Annual Meeting WEF Davos

The Abraaj Group at Davos 2018

The theme of the 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting is Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World. This meeting brings together over 2,500 leaders and will make a case for renewed commitment to international collaboration as a way of solving critical global challenges.

An Abraaj delegation, led by Founder and Group Chief Executive Arif Naqvi will be at Davos this year. Topics of discussion include the role of private capital in a fractured world, with a focus on how a commitment to partnership and an impact-driven approach to doing business will solve some of the world’s most critical challenges.

Speaking Engagements

A New Era for Global Health
Thursday 25 January, 13:00 – 14:00 CET

The last decades have seen unprecedented collaboration, investment and learning as the global community endeavors to bring quality healthcare to every human being. How are new leadership, policy and business models rewriting the Global Health playbook?

Arif Naqvi, Founder and Group Chief Executive, The Abraaj Group
William H. Gates III, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Atul Gawande, Executive Director, Ariadne Labs; Surgeon, Brigham and Women’s Healthcare
Jayasree K. Iyer, Executive Director, Access to Medicine Foundation
Moderated by Becky Quick, Co-Anchor, Squawk Box, CNBC

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Those Who Dare Win: Exploring New Frontiers
Thursday 25 January, 07:00 – 08:15

While 21st century jets, computers and financial globalization have cut both the risks and potential rewards of frontier market investing, what hasn’t changed over the centuries is that navigating what are still considered opaque markets requires experienced pilots with local knowledge.

Mustafa Abdel-Wadood, Managing Partner, The Abraaj Group
Gatete Claver, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Rwanda
Anna Marrs, CEO, Commercial and Private Banking, Standard Chartered
Carlos Pascual, Senior Vice President, Global Energy, International Affairs, IHS Markit
Moderated by Patrick Fok,  Senior Editor, Reuters

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New Blended Financing Partnerships to Unlock Investment in Global Health
Thursday 25 January, 07:00 – 08:30 CET

Co-organized by UNAIDS, the Center for Global Health and Diplomacy (GHD), The Abraaj Group, Philips and Novartis, this interactive dialogue focuses on how the public and private sector may unlock blended investments and create sustainable business models to achieve universal healthcare transformation in emerging markets.

Khawar Mann, Partner, The Abraaj Group
Henk de Jong, Chief of International Markets, Philips
Dr. Luiz Loures, Deputy Executive Director, UNAIDS
Peter Sands, Executive Director, The Global Fund
Vas Narasimhan, CEO, Novartis

Moderated by Joanne Manrique, President of the Center for Global Health and Diplomacy and Jan-Willem Scheijgrond, Head of Government and Global Affairs, Philips

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Thought Leadership


Op-ed By Arif Naqvi In Reuters: Forging Partnerships, Creating Impact – A New Model For Business

Op-ed by Arif Naqvi in Reuters: Forging Partnerships, Creating Impact – A New Model for Business

Abraaj Founder and Group Chief Executive Arif Naqvi explains how the UN Sustainable Development Goals offer a pragmatic roadmap for effective business investment.
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Case Study: Health And Well-being For All

Case Study: Health and Well-being For All

For every 10,000 people in the world, there’s an average of 15 doctors. In Ethiopia, the figure is 0.2. Frederic Sicre, Managing Director at Abraaj, shares how - and why - we aim to impact 10 million lives through our healthcare fund.
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Capitalizing On The Sustainable Development Goals: A New Opportunity For Investors

Capitalizing on the Sustainable Development Goals: A New Opportunity for Investors

Matthew McGuire, Managing Director at Abraaj shares his views on how the United Nations-SDGs serve as a guidebook for quality investments while addressing the world’s most pressing problems.
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