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David Miliband & James Baker to Speak at GFMF

NBAD’s annual forum attracts decision makers and thinkers

1-David Miliband, British Shadow Foreign Secretary and former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

David Miliband, British Shadow Foreign Secretary and former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

Abu Dhabi (January 31, 2013) – The 2013 Global Financial Markets Forum (GFMF) will begin with a keynote speech by David Miliband, British Shadow Foreign Secretary and former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, and continues with the special appearance of a former head of state who will speak on “Eurozone: Challenges, Opportunities and Outlook.”

The two-day conference, which kick starts on February 27 and concludes on February 28, will also feature a special speech by James Baker III, Former US Secretary of State and Secretary of the Treasury, and several discussion panels including one composed of bankers from across MENA nations, which would discuss “Emerging Opportunities and Challenges in MENA.”

“A renowned statesman, influential policy-makers, acclaimed authors and academics, prominent investors and leading bankers will address, offer vital insight and analysis on the critical issues affecting global economy,” says Sameh Abdulla Al Qubaisi, the General Manager of Institutional and Corporate Coverage Group at NBAD’s Financial Markets Division. “NBAD’s Global Financial Markets Forum continues to be the platform that brings to Abu Dhabi’s influential power brokers and thinkers from the Gulf and across the globe.”

GFMF is the annual conference organized by the Financial Markets Division of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), the Number One Bank in the UAE. Since 2009, GFMF has attracted hundreds of attendees to share thoughts and benefit from discussions and analysis by prominent bankers, economists, investors and executives who offer insight and on the critical issues affecting global economy and investors’ sentiments.

James Baker, Former US Secretary of State and Secretary of the Treasury

James Baker, Former US Secretary of State and Secretary of the Treasury

The Forum will begin by the keynote address by H.E. Sheikh Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahayan, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of UAE. Michael H. Tomalin, the Group Chief Executive of NBAD will offer the welcome address. Mr. Tomalin will also participate in the panel “A view from the top – Banking, The World, and Beyond.”

The other speakers at this year’s GFMF include David McWilliams, economist, broadcaster and author; Niall Ferguson, author of “The Ascent of Money,” and many other books and a professor at Harvard and Oxford Universities; and Lawrence McDonald, economic consultant and political risk advisor.

Several CEOs and notable financial professionals and thinkers will be on discussions this year, including Eric Chaney, Economist and Strategist at AXA Investment Managers; Marc Faber, strategist and investment and trading forecaster; Lawrence McDonald, economic consultant and political risk advisor; Severin Cabannes, Deputy CEO of Societe Generale Group; Jean Lemierre, Advisor to the Chairman of BNP Paribas; and Markus Diethelm, Group General Counsel and member of the Executive Board UBS.

“The annual Global Financial Markets Forum offers insightful and critical analysis of political and policy impacts on global markets and we continue to find the best thinkers to offer delegates a comprehensive outlook of market for the year,” says Chavan Bhogaita, the Head of Markets Strategy at NBAD. “This year, the well-regarded speakers and panelist will analyze fundamentals of the global economy in the post Arab Spring, the continuous European financial crisis and the future of EU, the recovery in the US as well the rising influence of the Gulf in the global economy.”

For further and updated information please visit GFMF website

 (http://www.gfmf-nbad.com)

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