ADFW 2023: Finance Giants Convene with $27trillion in Assets


Abu Dhabi Finance Week (ADFW) 2023, set to run from 27 to 30 November, will host an impressive assembly of financial leaders, boasting a collective $27trillion in assets under management.

The four-day event will encompass over 40 events and more than 180 sessions, drawing in over 10,000 attendees from 3,500 companies worldwide.

Among the notable participants are CEOs from trillion-dollar asset management firms including Franklin Templeton and State Street, investor Ray Dalio, leaders of sovereign wealth funds, and top executives from global financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and BNY Mellon.

The conference’s diverse agenda will delve into critical topics, including adapting to a changing global landscape, evolving investment strategies, the impact of social media on financial markets, the role of AI in finance, and the $11trillion gap required for achieving net-zero emissions.

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, ADFW is presented by Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), promising an engaging and insightful second edition.

‘Phenomenal agenda’

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. We are excited to host this remarkable edition of ADFW in a few weeks from now and bring this ground-breaking platform to the financial industry.”

The official opening ceremony on 27 November will kick start with the presence of the heads of the global leading investment and financial firms. The first day serves up perspectives on the rising Falcon Economy, offered by the heads of Abu Dhabi’s top sovereign wealth funds. While, on the second day, the Asset Abu Dhabi conference will analyse the evolving investment strategies of hedge funds, private equity houses and venture capital giants across the global markets.

The conference will also concurrently host two other forums focused on the investment strategies of international family offices and turnaround and restructuring. The series continues on 29 November with the thematic day for the intersection between finance and technology – Fintech Abu Dhabi.

The 7th edition of MENA’s biggest fintech festival includes specialised AI, blockchain and risk and security forums. Highlight sessions of this theme day will include debates on the financial crime economy and also bring together key Abu Dhabi AI institutions to discuss ‘Why Abu Dhabi was Talking About AI Before It Was Cool’. Sustainable finance will also dominate the final day of ADFW.

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