Under the Patronage of
Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
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.
15:00 - 16:00
FDI Pillar Session 1 - Disruptive Investments: Investing in Industry 4.0
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.