Program 2018


11th Global Investment Symposium

"Pathways to Prosperity"

September 26-27, 2018


September 26

  • 7:45 AMRegistration Opens

  • 8:30 AMWelcome & Opening Remarks by IEA Founding Director

  • 8:35 AM3D Negotiations - Interactive Case Study with David Lax

    David Lax co-authored 3D Negotiation (Harvard Business School Press) with HBS Professor James Sebenius. Mr. Lax is Distinguished Fellow of the Harvard Negotiation Project and was a Professor at HBS. He co-taught/teaches courses, including: Secrets of Successful Deal- Making and Strategic Negotiation at Harvard.


    He is the Managing Principal of Lax Sebenius LLC and he is considered one of the world’s foremost advisors in complex, high stakes negotiations, and investments for Fortune 500, UHNW families and governments. Recent projects include negotiating with his colleague William Ury on behalf of a Brazilian billionaire Abilio Diniz a mutually beneficial sale of Diniz’s company to a French company Casino to end a dispute/transaction that the Financial Times described "as one of the biggest cross-continental boardroom showdowns in history”. He also advised an energy company in negotiations with a newly elected anti-business government – the company’s stock price rose 25% when the deal was announced. His pro bono work includes contributing, through work with Nepalese parties, to the end the civil war in Nepal. More recently, he conceived and led a project funded by the Madison Initiative to help Republicans and Democrats in the area of national security to build coalitions across party lines.

  • 9:30 AM"ENGINES OF GROWTH" - SME and Family Business

    Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME’s) and Family Businesses are the largest segment of the world economy.


    As markets and profits have increased globally, how will the growth engines for corporate and government revenues continue to grow? In fact, the rise of the Chinese middle class has grown China amazingly but now it has caused trade imbalances around the world and the trade negotiations. How does it all effect the world’s SMEs and Family Business growth? This interactive discussion will address growth investments, countries, policies, and what nations can do to ignite growth in their economies.

  • 10:30 AM - BREAKNew Research Announcement: High-Growth Emerging Economies and the Companies that Propel Them

    A special announcement featuring new research by McKinsey Global Institute

    By Jonathan Woetzel, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company and Director, McKinsey Global Institute

  • 10:45 AMBusiness, Trade and National Security

    Symposium Partner: Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS)

    The DMGS offers a professional and executive education easily tailored to students who wish to pursue a career in national security or those currently working in the national security community. DMGS enables professionals to address the national security challenges of the new century by encouraging them to rethink tradition and assess new forms of analysis.


    Col. Chris Croft is the new President of DMGS. Col. Croft served 30 years in the U.S. Army in numerous commands and deployments.

  • 11:30 AM - LUNCH SERVEDCountry Presentation I - Saudi Arabia

    Minister/Governor of the Saudi Arabian General Authority for Investment and Board of Directors for Public Investment Fund “PIF” His Excellency Ibrahim bin Abdul Rahman Al-Omar


    His Excellency is Minister/Governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority “SAGIA”, appointed in April 2017. H.E. is also on the Board of Directors of Public Investment Fund “PIF”, which is the Sovereign Wealth Fund for the Kingdom. PIF has large investments in Softbank, Uber, Tesla and many other innovative companies. He is also Co-Chairman of Tayseer, the key Saudi Ministerial committee to secure and stimulate the investment environment for the private sector and to provide guarantees for the preservation of investor rights. Previous to SAGIA, was the CEO of the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri); the Chief Alliance & Partnership Officer and Chief Product Development Officer at the Etihad-Etisalat Company (Mobily); the CEO of VIVA Bahrain; and numerous appointments at the Saudi Telecom Company (STC). He has served on the boards of numerous public and private sector organizations, and as the chairman for three major international telecom projects for various consortiums.


    H.E. Eng. Ibrahim is an alumnus of Harvard’s Program for Leadership Development, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electric Engineering from the King Fahad University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM).

  • 12:00 PMUnique, HBS-Style Interactive Case Study with David Lax

    Engage in interactive roundtable discussions with David Lax, Distinguished Fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Project and Co-founder of the Harvard Business School Strategic Negotiation Program, as you collaborate with groups to discover innovative, transformative strategies and tactics in negotiation.

  • 2:00 - 5:00 PMIEA CEO Members and Government-to-Government Private Meetings

  • 6:00 PMClosing Reception with McKinsey & Company for IEA CEO Members


September 27

  • BCIU/IEA Breakfast Meeting with IEA CEO Members

    REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN

    His Excellency Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Minister of Foreign Affairs