Agenda 2019

09:25 - 09:45

Opening Keynote: Jassim Alseddiqi on Digital Transformation

In the wake of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the companies in the region have jumped on the digital bandwagon. Jassim Alseddiqi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Financial Group (ADFG), will talk about Digital Transformation and its relevance to the GCC's financial sector. He will provide insights on the next steps for the region to become a Fintech Hub. Since the establishment…
09:45 - 10:45

Plenary Session - 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 to global and regional…
11:30 - 12:30

Plenary Session - 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 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 and…
12:30 - 12:45

Meet the Disruptor- Book Launch and Signing by Paolo Gallo

Milan-based Paolo Gallo will unveil his highly-rated book “The Compass & The Radar: The Art of building a rewarding career while remaining true to yourself” in Arabic, and will share thoughts on global and regional issues during two sessions. Gallo is part of the Adjunct Teaching Faculty at Ashridge-Hult Executive Education in London and Bocconi University in Milan. Over the…
14:00 - 14:45

Breakout Session - Cost Cutting, Profit Risks and Government Spending

Restructuring is part of the economic and business cycles. The year 2018 was the year of cost-cutting. While restructuring, what organizations should do to keep investing in future opportunities so that they can handle the current slowdown waves? What are the best ways to deal with shrinking profits? While the private sector is dealing with reducing costs, governments in the…
14:00 - 14:45

Breakout Session - 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 leaders. What do 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…
14:45 - 15:30

Breakout Session - Do Structural Reforms Attract Direct Investments?

As the regional bourses aim to compete with developed markets, questions are being raised over the state of reforms. What is the future of regulation in the region? Of course, strong regulations enhance the ease of doing business. Is there a direct correlation between reforms and attracting foreign investments? Are regulators working with stakeholders on policymaking? How reforms fuel good…
14:45 - 15:30

Breakout Session - 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 need 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? How will Blockchain…
15:30 - 16:15

KEYNOTE: Prof. Nouriel Roubini on building knowledge economies

Building Knowledge Economies Renowned economist and thought leader Professor Nouriel Roubini will lay out the road map for building Knowledge Economies in the GCC in his Keynote Address. Prof. Roubini aka ‘Dr. Doom’ will also focus on the future of Fintech, cryptocurrencies, digital transformation, and the new global economic realities. The GCC Governments and businesses are focusing on building Knowledge…
16:15 - 17:15

Plenary Session - 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 of 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 an unending maze? The…
20:30 - Auditorium