Where All MENA Retail Leaders Meet

Expert Speakers

Nisreen Shocair
Nisreen Shocair
President,
Virgin Megastores,
MENA

Taking office as President of Virgin Megastores MENA nearly a decade ago, Nisreen Shocair is a familiar face on the entrepreneurial circuit in the MENA region. Under her direction, the corporation has grown both vertically and horizontally throughout the Arab world. A veteran of household names like Sony Music,

Patrick Chalhoub
Patrick Chalhoub
Joint Chief Executive Officer,
Chalhoub Group

Patrick began his career in 1979 when he decided to become involved in the realization of his father’s vision to build a bridge between the East and West and be the ambassador of luxury lifestyle in the region. He created a regional distribution platform in the Jebel Ali Free zone and has Fendi, L’Oréal, Dior Parfums and Puig.

John Iossifidis
John Iossifidis
Executive Vice President & Group Head, Corporate and Investment Banking,
Mashreq Bank

John Iossifidis is an experienced banking professional having worked in large multinational and regional financial institutions, specifically in the Middle East, Asia and Australia. He possesses extensive leadership talent gained through a unique blend of country and functional general management roles with a particular emphasis on wholesale banking and strategic planning.

Ahmed Galal Ismail
Ahmed Galal Ismail
CEO,
Majid Al Futtaim Ventures

Ahmed Galal Ismail is the Chief Executive Officer of Majid Al Futtaim Ventures, an operating company of Majid Al Futtaim Holding. Majid Al Futtaim Ventures employees over 5,000 people in eight countries across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and is the parent company for seven business units

Sally Yacoub
Sally Yacoub
Chief Malls Officer,
Meraas

Sally Yacoub is the Chief Malls Officer at Meraas. In her role, she is responsible for the leadership, management, and direction of the retail portfolio as well as managing local, regional and international retailers. Sally has more than 24 years of experience in the retail industry in the region,

Steve Plimsoll
Steve Plimsoll
Chief Digital & Data Officer,
PwC Middle East

Steve is a leading global digital transformation expert with almost 20 years’ experience using data and technology to design and deliver customer centric digital disruption platforms that create new and integrate previously siloed capabilities to enable ground breaking and award winning solutions.

Klaus Boeckle
Klaus Boeckle
Vice President,
Consumer Industries,
EMEA, SAP

Highly accomplished, results driven commercial leader with profound international Information Technology and Software industry experience. Strong track record leveraging a combination of clear corporate vision and sound business instincts to plan and build exceptional global and local sales and

Golnaz Bahmanyar
Golnaz Bahmanyar
Middle East Lead for Consumer Practice Group,
Egon Zehnder

Based in Dubai since 2008, Golnaz leads Egon Zehnder’s Consumer Practice in the Middle East,primarily serving international and regional clients in consumer-focused industries includingmultinationals in FMCG, regional groups including distributors and family-owned businesses
with interest in consumer and retail sectors.

Alex Sawaya
Alex Sawaya
Partner,
McKinsey & Company

Alex is a Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Dubai Office. He joined the firm in 2009 and he leads McKinsey’s Consumer practice in the Middle East. Alex serves local and multinational consumer players, retailers and distributors on a multitude of areas including retail go-to-market retail strategy, commercial due diligences in retail and CPG,

Rekha Ramesh
Rekha Ramesh
Chief Information Officer,
Daymon Worldwide

As Chief Information Officer, Rekha Ramesh leads both information technology strategy and setting digital strategy to drive higher business value for both Daymon and Daymon’s partners.She acts as the evangelist driving the business benefits of cloud computing, introduced “Fast Prototyping / Piloting”

Charbel Sarkis
Charbel Sarkis
MENA Head of Retail,
E-Commerce,
Telecom and Technology,
Google

Charbel Sarkis is the Head of Retail, E-Commerce, Telecom and Technology at Google in MENA. Prior to joining Google in early 2012, Charbel spent several years in investment banking at Goldman Sachs in London and strategy consulting at Booz & Co in the Middle East, advising clients in multiple industries on

Sharmila Murat
Sharmila Murat
General Manager UAE,
Chalhoub Group

Sharmila Murat is the UAE Country Manager for the Chalhoub Group, the leading partner for luxury across the Middle East. She also serves as the General Manager of Saks Fifth Avenue Bahrain, a Chalhoub joint venture. She previously held the role of UAE General Manager for Chalhoub Group Retail, where she was responsible for the Group’s over 160 franchised and own concept stores in the UAE and for opening more than 60 new stores including

Rajesh Garg
Rajesh Garg
Chief Financial Officer, Landmark Group

Rajesh Garg is Chief Operating Officer for Landmark Group with responsibilities including Finance. Landmark is the largest and fastest growing retailer across 21 countries, 27million sqft retail space and 55,000 employees. He has over 25 years of multi-industry experience covering FMCG, Pharma, Retail, Start-ups and Venture Capital across F&A, Strategic Planning, General and Brand Management,

Sabimir Sabev
Sabimir Sabev
Partner,
PwC

Sabimir is a partner in the Consumer and Industrial Products & Services vertical and a core member of the global Business Services Transformation, Shared Service & Outsourcing and Operational Strategy practices. He bring more that 20 years of experience with international clients in the UK, Benelux, Germany, CEE, ME, US & Canada

Panos Linardos
Panos Linardos
Executive Director,
New York Institute of Management

Panos is an education innovator and a founding partner of the New York Institute of Management, a boutique performance improvement organization based in New York, NY. As Executive Director, he is responsible for extending NYIM’s vision and reach in key growth markets.

