GFH is a well renowned financial group in the GCC region, with a diversified offering and pioneering track record. Headquartered in Bahrain, GFH’s innovative approach to Islamic investment banking services has been recognised internationally for over a decade. GFH has developed a strong and consistent ability to identify, successfully bring to market and capitalise on a wide range of solid investment opportunities in some of the world’s most dynamic markets and sectors. This approach signifies the Group’s investment insights and commitment to increase the value of its assets, and financial returns to its investors and shareholders.

Since the Group’s inception in 1999, GFH has raised over US$6.2 billion assets and fund under management from its strong client base in four main activities; Wealth Management; Real Estate Development; Commercial Banking and Asset Management.

GFH is listed on three stock exchanges in the GCC, including the Bahrain Bourse, Boursa Kuwait and Dubai Financial Market (DFM) where it is one of the most liquid and actively traded stocks. GFH’s operations are principally focused across the GCC, North Africa and India, along with strategic investments in the U.S. and U.K.






The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) is an investment promotion agency with overall responsibility for attracting investment into the Kingdom and supporting initiatives that enhance the investment climate.

The EDB works with the government and both current and prospective investors, in order to ensure that Bahrain’s investment climate is attractive, to communicate the key strengths, and to identify where opportunities exist for further economic growth through investment.

The EDB focuses on several economic sectors that capitalise on Bahrain’s competitive advantages and provide significant investment opportunities. These sectors include financial services, manufacturing, ICT, tourism, logistics and transport.

For more information on the Bahrain EDB visit www.bahrainedb.com; for information about Bahrain visit www.bahrain.com.




The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority aims to attract prominent international events that engage large number of tourists and strengthen the position of Bahrain as an important tourism attraction on a regional and international level. BTEA also aspires to boost the Tourism sector’s contribution in the national economy, in line with the Bahrain Economic vision 2030.
Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority scope of work includes all sectors related to national tourism affairs in the Kingdom including organizing conventions and trade exhibitions in the Kingdom of Bahrain and attract international, regional and local conferences to be hosted in the Kingdom.



Gold Sponsor





Infak, is an innovative, new kind of financial Islamic tech platform designed to make every transaction counts by creating wealth and redistributing it, in an inclusive way. Streamlining Zakat and Sadaqa with transparent and efficient built-in tools, Infak gives the community the control of its development

Infak solution articulates around e-payments, microfinance, crowdfunding, a marketplace and a programmable currency. Infak makes financial and social inclusion of everyone a reality, promoting value creation, sustainable development, and jobs creation. Disrupting economy and e-payment, Infak brings Islamic finance’s impact investment and sustainable consumption to life with Blockchain technology.

Reaching the heart of the 1.8 billion Muslims, by making financial transaction create a social impact.


Bronze Sponsors



KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing audit, tax and advisory services across a wide range of private, public and not-for-profit sectors. We operate in 153 countries and have about 207,000 people working in member firms around the world.

KPMG has been established in the UAE since 1973. We are proud of our reputation for delivering cutting-edge solutions and exceptional client value. With over 75 partners and directors leading 850 professionals across offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, we work shoulder-to-shoulder with our clients, helping them solve their most complex business issues in support of their growth objectives.


LinkedIn connects the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful and transforms the ways companies hire, market, sell and learn.

Our vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce through the ongoing development of the world’s first Economic Graph.

LinkedIn has more than 610 million members in over 200 countries and territories and has offices around the world and over 27 million members across Middle East and Africa.




Coordinates is a regional cybersecurity management firm that helps secure clients throughout their journey of digitization.

We realize that Cyber threats will continue to grow in sophistication and volume. Organizations are at a fundamental disadvantage, lacking the resources and specialized expertise needed to fend off determined attackers consistently. Businesses of all sizes need more profound insight into their adversaries, more skilled security experts and better threat visibility both inside and outside of their network.

In a costly, fragmented and complex cybersecurity environment where the threats are imminent, and compliance requirements are on the rise; Coordinates has developed a holistic cybersecurity program to address the cyber defense needs of enterprises.




MEmob+ Data Mining Platform offers a full-service mobile campaign management solution for engaging with consumers on every step of their path to purchase.

