Lord Peter Mandelson, former British Labour Party politician and the European Commissioner for Trade from 2004 and 2008, will deliver a keynote address on the final day of the 2015 World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment, on immigration policy , FDI and the global fight for talent. The forum, organised by Conway Events, will be held from 8 – 10 February in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates: the first time that the event has taken place in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web and Tony Fernandes, Founder of Air Asia will also deliver keynotes at the forum.
The World Forum for FDI will be opened on 9 February 2015 by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, Ruler of Sharjah, with a welcome address by UAE Minister of Economy H. E. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri and a keynote speech on technology strategy for business from Sir Berners-Lee to start the morning session and a keynote address from Air Asia’s Tony Fernandes to begin the afternoon session. Hosted by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), the second day of the forum will commence with a welcome address from H.E. Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Shurooq. Excursions, briefings and entertainment will be offered to visiting delegates on 8 February, the day before the conference programme begins.
Lord Mandelson, who will speak at the forum on the morning of February 10th 2015, is widely credited with helping to steer Tony Blair’s Labour Party to victory in the United Kingdom’s 1997 general election, ending 22 years of Conservative government. He is now President of Policy Network, an international think tank and is a Member of the House of Lords. Lord Mandelson has been a vocal advocate of the UK’s continued membership of the European Union, the EU-Canadian free trade pact and a possible EU-US free trade pact.
Award-winning BBC correspondent of twenty years, Frank Gardner OBE will be moderating much of the 2015 forum. Gardner became the BBC’s first full-time Gulf correspondent in 1998, before being appointed Middle East correspondent in charge of the BBC’s Cairo bureau in 2000. In 2004, he sustained extensive injuries in a random attack by Al Qaeda sympathisers whilst reporting on a story in Saudi Arabia. According to the forum organisers, Gardner’s fair and intelligent analysis of East-West relations are guaranteed to stimulate lively debate.
In recognition of Sharjah’s strategic location, the theme for the 2015 World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment is ‘Where East Meets West’ and the forum is drawing together a truly international platform of speakers to discuss global investment issues. The following speakers have already confirmed their attendance:
- Ms. Aysha BinBraik, Head of Human Resources – Middle East, Shell
- Mr. Badlisyah Abdul Ghani, Chief Executive Officer, CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad
- Mr. Ihab Ghattas, Deputy President Middle East, Huawei Technologies
- Mr. Hussein Hachem, Group Chief Executive Officer, Aramex
- Mr. Craig Hagen, Senior Director Global Government Affairs, Electronic Arts
- Mr. Muzaffar Hisham, Chief Executive Officer, Maybank
- Mr. Badr Jafar, Chief Executive Officer, Crescent Enterprises
- Ms. Zeinab Karake-Shalhoub, Professor RH Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
- Mr. Mishal Kanoo, Deputy Chairman, Kanoo Group
- Mr. Halil Kulluk, President & CEO, Intekno Group
- Ms. Dalya Al Muthanna, Chief Executive Officer Gulf Region, General Electric
- Mr. Mohsin Ali Nathani, Chief Executive Officer, UAE Standard Chartered Bank
- Mr. Julio de Quesada, Head of Corporate and Investment Banking Group, Mashreqbank
- Ms. Cathy Rodgers, Vice President Global Engagement Office, IBM
- Mr. Christopher Sanders, Executive Vice President & Head of Corporate Planning, Leopold KOSTAL
- Ms. Suparna Singh, Head Minerals and Vice President Corporate Planning, Essar
- Mr. Mike Weston, Senior Vice President Middle East, Cisco Systems
Registration for the 2015 World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment in Sharjah is now open at www.worldforumforfdi.com.
Source: Red Hot Locations, Shurooq