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A BLUEPRINT FOR THE TWENTY-SECOND CENTURY

Hosted under the leadership of HRH Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince, Chairman of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs and Chairman of the Public Investment Fund (PIF), the second-annual Future Investment Initiative (FII) will serve as a platform to drive expert-led debate, discussion, and partnerships among the world’s most visionary and influential leaders in business, government, and civil society. FII will continue to shape the future of global investment through an immersive three-day program featuring interactive conversations with global leaders, private meetings, curated roundtables, world-class entertainment, unparalleled CEO networking, and deep engagement with global media.

2017 inaugural event in numbers

3800
attendees
90
countries
180
speakers
25
over 25% of the global economy

LATEST NEWS

Insight

Cities of Tomorrow: Are you ready for the challenge?

Cities are under tremendous pressure to deal with increasing urbanization and responding to citizens’ needs. To improve quality of life, city officials worldwide have to understand how technology will affect manufacturing and labor-intensive models, as well as transforming the education systems to leverage digital delivery methods and equip the workforce with the skills of the future.

Insight

Reconstructing Jobs

Currently there is an underlying fear that we are witnessing the automation endgame, where work, workers and jobs will all be automated, where AI will take over almost all areas of human experience, and where the only human roles left will be the menial tasks of taking care of the machines that have replaced them.

15
Oct
2018

Press Release

PROGRAM FOR 2018 EDITION OF THE FUTURE INVESTMENT INITIATIVE UNVEILED

FII program includes more than 40 sessions split across three days, from October 23 – 25 Confirmed participation of more than 150 speakers Speakers include global leaders, investors and innovators from more than 140 different organizations

27
Sep
2018

Press Release

OVER 100 GLOBAL BUSINESS LEADERS AND INNOVATORS CONFIRMED TO SPEAK AT FII 2018

The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia has today unveiled more than 100 global investors, CEOs and disruptive innovators as speakers at the upcoming Future Investment Initiative (FII) 2018,  taking place in Riyadh from October 23rd – 25th.

The Economist
27-Jul-2018

News

Saudi Arabia Plans for an AI Future

Saudi Arabia is seeking to be a global leader in the application of technology related to AI. This spans foreign investments by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) and domestic initiatives by the government and private sector. Although there is a scope for significant cost savings and qualuty-of-life enhavements, the adverse impact on the job market could be ven more dramatic than in other countries. 

Construction Week
04-Jul-2018

News

Aramco Veteran Named CEO of Saudi Arabia's $500bn NEOM

A new chief executive officer has been named for Saudi Arabia's $500bn (SAR1.9tn) NEOM mega-city project amid a high-level shuffle under way in the organization. 


Shaping the Future of Global Investments

FII 2018 Pillars

01

Investing in Transformation

The world’s top investors are creating new industries and transforming economies.

02

Technology
as opportunity

Technologies are now enabling new economic opportunities through personalization and industrialization at scale.

03

Advancing
Human Potential

A world where humans and machines work together to create safer, more productive, and happier lives.

FII Summits

FRONTIERS
OF HEALTH

What emerging technologies, platforms, and treatments are delivering on the promise of new biological and intellectual advancements?

IMMERSIVE
TECHNOLOGY

How will the new machine age enable creators and entrepreneurs to build new companies and invent new business models?

URBAN
FUTURE

How will the most ambitious, connected, and technologically advanced cities in the world change transportation, work, culture, and human life?

FII Taskforces

Twelve interdisciplinary workshops curated by our global knowledge partners.

