Hodgson: Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) – documenting the story of one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds


The surge of interest in ADIA in recent years has increased their interest in documenting and recording their history. The national centre for research and development has recently become the United Arab Emirates national archive centre having the largest documentation in the GCC. As an extremely private, reserved and fast growing sovereign wealth fund, ADIA offers unique new challenges to NCRD. This study analyses the methods being used in this project. Apart from collecting, saving, and digitising all existing documents from the company’s 36 year history, a considerable amount of documentation will be based on oral interviews with past and present employees. These oral history interviews will considerably enlighten many and answer important scholarly questions on the founding, evolution and growth of the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world today.

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