2019 Speakers

Opening Remarks

H.E Mr Ahmed Aboul Gheit

Secretary General of the League of Arab States

Mr George Hollingbery MP

  Minister of State for Trade Policy, Dit

H.E Dr Abdulatif bin Rashid Al Zayani

Secretary-General of The GCC

H.E Mr Ali Alghanim

Chairman of The Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Alderman Peter Estlin

The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of The City of London

H.E Mr Mohamed Abdo Saeed

President of The Union of Arab Chamber

Session 1 : Infrastructure investment and sustainable development

(Chair) Mr Mehdi Ben Abdallah

President, Tunisian British Chamber of Commerce

Mr Davide Stronati

Global Sustainability Leader, Mott MacDonald

H.E Dr. Sami A. Alabidi

Chairman of Council of Saudi Chambers

Mr James Kenny

Head of Global Affairs at Arup

Mr Hussam Chakouf

Associate b.arch. MA, Zaha Hadid Architects

Session 2 : Renewable vs non-renewable energy

(Chair) Dr Ranald Spiers

 Independent Director, Alcazar Energy

H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz Aluwaisheg

 Assistant Secretary-General for Political and Negotiation Affairs GCC

Mr Frank Gordon

Head of Policy, Renewable Energy Association

Dr. Samira A. S. Omar

Director General, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research

Mr Jeremy Short

Power Sector Director – Environment & Infrastructure Solutions UK, Wood plc

Session 3: MENA: A hub for global markets

(Chair) Mr Oliver Cornock

Editor- in-Chief, Oxford Business Group

Mr Simon Penney

HM Trade Commissioner for the Middle East

H.E Dr Khaled Hanafy

Secretary General of Union of Arab Chambers

Dr Adam Marshall

Director General, British Chambers of Commerce

Dr Alaa Ezz

Secretary General of the Union of African Chambers


Session 4: Agriculture and water security

(Chair) Sir Peter Kendall

Chairman, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Mrs Haifa Al Kaylani

Founder & Chairman, Arab International Women’s Forum

Ms Cornelia Richter

Vice-President, International Fund for Agricultural Development

Mr Yousef Khalawi

Secretary General, Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (ICCIA)

Mr Fares Hassouna

Director, TNP Worldwide Ltd

Session 5: Youth employment and entrepreneurship

(Chair) Mr Salvatore Nigro

CEO, EFE-Europe; Vice President, EFE

Mr Andrew Baird

President And CEO, EFE

Ms Carmen Haddad

Chief Country Officer Saudi Arabia, Citi

Ms Jihane Lahbabi-Berrada

CEO, EFE-Maroc

Ms Biljana Radonjic Ker-Lindsay

Associate Director, Lead Inclusion Specialist, EBRD

Session 6: Banking and finance: fintech and blockchain

(Chair) Mr. Manaf Abdulaziz Alhajeri

Markaz Chief Executive Officer

Mrs Shaikha K. Al-Bahar

Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer , NBK

HE Azzam Shawwa

Governor of Palestine Monetary Authority

Mr Dotun Rominiyi

Blockchain Architect – Emerging Technologies , London Stock Exchange

Mr Anton Ruddenklou

Head of Digital & Innovation, Financial Services & Partner, KPMG

Final Remarks

H.E Ambassador Dr Husam S. Zomlot

Head of the Palestinian Mission to the United Kingdom