H E. Dr. Nayef Al-Hajraf (Secretary General - The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf)
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)
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)
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)
Fahad Al Nusef (Director - Gulf Investment Corporation, Kuwait)
Faiz Mayalakkara (Director Investments - Emirates Investment Authority UAE)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Faraz Khalid (CEO - Noon.com)
Rohit Dev (CEO and Co Founder - ideas91)
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.
- National Talent
- Food Security