In this session keynote speaker Matthew Griffin shows ministers and executives how our world is changing, the challenges it faces, solutions, and underscores the important role financiers have in helping get these solutions funded.

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Firstly, thank you to Manilla and the UAE Financial Markets Association and the ACI and ICA, for inviting me to be the keynote at their annual world congress, held in the amazing La Pearle theatre in Dubai’s business district, where finance leaders, ministers, and professionals from across the Middle East came together to discuss the future of the financial services industry and hear about the latest developments in impact investing and emerging technologies.


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Over the past decade or so the global financial services industry has seen the arrival of all manner of trends, from the rise of fintechs and decentralised finance, to the emergence of new cloud and digital based business and operating models, as well as the continuing acceleration of the adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the rapid automation of the core banking systems. And all this is before we discuss the impact that CBDC’s, cryptocurrencies, NFT’s, Tokenisation, and the emerging so called Metaverse “Meta-Economy” will have on the sector.


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During my talk I discussed all of these, including their impact on the culture of the industry, its hiring practises and changing role, then highlighted the important role that financiers will play in the years and decades ahead in helping the world overcome and solve some of its greatest challenges such as climate change, energy poverty, hunger, inequality, poverty, and water scarcity.


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One of the most interesting things to come out of the session was the feeling of empowerment and hope the audience had after  I’d wrapped up with many expressing they didn’t know some of the solutions existed and then just how “easy” and  elegant they were. All of which should give us all some hope as the Middle East looks forwards to hosting COP 27 and COP 28 – the latter of which will be held in Dubai.

About author

Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin, described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers” and a “Young Kurzweil,” is the founder and CEO of the World Futures Forum and the 311 Institute, a global Futures and Deep Futures consultancy working between the dates of 2020 to 2070, and is an award winning futurist, and author of “Codex of the Future” series. Regularly featured in the global media, including AP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Discovery, RT, Viacom, and WIRED, Matthew’s ability to identify, track, and explain the impacts of hundreds of revolutionary emerging technologies on global culture, industry and society, is unparalleled. Recognised for the past six years as one of the world’s foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an international speaker who helps governments, investors, multi-nationals and regulators around the world envision, build and lead an inclusive, sustainable future. A rare talent Matthew’s recent work includes mentoring Lunar XPrize teams, re-envisioning global education and training with the G20, and helping the world’s largest organisations envision and ideate the future of their products and services, industries, and countries. Matthew's clients include three Prime Ministers and several governments, including the G7, Accenture, Aon, Bain & Co, BCG, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, E&Y, GEMS, Huawei, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Lego, McKinsey, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Samsung, Sopra Steria, T-Mobile, and many more.

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