Agenda

Our Event Schedules

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09:00 am – 09:30 am
09:00 am – 09:30 am

Registration and Networking

09:30 am – 09:32 am
09:30 am – 09:32 am

Welcome by the Host

09:32 am – 09:36 am
09:32 am – 09:36 am

National Anthem followed by Club Introductory Video

09:36 am – 09:46 am
09:36 am – 09:46 am

Opening Speech

Zaher Al Munajjed Saleh Lootah

Zaher Almunajjed - Chairman, Harvard Business School Club of the GCC

Saleh Lootah - President, Harvard Business School Club of the GCC

09:46 am – 10:00 am
09:46 am – 10:00 am

Keynote Speech

Thamir Al-Sadoun

Thamir Al Sadoun - CEO, National Transformation Program

10:00 am – 10:40 am
10:00 am – 10:40 am

Transformation of the GCC and Saudi Vision 2030

The discussion on the transformation of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Saudi Vision 2030 is crucial due to its far-reaching impact. This session explores Saudi Arabia's ambitious Vision 2030 objectives, which include economic diversification, investment opportunities, and infrastructure development. The urgency arises from the need to reduce dependency on oil-based economies. We'll also address regional partnerships, global collaborations, challenges, and geopolitical implications, providing valuable insights into the GCC's transformative journey and its global significance. This session will be followed by a 10 minute Q & A.

Panel:

Thamir-al-Sadoun Sulaiman Al Mazroua HE Mohammed N Al Jasser Hashim Dabbagh

Thamir Al Sadoun - CEO, National Transformation Program

Suliman Al Mazroa - CEO, National Industrial Development and Logistics Program ( NIDLP)

H.E Mohammed N. Al Jasser - Chairman, Cipher

Hashim Dabbagh - CEO, Aseer development authority

Moderator:

Iman Almutairi

Iman Almutairi - Destination Branding, Marketing, Communication and Sales, Soudah Development Company

10:40 am– 11:20 am
10:40 am– 11:20 am

Empowering Women Leaders: Charting the Course to Vision 2030

A significant challenge lies in addressing unconscious bias within workplaces, which can hinder women's progress. According to data from the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2021, on a global scale, women still earn only 63% of what men earn. This highlights the persistent gender pay gap that exists in many industries and regions. This 40-minute session will shed light on the vital initiatives' organizations can adopt to promote women's empowerment. It will explore strategies such as equal employment opportunities, mentorship programs, gender-neutral policies, and training and development. Participants will gain insights into fostering gender diversity, ensuring equitable pay, and creating inclusive work environments. This session will be followed by a 10 minute Q & A.

Panel:

Diane Wilde Mody Al-Khalaf Pamela Lucia Peeters Taghrid Al Saeed

Diana Wilde - Co-Founder, Aurora 50

Dr. Mody Alkhalaf - Senior Learning and Development Manager, Riyadh Air

Pamela Lucia Peeters - Environmental Economist and sustainability strategist / Women empowerment pillar, Institute for a Sustainable Planet

Taghrid Al Saeed - Executive Director Group Communications & Destination Marketing, Miral

Moderator:

Nairouz Bader

Nairouz Bader - CEO, Envision partnership

11:20 am – 11:40 am
11:20 am – 11:40 am

Coffee Break

11:40 am – 12:20 pm
11:40 am – 12:20 pm

Beyond Profit: GCC Businesses at the Forefront of Multidimensional Sustainability

The GCC region is set to witness a substantial impact with the hosting of COP28 in the UAE. This pivotal event will shape discussions on global sustainability, climate action, and environmental policies. In our Green Sustainability session, we'll explore the potential for GCC countries to take a leading role in these critical topics, leveraging their resources, innovative approaches, and strategic positioning. We'll also delve into the challenges they face, including access to funding for sustainability projects. Join us to uncover the transformative potential of COP28 and how the GCC can lead the charge in addressing climate challenges and advancing sustainable practices. This session will be followed by a 10 minute Q & A.

