Sheikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), will be co-chairing the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) next month. This is the first time an Emirati woman has been chosen to co-chair the World Economic Forum, an event that engages business, political, academic and other leaders of society in an effort to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
Convening under the theme, “Creating a Regional Framework for Prosperity and Peace through Public-Private Cooperation,” the forum is expected to be attended by more than 800 government, business and civil society leaders from more than 50 countries. The World Economic Forum for MENA will be held at the King Hussain Bin Talal Convention Centre on the shores of the Dead Sea, Jordan, between 21-23 May 2015: the eighth such event to be hosted by Jordan.
“The forum will focus on new developments and institution–building efforts of countries in the Levant and North Africa that will be addressed in the context of significant geopolitical changes in the region in light of security and humanitarian challenges in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, and in view of the fundamental transformations in the energy and technology sectors that are reshaping business models and economies,” said Sheikha Bodour.
World Economic Forum is an independent international organisation committed to improving the state of the world through public-private cooperation. Sheikha Bodour will join a prestigious lineup of global figures in co-chairing the World Economic Forum for MENA, such as Gordon Brown, Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Strategic Infrastructure Initiative, Member of Parliament and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2007-2010), Omar Al Ghanim, Chief Executive Officer of Al Ghanim Industries, Kuwait, Suma Chakrabarti, President of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), London, and John Rice, Vice-Chairman of GE, Hong Kong SAR.
Shurooq was established in 2009 with the aim of driving the Sharjah’s social, cultural, environmental and economic development in the context of the emirate’s distinct Arab and Islamic identity. The authority encourages investment by providing quality services, identifying economic opportunities and conducting year-round global investment promotion programmes.
Source: WEF, WAM, Shurooq