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BADR JAFAR

GROUP CEO AND MD, EMAAR ECONOMIC CITY, KSA

*TITLES AND DESIGNATIONS OF ALL INDIVIDUALS ARE AS PER POSITIONS HELD AT THE TIME OF MAKING THE COMMENT.

“If you look around the world, governments are often creating transaction costs that lead to the emergence of conglomerates — big conglomerates in Asia — that squeeze out the little SMEs. So I think, it is a cycle, and each country needs to look at its own economics, demographics and identify solutions for it. Fortunately, I think, we see that as a general trend.”

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

CEO, CRESCENT ENTERPRISES, UAE

T.K.A. NAIR

FORMER ADVISOR TO THE PRIME MINISTER, INDIA

"In a changing world, innovation and intervention of technology are extremely important."

“One simply can’t argue that gender diversity is a woman’s issue; it’s fundamentally a business case and so it’s not about men vs women but is simply about the progressive world vs the nonprogressive world.”

UNDERSECRETARY, MINISTRY OF ECONOMY, UAE

H.E. P. CHIDAMBARAM FORMER FINANCE MINISTER AND HOME MINISTER, INDIA

“I think the most important thing is to disrupt and challenge the old order and pave the way for its own destruction. Unless the old order gives way, one cannot bring in newer structural reforms.”

DR NARESH TREHAN CHAIRMAN AND MD, MEDANTA – THE MEDICITY, INDIA

"Education is, I think, a lifeline for people."

"60%-70% of the world's population is devoid of health completely, and that may be because, in the priority of nations, healthcare has only taken a front seat in the recent past."

THE EVOLVING FACE OF ASIA THE RISE OF FUTURE-FOCUSED LEADERSHIP

"In the past 30 years, Vietnam is opening up to development in rural areas. We have lifted millions of people out of poverty and most of these people are from the rural areas. Equality has always been a strong focus of the Vietnam government. Strategies have been put in place to ensure that people from across the country would have access to the resources like infrastructure and education so that people in rural areas would not flock to cities for jobs."

“The decline in oil prices is definitely bad, but it’s also good, in the sense, it really pushes us to expand structural reforms, the economic landscape and to include a larger portion of the private sector in economic activities to improve the business environment in order to attract investments.”

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, INDIA

AMBASSADOR TO THE UAE, VIETNAM

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN AND CEO, BUIMERC CORPORATION, UAE

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

H.E. KAPIL SIBAL

H.E. PHAM BINH DAM SIDDHARTH BALACHANDRAN

“UAE is a clear model for many successful publicprivate partnerships; most of the innovations and ideas have started from the government.”

DR HATEM SAMMAN

H.E. SUHAIL MOHAMMED FARAJ AL MAZROUEI

MINISTER OF ENERGY, UAE

“The world is not only about oil. Oil is a contributor to the world economy and, I think, the level of prices that we have seen in the second-half of 2014 and what we may see in the first half of 2015, will give incentives for the world economy to grow.”

“There are restrictions in the mobility of goods and services; there are restrictions in the mobility of human beings from one territory to another, but the one thing for which there are no restrictions, is the transfer of knowledge. The one thing that has no boundaries is knowledge.”

YOGESH MEHTA

CEO, PETROCHEM MIDDLE EAST FZE, UAE

“Shale gas and oil seem to be a two-horse race. And, in that race, the common man is actually getting hurt. I think the world is, at this time, oversupplied in every commodity. Countries are unable to grapple with it and we are actually suffering.”

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