Marwan Al Sarkal Image Credit: Supplied

DUBAI: Experts from some of the region’s leading financial institutions are among the speakers announced for Sharjah FDI Office (Invest in Sharjah)’s Euromoney Conference due to take place on May 8 and 9 at the Sharjah Sheraton Hotel.

The conference, under the patronage of Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and with the theme ‘Finance and Investment for an Innovative Economy’, is intended to examine the shifts in economic policy needed to sustain investment growth and encourage innovation in Sharjah and the UAE.

It also aims to help financial institutions and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) chose the most secure technology.

Mohammad Juma Al Musharrakh, Director of Invest in Sharjah Office, said, “Euromoney is a world-renowned source of economic insight and a bellwether of market trends. Its conferences are seen as an essential extension of its core research and publications and are held in the nerve centres of regional economies worldwide.

“The fact they are coming to the United Arab Emirates for this year and have chosen Sharjah as the venue is indicative of the huge strides we have made and the interest that we have generated over recent years.”

A series of keynote addresses, workshops and discussions will address globalisation, energy markets and new technology. The UAE will outline its aspirations, policies and strategies for an innovative economy.

Al Musharrakh, who said the line-up of speakers reflects the calibre of the conference and the progress of Sharjah on a regional and global investment stage, added, “It is important to remember that Invest in Sharjah is more than a facilitator at this event, it is more than a host, it is a leader in its content and the premier business representative for the UAE.”

Key addresses will be made by Younis Haji Al Khouri, Undersecretary at the UAE Ministry of Finance, Marwan Bin Jasem Al Sarkal, CEO of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), and Richard Banks, Consulting Editor for the Euromoney Conference.

Expert speakers include Dr Obaid Saif Al Zaabi, Acting CEO at the Securities and Commodities Authority; Hussain Mohammed Al Mahmoudi, CEO of the American University of Sharjah Enterprises; Tarek Fadlallah, CEO of Nomura Asset Management; Dr Magda Kandil, Chief Economist and Head of Research and the UAE Central Bank; Alia Moubayed, Director of the Geo-economics and Strategy Programme; and Krysta Fox, Executive Director at DMCC.