2016 Business Summit Agenda

Subject to change

2016 U.S. - Arab Business Summit
Exploring Regional Security Solutions to Drive Job Creation and Public/Private Partnerships
Monday, September 26, 2016
The Union League Club, 38 East 37th Street, New York, NY

7:30AM - 8:15AM
Main Lounge

The 2016 C3 US-Arab Business Summit is an exclusive event dedicated to forging new business relationships, fostering existing partnerships and exchanging best practices by building a cohesive global community through bilateral cooperation. Reinforcing the theme of the 2015 C3 US-Arab Business Summit entitled “Cyber Security, Smart Cities and Bilateral Prosperity,” the 2016 C3Summit will focus on solving the complex, multi-faceted, interlocking issues of security, technology, science and trade through collaboration, innovation, and partnership. Human and financial resources are needed to build balanced global markets which are required to deliver services that are properly and adequately staffed/protected to meet changing bilateral issues. Technologies must be designed and harnessed to foster innovation while providing products and services that are effective yet affordable, accessible, safe and secure. The C3 US-Arab Business Summit will explore what role business and government can play to support economic development regarding solutions to these challenges. Answers to these questions are being tested and implemented on the world-wide stage every day. Finding success through collaboration, innovation, and partnerships (CIP), in the private and public sectors, is a deliverable the C3 US-Arab Business Summit will look to achieve.

8:15AM - 8:30AM
Lincoln Hall

Simply stated, this C3 US-Arab Business & Healthcare Summit is about exploring ideas, suggestions, and realistic recommendations as possible solutions to today’s bilateral security, technology, commercial development and healthcare challenges. Based on the insights of the Summit’s global leaders and thinkers, participants can begin to immediately implement what they will hear and learn to help bring these innovations, pilot projects, cases studies, public-private partnerships and other practical solutions to fruition in the global commercial and healthcare sectors

Youth and Migration :Creating Economic Opportunity in MENA
8:30AM - 9:30AM
Lincoln Hall

Unemployment rates in MENA are among the highest in the world, and the absence of economic opportunity is a key contributor to migration and instability across the region. Today, improving the economic outlook for MENA’s young women and men in their home countries is imperative for leaders around the world. Yet general awareness of the issue has not produced an effect response at scale. Dramatic change is needed to create economic opportunities that enable young women and men in MENA to positively contribute to their economies and societies for the long-term. What role can the private and public sectors, as well as entrepreneurs and civil society actors, play to bring about this transformation?




















Changes and Challenges Raised by Globalization
9:40AM - 10:40AM
Lincoln Hall

The MENA region, along with the rest of the world, is undergoing historic and unprecedented changes. Those who favor the status quo and those who want to upset it are divided by income, education and geography. The well-connected in government, finance and other sectors that benefit from the current system are now aware of the economic and political challenges raised by globalization. Join this panel of distinguished U.S. Ambassadors as they discuss potential solutions on how to manage these challenges and create the “new” paradigm needed for long-term economic growth and regional stability. Topics will include the role of the private sector as a driver of change; the impact of public-private partnerships in stimulating diversification; and governmental decision-making to create the conditions for sustained prosperity based on security-conscience actions.

Economic, Social and Urban Growth Drivers Changing the Face of the Arab Region
10:50AM - 11:50AM
Lincoln Hall

Simply stated, the urban centers of the Middle East are being challenged through economic, social and urban growth drivers to accommodate urgent needs from their inhabitants. Join us for an exploration of three mega-projects, the Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022, The National Transformation Programme of Saudi Arabia and the Dubai Expo 2020, where we will learn of the delivery and legacy of each of these projects. The immediate need of developing economic and environmental sustainable urban environments that will have an enormous economic impact on the region is providing the opportunity to deliver the cities of tomorrow. The use of innovation in energy, water, transportation, education, entertainment and healthcare are just some of the remarkable deliverables for these projects that will transform the Middle East and provide a sustainable legacy.

Sustainable Business Projects in MENA: Country Partner & Prime Opportunities for SME’s
10:50AM - 11:50AM
Main Lounge

Small and Medium Size Enterprise development is the backbone of a prosperous private sector. The social impact of thriving SMEs is job creation and on-going innovation. Recent OECD studies have shown that accumulation of VC is a significant factor contributing to productivity growth. What are the risk/return criteria associated with SME finance? What are some of the hurdles in creating a “double bottom line”, financial and social return? What are US and Arab states’ initiatives in supporting SME growth?