Panel:

HE Mansour Bin Hilal Al Mushaiti Dr Martin T Nweeia Arnaud Lager Cynthia Christie

H.E. Mansour bin Hilal Al Mushaiti - Deputy minister, Environment, Water and Agriculture, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Martin T. Nweeia - Research Scientist Harvard University/Smithsonian Institutuion | Global Fellow, Polar Institute, Wilson Center for International Scholars

Arnaud Lager - CEO, Decahydron

Cynthia-Christie Gripsnäs Jonströmer - Board Member, ESG & Climate Change Harvard Business School Club of Sweden and CEO Antarez Global Impact Capital

Moderator:

Kim Hardaker

Kim Hardker - CEO, Hardaker and Co

12:20 pm – 12:40 pm
12:20 pm – 12:40 pm

Fireside Chat

Tony Douglas Tony Douglas - Chief Executive Officer, Riyadh Air

Moderator:

Dr Reem Lebhar

Dr. Reem Lebhar - Senior Advisor, The Private Office of H.H. Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed Al Maktoum

12:40 pm– 1:20 pm
12:40 pm– 1:20 pm

Tourism Renaissance: Navigating GCC's Future with Emerging Trends and Re-Engineering

Tourism serves as a key driver of economic diversification, job creation, and cultural exchange within the GCC countries. Understanding tourism dynamics not only reveals its economic impact but also showcases the GCC's unique cultural, historical, and natural attractions. Additionally, as global travel evolves, this session explores how the GCC ensures a resilient and sustainable tourism industry that aligns with emerging trends. Join us to uncover the significance and potential of tourism in the GCC. This session will be followed by a 10 min Q&A.

Panel:

Andres de Leon Basmah Al Mayman Abdulaziz Al Khoori Hala Matar Choufany

Andres De Leon - Chief Executive Officer, HyperLoop TT

Basmah Al Mayman - Regional Director of the Middle East, UNWTO

Abdulaziz Al Khoori - Executive Director of Strategy and Transformation, Miral

Hala Matar Choufany - President, HVS Middle East, Africa and South Asia & Vice President, HBS Club Of GCC

Moderator:

Dr Reem Lebhar

Dr. Reem Lebhar - Senior Advisor, The Private Office of H.H. Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed Al Maktoum

1:20 pm - 2:00 pm
1:20 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch Break

2:00 pm- 2:40 pm
2:00 pm- 2:40 pm

Healthcare: Empowering the Healthcare Talent of the future

How can talent and transformative capabilities support the coming transformation and healthcare visions. What are the most relevant skills, and experiences? How can the private sector contribute to educational and developmental strategies? Enablers and challenges? Learn from experts in the healthcare and educational field speaking about the latest research, their inspiring personal paths and experiences and best practices in the field. Their vision for the future and leave- behind recommendations for the talent of the future. This session will be followed by a 10 minute Q & A.

Panel:

Dr Fatimah S Alhamlan Dr Yasmine Altwajiri Wesam Haddad Freddy Jimenez Gomez

Dr. Fatimah S Alhamlan - Consultant, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre | Founder & VP, Rofaida Women’s Health Organization

Dr. Yasmine Altwajiri - Principal Scientist and Chairman, Biostatistics

Wesam Haddad - Head Strategy and Performance Management, ADGM Academy

Freddy Jimenez Gomez - Regional Innovation Lead Middle East, Africa, Russia & CauCAR Senior Director, Pfizer

Moderator:

Ayman Mokhtar Ayman Moktar - Regional President MENA & EURASIA, Viatris (BHI)
2:40 pm - 3:20 pm
2:40 pm - 3:20 pm

The Digital Frontier: GCC's Strategic Drive for Sectoral Transformation

Globally, organizations have made significant strides in digital transformation, leveraging technologies like AI, data analytics, and cloud computing. Achievements include streamlined operations, enhanced customer experiences, and improved decision-making. However, challenges persist, such as data security concerns, the digital divide, and the need for upskilling the workforce to keep pace with rapid technological advancements. This panel promises a comprehensive and forward-looking exploration of digital transformation, offering practical takeaways and a glimpse into the future of digital innovation. This session will be followed by a 10 minute Q & A.

