GCC Business Forum | Abu Dhabi 2025

GCC Business Forum | Abu Dhabi 2025

CONNECTING BUSINESS WITH CAPITAL IN THE GULF

Access to an Unparalleled Network powered by AI

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries – UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar – stand out as highly appealing regions for investment.

This exclusive business event offers a unique opportunity for international executives to engage directly with businessmen, government officials, and investors from these countries. Attendees can gain insights firsthand about the region’s potential, establish crucial contacts, engage in roundtable discussions on pertinent issues, and derive strategic business conclusions.

Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi, UAE

31 January 2025 | Friday

GCC Business Forum<br />
Abu Dhabi 2025

GCC Business Forum
Abu Dhabi 2025

CONNECTING BUSINESS WITH CAPITAL IN THE GULF

Access to an Unparalleled Network powered by AI

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries – UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar – stand out as highly appealing regions for investment. This exclusive business event offers a unique opportunity for international executives to engage directly with businessmen, government officials, and investors from these countries. Attendees can gain insights firsthand about the region’s potential, establish crucial contacts, engage in roundtable discussions on pertinent issues, and derive strategic business conclusions.

Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi, UAE

31 January 2025 | Friday

GCC Business Forum Format

Keynotes Speeches

Government officials will discuss the potential for economic growth, support from the government, and the expanding business and investment opportunities in different GCC countries.

Keynotes Speeches

Thematic Roundtables

Each roundtable session will be facilitated by esteemed experts from the GCC countries. The topics will cover various aspects relevant to conducting business and investments issues within the GCC region.

Thematic Roundtables

Business Marketplace

An exclusive VIP meeting zone will be available for representatives from government agencies, investment funds, family offices, and business executives keen
on expanding into the GCC region.

Business Marketplace

AI Matchmaking

The GCC Forum App provides all attendees with a curated list of potential business partners, along with the percentage of compatibility based on shared business interests in the GCC region.

AI Matchmaking

AI Matchmaking

Keynote Speakers | Moderators | VIP Guests

HE Abdulla Al Saleh

HE Abdulla Al Saleh

Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Economy | UAE

His Excellency Abdulla Al Saleh is Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Economy. He is the Chairman of the Competition Committee, Vice Chairman of UAE CSR Fund, a board member of the UAE Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Council, and Member of the UAE Digital Economy Council, Member of the UAE Gender Balance Council.

HH Sheikha Alanoud H. Al-Thani

HH Sheikha Alanoud H. Al-Thani

Chair, TenX Ventures | QATAR

Her Highness Alanoud bint Hamad Al-Thani is a dynamic businesswoman, seasoned investor, and influential independent board member. She currently chairs TenX Ventures, among other family owned businesses. Alanoud previously served as Deputy CEO and CBO at the Qatar Financial Center, where she was pivotal in positioning Doha as a leading global financial and commercial hub.

Osama Al Rahma

Osama Al Rahma

Head of Business Development at Emirates Investment Bank | UAE

Osama has contributed to the upscale of the standards in compliance and AML/ CFT within the remittance industry in UAE and globally for more than three decades. He has developed many innovative products and services that had an impact on the financial inclusion of the unbanked and underbanked segments.

Munthir Alansari

Munthir Alansari

Principal Advisor, Ministry of Tourism of Saudi Arabia | SAUDI ARABIA

Munthir Alansari is a visionary leader and strategist, certified as a tourism expert and consultant. He is a member of the Panel of Tourism Experts on Measuring Sustainable Tourism at the UN Tourism and serves as a Principal Consultant at the Ministry of Culture and General Authority for Statistics in Saudi Arabia.

Khalid Chami

Khalid Chami

Group Chief Financial Officer, Ali & Sons Holding LLC | UAE

Over the past 17 years, Khalid has played a pivotal role in creating value and addressing strategic challenges within renowned Family Offices across the MENA region. His expertise encompasses diverse sectors, ranging from automotive industry leaders such as Porsche, Audi, Skoda, VW, and MG, to the construction sector.

Dr. Hanan Al Mheiri

Dr. Hanan Al Mheiri

CEO and Founder, Hanan Empire | UAE

Dr. Hanan is the CEO and Founder of Hanan Empire. She is a certified professional trainer and an awarding-winning mindset coach. Through Hanan Empire she changes people’s life everyday showing them the path to majestic life. She has 17+ years of professional experience in the government of Dubai in various areas including knowledge management, innovation and future shaping.

