• Driven by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Initiative of Global Prosperity, the conference will convene policymakers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and academia in the UAE
  • Driven by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Initiative of Global Prosperity, the conference will be held on November 24, 2021, as part of the six-day GMIS Week at EXPO’s Dubai Exhibition Centre, the Conference will explore the latest opportunities and solutions to integrate social impact as part of startups’ core business models

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity today announced that it will host the Global Prosperity Conference to explore the role of start-ups, disruptive business models, and digital innovations to support the advancement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and drive global good. 

Reinforcing the importance of technology as a key tool for positive social change, the conference will gather policymakers, investors, entrepreneurs, academia and members of UN agencies to create a global innovation ecosystem where organisations build transformational ideas, lasting partnerships and market-driven solutions to tackle the world’s most pressing socio-economic and environmental challenges.

Scheduled to be held on November 24, 2021, as part of the six-day Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit Week (GMIS Week), the Conference is a testament to the evolution of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity that was launched as a legacy initiative of the first edition of GMIS (#GMIS2017) to form a community of innovators and entrepreneurs dedicated to accelerating societal progress worldwide.  

Vilas S. Dhar, President of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, said: “Technology is both a platform and tool to make the world a better place. However, for technology to effectively drive societal progress across developed and developing economies, we need shared commitments and action within the business, policy and innovation communities. The Global Prosperity Conference is an unparalleled opportunity to develop and promote the next big ideas to shape a resilient future. As countries emerge from the throes of a pandemic, we must leverage the conferences’ convening power to drive lasting changes for the planet and people.”

Highlighting the need to integrate social impact commitments into startups and global organisations’ core business strategies, discussions at the Global Prosperity Conference will explore ways to transform socially innovative solutions into scalable business opportunities. The conference agenda will consist of keynotes and panel discussions and will spotlight the importance of developing a collaborative and progressive ecosystem that drives impact, advances the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and promotes global good.   

The Conference will organise a panel discussion examining how impact investing – an emerging investment approach that is creating both financial returns and societal progress – can contribute to the advancement of the UN SDGs, such as ending global poverty, combating climate change and improving access to clean energy. With special emphasis on public private partnerships, a dedicated session will explore how enabling cross-sectoral collaboration, knowledge-exchange and shared financing initiatives are essential to identify, nurture and scale impact-driven businesses.

Senior policymakers and industry leaders confirmed to speak at the Conference include H.E. Shamma bint Suhail Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth of the United Arab Emirates; Maimunah Mohammed Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat; H.E. Dr. Raphael Nagel, Founder and Chairman of the Abraham Business Circle; H. E. Ahmed Taleb Ali Al Shamsi, CEO of Emirates Foundation; Sarah Pirzada Usmani, Managing Director and Head of Sustainable, Asset & Project Finance at the First Abu Dhabi Bank; Erfan Ali, Regional Director for UN-Habitat for the Arab Region; Sonia Weymuller, Founding Partner of Venture Souq; Andrei Telenkov, CEO of Ntech Labs, Roberto Croci, Managing Director of Microsoft for Startups, Middle East, Turkey & Pakistan, and Jida Itani, Chief Operating Office for Hub 71; and David Rosenberg, CEO of Aerofarms.

Badr Al-Olama, Head of the GMIS Organising Committee, said: “We are delighted to welcome innovators from around the world to the Global Prosperity Conference – a truly transformative gathering to forge new relationships, identify growth opportunities, and make a meaningful impact on people’s lives. The conference will also offer a unique opportunity to learn from the UAE’s success as a global technology and sustainability hub, and the country’s vision for spreading prosperity. With a strong line-up of speakers, the Global Prosperity Conference is exactly what the world needs right now to drive social change and promote disruptive innovation.”

The Conference will also organise discussions on mentorship programmes that will focus on the mentor-mentee relationship   and its importance in helping start-ups improve their access to industry and technology expertise to create that can create tangible impact alongside financial returns. In addition, industry experts and policymakers will lead conversations around the role of accelerator programmes in mobilising stakeholders from across the world to help transform early-stage businesses into profitable global enterprises and turn social innovations into commercial solutions.

Other confirmed speakers at the Conference include Beau Seil, Partner at Patamar Capital; Busi Mabuza, Chair of the Board at the Industrial Development Corporation, South Africa; Vilas Dhar, President of Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou, CEO of National Agency for Information Society (ANSI); Brune Maria Braga, Head of Partnerships for MIT Solve; and Michael Cottle, Vice President of at NextBillion.ai.

Bernhard Kowatsch, Head of the World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator for the United Nations World Food Programme, adds, said: “We’re at a point where humanitarian and societal needs require more than single-lens solutions. We at the World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator have been working with multiple organisations, from the private and public sectors, to support start-ups and scaling innovations make real impact. Together we address global hunger and other Sustainable Development Goals, such as access to vaccines, climate smart strategies, gender equality, economic inclusion, and creating operating efficiencies across the sector. Join us in this opportunity to connect and collaborate to build coherent solutions for a more resilient world.”

The Global Prosperity Conference will be held alongside the GMIS Week, which will feature over 200 speakers from all over the world. The GMIS Week includes the two-day #GMIS2021 Summit on November 22-23, an Alternative & Renewable Energy Conference – The Green Chain Conference – on November 24, and country focused sessions in partnership with the United Kingdom, Australia and Italy. The event will also run a six-day manufacturing and advanced technology exhibition to showcase some of the UAE’s most innovative capabilities.

Participants can register to attend the GMIS Week at https://gmisummit.com/registration . The programme agenda is available at the following link: https://gmisummit.com 


About the Mohammed Bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity:

A gift from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of Dubai, to the world – The Mohammed Bin Rashid (MBR) Initiative for Global Prosperity is an ambitious and impactful worldwide extension of the UAE’s own transformational vision, built on four core values: resilience, community, harmony, and dignity. It combines the Global Maker Challenge – an online open-innovation platform for ‘makers’ and innovators to solve specific real-world challenges, and the Global Prosperity Award – a prestigious global accolade that recognises and rewards social innovation brought by manufacturing for the betterment of humanity. The Initiative brings together companies, startups and entrepreneurs, governments and NGOs to create an ecosystem designed to enable new businesses to be built, new jobs to be created, and new solutions to be unlocked in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

To learn more, please visit www.makingprosperity.com  and follow the Initiative on Twitter:  @Make4Prosperity, Instagram: @make4prosperity, LinkedIn: Mohammed Bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity, Facebook: @Make4Prosperity, and YouTube: Make4Prosperity.

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