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World Expos since time immemorial have connected people, enriched countless lives and has supported the path of human progress by showcasing human ingenuity.

With the dawn of the novel coronavirus in early 2020 this year’s World Expo’s significance has completely changed, buzzwords like “Digital Transformation’ have become commonplace and saw massive implementation across multiple facets of our lives.

Middle Eastern leaders have always had sustainable innovation at the forefront of their development agenda and with the EXPO 2020 being hosted in Dubai this year, there is renewed interest with the spotlight squarely on the region and this time the country’s leadership has its focus on technology driven advancements under three broad themes.

Speakers

Caspar Herzberg

President, Middle East and Africa


Schneider Electric

Hatem Dowidar

Chief Executive Officer


Etisalat Group

Ayman Mokhtar

Regional President Middle East, Turkey & Levant


Viatris

Eng. Grace Najjar

Managing Director


PMI Middle East/North Africa(MENA)

Harj Dhaliwal

Managing Director, Middle East and India


Virgin Hyperloop

Jean-Paul Scheuer

MCO Lead and General Manager for Sanofi Genzyme


Sanofi Greater Gulf

Hasan Al Hosani

Chief Executive Officer


Bayanat

Christopher Cook

Area Managing Director Oman, UAE, Qatar


Maersk

Jaideep Dhanoa

Co-Founder and CEO


FENIX

Dr.Rosanna Duncan

Chief Diversity Officer


Palladium

Feras Al Majed

Vice President of HR & Communication


GBM

Nameer Khan

Chairman


MENA Fintech Association (MFTA)

Dr. Eng. Suaad Alshamsi

Aviation Advisor of ORAT


Etihad Airways

Walid Hassouna

CEO of the NBFI platform; CEO of vaIU and Head of Debt Capital Markets


EFG Hermes

Rob Beswick

Managing Director


Virgin Mobile UAE

Lucky La Riccia

Vice President and Head of Digital Services


Ericsson Middle East and Africa

Kindah Sais

Global Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Middle East & Africa


Boeing International

Florence Fontani

Director Projects and Coordination AMEA Head of Sustainability & Communication GCC


ENGIE

Simon Birkebaek

Partner


Boston Consulting Group(BCG)

Thierry Sabbagh

Managing Director


Nissan Middle East

Hasan Iftikhar

Partner, Consulting Technology, Media and Telecom


Deloitte Middle East

Khaled Khalifa

Senior Advisor


Representative to the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR)

Dr. Patrick Noack

Executive Director Future Foresight and Imagination


Dubai Future Foundation

Salmaan Jaffery

Chief Business Development Officer


Dubai International Financial Centre Authority

Adele Trombetta

VP Customer Experience MEA & Technology Transformation Group EMEAR


Cisco

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Agenda

27 October 2021

Forbes Middle East Sustainable Innovation Summit

10:15 am GST

Pre Event Networking

11:00 am GST

Welcome Keynote

11:15 am GST

Opening Address by Viatris

Ayman Mokhtar, Regional President Middle East, Turkey & Levant, Viatris

11:30 am GST

Mission Possible: Opportunity for Everyone 

Businesses leaders in the region play a critical role in ensuring that inclusion is core to their workplace culture and that their companies are representative of the communities they serve. Economic free zones, creative districts, incubators for entrepreneurs as well as cities themselves provide examples of environments that will also inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs and give way to new industries that create and scale solutions for more people.
Ayman Mokhtar, Regional President Middle East, Turkey & Levant, Viatris
Kindah Sais, Global Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Middle East & Africa, Boeing International
Dr.Rosanna Duncan, Chief Diversity Officer, Palladium
Dr. Eng. Suaad Alshamsi, Aviation Advisor of ORAT, Etihad Airways
Moderator: Feras Al Majed , Vice President of HR & Communication, GBM

12:20 pm GST

Multimodal Mobility: The Digital Fix for a Connected Tomorrow

The Transport ecosystem of future cities shall have a connected network of micro-mobility options, heli-taxis, shared mobility solutions, autonomous vehicles & adaptive traffic signals. Mobility-as-a-Service has given birth to super apps like Careem etc.
Harj Dhaliwal, Managing Director, Middle East and India, Virgin Hyperloop
Jaideep Dhanoa, Co-Founder and CEO, FENIX
Hasan Al Hosani, Chief Executive Officer, Bayanat
Lucky La Riccia, Vice President and Head of Digital Services, Ericsson Middle East and Africa
Thierry Sabbagh, Managing Director, Nissan Middle East
Moderator: Dr. Patrick Noack , Executive Director Future Foresight and Imagination, Dubai Future Foundation

1:15 pm GST

Lunch Break

2:00 pm GST

The future of our planet will be shaped by our design and engineering capabilities. We have the potential to accelerate the shift away from a consumption-based paradigm to a knowledge-based service economy and implement new models for a circular, sustainable economy.
Jean-Paul Scheuer, MCO Lead and General Manager for Sanofi Genzyme, Sanofi Greater Gulf
Eng. Grace Najjar, Managing Director, PMI Middle East/North Africa(MENA)
Rob Beswick, Managing Director, Virgin Mobile UAE
Simon Birkebaek, Partner, Boston Consulting Group(BCG)
Florence Fontani, Director Projects and Coordination AMEA Head of Sustainability & Communication GCC, ENGIE

2:50 pm GST

Driving Sustainability Through Smarter Cities 

Unlocking the key to an efficient and sustainable smart city model by Integrating ICT & Big Data in the right way to make cities more sustainable.
Caspar Herzberg, President, Middle East and Africa, Schneider Electric
Hatem Dowidar, Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Group
Adele Trombetta, VP Customer Experience MEA & Technology Transformation Group EMEAR, Cisco
Moderator: Hasan Iftikhar , Partner, Consulting Technology, Media and Telecom, Deloitte Middle East

3:45 pm GST

Coffee Break & Networking

4:00 pm GST

GML Awards Ceremony

4:40 pm GST

Fintech: A Positive Step Towards Financial Inclusion

Technological innovation transforming access and flows of capital between people and across continents. From high-speed automated trading to digital currencies and platforms such as blockchain, these new forms of transactions and modes of payment offer easier access to the financial sector.
Nameer Khan, Chairman, MENA Fintech Association (MFTA)
Walid Hassouna, CEO of the NBFI platform; CEO of vaIU and Head of Debt Capital Markets, EFG Hermes
Khaled Khalifa, Senior Advisor, Representative to the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR)
Salmaan Jaffery, Chief Business Development Officer, Dubai International Financial Centre Authority

5:15 pm GST

Closing Remarks

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