After three successful editions in 2020 (October 6, November 5 and December 7), the First ABLF Talks Virtual Conclave of 2021 will be held on January 18 at the cutting-edge virtual venue, the ABLF City.

As always, the leadership series organised by the Asian Business Leadership Forum (ABLF), Asia’s most influential leadership platform, will bring together powerful global leaders in conversations of consequence seeking solutions to urgent issues.

Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Economy, the event focuses on the theme ‘Innovative Strategies for a Decade of Challenges – Asia 2020- 2030’, with the narrative rallying around disruption, determination and commitment to establish sustainable solutions to adapt and pivot in the ecosystem that has emerged in the wake of the pandemic.

At the January 18 Virtual Conclave, Dr Aaditya Mattoo, Chief Economist, World Bank, East Asia and Pacific Region, will evaluate the profound impact of the pandemic and the solutions needed to stimulate recovery at his session titled, ‘The Long Road to Economic Stability’. 

Joining him will be H.E. Fahad Al Gergawi, CEO of Dubai FDI, who will talk about the opportunities available as countries redefine internal and external policies to support self-reliance.

With the pandemic highlighting the crucial role of technology in providing solutions, tech-leaders will give their perspectives on the subject, ‘The Crisis: A Catalyst for a Tech-led Future.’ In this regard, Alisha Moopen, Deputy Managing Director, Aster DM Healthcare, said, “The year has started with positive news of vaccinations which has been fast-tracked by so many countries and the quickest to-market product we have ever seen in the history of mankind. Administering billions of people will require new models, coordination across partners and technology enablers to make this happen as quickly and effectively as possible. The pandemic has fast-tracked technological adoption by almost 10 times and has turned the world into one virtual connected platform, bringing people closer together and providing an easy solution to many modern world problems. I am glad that ABLF Talks is bringing together renowned experts to share their perspective and ideas on top global agenda items and setting the pathway for a sustainable future.”

The other speakers at the Conclave include Dr Ayesha Khanna, CEO and Co-Founder, ADDO AI Singapore, Gaurav Gupta, Co-Founder, Zomato, Kathleen Rogers, President, EARTHDAY.ORG and world-renowned artist, Sacha Jafri.

Commenting on the continuous success of the ABLF Talks Live, Malini N. Menon, President, ABLF Executive Council, said: “We are pleased to bring the First edition of our ABLF Talks Live Virtual Conclave in the New Year, hosting a mix of experts from public and private entities. The themes of the ABLF Talks recognises the crucial challenges faced by the world even as businesses and authorities focus on collective recovery through innovative measures. We believe these are important conversations that will churn out beneficial solutions from some of the most dynamic leaders of our time.”

The ABLF Talks Virtual Conclave 2021 is supported by the Ministry of Economy, SMART IEDEA, Aster DM Healthcare, FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry), Etisalat, Cicero & Bernay PR, Entrepreneur Middle East, Zee Group, Wion, Arab News, MAA and Partners and CNBC Arabia.

Source: Cicero and Bernay

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