Investopia 2024

Emerging Economic Frontiers: Investing in the "New Economy" Growth Sectors

A global platform connecting investors to new economic opportunities and sectors, set for Feb 28-29.

28-29 February 2024

Investopia 2024 is designed around three key pillars

Investopia is a UAE-based platform that connects the global investment community with investment opportunities in new economies. It is an ecosystem that draws on the dynamic and imaginative spirit of the UAE but reaches far beyond. It is designed for those wishing to benefit from the UAE’s unique future-focused economy and its position as an investment hub for some of the fastest growing markets in the world Investopia was launched in 2021 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and H.E. Abdulla Bin Touq AlMarri, UAE Minister of Economy. In its first two editions, Investopia brought together more than 3000 participants from 58 different countries, more than 500 C-suite executives, and financial institutions representing more than $500 billion of Assets under Management. Furthermore, Investopia hosted a series of Global Talks bringing together international investors and business leaders in New York, Geneva, Milan, New Delhi, Mumbai, Cairo, Rabat, and Havana.

Investopia 2024 took place in the St. Regis Abu Dhabi- Saadiyat Island Resort on February 28 and 29, 2024. Under the theme “Emerging Economic Frontiers: Investing in the “New Economy” Growth Sectors”, the world’s most ambitious visionaries, leaders, and investors gathered to share their latest thinking on opportunities in the new economies that will mark the global economy in the next decade.

We invite you to join this growing community and become part of the future at Investopia. Engage with the latest thinking on the global investment opportunities and trends ahead. Enjoy unparalleled access to key global stakeholders and growth leaders in the UAE and expand your thinking and network at this two-day event.

The Dialogue

Leaders, executives, government officials, and innovators discuss in headline plenaries key topics shaping the global economy, the investment ecosystem, and new economic sectors. Topics include Generative AI in investment, advanced air mobility, economic fragmentation, alternative asset classes and others.

The Communities

A series of engagements designed to engage specific stakeholders within the investment ecosystem, such as family offices, SMEs & startups, social entrepreneurs, and SWFs. Carefully curated roundtables and private discussions aiming to develop impactful strategic partnerships and business opportunities.

The Marketplace

An expanded space, following its success in Investopia’s 2nd edition, specifically designed to facilitate the flow of capital between the various players in the investment ecosystem, including funds, allocators, startups, VCs and others. It is where real matchmaking activities, direct investment announcements, and MOU signings take place.

Investopia 2024 Program

Investopia 2024 featured 3 tracks: Dialogue, Communities, and Marketplace to discuss trends and opportunities in new economies, connect allocators with fund managers, and bring together venture capitalists and startup founders to accelerate innovation and growth.




New Economic Frontiers Unveiled: Navigating the Unknown

The global economic landscape is rapidly evolving amidst global uncertainty, the emergence of new sectors and markets, and growth-driving investment opportunities.

What are the key factors driving the emergence of these new economic sectors and markets, and what role do senior government representatives, private sector CEOs, and leading international investors play in identifying and capitalizing on growth opportunities?

🕘 10:20

Keynote Speech With H.E. Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Managing Director and Group CEO of Mubadala

🕘 10:50

Coffee Break

🕘 11:10

Investing in the Creative Economy: A Conversation with Idris Elba

Session Speakers


🕘 11:30

2024 Revealed: The Geopolitical and Economic Mosaic

The evolving landscape of geopolitical dynamics, economic fragmentation, and financial shocks have a strong impact on policy makers, corporates, and strategic investment decisions.

What does 2024 look like and what measures can be taken to navigate potential challenges and capitalize on emerging opportunities?


🕘 12:10

Navigating the New Economy: Global Economic Trends Challenging Governments

Rapid global economic transformations are forcing nations to adapt in order to face digital disruption, environmental imperatives, and evolving trade networks.

How are countries innovating their economic policies and working together to use global economic trends for growth and to foster resilience and prosperity in this dynamic context?

