ABU DHABI, December 17, 2008 - Future Capitals World Summit today announced Advanced Micro Devices Executive Chairman Hector de J. Ruiz, Vice President of the European Parliament Mario Mauro, Commissioner of the African Union Jean Ping, and Mayor of Florence Leonardo Domenici are joining more than 60 previously confirmed speakers at its inaugural event on January 13-15 in Abu Dhabi.
Future Capitals World Summit will bring together investors and fund managers, business leaders, city mayors and heads of government from more than 50 nations. They will interact with a diverse group of experts and innovators in economics, development, technology, education, and the environment. All share the goal of creating tomorrow's next great cities -- the world's Future Capitals
- and the challenge of leading the way in today’s difficult global economy.
"Several ingredients are critical to emerge from the global economic crisis, generate sustainable growth, and create the world's future capitals," said Hector Ruiz, Executive Chairman of AMD. "Educated human talent, underlying infrastructure, and innovation are essential ingredients and also enable us to build on the innate strengths of any region. Technology advances, correctly applied, can help foster the environment required for future capitals to flourish."
Research in Motion Founder and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis, Swiss Post Chairman of the Board Claude Begle and Bumrungrad International Group Chief Executive Officer Curtis J. Schroeder, are among other confirmed speakers, joining dignitaries like former President of Mexico Vicente Fox, visionaries like Professor Stephen Hawking, Mayors from major cities, Ministers and other leading thinkers. A current full list of speakers can be viewed at
Held in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, a growing list of Summit sponsors includes global leaders like Microsoft, INSEAD, Cisco and Illy. A complete list and information for prospective sponsors can be found at
“The global economic crisis was primarily produced by over-leveraged businesses, wild free markets, crazy risk taking, irresponsible consumption culture, and easy money. But I see lot of reasons why this crisis will create tomorrow’s opportunities, and why the high tide of real growth and sustainable competitiveness will emerge from the world’s next great capitals: those places that will attract financial capital to their shores,” said Sam Hamdan, CEO of Global Leadership Team, the event’s U.S.-based organizer, and the Summit’s Founder and Chief Strategist. “These are the regions that will best expedite development of their infrastructure capital, their executive and cultural capital, and their technological and energy capital over the coming two years.”
Among the Summit’s major topics: better regulation of the financial system; prudent CEOs path to fiscal leadership; redirecting human capital to develop better models for energy innovations; expediting investments in infrastructure capital to provide employment opportunities; responsible cultures and capitalism. A current agenda can be viewed at
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