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OPUS Launches in the United Arab Emirates and Partners with Fiker Institute



  • OPUS launches in UAE to become convening force for business builders
  • OPUS and Fiker Institute collaborate to test ideas and advance global solutions among the next generation of change-agents
  • The partnership will focus on amplifying the entrepreneurial corridor between the UAE and the UK

DUBAI, UAE and LONDON, April 25, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — OPUS, the opportunity community for business builders, today announces a partnership with leading Dubai-based think-tank, Fiker Institute, as it launches in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). As the UAE continues to grow at an unprecedented pace, prioritising innovation and building for the future, OPUS is creating a centre of gravity for the entrepreneurial community to support and facilitate further opportunity creation between the UK and the UAE.

Members of OPUS in the UAE will continue to be at the forefront of economic and social progress, with access to OPUS’s value proposition of People (networking with member peers), Places (provision of workspace) and Programming (events & experiences). Additionally, OPUS will facilitate international relationship building between members in the UK and UAE, as the platform seeks to create an international corridor of entrepreneurial talent.

To aid OPUS’s mission of supporting business builders in unlocking their potential, OPUS is partnering with Fiker Institute to promote international action and intellectual discourse among the memberships of both organisations. Founded by Dubai Abulhoul in 2021, Fiker Institute is an interdisciplinary think tank and research organisation based in Dubai. Focused on, but not limited to, global governance, foreign policy, climate change, neo-colonialism and culture. Together, through a joint programme of events and experiences, Fiker and OPUS will further their collective missions, bringing the UK and UAE’s leading business builders into important, collectively curated conversations.  

Dubai Abulhoul, Founder & CEO of Fiker Institute, commented on the partnership: “Fiker Institute’s partnership with OPUS today represents not just a collaboration, but a shared vision to empower entrepreneurs as architects of change, steering us towards a collective future where global challenges are met with innovative and context-driven solutions, and where the power of business becomes a beacon for sustainable progress.”

On the evening of 24th April, OPUS and Fiker Institute co-hosted a launch event at Fiker Institute’s Library, celebrating the partnership and welcoming regional and global business leaders to the occasion. OPUS Board Member, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York, addressed guests alongside Oliver Christian, British Consul General to Dubai and HM Trade Commissioner for the Middle East and Pakistan.

Commenting on the launch, HRH Princess Beatrice, who has proudly supported OPUS since its inception in the UK said: “As the world continues to speed up, especially in the advent of new technologies, it is important to remember that relationships are at the core of any success story. Our mission to connect builders and unlock opportunity is right at the heart of that philosophy, and I believe the creation of a community of entrepreneurs who are keen to help each other will only further catalyse the UAE’s extraordinary story.”

Oliver Christian, British Consul General to Dubai and HM Trade Commissioner for the Middle East and Pakistan, added: “Connecting innovators, thought leaders and entrepreneurs in the UK and the UAE is a truly exciting proposition, and OPUS’s ambition to deepen the already strong ties between our nations is an endeavour I support and applaud.”

OPUS Chair & Founder, Sam Tidswell-Norrish, said of the launch and partnership: “OPUS and I are deep believers in the power of partnership. The launch of OPUS with our friends at Fiker Institute is a testament to that, and our team is laser-focused on unlocking as much opportunity between our members as possible. The UAE is simply remarkable, and we are unwaveringly committed to playing our role in its progress as we seek to create the centre of gravity in the region for business builders, and we will work tirelessly on behalf of our members to earn that position.”

OPUS will begin onboarding Founding Members in the region on 15th May 2024.

About OPUS

OPUS is a global community for business builders—the creators, the doers, and the curious. We’re dedicated to unlocking the potential of those actively building businesses in the UK and the UAE. By creating a space where diversity and inclusivity thrive, we connect exceptional entrepreneurs who are at the forefront of business.

Our mission is to cultivate a community that promotes collaboration, innovation, and a positive impact. At its core, OPUS is built on the principle that community is the ultimate catalyst for opportunity.

