Why this year’s Fortune Global Forum will be held in Abu Dhabi

   2023-01-24 04:01

Good morning.

I’m in Abu Dhabi this morning, where we just announced that the 2023 Fortune Global Forum will be held here later this year, bringing together the CEOs of the largest companies in the world, as well as many of the most exciting startups, to share their thoughts and plans on the New Era for Business that lies ahead.  November 27-29. Mark your calendars. This one shouldn’t be missed.

Why Abu Dhabi? CEOs are wrestling with three great transformations that will shape business and society in the decades ahead. This city is a propitious location for exploring all three.  

First, a reimagination of globalization. Companies are rethinking their supply chains and global footprints to increase resiliency and reduce exposure to geopolitical risk. The Emirates is a natural bridge between East and West, North and South. It has well-developed business and transportation infrastructure. And it is moving toward increased tolerance and openness, putting it high on the list for potential investment.

Second, a retooling of the economy to meet the climate challenge. While the Emirates were built on petro dollars, leaders here have taken a long-term view toward investing in reducing emissions and increasing renewables. As a sign of that, Dubai will be hosting COP28 this year, beginning the same day that the Fortune Global Forum closes.

Third, a technology revolution. Abu Dhabi has made significant investments in this area, opening the first university solely dedicated to the development of A.I.: the Mohammed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence.  And importantly, the UAE’s signing  of the historic Abraham Accords means Fortune will be able to draw on the vibrant tech community in nearby Israel when assembling its audience and program.

Fortune has been hosting the Global Forum in great cities around the world since 1995, including Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Rome, Paris and many others. We do it in the belief that business can and should be a force for positive change in society. If you are interested in joining that effort, you can find more information here.

Separately, CEO Daily reported yesterday that Ken Griffin’s Citadel had a blow-out 2023, earning a $16 billion profit for its clients, the most successful hedge fund year on record. Two weeks ago, I interviewed Griffin and New York Mayor Eric Adams at a meeting of the Partnership for New York City about his decision to increase his office footprint in New York, even as he is pulling out of Chicago. At that meeting, Griffin gave what he said was an important reason for his 2023 success: His employees were all back in the office full-time.

A lot of the other financial CEOs in the room nodded their heads in agreement as he said those words. If you are part of the New York financial community and haven’t gotten your return-to-office notice yet—stay tuned!

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Alan Murray

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Clean-tech jobs

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