The 7th RLC MENA Summit took place virtually and hosted more than 60 prominent speakers under one digital roof to address the critical issues and mega trends impacting retail today. Read more about the event and its exceptional lineup of speakers at the official Press Release below:

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 17, 2021 – Retail Leaders Circle, the preeminent global platform for expert-led debate between policymakers, industry CEOs, and key opinion leaders, will assemble some of the region’s most prominent decision-makers over three consecutive days to address the current retail industry during Stream One, of the 7thRetail Leaders Circle MENA Summit, scheduled to take place virtually on 29, 30 and 31 March 2021.

Under the theme “The Great Retail Reset: Disruption, Resilience, and the Power of Collaboration”, the Virtual Summit aims to be a collaborative effort to rebuild and renew an industry in transformation and highlight the areas in which retail and retail-related industries most urgently need it.

The most significant regional retail meeting of the year will digitally connect more than 60 influential speakers and audiences from around the region and across the world to share their insights, define today’s most pressing challenges in the industry, and build a strategic agenda as the industry navigates the new realities following the pandemic.

“The retail industry is currently being reviewed, reimagined, and reinvented in the midst of this pandemic” said Panos Linardos, Chairman of Retail Leaders Circle. “By expanding the program of the 7th Retail Leaders Circle MENA Summit, the Virtual Stream will provide a more accessible platform for the industry and will even broaden industry participation and bring more of them closer to RLC MENA. This will allow for new ways of inspiration, deal-making and getting business done.”

Headline Partner for 2021 Virtual Summit: Visa.

Retail Transformation Partner: Facebook.

Platinum Partners: Chalhoub Group, Tik Tok.

Knowledge Partners: McKinsey & Company, PwC.

Speakers will continue to be added in the coming weeks. A complete list is available here. Featured speakers include:

  • John Hadden, CEO, Alshaya Group
  • Patrick Chalhoub, Group President and CEO,Chalhoub Group
  • Alain Bejjani CEO, Majid Al Futtaim Group
  • Anna Germanos, Head of CPG, Retail & E-commerce MENA, Facebook
  • Waleed Al-Saud, Founder & CEO, Mukatafa
  • HosamAlqurashi, Senior Advisor, The Royal Commission for Riyadh City
  • Ahmad AR. BinDawood, CEO, BinDawood Holding
  • Aref Yehia, Client Partner for Omnichannel Retail, TikTok
  • Timothy Earnest, Group Director, Al-Futtaim Malls
  • Faraz Khalid, CEO, noon
  • NisreenShocair, CEO Middle East, Yoox Net-a-Porter
  • Omar El Hamamsy, Group CEO, Orascom Development Holding
  • Marwan Mukarzel, CEO, Fawaz Al Hokair Retail
  • Barbara Kahn, Patty and Jay H Baker Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School
  • Chris Baker, SVP & Head of Retail North America, Visa Inc.
  • Pierre-Yves Roussel, CEO, Tory Burch, USA
  • Matt Shay President & CEO National Retail Federation, USA
  • Marigay McKee, Managing Partner, Fernbrook Capital Management, USA
  • Steve Sadove, Former Chairman & CEO Saks Fifth Avenue

The Retail Leaders Circle MENA Summit has consistently focused on addressing the regional retail agenda with exclusive research reports, in-depth and often intimate conversations, one-on-one interviews, and taskforce roundtables. This year, the Virtual Summit will deliver critical insights from prominent international speakers and key industry partners such as  McKinsey& Company and PwC among others.

Participants will have the opportunity to gain valuable information on the future of retail in the region, learn from key industry stakeholders about the pandemic’s impact on shopping malls, explore the role e-commerce, omnichannel and data play in their strategy and how they deal with today’s consumer who is more demanding than ever.

“Retail CEOs, board members, investors, and key stakeholders face issues in the industry that grow more urgent and complex everyday” said Panos Linardos, Chairman of Retail Leaders Circle. “This year’s Virtual Summit will bring together prominent speakers and valuable partners that will address these challenges, inspire change, and promote collaboration in the region and beyond.”

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