The platform helps to automate audience building at scale in real-time, measure the success of advertising through dwell-based micro-attribution, and unlock predictive insights to learn more about the customers, to refine the marketing and advertising strategies. Also, helps precision making decisions on marketing campaigns with minimal to non-spillover costs.




MMP World Wide (MMPWW) is the leading premium programmatic marketplace provider, operating across over 40 countries with a network of over 500 publishers and 55 buyers. Powered by state of the art technologies and in partnership with DMPs, MMPWW offers an ecosystem with targeted inventory, insights, and analytics for publishers, advertisers and media agencies to trade privately.



Official English Media Partner


Established in 1975, Arab News is the Middle East’s leading English-language daily. Based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the newspaper is renowned for providing the Arab perspective on

international affairs via its network of reporters, opinion writers and analysts. It is considered the newspaper of record on major Arab affairs for a large number of global media outlets,

governments and academic institutions. It can be read online at www.arabnews.com.


Broadcast Partner






CNBC Arabia is the Arab World’s preeminent and first 24-hour Arabic language financial and business information Channel, presenting in-depth & up-to-the-minute coverage of regional and international affairs from an Arab economic perspective. CNBC Arabia brings real-time information to the most influential, powerful and affluent audience in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Broadcasting to the Middle East and North Africa, from  Dubai, free – to – air on Nilesat and Arabsat, with bureaus in major MENA region, CNBC Arabia is supported by the global newsgathering resources of CNBC.


Media Partner



The New York Times Company is a global media organization dedicated to enhancing society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information.

Whether in print, The New York Times, on the go with an array of apps, or online with access to our award-winning website, NYTimes.com, The New York Times delivers excellence in journalism and rich, interactive, multimedia storytelling to readers around the world.

For advertisers, The Times offers international publishing alliances, sponsorship, and innovative advertising opportunities to, enabling them to reach new audiences, extend their brand and affiliate their business with the standard-bearing reputation of one of the world’s premier news media companies.



Association Partner



Hawkamah is world-class corporate governance Institute working to improve corporate governance practices of governments and companies across the MENA region.

We help build sound organizations, reform corporate sector, assist banking and financial sector as well as promote good governance.

We assist companies to develop sound and globally recognized corporate governance frameworks. Hawkamah also helps in building qualified directors and top executives who are able to apply corporate governance in their organizations.







The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that looks after the commercial and industrial interests of business owners and it is the first Chamber of Commerce in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The late King Abdul Aziz ibn Abdul Rahman Al Saud – issued a royal decree in January 18, 1946 to establish the JC.


To be the main channel for economic growth and development of the business community in Jeddah as our contribution towards making Jeddah the commercial and cultural gateway of the Islamic World.


To stand out as a model institution that sustains achievement and promotes positive change in the private and public sectors in pursuit of constructive partnership between them


Strategic Partner




Diversity Partner



The Diversity Council is a strategic corporate alliance and a unique international diversity accelerator. The Council works through biannual CEO and HR meetings and leadership programs, in partnership with Financial Times | IE Business School Corporate Learning Alliance, to ensure inclusive leadership and that more women reach top management. Founding Partner companies in Europe include, McKinsey, Maersk Line, PwC, Microsoft and the Foreign Ministry of Denmark.

The Diversity Council is created and owned by Above & Beyond Group, which is an international strategic consultancy, with Nordic origins, which is behind a range of innovative business platforms to advance inclusion and gender diversity.

These platforms include: The Diversity Council, The Advanced Leadership Programs for Women, Above & Beyond Academy with online adaptive learning tools re. unconscious bias, The Womenomics Nordic Business Conference, a Womenomics book, and the ‘Lead the Future’ Campaign to highlight female STEM role models.



Luxury Partner



Montegrappa is the oldest Italian manufacturer of luxury writing instruments. Founded as a “manufacturer of gold nibs and fountain pens” in 1912, Montegrappa continues to produce the finest hand-crafted writing instruments at their original factory in Bassano del Grappa in North East Italy. Montegrappa pens embody the craftsmanship and tradition unique to the company’s Italian heritage. Montegrappa products are available in the UAE at Montegrappa boutiques in Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates as well as leading luxury retailers. For more info, please visit www.montegrappa.me