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UNDER THE ROYAL PATRONAGE OF

H.H. SHEIKH NAHAYAN MABARAK AL NAHAYAN CABINET MEMBER AND MINISTER OF TOLERANCE, UAE

IN CELEBRATION OF

THE ASIAN BUSINESS LEADERSHIP FORUM

AWARDS

2018

NOMINATION BROCHURE Join the pantheon of Asia's most sustainable leaders at the 11th Anniversary Edition of the region's most influential leadership platform

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THE LATE H.H. SHEIKH ZAYED BIN SULTAN AL NAHYAN Father of the Nation and the First President of the UAE

The 11th Anniversary Edition of the ABLF is dedicated to the magnificent legacy of the UAE’s Founding Father, whose prescient vision has raised an equally magnificent nation, forged in harmony and peace. The UAE, home of the ABLF, an inspiring example of the power of purpose-driven action, a rising global economic force and a glittering modern country within which beats an old-world Asian heart.

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The theme of the ABLF Awards 2018

LEADERSHIP LEGACIES HONOURING THE PAST. SHAPING THE FUTURE.

OCTOBER 6, 2018 • DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

The year 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of the late H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. To commemorate this historic national occasion, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, has declared that 2018 will officially be known in the UAE as the Year of Zayed.

The ABLF Awards showcases leaders whose entrepreneurial brilliance is second only to their sense of responsibility and passion towards the communities, countries and the global ecosystems that they live, work and excel within. This year, the ABLF dedicates its efforts to reflect H.H. Sheikh Zayed’s leadership values of tolerance, diversity, sustainability and humanity, therefore, recognising and showcasing authentic, and future-focused leadership.

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We recognise with gratitude the benevolent leadership of the UAE - the torch bearers of the Founding Father’s vision that has set modern UAE in the firmament of the most progressive nations of the world.

H.H. SHEIKH KHALIFA BIN ZAYED BIN SULTAN AL NAHYAN

H.H. SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM

President of the UAE

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of DubaI

H.H. SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN

H.H. SHEIKH HAMDAN BIN MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces

Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council

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H.H. SHEIKH NAHAYAN MABARAK AL NAHAYAN Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance, UAE

The 11th Anniversary Edition of the ABLF is dedicated to a wise and benevolent statesman, and a royal emissary of great goodwill — our patron, our guide and inspiration, H.H. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, the wind beneath our wings.

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THE WIND BENEATH OUR WINGS THE ROYAL PATRON OF THE ABLF

“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 cordial 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 this platform as it strengthens the growing links between private business, governments and the people of Asia.”

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WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP ALWAYS FRONT AND CENTRE AT THE ABLF

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UMM AL EMARAT - AN ETERNAL INSPIRATION

H.H. SHEIKHA FATIMA BINT MUBARAK

The ABLF has always supported the premise of equal opportunity, gender balance and endorsed participation of women in the global workforce as a central factor in global sustainable development and alleviation of poverty. We remain inspired by the nation's beloved leader, a great humanitarian and an advocate for women's empowerment, H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Umm Al Emarat, (the wife of the Founding Father of the UAE, H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan), the Royal recipient of the ABLF Sustainable Leadership Icon Award, the highest accolade at the ABLF.

On the occasion of the 11th Anniversary Edition of the ABLF and in Her Highness' honour, we salute women leaders across the world, who are breaking glass ceilings and bridging chasms every day, and who are changing for the better, the economic landscape of the world.

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IN ASSOCIATION WITH

The UAE Ministry of Economy, responsible for the nation's economic development and competitiveness, is the ABLF’s Strategic Partner since the past three defining years. Through this long-term partnership, the ABLF showcases the Ministry, its important agenda and draws the spotlight on the UAE's leadership and competencies, in accordance with global standards of creativity, innovation and knowledge economy parameters. With this prestigious association, the ABLF continues to bring the finest global leadership to the UAE to foster rich, sustainable collaborations and to access the immense opportunities that lie within Asia.

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THE

ABLF AWARDS

CELEBRATES RESPONSIVE AND RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP

ABLF AWARDS 2017 (FROM L-R) | MOAFAQ AL GADDAH, Chairman and Founder, MAG Group, UAE | CAI CHUNYAN, Senior Executive Officer, Regional Head, Bank of China | SUHEL SETH, Ma

Emirates Airline and Group, UAE; Chairman, Emirates NBD, UAE | H.E. DR AMAL ABDULLAH AL QUBAISI, President and Speaker, Federal National Council (FNC), UAE | H.H. SHEIKH NAHAYAN THE ABLF AWARDS 2018 H.E. HUSSAIN JASIM AL NOWAIS, Chairman, Waha Capital and Chairman, Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, UAE LEADERSHIP LEGACIES | HONOURING THE PAST. SHAPING THE FUTURE. 11


anaging Partner, Counselage, India | TSUYOSHI NAKAI, CEO, Japan Cooperation Center Petroleum (JCCP) | H.H. SHEIKH AHMED BIN SAEED AL MAKTOUM, Chairman and Chief Executive,

N MABARAK AL NAHAYAN, Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance, UAE | H.E. DR SULTAN AL JABER, Minister of State, UAE and CEO, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) THE ABLF AWARDS 2018 LEADERSHIP LEGACIES | HONOURING THE PAST. SHAPING THE FUTURE. 12


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ABLF AWARDS

RECOGNISES AUTHENTIC, EMPATHETIC LEADERSHIP

ABLF AWARDS 2016 (FROM L-R) | AQEEL ABDULLA MADHI, CEO, NPCC, UAE | SRI PRAKASH LOHIA, Group Chairman, Indorama Corporation, Singapore | YOGESH MEHTA, Managing Directo

H.E. DR MAITHA BINT SALEM AL SHAMSI, Minister of State, UAE | H.E. KHALDOON KHALIFA AL MUBARAK, Group CEO and MD, Mubadala, UAE | H.E. SHAUKAT AZIZ, Former Prime Ministe

TUN ABDULLAH AHMAD BADAWI, Former Prime Minister, Malaysia | PRAKASH P. HINDUJA, Chairman, Hinduja Group (Europe), Switzerland | YU TAO, CEO and President, China State Constr THE ABLFAL AWARDS 2018 FAHAD GERGAWI, CEO, Dubai Investment Development Agency (Dubai FDI), UAE LEADERSHIP LEGACIES | HONOURING THE PAST. SHAPING THE FUTURE. 13


or, Petrochem ME, UAE | H.E. HESHAM ABDULLA AL QASSIM, Vice Chairman and MD, Emirates NBD, UAE | H.E. MONA AL MARRI, Director General, Government of Dubai Media Office, UAE

er, Pakistan | H.H. SHEIKH NAHAYAN MABARAK AL NAHAYAN, Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance, UAE | H.E. KAMAL NATH, Member of Parliament, India

ruction Engineering Corporation (Middle East) (L.L.C.), UAE | LORD MEGHNAD DESAI, Emeritus Professor of Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK THE ABLF AWARDS 2018 LEADERSHIP LEGACIES | HONOURING THE PAST. SHAPING THE FUTURE. 14


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ABLF AWARDS

THE DECISION MAKERS AND INFLUENCERS OF ASIA

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WELCOME TO THE ABLF AWARDS 2018 NOMINATIONS

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NOMINEE NAME NOMINEE DESIGNATION

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NOMINATION AT THE ABLF AWARDS On behalf of our Royal Patron, H.H. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, the ABLF Board of Governors and the ABLF Executive Council, we are delighted to invite you to consider your nomination in 2018 by the ABLF Grand Jury.

Over the past 10 years, the ABLF has recognised exemplary leaders who are visionaries, stalwarts, innovators and influencers, and have played an important role in the rise of Asia. Asia's growth, development and pure potential continue to raise hope and inspire a world that is increasingly at odds with itself. In this time of great change, the ABLF is a reminder of the power of authentic leadership, its contemporary narratives as well as the defining new values that are increasingly responsible, purpose-driven and pro-progress.

For your understanding, the following pages detail the immaculate nomination process.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR CONFIRMATION AND PRESENCE.

