Posted on November 12, 2016

The election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States last week has sent shockwaves around the world and raised new questions about the direction of the global economy.

Among his campaign pledges during the election season, President Elect Trump has said he will double economic growth, overhaul the US tax code, reform or end NAFTA, enforce new tax laws on hedge funds, and impose trade tariffs of up to 35 percent – all decisions that would, if enacted, have a significant impact on international trade and finance, and significant ramifications for the Middle East. A special session at the upcoming Euromoney Qatar Conference, set to take place in December, will examine the implications for investors and government decision-makers and tackle a number of other vital geopolitical questions.

The breakfast workshop will include contributions from Alexis Antoniades, Director of International Economics, Georgetown University Qatar; Raghu Mandagolathur, Senior Vice President Research, Markaz; and Jean-Marc Rickli, Associate Fellow, Global Risks and Resilience, Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

Victoria Behn, Director, Middle East and Africa at Euromoney Conferences said: “Geopolitical factors are having an increasing impact on banks and financial institutions in the Gulf region, and 2016 has presented a wide range of new challenges and opportunities. From ‘Brexit’ and Europe, to the on-going instability in the wider Arab world, this year has already been a dramatic one, and the November election result in the US has added to the level of uncertainty. We hope this dedicated workshop will bring important insight for our attendees.”

While the US election is likely to be the most heatedly-debated topic during the workshop, the session will also examine other key issues, including whether global markets have the right tools available to understand regional risks and whether the rise of China is a threat or opportunity for companies in the Gulf region. Around 600 executives and banking leaders are expected to attend The Euromoney Qatar Conference when it returns for its fifth instalment.

The event will run from 6-7 December 2016 in Doha. For more information or to register visit