Technology Disruptors, Business & Government Leaders Discuss Financial Innovation & Technology during INSEAD's Global Business Leaders Conference

Middle East
01 November 2017

INSEAD, one of the world’s leading business schools, hosted earlier the latest edition of its annual Global Business Leaders Conference. Under the theme “The Future of Finance: New Technology and New Markets”, and in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the event was held at the ADGM’s Authorities Building, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi.

The seventh edition of the flagship Global Business Leaders Conference follows on the heels of the opening of INSEAD’s new campus in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, as well as the signing of a memorandum between INSEAD, ADGM and ADEK (Abu Dhabi Education and Knowledge Authority) in May. With a host of government officials, the INSEAD board of directors, alumni and executives from around the world in attendance, the event brought to light the evolving face of finance, against the backdrop of geopolitical developments, demographic changes, globalization and technological innovation. The opening remarks were delivered by His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Managing Director of the Emirates Foundation. The keynote speech was delivered by Ludovic Pouille, French Ambassador to the UAE, followed by Khalid Khalfan Al Suwaidi, Chief Operating Officer, Abu Dhabi Global Market.

The Global Business Leaders Conference is notable for convening thought leaders to actively debate some of the world’s most pressing issues. This year’s event featured a number of plenary sessions, led by “What is the New Normal?. Moderated by Lily Hua Fang, Associate Professor of Finance, INSEAD, and featuring His Excellency Khaleefa Salem G. Al Mansouri, Deputy Undersecretary, Department of Economic Development, and Lino Cattaruzzi, Managing Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Google, the session looked at the impact of globalization and technological changes on government and business. With a focus on the GCC, the session also explored the key opportunities to be capitalized upon in order to further drive the region’s growth in the years to come.

The second session, “Financial Innovation - Disruptive or Disrupting?”, took a close at the FinTech landscape, with perspectives from both entrepreneurs who are disrupting the sector, as well as representatives from traditional institutions, who find themselves having to adapt to a new reality. The session was moderated by Lily Hua Fang, Associate Professor of Finance, INSEAD, and featured Anand Aiyer, Artificial Intelligence Researcher and Serial Entrepreneur; Pekka Hietala, Professor of Finance and Chair, Finance Area, INSEAD; May Nasrallah, Founder and CEO, DeNovo Corporate Advisors and Todd Rupert, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ruppert International.

The final session, entitled “Diversity and Innovation in Finance”, was moderated by Peter Zemsky, Deputy Dean, Dean of Innovation, Professor of Strategy, The Eli Lilly Chaired Professor of Strategy and Innovation, INSEAD. It shed insights on the impact of technological advances and workforce diversity within the financial sphere. The session featured David Hayward Evans, Chief, Global Philanthropy, UNICEF, and Sadia Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Selar Enterprises.                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Ilian Mihov, Dean, Professor of Economics, The Rausing Chaired Professor of Economic and Business Transformation, INSEAD, said, “The outlook for global markets is changing as fast as the economic and political landscape around the world. Organizations and governments around the world have gradually realized that they face a new environment, which is constantly evolving. With this in mind, there could be no better moment to foster a debate around the opportunities and challenges facing us than the seventh edition of the Global Business Leaders Conference. The latest iteration of our flagship event, along with the opening of the new campus in Abu Dhabi, as well as the signing of the memorandum with ADGM and ADEK, make this a momentous year for our Middle East campus.”

Mr. Khalid Khalfan Al Suwaidi, COO ADGM, welcomed INSEAD to their new home at ADGM and stated “The financial sector is an important enabler for any economic growth – not only for Abu Dhabi, but for the UAE and the wider region. Education and professional development are key drivers for the growth of the financial sector, for this reason, we at ADGM are working to develop Al Maryah Island as a regional hub for talent and learning within the financial sector. We believe that through this initiative, we will help cultivate a highly-skilled workforce, and ensure Abu Dhabi is an attractive destination to pursue a career in finance. INSEAD’s move to Al Maryah Island is a major milestone in achieving this objective. This will help build the talent pool and the development of human capital in the finance sector”

Miguel Lobo, Associate Professor of Decision Sciences and Director of INSEAD’s Abu Dhabi Campus, added, “The financial sector forms a lynchpin of the global economy and is increasingly playing a role in emerging markets as well. The financial landscape is seeing a market shift as a result of geopolitics and the introduction of new technology, and new possibilities are opening up, to both disruptors and traditional powerhouses alike. At INSEAD, we are proud to have brought together a varied set of individuals, with a host of viewpoints, to discuss insights on one of the most important topics of our days.”

About INSEAD, The Business School for the World

As one of the world's leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas to change lives and to transform organisations. A global perspective and cultural diversity are reflected in all aspects of our research and teaching.

With campuses in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore) and the Middle East (Abu Dhabi), INSEAD's business education and research spans three continents. The school’s 145 renowned Faculty members from 40 countries inspire more than 1,400 degree participants annually in its MBAExecutive MBA,  Executive Master in FinanceExecutive Master in Consulting and Coaching for Change and PhD programmes. In addition, more than 11,000 executives participate in INSEAD's executive education programmes each year.

In addition to INSEAD's programmes on its three campuses, INSEAD participates in academic partnerships with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia & San Francisco); the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University near Chicago; the Johns Hopkins University/SAIS in Washington DC and the Teachers College at Columbia University in New York; and MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In Asia, INSEAD partners with School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. INSEAD is a founding member in the multidisciplinary Sorbonne University created in 2012, and also partners with Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil.

INSEAD became a pioneer of international business education with the graduation of the first MBA class on the Fontainebleau campus in Europe in 1960. In 2000, INSEAD opened its Asia campus in Singapore. And in 2007 the school began an association in the Middle East, officially opening the Abu Dhabi campus in 2010.

Around the world and over the decades, INSEAD continues to conduct cutting edge research and to innovate across all its programmes to provide business leaders with the knowledge and sensitivity to operate anywhere. These core values have enabled INSEAD to become truly “The Business School for the World”.

INSEAD’s MBA programme is ranked #1 by the Financial Times in 2016 and 2017.

 

 

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