World Expos since time immemorial have connected people, enriched countless lives and has supported the path of human progress by showcasing human ingenuity.

With the dawn of the novel coronavirus in early 2020 this year’s World Expo’s significance has completely changed, buzzwords like “Digital Transformation’ have become commonplace and saw massive implementation across multiple facets of our lives.

Middle Eastern leaders have always had sustainable innovation at the forefront of their development agenda and with the EXPO 2020 being hosted in Dubai this year, there is renewed interest with the spotlight squarely on the region and this time the country’s leadership has its focus on technology driven advancements under three broad themes.


14 july 2021

Forbes Middle East Family Business Summit

2:00 pm GST

Welcome Remarks

2:05 pm GST

Chief Guest Keynote

2:20 pm GST

Opening Keynote By Partner

2:30 pm GST

Many family businesses are now on a journey of digitalization, but most seem to be facing common issues. According to a KPMG survey, among family businesses that see a need to digitalize, 63% said they feel that they lack the expertise and skills needed to develop and implement a digitalization strategy, and 53% do not have any existing plans to instill a culture of innovation. In this panel we ask why do family businesses in particular seem to be facing these challenges? What are the barriers to innovation and what changes can be implemented to business models to enable companies to progress?

3:15 pm GST

Partner’s Presentation

3:25 pm GST

Sustaining Capital: A Private Wealth Perspective

The pandemic has brought with it significant challenges and unique opportunities. For family businesses in particular,a Deloitte Middle East survey found that 67% of respondents intended to invest in distressed and digital businesses in the next 12-18 months, alongside opportunities that offered greater portfolio diversification. In this panel we explore the ways in which family businesses can sustain their wealth for future generations and maintain attractive investment opportunities. What are the current trends, and how can private wealth be best protected from the various risks?

4:10 pm GST

Partner’s Presentation

4:20 pm GST

Betting Big On The Future: Investing In Startups

Family businesses are increasingly exploring investment in technology through startups, but according to a PwC survey, most prefer to look at small and medium-sized companies where there is significant potential for return. In this panel we ask what do leaders of family businesses look for in startups? How can investing in startups support innovation in an established business? And where are the biggest opportunities currently?

5:05 pm GST

Partner’s Presentation

5:15 pm GST

Going Public: Should You?

Going public is a move fraught with risk for businesses, and yet according to a report by Ernst & Young there were nine IPOs in MENA in 2020, raising more than $1.8 billion. However, IPOs are not suitable for all family businesses. In this panel we ask what are the significant advantages and disadvantages of going public, and how can leaders of a family business judge when the best time is to raise an IPO?

6:00 pm GST

Closing Remarks

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