Agenda 2019

10:00 - 11:00

Future of Growth Amid Volatility

Oil, politics, technology, global economic environment, looming trade wars, the rise of government protectionism are some of the key issues that are keeping top business leaders around the world on their toes. In a globalized world, these problems are affecting the regional businesses too. What the GCC business leaders could do mitigate risks and challenges related global and regional economic…
12:00 - 13:00

Bahrain’s Growth Dynamics

With $90 per barrel breakeven oil price, Bahrain is the beacon of economic diversification in the GCC region, moving away from oil. What does the future hold for the financial industry of the Bahrain? How Bahrain is working to become the Fintech hub of the region? What are the other business sectors Bahrain is developing to secure its economic future…
14:15 - 15:00

Effectiveness of Government Spending

Governments in the Arabian Gulf have increased spending to boost economies and fuel the engines of change. What does this spending means for the listed companies? Will this increase the shareholder value?
14:15 - 15:00

Structural Reforms at Stock Exchanges

The past two years have been transformational for the GCC stock markets and the regulators. Questions are being raised whether the legal framework of the Arabian Gulf stock markets and regulatory bodies are sophisticated enough to catch violations and discrepancies. Also, the regional stock markets are aiming to compete with developed markets such as New York, Hong Kong and London…
14:15 - 15:00

Future of Women Business Leadership

Most of the countries in the GCC have taken steps to provide the level playing field for women professionals. However, more needs to be done in terms of developing women business leadership. What does listed companies should do to provide effective platforms to nurture women leadership. What is the performance of the current women business leaders in the region? Do…
15:00 - 15:45

Foreign Investment and the regional volatility

No doubts the region is extremely volatile when it comes to politics, and these dynamics affect business. Whether it’s Qatar, Yemen or Iran. What listed firms can do to meet the aftereffects of political situation? Are there lobby groups in the region to influence political decisions? What is the future of business amid continued political uncertainty?
15:00 - 15:45

The Blockchain Opportunity

As governments of Japan, Singapore, the U.K. etc are working to introduce blockchain digital ledgers to boost business payments, transactions, interbank payments, corporate dealings. Does a region needs its own blockchain? Will the blockchain boost revenues and inter-GCC trade? Is this an effective alternative to FTA and Customs Union in the GCC and the wider Middle East?
15:00 - 15:45

Cost Cutting and Shrinking Profits

Restructuring is part of an economic and business cycles. The year 2018 was the year of cost-cutting. When restructuring or cutting cost, what organizations should do to keep investing in future opportunities so that they can handle the current slowdown wave, and tap into future growth? What are the best ways to deal with shrinking profits?
16:15 - 17:00

The Human Factor and Tech Innovation

For the past five years, there has been a great stress on adopting new technologies, and the regional companies have been at the forefront on this change. However, the human touch is lost, especially in B2C companies. Are all the new technologies, apps, and call centers effectively solving the problem of customers or are they creating a unending maze? The…
20:30 - Auditorium