MALINI N. MENON

Member, ABLF Executive Council; Founder and MD, IEDEA THE ABLF AWARDS 2018 LEADERSHIP LEGACIES | HONOURING THE PAST. SHAPING THE FUTURE. 18


THE ABLF AWARDS SELECTION PROCESS TRANSPARENT, CREDIBLE AND AUTHENTIC

In 2018, we accelerated the drive for pre-event communication and augmented the process by employing our vast global database, which has been meticulously built up since 2007. Under the guidance and stewardship of the ABLF Analysts and Strategic Partners, the ABLF Awards process is guided by a published set of criteria that needs to be met in order to qualify for the various ABLF Award categories. This criteria is published online and all nominators are requested to place their nominations responsibly using the criteria as a grid. The profiles that are nominated on the portal but do not match the criteria listing, fail to make the Award shortlist. The ABLF Team and Grand Jury reserve the right to the final call.

After this intensive and engaging online nomination campaign with an organic reach of over 100,000, the ABLF team, under the advisement of the ABLF Analysts and Strategic Partners, collates comprehensive profiles of five nominees per category, which are reviewed and elected by the ABLF Grand Jury.

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THE GLOBAL NOMINATION PORTAL For the first time in the business awards industry, the award nominees and winners are determined not by a single institution with its tributary associations and allegiances, but through a global nomination portal and vetted by a group of independent personalities, across the knowledge wells of industry, finance, advisories, media and government.

The first step to the ABLF Awards features a dynamic interface at www.‌ablf.‌com, which hosts the ABLF story, the Award nominations and polling process, making it a completely integrated information and activation epicentre.

In 2018, the global nomination portal on the ABLF Awards website opens mid-year and through traditional and new media activation, receives thousands of nominations from across the world in categories that are announced annually.

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THE AWARD CATEGORIES The ABLF Sustainable Leadership Icon Award* The Award of the Evening The ABLF Sustainable Leadership Icon is an influencer par excellence who symbolises the values and traditions intrinsic to Asia, while communicating a global appeal. Representing the timelessness of principle-centred leadership, the ABLF Sustainable Leadership Icon is a nurturer, a mentor, and an exemplary role model whose powerful message of peace, progress, and sustainable development resonates across the realms of community, country, and region.

The ABLF Global Asian Award The ABLF Global Asian is a powerful individual whose business footprint and commitment to excellence have engaged international interest and attention. A visionary with an unswerving commitment to business, country, and region, the ABLF Global Asian is a game changer who has earned a place in the highest echelons of the global business community.

The ABLF Statesperson Award The recipient of the ABLF Statesperson Award is an exemplary leader in government and public service who has favoured innovation, supported sustainable development of community and country, and helped shape proactive and positive government policy. A conscientious advocate of public service who has contributed to the growth trajectory of the nation’s economy as well as to strong bilateral ties and relations, this award recipient embodies compassion, corporate responsibility, and civic service.

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THE AWARD CATEGORIES

The ABLF Lifetime Achievement Award The ABLF Lifetime Achievement Award is a heartfelt felicitation of a true visionary. Wielding immense influence, this achiever mentors a generation of powerful business leaders. Consistently focusing on team, community, and country, this leader is driven by a motivation to make the world a better place and has spent a lifetime nurturing and sharing the values of excellence, innovation, and sustainability alongside social responsibilities and philanthropy. The ABLF Lifetime Achiever, whose name and good work is destined to go down in the brightest annals of history, embodies the spirit of life, light and inspiration.

The ABLF Business Excellence Award The ABLF Business Excellence Award recognises and celebrates business leaders who have a holistic approach in propagating and sustaining business excellence and innovation so as to increase the performance levels of the community. This leader is a powerhouse who has continually channeled energies to create outstanding work environments that promote commitment, reinforce best business practices, and consistently sharpen the skill sets of co-workers so as to ensure optimum utilisation of both human resource potential as well as opportunity capital.

The ABLF Business Courage Award The ABLF Business Courage Award recipient is a formidable business leader who defines the essence of true captaincy: one who leads effortlessly during times of prosperity and crisis, ensuring the safety of corporate, community, and human capital. Fearless and success-driven, this leader propels every enterprise and engagement to greater heights with vision, courage, consideration, and compassion.

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THE AWARD CATEGORIES

The ABLF Business Innovator Award The ABLF Business Innovator is a formidable leader who powers the modern business zeitgeist through innovative knowledge-based skills and expertise. Constantly exploring and implementing newer systems for a changing world, this leader harnesses the power of disruptive innovation for greater value and positive impact. This brave innovator’s path is a success blueprint for the rising Asian century.

The ABLF Trailblazer Award The ABLF Trailblazer is an innovator who has achieved meteoric success and carried it forward with an enduring narrative. This dynamic individual, who has secured a place amongst iconic achievers, blazes ahead with powerful strategies that are time-, geography-, and gender-appropriate. Embodying immense influence and social responsibility, the ABLF Trailblazer leads by example and is an architect of positive change.

The ABLF Ambassador of Commerce Award The ABLF Ambassador of Commerce is a determined and driven leader who plays an extensive role in facilitating and forging new economic relationships and beginning new global conversations on behalf of team, community, and country. With a progressive outlook on development, this individual, who is an emissary of innovation in contemporary commerce and modern economy, has a consistent commitment to regional prosperity and uses the active energy of synergistic collaboration to promote the cause of pure commerce.

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THE AWARD CATEGORIES

The ABLF Outstanding Business Achiever Award The ABLF Outstanding Business Achiever is a high-achieving self-starter who has perfected the alchemy of combining traditional and old-fashioned Asian business ethics with contemporary innovation to harness success. This outstanding leader is a team player whose work ethos is committed to achieving success for everyone leading to empowering accomplishments.

The ABLF Outstanding Business Citizen Award The ABLF Outstanding Business Citizen is a universally responsible leader, an agent of dynamic socioeconomic and cultural change. A conscientious and powerful influencer who has driven the paradigm shift from economic welfare to social empowerment and awareness, the ABLF Global Business Citizen's energy and true interest rest with global welfare issues; this individual is constantly seeking to bring the world together in dialogue and conversations that serve the global citizenry.

The ABLF Outstanding Business Economist Award The ABLF Outstanding Business Economist is a contemporary leader who possesses superlative proficiency and an astute grasp of the dynamics of economic sustainability, has the ability to forecast future economic trends and lead businesses that can change the pace of economic development of Asia and the larger region. The ABLF Business Economist is an intellectual giant that straddles the many worlds of research, statistics, and historical trends and can decode data to create paradigm shifts that serve to empower the global economy.

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THE AWARD CATEGORIES

The ABLF Rising Star Award The ABLF Rising Star is an inspirational leader who takes on business challenges that would prove daunting to an ordinary individual. This award recipient consistently delivers on projects and commitments, and ensures that success is shared—carrying team, community, country, and region to the pinnacle of the global business landscape.

The ABLF Social Influencer Award The ABLF Social Influencer effortlessly straddles a traditional social environment and a cutting-edge modern business world with a commanding presence that embodies the culture and values of a global Asia. The ABLF Social Influencer is committed to excellence and innovation, maintains healthy interpersonal relationships and influences by example and advocacy.

The ABLF Social Humanitarian Award The ABLF Social Humanitarian is a fearless leader; an altruistic influencer whose purpose lies in empowering the less privileged, alleviating suffering and reinstating basic human dignity in the lives of those marginalised by war, social and natural circumstances, disease and poverty. The ABLF Social Humanitarian invariably strives to make the world a better place and is an ambassador of peace, harmony and development.

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THE GRAND JURY The ABLF Grand Jury comprises a high-profile consortium of leaders from Asia, each leader representing an opinion of the highest integrity and vision. The ABLF Grand Jury is keenly aware of its responsibilities and uses its power wisely to elect a winner in each category, a winner who represents Asian excellence in Business. The ABLF Strategic Advisory Panel – a core faction of industry experts, economic commentators and international leaders from government, business, academia, advisory and other professional disciplines, recommends and elects the ABLF Grand Jury every year.

