High-level speakers announced for 12th World Chambers Congress in Dubai

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  • Over 80 speakers confirmed for 12th World Chambers Congress, taking place November 23rd-25th and gathering chamber leaders from around the world.
  • H.E. Omar Sultan Al Olama, UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications; Anabel Gonzalez, Deputy Director General, Word Trade Organisation, trade and technology experts and global chamber leaders, among speakers headlining the high-profile Congress.
H.E. Omar Sultan Al Olama, UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications

Dubai, UAE: Over 80 speakers representing governments, leading businesses and chambers of commerce from around the world will soon gather for the 12th World Chambers Congress (12WCC) in Dubai, where they will share their insights and perspectives on “Chambers 4.0”, a new approach to how chambers of commerce should serve their members and social ecosystems in the post-Covid digital era.

Co-organised by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), its World Chambers Federation and Dubai Chamber, the 12WCC takes place November 23rd-25th, 2021, at the Madinat Jumeirah.

Among the high-level speakers confirmed for the Congress are: H.E. Omar Sultan Al Olama, UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications & Chair of Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy; H.E. Hamad Buamim, Chair of the ICC World Chambers Federation and President & CEO of Dubai Chamber; John W.H. Denton AO, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce; Anabel Gonzalez, Deputy Director General, Word Trade Organisation; Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre; Adam J. Bock, Executive Education Instructor & Coach, Wisconsin School of Business; Interim CFO, Endsulin; and Ted Souder, Head of Industry – Retail, Google; Vice-Chair, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

Several chamber leaders will address delegates during the Congress and share their experiences and best practices, including Richard Burge, Chief Executive, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Ben Butters, CEO, Eurochambres; Artem Dalevich, Vice-President, Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Adolfo Diaz-Ambrona, Secretary General, Spain Chamber; Toki Mabogunje, President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Frederic Ronal, Vice-President, CCI Marseille Provence; Nicolas Uribe Rueda, President, Bogota Chamber of Commerce; Vincent Subilia, Director General, Geneva Chamber of Commerce; and Nola Watson

Deputy President Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, among many others.

The experts join a roster of speakers that will be participating over the three days of the Congress, who will take part in over 44 sessions and discuss key issues, such as challenges and opportunities for chambers of commerce and businesses around the world, the evolving role of public-private sector partnerships, health and safety standards, business resilience and preparing for future crises, logistical support for the sector in a new business paradigm, and what tools are needed to facilitate investment in the post-Covid-19 era. 

H.E. Hamad Buamim, President and CEO of Dubai Chamber and Chair of the ICC World Chambers Federation highlighted the significance of the 12WCC in Dubai, which comes at a time when the emirate welcomes the world for Expo 2020 Dubai, offering Congress delegates an ideal platform to network, share knowledge, foster cross-border cooperation and boost their global profile.

“The World Chambers Congress will see chamber leaders reset the global conversation about the challenges and opportunities created by Covid-19, share best practices and offer a glimpse into what the chambers of the future will look like. At the same time, visiting delegates will get the opportunity to learn all about how Dubai and Dubai Chamber are leveraging advanced technologies to turn Covid-related challenges into opportunities and creating added value for businesses,” said H.E. Buamim.

Organised by the ICC and its World Chambers Federation, the World Chambers Congress is hosted every two years in a different part of the world. The Congress is the only international forum for chamber leaders and business professionals to exchange insights, share best-practices, and develop extensive business networks. In 2018, Dubai secured the winning bid to host the 12th World Chambers Congress, which was presented by Dubai Chamber.

About Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry:

Established in 1965, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a non-profit public entity, whose mission is to represent, support and protect the interests of the business community in Dubai by creating a favourable business environment, supporting the development of business, and by promoting Dubai as an international business hub.

About the International Chamber of Commerce:

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is the institutional representative of more than 45 million companies in over 100 countries. ICC’s core mission is to make business work for everyone, every day, everywhere. Through a unique mix of advocacy, solutions and standard setting, we promote international trade, responsible business conduct and a global approach to regulation, in addition to providing market-leading dispute resolution services. Our members include many of the world’s leading companies, SMEs, business associations and local chambers of commerce.