What are the key objectives of the sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) of Arab countries? This column presents the results of new quantitative analysis, which reveals that these institutions typically pursue a top-down investment strategy in which they first screen target countries or jurisdictions, then target sectors and finally target businesses. In the risk-return trade-off, Arab SWFs seem to put significantly more weight on risk mitigation than on returns.
Sabri BoubakerProfessor of Finance at Groupe ESC Troyes
Sabri Boubaker is Professor of Finance at Groupe ESC Troyes, Visiting Professor at the International School, Vietnam University and is a researcher at the Institut de Recherche en Gestion. Mr. Boubaker received his PhD in General Finance from Université Paris – Val-de-Marne (Paris XII) and has published on topics of financial management, risk management and emerging markets, and corporate debt maturity in the MENA region.