Leveraging its wealth of multidisciplinary expertise and industry knowledge, the ABLF Grand Jury (assisted by the ABLF Analysts and Strategic Partners) studies, deliberates and selects outstanding individuals from Asia, whose organic success rises from a deep commitment to excellence, governance and fine business practices, and is inextricably linked to the prosperity of the entire region.

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THE ABLF TROPHY The ABLF Trophy, over the past decade has come to symbolise excellence and authentic leadership. Every year, the ABLF Awards grows in stature, reputation and significance with the equity of the leadership stories it encompasses.

Over 120 legendary leaders of Asia have been celebrated and honoured at glittering Award ceremonies for their outstanding influence and stellar achievements.

The ABLF Trophy embodies the eternal spirit of honour, triumph and celebration.

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THE ABLF AWARDS ALUMNI H.H. SHEIKHA FATIMA BINT MUBARAK

H.R.H. PRINCE KHALIFA BIN SALMAN AL KHALIFA

"The ABLF, which hosts entrepreneurs, is a great opportunity for exchanging ideas and experiences. It also creates partnerships among those who work in the economic sphere. This reflects positively on the participants and decision makers in Asia. As the ABLF is held in the UAE annually, the UAE confirms its entrepreneurship in launching constructive initiatives for supporting the economy and for building generations capable of participating in the economic progression of Asian countries."

In 2013, H.R.H. Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, was felicitated with the ABLF Statesman Award for his efforts towards Bahrain's remarkable achievements in all fields. His Royal Highness described the Award as crowning his lifetime achievements and efforts, leading Bahrain on the road to development, progress and prosperity.

MOTHER OF THE NATION, UAE

PRIME MINISTER, KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN

H.E. DR AMAL ABDULLAH AL QUBAISI

PRESIDENT AND SPEAKER, FEDERAL NATIONAL COUNCIL (FNC), UAE

H.H. SHEIKH AHMED BIN SAEED AL MAKTOUM

CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE, EMIRATES AIRLINE AND GROUP, UAE; CHAIRMAN, EMIRATES NBD, UAE

“I support the ABLF’s effort and initiative to celebrate the achievements of Asia in a common forum and its mandate of strong leadership commitment to excellence, sustainability and development.”

“I really acknowledge the values that the ABLF holds and the impact of what IEDEA is doing by hosting this global gathering in the UAE, in order to recognise not only business leaders but also to emphasise on social values and development.”

H.E. SHAUKAT AZIZ

FORMER PRIME MINISTER, PAKISTAN

TUN ABDULLAH AHMAD BADAWI FORMER PRIME MINISTER, MALAYSIA

"It is indeed a great honour for me to receive this prestigious award. I might have done well at my job, but this ABLF Statesman Award 2016, which I very much appreciate, comes with the efforts of others as well. Everyone who worked with me deserves credit for this. Thank you from the depth of my heart."

“This is an outstanding event that celebrates leadership and has the potential to inspire Asia to come together and work towards regional cooperation. True leadership means hard work, innovation and respect for one another.”

H.R.H. PRINCE SAUD BIN KHALID AL FAISAL

DEPUTY GOVERNOR FOR INVESTMENT AFFAIRS, SAUDI ARABIAN GENERAL INVESTMENT AUTHORITY (SAGIA), KSA

H.E. REEM EBRAHIM AL HASHIMY

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE CABINET, UAE; MD, DUBAI EXPO 2020, UAE

“The ABLF has a prominent history in the UAE, and we do our best to support it. The ABLF platform is nothing short of exemplary and I look forward to working closely with it in the years to come.”

H.E. KHALDOON KHALIFA AL MUBARAK GROUP CEO AND MD, MUBADALA, UAE

“The ABLF carries out extremely important work by celebrating dialogue and cooperation that deliver growth for the region, and I am pleased to support these efforts.” *Titles and designations of all winners are as per position held at the time of receiving the awards.

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“Forums like the ABLF bring together the nations of the world in the spirit of goodwill and friendship; they help promote close cooperation and collaboration, strengthen trade and business corridors and expand upon important leadership conversations that serve the premise of greater global economic development."

H.E. KAMAL NATH

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, INDIA

"The quality of discourse at the ABLF has always been of the highest order. The thoughts of diverse people, attending from different fields and from different countries are now catching the imagination of the world.”


THE ABLF AWARDS ALUMNI H.H. SHEIKH HAMED BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN

H.E. DR MAITHA BINT SALEM AL SHAMSI

"Economic leadership is passing to emerging markets, not just as their weight in the global economy passes 50 per cent, but as their share of likely future global growth moves far higher."

“It is with great honour that I receive the ABLF Social Influencer Award. This award is an incentive for me to work harder to support women’s causes, especially those, which empower them economically and consolidate their role as a partner in the field of economic and sustainable development. I owe this recognition to H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Mother of the Nation, UAE.”

H.E. DR SULTAN AL JABER

H.E. ENG. MOHAMMED AHMED BIN ABDUL AZIZ AL SHIHHI

MANAGING DIRECTOR, ABU DHABI INVESTMENT AUTHORITY, UAE

MINISTER OF STATE, UAE AND CEO, ABU DHABI NATIONAL OIL COMPANY (ADNOC)

"I thank the ABLF for this award. It is a tangible recognition of the impact and contribution ADNOC has on the global economy, and in particular across Asia. We take great pride in contributing to the socio-economic development across our markets by being a reliable and responsible supplier of energy. At the same time, ADNOC is dedicated to creating more opportunities for our youth to develop the skills necessary to fulfil their potential and support our nation’s progress."

MINISTER OF STATE, UAE

UNDERSECRETARY, MINISTRY OF ECONOMY, UAE

“Theme of the ABLF this year (2016) 'Heroes of the Innovation Economy' is very special as it is a part of the strategy and objective of the UAE Vision 2021. As a leader in Innovation, the UAE would like to share its model with the rest of the world.” RATAN TATA

CHAIRMAN, TATA GROUP, INDIA

“The ABLF is an excellent initiative to celebrate Asian achievements on a global scale.”

H.E. HUSSAIN JASIM AL NOWAIS

CHAIRMAN, WAHA CAPITAL AND CHAIRMAN, KHALIFA FUND FOR ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT, UAE

“I think it’s a great platform, very well organised, and well attended. The subjects discussed are important subjects. They cover a spectrum of various different areas, and I wish you the best for all your efforts.”

ANAND MAHINDRA

CHAIRMAN AND MD, MAHINDRA & MAHINDRA, INDIA

“I salute the ABLF’s ability to bring together nations and business leaders in a cooperative environment conducive to building long-term partnerships.”

H.E. MOHAMED ALI RASHED ALABBAR CHAIRMAN, EMAAR PROPERTIES, UAE

"Our strategy for 2012 is to further increase the share of revenues from global operations and enhance the proportion of profit from recurring revenue streams, including shopping malls, retail, hospitality and leisure.”

GOPICHAND P. HINDUJA CO-CHAIRMAN, HINDUJA GROUP OF COMPANIES, UK

“I am proud to receive the ABLF Lifetime Achievement Award; success is a journey and not a milestone. In 1961, when I came here with my father, Dubai was nothing more than a desert. I really admire the founders of the UAE, as what they have done here is a lesson for the rest of Asia to learn and emulate in the domain of infrastructure.”

H.E. DR THAKSIN SHINAWATRA FORMER PRIME MINISTER, THAILAND

“I would like to commend the ABLF for organising this Asia-wide initiative. An Asia-wide platform has not been created for many years. I initiated Asian cooperation dialogue during my tenure as Prime Minister in 2003 and invited all the Asian countries to join. That was for a political track; but for the business track, the ABLF is a great platform to bring business people together.” H.E. HESHAM ABDULLA AL QASSIM VICE CHAIRMAN AND MD, EMIRATES NBD, UAE

“My experience as Vice Chairman and MD of the largest bank in the UAE has taught me that the pursuit of excellence is a continuous commitment and requires focused team effort. The ABLF provides me and my team further impetus to continue to raise the standard of excellence in all that we do.” *Titles and designations of all winners are as per position held at the time of receiving the awards.

