Over 1,000 leaders to take part in the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa in Marrakech
The 2010 World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa which will take place from 26 to 28 October in Marrakech will convene over 1,000 business, government, civil society and media leaders from 62 countries. The theme of the meeting is “Purpose, Resilience and Prosperity”.
The meeting is preceded by an Education Summit, on 25 October, where over 1000 participants will meet and work under the topic "The Future of Education: Incentives, Impact and Accountability".
“The meeting comes at a crucial time for the region and is an opportunity to renew the region’s growth and development strategies in the context of pressing global risks, including oil price volatility, water scarcity and migration,” said André Schneider, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the World Economic Forum. “The Forum believes that only by bringing together decision-makers representing all sectors of society – business, politics, civil society, culture, media and academia – can sustainable solutions to the current challenges be found.”
Sherif El Diwany, Senior Director and Head of Middle East and North Africa of the World Economic Forum, added:
"More than 1,000 participants will come to Marrakech to shape the region's agenda along three tracks: risk, sustainability and new business geographies. In the area of risk, the Forum feels that the region's business leaders have reached a high degree of understanding of the complexity of global risks today. This region was to a large degree spared during the recent crisis. It is time to think together how we can be more prepared and resilient in case we have to deal with another global crisis of a different nature and reach."
Business leaders who will participate include:
Riad Fechkeur, Chief Executive Officer, RedMed spa, Algeria; Talal Al Zain, Chief Executive Officer, Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, Bahrain; Asaad A. Al Banwan, Chairman, Zain, Kuwait; Arif M. Naqvi, Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer, Abraaj Capital Limited; Akil Beshir, Chairman, Telecom Egypt, Egypt; Juergen Wild, Chief Executive Officer, M+W Group GmbH, Germany; Mohammed Alshaya, Executive Chairman, Alshaya Group, Kuwait; Mohamed El Kettani, President and Chief Executive Officer, Attijariwafa Bank, Morocco; Mikhail Shamolin, Chief Executive Officer, Mobile Telesystems OJSC (MTS), Russian Federation; H.R.H. Saud Bin Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Thinyan Al Saud, Chairman of the Board, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), Saudi Arabia; H.R.H. Prince Khalid Bin Bandar Bin Sultan, Executive Chairman, Dayim Holdings, Saudi Arabia; H.R.H. Hussam Bin Saud Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince of Saudi Royal Family; Chairman, Zain Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia; Sheikh Mohammed Bin Essa Al Khalifa, Chief Executive, Bahrain Economic Development Board, Bahrain;Moncef Mzabi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mzabi Group, Tunisia; and Joe Saddi, Chairman of the Board, Booz & Company, USA.
Leaders from government will include:
Abbas El Fassi, Prime Minister of Morocco; Faure Gnassingbé, President of Togo; Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia; Barham Salih, Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq; Abdel Hamid Temmar, Minister of Prospective and Statistics of Algeria; Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Minister of Finance; Rachid Mohamed Rachid, Minister of Trade and Industry of Egypt; Amre Moussa, Secretary-General, League of Arab States, Egypt; Henri Guaino, Special Adviser to the President of France; Nasser Lozi, Chief of the Royal Hashemite Court; Ousmane Alioune Ngom, Minister of Interior of Senegal; Miriam Sapiro, Deputy US Trade Representative; Lars H. Thunell, Executive Vice-President and Chief Executive Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Washington DC; Shamshad Akhtar, Regional Vice-President, Middle East and North Africa, World Bank, Washington DC.
The Co-Chairs of the meeting are: Anass Alami, Director-General, Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion (CDG), Morocco; Shyam Sunder Bhartia, Chairman and Managing Director, Jubilant Bhartia Group, India; Brian Duperreault, President and Chief Executive Officer, Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. (MMC), USA; Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Renault-Nissan Alliance (France and Japan), France; Member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum; Lubna S. Olayan, Deputy Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer; Olayan Financing Company, Saudi Arabia; Chair, Arab Business Council; David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Managing Director, The Carlyle Group, USA
This article was originally posted on Sustainable Development Africa Platform