FDI Forum 2017

Join elite business leaders and economists from the public and private sectors from around the world, at the 3rd edition of the Sharjah FDI Forum, organized by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), and the Sharjah FDI Office (Invest in Sharjah), the foreign investment promotion arm at the Authority. The forum, also held with the strategic partnership of CNBC Arabia, will lead topics such as the 4th Industrial Revolution, its impacts, challenges, and opportunities; the entrepreneurship and start-up ecosystem in Sharjah and the UAE; the policies and strategies that drive investments and competitiveness across the world.

The two-day forum will help you capitalise on your investment opportunities and guide you to leading an array of prospects and markets from Sharjah and the UAE to the rest of the MENA region.

Day 1

Tuesday 19 September, 2017

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08:30 a.m. Registration and Networking
09.30 a.m. Main Address of the Forum H.E. Sultan bin Saeed Al MansouriMinister of Economy, United Arab Emirates
09.40 a.m. Main Address Sheikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al QasimiChairperson, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq)
09.50 a.m. Opening Keynote Mr. Mohamed Yousef BurhanChief Executive Officer, CNBC Arabia
09.55 a.m. Opening Keynote Mr. Jonathan LabinManaging Director, Middle East, North Africa & Pakistan at Facebook
10.00 a.m. Sponsors Recognition Awards
10:20 a.m. Panel 1: Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) H.E. Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal Chief Executive Officer, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) Prof. Dott. Giovanni Bozzetti Founder and President, EFG Consulting srl Mr. Deepak C. Khanna Chief Executive Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC) Investment OfficeMr. Philippe Yvergniaux Executive Director, International Cooperation Business France
11.00 a.m. Panel 2: The Green Economy for Sustainable Development H.E. Dr. Engineer Rashid Obaid Al Leem Chairman of Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA) H.E. Khaled Eisa Al Huraimel Group Chief Executive Officer, Bee’ah Mr. Frode Mauring RC UN and UNDP Representative, U.A.E.
11:45 a.m. Break
12:00 p.m. Panel 3: The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR): Opportunities, Benefits & Challenges Mr. Colin Hu Vice President, Enterprise Business Group, Middle East Region, HUAWEI Technologies, U.A.E. Mr. Dan Hu General Manager, Alibaba Cloud Middle East and Africa Mr. Zaid Alqufaidi Managing Director, Retail- Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) Mr. Bashar Kilani Region Executive, Gulf Countries & Levant, IBM Middle East Mr. Tarek Abdalla Regional Head of Marketing Middle East and North Africa- Google
12:45 p.m. Lunch Break
1:45 p.m. Panel 4: Government innovation, a new trend shaping the future of governments Mr. Walid Hareb Al Falahi Chief Executive Officer of the Dubai Consultancy Mr. Tayfun Topkoç Managing Director, SAP United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) and Oman Mr. Bashar Al Natoor Senior Director, Global head of Islamic Finance – (Fitch Ratings) Dubai Mr. Marwan Obaid Al Muhairi Director of the Project Management Office - Ajman Municipality & Planning Department
2:35 p.m. Panel 5: The new trend in Tech, Blockchain Mr. Weynand Kuijpers Co-Founder, GiG.tech Mr. Gordon Stewart Chief Information Officer, Global Education Management Systems (GEMS) Dr. Fatima Al Arabi Chief Executive Officer, ALAF Capital SA. Mr. Ajit Tripathi Director, Fintech and Digital Banking, and Co-founder, Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC)
3:10 p.m. End of Day One
Day 2

Wednesday 20 September, 2017

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09:00 a.m. Registration and Networking
10.00 a.m. Opening Keynote H.E. Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Saleh Under Secretary for Foreign Trade and Industry Affairs, Ministry of Economy, U.A.E.
10.15 a.m. Panel 1: Sustainable Economy in the MENA Region Dr. Anil K. Khandelwal Former Chairman and Managing Director of Bank of Baroda and Dena Bank and currently a member of Banks Board Bureau Mr. Adel Al Ali Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia Mr. Khalid Al Yahmadi Chief Executive Officer of Muscat National Development and Investment Company (ASAAS) Mr. Youssef Benslim Head of Government Affairs for Ford Motors for Middle East and Africa
11.00 a.m. Panel 2: How technology is shaping the education sector? H.E. Hussain Mohammed Al MahmoudiChief Executive Officer, American University of Sharjah Enterprises and Chief Executive Officer, Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park Dr. Imad Y. Hoballah Provost, American University in Dubai (AUD)Dr. Bjorn Kjerfve Chancellor and Professor at American University of Sharjah Mr. Sirish Kumar Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Telr.com Mr. Kamal Gupta Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Regional Director, Middle East and Africa Global Schools Foundation
11:45 a.m. Break
12:00 p.m. Panel 3: How startups can change the shape of the economy? Ms. Anjali Bansal Founder & MD, ABS Advisors Ms. Najla Al Midfa General Manager, Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre (Sheraa) Mr. Samer Choucair VP, CE-Ventures, Crescent Enterprises Mr. Rami Al Banna VP, iMENA Group Mr. Jassim Mohamed Al Bastaki Secretary-general, Emirati Entrepreneurs Association
12:45 p.m. Lunch Break
1:30 p.m. Interview: UAE and Value Added Tax Mr. Gurdeep Singh Randhay Director and Head of Tax, Grant Thornton
1:50 p.m. Panel 4: Sharjah Delves into the Future H.E. Dr. Khalid Omar Al Midfa Chairman, Sharjah Media City (Shams)H.E. Sultan Abdullah bin Hadda Al Suwaidi Chairman of Sharjah Economic Development Department (SEDD) H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz Saeed Al Muhairi Director of Sharjah Health Authority Mr. Abdelaziz Shattaf Assistant Director General for Members Services Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI)

2:30 p.m. End of the forum


Sharjah FDI Forum 2017 Explores the Role of Foreign Direct Investment in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Event addresses vital technological advances that could determine the future of economies For immediate release, Sharjah, 23 August, 2017, The second and concluding day of the Sharjah FDI Forum 2017, scheduled to take place on 20 September, 2017 under the patronage of...
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