Abu Dhabi / EMIRATES BUSINESS
Global Financial Markets Forum (GFMF), the annual conference organised by the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), will kick off for a two-day conference on March 2nd and 3rd at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. The Forum is designed to offer thought provoking content on major regional and international issues from the perspectives of regulators, asset managers, sovereign wealth funds, bankers and politicians.
This year, NBAD has raised the bar yet again with a roster of high-calibre speakers including H.E. Sheikh Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development; Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; H.E. ReemEbrahim Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Managing Director of the Dubai Expo 2020 Higher Committee; Dr Mohamed El-Erian, the Chairman of President Obama’s Global Development Council and Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz; and Yanis Varoufakis, Former Greece Finance Minister.
The Forum will cover topics on Energy, Renewables, Sovereign Wealth Funds, China’s economic outlook, the impact of European debt crises and challenges in the region, the Aviation industry, the changing financial regulatory environment, and Abu Dhabi’s plans for development.
Mahmood Al Aradi, Senior Managing Director & Head of Global Markets at NBAD said: “NBAD’s Global Financial Markets Forum has become one of the most prestigious gatherings of influential thought leaders and decision-makers from around the world; it is one of Abu Dhabi’s key flagship events, and we continuously strive to raise the bar in each successive year.”
In the eight years since its inception, GFMF has become the premier annual financial markets conference in the MENA region, attracting more than 1500 delegates from around the globe. Distinguished speakers in the past have included Dr. Ben Bernanke, Colin Powell, Dr. Larry Summers, James Baker, Nicholas Sarkozy, David Miliband, Jean-Claude Trichet, Niall Ferguson and Paul Volcker, among others. The eighth annual GFMF is supported by the Central Bank of the UAE, Abu Dhabi Department of Finance and Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development.