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The Asian Business Leadership Forum receives the prestigious association with the UAE Ministry of Economy

ablfUAE’s leading business ideation company, IEDEA announces a prestigious association with the Ministry of Economy for its flagship leadership event series, the Asian Business Leadership Forum 2016.

The Managing Director of IEDEA, Malini N Menon commented, “We are honoured to have the official association with the Ministry of Economy of the UAE and the ABLF, which has earned high credibility and status across 42 nations of Asia since the inaugural event nine years ago. Together, we have plans to strategically leverage the considerable goodwill that the ABLF has built over these years to promote UAE’s position as the centre of the world, offering the best infrastructure for business, investment and lifestyle.”

The seventh annual edition of the Asian Business Leadership Forum (ABLF) is scheduled for Saturday, November 12, 2016, at the Palazzo Versace Dubai, UAE. Under the Royal Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, UAE since 2007 and the first edition of this leadership series, it has brought together leaders from across the world, engaged in government services, public and private enterprise, by promoting the spirit of collaboration, an essential feature on the road to the progress and development of the global economy.

“The work of the ABLF celebrates regional and international dialogue and cooperation to promote growth and create a better future for the region. The UAE has good and close trade and economic relationships with other Asian countries. Great leadership, in this age and time, calls for the ability to build sustainable relationships and break through barriers. I support the ABLF platform that strengthens the growing links between private business, government and the people of Asia” expressed H.H. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, UAE.

The event in 2016 rolls out under the theme of ‘Heroes of the Innovation Economy’ where 14 globally recognised leaders with a strong social consciousness, who have leveraged innovative technologies and successfully adapted new learnings to their sectors of business, will be honoured. Media leaders from across India have assigned representatives who are being flown in by the ABLF, to cover the event across Asia’s myriad constituencies and spread the message of Asia coming together as one and strengthening the intra-Asia business and co-operation corridors. While enabling UAE’s economic engagement with other Asian nations, through joint ventures, partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, concessions and investments, the ABLF Series engages a vibrant intellectual and knowledge-based narrative to promote sustainable development in the region that drives the Asian Century towards a more equitable and responsible future.

With China large on the UAE business scape, the ABLF’s association with the prestigious Boao Forum for Asia has ensured an expansion into the leadership capital of Central Asia, and has, therefore, spread its network deep into China, featuring its best entrepreneurs and business leaders. Ma Zehua, Chairman, China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO Group); Chan Chauto, President, CEFC; Will Cheng Wei, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO, Didi Chuxing; Chen Feng, Chairman, HNA Group, are ABLF leaders whose interest in strengthening the China-India-UAE business connect have encouraged exciting new collaborations. Meanwhile, the ABLF Award platform that has recognised over 90 exemplary leaders at glittering well-attended Award events continues to promote the importance of Asia within the global context.

Reflecting UAE’s strong commitment to helping socio-economic issues that affect the world, the ABLF 2016 on Nov 12, 2016 at the Palazzo Versace utilises the presence of some of Asia’s biggest influencers and presents a cameo showcase of the UN Global Goals 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth, elaborating on the need for diversification, innovation, and a sustainable means of economic growth, while at the same time ensuring decent job creation, entrepreneurship, and youth employment.

In 2016, the ABLF continues in its remarkable journey since 2007 in showcasing the UAE global spirit and showcases outstanding leadership and discovers the finest instances of applying innovative ideologies to contemporary business. Through the portals of this event and its collaborative spirit and energy, it presents the powerful drive and vision of the UAE Government and the nation’s stellar reputation as a progressive, vibrant and investment friendly business destination.

With an impressive line-up of the most responsible, capable and proactive leaders who have successfully engaged the global audience, the ABLF 2016 is all set for November 12, 2016. Entry is strictly by invitations through the event’s corporate hospitality concierge.