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THE ABLF AWARDS ALUMNI H.E. MAJID SAIF AL GHURAIR

CHAIRMAN, DUBAI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY, UAE

H.E. DR MOHAMMED BIN HAMAD AL RUMHY MINISTER OF OIL AND GAS, OMAN

H.E. SULTAN BIN SULAYEM CHAIRMAN, DP WORLD, UAE

“I am honoured to have been selected for this prestigious Award. Asia is a vibrant centre of economic growth in the world today, and we at DP World are proud to support that growth into the future.”

H.E. MATTAR MOHAMMAD AL TAYER

DIRECTOR GENERAL, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS, ROADS AND TRANSPORT AUTHORITY - DUBAI

“I would like to thank the ABLF Grand Jury for this great recognition. I am proud to be a part of the Alumni of this prestigious event and would like to congratulate the ABLF on its 10th Anniversary. My team and I enjoyed the very well organised event. Congratulations and wishing the platform great innings in the future.” H.E. KHALAF AHMAD AL HABTOOR CHAIRMAN, AL HABTOOR GROUP, UAE

“Collaboration is very important. Asia is home to many emerging and established economies so the environment is very diverse. Knowledge sharing and sharing success stories and challenges will only help. The ABLF is a facilitator to connect business and thought leaders between countries.”

NAINA LAL KIDWAI

GROUP GM AND COUNTRY HEAD, HSBC INDIA

“I think it is great that there is an event such as the ABLF which is creating a link between the GCC and the rest of Asia and includes the rest of South-East Asia in dialogue and discussion.”

"First of all I would like to sincerely thank the ABLF Jury for honouring me with the ABLF Ambassador of Commerce Award. This recognition is a reflection of Dubai Chamber’s successful efforts to boost Dubai’s foreign trade, global profile and competitiveness. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to H.H. Sheikh Mohammed, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai for his wise leadership and unconditional support over the years which has helped the Chamber make remarkable progress in achieving its objectives." FAHAD AL GERGAWI CEO, DUBAI INVESTMENT DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (DUBAI FDI), UAE

“Year after year the ABLF grows beyond the region, cementing the roots of business in the region, South Asia and all the way to China.”

DR B.R. SHETTY

FOUNDING PARTNER AND CEO, NMC HEALTHCARE, UAE; MD AND CEO, UAE EXCHANGE, UAE

"The ABLF is one of the best ceremonies I have seen. It is not easy to bring together royalty and leaders of this calibre under one roof. This effort is commendable.”

RENUKA JAGTIANI VICE CHAIRPERSON, LANDMARK GROUP, UAE

"There are more and more women getting into business and I believe that the ABLF encourages them to move forward and to prove themselves.”

H.E. MONA AL MARRI

DIRECTOR GENERAL, GOVERNMENT OF DUBAI MEDIA OFFICE, UAE

MOAFAQ AL GADDAH

CHAIRMAN & FOUNDER, MAG GROUP, UAE

*Titles and designations of all winners are as per position held at the time of receiving the awards.

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"The relationship between the UAE and Asia is historical. At the ABLF we all get together and see the different nationalities come together to celebrate their achievements and this makes us proud. I am honoured to receive this ABLF recognition, which is a testament to Arab media’s high level of professional competency. In the UAE, we are on point with the latest international media trends, innovating constantly, both strategically and sustainably, to stay ahead.'


THE ABLF AWARDS ALUMNI N.R. NARAYANA MURTHY

CHUA SOCK KOONG

“ABLF has emerged as the finest platform for bringing together business and government leaders from Asia and honouring the best of them.”

“The ABLF recognises that as women business leaders, we need to be role models and mentors for other women leaders."

FOUNDER, INFOSYS, INDIA

GROUP CEO, SINGTEL, SINGAPORE

H.E. ABDUL AZIZ AL GHURAIR CEO & DIRECTOR, MASHREQ BANK, UAE

“I’m delighted to be honoured with this award.”

OLIVIA LUM

GROUP PRESIDENT AND CEO, HYFLUX GROUP, SINGAPORE

“The ABLF supports partnerships that complement and leverage each other’s strengths. It upholds the values of passion, perseverance and patience."

H.E. ABDULLAH MOHAMMED SALEH

GOVERNOR, DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE, UAE

"I believe that all tools that are designed to foster better or stronger relations between the UAE and the rest of the world are to be welcomed. Forums such as the ABLF are useful benchmarks to mark both personal and corporate achievement at differing levels. Against the background we have been discussing I would rate the ABLF very highly."

LATE DHIRUBHAI AMBANI

FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN, RELIANCE GROUP, INDIA

Mukesh Ambani on his father's legacy of inspiration

SUNIL VASWANI

GROUP CHAIRMAN, STALLION GROUP, UAE

“I’m honoured and privileged to be recognised here today at the ABLF. I would like to thank H.H. Sheikh Nahayan, a great leader and inspiration to us all for giving me this award; I would like to thank the ABLF as well for being a phenomenal platform for world leaders”

YOGESH MEHTA

MANAGING DIRECTOR, PETROCHEM ME, UAE

"I am very delighted to be winning an award at the ABLF, it is all about the recognition, and the ABLF makes it special. Twenty five years ago I began the Petrochem journey when I arrived in Dubai with little more than hope and a prayer. But I had lots of dreams, and it was the courage to pursue those dreams with passion and integrity that has brought me here today." WILLIAM E. HEINECKE

CHAIRMAN AND CEO, MINOR INTERNATIONAL, THAILAND

“I feel that the ABLF is a great platform to encourage the leaders of tomorrow and support them on the path to success.”

“My father had a very firm belief in the country’s youth and in investing in talent. His view was more than entrepreneurship; it was really a passion to build an institution in India. The aspiration is really not to be the best in the community or best in the country, but to be the best in the world.”

H.E. KHALIL ABDULLAH AL KHONJI

CHAIRMAN, OMAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY; CHAIRMAN, FEDERATION OF THE GCC CHAMBERS, OMAN

“The ABLF is one of the best business platforms for industry, infrastructure and energy. I have been part of the ABLF since 2011 and its value increases year-on-year.”

SRI PRAKASH LOHIA

GROUP CHAIRMAN, INDORAMA CORPORATION, SINGAPORE

"My heartfelt gratitude to the ABLF Grand Jury for bestowing upon me this honour. I receive this Award on behalf of Indorama Corporation's long-term business success, strong community involvement, flexibility to adapt and efficient implementation of innovative business strategies."

*Titles and designations of all winners are as per position held at the time of receiving the awards.

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THE ABLF AWARDS ALUMNI DR OMAR BIN ABDUL MUNIEM AL ZAWAWI

TSUYOSHI NAKAI

“It was very flattering to be awarded the ABLF trophy. It is quite an honour. I wish to express my thanks and appreciation to all concerned.”

“I am extremely impressed with the ABLF. It is an excellent platform for promoting international cooperation among Middle East countries, and connecting closely, other Asian nations, including India and Japan.”

TAN SRI A.K. NATHAN

KISHORE MAHBUBANI

“The ABLF is an immense tribute to the dynamic nature of business in Asia, especially the UAE. I’m glad to be part of its key narrative.”

“It is a great honour for me to receive the ABLF Lifetime Achievement Award. In recognising the outstanding contributions made by Asian leaders in a variety of spheres, the Awards will help accelerate Asia’s development. I wish the ABLF great success in the coming years.”

FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN, OMAR ZAWAWI ESTABLISHMENT (OMZEST), OMAN

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN AND GROUP MD, EVERSENDAI CORPORATION, MALAYSIA

CEO, JAPAN COOPERATION CENTER PETROLEUM ( JCCP)

DEAN; PROFESSOR IN THE PRACTICE OF PUBLIC POLICY, LEE KUAN YEW SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY, SINGAPORE

SHINTA WIDJAJA KAMDANI CEO, SINTESA GROUP, INDONESIA

“The ABLF has a great showcase for women’s empowerment and gender balance. This is crucial for half the working population in the world.”

PRAKASH P. HINDUJA

CHAIRMAN, HINDUJA GROUP (EUROPE), SWITZERLAND

“The ABLF can take the lead in providing a platform for Asian and African economies to share the knowledge and the blue print that the UAE possesses on development of infrastructure.”

