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Leading global experts confirmed as speakers for 2015 WORLD FORUM for Foreign Direct Investment

The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has confirmed an impressive line-up of top international thought leaders and CEOs of multinational corporations as speakers for the 12th WORLD FORUM for Foreign Direct Investment, to be held on February 7-10, 2015, in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Being organised by Shurooq, in collaboration with Conway Events, the global event is attended by CEOs and senior executives from local and international organizations, investment promotion agencies and economic development organizations.

Speaking about the upcoming event, HE Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of Shurooq, commented, “Sharjah’s selection to host this premier event is a clear indication of the immense strides that the Emirate has undertaken in building its reputation as one of the most vital and fastest growing investment hubs in the region. We look forward to welcoming the most influential decision makers in the world of FDI to Sharjah and to capitalising on the opportunities that this event will undoubtedly generate to further expand the Emirate’s investment offering.”

“The WORLD FORUM for Foreign Direct Investment will bring together an influential collection of those who generate FDI to share their perspectives on multinational corporate location and trends affecting the international business community,” said Cathy Dawson, President of Conway Events. “We are thrilled to have secured the strongest roster of speakers on FDI to date,” Cathy added.

Headlining the WORLD FORUM as keynote speakers are the Rt Hon. the Lord Mandelson, former aide to Tony Blair and Tony Fernandes, Founder of Air Asia. Conway Events confirmed Frank Gardner OBE, an award-winning BBC correspondent with extensive experience in the Middle East, as the moderator of the event.

Other notable keynote speakers and panellists include:
•Mr. Mishal Kanoo, Deputy Chairman of the Kanoo Group
•Mr. Muzaffar Hisham, Chief Executive Officer, Maybank
•Mr Badr Jafar, Chief Executive Officer, Crescent Enterprises
•Mr. Hussein Hachem, Group Chief Executive Officer, Aramex
•Mr. Halil Kulluk, President & CEO, Intekno Group
•Ms Dalya Al Muthanna, Chief Executive Officer, General Electric
•Mr. Mohsin Ali Nathani, Chief Executive Officer, UAE Standard Chartered Bank
•Mr. Christopher Sanders, Executive Vice President & Head of Corporate Planning, Leopold KOSTAL
•Ms .Cathy Rodgers, Vice President Global Engagement Office, IBM
•Mr. Craig Hagen, Senior Director Global Government Affairs, Electronic Arts
•Mr. Ihab Ghattas, Deputy President Middle East, Huawei Technologies
•Ms .Zeinab Karake-Shalhoub, Professor RH Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
•Mr. Julio de Quesada, Head of Corporate and Investment Banking Group, Mashreqbank

The theme of the 2015 WORLD FORUM is ‘Where East Meets West,’ and sessions will cover global foreign direct investment influencers, including the role of diplomacy in cross-border commercial transactions; talent and immigration; ports, airports, and infrastructure; and partnerships between companies from the differing Eastern and Western business cultures.