Venue: Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa – Bahrain
Dress Code: Smart casual
Average temperatures: High 26°C | Low 18 °C
The group photo will take place on Day 1 at 13:30
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Thank you for not bringing laptops and tablets within the conference hall.
Day 1: Friday, 22 November, 2019
Chairman Welcoming Note
Mr. Sulaiman A.K Al Muhaidib
Implemented Change Session
Dr. Bandar Hamouah, Mr. Jason Rueholand, Mr. Lazaro Rivademar
In a slowing global economy, where can money be made and how is wealth preserved?
Dr. John Sfakianakis
New Horizon in Privatization and Industrial
Dr. Ibrahim Al Mojel, Mr. Omar Al Midani, Mr. Rayyan Nagadi, Mr. Abdulhameed Al Muhaidib
Lunch Break & Group Photo
Consumer Behavior: Paradoxes & Opportunity
Mr. Andrey Dvoychenkov
Disrupting Consumer Dynamics
Mr. Abdullah Aldawood, Mr. Andrey Dvoychenkov, Mr. Abdulrahman Tarabzouni, Faisal Shaikh
Day 2: Saturday, 23 November, 2019
The Founder’s Mentality Session
Mr. James Hadley
The Founder’s Mentality Workshop
Mr. James Hadley
Pushing Boundaries: The Value of Entrepreneurship
Dr. Abdulla Elyas, Mrs. Nour Al Hassan, Mr. Omar Al Majdouie, Haitham Alforaih
Lunch Break & Prayer
The Power of Emotions in Business
Mr. George Strakhof
CEO Closing Speech
Mr. Essam Al Muhaidib
Dr. Bander Hamooh is the Chief Executive Officer of Panda Retail.
He works on Mr. Hamooh has over 25 years of experience in the retail, healthcare, and FMCG industries. He has served as General Supervisor of Public Affairs at the Ministry of Health, as well as CEO of Al Nahdi Medical Company
Bander serves on the board of many companies including Al Kabeer Group of Companies, Jamjoom Pharma, & Al Salam Home Health Care Service. He is the chairman of Modawa Medical Company and is a member of the Board of Advisors of the W1 Health Cluster in Makkah Al Mukaramah.
Mr. Hamooh holds a B.S. in Pharmacy from King Saud University in Riyadh Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Jason Ruehland is the Chief Executive Officer of Muheel, a facilities management joint venture between Al Muhaidib Group and Abul Latif Jameel.
Prior to his position, Jason has accumulated 8 years of experience delivering Facilities Management in the Middle East. He started his journey with Carillion, and then went onto Emrill in Dubai growing it from 3500 to 7000 employees in 5 years with revenues of Dh 0.5 billion and leading the company to four wins of the coveted Middle East FM Company of the Year Award.
Mr. Ruehland holds an MBA from Aston University, England.
Lazaro Rivademar, is the Senior Vice President of Nestlé Waters, and CEO & Chairman of Zone Asia, Oceania, Middle East & Africa, where he handles global responsibilities for Nestlé Waters’ operations, which include brands like Perrier, San Pellegrino, Acqua Panna and Nestlé Pure Life.
True to the Group, Mr. Rivademar has spent his entire career working for Nestlé Waters all around the world. For over a decade, he has helped assist AOA and local markets in implementing and executing strategies as well as acting as an advisor
He is also the Chairman of the Board of various local companies including 10 subsidiaries and 13 joint ventures.
Mr. Rivademar has a degree from the Universitat de Barcelona.
Dr. John Sfakianakis is the Chief Economist and Head of Research at the Gulf Research Center in Riyadh. He’s a visiting scholar at Cambridge University. He advises global corporations on the future of oil and oil policy, the regional economy, privatization, fiscal management, macro fiscal planning and debt management.
