Future Skills Forum

8 May 2024 | Museum of the Future, Dubai

Nations and organisations empowering the workforce of the future

By invitation only

Open to the CFTE global community. Contact us to request invitation


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About the Future Skills Forum

An invite-only forum to learn, connect, and exchange

The Future Skills Forum brings together a respected assembly of 500 industry leaders, policymakers, entrepreneurs and technologists to create connections, discuss and debate on the strategies to build future-proof workforces at country and organisation level. 

As technology transforms all industries, the role of people has never been more important. Preparing citizens and employees to a world of new skills is now an imperative, and the Forum will support discussions to share experience, approaches and best practices from around the world.

Workforce of the futhre

The forum in numbers

A unique event for those who care about transforming countries and organisations by focusing on people

Industry leaders​
Students for the next generation


Keynote Speakers

H.E. Noura Alblooshi

General Manager at Emirates Institute of Finance (EIF)

H.E. Dr. György Matolcsy

Governor of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank (MNB)

Lord Holmes

Member of the House of Lords of the United Kingdom

Hosts & Chairs

Huy Nguyen Trieu

Co-Founder, CFTE

Tram Anh Nguyen

Co-Founder, CFTE

Saqr Ereiqat

CEO, TradeDog Market Manager

Nouran Youssef

Senior Financial Sector Specialist, Arab Monetary Fund

Imane Elmajdoubi

Director - Financial Services Industry UAE, Microsoft

Dr. Allen Baby

Acting Chief Learning Officer (CLO), Emirates Institute of Finance

Arun Mehta​

Head of Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence, First Abu Dhabi Bank

Nameer Khan

Chairman, MENA Fintech Association

Luke Eley

Co Founder, Canders Group

Ronit Ghose

Global Head of the Future of Finance, Citi

Gaurav Dhar

CEO, Marshal


Dr. Amira Abdelaziz

Senior Advisor - Data Science & Advanced Analytics, Central Bank of Egypt

Agnès Bastaert

Head of Government Affairs, EMEA Ant Group

Ingrid Naranjo

Geopolitical Strategist, Labiana Health

Iqbal Noor

Learning and Dev - SVP Director & Chief Digital Officer, ENBD

John Rwangombwa

Governor, National Bank of Rwanda

Khalid El Bialy

Chief Executive Officer, Banque Misr

Maryke Luijendijk-Steenkamp

Assistant Vice President DIFC Academy, DIFC

Nadeem Mujtaba

CEO, Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMA)

Sharon Magagula

Deputy Director ‑ Talent Management, Central Bank of Eswatini

Sultan Khalifa Ali


Victor Yim

Head of Fintech, Cyberport Hong Kong

Yasin Bhatti

Senior Director - Outreach & Partnership, ADGMA

Ali Khan

Head of Data and Artificial Intelligence, Commercial Bank of Dubai

Amith Rajan

EVP, Head Wholesale Digital Banking & CEO NeoVentures, Mashreq

Arushi Goel

Policy Lead, Chainalysis

Dr. Rudeon Snell

Group Chief Operating Officer Sirius International Holding

Dr. Merouane Debbah

Senior Scientific AI Advisor, Technology Innovation Institute

Kelly Forbes

Executive Director, Asia Pacific Institute

Ken Coghill

Head of Innovation, DFSA

Mahmoud AbuEbeid

CEO, Global Software Solutions

Philip Watson

Former Chief Innovation Officer for Citi and Wealth expert

Rima Semaan

Data & AI UAE Lead, Microsoft

James Chouffot

Partner, EY

Shashank Sood

Associate Partner, McKinsey

Christian Kunz

Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, DIFC

Elisabeth Wallace

Associate Director, Policy & Legal, DFSA

Fatima Abukar

Data, Algorithms and AI Ethics Lead, Financial Conduct Authority

Julia Cillikova

Executive Director, Central Bank of Slovakia

Michael O’Loughlin

Founder, OLOUGHLIN Global Business Advisory

Paul Kayrouz

Chief Fintech Officer, Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE)