Panel:

Nawaf Al Shammari Dr Akram Nour Shaima Alhamed Abir Habbal

Nawaf Al Shammari - Chairman and Global CEO, MBUZZ

Dr. Akram Nour - Cheif Digital Transformation Officer, Economic Cities and Special Zones Authority

Shaima Al Hamed - Chief Commercial Officer, Bahrain Network

Abir Habbal - Middle East Chief AI Officer, Accenture

Moderator:

Tariq Qureishy Tariq Qureishy - CEO, Xponential Group
3:20 pm - 4:20 pm
3:20 pm - 4:20 pm

Coffee break and Networking

3:45 pm to 4:45 pm
3:45 pm to 4:45 pm

ATHAR Impact for Good: Workshop Sessions

Athar Workshops aim to create close-collaboration, share knowledge and find meaningful solutions to tackle some of the GCC’s biggest challenges. Join us as we uncover innovative solutions in the fields of National Talent and Health.
09:00 am– 09:30 am
09:00 am– 09:30 am

Registration and Networking

09:30 am – 09:32 am
09:30 am – 09:32 am

Welcome by the Host

09:32 am – 09:37 am
09:32 am – 09:37 am

Keynote speech

Dr Abdelaziz Aluwaisheg Dr. Abdelaziz Aluwaisheg - Assistant Secretary, Political & Negotiations Affair
9:37 am– 10:17 am
9:37 am– 10:17 am

Building Tomorrow's Leaders: Human Capital Enrichment for Vision 2030 Success

Investing in human capital is a cornerstone of the GCC's development strategy. For instance, according to the World Bank, the GCC countries collectively allocated approximately 8.5% of their GDP to education in recent years, reflecting a significant commitment to human capital development. Crossroads 2023 seeks to facilitate the exchange of best practices and strategies among GCC countries to ensure effective investments in human capital. The panel will particularly explore early childhood education development, the collaboration between officials and investors, and the transformative changes and future trends in education as key elements of this vital discussion.

Panel:

Adil Alzarooni Mounira Jamjoom Ghassan Mirdad

Adil AlZarooni - CEO, Al Zarooni Emirates Investments LLC

Mounira Jamjoom - Co-Founder and Chief Executive Office, Aanaab

Ghassan Mirdad - CEO, Arabian Drilling

Moderator:

Neil Orvay Neil Orvay - Owner and Founder, Evolution U Consulting
10:17 am – 10:50 am
10:17 am – 10:50 am

FireSide Chat With Dr Nassaer Al - Khater

Caroline Wright

Nasser Al Khater - Chief Executive Officer, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC

Moderator:

Caroline Wright

Caroline Wright - Vice President Europe, EMEA Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning

10:50 am – 11:10 am
10:50 am – 11:10 am

Coffee Break

11:10 am – 11:50 am
11:10 am – 11:50 am

Role of Creative Economies - Rising Soft Powers in the GCC

Soft power represents a nation's ability to influence and shape global perceptions through attraction, diplomacy, and cultural exchange. It transcends traditional forms of power, relying on the appeal of a nation's culture, values, and foreign policies. By projecting a positive image and fostering goodwill, soft power fosters international cooperation and collaboration. In this session we will delve into the critical role of soft power in shaping global perceptions and international relations. Soft power, driven by cultural appeal, values, and diplomacy, helps nations achieve strategic objectives and foster cooperation. We'll also explore the impact of cinema as a universal language that bridges cultures and promotes empathy. Additionally, we'll discuss how sports serves as a potent tool for countries to influence and unite the world, extending beyond the field to promote diplomacy and cultural exchange. Join us to explore the dynamic interplay of culture, cinema, and sports in the realm of soft power. Join us to explore how nations leverage soft power to achieve their strategic objectives and influence international relations in our interconnected world. This session will be followed by a 10 minute Q & A.

Panel:

HH Princess Nouf bint Khaled Al Saud Anastasia Stoiatska Maria Luiza Muna Abusulayman

HH Princess Nouf bint Khaled Al Saud - General Manager of Marketing, Ministry of Sports

Anastasia Stoiatska - Cross-Cultural Expert, Founder and CEO of Cross Cultural Connection,UAE Ambassador of Harvard Mental Health Alumni Association

Maria Luiza Knoblauch - Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Torus Legacy Holding

Muna Abusulayman - Social Impact and Development Leader

Moderator:

Salah Altamimi

Salah Al Thamimi - Sr. Relationship Director, Blue Apple Advertising FZ LLC

11:50 pm - 12:30
11:50 pm - 12:30

Lunch Break

12:30 pm – 1:10 pm
12:30 pm – 1:10 pm

Pixels to Progress: The GCC's Gaming Industry and its Transformative Role

Currently, video gaming is having a significant impact on the GCC region, with a growing community of gamers and a burgeoning gaming industry. Video games have already made a substantial mark on the younger generation, influencing entertainment, education, and social interactions. This session will explore the consequences of this impact on upcoming generations and explore strategies for the GCC to take a leadership role in the gaming industry. Join us to uncover the profound effects of gaming in the region and how the GCC can position itself as a global leader in this dynamic field. This session will be followed by a 10 minute Q & A.