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About Fiker Institute

Fiker Institute is an international affairs think tank based in Dubai. Through an interdisciplinary framework, Fiker Institute serves as a platform to advance two-way dialogue between the Arab world and the rest of the international community to test ideas, debate constructs, and develop deeper intellectual understanding. Fiker Institute’s areas of research focus include, but are not limited to, decolonization, global governance, and the future of multilateralism.

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AXA named as an Official Partner of UEFA Women’s EURO 2025




AXA has proudly announced its support for the UEFA Women’s EURO 2025 as an Official Partner, furthering its sponsorship programme initiated in 2020. The prestigious event will take place in Switzerland from July 2 to 27, 2025.

Commitment to Women’s Football

This partnership underscores AXA’s dedication to promoting women’s football, building on its long-term support for the sport. Since 2020, AXA has been the main sponsor of the AXA Women’s Super League and the AXA Women’s Cup in Switzerland. By investing in women’s football, AXA aims to bolster women’s sports and promote its brand ethos, “Know You Can,” encouraging self-belief among its customers.

Statements from AXA Leaders

Fabrizio Petrillo, CEO of AXA Switzerland, expressed his enthusiasm, saying, “I’m so excited to support UEFA Women’s EURO 2025 together with other European AXA companies as a main sponsor. We are sending a strong signal and making a contribution to ensure that the players and fans can experience a great event and further strengthen women’s football. I’m looking forward to a fantastic summer of football in 2025!”

Volunteering Opportunities

The partnership includes more than just financial support. AXA employees will have the opportunity to volunteer during the tournament as part of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2025 Volunteer Programme, playing a crucial role in the event’s success.

Guy-Laurent Epstein, UEFA Marketing Director, commented, “AXA is a dedicated supporter of women’s football in Switzerland, so we are thrilled to partner with them for what will be an unforgettable UEFA Women’s EURO 2025. We look forward to working together to make this the can’t-miss event of next summer while also strengthening women’s football in the host country and throughout Europe.”

Enhancing Visibility for Female Players

Andreea Prange, Head of Customer Experience & Strategy at AXA Switzerland, added, “Promoting women’s football is a topic I hold dear to my heart. That’s why I’m delighted that AXA, as a partner of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2025, is also committed to increasing the visibility of female players at the international level.”

Tournament Details

Doris Keller, Tournament Director of UEFA Women’s EURO 2025, stated, “AXA, a long-time supporter and partner of women’s football in Switzerland and globally, is a perfect fit to become a global partner of UEFA Women’s EURO 2025. We look forward to collaborating with AXA on the UEFA Women’s EURO 2025 Volunteer Programme, as the 2,500 volunteers will play a highly essential and valuable role throughout the tournament welcoming everyone to the host country.”

The UEFA Women’s EURO 2025 will feature 16 teams competing in eight Swiss cities, attracting an estimated 500 million viewers worldwide and offering over 700,000 tickets for fans to attend the matches live.

Partnership Duration

The partnership between AXA and UEFA will continue until the end of August 2025. The financial terms of the sponsorship remain confidential.


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Lucinity Wins the Microsoft Partner Awards for 2024 for Partner of the Year – Iceland and Sustainability and Social Impact



REYKJAVÍK, Iceland, May 28, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Lucinity, a leading AI company for financial crime prevention, won two awards at the Microsoft Partner Awards for 2024, including Partner of the Year – Iceland and Sustainability and Social Impact, highlighting Lucinity’s innovations and contribution to positive societal change. 

“Congratulations to Lucinity for being recognized as the Partner of the Year – Iceland 2024! Lucinity is leading digital transformation and delivering innovative products in their domain,” says Microsoft’s leadership.

For the past year, they have played a key role with their offerings, skilled resources, and their ability to drive change and innovative solutions both locally in Iceland and across the globe. Lucinity has had significant social impact and growth while supporting our joint customers in their AI-transformation journeys.”

