The International Defence Conference set to attract prominent global leaders, decision makers and speakers from defence and military industries - IDEX 2025

Under the patronage of his highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE.


The International Defence Conference set to attract prominent global leaders, decision makers and speakers from defence and military industries

  • The event will take place at ADNOC Business Center in Abu Dhabi on 19 February 2023
  • Organised by ADNEC in Association with the Ministry of Defence and in partnership with Tawazun Council


Abu Dhabi, UAE – 10th of February 2023: Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of UAE, the International Defence Conference 2023, which will be held on 19 February at the ADNOC Business Centre in Abu Dhabi, will attract a large number of leaders, decision-makers, ministers, senior officials and speakers specializing in defence industries from all over the world.

The event will shed light on the rapid development of artificial intelligence and advanced technologies, and the importance of leveraging these technologies to bring about solutions to the challenges facing humankind.


The conference, which will be held under theme of “Adaption, Exploration, Transformation: Reimagining Security, Society, and the Human Experience in an age of Disruption”, brings together thought leaders, policy makers, influencers, researchers and futurists to debate and share ideas related to technological advancement and disruptive technologies.


The event will include keynote speeches by His Excellency Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, UAE Minister of State for Defence Affairs.

The event will include 4 panel discussions. The first panel, titled “Promise and Peril”, the social and economic impacts and risks of widespread adoption of new technologies such as AI, neuro, & biotechnology and extended reality.  Panellists will include: His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama, UAE’s Minister of State for AI, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications; François-Régis BOULVERT International Scientific Cooperation Director of Naval Group; Wesley Kremer President Raytheon Missiles and Defense; and General John W. Nicholson Jr., Chief Executive at Lockheed Martin Middle East.


The second panel, titled “Keeping Pace: investigate and shed light on how the increasing incorporation of advanced technologies in the workplace is changing approaches to talent development and human capital management. Panellists will include His Excellency Dr. Ahmed bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of Education of UAE, Robert Kachatryan, Minister of High-Tech Industry Armenia, Lieutenant General (Retired) Sir Tom Beckett  Executive Director of IISS–Middle East, Hassan Al Hosani, CEO- Bayanat (G42).


The third panel, titled “Tech at the Forefront: examine the impact of emerging technologies on modern operations and the future of warfare. Panellists will include: Major General Dr. Mubarak Saeed Ghafan Al Jabri, Deputy Chairman of the Committee for IDEX and NAVDEX, in addition to members of the Committee and its subcommittees in the UAE, AUSEC for Support and Defence Industries, Ministry of Defence; Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, H.E Dong Joon Yoo, Deputy Minister of Military Force and Resource Management Republic of Korea,  Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, and the US Fifth Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces; Major General (Ret’d) Professor Adam Findlay, Professor of Practice, Defence and Regional Security, Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University


The fourth panel, titled “The next Frontiers: explore at the human instinct to explore beyond the current dimensions of the terrestrial and physical world and expand the human footprint. Panellists will include Her Excellency Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri, UAE’s Minister of State for Public Education & Future Technology; Stephen duMont President, General Motors, USA. Nikos Papatsas Senior Partner EFA Group.


The previous edition of IDC, which was held in 2021, brought together 24 international experts, over 400 on-ground participants, and 2,400 participants joining virtually from 80 countries.

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