Monday, February 23, 2009

The Private Equity International Middle East Forum: Dubai 2009

London/Dubai, February 24, 2009: The Private Equity International Middle East Forum: Dubai 2009 will take place from March 10-11, 2009, at the Madinat Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai, the event organisers announced today.

Nassef Sawiris, CEO of Orascom Construction Industries, said: “Private capital allows for a very dynamic and fluid management structure where people can grow quickly and shine. Backing smart people with patient capital is the best way to secure the future of the region.”

His contribution to the dialogue underlines the increasing influence and importance of private equity’s role in the Middle East, which leading figures from the regional and international financial world will discuss in detail at the forum.

Participants include: H.E. Shaukat Aziz, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Dr Mahmoud Mohieldin, the current Minister of Investment of Egypt, H.E. Dr. Omar Bin Sulaiman, Governor of the Dubai International Financial Centre, and Paul Koster, new Chief Executive of the Dubai Financial Services Authority.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to interact with their senior peers at a series of high-profile regional networking lunches at the event, designed to facilitate interaction, brainstorming and ongoing business development.

Private Equity International has consulted widely to develop a programme that moves the event beyond the traditional trade gathering in order to give participants the means to better understand how the asset class will be evolving – and how best they can be part of that evolution.

David Hawkins, Co-Founder of Private Equity International, said: “In these challenging times senior people want to be able to exchange views and opinions about the things that really matter to them and their business. PEI’s Middle East Forum has always been at the heart of the regional private equity community and even in these difficult times, we have been heartened by the level of interest and support shown by senior level professionals to the event.”

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