The Gulf Intelligence Breakfast Summit

Date: Monday October 17th 2011

Time: 8:30am – 10:30am

Venue: DIFC

Summit Topic: The Gulf Intelligence Breakfast Summit “EU Decline? China Rises?”

The Gulf Intelligence Breakfast Summit will provide a backdrop of insight and analysis to the headlines on the demise of the Euro and explore if we are approaching the historical moment when the Chinese Currency steps forward onto the global stage to provide a third pillar to the global economy.

Summit Speakers:

David McWilliams, Ireland

David McWilliams is one of Ireland’s leading economic commentators. He was the first economist to see that the Irish boom was nothing more than a credit bubble and one of the very few to accurately predict it would all end in a monumental crash with bank failures, negative equity and rising unemployment and emigration. He is an economist, broadcaster, bestselling author and most recently, he has brought economics to the national theatre with his one-man-show “Outsiders. David’s first book “The Pope’s Children” was the best selling Irish non-fiction book in 2006, spending 52 consecutive weeks in the top five of the bestsellers. The Pope’s Children was followed by The Generation Game, which in 2007 predicted the 2008/09 crash and the fact that one generation would be left suffering negative equity for years.

Ben Simpfendorfer, Hong Kong

Ben Simpfendorfer is Managing Director of Silk Road Associates, an economic and political consultancy. He is the author of “The New Silk Road” and the former Chief China Economist for the Royal Bank of Scotland and former Senior China Economist for JPMorgan, where he advised many of the world’s largest financial investors and multinationals on China’s economy. Ben has lived in Hong Kong for the past decade. However, he started his career in the Middle East where he lived in Amman, Beirut, and Damascus, before moving to Beijing. He speaks Arabic, Cantonese, and Mandarin, and has spent nearly 20-years living and travelling throughout the Silk Road region.

Summit Producer – TheGulfIntelligence.Com
Gulf Intelligence facilitates knowledge exchange between stakeholders. The strategic communications and public affairs consultancy produces boutique industry forums and roundtable discussion series globally with an architecture that ensures all participants engage in a dynamic and competitive exchange of knowledge towards a shared goal. The Dubai-based firm assists Middle East companies and government entities to tap dormant intelligence and create knowledge reservoirs that can be utilized to bolster their profiles, to communicate with stakeholders and to overwhelm competitors.

Summit Moderator – Sean Evers

In 2009, Sean Evers became Managing Partner and Founder of Gulf Intelligence. He attained a BA from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana in 1988, and went on to secure his law degree at Ireland’s University College Galway. Sean has spent his career building ground-breaking media enterprises, starting with the award winning Punchbag Productions across Britain and Ireland, securing top award at the 1992 Edinburgh Festival. In the mid-1990s Sean Evers was appointed Cairo correspondent for The Financial Times. In 1997 he joined Bloomberg in Dubai and over the following decade built the U.S. media company’s Middle East network from Cairo to Tehran, culminating in 2008 in Dubai being designated as the firm’s fourth global hub. Sean founded Gulf Intelligence in 2009.

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