Panel:

Basim Abdullah Al Mohammadi Sultan Alsaad Allie Young Youssef Buhazza Youssef El-Arabi

Basim Abdullah Al Mohammadi - Founder, Masarat Entertainment

Sultan AlSaad - Founder & CEO, Tuwaiq Esports

Allie Young - CMO, ThegameHers.com

Youssef Buhazza - General Manager, GameOn Technologies Consultancy

Youssef El Arabie - Professional Footballer

Moderator:

Mokhliss Barriol Mokhliss Barriol - Tech-preneur and Founder CEO, Quivver SA
1:10 pm - 1:50 pm
1:10 pm - 1:50 pm

Family Business Succession 

The topic of Family Business Succession is of paramount importance due to its direct impact on the sustainability and continuity of family-owned enterprises, a significan economic force in the GCC region. Currently, this subject occupies a central place in discussions within the business community. As these businesses transition from one generation to the next, they face multifaceted challenges related to leadership, governance, and preserving the family legacy. Our session will shed light on the current areas of concern and interest in family business succession, offering insights into strategies for successful transitions and the cultivation of the next generation of leaders within this distinctive economic landscape. This session will be followed by a 10 minute Q & A.

Panel:

Dr Lama Alsulaiman Maarten Geeraerts Ayth Al Mubarack Tirto Adji Cav. Francesco Pavoni

Dr. Lama Alsulaiman - Alsulaiman Board Member, Rolaco Group

Maarten Geeraerts - Group CEO, Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo (Holdings) BSC

Ayth Al Mubarak - CEO, The National Center for Family Business

Tirto Adji - Founder and Managing Partner, Samudra Pacific Capital Partner

Cav. Francesco Pavoni - Managing Director, Strategy & Consulting Products Lead & Corporate and Growth Strategy Lead Middle East at Accenture

Moderator:

Khalid Fagih

Khalid Fagih - Fagih, Board Member, Chairman of the Audit Committee, Tawreed Financial Solutions

1:50 pm – 2:30 pm
1:50 pm – 2:30 pm

Food Security

Food security in the GCC is a topic of great importance, given the region's increasing reliance on food imports and the need to ensure a stable and sustainable food supply. This session will explore the challenges and opportunities related to food security in the GCC, including the impact of climate change, water scarcity, and changing dietary patterns. We'll also discuss strategies for enhancing domestic food production, investing in agricultural technologies, and promoting sustainable farming practices. Join us to delve into the critical issue of food security in the GCC and discover how the region can secure its future food needs while mitigating risks associated with dependency on global food markets. This session will be followed by a 10 minute Q & A.

Panel:

Mohammed Alshuhail Saad Alotaibi Waleed Y. Alnafea

Mohammed Al Shuhail - Executive Vice President, Food Services, Almarai

Saad Alotaibi - Senior Regulatory Consultant,Executive Member, the National Food Supply Chain and Catering Committee at the Federation of Saudi Chambers

Waleed Y. Alnafea - General Manager, Alnafea Foods

Moderator:

Ahmed Bayoumi

Ahmed Bayoumi - CEO, Berain Water

2:30 pm - 2:40 pm
2:30 pm - 2:40 pm

Closing Remarks

Saleh Lootah

Saleh Lootah - President, HBS Club of the GCC

Representative of Harvard Club of Saudi Arabia

2:40 pm - 3:40 pm
2:40 pm - 3:40 pm

Coffee break and Networking

3:40 pm - 4:40 pm
3:40 pm - 4:40 pm

ATHAR Impact for Good: Workshop Sessions

Athar Workshops aim to create close-collaboration, share knowledge and find meaningful solutions to tackle some of the GCC’s biggest challenges. Join us as we uncover innovative solutions in the fields of Food Security.
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