Abu Dhabi Economic Summit

Date: February 28, 2023


With the recent international geopolitical unpredictability and the pandemic, a new economic reality has emerged. As we look beyond the Covid-19 crisis, governments must continue to restructure important areas of the economy to boost development. 

Diversification, digital growth and transformation, and local industrial sector development are taking centre stage. In the Middle East, opportunities remain open for foreign direct investment, future partnerships and businesses to expand into these new areas of growth. What is the priority for this decade’s transformation strategy? What roles do innovation, collaboration, and, most importantly, trade and investment play in enabling solutions?  How can investment and innovation today elevate the Middle East within the global economic order of tomorrow?

The one-day conference, powered by Economist Impact and hosted in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, focused on the evolving regional and global economic landscape; innovation and investment potential; growing digital transformation; and the policies required to support this growth. The event brought together policymakers, industry experts and innovators to explore the forces shaping the new frontiers of economic growth.

Through interactive panel discussions, fireside chats and interactive sessions, this summit examined key themes of innovation, transformation and investment. 

Oliver Wyman Session

How to scale public-private partnerships to drive economic growth

February 28, 2023 |12:15-13:00 (GST)

Governments collaborate with the private sector to drive their agenda of growth and reform making both active partners in economic transformation. What are the priority sectors for these partnerships? Where have we seen significant progress? How can the private sector benefit more from these partnerships? And, how can public-private partnerships be scaled to realize their true potential to drive economic growth?  


  • Melanie Noronha | Senior Manager of Policy and Insights, The Economist


  • Anshu Vats | Partner, Global Lead of Public Sector and Policy Practice, Oliver Wyman
  • Bassel Al Nahlaoui | Managing Director of Mobility, Careem
  • Khawaja Aftab Ahmed | Regional director, Middle East, Pakistan & Afghanistan, International Finance Corporation

Oliver Wyman Speaker


Grand Hyatt, Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates