Under the Patronage of

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

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Joe Hepworth

Director
OCO Global’s Middle East

He has a long track record in international trade development and FDI promotion, both on the direct business management side and in an advisory capacity. After eight years in the shipping industry Joe moved to the UAE in 2007 and has subsequently managed hundreds of inward investment & market entry projects in the region. In 2013, Joe founded the British Centres for Business (BCB) in Dubai Which was acquired by OCO Global in 2017. As part of Joe’s work with OCO, he holds a number of other important client representational roles in the Middle East, including acting as the Regional Director for IDA Ireland, Missouri Department of Economic Development and Connected Places Catapult. Prior to OCO, Joe managed The Links Group in Dubai. His previous career with P&O Nedlloyd & Maersk Line saw Joe hold senior commercial roles in India,Sweden, Russia, China and Holland. Joe holds a first-class degree with honours in Politics and International Relations.


Sessions of the speaker

24-MAR-2020

24-MAR-2020

15:00 - 16:00

AI adoption will account for 45% of the world economy’s total gains by 2030. AI & Robotics are revolutionising industries, creating new markets and disrupting the existing once. In this phase of disruption, what do IPAs need to do? How to manage these changes and how to make the local environment conducive to change? What promotion strategies need to be utilised to attract the right investors.

15:00 - 15:05

Introduction

Speakers:
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Joe Hepworth
Director
OCO Global’s Middle East

15:05 - 15:15

Keynote Address

Speakers:
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Khalifa Hassan K. AlForah AlShamsi
Chief Strategy & Corporate Governance Officer
Etisalat Group

15:15 - 15:55

Panel Discussion

Speakers:
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Roland Chalons-Browne
Chief Executive Officer
Siemens Financial Services
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Paul Donovan
Chief Economist
UBS Global Wealth Management
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Dr. Ratnakar Adhikari
Executive Director of the Executive Secretariat for the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)
World Trade Organization
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Dr. Issam Abou Sleiman
Country Director of the GCC
The World Bank
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Ayman Amin Sejiny
Chief Executive Officer
Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)
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Ralfs Nemiro
Minister of Economics of the Republic of Latvia

15:55 - 16:00