The year 2020 was a test for everyone, as COVID-19 disrupted lives and livelihoods. Now as organizations embark on the road to recovery, Family Businesses however they have been under duress to transform their business models and adapt to a constantly evolving digital world. With an increased focus on customer experience, most family businesses have taken significant measures to update their existing legacy systems and are already reaping the benefits of a digitally efficient operating model.

The newer generation have been taking bold steps to innovate and diversify the existing network of goodwill and resources by exploring not only conventional but unconventional business options such as blockchain, digital currencies and investment in up-and-coming technology start-ups.

The Forbes Middle East Family Business Summit will facilitate conversation on the increasing focus for a digitally driven business and will explore the latest trends, challenges and opportunities for family business groups in the region.


Mohamed Mansour

Founder and Chairman

Man Capital

H.E. Dr. Sheikha Aisha Bint Faleh Al Thani

Chairperson and Founder

Al Faleh Educational Holding (QPSC)

Makarem S. Batterjee

President & Vice Chairman

Bait Al Batterjee Group

Ahmad AR. BinDawood

Chief Executive Officer

Danube & BinDawood, BinDawood Holding

Hassan Jameel

Deputy President and Vice Chairman

Abdul Latif Jameel

Ayman Maamoun Tamer

Chairman & Partner

Tamer Holding

Maha Al Fahim

Board Member

Eshraq Investments

Saif Ahmed Belhasa

Chairman of Saif Belhasa Holding (SBGC)

Saif Belhasa Holding

Farah Foustok

Chief Executive Officer

Lazard Gulf Ltd.

Omar Kutayba Yusuf Alghanim


Family Business Council Gulf

Rashid Khalaf Al Habtoor

CEO & President of RKHBC

Al Habtoor Trading Enterprises (HTE) LLC and RKH Investments, a holding company

Navin M. Valrani

Vice Chairman and Managing Director

Al Shirawi Group

Abdullah Alkhorayef

Chief Executive Officer & Board Member

Alkhorayef Group

Mr. Ramez Al-Khayyat

Co-founder and Vice Chairman

Power International Holding, UCC

Talal Ajlan Alajlan

Chief Executive Officer

National Center for Family Business (NCFB)

Masaood Rahma Al Masaood

Board Member

Al Masaood Group

H.E. Dr. Nabeel Koshak

CEO and Board Member

Saudi Venture Capital Company (SVC)

Mohamed Fahmi

Co-Head of Investment Banking EFG Hermes  

EFG Hermes

Peter Englisch

Senior Partner, Shareholder & Global Family Business Leader

PwC Germany

Anurag Bajpai

Partner and LG Private Enterprise and Family Business Leader


Ahmed Youssef

Senior Partner

McKinsey & Company

Walid Chiniara


Global Family Solutions Deloitte


Forbes Middle East Family Business Summit

2:00 pm GST

Pre-Conference Networking

2:20 pm GST

Welcome Remarks

2:30 pm GST

Many family businesses are now on a journey of digitalization, but most seem to be facing common issues. According to a KPMG survey, among family businesses that see a need to digitalize, 63% said they feel that they lack the expertise and skills needed to develop and implement a digitalization strategy, and 53% do not have any existing plans to instill a culture of innovation. In this panel we ask why do family businesses in particular seem to be facing these challenges? What are the barriers to innovation and what changes can be implemented to business models to enable companies to progress?

H.E. Dr. Sheikha Aisha Bint Faleh Al Thani, Chairperson and Founder, Al Faleh Educational Holding (QPSC)
Ayman Maamoun Tamer, Chairman & Partner, Tamer Holding
Rashid Khalaf Al Habtoor, CEO & President of RKHBC, Al Habtoor Trading Enterprises (HTE) LLC and RKH Investments, a holding company
Navin M. Valrani, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Al Shirawi Group
Moderator: Anurag Bajpai , Partner and LG Private Enterprise and Family Business Leader, KPMG

3:25 pm GST/٣:٢٥ مساءً بتوقيت الخليج القياسي

استشراف المستقبل – كيف تبدو صورة العقد القادم

بدأت الشركات العائلية في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال افريقيا تخرج من الدائرة النمطية التي كانت تعمل من خلالها، بهدف التوسع محليا وعالميا، ولم يعد إلزاميا رؤية سليل العائلة يدير بشكل مباشر أعمال المجموعات الضخمة كما المتوسطة الحجم.