Previously, he was Middle East Director of the Ashmore Group in Riyadh. His other former positions have included chief investment strategist at MASIC, a family-owned investment company; chief economic adviser to the Saudi Ministry of Finance; group general manager and chief economist, Middle East North Africa region for Credit Agricole C.I.B.; chief economist, Saudi British Bank (SABB/ HSBC); and chief regional economist, Samba Financial Group. He also has served as adviser at the Ministry of Economy and Planning in Saudi Arabia and as economist at the United Nations (UNDP) and the World Bank.
John’s articles appear frequently in the Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. John was educated at the London School of Economics, Harvard and holds a Ph.D. from the University of London.
Dr. Ibrahim Almojel is the CEO of the Saudi Industrial Development Fund. He sits on multiple boards including Samba Financial Group, Raidah Investment Company (overseeing the public pension fund), Awqaf Investment Company, and the Arab Mining Company
Prior to his currect role with the SIDF, he worked at Saudi Aramco in multiple functions including Corporate Strategy, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, and most recently he was the CEO of Wisayah, Saudi Aramco’s investment management arm
Dr. Almojel completed his BS in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, MS in Electrical Engineering and PhD in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University
Mr. Omar N. Al-Midani is Chief Executive Officer of Vision International Investment Company (Vision Invest) a leading Saudi Infrastructure Development & Holding Company with active investments across the Power & Water, Industrial Gases, District Cooling, Waste Water Treatment, Transportation and Environmental Solutions Sectors.
Vision Invest’s Affiliates and Subsidiaries have an active operational footprint across Africa, Asia and Europe. Prior to joining Vision Invest, Omar was the Chief Executive Officer of Beatona, a Subsidiary of Vision Invest focused on the Environmental Treatment Infrastructure, Waste Management, and Recycling. Omar is also an active Board Member in several Companies, including Saudi Tabreed, Qudra Energy, Miahona, Multiforms and Saudi Integrated Waste Treatment Company.
His experience and exposure drives him best in strategic forward-planning; operating within the financial disciplines; methodical administration to deadlines and the application of modern leadership skills.
Omar is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and holds a Bachelors of Commerce Degree (Finance) with Honors from the John Molson School of Business in Montreal, Canada.
Mr. Rayyan Nagadi is the CEO of the National Center for Privatization, where he brings more than 17 years of experience in project management and structured financing developed over the years primarily in the sectors of public utilities, petrochemical, infrastructure and building materials.
A key part of his experience includes coordinating with government and semi-government agencies on the promotion of PPP in the Kingdom for the sectors of public utilities, education, healthcare, transportation and media. As financial advisor, his role extended beyond raising funding to assist clients in the development of greenfield and brownfield projects, including advising on overall contracting strategy, construction and marketing arrangements, and vendor selection. His other key competencies also include development of regulatory framework and legal documentation in general.
Prior to joining the National Center for Privatization, Nagadi was the Managing Director and Head of Project and Export Finance at HSBC Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Nagadi holds a bachelor’s Degree in Applied Electrical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
Abdulhameed has been serving in ACWA Power (a developer, in the power generation and water desalination sector) for 10 years and currently serves in Assets Management as Executive Managing Director for Noor Energy IPP (950MW Solar project).
He is also a Board Member in several of ACWA Power project companies, namely NOMAC, Bowarege IWP and Shuqaiq IWPP projects. Abdulhameed has also used to serve as an Audit & Risk Committee Member in Savola Group for the last two years.
Prior to that Abdulhameed had served in HSBC Bank in Dubai and Riyadh being part of the Global Investment Advisory team for 2 years. He also used to work and serve as Audit Committee Member in Amwal AlKhaleej (Private Equity firm).
Abdulhameed completed his Bachelor Degree in Finance back in 2005 from University of Miami, FL. In 2012, he completed his master degree (MBA) from Pepperdine University in California.
Mr. Andrey leads Nielsen’s Arabian Peninsula and Pakistan sub-region, which includes Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain and Pakistan. He is based in Dubai, UAE.
He is responsible for developing and implementing Nielsen’s business strategy in continuously building on the organization’s outstanding reputation for service and delivery to clients while maintaining its financial health and operational efficiency.