The ABLF 2016 has two of the largest UAE-based conglomerates as presenting partners; Senaat, UAE’s largest industrial holding company, and National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC), a leading international EPC contractor. It has the strategic partnership of Masdar, to promote the narrative of sustainability, and Twitter as the Networking Partner at the event.

The dignitaries who have confirmed attendance are H.H. Sheikh Nahayan; H.E. Sultan Al Mansouri; H.E. Hussain Jasim Al Nowais, Chairman, Senaat, UAE; H.E. Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Former Prime Minister, Government of Malaysia; H.E. Dr Maitha Salem Alshamsi, Minister of State and Chairwoman of Marriage Fund Institution, UAE; H.E. Mona Al Marri, Director General, The Government of Dubai Media Office, UAE; H.E. Shaukat Aziz, Former Prime Minister, Pakistan; H.E. Kamal Nath, Former Union Cabinet Minister, Government of India; Lord Meghnad Desai, Distinguished Member of the House of Lords and Professor Emeritus at the London School of Economics, UK; Anil Agarwal, Chairman Vedanta, UK; Dr Amina Al Rostamani, Group CEO, Tecom Investments, UAE; Gopichand P Hinduja, Co-Chairman, Hinduja Group, UK; Sri Prakash Lohia, Chairman, Indorama Corporation, Singapore; Sunil Vaswani, Chairman, Stallion Group, UAE; Fahad Al Gergawi, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai FDI, UAE; Yogesh Mehta, Managing Director, Petrochem ME, UAE; Yu Tao, President and CEO, China State Construction Engineering Corp Middle East (CSCEC ME), UAE; Irene Natividad, Founder and President, Global Summit for Women, USA; Rajiv Luthra, Founder and Managing Partner, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, India.

High-profile leaders of the UAE government have been recognised at this prestigious platform, from H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, and Chairman and CEO of the Emirates Airline and Group, UAE; H.E. Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai, UAE; H.E. Mohamed Ali Rashed Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties, UAE; H.E. Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, CEO and Director, Mashreq Bank, UAE; H.E. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP World, UAE; H.E. Abdullah Mohammed Saleh, Former Governor of DIFC, UAE; to H.E. Mariam Mohamed Al Rumaithi, Chairperson, Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council, and General Manager, Family Development Foundation, UAE. Several global leaders have participated in the conversations, discussions and round tables of the ABLF’s prestigious agenda.

Quotes from the ABLF:

H.E. Mohammed I. Al Shaibani, Executive Director & CEO, Investment Corporation of Dubai, who was am Award Presenter and VIP attendee at the 2007 had commented, “It is an honour to address such a great congregation of outstanding leaders who are committed to the premise of excellence. Asia is certainly in the centre of global attention given its immense potential”

H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, UAE, himself an ABLF Award recipient has commented “I support the ABLF Series’ effort and initiative to celebrate the achievements of Asia in a common forum and its mandate of strong leadership commitments to excellence, sustainability and development.”

H.E. Suhail Mohammed Faraj Al Mazroui, Minister of Energy, UAE had commented, “The ABLF Series has created an excellent platform. I am glad about the diversity of subjects being discussed, which provides young people with insights into the businesses around them and how they tackle some of their biggest issues.”

Later in 2012, the ABLF received the acknowledgement of H.E. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India (2004 – 2014), when he addressed the relevance the ABLF in a letter, “I congratulate the ABLF for drawing attention to the importance of industry, infrastructure and energy sectors to our economy and country. I am sure that the efforts of the ABLF would result in new ideas on how to move forward in these areas.”

In a keynote address at the ABLF 2013, the Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Thailand, H.E. Kittiratt Na-Ranong remarked, “The ABLF is a very special event and I’m very honoured to be here to deliver my keynote address in front of the business leaders, academicians and opinion leaders (present here from across Asia). Not only have I had the opportunity to meet with these people, but I have also had the chance to listen to their great speeches over the course of the ceremony and interact with them over dinner. This has been a very special event; many congratulations to the award recipients. I am sure that this Award will remain one of the most prominent Awards for Asia, forever.”

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