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World Islamic Economic Forum: Building Bridges Through Business

News From : DagangHalal.com (20 Apr 2010)

The list of attendees to the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) to be held in Kuala Lumpur from 18 to 20 May 2010 is starting to look like a Global Who’s Who. World leaders from Brunei, Senegal, Syria, Indonesia, Kosovo, Maldives, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Malaysia have confirmed their attendance and will be rubbing shoulders with business leaders from around the globe including H.E. Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Ali, President, Islamic Development Bank, Dr. Halil Kulluk Chairman, Intekno Group of Companies, Turkey and Mr. Ian Powell, Chairman & Senior Partner, Price Waterhouse Coopers UK & Middle East.

The Forum, purported to be one of the most important business forums scheduled for the year 2010, could not have come at a better time. As nations start to come out of their worst financial crisis in decades, politicians and businessmen need a new direction. Attendees to the Forum will be able to get insights from the brightest minds on the planet on solutions to deep-rooted problems in our post-crisis world.

Among the highlights of the forum is the Leadership Panel session entitled Leadership Challenges for the New Era which will feature several prominent current and former leaders such as H.E. Jack Whitaker Straw, Secretary of State for Justice, UK;  H.E. Avril Phaedra Douglas Campbell, former Prime Minister of Canada; and Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, former Prime Minister of Malaysia who will share their experiences on managing pressing global issues in the past and provide insights on solving present and future issues that lie ahead.

Another highlight is the Global CEO Panel session entitled The New Game Plan: Thriving in a Post-Crisis World. Top level business leaders from around the world including Mr. Tidjane Thiam, Chief Executive, Prudential Assurance Company, UK; will talk about the key success factors required to ensure business survivability and sustainability.

The Forum will also include special programmes for youth and women through Pre-Forum events such as the WIEF Young Leaders Forum and WIEF Businesswomen Forum.
The WIEF Young Leaders Forum is especially important given the fact that 65% of the population of the Muslim world is below the age of 30 and it is this demographic that will take the reins to become leaders in the near future. Distinguished speakers at the WIEF Young Leaders Forum will include H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of Foreign Trade, United Arab Emirates; Hon. Caseem Uteem, Former President of Mauritius and Dato’ Sri Nazir Tun Abdul Razak, Chief Executive and Managing Director of Commerce International Merchant Bankers Berhad, Malaysia,  & Chairman of the WIEF Young Leaders Network.

The WIEF Businesswomen Forum is an acknowledgement of the huge role played by women in Muslim societies and provides an important network, a source of inspiration and support to women entrepreneurs. The Forum will feature a CEO Exchange session where women leaders including HRH Princess Lolowah Al-Faisal, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, Effat University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Ms. Douja Gharbi, President & Founder, Forge de la Louve, Tunisia; and Ms. Assilah Zaher Al Harthy, Head, Economic and Business Research, Oman Oil Company S.A.O.C, Oman, will discuss the changing role of women in today’s society and balancing of objectives and priorities from a women’s perspective.

The 6th WIEF returns to Kuala Lumpur after three years and will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 18 – 20 May 2010. Participants who want to register for the Forum can do so online at www.6thwief.org. Further enquiries can be made to Ms. Azrina Ahmad ([email protected]) or Mr. Izran Al-Amin ([email protected]) at +603 2145 5500 +603 2145 5500.

By WIEF Foundation — Halaljournal

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