Prior to this role, Andrey was Managing Director for the Adriatic region, based in Belgrade, Serbia. Andrey brings with him 17 years of leadership experience and knowledge of the market research industry. He first joined Nielsen in Russia to take on a client servicing role in the retail measurement business. Since then, he has held a number of roles with increasing leadership capacities and responsibilities for significant client relationships across multiple geographies including leading the analytics team across Russia and North-Eastern Europe and as a key client global insights leader based in the UK in 2012.
Andrey holds a bachelor’s degree in the faculty of economics, from Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI).
Mr. Abdullah Al Dawood is the Chairman of Saudi Entertainment Projects Co., Chairman for AlRaedah Finance and Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director & MD for Seera Holding Group.
Prior to his current role, he held the position of Vice President-Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank AG, as well as the CEO of Al Tayyar Travel Group Holding Company.
He is also on the board of The Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) Co., Careem Networks FZ LLC, Rou’a Almadinah, and Al Tayyar Travel Group Holding Company.
Mr. Al Dawood received an MBA and a graduate degree from Georgetown University and an undergraduate degree from King Saud University.
Mr. Abdulrahman Tarabzouni is the CEO and Managing Director of STV, the largest technology venture capital fund in the Middle East. STV aims to work with founders to back and scale the region’s most exciting and disruptive technology companies.
Prior to founding STV, Tarabzouni held various executive leadership roles at Google’s California headquarters, where he headed the company’s global efforts to build new businesses and partnerships for Android, Mobile, and Wireless Communications. Prior to that, Tarabzouni built and scaled Google’s Android and Play business across Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. His tenure with Google began in 2009 when he established and led Google’s business operations in emerging markets in the Middle East region. He directed Google’s strategy and investments to the region, grew its revenues, and drove strategic partnerships across emerging markets in the region.
Prior to Google, Tarabzouni co-founded a number of technology ventures in the US and managed different tech consulting, banking, and design engagements at Oracle, Morgan Stanley, and Blueprint. Abdulrahman sits on a number of boards, and executive and investment committees.
He was named by the MIT Technology Review as a TR35 Pan-Arab Innovator, listed on the 30 under 30 lists of Arabian Business and Gulf Business, and was the first recipient of the MIT ASO Science and Technology Achievement award.
Mr. Tarabzouni attended MIT and received BSc and MEng degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a concentration in Economics.
Faisal Sheikh is a partner based in Bain & Company’s Middle East office. He is a core member of Bain’s EMEA Consumer Products practice, as well as a core member of the firm’s Family Business practice. Faisal has more than 5 years of management consulting experience and delivers strategies that work for leading businesses. He also has extensive experience in working with consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies, both as an operator and an advisor.
Faisal spent 5 years in a C-level strategic role for a global FMCG company and subsequently managed a P&L across China, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. During this time, he led the implementation of a new operating model for the group, which included setting up a global leadership team and governance model, hiring key executives and institutionalizing corporate processes. He also led several acquisitions and divestiture across the USA, Europe, the Middle East and Asia and was responsible for conducting due diligences, negotiations and post-closing integrations.
Additionally, Faisal held P&L responsibility for emerging markets and led entry into both China and the Middle East through a joint venture with a leading Middle East food operator, as well as partnerships with leading e-commerce players in China.
Previously, Faisal led the Middle East and Africa consumer products practice of another top consulting firm. In this capacity, he advised multinational and regional consumer products companies, as well as family-owned businesses, on topics such as growth strategy, turnaround, operating model design and performance improvement.
Faisal received his early career training in marketing at Colgate-Palmolive, Philips and Seagram in the United States. He holds an MBA from Cornell University in the United States.
Mr. James Hadley is a director with Bain & Company, based in London. He is the leader of the firm’s Strategy practice for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, as well as the UK Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT) practices. James’ main focus is on corporate and business unit strategy; he has also advised companies and led assignments on issues ranging from customer strategy to organization and cost reduction.
