Milken Institute MENA Summit 2019

Mohamed Dekkak attending Milken Institute MENA Summit 2019

This year, Milken Institute MENA Summit is taking place at St. Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE and will run for two days from February 12-13, 2019.

Milken Institute MENA Summit 2019

A nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, Milken Institute seeks to raise prosperity across the globe through collaborative efforts and bringing solutions that address local and global challenges. With the organization’s independent and data-guided research, reliable reports are published, and meaningful policies are established.

Over a thousand dignitaries, world leaders, tech experts, business tycoons, investors, and environmental advocates are coming together for the 2-day conference to tackle a few of the Middle East and North Africa pressing concerns.

Some of the topics to be discussed include the serious threat to the environmental sustainability of the region, youth unemployment, and the current refugee crisis. What lessons can be realized from modern countries and how can the general public adapt to technology and new skills required?

A Conversation with His Excellency Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak

Obtaining answers to some of these queries require collaboration and leadership. Managing Director and Group Chief Executive of Mubadala, Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak pointed out during the summit’s opening lunch program that improving the human capital in the United Arab Emirates has been the core emphasis of the UAE leadership to be able to build a prosperous country like Singapore. He adds that Singapore is an excellent country to emulate as they focus on the citizens.

Mubadala is an investment vehicle responsible for diversifying the capital city’s economy. It is Abu Dhabi’s strategic firm with Dh832 billion in assets under management, has progressed throughout the years by collaborating with investors and taking on new sectors as it pursues to be part of the emirate’s economic diversification strategy.


Great leaders earn their status by doing the hardest things well and through looking for the most vigorous, robust, ecological and diversified solutions on hand. Accomplishments rest upon recognizing local opportunities in the perspective of the global marketplace.

Speakers who graced the event includes His Excellency Mohamed Alabbar, Founder and Chairman, Emaar Properties, Thomas Barrack, Executive Chairman and CEO, Colony Capital, Inc., Frank Luntz, Founder and President, Luntz Global, Patrice Motsepe, Founder and Chairman, African Rainbow Minerals, Naguib Sawiris, Executive Chairman, Orascom Investment Holding. The moderator for the panel discussion was led by CNN Abu Dhabi’s Anchor and Managing Director, Becky Anderson.

Other interesting personalities worth following in the summit are Sir Richard Branson, Noura Al Kaabi, the Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development. President of Rwanda in 2000 Paul Kagame will speak to discuss the future for Africa. Sean Parker, head of the Parker Foundation, a multi-million-dollar philanthropic fund is set to explain how data can help find cures to diseases. Discussing the initiatives to drive sustainable business practices in the Gulf region is Razan Al Mubarak, managing director of the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi and the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund which supports conservation efforts in dozens of countries across the globe.

Attending the 2019 MENA Summit gathers high-profile senior executives such as Adgeco Group Chairman Mohamed Dekkak along with government officials, investors, sovereign wealth fund directors, and philanthropists to talk over, build up, and generate solutions.

Through research and networking platforms, Milken Institute continues to distinguish opportunities for the deployment of private, public, and philanthropic capital to prompt policy action and drive development in the region.













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