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    ADGM Think Podcast Sessions

    "Think" is a thought-provoking podcast by Abu Dhabi's International Financial Centre, ADGM. In each episode, the show invites guests to delve into the most pressing topics of the modern financial services world, from emerging technologies and entrepreneurship to sustainability, economics, and investing.

    With its engaging and insightful conversations, "Think" aims to provide its audience with a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities that define the financial landscape, both regionally and globally. Whether you're a seasoned financial professional or simply interested in staying up-to-date with the latest trends and insights, "Think" is the perfect podcast for you.

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    Season 2

    4 July, 2024

    Hedge Funds 2024: The story so far

    Abu Dhabi has become the hotspot for global hedge funds interested to setup shop in the capital of the capital. We sit with one of the oldest and largest fund administrators, Citco, to understand how their global hedge funds have performed in their 2024’ Q1 Report. We take a closer look at the wider alternative assets industry in the region and how has UAE in particular fared. Ziad Chaaban, Managing Director, Middle East, shares Citco’s growth ambitions in the region and what were the key factors that led to Citco setting up regional HQ in Abu Dhabi.

    13 June, 2024

    Announcing Abu Dhabi Finance Week 2024

    Abu Dhabi Finance Week (ADFW) has been officially announced to return in 2024. Dubbed as one of the fastest growing financial events in the world, ADFW’s 3rd edition will welcome a mammoth gathering of global financial leaders. This special episode of ADGM Think! will shed light on what can be expected in the power packed 4 days, and reveal the exciting new events lined up for this year. Hear from Chris Hughes, Editor in Chief, ADFW who will be joined by Miray Zaki of Gulf Capital and Stefan Kimmel of M2 as they talk all things ADFW, including the inside story behind a secret ADFW party in the desert featuring Black Eyed Peas and Demi Lovato. 

    06 May, 2024

    Catalysing ADGM Asset Managers

    Assets Under Management at ADGM in 2023 grew by 35% with 102 asset managers operating in ADGM, managing 141 funds. With the region increasingly become a hotbed for global asset managers, on this episode, we sit with a leading Abu Dhabi investor, to discuss Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners (ADCP), and its driving thesis, as we shed light on the advantages the emirate offers to global asset managers and businesses. Alex Mitchell from Mubadala Capital gives us a snapshot of the growing asset management sector in the region and delves into why generating impact is one of the their strongest investment principles. 

    01 April, 2024

    Al Reem Island: Inside ADGM's 10X Expansion

    ADGM’s Al Reem Island expansion is a historic development that transformed ADGM into one of the largest financial centers in the world. Growing from 1.4 million square meters to 14 million, this 10X growth is a testament of the bold ambition Abu Dhabi has set under the Falcon Economy. We sit with Natella Safar Ali and Bilal Malik from the ADGM Registration Authority, to discuss what this expansion means for the businesses in Al Reem Island and how can they ensure a seamless transition to ADGM jurisdiction. If you are a business owner in Al Reem Island, you do not want to miss this. 

    14 February, 2024

    Factoring Timing in Startup Success – The VC’s Viewpoint

    The UAE’s tech ecosystem is the 6th fastest-growing in the world. The partnership between a VC and a fast-growing venture goes a long way to contribute to this ecosystem. In line with SC Ventures recent office opening in Abu Dhabi, we deep dive into the factors that contribute to the success of a startup. Tune in to hear Gautam Jain of SC Ventures discuss the potential of the region, how their selection process works, what features a fast-growth firm has and what sectors they are optimistic about. Click on the link in bio to access the full episode.

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    14 November, 2023

    Special ADFW Preview Edition

    This special edition is the preview of the upcoming ADFW – seen in just it’s second edition as one of the most influential gatherings of financial leadership in the world. As the event draws close, we sit down with the some of the ADFW organising team to provide a bird’s eye view of the week. With over 10,000 attendees expected this year, we reflect on what to expect across the 4 days of ADFW.

    22 September, 2023

    What does it take to succeed as a Fintech Startup?

    What are contributing factors that grow the local fintech ecosystem? How can we launch more founders in this space, and what can we expect in the coming years? We sit down with Suneel Gokhale from VentureSouq and deep dive into topics such as founder’s traits, regulatory framework and product offering that play a critical role in the success of Fintech.

    28 August, 2023

    The Rise of the Abu Dhabi Capital Market

    The phenomenal growth of Abu Dhabi’s capital market is making global headlines. With global interest from issuers and investors deploying capital from leading asset managers, what makes Abu Dhabi’s capital market ecosystem so attractive? This one-of-a-kind session brings ADX and the Abu Dhabi IPO Fund together to talk about factors that are contributing to this success.

    08 August, 2023

    Role of Academia in the Financial Sector

    What are the top challenges faced by banks in the region? Hosted by ADGM Academy, in this episode, we discuss how academics are contributing to enhancing the global financial industry. We sit with Dr. Thouraya Labben from United Arab Emirates University, an institution that has undertaken a project to identify the top challenges being faced by the banking sector in the region. This episode will detail the findings from the 12+ banks and asks how can academia solve these challenges.

    25 July, 2023

    Pathways to Crypto-Asset Regulation

    Investments into digital assets are a mainstream asset class. This is happening at a global scale and rapidly evolving technologies are making the world of crypto even more connected than before. The hour has come to solidify safeguards around consumer protection, mitigate financial crimes and maintain market integrity. We sit down with World Economic Forum’s Arushi Goel to discuss the findings of their recent white paper on cross-crypto regulations.

    06 July, 2023

    Inside Family Offices

    The GCC Family Office market has grown to a multi-trillion dollar sector and this episode will meet Northern Trusts Family Office expert, George Triplow, to shed light on the inner workings of a Family office – What are their strategic mandates, how are they different from the ones operating in the US/EU and what can we expect in the next 10 years?

    22 June, 2023

    Venture Builders & Startups

    Accelerator models have evolved and so have the funding strategies of investors over the last couple of years. Why is now a good time to be investing in early age startups and how do venture studios build successful companies from the ground up? Marc Wesselink from VentureRock shares his experience and insights on early age startup funding and investment KPIs

    05 June, 2023

    Intersection of AI and Finance

    AI is the most consequential emergence of technology of our times. From ChatGPT to UAE’s Falcon LLM, there has been noteworthy progress globally and this session breaks down the origin of AI, where it is headed and it’s implication on the financial sector. Technology Innovation Institute's Merouane Debbah shares his experience and insights on the possibilities of AI.

    23 May, 2023

    Financial Crimes & Security

    Financial crime is a multi-trillion business run by highly sophisticated and tech focused criminal organizations. UNODC suggests over 2.7% of global GDP is lost to money laundering and financial crimes. How can businesses and society stay ahead of the curve and mitigate their everyday risks? Dickon Johnstone from Themis shares his experience and insights on financial crimes and risks.

    01 May, 2023

    Sustainable Financing

    Food security plays a vital role in sustainable investments. With one of the fastest growing consumer markets and with COP28 at the end of the year, the region is witnessing incredible developments. How does sustainable control growth buyout look and what are the key highlights of COP28 to watch out for. Miray Zaki from Gulf Capital shares her experience and insights on sustainable finance.

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