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Forbes Global CEO Conference kicks off on Monday

Dubai: The Forbes Global CEO Conference will open on Monday at Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The event is hosted by the Government of Dubai and facilitated by Falcon. .

The Forbes Global CEO Conference is being held in Dubai and the Middle East for the first time from October 21-23, 2012. This year’s conference gathers more than 50 prominent global business leaders participating as speakers.

Now in its twelfth year, the event provides a high-level platform for more than 400 top CEOs, entrepreneurs, tycoons and thought-leaders to discuss and debate issues of global concern.

A stellar cast of speakers from the GCC region and around the world have come together to exchange insights on today’s risks and opportunities. They include: Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, His Royal Highness Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company and His Excellency Mohammed Al Shaibani, Director General of His Highness The Ruler’s Court, Government of Dubai and CEO ‘&’ Executive Director of the Investment Corporation of Dubai.

Under the theme of ‘The Race Ahead’, the Conference will examine how policy and business leaders are facing critical challenges in the global competition for prosperity. Panels will analyse the state of the world economy and focus on the best strategies for success in global business. Sessions will also highlight the latest trends in sectors such as finance, energy and commodities, technology and innovation, entrepreneurship, rising cities, as well as the best practices in philanthropy and leadership.

Among the highlights of the conference, Mohammed Al Shaibani will conduct a �Meeting of Minds’ one-on-one dialogue with Steve Forbes to examine global economic issues at the opening gala dinner. HRH Prince Alwaleed will join Steve Forbes in a special dialogue to exchange views on the world economy and investment prospects on the following day. Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, will engage in a conversation with Steve Forbes at the gala dinner at the Armani Hotel at the Burj Khalifa.

A host of high-profile UAE-based business leaders are confirmed panelists at the conference, including Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, Chairman of Abdulla Al Ghurair Group and CEO of Mashreq Group, Ahmad Bin Byat, CEO of Dubai Holding and His Excellency Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World. Others include Arif Masood Naqvi, Group CEO of Abraaj Capital and Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, CEO of Etisalat Group.

Other distinguished panelists from around the world include Dhanin Chearavanont, Chairman and CEO, Charoen Pokphand Group, Jim Goodnight, CEO, SAS, Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., Chairman and CEO, WL Ross ‘&’ Co., Liang Xinjun, Vice Chairman and CEO, Fosun International, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairman and MD, Biocon Ltd., Malvinder Mohan Singh, Executive Chairman, Fortis Healthcare, Ken Hu, CEO and Deputy Chairman, Huawei Technologies, Teresita Sy-Coson, Vice Chairperson, SM Investments Corporation, Lindsay Fox, Founder, Linfox, Yoshihiko Miyauchi, Chairman and CEO, Orix Corporation, Xiang Wenbo, President, Sany Heavy Industry and Eduardo Saverin, Co-Founder of Facebook.

The Forbes Global CEO Conference is hosted by the Government of Dubai and facilitated by Falcon ‘&’ Associates, with the support of corporate sponsors including Fosun, Huawei, Enshaa, Kele Contracting, Royal Falcon Fleet and Weber Shandwick.