🕘 12:40

Future 100: Launch of the 2024 Edition

🕘 12:45


🕘 14:15

Capital Shifts: From Old Titans to Emerging Titans

Emerging markets and new regions are become significantly more central in the global economy and are reshaping the global investment landscape.

What are the emerging markets and regions that present new and exciting investment opportunities and how has the role of traditional financial centers like New York and London evolved in response to these shifts?

🕘 14:45

Aviation: Reimagining the Skies

The aviation industry is subject to various transformative, trends from technological innovation and the imperative of sustainability to changes in travelers' preferences and emergence of eVTOLs.

How does the future of aviation and urban mobility look like, and what are the investment opportunities to seize in this dynamic sector?


🕘 15:15

Unveiling the Digital Frontier: Where Traditional and Digital Finance Converge in Alternative Investments

The world of alternative investment is undergoing major changes as traditional finance and digital finance converge, and cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology reshape the very definition of alternative investments.

How are digital assets like Bitcoin, NFTs, and DeFi projects creating entirely new avenues for investors to diversify their portfolios, and what should traditional financial institutions do to remain competitive in an increasingly digital asset-driven landscape?

🕘 15:35

Investment in Sports: Tapping into the Thriving Market

From team ownership and athlete endorsements to sports tech startups and e-sports ventures, sports-related investment opportunities are becoming ever more diverse.

What are the trends shaping this high-energy sector both physically and digitally and what are some opportunities for individual and institutional investors?


🕘 16:05

Generative AI redefining the Investment Ecosystem

Generative AI is changing the world as we know it. It is revolutionizing data analysis, risk assessment, and portfolio optimization, hence leading to reshaping global investment strategies.

How is the global investment landscape adapting and responding to this transformative wave, and does it pave the way for more informed and profitable investments?

Strategic Priorities in a Shifting Global Landscape: A Policy Perspective

As the global landscape undergoes significant shifts the strategic geopolitical, economic, and sustainability priorities set by nations to navigate these changes are reshuffled.

What strategies are nations adopting to remain resilient and competitive, and how are these priorities influencing global collaboration and development?

Hospitality Unleashed: Charting New Paths in Tourism Investment

Global tourism has finally rebounded in the post-COVID era where we've witnessed a resurgence in travel and substantial shifts in the tourism and hospitality sectors.

What are the key trends currently shaping the sector and how are businesses and investors gearing up to capitalize on the growing demand and shift in tourist patterns and expectations?


🕘 10:10

Evolving landscape of public capital markets in the Middle East

Public capital markets in the Middle East are evolving quickly with digitalization, innovation, and a rising number of new listings.

What are the regulatory developments that are influencing market dynamics and how can these markets increase attractiveness to local and foreign investors?

🕘 10:40

Coffee Break

🕘 11:00

Live Long and Prosper: Investing in Longevity, Wellness and Healthcare

The convergence of healthcare, wellness, and longevity represents a new frontier for investors. This evolving landscape, fueled by technological advances and demographic shifts, is creating opportunities to invest in the future of health.

What trends are defining the future of healthcare investment? How can investors identify and leverage the growth in wellness and longevity to build a resilient, health-focused portfolio?

🕘 11:20

Strategic Asset Allocation in an Uncertain World

Developing investment strategies and investment decision-making is becoming increasingly complex in this rapidly changing and uncertain global environment.

How can investors adapt their strategic asset allocation models to navigate uncertainty, manage risks, and capture opportunities, and what are the key considerations for constructing resilient portfolios that can withstand volatility and economic fluctuations?


🕘 12:00

Family Wealth 2.0: Redefining Investment Strategies

Family wealth is faced with a rapidly transforming investment ecosystem forcing it to adapt and innovate to set itself apart from other actors in the investment landscape.

What differentiates the investment strategies of family wealth from traditional institutional investors and other market participants, and how can this wealth play a more present and active role within the investment ecosystem?

🕘 12:40

Investing in Luxury

The luxury industry has consistently displayed dynamism and adaptability. With digital disruption and shifting consumer behavior, the market is experiencing substantial changes that directly influence investment strategies.

