Under the patronage of
HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Deputy Ruler of Dubai
President of Dubai International Financial Centre

DIFC Forum is being held in association with Deutsche Bank, and Emirates as the official airline. The Forum is an invitation-only series of high-level discussions focused on finance, business and policy from an emerging markets perspective.

MENASA (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia) represents an area with nearly a third of the world’s population and over USD 6.3 trillion in combined GDP that has played an increasing role in the global economy and is backed by rapid growth, investment in infrastructure and wealth accumulation.

Under the theme of “The Shifting Centre of Gravity”, the Forum’s main objective is to create dialogue about the opportunities created by the fundamental shift in global financial dynamics relating to the surge in economic activity in the Middle East, Africa, East Asia and South Asia.

Session topics include the following:

  • Evolving Global Markets and the MENASA (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia)
  • Infrastructure Development for Countries in The Middle East
  • Opportunities And Strategies for Investment in South Asia
  • Developing Infrastructure to Harness Natural Resources in Africa
  • Improving Business Linkages with East Asia

Some of the featured speakers include:

  • HE Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, Chairman, DIFC Authority
  • Abdullatif AlMulla, Group CEO, TECOM Investments
  • Anshu Jain, Co-Chairman, Deutsche Bank
  • Ben Simpfendorfer, Managing Director and Founder, Silk Road Associates
  • Christos Papadopoulos, CEO - Middle East, North Africa & Pakistan, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Dr. Jarmo Kotilaine, Chief Economist, Bahrain Economic Development Board
  • Jeffrey Singer, CEO, DIFC Authority
  • Jonathan Robinson, Managing Director, Head of Project Finance MENA, HSBC
  • Joydeep Sengupta, Senior Partner, Mckinsey & Company
  • K V Kamath, Chairman, ICICI Bank Ltd & Chairman, Infosys Ltd
  • Mohab Mufti, CEO, Asiya Investments
  • Leapeetswe Molotsane (Papi), CEO, Africa Commodities Group (ACG) & Director, Noble Resources, Africa
  • Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Former Secretary General, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
  • Rowland Cheng, Office Managing Partner, Shanghai, Latham & Watkins
  • Dr. Sami Kamel, General Manager, Strategic Marketing, Middle East & Africa, GE Energy
  • Shahzaad Dalal, Vice Chairman, Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS)