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UAE Ministers for financial affairs, foreign trade to headline forbes global ceo conference in dubai

Posted Sun 12 Aug 2012 07:11:43 pm in News, Government | By News Desk

Dubai, August 12, 2012 – His Excellency Obaid Humaid AlTayer, the UAE Minister of State for Financial Affairs, and Her ExcellencySheikhaLubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, theUAE Minister for Foreign Trade, will join more than 45 prominent global business leaders and entrepreneurs to speak at the Forbes Global CEO Conference, which will take place in Dubai from October 21-23, 2012. Now in its twelfth year, the Forbes Global CEO Conference serves as an annual platform for some 400 influential CEOs, tycoons and thought-leaders to discuss and debate key issues of global concern and build relationships.


Under the theme of ‘The Race Ahead’, a stellar cast of speakers from around the world will come together to share insights on today’s global risks and opportunities. They include: Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, His Excellency Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World, ArifMasood Naqvi, Group CEO ofAbraaj Capital, Ahmad AbdulkarimJulfar, CEO of Etisalat Group, DhaninChearavanont, Chairman and CEO of Charoen Pokphand Group, LiangXinjun, Vice Chairman and CEO of Fosun International, Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., Chairman and CEO of WL Ross & Co.,Teresita Sy-Coson, Vice Chairperson of SM Investments Corporation, Jim Goodnight, CEO of SAS, Kathy Ireland, CEO of Kathy Ireland Worldwide, XiangWenbo, President of Sany Heavy Industry, andMalvinder Mohan Singh, Executive Chairman of Fortis Healthcare

Other distinguished speakers include: Dr. Tahir, Chairman and CEO of Mayapada Group, Anthony Pratt, Global Chairman of Visy, Beth Brooke, Global Vice Chair – Public Policy of Ernst & Young, Lindsay Fox, Founder of Linfox, Roger Wang, Chairman and CEO of Golden Eagle International Group, Joshua Harris, Managing Partner of Apollo Management and Philadelphia 76ers, Mohamed Loutfy Mansour, Chairman of Mansour Group, Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO of Acumen Fund, Ivan Gazidis, CEO of Arsenal Football Club, Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia and Ken Hu, CEO and Deputy Chairman of  Huawei Technologies.


    The host sponsor of the twelfth annual Forbes Global CEO Conference is the Government of Dubai and is facilitated by Falcon & Associates. Ahmad Al Shaikh, Director General of the Dubai Government Media Office and Chairman of Falcon & Associates says: “We are pleased to host the Forbes Global CEO Conference in Dubai this year and look forward to welcoming this group of senior business decision-makers. As the engine of global growth has shifted to emerging economies, Dubai is increasingly recognized as a global hub for world trade, tourism and transportation. It is the ideal location for multinational companies to establish their operations and build their presence in one of the world’s most dynamic regions.” 


William Adamopoulos, President and Publisher of Forbes Asia, says: “We are delighted to be able to bring the Forbes Global CEO Conference to Dubai for the first time and appreciate the strong support from the Government of Dubai and Falcon & Associates. Given the emirate’s growing ties with Asia and the pivotal role it plays in the global economy, Dubai offers CEOs and entrepreneurs an excellent environment to interface and collaborate on promising opportunities.”


      During the conference, a series of panels will feature discussions on how policy makers in the developed world must balance the need for austerity as well as stimulus, while leaders of emerging countries must adapt to a more moderate pace of growth. The sessions will provide insights on how business leaders can develop the best strategies to capture growth, in areas such as money and investing, energy and commodities, new technologies, real estate, rising cities and the business of sports. Other panels will highlight the best practices in philanthropy and leadership, as well as the most sustainable models for building prosperity among companies and nations.


    The Forbes Global CEO Conference is hosted by the Government of Dubai and facilitated by Falcon & Associates, with the support of corporate sponsors including Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Enshaa, Kele Contracting, Royal Falcon Fleet and Weber Shandwick. 

    For more information, visit A complete list of speakers is available at

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