تلقفت شركات كثيرة التحديات التي فرضها وباء كوفيد-19 لإجراء تغييرات جذرية في طريقة عملها، واتجهت أكثر فأكثر نحو الرقمنة والتجارة الالكترونية وتوسيع رقعة عملائها في المنطقة والعالم.

سنحاول في هذه الجلسة استشراف آفاق العمل للعقد القادم، وكيف تواكب المؤسسات العائليّة في الشرق الأوسط مناخ الأعمال الجديد الذي فرض منافسة عالميّة أوسع نطاقا. هل الخبرات التي تتمتع بها هذه المؤسسات كافية لتوسيع أعمالها وتحقيق النمو؟ كيف ستطرق أبواب التمويل؟ وهل ستكون ملزمة بفتح رؤوس أموالها لاستقطاب شركاء استراتيجيين أو طرح حصص في البورصات؟ ماذا عن أساليب الاكتتاب الجديدة مثل SPAC؟ وأي أنماط إدارية مطلوبة في عصر ما بعد كورونا لتحقيق النجاح؟

Abdullah Alkhorayef, Chief Executive Officer & Board Member, Alkhorayef Group
Saif Ahmed Belhasa, Chairman of Saif Belhasa Holding (SBGC), Saif Belhasa Holding
Mr. Ramez Al-Khayyat, Co-founder and Vice Chairman,Power International Holding, UCC
Moderator: Laurice Constantine , Digital Managing Editor, Forbes Middle East

4:10 pm GST

Networking Break

4:20 pm GST

Sustaining Capital: A Private Wealth Perspective

The pandemic has brought with it significant challenges and unique opportunities. For family businesses in particular,a Deloitte Middle East survey found that 67% of respondents intended to invest in distressed and digital businesses in the next 12-18 months, alongside opportunities that offered greater portfolio diversification. In this panel we explore the ways in which family businesses can sustain their wealth for future generations and maintain attractive investment opportunities. What are the current trends, and how can private wealth be best protected from the various risks?

Omar Kutayba Yusuf Alghanim, Chairman, Family Business Council Gulf
Maha Al Fahim, Board Member, Eshraq Investments
Farah Foustok, Chief Executive Officer, Lazard Gulf Ltd.
Moderator: Walid Chiniara , Partner, Global Family Solutions Deloitte

5:05 pm GST

Betting Big On The Future: Investing In Startups

Family businesses in the Middle East are increasingly exploring ways to disrupt their businesses. According to a joined survey by McKinsey and Company and Family Business Council Gulf, 91% of family businesses are working on digital and disruptive strategies but face significant challenges. In this panel we ask what do leaders of family businesses look for in startups? How can investing in startups support innovation in an established business? And where are the biggest opportunities currently?

Mohamed Mansour, Founder and Chairman, Man Capital
Hassan Jameel, Deputy President and Vice Chairman, Abdul Latif Jameel
Masaood Rahma Al Masaood, Vice Chairman, Al Masaood Group
Makarem S. Batterjee, President & Vice Chairman, Bait Al Batterjee Group
H.E. Dr. Nabeel Koshak, CEO and Board Member, Saudi Venture Capital Company (SVC)
Moderator: Ahmed Youssef , Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

6:00 pm GST

Going Public: Should You?

Going public is a move fraught with risk for businesses, and yet according to a report by Ernst & Young there were nine IPOs in MENA in 2020, raising more than $1.8 billion. However, IPOs are not suitable for all family businesses. In this panel we ask what are the significant advantages and disadvantages of going public, and how can leaders of a family business judge when the best time is to raise an IPO?

Talal Ajlan Alajlan, Chief Executive Officer, National Center for Family Business (NCFB)
Ahmad AR. BinDawood, Chief Executive Officer, Danube & BinDawood, BinDawood Holding
Mohamed Fahmi,Co-Head of Investment Banking EFG Hermes, EFG Hermes
Moderator: Peter Englisch , Senior Partner, Shareholder & Global Family Business Leader, PwC Germany

6:45 pm GST

Closing Remarks


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