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Under the Patronage of His Excellency
Khalid Al Rumaihi
Chief Executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB)

KHCB's Economic Diversification Forum

19-20 November 2017

About The Forum

To enable achieving Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030 of shifting from an economy built on oil wealth to a productive, globally competitive economy, Economic Diversification became a priority for change, now more than ever.

Why should we diversify and how crucial it is to Bahrain’s economy? How can we collectively contribute in creating a positive shift in the Kingdom’s economy?

Addressing the answers of the above questions is the main objective of KHCB’s Economic Diversification Forum. The forum is under the patronage of His Excellency Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) and organized through a collaboration between Khaleeji Commercial Bank (KHCB) and the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF).

We will be hosting local experts, top decision makers, international speakers and interactive panel discussions to discuss the key issues and recommendations towards achieving economic diversification for the Kingdom.

Latest Economic Insights

Expert Speakers

Industry Focus

Decision Makers Panel Discussions

H.E. Khalid Al Rumaihi

Chief Executive, EDB

“We are delighted to be involved with an event on such an important topic. Our future prosperity depends upon our ability to continue to diversify our economy – and in order to do that we need to be able to create a supportive business environment in which the private sector can thrive. I look forward to the event and to hearing more from companies and entrepreneurs about what more we can do to meet their needs going forward.”

Dr. Ahmed Al-Mutawa

Chairman, KHCB

“We are pleased to welcome you all to the KHCB’s Economic Diversification Forum under the theme of ‘Working Together for a Sustainable Future’. Where we will be dedicating two full days to focus on the economic diversification of the economy of our beloved country.”

Dr. Ahmed Al Shaikh

Director, BIBF

“Amidst a current economic market structure comes exciting potential for growth and change that is without doubt around the corner. We’ve brought in the top tier experts to deliver an exciting wide range of topics from Bahrain and abroad to benefit the human capital of Bahrain.”

H.E. Khalid Al Rumaihi

 Chief Executive, EDB

Dr. Ahmed Al-Mutawa

Chairman, KHCB

Dr. Ahmed Al Shaikh

Director, BIBF

Forum Topics

  • National Development Strategy - Opportunities & Limitations that Face our Country
  • How New Forms of the Economy are Created & Managed - The Road to Sustainability
  • The Impact of Dynamic Related Diversification on the Multi Business Firms
  • How Investment in Technology Underpins Economic Diversity
  • Growing the Global Economy through SMEs

Meet the Panelists

H.E. Mohammed Al Qaed

Chief Executive
Information & eGovernment Authority

H.E. Shaikh Khaled Bin Humood Al Khalifa

Chief Executive Officer
Bahrain Authority for Tourism and Exhibitions

Mr. Abdulkarim Bucheery

Vice Chairman
Khaleeji Commercial Bank

Mr. Abdulhakeem Al-Khayyat

Managing Director & CEO
Kuwait Finance House

Dr. Khalid Abdulla

General Manager
Eskan Bank

Mr. Mohammed Al Binfalah

Chief Executive Officer
Bahrain Airport Company

Mr. Sattam Algosaibi

Chief Executive Officer
Bahrain Development Bank

Mr. Abdulelah AlQassimi

Former Chief Executive

Dr. Samer AlJishi

Group President
BFG International

Dr. Dawood Nassif

Board Director
BAPCO and Gulf Air

Dr. Jawaher Al-Mudhahki

Chief Executive
Education and Training Quality Authority (BQA)

Dr. Jarmo Kotilaine

Chief Economist - Market & Strategy Intelligence
Economic Development Board

Ms. Afnan Al Zayani

Al Zayani Commercial Services

Meet the Speakers

Dr. Kalbir Sohi

Co-Founder & CEO
Drie (UK)

Dr. Omar Al-Ubaydli

Program Director
Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (Derasat)

Dr. Jarmo Kotilaine

Chief Economist -
Market & Strategy Intelligence

Economic Development Board

Dr. Corrie J. Block

Strategic Management and Corporate Governance
Paragon Consulting

Dr. Samer AlJishi

Group President
BFG International

Mr. James Chung

Reach Advisors


The Venue