Program 2017

45+ Speakers

20 Sectors

10 Countries

24 - 26 OCT 2017
The King Abdul Aziz International Conference Center and The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh.


Ritz Carlton



Main Entrance Hall,


Welcome Coffee

Plenary, KAICC

Welcome remarks

His Royal Highness Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al-Saud, Crown Prince, Chairman of the Public Investment Fund, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Plenary, KAICC

The big shift: what new frameworks are needed to understand the future?

Many of the institutional models used to build organizations in the twentieth century are no longer relevant. As a result, new social, economic, and intellectual frameworks are necessary to drive progress and achieve ambitious, large-scale goals. How should public and private sector leaders innovate to succeed in the era of exponential technological growth? What emerging trends are likely to have the greatest impact over the next two decades? What ignored issues deserve greater attention? And how does the world plan for a future when the past is no longer a useful point of reference?

H.E. Yasir Othman Al-Rumayyan, Managing Director & Member of the Board, Public Investment Fund(PIF), Saudi Arabia

Victor Chu, Chairman & CEO, First Eastern Investment Group, Hong Kong

Larry Fink, Chairman & CEO, BlackRock Inc., United States of America

Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

David McCormick, Co-CEO, Bridgewater Associates, United States of America

Amin Nasser, President & CEO, Saudi Aramco, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Moderator: Andrew Ross Sorkin, Co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk Box” and Founder & Editor at large, New York Times Dealbook, United States of America


Main Entrance Hall,


Mid-morning coffee break

Plenary, KAICC

Data-driven world: The future of the information economy

Industries around the world are transforming because of the vast amounts of data now available to guide strategic decisions, develop new products, and drive innovation. What is big data making possible today – in business, economics, culture, and society? How will big data impact business and commerce in the future? What is the impact of data on cybersecurity, technology, and new business models? Will data inspire entirely new industries and even new economies in the twenty-first century? And what limits should businesses apply to data to remain ethical?

Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties, United Arab Emirates

Ajay Banga, President & CEO, MasterCard, United States of America

Thomas Kennedy, Chairman & CEO, Raytheon Company, United States of America

Lubna Olayan, CEO & Deputy Chairperson, Olayan Financing Company, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Joe Kaeser, President & CEO, Global, Siemens AG, Germany

Tidjane Thiam, CEO, Credit Suisse, Switzerland

Moderator: Nik Gowing, International Broadcaster, United Kingdom


Plenary, KAICC

In conversation

The Right Honourable Tony Blair, former Prime Minister, United Kingdom, interviewed by Nik Gowing, International Broadcaster, UK

Restaurant Ourjwane,

Ritz Carlton

Networking lunch

Ritz Plenary,
Ritz Carlton

In conversation

Ari Emanuel, CEO, Endeavor, United States of America, in conversation with Hadley Gamble, Reporter and Anchor, CNBC, United Kingdom


Ritz Plenary,
Ritz Carlton

Uncharted: How investors are finding rewards in unexpected places (in parallel)

The global investment landscape continues to require an ultra-creative approach to chasing new channels for growth. Alternative investments, high-growth industries and new financial vehicles are capturing the attention of visionary thinkers who can find strong returns while helping launch new business and financial models. What are the most exciting new areas of growth? What alternative investments are the most emerging over the next 10 years? How can investment funds organize their talent and resources to leverage the most interesting emerging trends?

Josh Friedman, Co- Founder, C-Chairman, and Co-CEO, Canyon Partners, LLC, United States of America

James Forese, President & CEO, Institutional Clients Group, Citigroup, United States of America

David Kassie, Executive Chairman, Canaccord Genuity Group, Inc., Canada

Ruigang Li, Founding Chairman & CEO, CMC Capital Partners, China

Antony Ressler, Co- Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Ares Management, United States of America

Moderator: John Defterios, Emerging Markets Editor, CNNMoney, United States of America


Riyadh Room,
Ritz Carlton

Dynamic economies: What are the new ways to solve diversification? (in parallel)

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 supports widespread economic diversification and building a sustainable future. Other economies around the world face similar challenges. What lessons have been learned from those nations and regions that have successfully diversified – and from those who have not? How much centralized planning is necessary to drive economic diversification versus organic growth? Where are the most relevant examples of economic transformation at the national and local levels? What role do other resource-based economies, and developed economies, play in driving sustainability and diversification around the world?