To explore emerging trends, opportunities, and challenges in the luxury market, investors must discover innovative approaches to stay ahead of the curve.

G2G Sessions

Government-to-Government strategic investment programs and Sovereign Wealth Funds are playing an increasingly important role in the investment ecosystem. As a result, Investopia 3rd edition introduced a special G2G track where government officials from around the world led distinguished delegations of businesses eager to connect with potential investors from the Middle East, or bring innovative projects, investment opportunities, and strategic partnerships that can be of interest to local and regional SWFs.


Suitable for: Government Officials, Sovereign Wealth Funds, and businesses seeking investment connections and opportunities

Roundtable - Family Offices: Catalysing ESG and Shaping the Future

In partnership with Standard Chartered Bank and the UAE-UK Business Council


This roundtable discussion came as a follow up to the Business Council’s event on private wealth and impact investment held during CoP28. It focused on how sustainability will be a thread underpinning investment in new economies and on the rapidly increasing interest from family offices in sustainable investments. Furthermore, it covered risks & opportunities of pivoting a wealth portfolio towards sustainability objectives, the trends that are arising and how the next generation are using their wealth to deliver impact investment objectives.


Suitable for: Family Offices, Investment Professionals within family offices, and those interested in understanding and engaging with the evolving strategies and roles of family offices in the investment landscape

🕐 Feb 28, 11:30 to 12:30

📍 Grand Boardroom, VIP Lounge Area (1st floor)

Roundtable - Generative AI & the Future of Business

In partnership with Eros Investment


Generative AI broke onto the business landscape in late 2022, with the launch of ChatGPT, and since then organizations have raced to leverage the potential of generative AI. Ninety-five percent of businesses report they are now using generative AI in some form, but which sectors have the most to gain from GenAI, and how does enterprises unlock maximum value from the technologies?


Join us for this interactive and informal round table session where we here from AI experts on the full potential of generative AI, lessons to learned from first movers, and the way ahead of business adoption of GenAI.



  • Dr. Ning wang - Head of Dept. & Senior Fellow, Oxford University
  • Andrew Jackson - Chief AI officer, Core 42
  • Dr. Shivagami Gugan - Chief Technologist Middle East, Amazon
  • Rafal Modrzewski - CEO & Co-founder, Iceye
  • Nick Clements - Chief Marketing Officer, Presight (Curator)
  • Sam Huber - Founder and CEO of Landvault

🕐 Feb 29, 11:00 to 12:30

📍 Boardroom 2 (2nd floor)

iConnections Breakfast - LP Perspectives 2024: Finding the Right Balance in Public and Private Markets (Private Event)

In partnership with SALT and Investopia 


Speakers shared insights on the key factors shaping their decisions in public markets— which sectors look resilient, and how do they see future returns in thematic areas such as Technology/AI, Healthcare and Green Energy. How will private market investments compliment this, as investors consider their long-term liquidity options? What investment themes will they be actively pursuing to diversify returns? With global risks still rising, LPs will need to take a nuanced approach to capital deployment in 2024, blending traditional and alternative asset classes. 



  • Amy Freeman - Director, Manager Research, Prelude
  • Steve Moseley - Managing Director, Wafra
  • Steve Drobny - Managing Partner, Clocktower Group 

🕐 Feb 29, 8:00 to 9:00

📍 Grand Boardroom, VIP Lounge Area (1st floor)

Cap Intro

In line with Investopia's purpose to bring together stakeholders from across the investment ecosystem and to facilitate the creation of investment opportunities, Investopia 2024 expanded the Capital Introduction activity originally introduced during Investopia's 2nd edition, in partnership with Connections, to connect a global network of allocators with a diverse range of fund managers to facilitate the proper flow of capital.


How does it work?

