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Qatar has withstood numerous external shocks in recent years, from oil price fluctuation to a breakdown of inter-GCC relations. So while COVID-19 will leave its mark, Qatar is better prepared than many thanks to the successes it has seen in developing self-sufficiency—if anything, the latest crisis has only exacerbated the urgency to accomplish the goals associated with the 2030 Qatar National Vision.
While the global economy enters an unprecedented phase of disruption and the need for remote access and connectivity increases, technology, digitalization, and innovation become integral to survival. The Opportunities to grow in times of crisis webinar is set to bring leaders across the economy together to discuss the opportunities, hurdles, and solutions to overcoming the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event will look at how the pandemic is accelerating digital transformation, how the finance sector is adapting, the support the public sector is providing to ensure continuity, and more.
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Matthew Heaton is the Head of Office in Qatar, and he also forms part of Qatar's banking and finance practice. Matthew has broad experience of all aspects of finance law, acting for both borrowers and lenders. Prior to joining, he was a banking and finance partner based in London at a leading global law firm. He has particular expertise in acquisition and leveraged finance, corporate lending, and real estate finance. He advises borrowers, funders, and sponsors (including banks, equity and debt funds, listed corporates, private companies, and mezzanine funders). He also advises on syndicated, club, and bilateral financings. He has broad experience of leveraged finance and private equity transactions, and in advising purchasers and sellers of stressed and distressed loan portfolios. In addition, he has experience of general corporate and commercial transactions.
Abdul Salam Knio is the Managing Partner for Information and Communication Technology W.L.L. in Qatar, which is a a leading technology systems integrator and part of the Midis Group. Knio leads the digital business transformation initiative, by helping organizations realize the benefits of the digital economy and mitigate the risks of digital disruption. In addition to his 30 years of business and technology experience dealing with enterprise companies in different sectors, Knio possesses a number of certifications in the digital field such as fintech, Industry 4.0, business sustainability management, innovation and design thinking, digital transformation management, AI, IoT, blockchain, and many others. His core skills include storytelling, business case positioning, leadership, public speaking, and advising. He has contributed to many local and international business and technology forums, such as judging in business incubation centers and for innovation awards, guest lecturing at Carnegie Mellon University Qatar, and participating as a panelist at the Digital Lebanon conference, the Digital Diplomacy conference by Katara Hospitality, and more.
Craig Dunleavy is the Country Manager at Devere Group.
Han Le is The Business Year's Managing Director for the Latam region. During his career in TBY, he has been based in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Before joining TBY, he worked in various media outlets in the Middle East and North Africa region.