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Kofi Annan to speak at YPO conference in Dubai

Kofi Annan to speak at YPO conference in Dubai

Former secretary general of the UN to join other leaders at international summit

The former secretary general of the United Nations Kofi Annan is to speak in Dubai next month.

Annan, who served in the role between 1997 and 2006, will deliver an address at the Young President Organisation EDGE conference held in Dubai in March.

Marking the first EDGE event to be staged in the Middle East, the conference will include business executives and thought leaders speaking on subjects from politics, philanthropy and humanities.

In-depth topics of discussion will include innovations in social entrepreneurship, medical breakthroughs, the future of business around the world, and women entrepreneurship, among others.

Annan will be joining other high-profile speakers from around the world, including YPO member Dr Naif Al-Mutawa, the creator of The 99, the first group of Islamic superheroes, and former United Kingdom politician David Miliband.

Other speakers include Shereen El Feki, author of Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World and Kat Cole, former president of global chain Cinnabon, and now group president of Cinnabon’s parent company, Focus Brands.

YPO chief executive Scott Mordell said: “Kofi Annan is a transformational leader for the world.His ability to build partnerships around the globe and harness the power of human potential is truly remarkable, and we are thrilled to welcome him in Dubai.”

He added: “The Middle East and North Africa is one of the most consistently growing regions globally, and Dubai in particular has solidified its position as an economic development hub among the leading growth centers of the world.”

Read Gulf Business’s exclusive interview with Scott Mordell here

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