In its ongoing commitment to provide intelligent market analysis for the region in a frank and open forum, Economist Conferences, part of The Economist Group, will host the “World In 2011” conference at the Beach Rotana Hotel, Abu Dhabi on Monday November 22nd. Economist Conferences will once again bring one of its flagship global events to Abu Dhabi, coinciding with the publication of The Economist’s annual book of predictions, The World in 2011, now in its 25th year.
This important event for senior international business people will bring together international and local experts to identify economic and socio-political trends that will shape the world in 2011, and assess the implications – and opportunities – for the Middle East.
“Building on 2010’s cautious post-recession recovery, the event seeks to provide a platform for open discussion and analysis on the region’s business-leader and government optimism in creating sustainable growth in 2011”, says Daniel Franklin, executive editor and business affairs editor of The Economist and editor of The World in 2011.
As Kyoto winds down, topics to be discussed with leading experts will include a new global climate deal and the implications to the Gulf region on how countries in the GCC will have to adapt to economic strategies based on investment in new energy overseas. The experts will also discuss which emerging and world markets are expected to be the main drivers of global growth in 2011. A session on “Sports, branding and nation-building” will discuss how the Gulf is developing its sports tourism and how it is contributing to the economy.
Speakers at this year’s forum include Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi, Founder and Chairman, Barjeel Securities and Managing Director, Al Saud Company, Hassan Al-Thawadi, CEO, Qatar 2022 Bid Committee, Gary Dugan, Chief Investment Officer, Private Banking, Emirates NBD, John Barry, Managing Director, Shell Abu Dhabi, Robert Ward, Country Publishing Director, Economist Intelligence Unit
The audience will consist of 150 executive decision-makers from both the Gulf region and international markets, representing a range of industries including banking and finance, energy, oil and gas, construction, real estate, manufacturing, travel and tourism, shipping and logistics and telecommunications.
All sessions will be interactive, and delegates will be invited to vote on the key predictions for 2011 using electronic keypads, with results announced at the end of each session.
Chair: Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor and Business Affairs Editor, The Economist, Editor-in-Chief, Economist.com and Editor, The World in 2010
- Robert Ward, Country Publishing Director, Economist Intelligence Unit
- Gary Dugan, Chief Investment Officer, Private Banking, Emirates NBD
- John Barry, Managing Director, Shell Abu Dhabi
- Richard Cregan, CEO, Yas Marina Circuit
- Frank Mastiaux, CEO Climate and Renewables, E.ON Group
- Ben Watts, Editor, BuildGreen
- Abdul Ghani Attar, Vice-President, Attar Group
- Yamam Nabeel, Founder and CEO, FC-UNITY
- Jamie Cunningham, Founder and CEO, Professional Sports Group
- Hassan Al-Thawadi, CEO, Qatar 2022 Bid Committee
- Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi, Founder and Chairman, Barjeel Securities and Managing Director, Al Saud Company
- Tarik Yousef, Dean, Dubai School of Government
- Abdulkhaleq Abdullah, Professor of Political Science, Emirates University
- Hosam El Sokkari, Head of Audience, Yahoo! Middle East
This event, which will be held in the UAE for the fifth consecutive year, forms part of a series of World In events in selected international hubs including New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mumbai.
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