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  • More than 60 leaders from business, city government, technology and culture will offer new insights on how the world's leaders can point the way to prosperous Future Capitals
  • 14 New Partners Confirmed including Microsoft, INSEAD, Cisco, and Centro Culturale Di Milano 

ABU DHABI, January 04 2009 - Future Capitals World Summit today announced the Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research of the United Arab Emirates H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al-Nahyan, Advanced Micro Devices Executive Chairman Hector de J. Ruiz, Vice President of the European Parliament Mario Mauro, the son of investment tycoon Warren Buffet, Emmy Award Winning Composer Peter Buffet, Renowned Architect Emilio Ambasz, President of the Republic of Seychelles James Michel, the Mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno, Swiss Post Chairman of the Board Claude Begle, and Bumrungrad International Group Chief Executive Officer Curtis J. Schroeder, are joining more than 60 confirmed speakers at this event on January 13-15 in Abu Dhabi. A current full list of speakers can be viewed at

The Future Capitals World Summit will bring together these leaders and you, to point the way to the qualities that are defining the world's Future Capitals: the places the world will go to conduct and fund business, to seek the best education, and to experience great culture with impeccable social and environmental standards. The next great communities that will emerge as tomorrow's economic powers. 

"The current 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." 

This direction set the agenda for Future Capitals World Summit, a first-of-its-kind gathering of leaders to occur in Abu Dhabi - itself a living, sneak preview Future Capital. 

"Recent events only underscore how rapidly the global landscape is shifting, and the implications reach far beyond finance. For certain, there arises the question of the role of business in leading their cities to thrive, innovate and compete," said H.E. Engineer Salah Salem Bin Omair Al Shamsi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry. 

In this context, the summit's agenda will not only discover and share the best practices that are now shaping Future Capitals, but also showcase the role that business leaders must play to put the economies of their communities and cities back on track, and point the way to better innovations and services to compete in these turbulent times. 

"The global economy is facing its worst recession in decades, whereby rules for economic collaborations and resiliency are re-written before us," said President James Alix Michel of the Republic of Seychelles. "Summits like the Future Capitals World Summit are critical to the development of places that are favorable for investment, creativity and business leadership. There has never been a better time to evolve our hubs of commerce, communications and cultures into vibrant engines of resiliency to stop the fall of the global economy." 

To address these opportunities, the Future Capitals World Summit will bring together investors, developers, business leaders, city mayors, cultural icons and technology leaders 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 pointing the way to better business…better capitals…better economies. 

"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."

That's why the Summit will also host an Awards Ceremony to recognize global icons working toward achieving these goals through their core businesses - and invite businesses to become the catalyst for the creation of the world's next Future Capitals.

Held in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Summit's list of partners includes Sorouh Real Estate PJSC, one of UAE's leading property companies, and other global organizations like CEOs for Cities, key UN agencies, Women Impacting Public Policy, Mercociudades, Intel, Microsoft, INSEAD, Cisco, and Illy. A complete list and information for prospective sponsors can be found at 

For more information on Future Capitals World Summit, please contact: 
Tania Tavoukjian
Tel: +961.1.804.773
Tel: +971.50.151.4168 (UAE)
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