|Date:||June 04, 2012||Time:||3:00 PM - 5:00 PM|
|Speaker(s):||Professor Jean-François Seznec
McDonough School of Business
|Venue:||Ballroom II Level 3
Hilton Hotel, Singapore
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The Gulf oil and gas producers have developed actively into value added productions, mostly chemicals and metals. They have done so to diversify their economy and create jobs. Mainly, they are seeking to become major world players on the industrial stage. This could make up for their lack of military might and small population size. The result of the Gulf’s states industrial progress has been to greatly increase their trade with the Far East, thus creating the New Silk Road, and changing the traditional strategic relations of the GCC countries with the rest of the world.
About the Speaker
Jean-François Seznec is an adjunct professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Prior to May 2012, he was Visiting Associate Professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. Dr. Seznec has 25 years experience in international banking and finance of which ten years were spent in the Middle East, including two years in Riyadh at SIDF and six years in Bahrain covering Saudi Arabia. Dr. Seznec is a founding member and Managing Partner of the Lafayette Group LLC, a US based boutique consulting company. He uses his knowledge of business in the Middle East and the United States to further his analysis of the Arab-Persian Gulf. His research centers on the influence of the Arab-Persian Gulf political and social variables on the financial and oil markets in the region. He is focusing on the industrialization of the Gulf and in particular the growth of the petrochemical industry.