Abu Dhabi Finance Week (ADFW), hosted under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and Chairman of the Executive Council and presented by Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) with the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) as headline partners, announced that its ready to kick start the event’s series on the 27th of November. ADFW is ramping up to host its second edition, which is expected to be bigger than last year.
The grand second edition is set to host the world’s most elite and influential financial leaders who will debate the event series’ core theme ‘Investing in the Transition Era’ over the four days from 27th – 30th November 2023. The latest agenda released lists a total of 45 events, and 180 different sessions, with the heads of numerous investment funds as well as dozens of the world’s highest net-worth individuals, representing the senior leadership of cumulative assets under management of USD 30 trillion, making ADFW one of the strongest assemblage of senior financial leadership globally.
Along with earlier announced renowned names such as the legendary investor Ray Dalio and Franklin Templeton’s CEO, Jenny Johnson, and the senior leadership of Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, BNY Mellon, Rockefeller, State Street, and TCI ADFW will also present a specially recorded message from the Chairman and CEO of the largest American bank, JP Morgan & Chase, Jamie Dimon.
The official opening ceremony is on 27th November and will be followed by the inaugural Abu Dhabi Economic Forum, a by-invitation high-level leadership forum featuring the Ministers of Economy & Climate and the leadership of three Abu Dhabi-based Sovereign Wealth Funds, that will unveil key facets of Abu Dhabi’s stable and growing economy.
On the second day, the Asset Abu Dhabi conference begins and will analyse the evolving investment strategies of hedge funds, private equity houses and venture capital giants across the global markets, and will feature special fireside chats with Ray Dalio, Alan Howard and Jenny Johnson. The conference will also concurrently host two other forums focused on the investment strategies of International Family Offices and Turnaround & Restructuring.
The series continues on 29th November with the thematic day for the intersection between finance and technology – Fintech Abu Dhabi. The 7th edition of MENA's biggest Fintech Festival includes specialised AI, Blockchain and Risk & Security forums. Highlight sessions of this theme day will include debates on the financial crime economy and bring together key Abu Dhabi AI institutions to discuss ‘Why Abu Dhabi was Talking About AI Before It Was Cool’.
The last day of ADFW is dedicated to the theme of sustainable finance and will coincide with the opening sessions of COP28. R.A.C.E. (Regulation, Awareness, Collaboration & Ecosystems) Sustainability Summit It will also livestream the opening ceremony of COP28 for its attendees and present sessions analysing the future of transition finance with the CEO of USD 3.9 trillion asset manager State Street, as well as the CEOs of Lazard, Investcorp and TCI. The forum will also present the findings of the Global Financial Regulators Summit, a key closed gathering of 15 global financial regulatory leaders held on the 29th of November alongside Fintech Abu Dhabi.
Across the week, ADGM's North Plaza will host ‘Falcon Square’ a tech and innovation-focused ecosystem, featuring conversations on entrepreneurship and venture fundraising, in addition, ADFW Startups Campus will stage 60 startups exhibiting across four days.