Doha — The first ever Bloomberg Doha Conference organized by
Bloomberg LINK in partnership with the Qatar Financial Centre
Authority (“QFC Authority”) opens tomorrow, Monday, April 16th at
the Ritz Carlton, Doha. More than 300 asset managers and
financial industry leaders from Asia, Europe, the U.S. and the
Middle East are expected to attend.

H.E. Sheikh Abdulla Bin Saoud Al-Thani, Governor of the Central
Bank, State of Qatar, will deliver the keynote address.
Abdulrahman Ahmad Al-Shaibi, Managing Director and Board Member
of the Qatar Financial Centre Authority, will describe how
awareness and understanding of the Qatar Finanacial Centre are
growing globally, Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., Chairman and CEO, WL Ross
& Co will discuss the continuing fall out from the global
financial crisis and the investment opportunities it creates,
and Nemir A. Kirdar, Founder, Executive Chairman and CEO,
Investcorp, will talk on the evolution of alternative
investments.

The conference will go on to examine major themes such as the
global challenges affecting asset managers, the investment
opportunities in a broad range of asset classes and the market
conditions for investors in the Middle East.

The wide range of topics to be debated will include the changing
landscape for private equity, the outlook for investment banking
in the region, the opportunities for foreign direct investment,
real estate opportunities in emerging markets, Qatar’s National
Vision 2030 and financial sustainability as the country invests
heavily in infrastructure and prepares for the 2022 FIFA World
Cup, and regulatory developments in Qatar’s financial markets.

Panelists will also discuss how many countries in the Middle
East are working to diversify away from oil-based economies, how
the exchange rate dynamics in the GCC may be creating pressures
for change, how the wave of uprisings in the Middle East and
North Africa will affect business in the region, where investors
can find opportunities in Afghanistan and Iraq as new emerging
markets, and the growing demand for Islamic Finance.

“We’re looking forward to the start of our first Middle East
conference in Qatar and are confident that the Bloomberg brand
and the community will benefit from this new event, particularly
given that nearly 50 percent of the audience are traveling from
outside of the Middle East to join us,” said Robert Bierman,
head of Bloomberg LINK. “These participants will have the
opportunity to hear the perspectives of influential business,
government and finance leaders who are converging in Doha from
three continents.”

Shashank Srivastava, Acting CEO, the QFC Authority, said: “The
Bloomberg Doha Conference takes place amid renewed global
economic uncertainty. By bringing together an outstanding group
of participants to gain a clear insight in to the asset
management industry’s development, the conference aims to help
them in their investment decisions. This first Bloomberg Doha
Conference is testimony to Qatar’s progress as a financial
centre and the Gulf’s growing importance, and we at the QFC
Authority are honoured to support it.”

Key speakers include:

-H.E. Sheikh Abdulla BinSaoud Al-Thani, Governor of Qatar
Central Bank

-Abdulrahman Ahmad Al-Shaibi, Managing Director and Board Member,
Qatar Financial Centre Authority; Director of Finance, Qatar
Petroleum Group

-Fahad Bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah, Executive Chairman, Qatar
National Food Security Programme

-Issa Bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi, Chief Executive Officer,
Msheireb Properties

-Arnab Banerji, Chairman, Collabrium Capital

-Nemir Kirdar, Founder, Executive Chairman and CEO, Investcorp

-Salah Jaidah, Vice Chairman, MENA and Chief Country Officer,
Deutsche Bank AG (QFC) Branch; Chairman, Islamic Finance,
Deutsche Bank AG

-Sam Zell, Chairman, Equity Group Investments

-Tom Speechley , Senior Partner, Abraaj Capital

-Wahidullah Shahrani, Minister of Mines, Islamic Republic of
Afghanistan

-Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., Chairman and CEO, WL Ross & Co.

-Yorick Van Slingelandt, Managing Director, Co-Head of
Investment Banking, MENA, Moelis& Company.

Delegates and media will have the opportunity to make organised
visits to several prominent Qatari institutions and developments.
They include the Msheireb Enrichment Centre – a landmark
destination created by Msheireb Properties to serve as an
educational portal to showcase Qatar’s glorious past and soaring
ambitions for the future – and Qatari Diar for the presentation
of the Qatar Rail project, which highlights the country’s
economic and social goals.

For updates on the program and speakers, please visit:
http://www.bloomberglink.com/doha.

Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter (@BBGLINK). The hashtag
for this event is #BBdoha.

For more information on Bloomberg, please visit
http://www.bloomberg.com/about, and for further information
about the QFC Authority http://www.qfc.com.qa.

About Bloomberg LINK

Bringing the power of Bloomberg to the executive conference
business, Bloomberg LINK produces invitation-only, in-person
gatherings that combine world-class editorial programming with
peer-to-peer networking amongst the who’s who in influential
communities. In this environment, participants engage in open
discussions that lead to learning from each other’s expertise
and experience. For more information, please visit
www.bloomberglink.com.

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About QFC

The Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) is a financial and business
centre established by the Government of Qatar and located in
Doha. It has been designed to attract international financial
services institutions and major multi-national corporations, in
particular those operating in the reinsurance, captive insurance
and asset management sectors, and to encourage participation in
the growing market for financial services in Qatar and elsewhere
in the region. The QFC operates to international standards and
provides a first class legal and business infrastructure for
those operating within the QFC. The QFC was created by Qatar Law
No. (7) and has been open for business since 1 May 2005.

QFC Authority

The QFC Authority is the commercial, administrative and
legislative body responsible for leading the expansion of
Qatar’s financial services sector, providing a uniquely
sustainable platform for regional growth in reinsurance, captive
insurance and asset management.

For more information on the QFC Authority please visit
www.qfc.com.qa.

Contact for Bloomberg:

Angela Martin, +1415-617-7142, angelamartin@bloomberg.net

Contact for QFCA:

Stephen Carriere, +974-4496-7784, S.Carriere@qfc.com.qa