 1.⁠ ⁠Step 1: Managers provide complete profiles that can be filtered on the iConnections platform, beginning with high-level data such as structure and strategy, and honing down to the details such as Sharpe ratio and social focus
 2.⁠ ⁠Step 2: Allocators then reach out, through the platform, to managers that seem to fit them best based on their investment preferences and the needs of their portfolio
 3.⁠ ⁠Step 3: The meetings are only confirmed once both sides agree to take the
 4.⁠ ⁠Step 4: Once the meeting is confirmed, Connections has proprietary optimization technology that will match your requested meetings to build out a schedule


More about iConnections
iConnections is the largest cap intro platform in the world. It presents a new model for the alternative investment industry, connecting a global network of allocators with a diverse range of fund managers via the iConnections platform and bespoke events.


Suitable for: Allocators, Fund Managers, VCs, Family Offices

Future 100

A national initiative launched by the Ministry of Economy in partnership with the Minister of State for Government Development and the Future, the Future 100’s objective is to list, celebrate, and support UAE-based SMEs making a promising contribution to the UAE’s future economic sectors. Hence, in November 2023, the Future 100 list of top future enterprises was announced in a grand ceremony.


As these companies play a significant role in the development of new economies, Investopia’s 3rd edition included a program curated to support the growth and development of these 100 companies. This program was composed of various activities including special thematic sessions, roundtables with VCs, meetings with investors, partner collaboration and other relevant activities.


More about Future 100


🕘 11:30 - 11:40

Opening: Future 100: Building UAE's Future Economy

Join H.E. Abdulaziz Al Nuaimi as he presents insights into the transformative Future 100 program. Discover how this initiative is shaping the landscape of the UAE's economy by accelerating innovative startups and scaleups, and explore the diverse array of entrepreneurs, investors, and industry leaders gathered to drive forward the nation's economic future. Join H.E. Abdulaziz Al Nuaimi as he presents insights into the transformative Future 100 program. Discover how this initiative is shaping the landscape of the UAE's economy by accelerating innovative startups and scaleups, and explore the diverse array of entrepreneurs, investors, and industry leaders gathered to drive forward the nation's economic future.
🕘 11:40 -12:10

Future 100 Companies Disrupting New Economy Sectors

Future 100 companies Valeo Health, Revent, and AR Engineering speak to EmiratesNBD on embarking on the dynamic innovation journey of enterprises as they navigate the realm of new economic sectors and pioneering business models, driving forward transformative change and unlocking boundless opportunities for growth and adaptation. Witness the evolution of strategies, technologies, and mindsets that propel these ventures towards success in the ever-evolving landscape of modern commerce.
🕘 12:10 - 12:20

Fueling Growth: Emirates Development Bank on Financing UAE's Economic Transformation

Learn about Emirates Development Bank’s pivotal role in financing the UAE's economic evolution. Discover how their strategic initiatives focused on the UAE’s future economy are driving innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustainable growth.

Session Speakers

🕘 12:20- 12:40

Scaling Innovation: Pure Harvest's Path to International Success

Pure Harvest Smart Farms shares insights into their remarkable journey of international expansion, revealing the strategies behind their successful business scaling. Gain firsthand knowledge from industry leaders as they delve into the challenges, triumphs, and innovative approaches that have propelled Pure Harvest to global acclaim.

Session Speakers


🕘 12:55 - 14:15


🕘 14:15 - 14:30

Exploring Future of Advanced Manufacturing Through Intelligent Robotics

Join us for a fireside chat with Moody’s, speaking to pioneering data-centric future companies revolutionizing advanced manufacturing through intelligent robotic solutions – Falcon Robotics & Marses Robotics. With a commitment to leveraging AI and machine learning for real-time data-driven insights, they are shaping the future of industry by prioritizing user-centric technology and connected knowledge-based solutions 

🕘 14:30 - 14:45

StarzPlay Arabia: Appealing to Sovereign Wealth Fund Investors

Join StarzPlay Arabia as they unravel the strategies behind attracting sovereign wealth fund investors. Discover the key insights and innovative approaches driving StarzPlay's success in appealing to these influential investment entities in the ever-evolving media landscape.

Session Speakers

🕘 14:45 - 15:15

The Role of Investment in Unlocking New Economy Potential

Explore the pivotal role of investments in harnessing the potential of the new economy. Join industry leaders including MEVP, Dubai Future District Fund, Venture Souq, and Hub71 as they delve into the strategies and insights driving funding decisions that shape the future of emerging sectors and innovative business models.


