Financial Megatrends in the Middle East

Biswajit Dasgupta, Chief Investment Officer – Head of Global Markets at Emirates Investment Bank, interviewed by futurist Trond Arne Undheim. 

In this conversation, they talk about financial and social Megatrends, COVID-19’s impact on the region and the world, geopolitical risk, economic challenges at the start of the decade in the MENA region and beyond, and what that means for the future.

My takeaway is that the future of the Middle East is crucial to the future of everything else. It’s increasingly a gateway region between Europe, Asia, and America. A region fraught with risk, it seems to emerge with a mixed picture—both highly developed and somewhat vulnerable if the post-petroleum transition does not go well. The COVID-adaptions similarly show a mixed picture. A region to watch and engage with.

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