His experience spans numerous industries, with particular depth in industrial goods and services; telecommunications, media and technology; and the public sector, including sovereign wealth funds. Mr. Hadley graduated with honors from Jesus College Oxford.
Dr. Abdulla Elyas is a co-founder of Careem, the technology company purchased by Uber in 2019. Prior to joining Careem, Abdulla co-founded enwani, a cloud-based tech startup in Saudi Arabia focused on the home delivery industry that was acquired by Careem in 2014.
Abdulla is passionate about building the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Middle East, focused on fast scaling businesses that leave significant impact on society. And by providing further visibility to entrepreneurship in the region, developing talent and future entrepreneurs.
Abdulla serves as board member on a number of public and private companies. Previously, Abdulla led management consulting engagements in Europe, the US, South East Asia and the Middle East.
He graduated with MSc in Computer Science and holds a PhD in Business Administration honored with a Magna Cum Laude from RWTH Aachen.
Mrs. Nour Al Hassan is a founder and CEO of two companies that specialize in linguistic services and translation -- Tarjama and UREED. Building on the success of Tarjama, which she founded in 2008, she realized there was demand to leverage the power of the internet to connect businesses and freelancers across the region through a digital marketplace called Ureed.
Nour has spent her career creating and building a vast network of translators, editors, and linguists from the Middle East and around the world through Tarjama, a renowned translation company, which has translated more than 200 million words in 30 languages for companies and organizations across the world. For nearly a decade, Nour has pledged her time and expertise to empower females across the region to break barriers and drive the female workforce across the GCC and beyond.
With more than 15 years of experience, Nour is an Aspen Fellow, a certified life coach, and a member of both the advisory board at Saint Joseph University in Lebanon. She is a mentor to start-ups, spends time speaking to entrepreneurs and empowering the ecosystem in MENA to promote the value creation potential of the region.
Mrs. Al Hassan holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Al-Ahlia University in Jordan.
Omar Almajdouie is the founding partner and CEO of Raed Ventures, a Saudi venture capital firm owned by Almajdouie Holding and invest in seed and early stage startups in the MENA region.
He is the former CEO of Almajdouie Manufacturing LLC and he has more than 17 years of enriched experience in various managerial and executive positions.
As an investor and entrepreneur, Omar founded RAED Ventures in 2016 as part of Almajdouie Holding diversification strategy, and it provides funding for more than Twenty innovative startups in MENA region. Omar is the Vice Chairman of the Saudi Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, as well as a board member of several leading tech startups and companies.
Haitham joined Amwal Al Khaleej in 2006 and is currently a Principal at the firm. He previously worked at Al Muhaidib Sanitaryware and Tiles (MTS). He holds an MBA from the University of Baltimore and a BS in Engineering from the College of Engineering at Tennessee State University.
At Amwal Al Khaleej, Haitham is involved in deal and fund sourcing, managing due diligence work streams, portfolio monitoring activities and PE fund evaluation.
He is also involved in evaluating and overseeing operational turnaround opportunities for the Company’s Saudi portfolio - Gulf Insulation Group, Zohoor Al Reef and Universal Marketing Company (Umark). Haitham also represents Al Muhaidib Group in a number of their subsidiary companies including Hoshan Group and, until 2012, in Dar Es Salam.
George Strakhov is a European Strategy Director for DDB EMEA and a Global Strategy Director for McDonald’s, DDB’s largest international account.
George assists local and international clients in their strategic needs – from business planning & innovation consultancy all the way to communication strategy. He is also responsible for the formulation and implementation of reusable models, products and services that local DDB agencies and their clients can benefit from.
Before relocating to the Netherlands in 2017, George spent a decade starting and running various Digital Agencies, Innovation Consultancies and Tech Startups in Moscow and Hong Kong, working with a diverse set of international clients including Carlsberg, Intel, Volkswagen, Coca-Cola, Manulife, Cirque du Soleil and many others.
Outside work George is an avid musician, amateur computer programmer, rock climber and a father of three.