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Middle East economies must transform and diversify to spur economic growth, reduce the increasing burden on government, and create more jobs. What are governments doing to drive investment and entrepreneurship in their local economies? What actions are they taking to attract investors? What policies are they focusing on to increase their global competitiveness?

empowerME at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies hosted a joint discussion to explore this topic.

Opening remarks

Dr. Mark Thompson
Senior Research Fellow and Head, Socioeconomics Unit, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies

Featuring

Ms. Areije Al Shakar
Director & Fund Manager, Al Waha Fund of Funds

H.E. Dr. Tariq Abdulqader I. Bin Hendi
Director General, Abu Dhabi Investment Office

H.E. Dr. Nabeel Koshak
CEO & Board Member, Saudi Venture Capital Company

Mr. Ayman Soliman
CEO, Sovereign Fund of Egypt

Moderated by

Amjad Ahmad
Director, empowerME, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

empowerME

empowerME at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East is shaping solutions to empower entrepreneurs, women, and youth and building coalitions of public and private partnerships to drive regional economic integration, prosperity, and job creation.