Forum Programme

Forum Day One
8.30 AM
September 14, 2022
Welcome and registration
9.15 AM
September 14, 2022
Saleh Lootah (President - HBS Club of the GCC)
9.25 AM
September 14, 2022
Opening keynote address
Preparing GCC Economies for the Next 50 Years of Growth
H E. Dr. Nayef Al-Hajraf (Secretary General - The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf)
9.45 AM
September 14, 2022
Leadership in an era of transformation

Conversation with GCC Leaders
Participants will have the opportunity to listen and learn from a new era leaders on the massive
transformations, socio-economic trends witnessed i n the GCC. The interactive discussion will
highlight their perspectives on managing such complex challenges, and lessons learned.

H.E. Helal Almarri (Director General - Dubai Department of Economy & Tourism, UAE)
H.E. Mohammed Al-Jasser (Asst Minister - Ministry of Human Resources & Social Development, KSA)
H.E.  Meshal Al Othman (Director General - Public Institution for Social Security, Kuwait)
H.E. Abdulla M. Alashram (Group CEO - Emirates Post Group)
Maya Hojeij (Anchor - Asharq News with Bloomberg)

10.30 AM
September 14, 2022
Climate adaptation
How businesses and investors think about resilience
Climate related perils and exposures seem to be increasing. International greenhouse gas and carbon abatement policies, decarbonizing the economy, investing in renewables and other technology are all necessary to slow climate change…but they are not enough. The odds are that there will be more wildfires, river flooding, drought, storm surge, and extreme heat situations. These events will have wildly variable impacts by geography, peril, wealth, vulnerability, and time frame. Governments apparently can’t or won’t invest ahead enough in adaptation and preparedness. Assets could be destroyed, people could be forced to migrate, public health could deteriorate. BUT! There is a huge pool of private capital on the sidelines, AND many excellent technologies and analytical tools are available to be deployed toward selective investments in resilience to address these problems. What is the state of the art in adaptation today – and what will be future opportunities?

H.H. Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan (Founder & CEO - Alliances for Global Sustainability, UAE)
Paddy Padmanathan (CEO - ACWA Power)
Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi (Chief Sustainability Officer - Majid Al-Futtaim Holding, UAE)
Alexis Lecanuet (Regional Senior Managing Director - Accenture Middle East)
Prof John Macomber (Professor - Harvard Business School)
11.30 AM
September 14, 2022
Networking coffee break
12.00 PM
September 14, 2022
Governance in government and business organizations
Preparing for the next 10-20 years
Leaders from government and business organisations agree that a paradigm shift is needed in the way our organsations are governed in order to prepare them for the next 1 0-20 years. The session will throw more light on how GCC government and business organisations need to prepare effective governance strategies that can drive long-term success.

H.E. Abdullah Al Shamsi (Director General - Abu Dhabi Investment Office)
Ayesha Sultan (Fellow & Chartered Director - UK Institute of Directors)
Haithem Al Faraj ( CTO - STC, KSA)
Waddah Ghanem Al Hashmi (Senior Director - Fellow of Board of Directors Institute, GCC)
Dr. Huda Almuaini (Executive Director Strategy Affairs - Department of Health, Abu Dhabi)
Tareq Querishy (CEO - MadTalks)
12.30 PM
September 14, 2022
Addressing key economic challenges and positioning for growth in the GCC region
Conversation with
Fahad Al Nusef (Director - Gulf Investment Corporation, Kuwait)
Faiz Mayalakkara (Director Investments - Emirates Investment Authority UAE)
12.40 PM
September 14, 2022
Planning for GCC’s future healthcare systems
Once the domain of the public sector, healthcare is now considered a public-private initiative with GCC governments creating space for private operators to enter the sector. This session delves deeper into this transformation and how it needs to be supported by major policy changes and regulatory frameworks to attract private players from the GCC and beyond while enabling them to create the scale and yet remain competitive and financially rewarded.

HRH Dr. Maha bint Mishari bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Vice President - Al Faisal University)
Sharif Beshara (Group CEO - Mohammad & Obaid Al Mulla Group, UAE)
Dr. Maliha Hashmi (C-level Healthcare Executive - Global Health Leader, KSA)
Dr. Jorge A. Guzman (Chief Executive Officer - Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, UAE)
Dr. Asma Al Mannaei (Executive Director - Department of Health, Abu Dhabi)
Dr. Immanuel Azaad Moonesar R.D (Associate Professor - Health Administration and Policy, Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government)
1.30 PM
September 14, 2022
Networking Lunch
2.30 PM
September 14, 2022
The digital economy

Are we getting it right?
GCC regional governments and business leaders are positioning their organizations to be key players in the emerging digital economy, with the aim to transform a region from digital adoption to digital disruption. However, there needs to be serious examination: how governments and businesses have performed so far, their plans for a future that is arriving faster than expected, and of trends such as blockchain, AI, the metaverse... both for the real impact and the pitfalls. The
discussion on this panel will revolve around the much needed planning and collaboration efforts
needed between different stakeholders in the GCC region on its path towards a successful digital

