Future Debates

At Capital Club - A forward-thinking global collective of business leaders and innovators who share a curiosity and possess the will and means to shape a better future for the region and beyond.

Inspired by Oxford and Harvard Debating Unions.

Controversial issues are addressed in a candid manner, testing our intellect and critical thinking. Two teams will compete, with the winner determined by a public Q&A and final voting.

The speakers are leading voices in the Business World

Past Debates:

• The Current Education System is not preparing our youth for the future! 

• Days For Banks And Financial Institutions Are Numbered!  

• To Crypto or Not To Crypto, Yet!! 

Latest Debate

 Women on Boards: Should we have Quotas?

Date and Time: 15th May, 2023 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM 

This topical and important debate will include talk about the necessity and effectiveness of implementing quotas for women on corporate boards!



• Increases women's representation on boards. 

• Creates a level playing field. 

• Brings diverse perspectives for better  decision-making. 

• Encourages cultural change. 

• It has proven success in other countries.



• Undermines a merit based system. 

• May cause resentment & bias towards women. 

• May not address the root causes of gender inequality. 

• May lead to tokenism. 

• Companies may circumvent quotas.

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Regina Von Flemming

Independent Director, MTS Mobile TeleSystems
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Rekha Mehr MBE

Ventures Consultant & Board Member, Foresight Group
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Mina Paul

Consultant, Russell Reynolds
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Ayesha Sultan

Board Member, GCC Board Directors Institute

Previous Debates

The Current Education System is not preparing our youth for the future! 

Date and Time: 24th January, 2023 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM 

This topical and important debate will include talk about the tension between Traditional Educational Institutions and Challengers like New Age Institutions with Different Models and more!



• New Age Institutions are Flexible 

• New Age Institutions provide a Customized  learning experience 

• New Age Institutions have a wide selection of  courses 

• New Age Institutions are time and cost-effective


• Traditional Institutions are a proven model 

• Traditional Institutions provide a feeling of sociability and solidarity 

• Traditional Institutions have schedule stiffness and are not customized 

• Traditional Institutions have higher costs and time commitments

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Raya Bidshahri

Founder & CEO, School of Humanity
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Russell Cailey

Managing Director, THINK Learning Studio
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James Batts

Principal, Scholars International Academy
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Tanvir Shah

Instructor, Harvard University

Days For Banks And Financial Institutions Are Numbered!

Date and Time: 22nd May, 2022 from 6:30 PM to 8 PM 

This topical and important debate will include all the various aspects of banks and fintechs and how it will impact us.


·      Fintechs are Data-Driven and Digital

• Fintechs are Responsive and Efficient

• Fintechs have a Mobile-First Strategy

• Fintechs are Scalable and Agile

• Fintechs are focused on User Experience



• Banks are too big to fail, diversified 

• Banks have significant financial resources 

• Banks have strong ties with Regulators 

• Banks are too engrained into society 

• Banks have begun innovating

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Olivier Crespin

CEO & Co-Founder, Zand
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Nihal Abughattas

Senior Digital Financial Services Consultant & Resident Advisor, IFC
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Vince Cook

CEO National Bank of Fujairah PJSC
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Bhaskar Dasgupta

Head of Strategic Development-MENA, Apex Group Ltd


Date and Time: 16th March, 2022 from 6:30 PM to 8 PM (Ended)

This topical and important debate will include all the aspects of crypto and how it will impact us.


·      Popularity with the young generation

·      Be an early mover, make money

·      The upside returns are amazing

·      Benefits of financial inclusion

·      Many side benefits



·      Wait for regulatory issues to be resolved

·      Need critical mass for acceptance

·      Need less volatility, too much risk

·      Gold as a trusted physical reserve

·      Need the market to mature


Jorge Sebastiao

CBO, Simba Storage

Saqr Ereiqat

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Crypto Oasis
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Irina Heaver

Crypto Lawyer, Investor

Feroz Sanaulla

Partner (Head of Financial Services), Roland Berger

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