Tony Elumelu, Chairman, United Bank for Africa, Nigeria

Mary Erdoes, CEO of Asset & Wealth Management, J.P. Morgan, United States of America

Ohjoon Kwon, Chairman & CEO, POSCO Group, South Korea

Frédéric Oudéa, CEO, Société Générale, France

Harvey Schwartz, President & Co-COO, Goldman Sachs, United States of America

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman & CEO, DP World, United Arab Emirates

Moderator: Erik Schatzker, Editor-at-Large, Bloomberg TV, United States of America, United States of America


Jeddah Room,
Ritz Carlton

The great rethink: Leadership and partnership for the age of uncertainty (in parallel)

During a time of geopolitical instability, technological disruptions, and widespread leadership challenges, public officials and CEOs are being asked to react quickly to non-normative events and maintain steady growth during unexpected shocks. At the same time, constituents are demanding greater transparency and openness from their leaders – so that they too can hope to successfully plan for the future. How can leaders from business and government move quickly to seize new opportunities while at the same time developing systems to mitigate against overwhelming risk? This session explores the new leadership and partnership models required to succeed in the twenty-first century.

Michael Klein, Managing Partner, M. Klein and Company, United States of America

Azman Mokhtar,Managing Director & CEO, Khazanah Nasional, Malaysia

Charles Scharf, CEO, BNY Mellon, United States of America

Adnan Hassan, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Mecasa Advisors Europe, B.V., Netherlands

Alex Matturri, CEO, S&P Dow Jones Indices, United States of America

Moderator: Nik Gowing, International Broadcaster, United Kingdom


Jizan Room,
Ritz Carlton

Europe: back or bust? (in parallel)

After an extended period of economic turmoil in many parts of Europe, the region is now over-performing. The IMF is bullish on European growth and business confidence is at its highest in a decade. Unemployment is down. GDP growth is steady. What is the outlook for the world’s largest market? Should investors plan on a two-speed continent, or is sustained growth possible? Are the right policies in place to spur innovation and entrepreneurship? And how should central bankers and other policymakers better monitor risks such as household credit, money supply, real-estate, and equity prices to prevent the shocks of the past?

Jacques Attali, Founder & President, Positive Planet, France

Stéphane Boujnah, CEO & Chairman of the Managing Board, Euronext NV, France

Martin Reitz, Country Head, Rothschild Group, Germany

Willem Buiter, Global Chief Economist, Citi, United States of America

Jean-Pierre Mustier, CEO, Unicredit Group, Italy

Jean Lemierre, Chairman, BNP Paribas, France

Moderator: Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor, The Economist, United Kingdom


Ritz Plenary,
Ritz Carlton

In conversation

One-on-one interviews with business innovators.

Khaldoon Al Mubarak, CEO, Mubadala Investment Company, United Arab Emirates

Plenary, KAICC

The pulse of change:

Inside the most ambitious urban projects of the twenty-first century

Coffee break
Plenary, KAICC
The visible hand: What policies can drive growth and prevent the next financial crisis?

The large-scale economic transformations underway in the global economy are igniting new debates about the ways governments can guide capital markets, prevent financial shocks, and mitigate systemic risks. How do finance ministers from today’s most influential markets view their role in growing their national economies and preventing economic stagnation? How are governments rethinking economic policy and regulatory frameworks to deliver more economic inclusion, broad-based prosperity, and sustained economic growth? How do finance ministers view the future of tax policy and regulation – both at home and abroad? And what are the most forward-thinking governments doing to accelerate market-driven growth while protecting investors, consumers, and future generations?

H.E. Pier Carlo Padoan, Minister of Economy and Finance, Ministry of Economy & Finance, Italy

H.E. Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade, United Kingdom

H.E. Zayed Al-Zayani, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Bahrain

H.E. Dr. Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation, Egypt

Moderator: Hadley Gamble, Reporter and Anchor, CNBC, United Kingdom

Plenary, KAICC
Power centers: summit on energy for a sustainable planet

Volatility in the price of oil, significant advances in energy and environmental technologies, and urgent demand for infrastructure in response to climate change has combined to create both dynamism and uncertainty in the global energy sector. How should investors navigate the energy sector over the next five to ten years? What technologies, innovations, and new sources of energy will dominate the industry in the short-, medium-, and long-term? What are the most urgent challenges towards achieving sustainability? And how can global supply and demand help predict the price of oil and other renewable resources in the future?

Keynote: HE Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources; Chairman, Saudi Aramco, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Rachel Kyte, CEO, Sustainable Energy for All; Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy

Tadashi Maeda, Representative Director CEO & Executive Managing Director, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Japan

Patrick Pouyanne, CEO & Chairman, Total S.A., France

John Rice, Vice Chairman, GE, United States of America

Prashant Ruia, Director, Essar Capital Limited, India

Anders Runevad, Group President & CEO, Vestas Wind Systems A/S, Denmark

Moderator: Seb Henbest, Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Ritz Carlton
Cultural evening dinner