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World leaders gather to share visions for the future

For the final time this year, leading visionaries and investors shared their insights and expertise on topics that will ultimately shape the world’s future.

Sir Anthony Ritossa’s 13th Global Family Office Investment Summit was held live, in person in Dubai, allowing more than 250 esteemed guests to explore the ideas behind fintech and digital assets, co-investments, and indoor farming and food security.

Under the High Patronage of HH Sheikh Saqer Bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, the historic conference featured leading global startups, high-growth companies receiving funding commitments from family offices, private ruling offices and high-net-worth investors.

From investor concerns and rebalancing portfolios to addressing new changes, the UAE has strategic and reliable plans in place for the next 50 years following the coronavirus health crisis, which will allow the region to emerge stronger than before and act as a major global hub.

Held at the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah in early December, the summit enabled thought leaders to discuss the reality of machine learning and artificial intelligence, which is expected to assist the green revolution; the importance of data as one of the most valuable commodities of the 21st century; and the new possibilities that arise through data science and health care.

In addition to participating in thought-provoking discussions, the summit welcomed representatives from the Israeli Ministry of Finance who shared the triumphant journey in delivering the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement, which will have positive outcomes for both the UAE and Israel.

Among the prestigious line-up of attendees were H.H. Sheikh Saqer Bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, H.E. Adnan Al Noorani; H.H. Sheikh Obaid Bin Suhail Al Maktoum, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Ahmed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan; H.H. Sheikha Hend Faisal AlQassemi; H.H. Sheikha Dr Hind Bint Abdul Aziz Al Qasimi; H.E. Sheikh Ahmed bin Khaled Al Nahyan; H.E. Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Duaij bin Khalifa al Khalifa; H.R.H. Prince Michel de Yougoslavie; H.E. Abdulmajeed Al Fahim; H.E. Zakyah Al Qaydi, Co-Founder and Board Member, Majestic Group, The Private Office of Her Highness Al Nahyan; H.E. Prof Sir Manuel Freire-Garabal y Núñez PhDH, FRAS, FRSA, FRAI; Ahmed Elmetwally; Salem Nasser Salmeen Aleisaei; Mohamed Jouan Salem Al Dhaheri; Nitin Shelke; Jimmy Nguyen; Toufik Kreidieh; Thierry Roussel; Magomed Musaev; Shira Grinberg, Chief Economist, Ministry of Finance of Israel; Boaz Fleischman, Director of Investment and Trade Agreements Division, Ministry of Finance of Israel; Dana Al Salem; Mohamed Al Ali; Lord Carmine Villani; Animesh Saxena; Xolali Zigah; Dr Sami Alom; Adil Alzarooni; Dr 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; Arash Dara, Group CEO, Lootah Holding; Al Habtoor Group; Mike Knapik CFA, Strategy Principal, Royal Group, Chaired by H.H. Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Summit Chairman & Master of Ceremonies: Hussein Sayed; Mohamed Al Musharrkh, CEO, Invest In Sharjah; Yagub Alserkal; Dr Mohamad Hamade; James Upalli Masacorale.

"The people who come to these summits are the cream of the crop – they’re thought leaders, they’re visionaries, and just to be part of that has propelled my brand far higher, far quicker than I ever could have imagined," Ian Seddon, CEO and Founder, Pyxis Edge, said at the three-day event.

Despite being met with the challenges of a global pandemic, the recent summit was one of the few events to be held in a physical space in 2020.

The true benefit of meeting face to face for business opportunities is an ideal Sir Anthony values highly, and its echoed by many of his delegates.

"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 said. "Our world, post-pandemic, is rapidly changing.

"By living in the present and adapting to our new reality, we come together to share the best thought-leadership on preserving our human capital and planet for our future generations."

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