• United Arab Emirates, Ministry of Economy

    Financial Leaders’ Forums have been held for the prior three years under the Patronage of the Ministry of Economy of the United Arab Emirates. The event has been supported by the following financial community leaders

  • Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services

    Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services is a leading provider of financial market intelligence. The world’s foremost source of independent credit ratings, indices, risk evaluation, investment research and data, Standard & Poor’s is an essential part of the world’s financial infrastructure. For more than 150 years, Standard & Poor’s provides financial decision-makers with the intelligence they need to feel confident about their decisions. Standard & Poor’s has full cross-practice analytical coverage for the Middle East region based in its DIFC offices in Dubai.

  • Platts

    Founded in 1909, Platts is a leading global provider of energy, petrochemicals, metals and agriculture information and a premier source of benchmark prices for the physical and futures markets. Platts\' news, pricing, analytics, commentary and conferences help customers make better-informed trading and business decisions and help the markets operate with greater transparency and efficiency. Customers in more than 150 countries benefit from Platts\' coverage of the biofuels, carbon emissions, coal, electricity, oil, natural gas, metals, nuclear power, petrochemical, shipping and sugar markets. A division of McGraw Hill Financial (NYSE: MHFI), Platts is based in London with more than 1000 employees in more than 15 offices worldwide

  • S&P Capital IQ

    S&P Capital IQ is a leading provider of multi-asset class data, research and analytics to institutional investors, investment advisors and wealth managers around the world. It provides a broad suite of capabilities designed to help track performance, generate alpha, identify new trading and investment ideas, and perform risk analysis and mitigation strategies. Through leading desktop solutions such as Capital IQ, Global Credit Portal and MarketScope Advisor desktops; enterprise solutions such as S&P Securities Evaluations, Global Data Solutions, and Compustat; and research offerings, including Leveraged Commentary & Data, Global Market Intelligence, and company and fund research, S&P Capital IQ sharpens financial intelligence into the wisdom today’s investors need.

  • S&P Dow Jones Indices

    S&P Dow Jones Indices is the world’s largest provider of financial market indices, calculating over 830,000 indices and publishes benchmarks that provide the basis for 575 ETFs globally with $387 billion in assets invested. It serves as the DNA for $1.5 trillion of the world’s indexed assets. With a long track record of providing investors with innovative, index-based solutions, original research and timely data, S&P Dow Jones Indices is the pioneer and home to the iconic Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500, as well as home to some of the most widely followed and trusted indices such as the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, S&P GSCI and the Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index. According to the Futures Industry Association, 3 of the top 5 Equity Index Futures and Options contracts traded and/or cleared between January and April 2012 were based on S&P Dow Jones Indices benchmarks.

  • Arab Federation of Exchanges

    The Arab Federation of Exchanges was established in June 1978 to be the guiding body for the Arab stock exchanges, under the recommendation of the Arab Central Banks Conference, held under the auspices of the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

    The mission of the Federation is to create a transparent environment for the Arab capital markets, develop market members and reduce the barriers of security trading across the countries through establishing harmony across the laws and regulations of the Arab countries, adopting new technologies and advanced trading and clearing settlements.

  • Dubai International Financial Centre

    DIFC is an onshore financial centre strategically located between the east and west, which provides a secure and efficient platform for business and financial institutions to reach into and out of the emerging markets of the region. The quality and range of DIFC\'s independent regulation, common law framework, supportive infrastructure and its tax-friendly regime make it the perfect base to take advantage of the region\'s rapidly growing demand for financial and business services.

    DIFC fills the time-zone gap for a global financial centre between the leading financial centres of London and New York in the west and Hong Kong and Tokyo in the east. Guided by its core values of integrity, transparency and efficiency, DIFC is playing a pivotal role in meeting the growing financial needs of the region.

  • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP was founded in New York in 1931. To this day, the New York office, like the rest of the firm, remains committed to providing the finest legal services to the highest quality clientele and to fulfilling the duty of public service. From 1951 to 1953, founding partner Whitney Debevoise served as general counsel to the United States High Commissioner for Germany and as Acting Deputy High Commissioner. From 1961 to 1965, founding partner Francis Plimpton served as deputy representative to the United Nations. Upholding the firm’s deeply rooted values, our clients continue to be highly respected industry leaders -- and amongst major law firms in the city, our New York office consistently dedicates substantial resources to pro bono representation.

  • Sedco Capital

    SEDCO Capital is the partner of choice for institutional and high net worth investors with whom it shares its best-in-class expertise and access to prime investment opportunities globally & in KSA.The power of partnership lays at the heart of SEDCO Capital’s business and its investment strategy. SEDCO Capital was founded by SEDCO Holding to share its access to opportunities, as well as the investment advice and professional services it receives, with other investors seeking innovative wealth management solutions to invest side by side globally and in Saudi Arabia

  • Union National Bank

    Established as a Public Joint Stock Company in 1982, UNB is one of the leading domestic banks in the United Arab Emirates and are headquartered in Abu Dhabi. Offers a variety of products and services, addressing needs ranging from basic requirements of individuals to the more complex requirements of corporate entities. Electronic delivery channels, ably supported by an extensive network of Banking Centers spread across the emirates, offer greater banking convenience to our customers. The bank that is jointly owned by the Governments of Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

  • Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East

    Bloomberg Businessweek was Founded in 1929, with more than 4.7 million readers each week in 140 countries. Drawing on more than 2,300 journalists in 146 bureaus across 72 countries, Bloomberg Businessweek covers the business world like no one else can.

