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  • CEOs and senior leaders from GE Digital, Thales, General Motors, SAP, Lockheed Martin, Hewlett Packard, Huawei Technologies, Unilever, Microsoft, Ericsson, Sberbank, Skolkovo Foundation, Nokia, and more set to outline future manufacturing and technology trends
  • Joining from the United Arab Emirates are senior industry leaders from Mubadala, ADNOC, Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, Dubai Economy, Bank FAB, Emirates Steel, RTA, Etihad Rail, EGA, ENEC, EDB, Etisalat, Strata, Sanad, Taziz, Dubai Industrial City, G42, and Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence
  •  Industry experts will discuss a wide range of topics, including the importance of digitally driven societies, the potential of Energy as a Service, and public-private partnerships to drive industrial growth
  • The fourth edition of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (#GMIS2021) will be held at EXPO's Dubai Exhibition Centre from November 22-23, followed by side-events and conferences from November 24-27 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – November 3, 2021: The fourth edition of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (#GMIS2021) will convene chief executive officers and senior leaders from some of the largest global and local corporations to explore the latest advances in manufacturing technologies as organisations around the world continue to rapidly embrace digitalisation, shape new business models, and revitalise operations. 

Scheduled to be held from November 22-23 at EXPO's Dubai Exhibition Centrethe Summit will gather over 125 leaders from local, regional, and global governments and organisations to explore the evolving integration of humans and machines, reinventing businesses, repurposing capabilities, and rewiring societies. The #GMIS2021 agenda will spotlight topics such as Society 5.0, increasing digital mobility at work, sustainable manufacturing, gender equality, and the potential of Energy as a Service.

Global CEOs and senior executives confirmed to speak at #GMIS2021 include, Patrick Byrne, CEO of GE Digital; Patrice Caine, Chairman and CEO of France's Thales Group; Luka Mucic Member of the Executive Board and Chief Financial Officer of SAP; Steven A. Kiefer, Senior Vice President and President of General Motors International; Andy Purdy, Jr., Chief Security Officer of Huawei Technologies; Vivek Chaand Sehgal, Chairman of Motherson Group; Bob Moritz, Global Chairman of PwC; Marc Engel, Chief Supply Chain Officer of Unilever; David Rafalovsky, CTO, Global Head of Operations Technology, and EVP of Sberbank; and Arkady Dvorkovich, Chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation and Former Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation. The Summit will also welcome a line-up of speakers from some of the UAE's largest organisations, including Shadi Malak, CEO of Etihad Rail; Fatema Al Nuaimi, CEO of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company LNG, Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, CEO of Emirates Global Aluminium; Ahmed Mohamed Al Naqbi, CEO of Emirates Development Bank; Peng Xiao, Group CEO of G42; and H.E. Eng. Saeed Ghumran Al Remeithi, CEO of Emirates Steel.

Steven Kiefer, President of GM International, added: "The global automotive industry is undergoing one of the most significant changes in its history, with significant advancements in the technology that will deliver safer, more efficient and zero emissions technologies. The integration of software and hardware lie at the heart of this transformation, as we reinvent the vehicle ownership experience. The upcoming #GMIS2021 in the UAE this November presents a unique and exciting opportunity to bring many players together to discuss our opportunities for innovation, economic growth and a cleaner future."

Highlighting the rapid growth of 5G telecommunication networks, Dr. Steven H. Walker, Vice President and CTO of Lockheed Martin Corporation, Mohammed Kande, US Consulting Solutions Co-Leader and Global Advisory Leader of PwC, Ankur Bhan, Creator and Global Head of Nokia Worldwide IoT Network Grid, and Åsa Tamsons Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Technologies & New Businesses of Ericsson, will speak at a panel titled 'Digitalisation: The 5G Wave of the Future is Here'. Patrick Byrne, CEO of GE Digital; H.E. Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the UAE's Roads and Transport Authority; and Dr. Peter Gassmann, Global Leader of Strategy& and Global ESG Leader of PwC; will address the rising importance of Society 5.0 and the challenges associated with building a connected society.

Patrick Byrne, CEO of GE Digital, said: "Recent global events have spurred changes in the manufacturing industry, including enormous opportunities for digital transformation. As leaders from across countries and industries prepare to gather in the UAE this November, we have an exciting opportunity to develop a new global agenda for economic revival and industrial innovation that bring digital solutions, lean practices, and a focus on safety to the forefront. I look forward to interacting with industry experts at #GMIS2021 to discuss solutions and collaborations for a bright future."

Stephen Moss, Group Managing Director and CEO of HSBC MENAT, Demosthenis Pafitis, CTO of Schlumberger, Marta Blanco, International President of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE), and Harald Kayser, Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC Europe, will gather at a panel titled 'Greening Industry to Scale Up Climate Action'. The discussion will explore how North American and European economies can drive the decarbonisation of the manufacturing industry. 

Senior industry leaders from the United Arab Emirates attending #GMIS2021 include H.E. Sami Dhaen Al Qamzi, Director General, Dubai Economy Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World; Ismail Ali Abdulla, CEO of Strata; Mansoor Janahi, CEO of Sanad; Khaleefa Al Mheiri, Acting CEO of Taziz; Saud Abu Al-Shawareb, Managing Director of Dubai Industrial City; Prof. Eric Xing, President of the UAE's Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI); and Jasim Husain Thabet, Group CEO and Managing Director of TAQA.

Other global speakers confirmed to speak at the Summit include, Robson Brag de Andrade, President of the Brazilian National Confederation of Industry (CNI); Chiarra Corazza, Special Representative for the G7 and G20; Ismat Gul Khattak, Director General for Pakistan National Accreditation Council; Brian Tippens, Chief Sustainability Officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprises; Saideep Raj, Senior Managing Director, Strategy and Consulting, Global Lead for Innovation of Accenture; Alice P. Gast, President of Imperial College London; Dr. Maria Pace, Technology Leader in Mixed Reality at Microsoft Hololens USA; Darren Grasby, Executive Vice President and Chief Sales Officer of AMD; Luc Remont, Executive Vice-President of International Operations at Schneider Electric; Ilyas Khan, CEO and Founder of Cambridge Quantum Computing; Richard MacCowan, Founder and Biofuturist of the Biomimicry Innovation Lab, amongst others.

CEOs and industry leaders will be joined by ministers and senior policymakers from across the world, including the UAE, Russia, United Kingdom, Brazil, Israel, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, Cambodia, and Cameroon to name a few.

Badr Al-Olama, Head of the GMIS Organising Committee, said: "Today, traditional business strategies are no longer effective. Organisations from both the private and public sector must increase their investments in cutting-edge digital strategies in order to create a lasting competitive advantage, revamp their operational models, maximise productivity and increase environmental sustainability. We are excited to welcome like-minded partners from all over the world to the UAE and look forward to engaging in thought provoking debates."

The six-day GMIS Week will feature over 125 global speakers, including the two-day #GMIS2021 Summit on November 22-23, a Global Prosperity Conference and an Alternative & Renewable Energy Conference on November 24. The GMIS Week will also feature country-focused conferences in partnership with the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, and Italy. In addition, the event will run a six-day manufacturing and advanced technology exhibition to showcase some of the UAE's most innovative capabilities.

Participants can register to attend the GMIS Week at The programme agenda is available at the following link:

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