Milken Institute MENA Summit Opens In Abu Dhabi: Global Leaders Address Region's Pressing Challenges

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 7, 2018 – More than 500 world leaders gathered to open the inaugural Milken Institute MENA Summit in Abu Dhabi on Thursday 7 February 2018. Attendees included heads of state, high-profile executives, influential investors, political leaders, government officials, heads of sovereign wealth funds, and philanthropists.

Under the theme of “Strategic Investment for Sustainable Growth,” the two-day summit features sessions on healthcare, education, food security, technology, the arts, culture, women and capital market development.

“The enthusiastic response we have received to the inaugural Milken Institute MENA Summit makes a powerful statement about the unprecedented opportunities and future of this dynamic region,” said Michael Klowden, CEO of the Milken Institute. “With thoughtful conversations that connect regional and global leaders addressing MENA's most critical issues, we aim to surface breakthrough ideas and solutions to help navigate a world in transition.”

Through rigorous, data-driven research and networking platforms, the Milken Institute identifies opportunities for the deployment of public, private, and philanthropic capital to spur policy action and drive development.

“We have a broad base of supporters across the Middle East and North Africa and will greatly benefit from their partnership in progressing the Institute's mission: advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health, for all,” said Louise Tabbiner, Milken Institute Senior Advisor to the MENA Region.

The Milken Institute MENA Summit is underwritten by KBBO Group. Other sponsors include Barings, Careem, DWPartners, FitchRatings, GoldenTree Asset Management, Investcorp, Orchard Global Asset Management, and Standard Chartered.

Video coverage of the proceedings will be posted online following the summit. For a complete program and list of confirmed participants, visit

About the Milken Institute
The Milken Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank determined to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs, and improve health. We do this through independent, data-driven research, action-oriented meetings, and meaningful policy initiatives.

Geoffrey Baum
Director, Media Relations 
(310) 570-4689; [email protected]  

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