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How President Xi and King Salman Can Move China and Saudi Arabia Beyond Oil

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud recently had a high profile meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing. Saudi Arabia is aggressively seeking foreign investment to diversify its economy away from oil. So the relationship with China is a high priority for the country. The Xi-Salman meeting produced the usual photos and […]

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How I Went From NYC to Working for Prince Alwaleed

Alternate title: How My Boss’s Motivational Talk Convinced Me to Quit I often get asked how I ended going from New York management consulting to working for Prince Alwaleed in the Middle East. It was a pretty big career move. But it was actually a more of a gut decision. And I think there is […]

Six Winning Strategies for Middle East and China Deals (or Why the New Silk Road Failed)

By Jeffrey Towson, Kevin Tetarenko, Ehab Tantawy What Happened to the New Silk Road? In 2007, the “new Silk Road” was born. It was headline-making vision for how the Middle East and Asia would reconnect after 700 years of political and economic separation. It was a grand vision – a historic re-opening of ties that […]

Fadi Arbid of Amwal Al Khaleej: What’s Next for Middle East Investing?

The Middle East is an unusual emerging market. It attracts investors with its oil wealth (+40% of the world’s proven oil reserves). Its consumer and competitive dynamics are fairly stable and predictable. And it has a +70-year history of successful deals with Western partners. All of these things make it particularly attractive and manageable for […]

Podcast – “How Saudi Prince Waleed Invested Globally and Grew $30k to $22B” by Tradestreaming.com

You can go to the Tradestreaming link to hear the audio. The Tradestreaming Introduction is pasted in below. Note: in the audio my title was said to be Chief Investment Officer which is not correct. This correction is also noted below in the text and on their site. —— Saudi’s Prince Waleed took $30k and […]