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INSEAD conference to discuss changing economic trends

Global business school, INSEAD, will highlight the invaluable role of finance in a changing global economy at the seventh edition of its annual Global Business Leaders Conference. The event will be held on October 23rd, at the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), situated on Al Maryah Island.

Against the backdrop of technological and demographic shifts, the upcoming edition of the Global Business Leaders Conference will examine the evolving face of finance in a dynamic world.

The opening remarks will be delivered by His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Member of Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Managing Director of the Emirates Foundation. The keynote speech will be delivered by Ludovic Pouille, French Ambassador to the UAE. Next, a speech will be delivered by Khalid Khalfan Al Suwaidi, Chief Operating Officer, Abu Dhabi Global Market.

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The event will feature a number of panel discussions on a broad range of topics. The first plenary session, entitled “What is the New Normal?” will look at the rise of globalisation, immigration and technological changes, and what they mean for governments and business.

The session will be moderated by Lily Hua Fang, Associate Professor of Finance, INSEAD, and will feature His Excellency Khaleefa Salem G. Al Mansouri, Deputy Undersecretary, Department of Economic Development, Manuel Kuehn, Senior Vice President, Business Development and Head of Executive Office, Siemens LLC UAEand and Lino Cattaruzzi, Managing Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Google.

There will also be a plenary session entitled “Diversity and Innovation in Finance”, moderated by Peter Zemsky, Deputy Dean, Dean of Innovation, Professor of Strategy, The Eli Lilly Chaired Professor of Strategy and Innovation, INSEAD.

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The session will take a close look at the impact of technological advances and workforce diversity within the financial sphere. The session will feature David Hayward Evans, Chief, Global Philanthropy, UNICEF, and Sadia Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Selar Enterprises.

Ilian Mihov, Dean, Professor of Economics, The Rausing Chaired Professor of Economic and Business Transformation, INSEAD, said, “With a host of changes taking place on a global scale, both on the economic and political fronts, it is imperative that we confront and actively debate the financial issues that will affect businesses and societies around the world.”

Khalid Al Suwaidi COO of ADGM commented: “The financial sector is an important enabler of economic growth – not only for Abu Dhabi, but for the UAE and the wider region. It is an enabler of innovation, and we recognise that we must also innovate within the industry.

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