The event will see H.E. Umej Singh Bhatia, Consul General of the Republic of Singapore, engage in debate and deliberation with Mr. V. Shankar, CEO — Europe, Middle East, Africa and Americas at Standard Chartered Bank, over variations in the growth models adopted by both city-states.
Mr. Ganesh Mohan, Partner of Boston Consulting Group, will moderate, bringing in his perspective and ensuring a high quality discussion, rich in insights.
In his comments, H.E. Umej Singh Bhatia said: “Dubai and Singapore have both thrived as hubs and havens of security, offering quality of life and lives of quality to many amidst regions of chronic instability. Both city-states boast governments premised on accountability and practical systems that deliver results and strive for governance that works.”
He added: “In an era where key city-states serve mega-regions and connect a shrinking world, both Dubai and Singapore are crucial nodes in the global grid of knowledge-based economic networks. Attracting global trade and investment flows, Dubai and Singapore defy the view that size is destiny while coping with the realities of geographical destiny and leveraging on their strategic locations. At the crossroads of globalization and as regional gateways, Dubai and Singapore also have great potential to serve as hub partners connecting South, East, West and Central Asia and beyond. This is the ‘Dubai-pore effect’ based on robust political leadership, compelling visions, social harmony, vibrancy and superb connectivity.”
Highlighting the synergies between the two city-states, Mr. V. Shankar stated: “Both Singapore and Dubai have been blessed with little, if any, natural resources. Yet both have emerged as the preeminent business hubs of their respective regions. This amazing achievement in both instances has been the result of visionary leadership and solid execution. They have harnessed the potential of their local and foreign talent by making themselves great cities in which to live, work and play. They are case studies on how human spirit and great leadership can overwhelm seemingly indomitable odds.”
The panel discussion promises to provide an intriguing insight into how modern day city-state economies sustain and position themselves globally – with a special focus on Dubai and Singapore, their backgrounds, similarities and uniqueness. The audience is expected to be a healthy mix of IIM alumni and other senior professionals. Therefore, ample opportunity is being provided for a Q&A, making the session a highly interactive dialogue between audience and speakers.
The Pan IIM Alumni Network UAE is a group of 350+ alumni from the Indian Institutes of Management, the premium management schools in India. Alumni include successful senior professionals, consultants, bankers and businessmen. IIMs have produced some of the most influential people in Dubai’s elite entrepreneur community.
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