10-11 September 2019
Intercontinental Festival City, Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Summit Agenda

Day 1 - 10th September 2019

07:30 - 08:50


08:50 - 09:00



09:00 - 09:05

Opening Address

Saed Al Awadi, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Exports

Saed Al Awadi

09:05 - 09:10

Welcome Address

H.E. Eng. Osama Amir Fadhel, Acting Assistant Undersecretary of Industrial Affairs, Ministry of Energy & Industry

H.E. Eng. Osama Amir Fadhel

09:10 - 09:25


09:25 - 09:45

Dubai Industry Performance Based on the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030 Plan & its Main KPIs

Mohammed Ali AlKamali, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Exports

Mohammed Ali AlKamali

09:45 - 10:25

Panel Discussion: Dubai by 2030-A Global Platform for Knowledge-Based, Sustainable & Innovative Industries

  • Overview of major contributing factors that will help transform the future of manufacturing in Dubai
  • GROWTH ENGINE: SMEs represent 95% of the economy – strategies to help Dubai benefit
  • INNOVATION BASED: People represent the heart of any business operation – understanding the importance of a high-skilled workforce to enable socially responsible, sustainable & efficient manufacturing
  • HOME FOR GLOBAL BUSINESSES: How can industries capitalize on the Dubai’s strategic location and business-friendly regulations?

Dr. Zain Tahboub, Chief Advisor, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects
Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi, Managing Director, Dubai Science Park
Muhammad Ibrahim Ishaq, Director, Property & Sales Management, Dubai Maritime City
Saud Abu Alshawareb, Managing Director, Dubai Industrial City

Dr. Zain Tahboub
Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi
Muhammad Ibrahim Ishaq
Saud Abu Alshawareb

10:25 - 10:45

The Dubai Silk Road Strategy: Cementing Dubai’s Status as the Strategic Link to Global Trade

  • Connecting the world – 80+ international shipping ports operated by Dubai, largest international airport connecting 200+ cities, 1 billion+ passengers travelling through the airport in the next 10 years
  • Overview of the 50-Year Charter & boosting sea, air freight while enhancing logistical integration
  • Enriching trade ties between free zones & other emirates
  • Augmenting the strategic & operational connection of logistics services between Dubai’s port terminals, airports and free zones both locally & across the world

Ahmad Sultan Al Haddad, Chief Operating Officer, Parks & Zones - UAE Region, DP World

Ahmad Sultan Al Haddad

10:45 - 11:05

Globalization Roadmap for a UAE Manufacturer

  • The evolution of Strata and its futuristic vision for the aerospace sector in the UAE
  • Building the next generation of leaders in the aerospace sector
  • Strata's investment in R&D technologies to boost the company’s competitiveness in the aerospace sector

Ismail Abdulla, Chief Executive Officer, Strata Manufacturing

Ismail Abdulla

11:05 - 11:35


11:35 - 12:15

Panel Discussion: Exploring the Future of Advanced Manufacturing & Production

  • Digital Twin Technology – overview of use cases & establishing its importance for the future of manufacturing in the region
  • Automated Production – With the evolution of AI, machine learning and robotics, factories are changing the way they operate and perform. What process innovation strategies are best to apply AI successfully?
  • Why are manufacturing industries adopting 3D printing at a faster pace?
  • Connected & intelligent smart factories – how does it impact productivity, profitability & predictability?

Bernhard Randerath, Vice President Design, Engineering and Innovation, Etihad Airways Engineering
Dr. Majida Al Azazi, Chief Executive Officer, Sandstorm Motorvehicles Manufacturing LLC
Hassan Al-Hazeem, Managing Director, Intercoil International Group
Dr. Magdy Fahmy, Chief Executive Officer, LIFEPharma fze
Mansoor Janahi, Chief Executive Officer, Sanad Aerotech - Mubadala Development Company
Michael Walsh, Global Business Process Manager - Quality, Ball Packaging
Musa Souri, Chief Executive Officer, Union Iron & Steel

Bernhard Randerath
Dr. Majida Al Azazi
Hassan Al-Hazeem
Dr. Magdy Fahmy
Mansoor Janahi
Michael Walsh
Musa Souri

12:15 - 12:35

Cloud ERP – The Enabler to Unlocking the Power of AI and IOT

  • Cloud ERP as the essential foundation of success and growth
  • Demonstration of the very latest in AI for Manufacturing
  • Understanding why industry specific ERP is the best decision your business

Paul Flannery, Vice President, International Channels, Epicor

Paul Flannery

12:35 - 12:55

The UAE Federal Export Credit Company Provides a Roadmap to Local Manufacturers in Expanding to the Global Market – An ECI Perspective

  • Understanding the role of an export credit agency and the valuable contribution to the manufacturing sector in accordance with UAE Vision 2021
  • Healthy International business growth, competitiveness and export costs control are key to support local manufacturers potential of expanding into the global arena and help them with international trade fluctuations
  • What are the underlying challenges and solutions to support global trade and promoting exports in the UAE?


