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5 Top business events for your 2020 Calendar

Turn your professional life around by attending and connecting at these global events next year

Turkey is ranked first in the world cryptocurrency ownership. Currently 20% of the population in Turkey owns cryptocurrency Top CEO attracts 500+ total delegates, over 70% Senior executives, and over 60% of CEOs receive their Award in person Saudi announced that it will be assuming the G20 Presidency leading up to the Leaders’ Summit in Riyadh on 21-22 November, 2020

Maybe one of your New Year 2019/2020 resolutions is to turn your business life around from employee to employer, from trainee to trainer, from receiver to giver, from dreamless to motivator from startup to SME.

It helps to know and try to attend some of the leading business events and attempt to network with top professionals and tap onto the new themes and trends shaping your future.

Here are 5 not to miss events for 2020, in chronological order from the earliest date in the new year.

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World Economic Forum

World Economic Forum will be taking place from January 21, to January 24, 2020.

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters is the foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities to shape the global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year. 

On its agenda is the topic “More inclusive and transparent innovation”. Across the tech sector, the gap between imagination and reality remains too wide. The innovation environment, doesn’t scale new solutions as quickly as it could or should. 

Another is “How video games can reunite a divided world”. When people engage in play of any kind, they are asked to take on a perspective that might be unfamiliar to them. Video games now provide the platform for this authentic, collaborative play that broadens perspectives and builds new communities by connecting people who may otherwise have never met.

For “What regulators misunderstand about consumer data and the future of the internet”, what’s often missing from the ongoing debate about such regulation and legislation is any consideration of how the internet pays for itself.

Finally, Finastra announced that it has joined the WEC and collaborate with industry leaders and policy-makers to drive change across financial services, world trade and beyond to help  break down industry silos and foster financial inclusion. Forum initiatives such as Shaping the Future of Digital Economy and New Value Creation, the Future of Financial and Monetary Systems, and the Future of Trade and Global Economic Interdependence are particularly connected to Finastra’s mission. 

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Blockchain Istanbul

The second of the most comprehensive Blockchain and cryptocurrency conference in MENA and Eurasia will take place during two days in Istanbul on February 20-21, 2020. 

The conference will be the largest meeting in the region with a wide range of topics focused on the financial technologies of the future, with over 60 countries participating.

According to Statista Global Consumer Survey 2019, Turkey is ranked first in the world cryptocurrency ownership. Currently 20% of the population in Turkey owns cryptocurrency.

The main topics of the Blockchain Economy 2020 conference will include Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, as well as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Decentralized Technologies, IoT and Global Citizenship.

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The top regional conference & award ceremony TOP CEO 2020 will be held on April 8 2020, in Bahrain, under the theme “A platform for synergies and growth”.

Top CEO’s mission is to provide the Middle East’s most prominent executives with deep, actionable insights around key topics, aiming to foster synergies between stakeholders and unlock value for our ecosystem. 

The event brings together leaders from the region’s Top100 listed companies, to discuss, engage and create new opportunities.

In partnership with INSEAD, Top CEO developed a transparent & credible framework that assesses the GCC region’s publicly listed companies. KPMG audits the framework to guarantee the selection process’ full integrity.

The Award ceremony focuses on 10 categories, selected to accurately present the drivers of the GCC economy and ensure a healthy competition among participating companies.

Gulf Finance House (GFH), a dynamic, financial investment group headquartered in Bahrain saw TOP CEO as a great platform, aligned with the mission of Bahrain to become a knowledge hub and an enabler of synergies in the region.  

GFH continues to support TOP CEO for a second year. 

Next Year’s themes focus on six major premises that are relevant across industries, geographies and time.

  1. Leadership, talent & the future of work
  2. Reframing  AI from threat to opportunity
  3. Cybersecurity & challenges to business continuity
  4. Effectively scaling  digital transformation
  5. Bridging the online and offline worlds
  6. From a value chain structure to ecosystems

The event attracts 500+ total delegates, over 70% Senior executives, and over 60% of CEOs receive their Award in person.  

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Expo 2020

Expo 2020 expects to attract 25 million visits between 20 October 2020 and 10 April 2021, with 70% of visitors projected to come from outside the UAE – the largest proportion of international visitors in the 168-year history of World Expos. They will gather to explore Expo 2020’s theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.

Most Expo 2020 related infrastructure projects are either under construction or completed, while the majority of the contracts are for building works located at the Expo site including the Dubai Metro Red line connecting the city centre to the Expo 2020 site.

In May, Expo 2020 Dubai’s petal-shaped Thematic Districts was completed. More than 100 million working hours went into developing the site, including the completion of all shell and core works for the Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability Districts. 

But the event’s impact will be far-reaching shining the spotlight on the opportunities offered by the city even post-Expo.

The Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC), co-located at the next World Expo will host a number of events organized by Informa during Expo 2020, including the 20th Cityscape Global (10-12 November 2020); Middle East Film and Comic Con (4-6 March 2021; and the inaugural Games Con (4-6 March 2021.

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G20 Saudi

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced that it will be assuming the G20 Presidency leading up to the Leaders’ Summit in Riyadh on 21-22 November, 2020. 

Commenting on the Presidency launch, Sheikh Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister said:  “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is at the crossroads of three continents – Asia, Africa and Europe. In hosting the G20, the Kingdom will have an important role to play by sharing the perspective of the Middle East and North Africa region. We believe this will be a unique opportunity to shape consensus on international issues as we welcome the world to the Kingdom.”

The Kingdom will guide the work of the G20 under the theme of “Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All” and will focus on three aims:

Empowering People, by creating the conditions in which all people —especially women and young people—can live, work and thrive.

Safeguarding the Planet, by fostering collective efforts on food and water security, climate, energy and environment.

Shaping New Frontiers, by adopting long-term, bold strategies to share the benefits of innovation and technological advancement. 

In the run-up to the Leaders’ Summit, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will host more than 100 events and conferences, including ministerial meetings and meetings of officials and representatives from civil society, including the Business 20, Youth 20, Labour 20, Think 20, Civil 20, Women 20, Science 20 and Urban 20.

Further information, including the Presidency Agenda and full program of events, can be found here