Abu Dhabi | 7 December 2016

Bloomberg Markets Most Influential 2016

The Bloomberg Markets Most Influential Summit makes its Middle Eastern debut in 2016 as Bloomberg convenes the world’s financial leaders for a day of conversation, networking and cross-border thought leadership in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The Summit harnesses the power of Bloomberg LP’s global footprint and its news arm’s unparalleled reporting resources to deliver cutting-edge ideas and smart perspectives across all of the Bloomberg platforms– TV, radio, digital, web, print and Terminal.

Registration is now closed as this event is at capacity.

December 7 - Wednesday

8:00 am

Registration opens, welcome breakfast

9:00 am

Welcome Remarks: Reto Gregori, Deputy Editor-in-Chief Bloomberg

9:05 am

Keynote Address: His Excellency Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Global Market


9:15 am

The Reign of Sovereign Wealth

With oil prices and national incomes under pressure, sovereign wealth funds are taking on new importance as sources of economic and financial diversification. What investment strategies can help meet that critical objective?



9:40 am

In Conversation With: UAE Minister of Energy His Excellency Suhail Mohammed Faraj Al Mazrouei



10:00 am

Long Term Investing in an Uncertain World

The Brexit vote, Trump's election victory and many other unexpected events have shaped financial markets during 2016. We'll hear from prominent investors on how they structure and manage portfolios to withstand volatile market and geopolitical conditions.



  • Don Amstad

    Director, Aberdeen Asset Management Asia Ltd

  • Sheila Patel

    Chairman, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

  • Jean-Paul Villain

    Director, Strategy Unit, Managing Director’s Office, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

10:30 am

Networking break

10:50 am

Looking East: In Conversation with Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman, Templeton Emerging Market Group

Despite the past year's turmoil, China remains ripe for investment as do several South Asian and APAC countries where barriers to entry are being lowered. Where is smart money headed in 2017?


  • Jason Kelly

    New York Bureau Chief, Executive Editor, Bloomberg Television


11:50 am

Oil and the New Normal

Oil has fluctuated between $45 and $50 a barrel for most of 2016. We gather experts to discuss the commodity's prospects for 2017. What are the implications for production; how should suppliers respond and where is demand headed?


12:20 pm

The Fintech Opportunity

Despite being small in size, momentum is building in the UAE fintech ecosystem. We look at what's driving investment, overcoming challenges in the system and where the opportunities lie.



12:50 pm

Networking Lunch

2:00 pm

In Conversation With: Arif Naqvi, CEO/Founder Abraaj Group


  • Jason Kelly

    New York Bureau Chief, Executive Editor, Bloomberg Television


2:30 pm

Investing in the Middle East

Political upheaval in the West, rising market volatility and the push to diversify carbon-based economies all have investors yearning for new ways to put money to work. We explore the top investment strategies for the Middle East with the region's leading voices and reveal where the real opportunities can be found.



3:00 pm

Networking Break

3:15 pm

Vision 2030: The Blueprint for Life After Oil

Both Saudi Arabia and the UAE, two of the Middle East's biggest powerhouses, are establishing a roadmap for economic development based on reduced reliance on oil. Top experts discuss what they see as the plan's biggest challenges and opportunities.


  • Riad Hamade

    Executive Editor, Middle East and Africa, Bloomberg


3:50 pm

Transforming Capital Markets in the Middle East

Low oil prices have created both a challenge and an opportunity for investors in the Gulf, with the possibility of snapping up a wide variety of assets at attractive valuations. We discuss how investors are positioning for distressed securities, M&A activity, applying new and alternative investing techniques, and uncovering value in rapidly transforming capital markets.



  • Ahmed Badr

    Chief Executive Officer, Middle East & North Africa, Renaissance Capital

  • Georges Elhedery

    Chief Executive Officer, Middle East and North Africa, HSBC Group Deputy Chairman, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited

  • Seif Fikry

    CEO & Executive Director, Afkar Capital

  • Sjoerd Leenart

    Senior Country Officer, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, J.P.Morgan

4:20 pm

Post-event Reception


Nguyễn Xuân Phúc

Prime Minister Vietnam

Nazir Razak

Chairman CIMB Group

Thomas Lembong

Chairman Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM)

Nguyen Chi Dung

Minister of Planning and Investment Vietnam

Luu Duc Khanh

Managing Director VietJet Air

Wouter Van Wersch

President & CEO GE, ASEAN

Truong Gia Binh

President FPT Corp.