🕘 15:15 - 15:30

Founder's Journey: Democratizing Investing

Discover the transformative journey of Sarwa as they revolutionize the investment landscape through democratization. Gain insights into their innovative approach and the profound impact it has on empowering individuals to navigate the world of finance with confidence and accessibility.

Session Speakers

🕘 15:30 - 15:45

Innovative Alliances: Government-Business Collaborations Shaping Sustainability

Majra - National CSR Fund delves into the pivotal role of government-business partnerships in driving sustainability agendas forward. Discover how innovative alliances are reshaping the landscape of corporate social responsibility, fostering impactful initiatives that contribute to sustainable development goals.

Session Speakers

🕘 15:45 - 15:55

The Future of Thought: Co-Authoring a Book with ChatGPT in 19 Hours

Step into an illuminating fireside dialogue as Yasmine, a French-Moroccan teenager raised in Dubai, unveils her remarkable tale of co-authoring a book alongside ChatGPT in a mere 19 hours. Explore the profound philosophical inquiry into the convergence of human and artificial intelligence: Whose thoughts truly shaped the narrative—Yasmine's or ChatGPT's?

Session Speakers


🕘 15:55 - 16:10

Global Expansion Strategies: Scaling into New Markets

Join DEEL and Lyve Global for a fireside chat on navigating international expansion and talent acquisition strategies, where industry leaders will share insights on identifying markets, establishing presence, and achieving global success. Gain invaluable advice from experts who have mastered the art of scaling into new territories
🕘 9:30 - 10:00

The Rise of Sustainability: Are Mission-driven Businesses Achieving Commercial Viability?

Join the industry experts and enterprises including Neutral Fuels, HeroGo, and Rebound to examine the intersection of sustainability and profitability. Explore the challenges and successes of mission-driven enterprises as they navigate the path towards commercial viability in an increasingly conscientious market landscape.


🕘 10:00 - 10:15 Building Software with the Power of Your Voice, the AI-powered composable software platform, will showcase how anyone can move from idea to software development - just by harnessing the power of speech. Their innovative solutions use the world’s first AI product manager to unlock the potential of every entrepreneur and every organisation on the planet - ensuring no one’s ability to create is impacted by restricted tech skills. Learn from the companies Founder how their AI powered approach embodies the belief that software, guided by the human voice, can revolutionize the way we interact with technology.

Session Speakers

🕘 10:15 - 10:35

Founder's Journey: Botim's Growth Strategy in the MENA region and the world

Explore Botim's founder's journey as they unveil the strategic blueprint behind their remarkable growth in the MENA region and beyond. Join this compelling talk to uncover the visionary leadership and innovative tactics that have propelled Botim to the forefront of global communication technology.

Session Speakers

🕘 10:40 - 10:50


🕘 10:50 - 11:10

Revolutionizing the Future: Exploring Innovation in Ecommerce Delivery

Join us for a fireside chat between Stripe with swftbox as they delve into revolutionizing the future of ecommerce delivery, exploring innovative solutions and disruptive technologies.

Session Speakers


🕘 11:10 - 11:30

Unleashing the Potential : Investing in AI-Driven Service Management with Arrowlabs

Join us for an engaging fireside chat between Global Ventures, a renowned VC firm, and Arrowlabs, a trailblazing AI-driven platform in the bio supply sector. Discover how Arrowlabs' innovative approach to measuring, managing, and optimizing service jobs is revolutionizing the industry, backed by nine years of unwavering commitment to quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction.

Session Speakers


🕘 11:30 - 11:45

Pioneering Intelligent Mobility: A Fireside Chat with the First UAE Electric Motorcycle

Join Supercool Mobility Centers and Sulmi for an insightful discussion on the potential of intelligent mobility in the UAE and globally, exploring innovative solutions shaping the future of transportation in the region and beyond.

Session Speakers

Investopia 2024 Partners

Founding Partners

Media Partners

Electric Mobility Partners

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