A.M. NAIK

CHAIRMAN AND MD, LARSEN & TOUBRO, INDIA

“The ABLF reflects what Larsen & Toubro believes; driven as we are by what takes us forward – values, culture and tradition.”

H.E. MOHAMED THANI MURSHED GHANNAM AL RUMAITHI

SADRUDDIN HASHWANI

FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN, HASHOO GROUP, PAKISTAN

“The ABLF recognises success that comes with courage and hard work. Without courage and making an effort, you can’t reach the top. So, it is very encouraging for the younger generation to come forward and follow those who have been successful leaders.”

CHAIRMAN, ABU DHABI CHAMBER, UAE

“I would like to thank the ABLF Grand Jury for this award to the Abu Dhabi Chamber and our Chairman."

FAHD AL-RASHEED

GROUP CEO AND MD, EMAAR ECONOMIC CITY (EEC), KSA

“I am honoured to be a part of the ABLF, it is certainly a place which recognises leadership. I am also excited about meeting the great leaders present here.”

*Titles and designations of all winners are as per position held at the time of receiving the awards.

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DR BINOD CHAUDHARY

PRESIDENT, CHAUDHARY GROUP, NEPAL

“I am deeply honoured to be recognised by the ABLF, I believe it to be a great platform for leaders to join and share their experiences and thoughts on leading matters regarding industry, energy, and infrastructure. I wish to congratulate the ABLF, that has taken the event to great heights, and I wish the platform many more successes.”


THE ABLF AWARDS ALUMNI YU TAO

MA ZEHUA

“ABLF is a very special event as it is not just about the UAE but about Asia bringing about many global business opportunities.”

"We highly appreciate the valuable time of H.H. Sheikh Nahayan and the hardworking members of the ABLF Organising Committee. I really enjoy the friendship of China and the UAE, the trade between the two countries has been about CNY 54.8 billion. I think this trend will continue and we will have more areas to cooperate and collaborate.”

CEO AND PRESIDENT, CHINA STATE CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING CORPORATION (MIDDLE EAST) (L.L.C.), UAE

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AND SECRETARY OF PARTY COMMITTEE, COSCO, CHINA

MADHU KONERU

GROUP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TRIMEX INTERNATIONAL, UAE

"Being named ABLF Rising Star is a great and unexpected honour. It's always a privelege to be able to take a moment and reflect on what we've achieved, but it is as important to acknowledge that my success has only been possible through the unwavering commitment of the professional team I work with on a daily basis. This award is a great encouragement to achieve much more and to work harder."

MALLIKA SRINIVASAN CHAIRMAN AND CEO, TAFE GROUP, INDIA

GAUTAM THAPAR

FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN, AVANTHA GROUP, INDIA

"I've always looked at strategy as the ability to look beyond the boundaries and find that one wrinkle that will actually make it successful. A willingness to adapt your business model to suit the economy is a necessity for success. India's role will continue to expand on the world stage as she becomes a larger part of the global economy.”

RAMESH PRABHAKAR

CEO, RIVOLI GROUP, UAE

“The ABLF recognises and encourages the rapidly growing role of women in Asia’s economic development. Women bring to the corporate world unique perspectives and competencies, and represent a valuable talent pool that adds richness and diversity, while at an individual level they may continue to face challenges in the varied sociopolitical environment that dots Asia”

"I felt very privileged at being nominated for the ABLF Rising Star Award and feel even more rewarded by being the winner in the nominated category. This award though received by me as an individual, is truly a recognition of the collective team work of the Rivoli Group enterprise that has over the years proven committed to quality retailing in the region. My deepest thanks to the ABLF."

CAI CHUNYAN

GEORGE SANTOSA TAHIIJA

“The ABLF Award that I have received today is not only a recognition of my work, but also reflects on my team at Bank of China. Platforms like the ABLF encourage greater cooperation between nations. At Bank of China, we are looking forward to putting more efforts into powering the trade and investments between China, UAE and the Middle East and Asian region.”

"When I graduated from business school, the common thinking was that Europe was the past, America is the present and Asia is the future. As we gather here today I believe we can agree that for Asia, the future has indeed arrived. As business leaders we have a responsibility to Asia’s future generations to ensure sustainable and responsible growth. We can achieve this by balancing dynamic entrepreneurial leadership with corporate governance and managing the 'greed factor'. In accepting this award I wish to recognise my family and my management team for making our collective success possible.”

SENIOR EXECUTIVE OFFICER, REGIONAL HEAD, BANK OF CHINA

H.E. ENG SALAH AL SHAMSI

COMMISSIONER, AUSTINDO GROUP, INDONESIA

FORMER PRESIDENT, ABU DHABI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, UAE

"I believe that the ABLF has further cemented the age old ties between India and the Arab world, both economic as well as cultural, and helped create a much needed platform to showcase and acknowledge the Asian business power." *Titles and designations of all winners are as per position held at the time of receiving the awards.

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THE ABLF AWARDS ALUMNI ARIF NAQVI

FOUNDER AND GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE, ABRAAJ GROUP, UAE

"Businesses need to have a greater purpose than just generating profits for their shareholders. The role of the entrepreneur is to be an engaged part of society and to make a difference in the communities that the enterprise functions in. The ABLF is an example of a forum that showcases socially conscious leaders as the essential influencers for the next generation of entrepreneurs. Congratulations on the 10th anniversary of this leadership platform that is under the stellar leadership of H.H. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan."

LORD MEGHNAD DESAI

EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS, LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE, UK

“We live in very uncertain times, including the receptive effect of innovation. What we need now, and what I think my task is, is to think about these problems, try and find solutions, and hope that other people join me in implementing these innovations that will make life better for everybody. I am grateful to the ABLF and the UAE authorities for having invited me and I wish them very good luck in their future.”

ARUNDHATI BHATTACHARYA

FORMER CHAIRPERSON, STATE BANK OF INDIA, INDIA

HIND BAHWAN

DIRECTOR, SUHAIL BAHWAN GROUP, OMAN

“We see that the synergy between Asian countries is significant in the new world order. The seamless relationship between these countries has never been stronger, and it now encompasses the world of new technologies. So leveraging on this has all the makings of a formidable, globally-competitive business zone in the area of information technology. Institutions such as the ABLF will certainly be the catalyst in enabling the synergy for the benefit of the stakeholders.”

DR HAYAT BINT SULAIMAN BIN HASSAN SINDI MEMBER, SHURA COUNCIL, KSA

“Forums like the ABLF that celebrate sociallyinspiring thought leaders and enable networking with such stalwarts on one platform to dialogue on global challenges are indeed the need of the hour.”

“I thought the ABLF, as always, was perfectly poised in carrying forward the message of a rising, more dominant, more all pervasive Asia. The sessions were crafted wonderfully, they covered not just a wide spectrum of subjects, but the panellists who were on board, had both gravitas and experience.”

G.M. RAO

GROUP CHAIRMAN, GMR GROUP, INDIA

“It is a great honour for me to receive this award. I am very thankful to the ABLF and its Jury for giving me the ABLF Lifetime Achievement Award. This award gives me a lot of motivation to keep working for the nation. Thank you to His Highness Sheikh Nahayan for felicitating me with this Award. His Highness is a great leader, and that is shown through the respect he garners worldwide.”

RAZA JAFAR

FOUNDER, GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY NETWORK; CEO, ENSHAA, UAE

SALMA HAREB

CEO, JAFZA AND ECONOMIC ZONES, UAE

“We are honoured to be recognised by our Asian peers at such a prestigious global platform. This award emboldens us to continue our efforts towards achieving higher standards of excellence and further strengthening Dubai as well as the UAE’s position as a vibrant commercial hub of the region.”

"I think the ABLF is a wonderful platform as it brings together all elements of society, the government, and the business leaders, who work in collaboration to achieve common goals. The leaders here work towards economic growth keeping in mind the environmental and social impact. The ABLF enables leaders to come together to network and engage in an effort to hasten this process and bring about social change."

