Under the High Patronage of
      Mr Emmanuel MACRON
       President of the French Republic

 

 

 

 

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June 13th & 14th, 2023

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Ministry for the the Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty, Paris

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PROGRAM

Conference hosted by:

Daleen HASSAN

Anchor & Founder of CHAIR GLOBAL MEDIA
Tuesday June 13th, French Ministry for the Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty
8:00   Registration of participants & welcome coffee
9:00   Opening Remarks

Bruno LE MAIRE, Minister of Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty
Laurent SAINT-MARTIN, CEO, BUSINESS FRANCE

9:30   Introductory Round Table: Geopolitics of today: the new business dynamics in an era of uncertainty and global challenges

Bandar Ibrahim AL KHORAYEF, Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia
H.E. Jasem Mohamed ALBUDAIWI, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council
Anne GUEGUEN, Middle East and North Africa Director at the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
Magali CESANA, Head of Bilateral Affairs, General Direction of French Treasury
Laurent SAINT-MARTIN, CEO, BUSINESS FRANCE
Anne GUEGUEN, Middle East and North Africa Director at the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

Moderated by: Faisal ABBAS, Editor in Chief, ARAB NEWS

10:30  « Doing business » in the Gulf countries, a successful Vision for the global economy

Sherif SHAWKI, Egypt, Libya & Kuwait Tax Leader, PWC
Mohamed BEN LADEN, President, Conseil d’Affaires Franco-Saoudien (CAFS) 
Khaled ABBAS, Group Head of Wholesale Banking, Gulf International Bank (GIB)
Natalie DEMOL, Legal Director, Europe and Americas, KATARA HOSPITALITY (Founding member of QADRAN, the Franco-Qatari business circle)
Jamal ALJARWAN, Secretary-General, UAEIIC

Moderated by: Pablo MARTIN DE HOLAN, Dean of HEC Paris in Qatar

11:30  Gulf countries:  investing in the future of energy security while accelerating the energy transition

Nabil AL-NUAIM, ARAMCO Digital CEO and Aramco SVP Digital & IT
Hervé MAILLART, Permanent Delegate for the Nuclear Sector, Comité stratégique de la filière nucléaire (CSFN)
Brice RAISIN, Vice President, Heavy Duty Gas Turbine Sales, GE Gas Power Europe, Middle East & Africa
Amalia GIANNAKIKOU, Head, Development & Investment (Europe) of MASDAR
Majdi ABED, VP International Public Affairs,  TOTAL ENERGIES 
Didier HOLLEAUX, Executive Vice President, ENGIE

Moderated by: Marc-Antoine EYL-MAZZEGA, Director, Energy & Climate Center, French Institute for International Relations (IFRI)

12:30  Cocktail & networking lunch
14:00  Building Smart Cities in the Gulf Region: the leading way for a sustainable future

Muntaser KALAHJI, President & COO, SHURFAH HOLDING
Muhammad JAWAD, Manager – Property & Community Management, IMKAN Properties
Mohamed AL BREIKI,  Executive Director, Sustainable Real Estate, MASDAR CITY
Dayana PANKOVA, Head of Business Development GCC Countries, ASTEK INTERNATIONAL

Moderated by: Madeleine HOUBART, Secretary General, AFEX

15:00  Towards a Healthier Future in the Gulf Countries: addressing challenges and embracing opportunities

Faisal AL-MUTAWA, Chairman & CEO, AAW Group 
Sherif BESHARA, Group CEO, MOHAMED & OBAID ALMULLA GROUP- AMERICAN HOSPITAL DUBAI
Dr Khaled HAMAWI, Director for Health System Design, NEOM Health, Wellbeing & Biotechnology
Johanna LERFEL, General Delegate, FRENCH HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATION
Daphné RICHET-COOPER, Head of Bilateral Relations, SANOFI

Moderated by: Saada EL SABRI, Journalist, MCD

16:00  Tasting Success, Building Business: the growth and potential of the French agrifood sector in the Gulf countries.

David GAU, Director of Franchise Operations & Business Development, EXTENC (CASINO GROUP)
Waleed Abdulrazzaq BINDAWOOD, CCO, DANUBE
Fathi BENNI, Founder, LE PETIT BERET

Moderated by: Hava YILDIZ, Public Relations, Marketing & Content Strategy, BUSINESS FRANCE

17:00  French Touch in the Gulf: navigating new trends and retail realities through innovative shopping experiences in a competitive landscape

Geoffroy BUNETEL, Chief of Staff to Chalhoub Group’s President, CHALHOUB GROUP
Meshaal BIN OMAIRH, CEO, OTHAIM HOLDING
H.E. Noor AL TAMIMI, Board Member for Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council / Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce / Founder Bedashing Beauty Lounge
Ziad ASMAR, Executive Director, DARWISH HOLDING
Pascal ABCHEE, General Manager for French Department Stores LLC (Galeries Lafayette Dubai)

Moderated by : Aby SAM THOMAS, Editor in Chief of the Magazine, ENTREPRENEUR MIDDLE EAST

