Leaders in Dubai Business Forum 2009
I am honored to have been invited to participate as a speaker in this year’s Leaders in Dubai Business Forum. Organised by Leaders Presents, a division of IIR Middle East, the Leaders in Dubai attracted 1,300 delegates in 2008 from more than 40 countries and is expecting an even stronger showing this year. This year’s event is sponsored by Philips and headline media partners include BBC World, Al Arabiya, Gulf Business and The Times International.
At last year’s Leaders in Dubai, Mohammed El Baradei, the then Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and James Wolfensohn, former president of the World Bank, headed an 11-strong team of speakers. In 2007, former US secretary of State Colin Powell was the featured speaker.
This year’s forum will be titled, “A New Beginning,” and will be held at the International Convention Centre from October 26 to 28. Nobel Peace Prize Winners Al Gore and Desmond Tutu will be key speakers this year. According to the forum’s website, other speakers will include “influential business thinker, Gary Hamel, author Chester Elton, conductor Benjamin Zander, businessman Jack Perkowski, business motivator Steve Farber and industrialist Kris Gopalakrishnan.”
In connection with the Leaders in Dubai Business Forum, I was recently interviewed by Dubai Eye, a morning breakfast business show in Dubai. In the interview, I discuss how I came to China, topics I will discuss in Dubai, my new firm, JFP Holdings, the importance of penetrating China’s vast local market, and the opportunities as I see them today in the country.