In June 2023, Lucinity launched the world’s first copilot for FinCrime prevention powered by Microsoft Azure OpenAI called Luci. Luci stands out in the financial services industry with specialized skills for FinCrime prevention such as adverse media checks, case analysis, and SAR writing. 

Built on the robust and scalable Microsoft Azure platform, Lucinity offers customers a trusted SaaS product. Additionally, Lucinity’s presence on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace allows companies to leverage their Microsoft Azure credits to access the platform. 

The seamless integration with Microsoft’s Azure stack has enabled Lucinity to implement advanced AI capabilities, fostering rapid innovation and enabling banks and fintech companies to utilize AI securely and audibly. Furthermore, Luci significantly reduces investigation times from 2.5 hours to just 25 minutes, saving Tier 1 banks an estimated $25 million annually.

Guðmundur Kristjánsson (GK)Lucinity’s Founder and CEO comments, “These awards are a testament to the strength and reliability of our solutions, made possible by our strategic partnership with Microsoft. Utilizing Microsoft Azure, we have been able to drive rapid innovation and create a robust, scalable platform that meets the rigorous requirements of compliance teams.” 

On the Sustainability and Social Impact Partner Award, Microsoft says, “Lucinity, with their innovative AI solutions, has really tried to combat this huge global challenge. They use ‘Human AI’ to enhance financial crime prevention, combining AI with human expertise for efficient, user-friendly solutions. Additionally, Lucinity has developed a tool called Luci, an AI-powered copilot that helps transform financial crime prevention from a process that took hours to one that takes minutes.”



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2024 Hengqin Global Investment Promotion Conference Kicks Off



HENGQIN, China, May 28, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — The Hengqin 2024 Global Investment Promotion Conference and sharing sessions opened on 26 May. Liu Xianfa, Commissioner of China’s Foreign Ministry in the Macao SAR; Lei Wai Nong, Director of the Executive Committee of the Guangdong-Macao In-Depth Cooperation Zone in Hengqin (hereinafter referred to as the “Cooperation Zone”); Huang Zhihao, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Zhuhai Municipal Committee and Mayor of Zhuhai; Nie Xinping, Fu Yongge, Su Kun, Deputy Directors of the Executive Committee of the Guangdong-Macao In-Depth Cooperation Zone in Hengqin attended the event. It also attracted more than 1,000 investors from Macao’s business associations and renowned enterprises at home and abroad. Guests attending the event came from 42 countries and regions, including Portugal, Brazil, Singapore and Malaysia, and the scale of participation was greatly enlarged compared with that of last year.

Lei Wai Nong said in his speech that Hengqin is currently entering into its “prime time” of trade and investment opportunities. He invited all entrepreneurs from home and abroad to invest in Hengqin and embrace the new development opportunities together.

Su Kun introduced the open investment environment of the Cooperation Zone and highlighted that the four new industries have seen significant progress and new development opportunities since the implementation of tier-specific management.

The event featured presentations on investment and development in Hengqin by representatives of Wisewave (Zhuhai) Technology Co., Ltd. and Airbus Helicopters China.

Nine research experts, scholars, and entrepreneurs from Macao and Hengqin have been invited to serve as “Ambassadors for Hengqin”. Together with six “Advocates for Hengqin” they are expected to promote Hengqin to the world. The video series “Ambassadors for Hengqin” will be rolled out in June.

Highlights of this year’s conference included an exhibition on the four new industries in the Cooperation Zone, showcasing the fruits of development in recent years. As of the end of the event on 26 May, more than 69,000 audience watched the online broadcasts.

On 27 May, a series of sharing sessions were held for in-depth discussions on integrated circuits, traditional Chinese medicine, branded industries, modern finance, cultural tourism, conventions and exhibitions, trade, and cross-border e-commerce, with the aim of building a bridge for dialogue and cooperation in these industries. 

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