18:00  Closing remarks 

Sheikha Alanoud bint Hamad AL-THANI, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Business Officer, QATAR FINANCIAL CENTRE

 

18:30  Cocktail & Networking Diner
Wednesday June 14th, French Ministry for the Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty
8:00   Welcome Coffee in the presence of the Minister Olivier BECHT
9:20   Opening Remark

Olivier BECHT, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade, Economic Attractiveness and French Nationals Abroad

9:40   Invest in France and build tomorrow’s value chains and economies

Marc LHERMITTE, Senior Partner, EY Consulting, Global Lead – FDI & Attractiveness | EY – Global
Geoffroy BUNETEL, Chief of staff to Chalhoub Group’s President, CHALHOUB GROUP
Christophe BOURLAND, Country Manager France, FIRST ABU DHABI BANK
Roland MONTFORT, Corporate and M&A Partner, BRYAN CAVE LEIGHTON PAISNER
Olivier BILLON, Founder & CEO, YKONE

Moderated by: Raffaella SILVETI, Director, Inward Investment, BUSINESS FRANCE Middle East

10:30   How do GCC countries use Artificial Intelligence to drive their digital transformation in order to diversify their economies?

Ahmed AL GHAMDI, Founder & CEO, AI GLOBAL COMPANY
HE Marwa Al MANSOORI, Board Member Abu Dhabi Businesswomen council & Siemens Advanta Digital Transformation Consultant
Valérie HAWLEY, Executive Director, SORBONNE CENTER FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Yousef KHALILI, Chief Commercial Officer, President of Professional Services, TONOMUS
Jean Baptiste FANTUN, CEO, NukkAI

Moderated by: Elodie ROBIN, Head of Growth and Strategy, Hub 71

11:20  GCC, the new global green logistics hub: partnership & new Investment opportunities?

Suliman ALMAZROUA, CEO, National Industrial Development Logistic Program (NIDLP)
Dr. Ahmed AL ABRI, CEO, ASYAD PORTS
Ali H. KHALIL, CEO, Kuwait Financial Center – MARKAZ
Ali AL-KHALIFA, Chief Executive Officer for Zones Development, QATAR FREE ZONES AUTHORITY
Amal LOUIS, General Management, Sales & Business Development, MARSEILLE PORT

Moderated by: Ali ITANI, Regional Head of ARAB NEWS in French, Arab News

12:10   Industry 4.0 solutions to drive GCC vision in building smart and sustainable manufacturing of tomorrow 

Abdallah OBEIKAN, CEO, OBEIKAN GROUP
Alice GUEHENNEC, Chief Digital and Information Officer, SAUR
Paul GUILLAUMOT, CEO, SPARE PARTS 3D

Moderated by: Abdulaziz Khattak, Editor, OGN energy magazine/Al Hilal Group

13:00   Cocktail & Networking lunch
14:00  Sports, Entertainment and Creative economy: 3 pillars to boost Tourism development in the GCC

Guillaume DEGUERRY, Associate Director, METALU PLAST
Arthur RAIZIN, Director International business, RUGGIERI
Yasmin GAHTANI, Director, Saudi Climbing and Hiking Federation
Thomas GATEFF, Managing Director, M2L Concepts
Abdul Rahman Bin Abdul LATIF AL-MANNAI, Chairman of Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF)

Moderated by: Olivier BILLON, Founder & CEO, YKONE

15:00  Addressing food security and sovereignty challenges – How the French F&B stands out?

Dr. Masoud AL-MARRI, Director, Food Security Department. Ministry Of Municipality – Qatar
Anais RIFFIOD, Director, APEXAGRI
Hassan HALAWY, General Manager, ELITE AGRO LLC
Stéphane LAYANI, CEO, SEMMARIS
Khuloud NOWAIS, Chief Sustainability Officer, Emirates Foundation, Ne3ma program, EMIRATES FOUNDATION

Moderated by: Ali ITANI, Regional Head of ARAB NEWS in French, Arab News

16:00  World’s biggest megaprojects shaping the GCC

Charles-Emmanuel DE BEAUREGARD, Country Head of CIB, QATAR NATIONAL BANK
Nicolas LEFEBVRE, Tourism and Hospitality Director, AFALULA

Moderated by: Dr. Arnaud LACHERET, Director of the Master of Science “Program and Project Management and Business Development” at SKEMA BUSINESS SCHOOL

16:45  Closing remarks

Axel BAROUX, French Trade & Invest Commissioner for United Arab Emirates and Middle East, BUSINESS FRANCE

 

17:00  End of the Event

SPEAKERS

Bruno LE MAIRE

Minister of Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty

Olivier BECHT

Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade, Economic Attractiveness and Foreign Nationals Abroad, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs

Laurent SAINT-MARTIN

CEO, BUSINESS FRANCE

H.E. Jasem Mohamed ALBUDAIWI

 Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council

Suliman ALMAZROUA

CEO, National Industrial Development Logistic Program (NIDLP)