Massimo Falcioni, Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Credit Insurance

Massimo Falcioni

12:55 - 13:15

Warehouse Automation and Artificial Intelligence

  • AI seems to be seizing minds of the contemporary business owners
  • However, steps to AI are paved through general production automation
  • Warehouse automation is essential in preparation of the enterprise for the leap in to the future

Andrey Kras, Account Manager, Daifuku

Andrey Kras

13:15 - 13:35

Does Industry 4.0 Represent a Great Promise or Potential Peril?

  • Improving stakeholder engagement & customer experience with industry 4.0 – will it work for your business?


Mansoor Sarwar, Director Technical Services - Middle East, Sage

Mansoor Sarwar

13:35 - 14:15

Panel Discussion: E-commerce Transforming the Future of Logistics

  • With mobile shopping showing an ever increase in online revenue, E-commerce explosion has led to disruption in the logistics sector. How has the logistics sector embraced this transformation? 
  • Rising consumer expectations and demand for swift delivery is impending in this industry. Is the E-commerce channel revamping logistics business?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities for e-commerce logistics in UAE and how it’s affecting trade?

Anish Garg, Head of Operations, Fetchr
Ankit Gupta, Senior Director – Supply Chain Management - GCC, Adidas
Bobby Clark, Head of Logistics, Home Centre - Landmark Group
Hatem Tantawy, Business Development Manager, Honeywell
Krishna Moorthy, Head of Logistics, PAN Emirates Home Furnishings
Marcus Berg, Director Product Development - Logistics District, Dubai South
Vikas Jain, VP - Logistics Operations,

Anish Garg
Ankit Gupta
Bobby Clark
Hatem Tantawy
Krishna Moorthy
Marcus Berg
Vikas Jain

14:15 - 14:25

Digital Transformation to Smart Factory

  • Journey through Digital Transformation
  • Introducing production performance monitoring to collect accurate real time data
  • Choosing your next options: from production planning to energy optimization, quality control to maintenance
  • Achieving the holy grail of increased efficiency and delivering rapid ROI

Andrzej Jarosz, Chief Executive Officer, ANT Sp. z o.o.

Andrzej Jarosz

14:25 - 14:35


14:35 - 15:35


Day 2 - 11th September 2019

08:00 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:10


09:10 - 09:30

Bringing the Automotive Industry to the Middle East

  • Smart factories playing a central role in manufacturing – what does the future hold?
  • Exposing youth to R&D and smart manufacturing to pique interest in this sector

Ralph Debbas, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, W Motors

Ralph Debbas

09:30 - 09:50

Ball Corporation - Continuous Improvement with Digital Transformation

  • Lean Manufacturing and MES
  • The benefits – What has been achieved
  • The future – Ongoing initiatives

Michael Walsh, Global Business Process Manager - Quality, Ball Packaging

Michael Walsh

09:50 - 10:10

Digital Transformation: The Two Citadels of Manufacturing Metamorphosis at Mahindra Auto

  • How digital transformation is enabling manufacturers to reduce new product development cycle time
  • Exploring how digital transformation is enabling delightful product delivery from sales planning through supply chain and manufacturing to the end consumer

Namrita Mahindro, Senior General Manager - Digital Transformation & Innovation, Mahindra Group

Namrita Mahindro

10:10 - 10:55

Panel Discussion: The Evolution of Operational Excellence & Lean Strategies

  • Exploring the adoption of OpEx & lean strategies – do they make sense for all manufacturing facilities?
  • Is operational excellence essential to business transformation?
  • Can technology help with re-engineering existing business processes to maximize efficiency?
  • Driving business excellence with the alignment of people, process & technology at your manufacturing facility