Cities

Connect

Culture

Energy

Ethics

Explore

Intelligence

Life

Media

Money

Play

Talent

FII 2017 Highlights

WHAT THEY SAID IN 2017

“The world is changing so fast. It’s a world that’s coming right at us with big benefits and big dangers. Starting a new city like [NEOM] will have benefits for everyone”
Stephen Schwarzman
CEO & Co-Founder, Blackstone
"The best businesses come from frustration"
Richard Branson
Founder, Virgin Group
“It used to be about picking managers, and people became manager junkies. Right now, portfolio construction is a more important factor than manager selection”
Hartley Rogers
Chairman, Member of the Investment Committee
“The only way to react in the face of Brexit is to propose a new formula for Europe”
Nicolas Sarkozy
Former French President
“The first thing to do is to try to know Africa”
Song Dongsheng
Chairman, Sinohydro
“The industrial internet is either going to be a collusion – if you don’t get it right – or a huge conversion with a ton of value creation”
John Rice
Vice Chairman, GE
“Post-secondary models will need to adopt to price sensitive and mobile learners who are looking for a return on their education investment”
Tony Miller
COO, Vistria PE/Former Deputy Secretary of Education
“It is about building the whole capability set, not just the platforms. This includes skilled people, operations, support structure, and its sustainability throughout the lifecycle”
Sir Angus Houston
Former Air Chief Marshall, Royal Australian Air Force
“The driver of change is in technology. However, fintechs are not fully aware of the regulatory boundary or requirements"
Roland Folz
CEO, Solaris Bank
"The future will be modular FIntechs will be working with the banks"
Rania Nashar
CEO, Samba Financial Group
“I think within the coming 5-10 years, AI will become more prevalent in drug discovery and medical devices, but less likely in the care delivery settings”
Alex Turkeltaub
CEO and Co-Founder, Roam
“Currently, concern about the misuse of genomics data is going through the same challenges that internet browsing [browser cookies] went through 15 years back”
Othman Laraki
Founder and CEO, Color Genomics
“Current healthcare business models are designed to serve only 1 billion of the world’s population, and not the remaining 7 billion people”
Andrew Miles
Vice President & Regional General manager
“In 50 years’ time, oil will be a secondary commodity”
Christine Lagarde
Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
“Fossil fuel consumption is to be expected to increase by 19% between 2016 and 2040. The wind does not always blow, and the sun does not always shine. The world will need an ‘all the above’ energy policy for 2040”
Tom Pellettee
Group President, Caterpillar
“Of course, there are some sectors in the economy that are simply not able to achieve zero carbon – think for example of the industrial sector. There is no easy replacement yet for hydrocarbons in some of these sectors”
Ben Van Beurden
CEO, Royal Dutch Shell
“Active natural resources, sunshine and pristine destinations, and do it right from the beginning with the proper environmental planning”
Barry Stemlicht
Chairman and CEO, Starwood Capital Group
“Opening space for business is happening in exciting ways, from Silicon Valley start-ups to public-private collaborations; advancements in satellite technology are creating a new generation of much smaller and lower-cost spacecraft with enormous capabilities. A host of companies and government space agencies alike are beginning to field small satellite constellations that will drive us further into truly global communications, earth sensing, and many other disciplines. At Virgin Orbit, we’ve bui
Dan Hart
CEO, Virgin Orbit
“We have already seen huge changes in warehousing and storage due to automation and changing supply chain demands. Ports are increasingly being automated with much improved safety and efficiency as a result. It is inevitable that the roads, railways, and airports of the future will also need to adapt”
Graeme Conway
Head of Americas. Senior Managing Director, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, Inc.
“The specific problem for investors is that forecasting the impact of these changes on specific investments is very difficult. In the transportation sector, uncertainty due to technological change from autonomous vehicles ride-sharing, electric vehicles and “big data” more generally leads to a broader distribution of potential outcomes, which should lead to higher return requirements as compensation for this added risk. But in the market, we are seeing required returns moving in the opposite dir
Edwin Cass
Senior Managing Director and Global head, Real Assets Canada Pension Plan Investments Board
“It doesn’t matter how good someone may be at their job, their performance also needs to be measured in terms of human values”
Arianna Huffington
Founder & CEO, Thrive Global
“Young people have more support, are more talented, and they can do much more for themselves and the country”
Sarah Alsuhaimi
Chairperson, Tadawul. CEO, NCB Capital
“It is impossible to overstate the magnitude of what is going on [with regard to data and its analysis]… If you are our client, we know everything about you”
Tidjane Thiam
CEO, Credit Suisse
“When Yumi recently conducted an orchestra that included renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, it took only 17 hours for it to learn how to do this. Only 5 years ago, this would have taken 5-10 years of programming input”
Ulrich Spiesshofer
CEO, ABB Group.
“There are two types of companies in the world. Those who know they have been breached, and those who have been breached and don’t know it”
Ajay Banga
President & CEO, Mastercard
“We are going to see greater populism [in the West] and it is going to translate greater unrest”
Larry Fink
Chairman & CEO, BlackRock, Inc.
“Investment has to be responsible, long-term and bring value to society”
Victor Chu
Chairman & CEO, First Eastern Investment Group
“Mankind created tools, on the premise that we will always be smarter than our tools. We are now entering an era where the tool will soon be smarter than mankind. Every industry is set to be redefined”
Masayoshi Son
Chairman & CEO, SoftBank Group Corp.

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