promoting sustainable growth and development through long-term investment in productive sectors, agriculture and infrastructure development?
  • How can governments create a more conducive environment to encourage sustainable investment by SWFs and to maximize the development benefits from their investment, while minimizing negative impacts?
  • What potential is there for a global mechanism to facilitate SWF investment in sustainable development projects?


CEO, Qatar Holding
Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD
Board Member Executive, Qatar Investment Authority, Qatar
Chief Economist, Gulf Investment Corporation, Kuwait
Senior Investment Officer, National Investment Corporation, Cameroon
President, China-African Development Fund, China
Vice Chairman, Dutch Civil Servants Pension Fund
Head, Client Relations, IFC Asset Management Company, World Bank
Head of the Steering Committee, Sovereign Wealth Fund Research Initiative, United States
Programme Manager, Near East and North Africa Division, International Fund for Agricultural Development
Vice-Minister of Foreign Trade, Colombia
Deputy Minister of Trade, SMEs and Tourism, Republic of Djibouti
Minister of Trade and Industry, Ghana
Ambassador of Mongolia to the United Nations Office at Geneva, Mongolia
Minister of Trade and Industry, Namibia
Minister of Trade and Industry, Rwanda
State Minister for Trade and Cooperatives, Uganda


Bureau Chief Middle East, Bloomberg