2011 Program

Monday, September 19th

Private dinner with His Excellency Governor Amr Dabbagh, Chairman of the Economic Cities. This reception is open to IEA members on the CEO Alliance. Selected companies interested in expanding into Saudi Arabia can receive a time-saving, exclusive provisional license valid for 6 months to activate market entry into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Tuesday, September 20th

7:30 AM - Registration opens

8:15 AM - Welcome & Opening   Remarks, Q&A by IEA Co-Chairman The Honorable Paul Volcker

Former Chairman, US Federal Reserve  Board; Former Chairman, Economic  Recovery Advisory Board


8:45 AM Interactive Business Discussion I


As profits have increased but not top line growth, how will the growth engines for corporate and government revenues emerge?  This interactive discussion will address which innovative industries, investments, policies, consumer demand, and regions can ignite growth for the world's economies.


Introduced by Governor John Engler
President of the Business Roundtable, Former Governor of Michigan, Former President & CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers


With Maurice R. Greenberg
Chairman & CEO, C.V. Starr & Co.


                                                                                   With Muhtar Kent Chairman & CEO, The Coca-Cola Company


With The Honorable Peter G. Peterson
Chairman of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation
Co-Founder of Blackstone,
Former US Secretary of Commerce




Led by Professor Walter Kuemmerle 
President of the Kuemmerle Research Group, Ltd., 
Former Harvard Business School Professor


9:45 AM Head of State/Minister Country Presentation I  

Newly-elected President of Ivory Coast and former IMF economist Alassane Ouattara will highlight his recovery plan for the largest economy in West Africa, which is simultaneously the world's largest exporter of cocoa beans, and a significant exporter of oil, gas, coffee beans & palm oil.


10:10 AM - Break                                                                        

10:25 AM Head of State/Minister Country Presentation II

Prime Minister Iveta Radičová will provide insight into the Slovak Republic's remarkable economic growth and into the surge in foreign direct investment facilitated by the government's business friendly policies. 



Head of State/Minister Country Presentation III

President Mwai Kibaki will provide insight into Kenya's investment-friendly regulatory reforms, how turnover from fast-growing companies is driving the country forward, and how this regional financial, communications and trade hub intends to remain the  largest economy in East Africa.



Head of State/Minister Country Presentation IV - TBD

Head of State/Minister Country Presentation V

President Martinelli will highlight Panama's five-year, $13.6 billion investment plan for infrastructure and services. Panama is boasting the fastest growth rate in   the Americas, and has become a leading target of FDI,  and one of the richest countries in Latin America accounting to purchasing power.



12:00 PM - Interactive Lunch

With Professor Malcolm Salter - Harvard Business School

Former Senior Dean of External Relations at Harvard Business School & Former President of Mars & Co.


2:00 PM - Interactive Business Discussion II


Global deleveraging, rebalancing and regulations are still in motion. How will this affect global financial systems?  As finance is a fuel of growth and the global economy, this interactive discussion will address the future of finance, investment, debt and capital markets. 


With Senator Phil Gramm
UBS Vice-Chairman, Former Senator


Moderated by Robert Pozen
Harvard Business School
Chairman Emeritus of MFS Investment Management; Former President of Fidelity; author: The Fund Industry: How Your Money is Managed & Too Big to Save? How to Fix the US Financial System


3:00 PM -  Break    

3:15 PM - Head of State/Minister Country Presentation VI

Representing the Republic of Ecuador, Coordinating Minister of Production Nathalie Cely will present government initiatives to facilitate the entry of new investment in light of new reforms on the country's foreign investment policy.   


Head of State/Minister Country Presentation VII - TBD

Head of State/Minister Country Presentation VIII

The Kingdom of Morocco (which will be represented at the Ministerial level) is focused on increasing business opportunities and on welcoming foreign investment through international trade agreements and ambitious sectorial strategies.  



Head of State/Minister Country Presentation IX - TBD

5:00 PM - Interactive Business Discussion III


This discussion will highlight the subject that is impacting countries, companies and investors worldwide.  What are the links between inflation, currencies, asset prices, commodities, and economic expectations across countries and sectors?  What can countries, corporations, and investors do to drive real growth, profits and returns?

Led by: Professor Roberto Rigobon

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Professor of Applied Economics at the Sloan School of Management, Co-Founder of The Billion Prices Project, research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research

5:45 PM - Closing comments - End of the Symposium

Reserved Countries
The following countries have reserved space to participate in the Symposium, and for their Head of State or Minister to lead a country presentation and hold private meetings. Given the nature of government schedules, the list of countries is ever-changing. Non-presenting countries may also hold pre-scheduled private meetings, providing IEA members and invited delegates with clear insights and a direct view of investment opportunities from around the world.