Global Financial Markets Forum 2014 (GFMF), organised annually by the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), will commence tomorrow March 4th at Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi with a welcome address by Nasser Ahmed Alsowaidi, the Chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development and Chairman of NBAD. GFMF is the region's unparalleled platform to discuss, analyse and debate global events and their impact on the direction of the markets. Over the years, GFMF has invited hundreds of attendees to share thoughts and benefit from discussions and analysis by prominent bankers, economists, investors and executives who offer insight and on the critical issues affecting global economy and investors' sentiments. Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Global Marketplace will deliver a keynote speech titled "Establishing Abu Dhabi as a Financial Centre". Former Chairman of the US Federal Reserve Dr. Ben S. Bernanke; Jean-Claude Trichet, former President of the European Central Bank, will join a lineup of other highly respected thinkers and influential policy-makers who will offer GFMF delegates a broad and balanced analysis of world market conditions and potential in 2014. "Dr. Bernanke and Mr. Trichet oversaw the world's largest economies during very turbulent times and will be able to offer insightful and valuable analysis of the state of the economy at the 2014 Global Financial Markets Forum," says Alex Thursby, the Group Chief Executive Officer of NBAD. "We are confident that 2014 GFMF speakers and panelists will offer insightful and critical analysis of political and policy impacts on global markets." Other speakers and panelists include Lawrence H. Summers, former US Secretary of Treasury who also served as Director of White House National Economic Council, President of Harvard University, and Chief Economist of the World Bank; James A. Baker III, the former US Secretary of Treasury and State; Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the UAE Minister of Culture, Youth, and Community Development; and Sultan Bin Nasser Al Suwaidi, the Governor of the Central Bank of the UAE. "The annual Global Financial Markets Forum offers an effective platform to discuss and analyse regional and global issues. Its prestige has cemented Abu Dhabi's place as a major hub in the heart of the West-East Corridor," says Anton Martin, the Managing Director '&' Head of Sales in NBAD's Global Markets Division.