Aya Zaghnin

Aya Zaghnin

General Partner in the SWG PropTech / C-Tech Global Fund | SAUDI ARABIA

Aya Zaghnin is a dynamic professional with extensive experience in investment and consulting roles across various industries and regions. Currently serving as a General Partner at Startup Wise Guys and a Board Advisor at Presidio Advisors, she excels in strategic advisory and investment management.

Hamad AlAmmari

Hamad AlAmmari

Executive Director, Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) | BAHRAIN

Hamad is the Executive Director at Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) and advisor to the Chief Executive. Hamad works with governments, current investors, and prospective investors to support initiatives that enhance trade and business engagement between the rest of the Middle East and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Ahmed Abdulla Al Nowais

Ahmed Abdulla Al Nowais

Director of Business Development, Al Nowais Group | UAE

Ahmed Abdulla is currently the business development director for Al Nowais Group. He is in charge of setting and developing goals for Al Nowais Group’s revenue growth. He works hard to research, plan, and implement new target market initiatives. He is will connected to with the government and semi-government.

Dr. Abdulrazzak Alwafi

Dr. Abdulrazzak Alwafi

President, Alwafi Group, Jeddah | SAUDI ARABIA

Dr. Abdulrazzak combines academic excellence with over 20 years of strategic leadership in family businesses. As a Strategic Thinker and Consultant, he specializes in planning and preparing the next generation for family business succession (Real-estate, construction & hospitality business).

Agnès Lopez Cruz

Agnès Lopez Cruz

Managing Director, CCI France UAE | UAE

Agnès is an International expert in Management, Communication and Business Development with over 20 years of experience in the UK, France and the UAE. As a corporate strategist she has delivered targeted results respecting budget and HR resources, she has been involved, high level, in several negotiations and lobbying projects.

Abdur Rahim Ghulam Nabi

Abdur Rahim Ghulam Nabi

Chief Advisor to Director General, Dubai Airport Freezone | UAE

Abdur Rahim is Chief Advisor at Dubai Airport Freezone. He has leveraged a successful career in financial leadership & developed expertise in crafting/leading prestigious city level/market leading initiatives around special economic zones, disruptive innovation, halal economy, business & digital transformations.

Dr. Ekaterina Safonova

Dr. Ekaterina Safonova

CEO, GCCForum | UAE

Dr. Ekaterina is a businesswoman with 18 years of experience. Based in France for two decades, she was an executive of high-level business events in 40 countries. Since 2023, based in Dubai, she specializes in investment promotion in the GCC. She is the author of AI Matchmaking App, the book "Intercultural Management," a lecturer, and a private pilot.

Abdulla Al Matrooshi

Abdulla Al Matrooshi

Specialist, Mubadala Investment Company | UAE

Abdulla is an Experienced Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry. Skilled in Political Risk Analysis, Critical Thinking, and Public Speaking, he holds a MA in Contemporary History and Politics from Birkbeck, University of London.

Pietro Calvaruso

Pietro Calvaruso

General Counsel, Mintlayer | Chief Legal Office, The Private Office | UAE

Pietro serve as an Advisor at The Private Office of H.E. Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Duaij bin Khalifa al Khalifa. He is the General Counsel at Mintlayer Institutional, a leading blockchain-based financial platform. He provides legal guidance on various aspects of corporate, tax, banking, and financial law.

Richard Goblet

Richard Goblet

Managing Partner, MEA Globaleye Capital | UAE

Richard is an investment and M&A professional with a strong interest in emerging markets and innovation. He is currently serving as the Managing Partner MEA of a Swiss Family Office advisory arm to help family-owned groups from the Middle East & Africa transition to the next generation by supporting their vision through M&A operations.

Roisin White Barrett

Roisin White Barrett

Managing Director, Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC) | UAE

Roisin serves as the Managing Director of the Clean Energy Business Council MENA, where she leads efforts to promote sustainable energy practices and the adoption of clean technologies across the region. With a rich background in international business development, Roisin has effectively facilitated the entry and growth of companies in overseas markets.

