Bill Gates Gave Opening Keynote at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2012

Over 400 leaders from the across the global media industry attended the 2012 Abu Dhabi Media Summit that took place from Tuesday 9th of October 2012 at the Yas Viceroy Hotel.

The three-day invitation only event was held under the Patronage of H.H. General Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces.

The theme for the 2012 Summit was 'Redefining the digital frontier'. The focus was on digital media in emerging markets and on the technology disruption that is creating new distribution channels, marketing opportunities and audiences. Summit sessions focused on the nurturing of digital skills and talent; emphasising cross-industry perspectives and East-West dialogue; uncovering the forces that are shaping the media landscape and identifing new sources of innovation outside traditional western media centres.

The Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Media Summit, H.E. Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak said: "The continued evolution and strengthening of the Summit mirrors the continued development of Abu Dhabi and the UAE as an important hub for the media industry. As in previous years, the 2012 Summit created unique opportunities for insights for all who attended. The 2012 event also saw an even greater emphasis on home-grown talent through a series of master classes and workshops."

The Abu Dhabi Media Summit featured a unique combination of high-profile public sessions, off-record forums and private conversations. It brought together top-tier global media, technology, venture capital and creative industry players and their emerging-market counterparts. Selected entrepreneurs and start-up companies were also featured, bridging the gap between established industry leaders and disruptive entrants.

Previous keynote speakers at the Summit have included industry leaders Rupert Murdoch, Eric Schmidt, James Cameron, James Murdoch, Yuri Milner and Hans Vestberg.

The 2012 Summit also featured new sessions that give local and regional media entrepreneurs unprecedented access to global entrepreneurs and venture investors in a series of show-cases, work-shops, master-classes and inspirational talks.

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