Addressing key developments in the evolving entrepreneurial climate in the Middle East since the Arab Spring, Emad Mansour, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar First Investment Bank (QFIB), further explores the vital factors required to support the growing base of entrepreneurs at the 8th Private Equity International Middle East conference (PEI). Mansour joins other PE practitioners at the session entitled ‘Growing Pains: from Traders to Conglomerates.
QFIB, the QFCRA authorized bank, sponsors this platform for the third consecutive year. This year’s conference titled PEI Capital Connect: MENA 2012 is being held under the patronage of His Excellency, Abdullah Mohammed Saleh, and the Governor of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). The conference runs from April 18th -19th, 2012 at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Dubai
Speaking about QFIB’s long-term association with the conference-series, Emad Mansour commented, “This sponsorship is part of QFIB’s commitment to stay abreast of the challenges facing the PE industry in the MENA region and its transformation after the global financial crisis and the Arab spring. This year the conference will focus on the entrepreneurship highlighting the rise of SME’s and the importance of operational partnership in creating lasting value on investments. It will also examine the different ways to facilitate and optimize SME growth in the region and beyond”
The two-day conference with the theme of ‘Shifting sands: Strategies for finding a solid foothold’ will address the changing relationship between PE practitioners and entrepreneurship opportunities in the region with a special focus on the Saudi market, a strategic market for QFIB. Aiming to be the best platform for private equity in the MENA region, the conference continues to connect leading players who are currently shaping the region’s private equity industry.
QFIB will also co-sponsor the Bloomberg Financial Summit taking place on 16th April at the Ritz Carlton in Doha The two day event organized by Bloomberg Link in partnership with the Qatar Financial Centre Authority, will address the challenges affecting asset managers, opportunities in various asset classes and the changing landscape of Private Equity. Emad Mansour, QFIB CEO will join a panel entitled ‘Banking 2012’, that will examine the changing climate of investment banking within the current economic backdrop. Mansour will be detailing solutions to safeguard mergers and acquisitions and how to address the increasing corporate reluctance towards paid banking advisory services.