250+

attendees

GCC Business Forum Agenda

Thematic Roundtable Sessions offer participants the opportunity to engage with potential business partners in discussion format. Each table will be moderated by an expert on the specific topic being discussed. These sessions last for 45 minutes each. Prior to the event, participants will have the opportunity to choose their preferred table for each session through the application, based on their business objectives.

During the first 10-15 minutes, the moderator will provide an overview of the topic. Following this, participants will introduce themselves to facilitate networking and conversation, which will then continue in a Q&A format.

The topics listed below are provisional and may be subject to change based on regional considerations and relevance. The final schedule of topics and moderators will be published soon.

  • Private Equity and Venture Capital across the GCC
  • Investment Opportunities and Financial Solutions in the GCC
  • Strategies for Complex Transactions and Business Growth in the GCC
  • The Vibrant Startup Ecosystem in the GCC
  • GCC Market Entry Strategies Across Various Business Sectors in the GCC
  • Sustainable Development in the GCC
  • SaudiVision 2030
  • Banking Regulations and Compliance in the GCC
  • Taxation Laws and Incentives for Foreign Investors in the GCC
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Landscape in the GCC
  • Real Estate Investment Opportunities in the GCC
  • Exporting to the GCC: Trade Policies and Market Entry Strategies
  • Intellectual Property Rights Protection in the GCC
  • Fintech Innovation and Adoption in the GCC Banking Sector
  • Family Business Dynamics and Succession Planning in the GCC
  • Construction Sector Opportunities and Challenges in the GCC
  • Vision strategies for the next 20 years in the GCC
  • Cybersecurity Challenges and Solutions for Businesses in the GCC
  • Cross-Border Investment Strategies in the GCC
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management in the GCC
  • Renewable Energy Investment Opportunities in the GCC
  • Legal Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in the GCC
  • Retail Sector Evolution and Opportunities in the GCC
  • Regulatory Framework for Foreign Direct Investment in the GCC
  • Free Economic Zones in the GCC

The finalized schedule, including the names of high-level speakers, will be promptly published below.

08:00

Registration | Breakfast | AI Matchmaking | Business Marketplace

09:20

Welcome Sponsor Speech

09:40

Keynote Speech by His Excellency from the UAE

10:00

Keynote Speech by His Excellency from the UAE

10:20

Keynote Speech by Her Highness / His Excellency from Qatar

10:40

Keynote Speech by His Excellency from Oman

11:00

Coffee Break | AI Matchmaking | Business Marketplace

11:30

Sponsor Speech

11:50

Keynote Speech by His Excellency from Saudi Arabia

12:10

Keynote Speech by His Excellency from Saudi Arabia

12:30

Keynote Speech by His Excellency from Bahrain

12:50

Keynote Speech by His Excellency from Kuwait

13:10

Business Lunch | AI Matchmaking | Business Marketplace

14:20

Sponsor Speech

14:40

Thematic Roundtable Session №1

15:25

Thematic Roundtable Session №2

16:15

Coffee Break | AI Matchmaking | Business Marketplace

17:30

Closing Sponsor Speech

  • An exclusive VIP meeting zone is provided for representatives from government agencies, investment funds, family offices, and business executives interested in expanding into the GCC region.
  • Access is strictly reserved for Keynote Speakers, VIP Guests, and Premium Delegates, offering them a VIP environment to discuss investment opportunities, startup initiatives, and business support services in the GCC countries.
  • Seats at the VIP Business Marketplace are limited, so if you are interested in joining this exclusive and vibrant business community, purchase your Premium Delegate pass right now. Don’t miss out on this opportunity.
  • Reserve your seat at the GCC Business Forum.
  • Download the GCC Forum App from Google Play or the Apple Store.
  • Activate your access using the password provided by the Organizers one week before the event.
  • Complete the tailored questionnaire designed for the target audience of the GCC Business Forum.
  • Allow AI to assess your potential business synergies with each attendee.
  • Receive a curated list of potential business partners, along with the percentage of compatibility based on shared business interests in the GCC region.
  • Network strategically at the GCC Business Forum without wasting time distributing your business card to those unlikely to cooperate with you.
  • Focus your attention solely on those with whom you have the chance to make deals.
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GCC Business Forum Agenda

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