FEB 26 - 27, 2019 | ABU DHABI

Global Financial Markets Archive

Global Financial Markets Forum 2015

1 - 2 March, 2015, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE


Building on the success of previous years, we will be raising the bar once again to bring you a truly world-class line up of speakers and panellists, topical and relevant content, plus unparalleled networking opportunities.

From very humble beginnings six years ago, GFMF has evolved to become what is now regarded as the premier annual financial markets conference in the MENA region, attracting over 1300 delegates and set in what can only be described as the ultimate venue in the region, the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.

This flagship GFMF event in Abu Dhabi will now form part of the Global Financial Markets Series which will comprise of events in other prominent cities around the world, focusing on specific topics that are relevant to the West-East Corridor.

Speakers & Panelists

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H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al-Nahayan

Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development

His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan joined the Federal Government in 1990 as the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. In March 2013, he was appointed the Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development.

In addition to his ministerial positions, His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan has started as the Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University (1983 – 2013), the Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology (1988 – 2013) and the President of Zayed University (1998 – 2013). He is currently the President of the General Authority for Youth and Sports (2013 – present) and the President of the National Council for Tourism and Antiquities (2013 – present). Sheikh Nahayan is also the President of the Future Centre for students with special needs in Abu Dhabi.

Educated in the United Kingdom, His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Graduated from Millfield School and attended Magdalen College at Oxford University.

Sheikh Nahayan actively chairs and supports many groups, clubs and associations. He is the chair and patron of more than 100 annual conferences and symposia dealing with all aspects of life in the UAE, the region and the world.

Sheikh Nahayan is the recipient of many national and international honors and awards including the Oman Civil Order, from His Majesty Sultan Qaboos of Oman, Hilal-e-Pakistan, from the Government of Pakistan, Global Advocacy Recognition Award, from the TESOL Organization, Hamdan bin Rashid Prize for the Year’s Distinguished Person of Education, as well as many honorary degrees from several universities around the world.


Highlights 2015

Highlights 2015

Duration: 05'52"

Welcome Address

H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al-Nahayan - Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development

Duration: 16'01"

An audience with General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret)

General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret)

Duration: 05"36"

Keynote Address

H.E. Nasser Ahmed Alsowaidi, Chairman of NBAD

Duration: 05'53"

Keynote Address: Abu Dhabi as a Global Financial Centre

H.E. Ahmed Al Sayegh, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Global Market

Duration: 18'55"

Keynote Address: Industrialisation in the UAE

H.E. Husain Al Nowais, Chairman of The General Holding Corporation (Senaat)

Duration: 12'20"

The Future of Energy

Panel Discussion

Duration: 1h01'34"

The role of Asia within the West-East Corridor

Panel Discussion

Duration: 34'05"

The bucket list – 15 things every investor should be aware of before they leave this room

Ashish J. Thakkar, Vikram Mansharaman & Mark Blyth

Duration: 28'47"

The role of philanthropy in today’s rapidly changing world

Panel Discussion

Duration: 48'50"

The regulators’ perspective

Panel Discussion

Duration: 49'21"

Financing from 30,000 feet – An aerial view of capital movements

Marc Allen


Financing trends in a challenging environment

Panel Discussion

Duration: 43'23"


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