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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Paul Donovan

Chief Economist
UBS Global Wealth Management

I am the Chief Economist of UBS Global Wealth Management. I believe passionately that economics is something everyone can and should understand. We all make economic decisions all of the time. The problem is that economists tend to wrap economics in jargon and equations. We do not need to do that. It is my job to help people realise what they probably already know – by developing and explaining the UBS economic view in a clear way. To do this, I publish research (most of which you can find here) and appear in various print and broadcast media. I tend to think of myself as a political economist, not a mathematical economist. I get very excited about lots of things in economics. Diversity, inflation, education, trade, inequality, and social change are some of the topics I am very enthusiastic about. I joined UBS back in 1992 as an intern economist working in our investment bank. Decades later, I am still working as an economist at UBS. That probably says something about me, being an economist, working for UBS, or all three. As Chief Economist I sit on the Global Investment Committee. I am a UBS Opinion Leader and a UBS Pride Ally. I am also part of the UBS Nobel Perspectives program, and a supporter of the UBS Women in Economics program. I have an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London. I am also an Honorary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford and sit on their investment committee and development board. As for my hobbies, I am an amateur light-heavyweight boxer (prepared to defend my forecasts in the ring) and a keen if very definitely amateur skier.


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