The Year Ahead
January 17, 2023
Against the backdrop of rising inequality, we gathered in-person with the most influential, dynamic and inspiring figures in business, finance and entertainment and examined key themes facing global markets in 2023, including; rebuilding Ukraine, workplace productivity, and the re-opening of China.
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- Larry Fink, Chairman & CEO, BlackRock
- Jane Fraser, CEO, Citi
- Dr. Manar Al Moneef, Chief Investment Officer, NEOM
- Nicolas Aguzin, CEO, HKEX
- Waleed Al Mokarrab Al Muhairi, Deputy Group CEO, Mubadala
- Haslinda Amin, Anchor, Bloomberg Television
- Peter T. Grauer, Chairman, Bloomberg
- Francine Lacqua, Anchor & Editor-at-Large, Bloomberg Television
- Jessica Webber, Global Head, Bloomberg Live & Bloomberg New Economy
- David Westin, Anchor, Bloomberg Television
Capitalism and Sustainability
Larry Fink, Chairman & CEO, BlackRock, revealed the central theme of his upcoming Annual Letter is ‘hope.” Fink said while 2023 will not be “rosy,” there are opportunities for long-term investing. When asked if private markets are less attractive to investors now, Fink said “yes, but not in infrastructure and not in sustainability.” Fink also spoke of BlackRock’s plan to bring private capital Ukraine to ensure a “fair and just” rebuilding of the country.
Global Growth in 2023 and Beyond
Jane Fraser, CEO, Citi, said that “globalization isn’t dead, but is certainly changing” due to digitization, the pandemic, war, geopolitical tensions, and more. Citi has one of the more flexible policies on Wall Street when it comes to remote work, but conditions apply. “You can see how productive someone is or isn’t and if they’re not being productive we bring them back to the office, and we give them the coaching they need until they bring the productivity back up again,” Fraser said.
Accelerating the Future of Business
Dr. Manar Al Moneef, Chief Investment Officer, NEOM spoke of its ambitious plans to redefine business, sustainability and ‘liveability,’ including future city THE LINE, which has pledged to run on 100 percent renewable energy.
“The reopening of China has been faster than many could have predicted”, says Nicolas Aguzin, CEO, HKEX, who considers it a “consequential positive catalyst to global markets in 2023.” Aguzin said for the first time, international companies that list in Hong Kong will benefit from investors from the Chinese mainland – a “game-changer for the future.”
Navigating Global Megatrends
Waleed Al Mokarrab Al Muhairi, Deputy Group CEO, Mubadala discussed three current megatrends that “colour the way we view the world”: demographics; conflict, and technology.
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