Al-Khalifa Business School is honored and proud to participate as summit partner at Sir Anthony Ritossa’s 13th Global Family Office Investment Summit: Recognised as the World’s No. 1 Investment Conference, The Most Exclusive and Influential Gathering of Family Wealth, Where Family Office Investing is not Quarantined.
Sir Anthony Ritossa hosted another extraordinary LIVE in-person conference Under the High Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Saqer Bin Mohamed Al Qasimi at the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah on December 7-9, 2020.
Sir Anthony’s Passion Project to facilitate their International Partners with introductions to possible funding, partnerships and co-investment opportunities in the region.
As Sir Anthony´s said: “I am proud that our 13th Global Family Office Investment Summit LIVE at the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah came to a celebratory close yesterday evening with 250 investors and entrepreneurs from the UAE, KSA, Israel, USA, Europe, Asia and Africa. A unanimous understanding is that the best capital raising and long-term co-investment partnerships are sealed networking in person amongst similar-minded thought leaders in a safe ambience.”
Sir Anthony would like to thank every one of our esteemed guests present, amongst them: Our Strategic Partner HH Sheikh Saqer Bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, His Excellency Adnan Al Noorani, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Ahmed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, Hend Faisal AlQassemi, HH Sheikha Dr Hind Bint Abdul Aziz Al Qasimi, HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Obaid Al Maktoum, Private Office of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, The Private Office Of Sheikh Saqer Bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, H.E. Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Duaij bin Khalifa al Khalifa Private Office, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nehayan, HRH Prince Michel de Yougoslavie, Abdulmajeed Al Fahim, H.E. Prof. Sir Manuel Freire-Garabal y Núñez PhD.H., FRAS, FRSA, FRAI, Ahmed Elmetwally, Salem Nasser Salmeen Aleisaei, Mohamed Jouan Salem Al Dhaheri, Nitin Shelke, Jimmy Nguyen, Toufik Kreidieh, Thierry Roussel, Magomed Musaev, Dana Al Salem, Mohamed Al Ali, Lord Carmine Villani, Animesh Saxena, Xolali Zigah, Sami Alom, Adil Alzarooni, Marwan Alzarouni, Dr Mahmoud AlBurai, Angela Homsi, Ian Seddon, Matej Rusňák, Omar Attalah, Ajay K. Gupta, CISSP, MBA, Nicholas Stock, Ruchi Dana, MD, MBA, Gary Sheynkman, Sandeep Sharma, CFA, Biswajit Dasgupta, Lootah Holdings, Al Habtoor Group, Royal Group.
Beside sharing perspectives on how GCC, UAE, International Family Offices and Investment Holding Companies are eying Co-Investments, Social Impact Opportunities, Fintech & Digital Assets, Indoor Farming & Food Security, it was an honour to welcome the Israeli Ministry of Finance who shared their triumphant journey in delivering the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement and the positive outcomes it will have on both winning nations: UAE and Israel.
– Sir Anthony Ritossa
The Bright Future of the UAE
International businesses are increasingly interested in the UAE due to numerous benefits including quality education, infrastructure, technology, healthcare, taxation and government support of SMEs. Dubai’s Smart City 2021 initiative is transforming the city, revolutionizing the way government services are delivered, promoting private sector partnerships, increasing happiness, and attracting more interest in the region. Expo Dubai 2021 is another exciting milestone for the UAE that will draw worldwide acclaim as well as boost domestic travel which already expanded during COVID. With 180 nationalities in the UAE, its position as a global melting pot is admirable.
Broad Reaching Implications of Mind + Machine
Companies continue to use machine learning and artificial intelligence at unprecedented levels across the spectrum. According to the experts, it is not mind vs Machine. It is mind and Machine. Although people may expect quick results from AI and ML, one cannot apply it generically, and it is essential to expand the technology to more applications. For example, plant architecture and the green revolution is producing food, and gene editing plants may compensate for drought conditions. AI and ML also have broad-reaching implications in areas such as online learning, healthcare, construction, sports, media and entertainment.
Better Data for a Better World
Data is all around us, and everything generates data, often on a large and extreme scale. Indeed, data is one of our most valuable commodities in the 21st Century’s digital economy, and better data leads to a better world. Investors should support bitcoin as a way to solve problems and meet tomorrow’s challenges. Data keeps the world honest, transparent and accountable since records of dates and times are auditable and difficult to change. Bitcoin SV represents a fusion of data and money – a vision of connecting, re-inventing, and reducing the role of intermediaries. It’s one system for making smarter, healthier communities around the world. While some tend to put blockchain in a box, it is a fact that blockchain allows us to redefine the box.
Healthcare + Blockchain Present New Possibilities
Sharing and optimizing data to power healthcare solutions is of vital importance post-pandemic as new businesses continue to emerge and meet the needs of global citizens. A blockchain-powered COVID management system, for example, provides aid and support via technology in support of frontline workers who cannot do everything on their own. Another blockchain company is helping to solve the opioid crisis by tracking prescription drugs. Traditionally, data science has been underutilized in healthcare.
Future of Education
Online learning is skyrocketing in popularity and while some wonder, if traditional universities may eventually become obsolete others, yearn for a return to normalcy when physical classes are 100% back in business. Regardless, it is clear that technology plays an ever-important role in bringing about positive disruption to the educational sector. Good teachers and role models can change lives, and when individuals are blessed with those who believe in them and support them, the result is a healthier community overall. Education also comes into play when family businesses seek to last over multiple generations as family members must understand the family’s goals and seek guidance while continuing to evolve and prosper.
There are many companies based in the United States, Israel and elsewhere that seek strategic ventures in the UAE in areas such as ESG and disruptive sustainable technology. While it is a fact that many deals are spearheaded by families who already know each other, most are open and willing to consider new partnerships with those who are like-minded. Some families have limited domain expertise and therefore prefer to outsource and/or seek co-investments when investing outside their comfort zone to diversify. Distressed companies, Cleantech, FinTech, Biotech, healthcare, renewable energy and electric vehicles are some of the areas of paramount importance.
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