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The COVID-19 pandemic expanded rapidly from a health emergency to an extraordinary shock to the global economy, with far-reaching consequences for markets like the UAE. Throughout these unprecedented times, Abu Dhabi and the UAE have exemplified resiliency and a proactive, solutions-oriented approach. It is because of this resiliency that the Emirate and the country will launch onto a reinvigorated growth trajectory. As we begin to navigate managing the current situation and planning for the future, this roundtable will be a strategic platform where the top decision-makers analyze the and discuss the best investment and economic policy solutions for the future of Abu Dhabi, the UAE, and the region.
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A prominent economics thought leader and accomplished chief executive, Rashid Abdul Karim Al Balooshi is the Acting Undersecretary of Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED). In this capacity he oversees the top-level development and implementation of leading initiatives at the department, with the ultimate goal of elevating the global competitiveness of Abu Dhabi's business ecosystem. Harnessing his strong track record of management at the highest level in finance and economics, he is guided by his two decades of experience at the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX), where he was entrusted with a multitude of roles on his journey to becoming the CEO. Al Balooshi also currently serves as the vice chairman of the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, and is a board member of ADX and the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority. He holds a master's in business administration from UAE University, and attained a bachelor's in computer science and information systems from Benedict College in the US.
Neslihan Aydagul is the Managing Director for The Business Year in the UAE. Ms. Aydagul's experience in the research field pans to the early 2000s where she lead research projects in Qatar and Bahrain as well as opening her employer's offices in South East Asia, particularly in Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam. After successful launches, she switched her focus to the GCC, and has been based in the Gulf for the past 10 years, Saudi Arabia and the UAE particularly Abu Dhabi, during which time directed the production of 12 annual investment manuals and gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Gulf.