Financial Leaders's Forum

Empowering Investors in transforming Middle East Financial & Energy Markets.


Current events are redefining global economies, providing regional investors and markets great opportunity yet also posing significant risk. So how does one prepare and how best to respond?


For the Middle East, the role of its nascent financial community has never been more meaningful. Regional markets and investors, led primarily by those based in the GCC, are poised to be globally competitive. An overwhelming 94% of financial community respondents attending the S&P Leaders’ Forum 2012 deemed it ‘important’ or ‘very important’ for the GCC’s financial sector to compete globally. The S&P Financial Leaders’ Forum 2013 tackles the complexity and sheds light on rewards for investors and financial markets to compete yet collaborate, in an environment that demands transparency and good governance, while contributing responsibly towards sustainable economic growth.


The Financial Leaders’ Forum offers a decision-making solution to market leaders. It does so by capturing the viewpoint of the Middle East financial community in a single event that equips participants with strategies to grasp opportunities and mitigate risks.


Now in its sixth year, the invitation-only event is a forward-looking, regional financial sector and business strategy forum for senior financial community members. The Forum is a unique proposition – it is the only financial community event that encourages the financial sector’s contribution to regional economies while working towards improving industry standards.


The annual event brings together more than 300 global and regional investors and issuers from corporates, financial intermediaries, financial services, regulators, associations and thought leaders in order to address key current issues and set future plans and strategies for the benefit of the economy and their respective businesses. The forum draws upon the expertise of collective participant opinions and offers meaningful economic and business directions as an outcome of interactive discussions, audience interviews and questionnaires.


Participants at the Financial Leaders’ Forum collectively account for over US$1 trillion in assets under management offering a representative sample of the regions’ financial community leadership, sharing perspectives on a multiplicity of concerns, opportunities and solutions, supported by industry experts and thought leaders. DNMconnect strives to generate deal flow and produce tangible results serving business community and thought leaders across Middle East, Africa and Asia.


Organised under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Economy and supported by regional financial associations such as The Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association, MENA Private Equity Association, The UAE Financial Services Association (FSA), UN Pearl Initiative, Middle East Investor Relations Society and with the participation of the World Bank, Union of Arab Banks, Arab Federation of Exchanges, Istanbul Stock Exchange amongst others, representing collectively over 3,000 members.


Participants at the Financial Leader's Forum in the past have included;

  • UAE Minister of Economy, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research

  • Global and regional CEO’s and Chief Investment Officers ( PE, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Banks and other financial intermediaries) overseeing US$ billions under management from firms such as State Street, Aviva Investors, Natixis, Principal Global Investors, Deutsche Bank, KKR ( Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts), BNY Mellon, Swicorp, SEDCO Capital, InvestAD, Schroeders, Lion Global Investors, Goldman Sachs, GE, Abraaj, Citadel, Gulf Capital, Jadwa Capital, Markaz, Rothschild among others

  • Leading Economists with regional expertise from institutions such as the International Institute of Finance, World Bank, Citigroup, National Commercial Bank, Monitor Arabia, Deutsche Bank, Daiwa Capital Markets, Bahrain Economic Development Board, Unicredit, Mckinsey & Co. among others

  • Opinion leaders such as Nassim Taleb (‘Black Swan’), Hamish McRae (Editor of the Independent and Author of ‘The World in 2020’ and ‘Capital City’)

  • Supported by Standard & Poor’s Senior Global and Regional Specialists from ratings, indices and analytics drawing upon unrivalled financial intelligence and market analysis


About Financial Leader's Forum 2014

The agenda for 2014 is currently under formulation with the editorial panel, key topics of discussion will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Key risks and specific opportunities for regional investors and issuers including analysis on the impact of timely events.

  • The role that the financial and investor community offers regional economic development, with a focus on ‘financial inclusion’ in conjunction in participation with the World Bank’s regional leadership

  • How emerging markets, including the Middle East, will tackle current and future challenges

  • Investment strategies and asset allocations for 2014, presented by leading investors

  • Applying innovation in the battle for investor confidence

  • Fundraising in difficult market conditions and the future of GCC equity and fixed income markets

  • Discussion summaries and investor roadmap for 2014 and beyond.


Please note that attendance is strictly by invitation only.