Amitava Giri, Head - Group Quality & Business Excellence, Emirates National Oil Company
Dr. Hanaa Gomaa, Head of Supply Chain (CSL) of Gulf, MENA Growth Markets and Pakistan, Mondelez International
Jelena Agbaba, Head of Quality Assurance & Product Development, Al Rawabi Dairy Company
Silvana Zaki, Head - Supply Chain, Operations & Quality MEA, Johnson & Johnson
Wael Nehme, Vice President of Supply Chain & Projects, Dubai Refreshments
Walaa Maher, General Manager – Supply Chain, RAK Ceramics

Amitava Giri
Dr. Hanaa Gomaa
Jelena Agbaba
Silvana Zaki
Wael Nehme
Walaa Maher

10:55 - 11:15

Exploring the Capability of Localized Electronics Manufacturing – Now & the Future

  • Raising local electronics manufacturing knowledge/capabilities through attracting local talents, developing them and keeping their skills to latest technological trends by following cutting-edge training & processes
  • Exploring existing state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, tools and equipment’s and complementing them with latest technologies such as 3D Printing and other Industrial 4.0
  • Leading example of existing companies with local capabilities in electronics manufacturing, historical overview and a roadmap to the future

Eng. Ziad AlMusallam, EVP - Engineering & Operations, Advanced Electronics Company – Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Eng. Ziad AlMusallam

11:15 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:10

Blockchain and IIoT Delivering Business Value for the Manufacturing Sector

  • How innovative network technologies enable IIoT application for productivity gains and cost reduction and breakthrough manufacturing performance?
  • How blockchain enables faster, more efficient work flows from order to delivery and beyond?
  • Unique opportunities and new business models arising from the combination of blockchain and real world data via integration of IIoT sensors
  • Outlook and current barriers for application of blockchain and IIoT technology

Jens Schmidt, Global Technology Director, The Dow Chemical Company - Germany

Jens Schmidt

12:10 - 12:55

Panel Discussion: The Relative Impact of Credit & Trade Finance on the Manufacturing Sector

  • Helping manufacturers expand their market outreach & enhancing the product mix – exploring the role that Trade Financing plays
  • Understanding the impact that Finance and Credit will have on SMEs?
  • Are there special financing solutions / programs for SME companies in the region to support their Trading & Manufacturing activities?
  • Quantifying the financing gap in the regional manufacturing sector – how to go about addressing them?
  • Supporting the Manufacturing Sector and the integration in Global Value Chains - what role for Islamic Finance Solutions?

Arif Mohamed Al Alawi, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Cultiv8
Basel Al Hussein, Branch Manager – Dubai, International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation
Gavin Basma-Kwas, Investment Director, Beehive
Majed Julfar, Director - Trade Credit Insurance & Export Financing, Etihad Credit Insurance
Thiagarajan Venkatesan, SVP, Head of Trade Operations, First Abu Dhabi Bank

Arif Mohamed Al Alawi
Basel Al Hussein
Gavin Basma-Kwas
Majed Julfar
Thiagarajan Venkatesan

12:55 - 13:15

Achieving Operational Excellence Together with World Class Suppliers

  • Achieving a competitive edge through supplier engagement in the product design and development
  • Facilitating a business transformation, by developing an integrated management system
  • Minimize the Risk and the Total cost of ownership, through advanced product quality planning
  • Aiming for business excellence, supported by an employee-centric and customer-centric culture

Thomas Tengström, Quality Director, NIMR Automotive

Thomas Tengström

13:15 - 14:00

Panel Discussion: The Future Manufacturing Workforce - Nurturing & Engaging Local Talent

  • Youth development & skill building – is manufacturing & engineering being given the significance it deserves in our schools?
  • Bridging the immediate skill gap – can creative recruiting help?
  • Is there a workforce management strategy in place? Placing emphasis on succession planning for business continuity
  • From ‘gloomy factory floors’ to bright & automated production facilities – how changing regional stereotypes is crucial to development of the industry

Bader Dagher, HR Business Partner, Nestlé
Euan Hosie, HR Country Head - GCC, GSK
Ghada Ezzeldin, HR Director, Product Supply - India & MEA, Procter & Gamble
Krishna Raj, General Manager & Head CIS Operations – MENA, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co.
Prof. Christopher Abraham, CEO & Head - Dubai Campus, S P Jain School of Global Management
Samir Mardini, Chief Human Resources Officer, Julphar - Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries

Bader Dagher
Euan Hosie
Ghada Ezzeldin
Krishna Raj
Prof. Christopher Abraham
Samir Mardini

14:00 - 14:10


14:10 - 15:10


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