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EU-GCC Business Forum


The EU-GCC Business Forum focuses on bringing together leaders, entrepreneurs and key public and private sector stakeholders from both the EU and GCC regions. The forum works to facilitate an open dialogue between EU and GCC stakeholders with the aim of improving mutual understanding of business practices and policy processes.

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Speakers

Mr. Ali Mohammed Thunayan Al-Ghanim
Mr. Ali Mohammed Thunayan Al-Ghanim Chairman at Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry
H.E. Abdullatif Al-Zayani
H.E. Abdullatif Al-Zayani Secretary General at Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf
H.E. Mariam Aqeel Al-Aqeel
H.E. Mariam Aqeel Al-Aqeel Kuwait’s Minister of State for Economic Affairs at State for Economic Affairs - Kuwait
Vincenzo Ventricelli
Vincenzo Ventricelli Market Leader Health Systems, Philips Middle East and Turkey at Philips Middle East and Turkey
Klaus Middeler
Klaus Middeler Head of Strategy, Innovation & Business Operations at Ericsson, Digital Services
Krishna Dhanak
Krishna Dhanak Executive Director, Alpen Capital (ME) Ltd at Alpen Capital (ME) Ltd
Jad Ayoub
Jad Ayoub Managing Director – Bioscientia International at Bioscientia International - German Healthcare Partnership
Yarub Aldaghither
Yarub Aldaghither Director International Office, France – SAGIA at SAGIA
Dr. Pascal KERNEIS
Dr. Pascal KERNEIS Managing Director – European Services Forum – ESF at European Services Forum - ESF
Mohamed Hassan  Abdulkader
Mohamed Hassan  Abdulkader Senior Private Sector Specialist – World Bank Group at World Bank Group
Sebastiano Toffaletti
Sebastiano Toffaletti Secretary General of the European DIGITAL SME Alliance at European Digital SME Alliance
Dr. Abdulhasan Al-Dairi
Dr. Abdulhasan Al-Dairi Chairman of Bahrain SMEs Society at Bahrain SMEs Society
Luca Polizzi
Luca Polizzi Research Policy Officer at the European Commission at Directorate General for Research and Innovation - European Commission
Sheikh Dr. Meshaal Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah
Sheikh Dr. Meshaal Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Director General at Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA)
Dr. Khaled Mahdi
Dr. Khaled Mahdi Secretary-General, Supreme Council for Planning and Development Kuwait at Supreme Council for Planning and Development - Kuwait
Eric Mamer
Eric Mamer Director for Competitiveness and International Affairs at DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs - European Commission
Dr. Mussaad M. Al-Razouki
Dr. Mussaad M. Al-Razouki Chief Business Development Officer of Kuwait Life Sciences Company (KLSC) at KLSC
Mohammed Al Omair
Mohammed Al Omair General Manager – Saudi Intellectual Property Rights Company, since August 2018 at SIPRC
Sheikh Abdullah Sabah Humoud Al-Sabah
Sheikh Abdullah Sabah Humoud Al-Sabah Deputy Director General for Investments Operations Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA) at KDIPA
Abdulbasit Tailb Al-Ajji
Abdulbasit Tailb Al-Ajji Director of Business development and investment promotion at Ministry of Economic and commerce(MEC)
Abdullah Mustafa Al Farsi
Abdullah Mustafa Al Farsi Project Leader of Business Sector – Invest Easy Business and Technology e-Transformation Project at Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Dr. Simon Galpin
Dr. Simon Galpin Managing Director of the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) at Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB)
Herbert Klausner
Herbert Klausner CEO & General Manager at SIEMENS Electronics and Electrical Services
H.E. Abdulla Nasser Lootah
H.E. Abdulla Nasser Lootah Director General The Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority at The Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority
Peter Diry
Peter Diry Minister Counsellor for Digital Policy at Delegation of the European Union to the United Arab Emirates
Mr. Abdul Wahab M. Al-Wazzan
Mr. Abdul Wahab M. Al-Wazzan at Kuwait Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Mr. Stefan Kraxner
Mr. Stefan Kraxner Team leader of the EU funded project EU-GCC Dialogue on Economic Diversification at EU funded project EU-GCC Dialogue on Economic Diversification
Mr. Ibrahim Al Kandari
Mr. Ibrahim Al Kandari at The National Fund for SME Development
H.E. Daniel Tanase
H.E. Daniel Tanase Ambassador of Romania at For Romania in Kuwait
H.E Dr. Sami Abdullah Al Abidi
H.E Dr. Sami Abdullah Al Abidi PhD in Business Administration at Council of Saudi Chambers
Mr. Alar Olljum
Mr. Alar Olljum European Union Delegation to Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia at European Union Delegation to Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia
H.E. Michele Cervone d’Urso
H.E. Michele Cervone d’Urso EU Ambassador for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Sultanate of Oman and Qatar at To the Delegation of European Union to Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia
Douglas Aitkenhead
Douglas Aitkenhead Trade and Foreign Direct Investment Specialist in the EU-GCC Dialogue on Economic Diversification project at EU-GCC Dialogue on Economic Diversification project
Asrar Zakaria
Asrar Zakaria Heading the Strategic Marketing & Social Media Department – Ministry of State for youth Affairs at Ministry of State for youth Affairs

Schedule

Rooms
KCCI - Auditorium – Ground Floor

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Al-Hashmi Ballroom

9:00

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17:00

Registration

14:30 - 15:30

Welcome and Opening Address

15:30 - 16:00

Presentation of Kuwait’s Vision 2035

16:00 - 16:30
Dr. Khaled Mahdi

Gala Dinner

16:30 - 18:00
Al Bahra Hall – 1st Floor

9:00

10:00

11:00

12:00

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17:00
Al Boom Hall – 10th Floor

9:00

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11:00

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17:00
Al Sanbouk Hall - 10th floor

9:00

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