Top Abu Dhabi Keynote Speakers

“Inspiring, entertaining, and motivating. Alison Burns and James Taylor (AKA The Ethical Futurists) are two of the most sought-after Top Abu Dhabi Keynote Speakers – The Ethical Futurists keynote speakers. Highly recommended.”

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Top Abu Dhabi Keynote Speakers
Alison Burns & James Taylor
(AKA The Ethical Futurists)

The Ethical Futurists is a unique pairing of two of today’s leading keynote speakers; Alison Burns and James Taylor. Together they have spoken on thousands of stages from London to Abu Dhabi – The Ethical Futurists, delivering tailored, insightful, entertaining and highly visual keynote presentations to clients including IBM, Cisco, GSK, Visa, EY, Apple, Intuit as well as various Governments. In their inspiring, entertaining and highly visual co-keynote they will take you on a journey to discover how the world’s most ethical and innovative companies are transforming their industries and achieving sustainable growth. Top Abu Dhabi Keynote Speakers

Alison Burns is an award-winning performer, keynote speaker and expert in business ethics, sustainability and ethical leadership. For over 30 years, she has been a trailblazer in the fields of engineering, entertainment, technology and the law. Today as an Ethical Futurist she helps organisations and individuals think and act more ethically through her entertaining and inspiring keynote speeches on sustainability, environment, future trends, diversity, inclusion and the ethical implications of technology. Full Alison Burns bio Top Abu Dhabi Keynote Speakers 

James Taylor – who started his career managing high profile rock stars – is now an in-demand keynote speaker and internationally recognized leader in business creativity, innovation and artificial intelligence. For over 20 years, he has been advising CEO’s, entrepreneurs, educators, governments, leaders, writers and rockstars on how to build innovative organizations, unlock creative potential, and increase productivity. Full James Taylor bio Top Abu Dhabi Keynote Speakers   





“Phenomenal and very engaging in the session…managed to captivate everyone’s attention and the feedback from the team has been super good”
  • – Senior Manager, Global Accounts
“Thank you for sharing valuable insights on key attributes/traits of a leader. The session was received extremely well and I am looking to another opportunity to invite you for your valuable interaction with our team.”
  • – Managing Director
“Your presentation was one of the most interesting topics at the conference. It was an honor for us to have you as one of our keynote speakers.”
  • – Chairman of the Board
“Thank you very much for your keynote at our event. It was indeed very well received and we had some fantastic feedback from the colleagues.”
  • – HR Director
“Thank you for bringing us a unique session on boosting our creativity in the age of artificial intelligence at our annual event. Your keynote was authentic, inspirational and entertaining, truly engaging the audience from the beginning. Participants and customers provided us with many delighted comments.”
  • – CEO
“Creative, thought provoking, inspirational and well-presented.”
  • Co-Chair
“One of the most insightful, impactful and powerful presentations that I have seen in years.”
  • – Partner
“Easy to work with, powerful content, dynamic and engaging. What more can you ask for in a speaker.”
  • – Group Event Director
“In my 20 years of planning conferences and working with keynoters to help them understand our unique audience, I’ve never seen a keynote speaker prepare at the level James did. All that preparation showed during the keynote; it was full of relevant and entertaining stories as well as highly visually engaging. Our members were blown away.”
  • – President (ABPM logo)

Top Abu Dhabi Keynote Speakers


Abu Dhabi has many excellent conference centers and facilities, including:

Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi, on Shk. Rashid Bin Saeed St.

Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi, on West Corniche Road

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, on Al Maqta Area

Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, on 10th St., Al Zahiya Area

Bab Al Qasr Hotel Abu Dhabi, on Corniche Road West

ADNEC International Convention Centre (ICC) Abu Dhabi, on Khaleej Al Arabi St.


General Information about Abu Dhabi for Meeting Planners and Event Professionals     

Abu Dhabi is the capital and the 2nd most populated city of the United Arab Emirates (after Dubai), with a population of almost three million. Its rapid urbanization and development, together with the high average income of its inhabitants, make it a large and advanced metropolis. Planned in 1967 under the guidance of Sheikh Zayed by the Japanese architect Katsuhiko Takahashi, Abu Dhabi is currently the seat of the UAE government, of the UAE president, and of his famous Emiri Family. Its architecture includes a large number of skyscrapers, most of them located in the city’s financial district, such as the Etihad Towers, the Investment Authority Tower, the Baynunah Tower, and the National Bank of Abu Dhabi’s headquarters. Another important architectural landmark is the opulent Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Abu Dhabi holds 9% of the global oil reserves and 5% of the world’s natural gas. Important cultural institutions from Abu Dhabi include the Cultural Foundation, home to the UAE Public Library and Cultural Center, the National Theater, the Abu Dhabi Classical Music Society, and the Emirates Foundation, which offers grants in support of arts, sciences, technology, social development and environmental protection.

The City as a Conference Destination

Abu Dhabi hosts hundreds of yearly conferences and exhibitions in famous venues, such as the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the Persian Gulf’s largest exhibition center. Among its notable science and technology conventions are the RSA Conference on Cybersecurity, held at the famous Emirates Palace, the ATECH World Convention, where evolving technology which will affect our future is presented and discussed, and the World Congress on Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology. Moreover, Abu Dhabi is also home to the World Congress on Oil, Gas and Petroleum Refinery (CSE) and to the Food Technology Congress, held at the picturesque Raddison Blue Hotel on the Yas Island.

Abu Dhabi Food Options for Conference Delegates

In terms of restaurants, Abu Dhabi offers a rich mixture of Asian, Middle Eastern, and European choices. You can sample the spices of India at famous restaurants such as the Punjab Grill (+971 2 449 9839) and Angar (+971 2 656 0600), you can experience famous Italian recipes at the Villa Toscana (+971 2 694 4575) and Roberto’s Restaurant (+971 2 627 9009), or you can choose among various steaks and seafood at the Forge Steakhouse (+971 2 818 8282). A great combination of Asian, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern cuisines can be found at the Kuzbara Restaurant (+971 2 304 7777).