Over 100 global executives, business leaders to address Future Investment Initiative


Saudi Gazette report

More than 100 global investors, CEOs, business leaders and innovators will address the upcoming Future Investment Initiative (FII) 2018, set to be held in Riyadh on Oct. 23 – 25.

The Public Investment Fund (PIF) said in a statement on Thursday that the event will focus on three core themes of ‘Investing in Transformation’, ‘Technology as Opportunity’ and ‘Advancing Human Potential.’

The speakers will explore a number of subjects, including how leaders from business and government can develop a collective vision for the future, how venture capital is changing the future of innovation, and how immersive technology is changing the way we live, work and create, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

FII is a global platform focused on identifying future trends and opportunities, defining the future of industries and discussing how investment can contribute to overall global prosperity and development. FII speakers will shed light on the most pertinent trends shaping the global investment landscape.

Speakers from around the world include David Bonderman, chairman & founding partner of TPG Capital; Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase; Larry Fink, chairman & CEO of BlackRock, Inc.; John M. Flint, executive director & group chief executive of HSBC Holdings PLC; Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber Technologies Inc.; Christine Lagarde, president of IMF; Kai-Fu Lee, chairman & CEO of Sinovation Ventures; Tong Li, CEO of Bank of China International; Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One; Jean Lemierre, chairman of BNP Paribas; Kanetsugu Mike, president & CEO of MUFG Bank LTD; Zanny Minton-Beddoes, editor-in-chief of The Economist; Rajeev Misra, CEO of Softbank Vision Fund, SB Investment Advisers; Steven Mnuchin, US Secretary of the Treasury; Lubna S. Olayan, CEO & deputy chairperson of Olayan Financing Company; Gen. David Petraeus, chairman of KKR; Jeremy Weir, executive chairman & CEO of Trafigura Group Pte Ltd, and Stephen Schwarzman, CEO of Blackstone.

Jamie Dimon, chairman and chief executive officer, JPMorgan Chase, said: “I am looking forward to attending the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh to discuss innovation in technology and what it means to all of us. Overall, technology is the greatest thing that has ever happened to mankind.”

“Artificial intelligence, big data and machine learning are helping JPMorgan Chase reduce risk and fraud, upgrade service, improve underwriting and enhance marketing across the firm. We know technology has been a great force, and for the benefit of all of us, that force should not be left unleashed,” he said.

John M. Flint, executive director & group chief executive of HSBC Holdings PLC, said that political, economic and technological changes pose individual challenges for all businesses and governments, but the most intractable problems require a truly global response.

“The public and private sectors have no choice but to work together to maximize the benefits of human ingenuity while managing its disruptive impacts. Sharing ideas and sharpening our focus on the problems we have in common are essential steps towards building a sustainable economy for all.”

Rajeev Misra, CEO of Softbank Vision Fund, SB Investment Advisers, said: “FII is a unique event that brings together visionaries across business, government and technology who are collectively shaping the future of global investment. We share a common ambition to create an ecosystem that harnesses the world’s most transformative technologies, to the benefit of humanity. Through the Vision Fund, we are striving to bring many of these businesses to the Middle East, which we believe will support innovation, job creation and unlock new economic opportunities. We look forward to sharing our insights with the FII community.”