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Industry leaders from across the spectrum of financial services will be sharing insight into ‘Unlocking Growth in a Changing World’ at the Global Financial Forum (GFF) in Dubai on 11 March 2019, hosted by the Dubai International Financial Centre, the leading financial hub in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia (MEASA) region.

The financial services industry in MEASA is poised for expansion as businesses seize the opportunities presented by disruptive technology, demographic shifts, new trends and a greater focus on sustainability. The GFF will be a chance for investors, entrepreneurs and members of the business community to learn how to capitalize on the potential of these fast-growing markets and thrive in this fast-changing sector.

The opening session at this year’s GFF will feature world-renowned economic commentator Martin Wolf, from the Financial Times, talking about the opportunities and challenges the world faces as the global economic recovery finds its feet in a talk entitled ‘Redefining Growth for the 21st Century’.

Investment guru Mark Mobius, who is the founder of Mobius Capital Partners and former Executive Chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Group will also be speaking at the event. One of the world’s foremost experts on emerging markets and author of over 10 best-selling business books, Mobius will share insights from his illustrious career during a fireside chat with the Financial Times.

Further insight will be provided by another banking icon, Bahren Shaari, Chief Executive Officer at Bank of Singapore. Shaari, who recently received the Berita Harian Achiever of the Year award from the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, will be discussing how wealth and asset managers can capitalise on the high net worth individual market in the region in a session entitled: ‘Wealth Leaders: New Customers, Markets, Technologies’.

The forum will also see participation from the philanthropic sector, with David Evans, Chief, Global Philanthropy at UNICEF; and David Lubinski, Senior Program Officer, Payment Infrastructure, Financial Services for the Poor (FSP), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discussing ‘Reaching Out – Unlocking Rewards from Financial Inclusion’ in a session moderated by CNBC International’s Hadley Gamble.


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