Asia’s presence as an emerging global force has been transformed into reality through the visions, ambitions and collaborations of its best entrepreneurs in the key sectors of Industry, Infrastructure and Energy. The region now boasts a conducive environment for policymaking and good governance practices, while the support of proactive, progressive governments have helped pave the path for a metamorphosis, which, over the past few decades, has revolutionised and enriched the lives of billions.

This global shift towards the pursuit of knowledge creation and its efficient utilisation for growth by both emerging and advanced economies is what the Asian Business Leadership Forum (ABLF) Series reflects and celebrates. It focuses on knowledge-led discussions that seek to empower and enlighten Asia’s dynamic youth capital.

This year, the Asian Business Leadership Forum took place on December 14, 2014, at the Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE, under the theme – Asia Rising: Sustainable Leadership and Development in the 21st Century.

The summit began with a powerful opening address by H.E. Kamal Nath, a veteran Indian politician, statesman and economist with immense experience, on unlocking innovation to further cement Asia’s reputation as the economic growth centre of the world. His Excellency rightfully pointed out: “More innovations equal greater economic opportunities.”

The ABLF Series, with the support and input of some of its global knowledge partners, integrated subjects with present-day significance into this forum, ranging from fascinating discussions on Asia’s economic trajectory and the role of the Industry, Infrastructure and Energy sectors in enabling the global economy, to engaging dialogue on healthcare and education as cornerstones of human development, and soft power and its relevance today. While the main theme of the ABLF panels rallied around the topic of sustainable development, each narrative was led by innovation.

Attended by top senior government ministers, business leaders, policymakers, diplomats and entrepreneurs from participating constituencies of the Gulf, South Asia and Southeast Asia, the ABLF 2014 also welcomed Zain Verjee, Former Anchor, CNN International; and, Sanjay Mirchandani, Senior Vice President and General Manager Asia Pacific and Japan, VMware, as panel moderators, while Richard Dean – presenter of The Business Breakfast, an award-winning daily radio show, on Dubai Eye 103.8FM – hosted the event.

Some of our top panellists included: H.E. Suhail Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy, UAE; H.E. Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, UAE; H.E. P. Chidambaram, Former Union Minister of Finance and Former Home Minister, Government of India; H.E. Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State in the Cabinet, UAE; Fahd Al-Rasheed, CEO and Managing Director, Emaar Economic City, KSA; and, Dawood A. Rawat, Director and Chairman Emeritus, British American Investment Group, Mauritius.