Dubai, UAE: The Asian Business Leadership Forum (ABLF), Asia's most influential leadership platform, launches the Second Conclave of the ABLF TALKS LIVE, a series of virtual conclaves across 12 months, featuring world-renowned policymakers, thinkers and industry leaders in engaging conversations of consequence on Thursday, November 5, 2020, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the ABLF City, the permanent virtual venue of the ABLF.

Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, and in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Economy, the  Second Conclave of the 12-part virtual event series sheds light on the future of globalisation in an age of unprecedented global change and the clarion call towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The course of globalisation in the next few years, the challenges posed by economic nationalism and the need to strike a balance between self-reliance and multilateral cooperation will be fleshed out across 3 Fireside Conversations with government officials as well as industry leaders including Dr Shashi Tharoor, Lok Sabha Member of Parliament, Thiruvananthapuram Constituency, and Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, India; H.E. Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, Executive Director, Expo 2020 Dubai Commissioner General Office; Suhel Seth, Managing Partner, Counselage India; and Diana Hamade, Founder and Managing Partner, Diana Hamade Attorneys at Law.

Connecting with activists, corporate humanitarians and global-aid organisations to learn more about the impact of the pandemic on the 17 UN SDGs and the new goals and timelines for efforts to support the world’s underserved and vulnerable, the Second Conclave of the ABLF TALKS LIVE also features the presence of H.E. Mariam AlMheiri, Minister of State for Food and Water Security, UAE; Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, World Health Organization; and H.E. Raj Kumar Singh, Minister of State (IC), Ministry of Power; Minister of State (IC), Ministry of New & Renewable Energy; and Minister of State, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India.

While the ABLF TALKS LIVE brings together government and business leaders to discuss policies, strategies and statistics around the economic fallout due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the steps to resuscitate the world economy, the event series will also showcase the perspectives of philosophers, historians and literary scholars on today’s ever evolving global narratives. The Second Conclave launches the session entitled, ‘Global Storytellers at the ABLF’ with William Dalrymple, Historian and Author of the internationally acclaimed book ‘The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company’.

“The Executive Council of the ABLF made a conscious decision to spotlight the impact that the pandemic has had on globalisation in the Second Conclave of the 12-part virtual event series. The status quo has changed and the way we view globalisation – politically, economically,  scientifically, culturally is constantly evolving. As the ABLF theme rallies around developing innovative strategies for a decade of challenges, our speakers for the event on November 5, 2020 come from different industries, sectors and professions to share their perspectives on managing the reverse trend in globalisation. I would like to personally invite you all to engage in these sessions.” – Malini N. Menon, President, ABLF Executive Council.

Over the next 12 months, the virtual series will continue to host Asia’s brightest minds in purpose-driven dialogues to help identify solutions for current economic challenges, address current obstacles that impede recovery as well as explore new business opportunities and growth strategies.

During the inaugural Virtual Conclave on October 6 which was attended by over 7,500 participants, among the notable speakers present were H.E. Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri, Cabinet Member and Minister of Economy, UAE; H.E. Eng Suhail Faraj Al Mazrouei, Cabinet Member and Minister of Energy & Infrastructure, UAE; Hon. Joy Kabatsi, Minister of State for Transport and Cabinet Member, Uganda; H.E. Younis Haji Al Khouri, Undersecretary, Ministry of Finance, UAE; H.E. Dr Tariq Al Gurg, CEO, Dubai Cares, UAE; H.E. Khalfan Belhoul, CEO, Dubai Future Foundation, UAE; Saadia Zahidi, Managing Director, World Economic Forum; Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO; Jay Walder, CEO and Board Member, Virgin Hyperloop, USA; Mustafa Bosca, Managing Director and Partner, Middle East, BCG; and Dr Preetha Reddy, Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals, India.

Partners at the ABLF TALKS LIVE include Etisalat, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Cicero & Bernay Public Relations, CNBC Arabia, Entrepreneur Middle East and Aster DM Healthcare.


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