H.E. ABDULLA NASSER AL SUWAIDI

DIRECTOR GENERAL, ABU DHABI NATIONAL OIL COMPANY (ADNOC), UAE

*Titles and designations of all winners are as per position held at the time of receiving the awards.

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THE ABLF AWARDS ALUMNI H.E. DR RAJA EASA AL GURG

MANAGING DIRECTOR, EASA SALEH AL GURG GROUP, UAE

“I am deeply honoured to be a recipient of the ABLF Woman of Power Award. Accolades such as these inspire me to empower more women to achieve success in their chosen fields. I believe that desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal, a commitment to excellence that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”

YUSUFFALI M.A. MANAGING DIRECTOR, EMKE (LULU) GROUP, UAE

"This is a great summit as the ABLF brings together business people, political leaders and decision makers to discuss the innovations happening in the world today. I’m very honoured to be a regular attendee at the ABLF Series.”

DR AMINA AL RUSTAMANI GROUP CEO, TECOM GROUP, UAE

ELHAM YOUSRY MAHFOUZ

CEO, COMMERCIAL BANK OF KUWAIT, KUWAIT

"It is a big achievement for the ABLF to bring so many business leaders together from different countries and different sectors."

“The ABLF is a testament to the TECOM Group’s efforts as a champion of innovation, and as a contributor to Dubai’s aspirations to transform the emirate to an innovation-led economy. I am grateful to drive this effort, and reinforce Dubai’s leading example in the region and beyond."

STEPHEN LEE CHING YEN

CHAIRMAN, SINGAPORE AIRLINES, SINGAPORE

RAJIV K. LUTHRA

FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER, LUTHRA & LUTHRA LAW OFFICES, INDIA

“The ABLF is an important gateway to the markets in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. It functions like an engine facilitating global trade and business."

"I’ve seen ABLF grow in stature from strength to strength every year; and the galaxy of people who are now getting involved, is growing exponentially." LAKSHMI N. MITTAL

CHAIRMAN & CEO, ARCELOR MITTAL, INDIA

DR NARESH TREHAN

CHAIRMAN AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, MEDANTA - THE MEDICITY, INDIA

“Thank you for this great honour. More than anything, this accolade clearly underscores what is happening in Asia. The future belongs to Asia. The beginning has happened and, in the years to come, we shall realise our full potential. The new era of the world begins now.”

DR PRATHAP C. REDDY

FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN, APOLLO GROUP OF HOSPITALS, INDIA

“The ABLF is a very significant initiative that shines a light on the healthcare sector in Asia, which is of great importance to India and the UAE.”

"It is a special honour to be a recipient of the very first ABLF Global Asian award. The event was a huge success and my thanks go to the event architects: IEDEA."

CHAN CHAUTO

PRESIDENT, CEFC CHINA ENERGY COMPANY LIMITED

In 2015, Chan Chauto, President of CEFC China (a Fortune Global 500 company since 2013), received the ABLF Business Excellence Award for his proactive efforts towards the rapid growth of the company, to become one of the largest private enterprises in the region. Following the business philosophy of CEFC China, 'Arising with Strength and Achieving with Goodness', Chan Chauto commits himself to education and philanthropy causes, initiating campaigns for charity and public good through the CEFC Shanghai Charity Fund.

*Titles and designations of all winners are as per position held at the time of receiving the awards.

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THE ABLF AWARDS ALUMNI GOPINATH PILLAI

SUNNY VARKEY

PNC Menon, Chairman, Sobha Developers"

"The ABLF has helped create a platform for Asian entrepreneurs to express their gratitude for the opportunities that the Middle East region and its visionary leaders have provided. These esteemed awards will serve as a catalyst in terms of the furtherance of Asian business aspirations through the region. I congratulate ABLF team for this fine initiative and all the success for the future."

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, SAVANT INFOCOMM, SINGAPORE

"Gopinath Pillai is an extraordinary human being, highly disciplined, with unquestionable integrity and capability. His professional achievements as well as his status as Ambassador-at-large have ensured that his Indian origins are celebrated in his home country of Singapore."

GARIBALDI THOHIR

PRESIDENT DIRECTOR & CEO, PT ADARO ENERGY, INDONESIA

“It is an absolute honour to be chosen as the ABLF Business Courage Award recipient. I wouldn’t be here without everyone who has supported Adaro to become what it is today. This award will provide a profound support for us to contribute even more to the world especially to the Asian business environment. We hope that the current global market difficulties will end soon; hence it will recover to its normal condition.”

FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN, GEMS EDUCATION, UAE

H.E. OBAID KHALEEFA JABER AL MURRI FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN, AL JABER GROUP, UAE

"It was with delight and great pleasure that I received the information that I was to be honored with the prestigous ABLF Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of my small contribution to the UAE. It was even more of a pleasure to be able to receive this award in the presence of my children: who are all actively involved in the family business that have been established ovver the past thirty five years but have gone on to establish diverse and varied businesses of their own."

SUHEL SETH

MANAGING PARTNER, COUNSELAGE, INDIA

“I thought the ABLF, as always, was perfectly poised in carrying forward the message of a rising, more dominant, more all pervasive Asia. The sessions were crafted wonderfully, they covered not just a wide spectrum of subjects, but the panellists who were on board, had both gravitas and experience.”

KIRAN MAZUMDAR-SHAW

GHAITH AL GHAITH CEO, FLY DUBAI, UAE

“The ABLF is a fantastic opportunity for business people from the region to get together. I am very proud of the UAE, which is blessed with a visionary government that works very hard for its people. Our achievements as a group will always give us a platform to showcase excellence and with further cooperation in Asia we can definitely conquer the world”

CHAIRPERSON AND MD, BIOCON LIMITED, INDIA

“I must congratulate the ABLF for organising a forum that has been put together efficiently. The Forum has brought together a group of world leaders who are doing and saying the right things on some key issues which will power the future of the Asian economy.”

B.N. KALYANI

CHAIRMAN, KALYANI GROUP, INDIA

“The ABLF helps to build Asia’s economic backbone, and also strengthens global business relationships year-on-year, benefitting participants and Asia as a whole.”

*Titles and designations of all winners are as per position held at the time of receiving the awards.

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H.E. MOHAMMED AL ZUBAIR FOUNDER, ZUBAIR CORPORATION, OMAN

"The success of a healthy forward looking country is based on three pillars: government, business and arts. They each complement one other. If you have arts and no business – then you will not succeed; without business how will the arts be enhanced? How will they grow? If you have business without arts, then it is like a man without soul. A government that is not concerned with business and arts is lost as well. I have been fortunate that I have been able to contribute, in my humble way to the growth of our country, where all three spheres have been allowed to flourish in a rigid society.”


THE ABLF AWARDS ALUMNI DR RANA KAPOOR

P.S. JAYAKUMAR

“I’m truly delighted to be at the ABLF. There are dreams that come true, if you can dream it, you can do it. And I also believe the harder you work, the luckier you get.”

“I see the larger cause that the ABLF is involved in as it can serve as an effective means for various business leaders to collaborate, interact, and network. The ABLF has had 10 glorious years, and I wish you many more.”

FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, YES BANK, INDIA

MANAGING DIRECTOR & CEO, BANK OF BARODA, INDIA

BADR JAFAR DR AMER BIN AWADH AL-RAWAS CEO, OMANTEL, OMAN

“I would like to thank my colleagues, the employees of Omantel Group for making the holistic sustained growth of Omantel possible by excellence in business. I would also like to thank pioneers in business in Oman for providing inspiration for young leaders like myself and my colleagues at Omantel.”

MANAGING DIRECTOR, CRESCENT GROUP, UAE

“The ABLF is an important platform where we can have a group of people convene and discuss challenges, common values and further opportunities.”

ADIL ZAINULBHAI

CHAIRMAN, QUALITY COUNCIL OF INDIA

H.E. MARIAM MOHAMMED AL RUMAITHI

DIRECTOR GENERAL, FAMILY DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION; CHAIRPERSON, ADBWC, UAE

“The ABLF is a remarkable platform as it is one of the only places that takes a pan-Asian view, including the Middle East. It’s a great forum to meet and network with interesting and innovative leaders who are engaged in making a difference across sectors and based in different parts of Asia.”