12:00PM - 1:00PM
Lincoln Hall

Welcoming Remarks Introduction
1:00PM - 2:15PM
Dining Room

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) recently announced the public launch of Project CODE, an international development effort designed to address three of the biggest challenges confronting the Middle East today: healthcare, food security and homeland security. C3 International, a Project CODE partner, is proud to have “2016 C3 US-Arab Business & Healthcare Summit” serve as the official “launch” of the Project CODE initiative in the United States of America. Project CODE; a technology transfer project, has been established as an administrative and scientific vehicle for the transfer and localization of many strategic medical and military technologies. It is an accelerator program of unprecedented scale designed to position Saudi Arabia as a leader in both healthcare and security for the Arab world. The goal of Project CODE is to acquire 500 companies in the coming years to bring many of the world’s leading technologies (and technologists) to KSA. The project is being headed up by Mr. Ali Al Rakaf and Professor Newton Howard from the University of Oxford, who have been entrusted by the government of Saudi Arabia to spend over $1,000,000,000 USD in the coming years to establish a new class of partnership between industry and academia, combining the efforts of several American medical and high-tech companies with many of the top academic and research institutions on the planet. Project CODE is a strategic investment project for KSA and dozens of partner institutions, throughout the world.

Water, Electricity and the Global Threat of Mutant Viruses
2:15PM - 3:15PM
Lincoln Hall

The MENA region holds only 1.4% of the world’s renewable fresh water, yet the region is home to 6.4% of the world’s population. The demand for electricity has increased by about 6-8% annually in MENA, while the rate of global demand for electricity increases by about 2.3% annually. Water and electricity remain at the top of the priority list for MENA policy makers. This panel will examine the importance of implementing water, electrical and healthcare safeguards as national security measures.

The Importance of Cross Border Protection
3:20PM - 4:20PM
Lincoln Hall

With every new technological advance, legal issues will arise that address key protection in patent, trademark, industrial design, trade secrets, counterfeiting, consumer security, and other areas of IP litigation regarding commercially important and technically complex intellectual property cases. As companies innovate ever more disruptive technology such as ‘invasive’ or ’embedded’ technology, the legal issues surrounding IP system will be even more challenging to navigate. This panel will discuss the legal issues around the transition in technology from “usage” to increased “interaction” with each other, companies and the environment and review what are the necessary changes required in the law as our traditional relationship with technology evolves beyond our own borders.

The Global Impact of New Media on Societal Change
3:20PM - 4:20PM
Main Lounge

As new media provides numerous channels of communication and educates the populous, governments have the incentive to become more open. And as nations open, individual expression becomes commonplace with more citizens whom are willing to engage. Any individual can now become a reporter, a pundit, or an organizer through the web. As a result, the debates and opinions expressed through these new outlets will become more representative of true public opinion. On a more personal level, people who have tasted the freedoms associated with access to sources of new media will then become less willing to live without them. For this reason, these new sources of media will continue to promote public deliberation and education which in turn will support an irreversible, bottom-up push for societal change, even in places that governments currently lack or don’t encourage an open dialogue.

Perspectives on MENA Business Opportunities & Challenges for Diversity
4:25PM - 5:25PM
Lincoln Hall

A panel of finance professionals with interest in the Middle East and North African will discuss business opportunities in the MENA region, challenges to growth and provide their perspectives on the roles women are playing in development of the private sector. What regulatory hurdles do they see? What big changes need to happen in the region to increase opportunity? What initiatives have been effective in recruiting women into leadership roles?

Economic Security as a Public Good in MENA
4:25PM - 5:25PM
Main Lounge

US-Arab historic relations have evolved over many decades, and these imperative and strategic relations are at a new and exciting threshold. Economic growth and prosperity have always been an integral part of United States foreign policy. Economic growth, business and trade initiatives will become the thrust of future US-Arab relations, with mutual beneficial return for both. As new generations in MENA are becoming more invested in their communities’ social and economic future, private sector growth will hinge on parallel sustainable social and environmental initiatives. Our keynote speaker will highlight the new trends in the US-Arab bilateral relations, the focus on business, trade, skills and management transfers, education and cultural exchanges

Sustainable Investment: Charting a Better Return on US – Arab Investments
5:30PM - 5:45PM
Lincoln Hall

Sustainability is not just about contributing to social and environmental good anymore, it is also about long-term profitability. How do investment firms and mutual funds incorporate sustainability in their portfolio? How are emerging sustainability issues and subsequent ROI evaluated? One in every six dollars is invested sustainably in the United States, with sustainability-focused mutual funds having higher returns and lower volatility 64% of the times compared to traditional funds. What is the trajectory of Sustainable Investment in the United States and what are the lessons learned? What are the trends of Sustainable Investment in the Middle East and North Africa? Where are the critical mutual-interest junctures between the United States and the Arab world?