Peter Faykiss

Director, Digitalisation Directorate, Magyar Nemzeti Bank (MNB)

Rajkumar Kanagasingam

Founder, Sri Lanka Fintech Association

Dr. Rasha Negm

Assistant Sub-Governor Fintech & Innovation, Central Bank of Egypt

Takeshi Kito

Co-Founder & CEO, Elevandi Japan

Thammarak Moenjak

Chief Representative London Office Bank of Thailand

Mike Gault

CEO, Guardtime

Amany M. Atran

Head of L&D - CAFU

Bart Pietruszka

Chief Data and AI, HSBC

Carl Manlan

Vice President, Visa

Dr. Hosni Ghedira

Director of Research Engagement, Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI)

Dr. Ljubica Tomic

Head of Employability, Alumni and Industry Partnership, American University in the Emirates

Fariha Salahuddin

Founder, Farihas.com

Jacqueline Whitehead

Head of Learning and Development, Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA)

Kamran Ahsan

Senior Director, e&

Martinette Van Vuuren

Group HR Director, Sirius International Holding

Prashan Agarwal

Founder, FanTv

Sharif Elbadawi

CEO, Dubai Future District Fund

Klaus Miserra

Managing Director, Grow.ME

Paul Hunter

Head of AI and Consumer Analytics, FAB

Latifa Saleh al Shehhi

Data - Tech Expert UAE

Lilian Poilpot

Partner, Erevena

Melissa Guzy

Managing Partner and Founder, Arbor Ventures

Muna Alzaabi

Assistant Director- Fintech Innovation, Central Bank of The UAE

Olga Miler

Co-Founder & CEO, SmartPurse

Reem AlMusabbah

Serial Tech Entrepreneur, Ecosystem Builder Women in AI and Co-Founder of Unipreneur

Sarah Abuagela

Head of Investments, Ceras Ventures

Shafique R Ibrahim

Founder, FXB Payment Summit

Vladimira Briestenska

Founder, Neem

Shradha Chopra

Founder & Lead Coach, 237 Talent

Yasmin Al Enazi

United Arab Emirates Ambassador, Women in AI

Dr. Nousheen Zakaria

Co-Founder & Regional Head for MENA Region, Weddified

Danyaal Khaliq

Director of Innovation, e& Enterprise e&

Gaurav Sachddeva

Co-Founder & CEO, The Founders Majlis

Maisoun Selim

Senior Director - People Business Partner NALP, Visa

Maryam Al Mansoori

General Manager, Rebound

Nida Sumar

Founder & CEO, 60 Day Startup

Omair Ansari

Chief Executive Officer, Abhi

Rishabh Singh

VP of Products, Astra Tech

Sagarika Sahoo

Director - Middle East , Indian Investors Federation

Dr. Yana Leonova

Director of the Dubai Chapter, VNTR Capital

Sophie Stevenson

Co-Founder, Fiat Republic

Roundtable Discussions

In the afternoon, the Skills Future Forum will transition into insightful roundtable discussions featuring senior leaders from finance and technology industries as well as the public sectors.

These discussions centre around the profound impact of technology on future skills.
80+ Senior leaders with observants to provide a platform for sharing key insights and experiences on highly impactful topics affecting the changing landscape of skills.

The goal is to collect the best practices from both the public and private sectors in navigating the swiftly evolving finance landscape, especially as new technologies are reshaping every facet of the traditional financial system. Roundtables serve as an important catalyst to bring together leading individuals with their own unique experience, to identify the important trends of the industry and develop initiatives and programmes to support the growth of a future-proof workforce.

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Thought Leadership Reports

From the roundtable discussions, CFTE will create invaluable reports, serving as a bridge that extends the reach and impact of these forums beyond their immediate audience.  They encapsulate and disseminate the wealth of insights, fostering broader industry engagement and providing actionable intelligence for stakeholders.

We would like these reports to underscore the thought leadership of participants and organisers, documenting the progressive ideas and collaborative efforts that drive the sector forward.

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