DR P. MOHAMED ALI

FOUNDER, GALFAR ENGINEERING & CONTRACTING SAOG, OMAN

H.E. MOHAMMAD ABDUL JALIL AL FAHIM HONORARY CHAIRMAN, AL FAHIM GROUP, UAE

"For me, as an advocate of incentives, bonuses and recognitions, all people working with me and in the business community in general, it was a great honor to be recognized and appreciated by ABLF. In order to set an example for what I already preach, hardworking people should be appreciated in order to give them the recognition they deserve. The event was a success and I wish ABLF all the success in their future endeavors."

“The ABLF is a breakthrough initiative because it brings to light the powerful sectors that have driven Asia’s growth. Asia stands on the cusp of great change, and the leaders who have contributed to its success deserve international recognition.”

NIRMAL SETHIA

CHAIRMAN, N. SETHIA GROUP, UK

“I think this is a great platform. This is a very fast evolving world and I think it is a great encouragement for many younger people to be recognised for little or more of what they do.”

SYED M. SALAHUDDIN

MANAGING DIRECTOR, ETA ASCON STAR GROUP, UAE

"Prestigous awards such as those instituted by the ABLF help raise the bar and ecourage corporate houses, individuals to do better and contribute in a significant way to the economy and society and showcase achievement of Asians in this region."

H.E. DR MOHAMMED OMAR ABDULLA

ADVISER TO THE CHAIRMAN, DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (DED), UAE

*Titles and designations of all winners are as per position held at the time of receiving the awards.

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ABLF LEADERS SPEAK H.H. SHEIKH NAHAYAN MABARAK AL NAHAYAN CABINET MEMBER AND MINISTER OF TOLERANCE, UAE

"The leadership of the UAE has a bold vision for a future marked by mobility, sustainability, and opportunity. Such a future counts on the co-operation between the UAE and the private businesses, governments, and people of Asia."

H.E. PRANAB MUKHERJEE THE PRESIDENT OF INDIA

“The President compliments the ABLF for highlighting the sectors of energy, infrastructure and industry which are critical for future growth of Asia. The celebration of business successes in Asia will encourage and motivate new generation businesses as well as consolidate the successes of older, more established ones.”

H.E. DR SUSILO BAMBANG YUDHOYONO

H.E. DR MANMOHAN SINGH

"The ABLF is a very relevant platform in an important region of the world. It brings together Asia’s leaders to exchange knowledge and collaborate with the intent of developing Intra-Asia partnerships that support overall economic and social development.'

“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 ABLF would result in new ideas on how to move forward in these areas.”

H.E. SULTAN BIN SAEED AL MANSOURI

H.E. KITTIRATT NA-RANONG

FORMER PRESIDENT, INDONESIA

MINISTER OF ECONOMY, UAE

FORMER PRIME MINISTER, INDIA

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER OF FINANCE, THAILAND

“The UAE is poised for great growth with the Expo 2020, and there is potential for not just the UAE, but the nations of Asia to participate and contribute in this growth dynamic. The agenda of the ABLF leads me to believe that the upcoming edition will be important as we move into a decade of development marked by innovation and excellence.”

“The ABLF is a very special event and I am 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.”

H.E. KAPIL SIBAL

H.E. SUHAIL MOHAMMED FARAJ AL MAZROUEI

“The ABLF recognises the excellence of leaders in Asia, as the real challenges of tomorrow are going to be confronted and need to be resolved by us in this part of the world.”

“The ABLF has created an excellent platform. It is heartening to see the diversity of subjects being discussed that provides emerging entrepreneurs with insights into the businesses around them and empowers them with strategic knowledge to tackle the hurdles they often encounter.”

H.E. GITA WIRJAWAN

H.E. MUHAMMAD CHATIB BASRI

“I think it is important for us to explore new opportunities that will bolster economic relationships within the Asian community. The ABLF provides a forum for such dialogue and can become the Davos (World Economic Forum) of Asia.”

"The ABLF is the best platform to exchange information and to access innumerable business opportunities. I enjoy being part of this forum.”

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, INDIA

MINISTER OF TRADE, INDONESIA

*Titles and designations of all individuals are as per positions held at the time of making the comment.

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A MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARIAT OF

MINISTER OF ENERGY, UAE

FORMER MINISTER OF FINANCE, INDONESIA


ABLF LEADERS SPEAK DR SHASHI THAROOR

CHAIRMAN, PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, INDIA

“I think ABLF has been an extremely important and constructive platform for discussing what’s happening, the cutting edge issues that really matter to the future of this region and the future of the business in this region.” H.E. P. CHIDAMBARAM

FORMER FINANCE MINISTER AND HOME MINISTER, INDIA

H.E. DATO' TAN SENG SUNG

MALAYSIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER TO INDIA

“It was a pleasure to attend the ABLF event in New Delhi and to see countries of Asia come together in one forum. There is no doubt that Asia deserves to be at the forefront of global attention, given its influence and importance in economic matters; especially in the human resource sector.” SHAMSHER K SHERIFF

FORMER SECRETARY TO THE VICE PRESIDENT, INDIA

“Asia is an emerging economic force, but the potential of its vast human capital is yet to be realised fully. Asia’s leadership needs to explore ways to optimise available opportunities for economic empowerment. That is what forums, such as the ABLF, strive to achieve.”

“I am happy to have attended the ABLF and witnessed this celebration of Asian Leadership.”

H.E. MAQBOOL ALI SULTAN

H.E. SHARIEF HABIB AL AWADHI

“What we need in Asia is for the business leaders to get together, and there should be a leader to get them together. ABLF is that leader.”

“The ABLF was rich in participants with great leaders from different sectors and contributions, it was extremely informative. ”

FORMER MINISTER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY , OMAN

H.E. VAYALAR RAVI

UNION CABINET MINISTER, OVERSEAS INDIAN AFFAIRS, INDIA

“The issue of Asia’s economic development has captured the attention of the world as the centre of global growth and power shifts from the West to Asia. I commend the ABLF for building such a significant event that showcases how Asian business entities have played a defining role in the rise of Asia.” NAJEEB AL ALI

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EXPO 2020, UAE

“The ABLF is definitely a great knowledge and networking platform that serves to bring together in the UAE, stakeholders from all over the world. I see gatherings like the ABLF as steps that power us forward to 2020.” H.E. PHAM BINH DAM

AMBASSADOR TO THE UAE, VIETNAM

"I’m very impressed with the dignitaries participating in the forum and with the interactive sessions at ABLF, which provides information, insight and forward looking opinions about the trends around the world.”

DIRECTOR GENERAL, FUJAIRAH FREE ZONE, UAE

AMBASSADOR ZHOU WENZHONG

SECRETARY GENERAL, BOAO FORUM FOR ASIA, CHINA

“I would like to thank the ABLF Team for initiating contacts with the Boao Forum for Asia, and congratulate it on another successful edition.”

T.K.A. NAIR

FORMER ADVISOR TO THE PRIME MINISTER, INDIA

"How do you promote economic and social development of a nation, any nation, without business intervention? The ABLF initiative makes this possible, it has procured a platform for people like us to discuss, debate and decide how to change the face of Asia."

H.E. T.P. SEETHARAM

AMBASSADOR TO THE UAE, INDIA

“The ABLF has a prominent history in the UAE, and we do our best to support it. The ABLF platform is nothing short of exemplary and I look forward to working closely with it in the years to come.”

*Titles and designations of all individuals are as per positions held at the time of making the comment.

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ABLF LEADERS SPEAK GAUTAM ADANI

CHAIRMAN, ADANI GROUP, INDIA

“We are committed to the potential of Asia, investing in the West Asian region and leveraging the India-UAE relationship, hence our endorsement for the ABLF initiative.”

H.E. HELAL SAEED AL MARRI

DIRECTOR GENERAL, DUBAI DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM AND COMMERCE, UAE

“It is assuring and impressive to see leading businessmen from Africa, Asia and the Indian Subcontinent, in Dubai, discuss critical global issues as well as examine the immense possibility of Dubai emerging in a leadership role in the future.”