Dr. Masoud AL-MARRI

Director, Food Security Department. Ministry Of Municipality – Qatar

Pablo MARTIN DE HOLAN

Dean of HEC Paris in Qatar

Nabil AL-NUAIM

ARAMCO Digital CEO and Aramco SVP Digital & IT

Abdallah OBEIKAN

CEO, OBEIKAN GROUP

Faisal AL-MUTAWA

Chairman & CEO, AAW Group

 

Ahmed Al Ghamdi

Founder & CEO, AI GLOBAL COMPANY

Sherif SHAWKI

Regional Tax Leader, PWC Koweït 

Arthur RAIZIN

Director International business, RUGGIERI

HE. Marwa AL MANSOORI

Board Member Abu Dhabi Businesswomen council & Siemens Advanta Digital Transformation Consultant

Sherif BESHARA

Group Chief Executive Officer, American Hospital Dubaï

Muntaser KALAHJI

President & COO
SHURFAH HOLDING

 

 

Guillaume DEGUERRY

Associate Director, METALU PLAST

Marc LHERMITTE

Senior Partner, EY Consulting, Global Lead – FDI & Attractiveness | EY – Global

Geoffroy BUNETEL

Chief of Staffto Chalhoub Group’s President, CHALHOUB GROUP

Dr. Ahmed AL ABRI

CEO, ASYAD PORTS

Hassan HALAWY

General Manager, ELITE AGRO PROJECTS

Roland MONTFORT

Corporate and M&A Partner, BRYAN CAVE LEIGHTON PAISNER

HE. Noor AL TAMIMI

Board Member for Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council/ Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce / Founder Bedashing Beauty Lounge

Ziad ASMAR

Executive Director, Darwish Holding

 

Valérie HAWLEY

Executive Director of Corporate Partnerships – Sorbonne Center of Artificial Intelligence (SCAI)

Ali ITANI

Regional Head of Arab News in French, ARAB NEWS

Meshaal BIN OMAIRH

CEO, OTHAIM HOLDING

Abdulrahman AL MANNAI

Chairman Qatar Motor & Motorcycle Federation (QMMF)

Muhammed JAWAD

Manager – Property & Community Management, IMKAN Properties

Ali AL-KHALIFA

Chief Executive Officer for Zones Development, QATAR FREE ZONES AUTHORITY

Pascal ABCHEE

General Manager, French Department Stores LLC (Galeries Lafayette Dubai)

Olivier BILLON

Founder & CEO, YKONE

Yasmin GAHTANI

Managing Director, Saudi Climbing and Hiking Federation

Hervé MAILLART

Permanent Delegate for the Nuclear Industry, CSFN

Khaled ABBAS

Group Head of Wholesale Banking, Gulf International Bank (GIB)

Mohamed BEN LADEN

President, Saudi French Business Council (CAFS)

Ali H. KHALIL

CEO, Kuwait Financial Center – MARKAZ

Marc-Antoine EYL-MAZZEGA

Director, Energy & Climate Center, French Institute for International Relations (IFRI)

Paul GUILLAUMOT

CEO, SPARE PARTS 3D

Aby SAM THOMAS

Editor in Chief of the Magazine, ENTREPRENEUR MIDDLE EAST

Elodie ROBIN

Head of Growth and Strategy, HUB 71

Faisal ABBAS

Editor in Chief, ARAB NEWS

Alice GUEHENNEC

Chief Digital and Information Officer, SAUR

Abdulaziz KHATTAK

Editor, OGN energy magazine/Al Hilal Group

Mohamed AL BREIKI

Executive Director, Sustainable Real Estate, MASDAR CITY

Amalia GIANNAKIKOU

Head, Development & Investment (Europe) of MASDAR

Louise QUESNEL

Deputy COO, BUSINESS FRANCE INVEST

Brice RAISIN

Vice President, Heavy Duty Gas Turbine Sales, GE Gas Power Europe, Middle East & Africa

Arnaud LACHERET

Director of the Master of Science “Program and Project Management and Business Development” at SKEMA BUSINESS SCHOOL

Sheikha ALANOUD

Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Business Officer, QATAR FINANCIAL CENTRE

Dr Khaled HAMAWI

Director for Health System Design, NEOM Health, Wellbeing & Biotechnology

Johanna LERFEL

General Delegate, FRENCH HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATION

Thomas GATEFF

Managing Director, M2L Concepts

Amal LOUIS

General Management, Sales & Business Development, MARSEILLE PORT

Dr. Saada ELSABRI

Senior presenter, MCD

Axel BAROUX

French Trade & Invest Commissioner for United Arab Emirates and Middle East, BUSINESS FRANCE

Raffaella SILVETI

Director, Inward Investment, BUSINESS FRANCE Middle East

Hava YILDIZ

Public Relations, Marketing & Content Strategy, BUSINESS FRANCE

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FRENCH MINISTRY FOR THE ECONOMY, FINANCE AND INDUSTRIAL AND DIGITAL SOVEREIGNTY
139 rue de Bercy, Paris 75012
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