Roger Lee


Thinh Pham

CEO Deloitte Vietnam

Chartsiri Sophonpanich

President Bangkok Bank

Rakesh Kochhar

Senior Vice President, Treasury Sales and Finance Nissan Motor Co.

Ganesan Ampalavanar

Managing Director Nestlé Vietnam

Randy Jusuf

Managing Director, ASEAN Kimberly Clark

Axel Pannes

Managing Director BMW Group Asia

Trinh Van Quyet

Chairman FLC Group JSC

James Cameron

Head of Project and Export Finance, Asia Pacific HSBC

Jordan Schwartz

Director, Singapore Infrastructure & Urban Development Hub The World Bank

Omar Shahzad

Group CEO Meinhardt Group

Prakash Jhanwer

Regional Controller, Southeast Asia Olam International

Dominic Scriven

Chairman Dragon Capital Group

Kevin Snowball

CEO & CIO PXP Asset Management

Lito Camacho

Credit Suisse Vice-Chairman, Asia Pacific

Sajith Sivanandan

Managing Director of Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines and New Emerging Markets Google

Vishal Harnal

Partner 500 Start-Ups

Henry Nguyen

Managing General Partner IDG Ventures Vietnam

Jeffrey Paine

Founding Partner Golden Gate Ventures

Mustapa Mohamed

Minister of International Trade and Industry Malaysia


Abu Dhabi Global Market (“ADGM”), an international financial centre in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, opened for business on 21st October 2015.  Strategically situated in Abu Dhabi, home to one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, ADGM plays a pivotal role in positioning Abu Dhabi as a global centre for business and finance that connects with the growing economies of the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.

Since opening, ADGM has received strong interests from a number of sectors, including: private banking, asset and wealth management, professional and business services, corporate headquarters, management functions and treasury operations, holding structures, asset and IP protection, family offices and industry and professional associations.

Benefits of operating from ADGM include:

  • 100% foreign ownership
  • Ease of setting up businesses
  • 0 % personal and corporate tax and unlimited repatriation of capital
  • No restrictions on employment
  • Common Law Jurisdiction
  • State-of-the-art infrastructure and Grade A office space on Al Maryah Island that is owned and leased/sold by Mubadala



Established and owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi, the company’s strategy is built on the creation of partnerships and on long-term, capital-intensive investments that deliver strong financial returns, contribute to the growth and diversification of Abu Dhabi’s economy, and create opportunities for current and future generations in the United Arab Emirates.

Mubadala brings together and manages a multi-billion dollar portfolio of local, regional and international investments and partners with leading global organizations to operate businesses across a wide range of industry sectors. These include aerospace, semiconductors, metals & mining, oil & gas, renewables, information & communications technology, healthcare, real estate & infrastructure, utilities, and defense services.

For more information about Mubadala please visit www.mubadala.com

Attendance is by approval only. Please complete the form HERE and a member of our team will respond to confirm if your registration has been successful.

The event is free to attend to invited executive attendees.

Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island
P.O.Box 107032
Al Maryah Island
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Tel: +971 (2) 333 2222

See location HERE.

Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi is located less than 40 kilometres from Abu Dhabi International Airport, approximately 30 minutes by car.

Alternatively, fly in to Dubai International Airport and from there it is a 95-minute drive to Al Maryah Island (connecting flights are not recommended).

Citizens of many countries can get a free-of-charge entry visa on arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport OR Dubai International Airport (either 30 or 90 days, depending on the country).

To check if a visa is required, check the Abu Dhabi tourist site or the Dubai tourist site

Citizens of other countries will need to apply for a visa, details are included in the website links above.

There is limited parking available at the hotel. They can arrange airport transfers as required.

An online booking tool will shortly be available through which you can book accommodation at the Four Seasons. In the meantime, please email any accommodation queries to bliveemea@bloomberg.net.

The main languages spoken in Abu Dhabi are Arabic and English.

Time zone

UTC (GMT) +4 hours

Temperatures in Abu Dhabi in December range between 15 and 28 degrees Celsius.

Business attire is recommended for the Bloomberg Markets Most Influential 2016.

Contact Us
Please email bliveemea@bloomberg.net if you have any queries about this event.

For speaking enquiries:
Odette Berg

For sponsorship enquiries:
Simon Baker
+44 (0) 3525 4917

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Please email bliveemea@bloomberg.net