AQEEL ABDULLA MADHI CEO, NPCC, UAE

“The ABLF was a great event for us to partner with. As a part of the network, we met some really high dignitaries. I believe it is a prestigious platform that recognises people who have contributed to business and development across Asia, and it is great that it happens in Dubai, being a city that is the centre of commerce, trade and excellence. The leaders here cover all facets, from creativity to excellence, and we as Senaat and NPCC look forward to partnering with the ABLF in the future.“

SIDDHARTH BALACHANDRAN

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN AND CEO, BUIMERC CORPORATION, UAE

“The immense opportunities that are available to us at this time are amazing, in that they are unique and timely, and ready in a socio-economic as well as political environment that is both reassuring and encouraging of new development and accelerated growth. This is true especially in the sectors of infrastructure and industry. I support the ABLF Leadership Weekend 2014, as I believe it reflects the importance of responsible leadership and the critical role it plays in the destiny of not just a nation, but the world at large.”

H.E. MOHAMED HELAL AL MUHAIRI DIRECTOR GENERAL, ABU DHABI CHAMBER, UAE

H.E. SAEED MOHAMMED AHMED AL TAYER

MANAGING DIRECTOR AND CEO, DUBAI ELECTRICITY AND WATER AUTHORITY (DEWA)

"The ABLF is a platform where we can exchange ideas and benefit from other countries, by learning about new technologies and innovations that they are going to adopt."

RAJEN KILACHAND

CHAIRMAN AND PRESIDENT, DODSAL GROUP, UAE

“The ABLF concept really is so perfect because the timing is perfect, it is in the right location and its target is perfect because it is the only event of its kind that I know of on a global level, that showcases the rise of the economies of Asia.”

BHARAT WAKHLU

RESIDENT DIRECTOR, TATA SERVICES, INDIA

“The ABLF is an excellent initiative to celebrate Asian achievements on a global scale. From its mandate to its 13‑inch, 24-carat goldplated trophy that epitomises the prosperity and stability of Asia, the event is a winner and I am very glad to be here today to represent Mr Ratan Tata and the Tata Group at this prestigious event.” NAVEEN JINDAL

CHAIRMAN, JINDAL STEEL AND POWER, INDIA

“I think the ABLF is doing a wonderful job in this region by promoting entrepreneurship and development, by getting all the business leaders of the region together on a common platform to interact with each other so we can all work together for mutual benefit.”

PANKAJ KHIMJI

DIRECTOR, KHIMJI RAMDAS, OMAN

“ABLF is not just just a ceremonial award giving function, it is more interactive and more thought provoking than ever; which I think, is what is of relevance in today’s time”

DR TAYEB KAMALI

VICE CHANCELLOR, HIGHER COLLEGES OF TECHNOLOGY (HCT), UAE

“The development of the industry, infrastructure and energy sectors is paramount to any nation’s progress and the ABLF has successfully engaged in a remarkable effort of showcasing the talent and resources across Asia within these key areas of growth.” *Titles and designations of all individuals are as per positions held at the time of making the comment.

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“This is going to be a very powerful platform for the years to come and I look forward to being part of it as we move forward.”


ABLF LEADERS SPEAK DR HATEM SAMMAN

CHIEF ECONOMIST, SAUDI ARABIAN GENERAL INVESTMENT AUTHORITY (SAGIA), KSA

PAUL GRIFFITHS

CEO, DUBAI AIRPORTS, UAE

"The ABLF seems to be improving every year. It is a great place for people to be recognised and to actually connect and network with people that are of interest to their field. You get to interact as a way of aligning our strategy with theirs."

“The ABLF is an excellent place to come together and interact with people who will be leading the economic powerhouse of the future.”

DR JAMILA KHANJI

DHANIN CHEARAVANONT

“I consider the ABLF platform, to be a unique opportunity, to launch many international and human initiatives that address different challenges, internationally and locally.”

“The ABLF brings the best of Thailand to the UAE and to a grand Asian get-together, where business and social progress go hand-in-hand.”

ADVISOR, FAMILY DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION, UAE

RAJEEV TALWAR

GROUP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DLF LIMITED, INDIA

“The ABLF event has proven to be an extraordinary effort in bringing the Gulf, India and South-East Asia together at one spectacular business event. I commend the effort.”

FATIMA AL JABER

COO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AL JABER GROUP, UAE

“The ABLF is a great initiative with the captains of our industry joining together to have a fruitful dialogue. I attended the first event that happened a few years ago, and when the organiser told me there was another one happening in Dubai, I was very keen to participate.” DR RAJIV LALL

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, IDFC LIMITED, INDIA

“We support the ABLF because we believe that it is an interesting platform to promote the idea of development across Asia, to bring together a network of companies, professionals and policymakers, to raise their awareness about the importance of the infrastructure space, and attracting more private participation into this space.”

CHAIRMAN, CP GROUP, THAILAND

UMRAN BEBA

SVP AND CHRO, PEPSICO AMENA, UAE

“ABLF is a great example of a platform that brings together Asian leaders, governments and businesses, to discuss the opportunities that lie within Asia.”

STEPHEN HUTTLER

SENIOR PARTNER, PILLSBURY WINTHROP SHAW PITTMAN, USA

“As a leading international law firm with strong interests across the Middle East and South Asia, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman was honoured to be named an ABLF Knowledge Partner. I personally was thrilled to be able to present our insights on various timely energy industry topics, and to share the stage with many distinguished colleagues from industry and government. The ABLF Knowledge Congress was a terrific opportunity to learn and to network.” DR ARJEN RADDER

CEO, MIDDLE EAST & TURKEY, PHILIPS, UAE

“The ABLF is a fantastic leadership event, which is very professionally organised and most importantly, features key opinion leaders and influencers from across Asia.”

MOHAMMED SHARAF CEO, DP WORLD, UAE

"There is no doubt in my mind going forward that the Asian economy is going to lead the global economy. Experts believe that the growth will be in the emerging markets. However, if Asia wants to truly develop and lead the global economy, then infrastructure is the backbone for that development and the ABLF is right on target.”

J.J. VALAYA

FASHION DESIGNER, HOUSE OF VALAYA, INDIA

“Always difficult to have so many important people in the room and keep their attention going; but ABLF was managed beautifully.”

*Titles and designations of all individuals are as per positions held at the time of making the comment.

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE ABLF AWARDS 2018? The 11th Anniversary Edition of the ABLF in 2018 will feature exclusively the ABLF Awards bringing together a mighty congress of Royalty, heads of state, diplomats, business leaders, social influencers media barons and the remarkable ABLF Alumni, facilitating networking, the exchange of knowledge and information, and reiterating the bonds of friendship and cooperation.

This year, the ABLF Awards presents the finest examples of sustainable leadership, recognising those who champion social causes and support the premise of an inclusive, diversified and robust Asia, with happiness at its core. Through the portals of this event and its collaborative spirit and energy, we showcase the powerful drive and vision of the UAE Government and the nation's stellar reputation as a progressive, vibrant and investment-friendly business destination.

The evening’s spotlight will be on the ABLF Alumni and the 2018 Award Recipients at the Grand Ceremony.

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ABLF PARTNERS THROUGH THE YEARS Senaat National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) Masdar Dubai FDI IndusInd Bank Hinduja Group Adani Group Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group DLF Limited DP World Dutco Group Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) Thaibev

Abu Dhabi Chamber Badan Koordinasi Penanaman Modal (BKPM) Buimerc Corporation Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Dhamani Dodsal Group Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Federation of GCC Chambers of Commerce (FGCCC) Galfar Engineering and Contracting Hashoo Group Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) Institute of Management Technology (IMT)

Jaguar Land Rover Jindal Steel and Power Lulu Group International Luthra & Luthra Maserati Mclaren (Al Habtoor Motors) Oman Chamber of Commerce And Industry (OCCI) Petroleum Authority of Thailand (PTT) Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Rivoli Group Yes Bank

Media Partners through the Years CNBC Arabia Zee TV Big FM 106.2 Dubai Eye 103.8

Bloomberg Businessweek ME Forbes ME Entrepreneur ME China Daily

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