 

Marcus Freeman
Marcus Freeman
Group Chief Finance Officer,
Chalhoub Group

Marcus Freeman qualified as a ICAEW chartered accountant in 1993 whilst working for Coopers & Lybrand in the UK. Prior to joining the Chalhoub Group, Marcus was in charge of financial control for the Retail Division of the LVMH Group (DFS, Sephora Europe and USA, Le Bon Marché…)reporting directly to LVMH’s divisional president and was based in Paris. Before that he was Senior Financial Controller for Moët & Chandon.

Jayne Marcelle Rafter
Jayne Marcelle Rafter
Publishing Director,
RLI

Jayne Rafter is the Publishing Director of RLI, the world’s only global retail and leisure magazine.Jayne has 25 years, experience in the sector and a proven track record for publishing well-respected, high-quality magazines. Jayne has presented at awards and conferences around the world and is

Bart Denolf
Bart Denolf
CEO Franchise, Sacoor Brothers

Bart Denolf is currently the CEO Franchise for the Sacoor Brothers group. Since he joined the company in 2015 he has been actively increasing the presence in new markets. Prior to joining the Sacoor Brothers group he pursued a successful career at Pepe jeans group ( Pepe jeans, Hackett) from 2015-2010

Khalid Al Jasser
Khalid Al Jasser
Chief Executive Officer,
Arabian Centers

Khalid Al Jasser joined Arabian Centres as its Chief Executive Officer in May 2016. As the CEO, hismandate is to further expand Arabian Centres’ operations and help transform the modern retaillandscape in KSA. Under his leadership, the leading retail real estate company aims to doubleits retail offering by 2018.

Mennah Ibrahim
Mennah Ibrahim
MEA Director,
J. Walter Thompson Intelligence,
The Innovation Group

Ibrahim joined J. Walter Thompson in 2010, to head Intelligence and Analytics for the Middle East and North Africa region. A seasoned analyst who focuses on the creative application of data, to turn shifts in the regional zeitgeist into growth opportunities for brands. A respected authority on trends and consumer insights,

Mike Bermingham
Mike Bermingham
Chief Operating Officer,
Jumeirah Central – Dubai Holding

Mike Bermingham has been a lifelong student of retail. Starting his career in Canada with Zellers a value retailer famous for their Club Z loyalty program. Over the 18 years with ZellersMike worked in store operations, buying and merchandising as well as heading up the Private Brand Merchandising team. In 1998 Mike made the move to Walmart

Damien Latham
Damien Latham
Chief Executive Officer,
Majid Al-Futtaim – Leisure & Entertainment

Damien Latham is the Chief Executive Officer for Majid Al Futtaim – Leisure and Entertainment. Mr. Latham originally joined Majid Al Futtaim – Leisure and Entertainment in 2012 as the Chief Operating Officer with over 20 years’ experience in the leisure and entertainment industry, and a wealth of global and regional industry expertise

Miral Youssef
Miral Youssef
General Manager Level Kids
Chalhoub Group

Born and raised in London and of Egyptian descent, Miral Youssef, a wife and mother of 3, developed high interest in fashion at an early age. Since that time, she decided to transform her passion into a vocation, completing a Master’s degree in Fashion Culture and Media from the London College of Fashion. Beginning her career in her home town, Miral had the opportunity to experience

Tarek Mansour
Tarek Mansour
Partner, Leader Marketing Practice, McKinsey & Company

Tarek brings over 16 years of professional service experience designing and delivering performance improvement programs in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. He is a core member of the Saudi leadership team, leader of the marketing practice, and founder of the citizencentric
government practice. Prior to McKinsey, Tarek was a banker at Merrill Lynch for four years.
He earned a MBA from the Wharton School at the UPenn and

Mark Pilkington
Mark Pilkington
Chief Executive Officer,
Kamal Osman Jamjoom Group

Mark Pilkington is a graduate of Oxford University and has an MBA from INSEAD Business School in France. In the 1990s, he was Director General of Georges Rech, a French fashion house, before becoming Managing Director of Gossard, a leading European lingerie brand.In 2000, he founded Splendour.com, the UK’s first online luxury lingerie company, with the financial backing

Simon McDougall
Simon McDougall
Digital Vice President,
Head of McKinsey Digital Labs, EMEA

Simon McDougall is a Digital Vice President and Head for McKinsey Digital Labs in Middle East, Africa and Europe, and leads the region across all disciplines in digital: Design, Digitization, Data and Agile Transformation. He rejoined the firm to lead McKinsey Digital Labs in the region after 2 years away running a venture capital accelerator for technology startups.

Tarek Moussawer
Tarek Moussawer
Head of Marketing,
Virgin Megastore MENA

Tarek heads brand communication & digital channels for Virgin Megastore across the region. Since joining the brand nearly 10 years ago, Tarek has held several roles and has led projects and initiatives contributing to Virgin Megastore’s retail position and omni-channel offering,including the award-winning online store launched in 2016.



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