November 17, 2021 November 20, 2021
TBC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


ACI World Congress and ICA Conference is a platform dedicated to enhancing the future of financial markets worldwide. Hosted by the UAE Financial Markets Association affiliated to ACI – the Financial Markets Association and the Inter-Arab Cambist Association, the joint conference will be held in Dubai, UAE from 17th to 20st November 2021 the congress will be attended by ACI and ICA members from over the globe engaged in financial trading and sales representing foreign exchange, interest rate products, equities, fixed income, commodities and other. The speaker faculty is composed of international political leaders, central bank governors, CEO’s, chief economists and senior bankers, selected on a global basis for their experience and insights. Notable past speakers hosted include President Bill Clinton, President Nicolas Sarkozy, Mr. Tony Blair, Mr. William Hague, Secretary James Baker, Dr. Alan Greespan among many others.


09:00 – 19:00: Delegate Registration
19:30 – 21:30: Cocktail Reception (Drift Beach Club | One & Only Royal Mirage)

08:30 – 09:30: Delegate Registration – Networking – Exhibition

09:30 – 10:00: Official Inauguration & Opening Speeches

10:00 – 11:00: Panel I –  Global Economic Trends: What to Expect Over the Next Four Years

With the 2020 American presidential elections now behind us, it is worth taking stock of the current legislative environment in Washington, and starting to consider the economic policies that are most likely to change in 2021, and which are likely to remain in place. As global growth has settled onto a lower trajectory, the urgency for coordinated action to boost global demand has never been greater. Coming on the heels of the U.S. election, this panel will examine the potential macro and market implications of the vote, and what policies should, and can, be implemented as part of any new administration’s immediate priorities.

  • Should investors expect drastically different economies priorities out of the United States over the coming four years?
  • How will a new administration’s priorities impact key business decisions and the outlook for financial markets?
  • Where should policymakers focus their energies to attain the strongest short-term results?
  • Have investors become too complacent with structurally lower interest rates, and how will we ever transition to a tighter monetary policy trajectory?

– Khatija Haque – Chief Economist & Head of Research, Emirates NBD

– Charles-Henry Monchau – CIO at Bank Syz (Switzerland)

– Dr. Ahmed Allam – Financial Expert at H.H The Ruler’s Court Government of Dubai

11:00 – 11:30: Coffee Break & Exhibition
11:30 – 12:30: Panel II –  Middle East in Focus: Looking Beyond the Business Cycle

With many economies across the Middle East having recently experienced their most prolonged period of low growth in recent memory, efforts are underway at stimulating investment and boosting the near-term outlook. Yet with some of the region’s traditional drivers of economic activity looking increasingly fragile – including everything from lower oil prices to the persistent decline in the residential real estate market – the urgency to implement a new economic model appears to grow by the day. This panel will examine the long-term outlook for MENA, beyond the immediate concern of the short-term business cycle, and focus on the opportunities and challenges of shifting to a new development model.

  • What are some of the most urgent reforms that should, and can, be implemented today?
  • What sectors have the most long-term potential to boost job creation?
  • Which non-GCC economies should serve as a role model for economic diversification?
  • How does the GCC’s unique demographic and labor backdrop impact the paths of potential reform?

– Hasan Haider – Founder and Managing Partner of +VC

12:30 – 13:30: Keynote Speaker: Mathew Griffin – Founder and CEO of the World Futures Forum and the 311 Institute
13:30 – 14:30: Business lunch
14:30 – 15:30: Keynote Speaker John Bruton – Former Prime Minister of Ireland (1994 – 1997)
15:30 – 15:45: Closing Note
18:30 – 19:00: Transportation to Dinner Venue
19:00 – 20:00: Dinner Reception
20:00 – 23:30: Dinner & Entertainment (smart casual)
09:00 – 09:45: Networking – Exhibition
09:45 – 10:30: Panel III –  The disruptive impact of AI and Fintech on the economy
  • How AI disrupts existing processes
  • Regional investment growth in AI
  • How Fintech is reshaping financial products
  • The rise of and increasing adoption of blockchain
  • What drivers are needed for a successful Fintech hub?

– Prof. Uwe Wystup – Managing Director, MathFinance (Frankfurt – Singapore)

– Avramis Despotis – Founder and CEO of Tradepedia

Moderator: Serge Tohme – Managing Director, Finastra – Middle East & Africa

10:30 – 11:15: Keynote Speaker: Terence Mauri – Founder of Hack Future Lab, a global think tank, #1 Bestselling Author and one of the most in-demand disruption thinkers in the world
11:15 – 11:45: Coffee Break & Exhibition
11:45 – 12:30: Panel IV –  LIBOR cessation at end of 2021
  • Impact on the financial markets
  • Whether GCC will follow with SIBOR and EOBOR

– Andre Kurten – Owner of Treasury Training & Consulting

– Anita Yadav – CEO at Credit Advisory Ltd.

– Irina Orlova – Senior Product Manager, Risk at Parameta Solutions, TP ICAP Group

12:30 – 13:45: Business Lunch & Prayer Time
13:45 – 14:45: Keynote Speaker: David Meade – International Keynote Speaker, Facilitator and Broadcaster
15:00 – 15:30: ICA General Assembly
18:30 – 19:00: Transportation to Dinner Venue
19:00 – 20:00: Gala Dinner Reception
20:00 – 23:30: Gala Dinner & Entertainment (formal attire)
Excursion day – Visit to EXPO 2020 Dubai

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