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The Future of Trade: The Middle East's Pivot to Asia

About the event

DMCC, the world’s leading free zone, in partnership with Asia House, the London-based centre of expertise on trade, investment and public policy, held the Future of Trade conference in association with the Government of Dubai.

The conference brought together leading figures from government, trade, investment, and technology to share predictive analysis of the shifts taking place within the world economy.

Key themes:

  • Future of Trade
  • Renewable Energy
  • Digital Technologies

Event details


Almas Conference Centre


8:30am - 2:00pm, 24 Mar 2019

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08:30 - 09:00

Registration, Tea & Coffee

09:00 - 09:10

Opening Remarks

  • Michael Lawrence, Chief Executive, Asia House
  • Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC
  • Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint, Chairman, Asia House

09:10 - 09:20

Ministerial Keynote

  • H.E. Abdulla Al Saleh, Undersecretary for Foreign Trade at the UAE Ministry of Economy

09:20 - 09:35

Keynote Speech

  • H.E. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World

09:35 - 10:20

Panel 1: The Future of Trade - The Middle East Pivot Towards Asia

  • Kyle Boag, Regional Head of International Subsidiary Banking, HSBC MENAT
  • Neil Cuthbert, Partner, Dentons & Co MENA
  • Flynt Leverett, Professor for International Affairs and Asian Studies and former US Government Senior Director for Middle East Affairs at the National Security Council
  • Shan Huang, Associate Managing Editor, Caixin Media and Senior Research Associate, Notre Dame University

10:20 - 10:35

Brexit Discussion

  • Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint, Chairman, Asia House
  • Anne Ruth Herkes, Former State Secretary, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

10:35 - 11:05

Refreshment Break

11:05 - 11:50

Panel 2: The Big Game Changer - Technology in Global Trade

  • Sunil Veetil, Regional Head of Trade and Receivables, HSBC MENA
  • Anthony Butler, Chief Technology Officer, IBM
  • Andrew Sims, Chief Executive Officer of NEC Payments and Executive Board Director of Bahrain FinTech Bay
  • Luan Tian, Director of Global Incubation, Innoway

11:50 - 12:35

Panel 3: Shifting Energy Trends - The Rise of Renewables

  • Michelle Davies, International Head of Clean Energy and Sustainability, Eversheds Sutherland
  • Daniel Calderon, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Alcazar Energy
  • Hongbin Cong, Former Vice-Chairman of International Relations, Falcon and Associates
  • Laurent Longuet, CEO, Siraj Power

12:35 - 12:50

Closing Keynote

  • Simon Penney, HM Trade Commissioner for Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan, UK Government

12:50 - 13:00

Closing remarks

  • Michael Lawrence, Chief Executive, Asia House

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