    Bloomberg BusinessWeek launched its Middle East Edition on October 1, 2013 as an English publication across the region. It would offer the same indispensable content, presenting to influential people, ideas and assets they need to compete, innovate and move ahead

  • Financial Times

    The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 605,402 (Deloitte assured, 3 January 2011 to 3 April 2011) and a combined print and online average daily readership of 2.1 million people worldwide (PwC assured, November 2010). FT.com has 3.6 million registered users and the FT has 224,000 paying digital subscribers. The newspaper, printed at 24 print sites across the globe, has a daily circulation of 372,076 (ABC, April 2011).

  • Arabia Monitor

    Research firm that provides studies on the economies & financial markets of the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region, which we view as the new emerging market. Our perspective is forward looking and places recent developments in the region in a broader context, taking a long-term view based on the macroeconomic and financial balance sheet of the Arab countries.

  • Financial Services Association

    The Financial Services Association UAE (FSA UAE) is a non-profit trade association for the financial services sector in the UAE. The Association serves as the voice of the industry in front of the financial regulators and legislators, establishes a dialogue on policy matters with the aim of improving the financial services industry.

  • GBSA

    The Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association (GBSA) is the industry trade association leading development of the region’s fixed income capital market essential to the growth, financial stability and diversification of the region. Its mission is to increase market transparency and liquidity while strengthening the region’s voice in the global financial arena. The only organization dedicated to this purpose, GBSA mobilizes market participants and connects the industry with national and regional official bodies.

  • Middle East Investor Relations Society

    Investor Relations (IR, is a bridge between a company and the investment community. An effective IR function is therefore a two way communication channel between the company and its investment story; and its investors, both current and prospective. This channel addresses investors who are not specifically interested in purchasing the services and products that the firm offers to its regular clients, however more attracted in acquiring equity (ex. listed shares) or debt (ex. sukuk) with a hope that the value of their investments will rise over time.

    Solid IR standards bring many advantages to a given company and consequently given jurisdiction. Amongst others, they bring additional investment, support liquidity, stability and diversity of the shareholder base, which in turn reduces volatility. Importantly, IR contributes to a company\'s securities achieving fair valuation. A fair valuation which is largely free from noise, rumours or speculation.

  • MENA Private Equity Association

    The MENA Private Equity Association is a non-profit entity committed to supporting and developing the private equity and venture capital industry in the Middle East and North Africa. They aim to foster greater communication within the region\'s private equity and venture capital network and facilitate knowledge sharing in order to encourage overall economic growth. They also develop statistics and information to enhance transparency. The Association will actively promote the industry’s successes to local stakeholders and build trust with investors and the public in the region and internationally

  • Pearl Initiative

    The Pearl Initiative is a private sector-led not-for-profit organization set up to improve transparency, accountability and business practices in the Arab world. It is a growing regional membership network of business leaders committed to driving joint action and sharing knowledge and experience. The Pearl Initiative has been developed in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Partnerships. It is a center of excellence at the American University of Sharjah. It aims to create a culture of greater transparency and accountability within the Arabian Gulf region in order to positively impact the business environment and foster competitive economic growth and sustainable social development.


    YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) connects successful young chief executives in a global network unlike any other. Founded in 1950 the organization unites approximately 19,000 business leaders in 110 countries around a shared mission: Better Leaders Through Education and Idea Exchange.

    WPO (World Presidents’ Organization) is a global organization of more than 4,600 business leaders who are or have been chief executive officers of major companies and who are “graduates” of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization). Spanning more than 70 countries, WPO members combine corporate responsibility and personal public service to make significant contributions in their communities. Today, their ranks include diplomats, senior elected officials, and appointed government officials at the international, national, regional and local levels.

  • DNMconnect

    DNMconnect is a meeting advisory service connecting business, thought and community leaders to build sustainable relationships that lead to transactions. For more information. DNMconnect strives to generate deal flow and produce tangible results serving business community and thought leaders across Middle East, Africa and Asia.

  • Oxford Business Group (OBG)

    Oxford Business Group (OBG) is a global publishing, research and consultancy firm, which publishes economic intelligence on the markets of the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

    OBG offers comprehensive analysis of macroeconomic and sectoral developments, including banking, capital markets, energy, infrastructure, industry and insurance.

    OBG’s acclaimed economic and business reports are the leading source of local and regional intelligence, while OBG’s online economic briefings provide up-to-date in-depth analysis. OBG’s consultancy arm offers tailor-made market intelligence and advice to firms operating in these markets and those looking to enter them.

  • London Business School

    Through London Business School\'s first-class programmes, global community and international links, they can deliver an educational experience to transform the students\' futures. They offer a rich portfolio of masters and non-masters programmes to suit students and executives at every stage of their careers, including: MBA, Executive MBA, EMBA-Global, Dubai-London EMBA, Masters in Finance, Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy, Masters in Management, Executive Education and PhD.

    Through London Business School\'s first-class programmes, global community and international links, they can deliver an educational experience to transform the students\' futures. They offer a rich portfolio of masters and non-masters programmes to suit students and executives at every stage of their careers, including: MBA, Executive MBA, EMBA-Global, Dubai-London EMBA, Masters in Finance, Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy, Masters in Management, Executive Education and PhD.

  • Attivio’s Active Intelligence

    Attivio’s Active Intelligence Engine® (AIE®) maximizes the value of our customers’ information assets by integrating and correlating disconnected content and data silos from internal and external sources. AIE combines the power of search, BI and Big Data analytics to power strategic solutions for customer, operational, competitive and risk intelligence