Richie Santosdiaz in Interview

Interview with Richie Santosdiaz: Economic Development Advisor

Richie Santosdiaz is an economic development advisor in the management consulting realm with a focus and passion towards internationalization (international trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) and its digitisation.

Richie Santosdiaz Keynote Speaker

Having lived in seven countries with over 15 years of professional experience, he is ex -PA Consulting based in London and from 2019 until early 2021 he was also Head of Strategy for a niche consulting firm based in Dubai.

Now based in Dubai, Richie Santosdiaz is currently an independent economic development advisor and a sitting senior strategic advisor for Emirati-owned The Corporate Group. He is acting head of Fintech Power 50 for the Middle East and Africa (MEA), as well as the leading fintech publication The Fintech Times.

From 2016 to present, Richie has also been a regular commentator and contributor in economic development with a few hundred contributions/interviews/opinion eds/productions in the media.

This year he published a report around Fintech in the Middle East and Africa which was unique due to its level of comprehensiveness so we very much look forward to seeing what is next.

Video Timeline

  • 00:16 – Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?
  • 01:25 – What are the main economic developments in the Middle East – Gulf countries?
  • 03:48 – What are the issues investors, public sectors, and corporations currently face in these countries?
  • 06:24 – Do the Middle East want to become a new tech hub between Europe and Asia?
  • 08:34 – You’ve lived in many countries – Have you noticed any difference in terms of behaviours between Dubai consumers and consumers from Europe or Asia?
  • 10:55 – What is next for you?


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