H.E. Omar Sultan Al Olama (Minister of State of AI - Digital Economy, UAE)
Eng. Ahmed Bin Abdullah Alolala (Deputy CEO - Thiqah, KSA)
Shant Okanayan (Head of Global Business - ByteDance)
J.K. Khalil (General Manager MENA East - Mastercard)
Hind AbuAlia (Board Member & Tech Sector Lead - HBS Club of the GCC)

3.15 PM
September 14, 2022
Food security strategy in the GCC
GCCs food security challenge is straightforward. It will need to feed up to 20-30 million more people by 2050. With little arable land and water, GCC need to find its own ways with innovations in food production, manufacturing, distribution to meets its demand and feed its population. The panel will also discuss Agri Business development in the region and how to support Food Security/ what programs are underway to boost output?

H.E. Mariam Bint M. Al Mheiri (Minister of Climate Change and Environment - UAE)
Gianluca Fabbri (Acting CEO - Al Dahra Group)
Ali Al Uraimi (Chief Executive Officer - Nakheel Oman Development Company, Oman)
Samah Mohamed Al Hajeri (Director of Co-operatives & Strategic Reserve - Ministry of Economy, UAE )
Hamed Al Hamed (CEO and Founder - Gracia Group )
Ahmed Bayoumi (CEO - Global Food Industries, UAE)
4.00 PM
September 14, 2022
Networking reception
6.30 PM
September 14, 2022
Closing of Day One Programme
Forum Day Two
8.30 AM
September 15, 2022
Welcome and registration
9.30 AM
September 15, 2022
National work force development
Conversation with GCC leaders
Participants will have the opportunity to hear top GCC leaders about their perspective on GCC national work force development, how they managed the challenge within their organisations how they think GCC organisations should manage this huge task in hand.

H.E. Ghannam Al Mazrouei (Secretary General - Emirati Talent Competitiveness Council, UAE)
Dr. Lamya Al Haj (Professor - Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat)
Khaled Al Saleh (Managing Director, Middle East & North Africa - Sutherland Global)
Sadeq Jarrar (Executive Director - Arab Youth Center)
Sarah Shaw (Strategy & Change Management Expert)
10.15 AM
September 15, 2022
Future of finance decrypted
Decentralised finance is disrupting the global financial system. Cryptocurrencies, smart contracts, blockchain etc are now becoming more widely accepted for payments with various central banks poised to launch their own coins. All of these changes are bound to make tremendous impacts on GCC’s legacy financial infrastructure but the region is making its own moves to ride this wave. Public and private sector leaders from the sector will join leading experts to find a way forward at this interesting session.

Navin Gupta (Managing Director - South Asia & MENA, Ripple)
Yasmeen Al Sharaf (Director of FinTech & Innovation - Central Bank, Bahrain)
Abdullah Al Tuwaijri (CEO - Boubyan Bank, Kuwait)
Fadi Ghandour (Executive Chairman, Wamda Capital, UAE)
Raja Al Mazrouei (Executive Director - DIFC Fintech Hive, UAE)
11.00 AM
September 15, 2022
Networking coffee break
11.30 AM
September 15, 2022
Preparing GCC retailers for the happiness economy

Similar to any other region in the world, the customer, employee and investor expectations are changing in the GCC region. There is a major balancing act needed from today’s retail leaders in order to try and achieve organisations that are happy, while at the same time adapting to the changing ways and market trends. In an interesting panel, we will explore alongside top regional retailers about how they foresee the coming happiness economy and how they are investing and preparing for happiness within their value chains.

Ralph Debbas (Chief Executive Officer - W Motors, UAE)
Ashish Panjabi (COO - Jacky’s Group, UAE)
Abdulaziz B. Al Loughani (Chairman and CEO - Floward, Kuwait)
Hala Matar Choufany (President - Middle East, Africa and South Asia - HVS)
Rohit Dev (CEO and Co Founder - ideas91)

12.15 PM
September 15, 2022
Fire side chat : Retail trends or turbulence

Faraz Khalid (CEO -
Rohit Dev (CEO and Co Founder - ideas91)

12.45 PM
September 15, 2022
Networking lunch
02.00 PM
September 15, 2022
Focus sessions on GCC challenges - (Parallel Streams)

HBS Crossroads GCC Challenges focus session will be led by HBS sector leads, alumni CEOs and other delegates to address key challenges faced by the GCC today. Participants will get to analyze, discuss and derive actionable and impact-full initiatives that are connected and relevant to our every day lives.

The sessions will collect together delegates offering them opportunities to deep dive into key challenges discussed at the main programme, building upon the authentic and concrete observations to create further insights through reflection and sharing with peers.

These groups will be further split into smaller teams encouraged and mentored by a group of experts challenging them to come with the insightful solutions for the future challenges. They will apply their thinking to generate new ideas that open new  erspectives and opportunities.

Key Challenges:

  1. Health
  2. National Talent
  3. Food Security
  4. Sustainability
5.30 PM
September 15, 2022
Clossing session
Announcement of HBS Crossroads winning ideas / initiatives

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