The World in 2010: building a new world order

Published November 30th, 2009 - 02:08 GMT

Following last year’s successful executive forum and in light of its ongoing commitment to the region, Economist Conferences, part of The Economist Group, will be hosting the World in 2010 Executive Forum at the Beach Rotana Hotel, Abu Dhabi on Monday the 23rd of November.

The World in 2010 Executive Forum will be a one day event of topical debate, vital forecasting and essential discussion by expert speakers. The forum will throw a spotlight on global, regional and local issues expected to have an impact – and provide opportunity – in the Gulf region during 2010 and beyond.  This follows the consequences of the global downturn, where weaknesses of the old economic order have been exposed. 

"The good news about 2010 is that the world will emerge from recession and the post-crisis economic landscape will become clearer. Less cheerful is what that landscape will look like”, says Daniel Franklin, executive editor of The Economist and editor, The World in 2010.

Topics to be discussed with leading experts will include the changing face of capitalism, including how regulation and oversight of the world financial markets will affect the Middle East region.  The experts will also discuss which emerging and world markets are likely to be fastest growing, including the outlook for China and India’s consumer economies.  A session on ‘Greening the global business agenda’ will look at how political agendas and increased climate change regulation in the West is set to impact the Middle East.

Speakers at this year’s executive forum include Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Chief Executive Officer, Masdar; Simon Cooper, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; HSBC Bank Middle East, Kamel Abdallah, Executive Vice Chairman; Aujan Industries and Mohammad Gawdat, Managing Director Emerging Markets; Google.

The audience will consist of 150 executive decision-makers from both the Gulf region and international markets, representing a range of industries including banking & finance, energy, oil and gas, construction, real estate, manufacturing, travel and tourism, shipping & logistics and telecommunications.

Interactive technology will allow delegates to vote on top business issues with immediate results analysis and outcomes announced during each session. 

The World in 2010 is a one day executive forum that builds on The Economist’s annual publication, now in its 24th year. This executive forum gathers a selection of international experts to debate the critical global trends that will shape the Gulf region in 2010.

Further key topics for discussion will include:

• Are trade patterns changing? Can China and India develop consumer economies?
• What economic trends are informing government and business agendas?
• How are global and Gulf companies rethinking their strategies for tomorrow's growth markets? 
• How successful are Gulf strategic investors in poorer markets? 
• Is global trade under threat from protectionism?

Featured speakers:

Chair: Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor, The Economist, Editor-in-Chief, Economist.com and Editor, The World in 2010

• Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Chief Executive Officer, Masdar
• Simon Cooper, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Bank Middle East
• Mohammad Gawdat, Managing Director, Emerging Markets, Google
• Robert Ward, Director, Global Forecasting; Deputy Director, Country Analysis, Economist Intelligence Unit
• Kamel Abdallah, Executive Vice Chairman, Aujan Industries
• Abdul Jaleel Al Khalifa, Chief Executive Officer, Dragon Oil
• Masood Ahmed, Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, International Monetary Fund
• Ben Simpfendorfer, Chief China Economist, Royal Bank of Scotland, and author, The New Silk Road
• René Umlauft, Chief Executive Officer, Renewable Energy, Siemens
• Ulrich Benterbusch, Director of Global Energy Dialogue, International Energy Agency
• Steve Howard, Chief Executive Officer, The Climate Group


Economist Conferences thanks lead sponsor HSBC, the conference is supported by Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, and our official broadcast partner for this conference is CNN.


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