Over 10,000 Global Finance Leaders Set to Converge at Abu Dhabi Finance Week

Over 10,000 Global Finance Leaders Set to Converge at Abu Dhabi Finance Week

Abu Dhabi is set to host the Abu Dhabi Finance Week (ADFW) from 27th to 30th November 2023, a four-day series that promises to be a landmark event in the global financial calendar.

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Executive Council, ADFW will bring together more than 10,000 leaders from over 100 countries in the finance sector to discuss the theme ‘Investing in a Transition Era’.

Presented by Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, the series will feature 36 events and 180 sessions.

The event will see participation from dozens of the world’s highest net worth individuals and heads of hundreds of investment funds, managing assets over US$ 1 billion each.

They cumulatively represent about US$ 27 trillion in assets under management, accounting for approximately 22% of the global GDP.

The ADFW is set to begin with an official opening ceremony on November 27th, featuring leaders from top global investment and financial firms. The same day will transition into the inaugural Abu Dhabi Economic Forum, an exclusive, invitation-only event.

This forum will explore key aspects of Abu Dhabi’s stable and growing economy, with insights from the heads of Abu Dhabi’s leading Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs), UAE Ministers, and global financial institution leaders who will discuss their choice of Abu Dhabi as a business hub.

The second day of ADFW will see the start of the Asset Abu Dhabi conference, focusing on evolving investment strategies of hedge funds, private equity firms, and venture capital giants. This conference will run parallel sessions on International Family Offices and Turnaround & Restructuring strategies.

Notable sessions will include Rockefeller International Chairman Ruchir Sharma’s ‘10 Rules of Successful Nations’, a dialogue between former UK Chancellor George Osborne and Hedge Fund Head Alan Howard on managing money and risk, and a roundtable titled ‘Forecast to 2030’ featuring leaders from Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing, Goldman Sachs, Circle, and Tikehau Capital.

29th November will mark the thematic day of Fintech Abu Dhabi, the 7th edition of the MENA region’s largest Fintech Festival, featuring specialised forums on AI, blockchain, and risk and security.

Highlights will include discussions on the financial crime economy and the role of Abu Dhabi in AI innovation, debates on the maturity of cryptocurrency, and perspectives from Professor Alexander Lipton on social media’s impact on banking. Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire will also lead a session on digital assets and financial stability.

The final day of ADFW is dedicated to sustainable finance, coinciding with the COP28 opening sessions. The R.A.C.E. Sustainability Summit will explore critical issues in climate finance, including strategies to bridge the 11 trillion-dollar gap for net zero goals, and will livestream the COP28 opening ceremony.

Additionally, the Global Financial Regulators Summit, gathering 15 global financial regulatory leaders, will take place on 29th November alongside Fintech Abu Dhabi. The outcomes of this summit will be presented during the R.A.C.E. Summit, adding a regulatory perspective to the discussions on sustainable finance.

ADFW will present over 30 different events over the week including these major events

His Excellency Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi

His Excellency Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi

Commenting on the diversity of ADFW agenda and its holistic approach, His Excellency Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi, Member of Abu Dhabi’s Executive Council and Chairman of ADDED and ADGM said,

“Abu Dhabi Finance Week’s second edition has evolved to a much more sophisticated platform within just a year of its launch and is gathering the attention of important international audience.


The phenomenal agenda for this year brings together critical topics and high-level individuals representing an array of perspectives from various industries, that directly or indirectly contribute to tackling challenges and harnessing opportunities within a transition era.”

ADFW is open for registration and is providing different types of tickets for its second edition. Register here to get your ticket now.

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