Philippines Vice President Hon. Maria Leonor G Robredo, Trailblazing Indian Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, and Managing Director of Twitter MENA, Benjamin Ampen among top speakers at the Second Virtual Conclave of ABLF Talks Live


Dubai, UAE: The Second ABLF Talks Live Virtual Conclave of 2021 which were held on February 9 at the cutting edge virtual venue, the ABLF City, developed by SMART IEDEA. This month, the conclave boasts of a stellar line-up of speakers from around the globe including Vice President of the Republic of Philippines, Hon. Maria Leonor G Robredo, Global Designer, Sustainability Activist and Founder of Sabyasachi, India, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, CEO of Societe Generale, Middle East, Richad Soundardjee, Managing Director of Twitter MENA, Benjamin Ampen, Director of OECD Global Relations, Andreas Schaal and UN Peace Ambassador and Founder of AWHPI, Nigeria, H.R.H. Princess Dr Moradeun Ogunlana. 

Described as Asia’s most influential leadership platform, this is the second big conclave of the year following three successful editions in 2020 (October 6, November 5 and December 7), and the first one of 2021 held on January 18. As always, each of the sessions feature informative and enriching discussions around the themes of disruption, tech-led development, economic recovery, globalisation and resilient leadership, under the overarching theme ‘Innovative Strategies for a Decade of Challenges – Asia 2020- 2030’.

Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Economy and organised by the Asian Business Leadership Forum, the conclaves seek to provide a platform to connect transformative leaders of Asia with luminaries from around the world in important conversations of consequence.

A key speaker at the event will be Hon. Maria Leonor G. Robredo, Vice President, Philippines, who will preside over a session titled ‘A Time for Resilient Leadership’. In a highlight session, Global Storytellers at ABLF, Asia’s leading designer, Sustainability Activist and Founder of Sabyasachi, India, Sabyasachi Mukherjee will unveil his plans to promote Asian fashion at a global level. 

The topic of ‘The Long Road to Economic Stability’ will feature Richad Soundardjee, the CEO of Societe Generale Middle East and Andreas Schaal, Director, OECD Global Relations. 

Speaking on ‘The UN SDGs: A Greater Urgency with Higher Stakes’ will be David Girling, Senior Advisor and Lead, Private-sector Partnerships and Strategy, Supply Division, UNICEF, and Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO, Plan International, while Benjamin Ampen, Managing Director, Twitter MENA and H.R.H. Princess Dr Moradeun Ogunlana, President and CEO, Innovative Global Consulting (IGC) and Founder, AWHPI, UN Peace Ambassador, will share thoughts on ‘A Time for Resilient Leadership’ and ‘Rethinking Globalisation’ respectively. 

The ABLF Talks Virtual Conclave continues to feature the presence and participation of proactive, productive and authentic leaders who are committed to restoring economic balance and supporting the rebuilding of the world through the pandemic and beyond. Hosted at the ABLF City, it is designed to stay on the pulse of the global economy and help shape a better future for Asia.