45 leaders to address Global CEO Conference in Dubai

Conference will be held on October 21-13

Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, the UAE Minister of State for Financial Affairs, and Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, the UAE 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 on October 21-23, 2012, said a press statement.

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, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World, Arif Masood Naqvi, Group CEO of Abraaj Capital, Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, CEO of Etisalat Group, Dhanin Chearavanont, Chairman and CEO of Charoen Pokphand Group, Liang Xinjun, 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, Xiang Wenbo, President of Sany Heavy Industry, and Malvinder 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, said: “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.”

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