The 2nd Annual Building the Future Summit will host industry leaders from across the region to converge & discuss the opportunities and the way forward for this pertinent sector in the region and how the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a strategic realignment of priorities.
The virtual summit will host the Middle East’s most successful developers, construction giants, consultants, banks and innovative technology companies under one roof to discuss current trends and challenges in the current market and to award those who have weathered challenging headwinds to become successful in their endeavors.


Basmah Al-Mayman

Regional Director of the Middle East


Jerry Inzerillo

Group Chief Executive Officer

Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA)

Richard Attias

Chief Executive Officer

FII Insitute (Future Investment Initiative Institute)

Sherif Beshara

Group Chief Executive Officer

Mohamed & Obaid Almulla Group of Companies

Rola Abu Manneh

Chief Executive Officer

Standard Charted Bank, UAE

Mazen Issam Hawwa

Vice-Chairman and Group CEO

United Real Estate Company K.S.C.P(URC)

Rishi Kapoor

Co-Chief Executive Officer


Paschalis Bouchoris

Managing Director, Country Manager


Tariq Chauhan

Group Chief Executive Officer

EFS Facilities Services

Kez Taylor


ALEC Engineering and Contracting

Filip Boyen

Chief Executive Officer

Forbes Travel Guide

Chris Wan

Head, Design Management

Masdar City

Claudine Coletti

Managing Editor

Forbes Middle East

Ramia Farrage

Senior Producer and Presenter

Forbes Middle East

Daniyal Baig

Chief Operating Officer

Forbes Middle East


2nd Annual Building The Future

3:20-3:25 pm

Welcome Remarks

3:30-3:40 pm

Opening Address

Daniyal Baig , Chief Operating Officer, Forbes Middle East

3:45-4:20 pm

One of the major driving forces in the region, we focus on the real estate and construction sector and the unprecedented ways which it has been affected by, the devaluation to drawbacks of energy-intensive buildings to the emerging need for sustainability, and digital leaps for healthier and safer buildings. Speakers will discuss the macro-fundamentals playing a major role in investment decisions, and how the sector will be reinvented/reimagined for the coming future.

Mazen Issam Hawwa, Vice-Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer, United Real Estate Company K.S.C.P (URC)
Kez Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, ALEC Engineering & Contracting
Tariq Chauhan, Group Chief Executive Officer, EFS Facilities Services
Chris Wan, Head, Design Management, Masdar City
Moderator: Ramia Farrage , Senior Producer and Presenter, Forbes Middle East

4:25-5:15 pm

This panel will discuss with government bodies, DMO and agencies as they have been reassessing their markets & working on adjusting their strategies to attract more ‘civilized tourists’ post-pandemic. The discussion will also highlight the benefits & emergence of the seamless visitor experience, the management of hospitality & tourism through capacity management as we aim for a more responsible and smarter tourism session by key subject matter experts.

Basmah Al-Mayman, Regional Director of the Middle East, UNWTO
Jerry Inzerillo, Chief Executive Officer, Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA)
Sherif Beshara, Group Chief Executive Officer, Mohamed & Obaid Almulla Group of Companies
Filip Boyen, Chief Executive Officer, Forbes Travel Guide
Moderator: Daniyal Baig , Chief Operating Officer, Forbes Middle East

5:20-5:40 pm

Coffee Break and Networking

5:45-6:20 pm

Panel : Sustainable Financing – The Way Forward?

In this panel we will discuss the shift towards more sustainable financing, and the push for a holistic regulatable package. Under the same theme, the panel will try to tackle key challenges, such as how to guarantee financial institutions and its
regulatory ecosystem to fit for the future of real estate, and how to mobilize all players to take collective action on sustainable financing for a greener economy.

Rola Abu Manneh, Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered Bank UAE
Richard Attias, Chief Executive Officer, FII Institute (Future Investment Initiative Institute)
Rishi Kapoor, Co-Chief Executive Officer, INVESTCORP
Paschalis Bouchoris, Managing Director,Country Manager, BlackRock
Moderator: Claudine Coletti , Managing Editor, Forbes Middle East

6:20 pm 

End of Conference

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