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Abdallah Obeikan

CEO, Obeikan Group, KSA

Mohammed Hajjar

Group Vice President, AlNafees Holding Group, KSA

Mohammed is a seasoned business executive with 25 year experience in investment, business transformation and business expansion. He started his career with Accenture, in the United States & Canada, where he helped large companies and government departments improve efficiencies and expand. Later Mohammed has assumed leading roles with consulting companies and major businesses in Saudi Arabia.

During his career, Mohammed has lead major real estate investment deals which are today landmark projects in the region. He combines an in-depth understanding of the market dynamics, investor appetite and consumer needs.

Mohammed has dual citizenships (Canadian & Lebanese) and speaks 4 languages (English, French, Italian and Arabic). He has numerous appearances on major TV networks speaking about current business events and future trends.

Dr. Anil Khurana

Partner, PwC, KSA

Anil Khurana leads PwC’s strategy & innovation and industrials & energy practices in the Middle East. He is also a member of PwC’s global leadership teams in innovation, new ventures, industry 4.0, industrials, and aviation and transport. Since 2016 Mr Khurana has co-led the global Industry 4.0 survey, a study of industrial businesses, and has led the Annual Global Cities Innovation Index jointly with Dubai’s government. Before joining consulting in 2006, he was an operating partner with the Chatterjee Group, a private-equity firm in New York. From 1992 to 1999 he taught technology and operations in the United States, and before this he worked for 7 years with the Indian government and Indian Railways.

Niels Hougaard

Managing Director TP Arabia & Cluster Leader Sales Management GMEA, Tetra Park, KSA

Niels Hougaard is the Managing Director of Tetra Pak Arabia Area and Cluster Leader, Sales Management. Having a background in the Danish dairy industry he joined Tetra Pak in 1995 as a Product Manager. He worked several roles in processing, business development and international key account management before joining Tetra Pak Saudi Arabia in 2003, where his last position was Sales Director for the larger Tetra Pak Arabia. In 2010 he left to Switzerland to take a global role as Director Strategic Account Management. Niels next move was Managing Director Tetra Pak Nordics before he again returned to Arabia Area for his current role.

Niels holds a M.Sc in dairy science and technology, an E-MBA from Copenhagen Business School and various certificates from IMD, University of St. Gallen and Columbia Business School.

Kari Terho

Vice President - Industrial IoT, Elisa, Finland

Ahmad Al Gendy

Manufacturing Excellence Head, Al Khaleej Sugar, UAE

Dr. Ahmad Wassim is the Group Manufacturing Excellence Head at Al-Khaleej Sugar since September 2017. Before this, he was the Regional Manufacturing & Supply Chain director for Construction Company in UAE.

Dr. Ahmad started her career at GSK as a junior pharmacist in the Production Division. In 1999 he took over the management in tablets production operations at Glaxo Wellcome (GW) Egypt. By Y 2K, with the global Merger of GW & SB, he became a Lean-Six Sigma Master Black belt and started Operational excellence implementation in GSK Egypt. Subsequently from 2003 to 2007, he became the GSK International Division Operational Excellence Leader, responsible for roll-out & implementation of the “Vision-Factory” configuration across the division, including Turkey, Australia, Japan, Asia Pacific & MENA.

He has an exceptional background and experience managing the end to end Supply Chain operations across both manufacturing as well as service organizations over the last 25 years through working in many countries, across the Asia Pacific and Europe and Middle East, as well as amongst different industries & organizational cultures including Electrolux, Samsung, IFFCO, and Hepworth P.M.E LLC.

Dr. Ahmad’s education includes a B.Sc. Pharmacy, and an MBA followed by DBA specializing in Operations Management from Westbrook University in Canada.

Passionate about continuous learning & education, knowledge sharing as well as part of his commitment to CSR, Dr. Ahmad has been working as a Free-Lance trainer & business consultant for many years, as well as a part-time faculty member in different universities (AUC / AUE / GU).

Osman Özcan

Manufacturing Director, MEFSCO, KSA

Osman Ozcan has fifteen years of diverse experience in management of Plant/Factory Operations and Projects in multinational and global companies within production, process, engineering, quality, maintenance, EHS, technical purchasing and HR disciplines. He has significant experience in execution of replacement, capacity increase, productivity, energy efficiency, cost saving, optimization, process improvement and development, renewable energy, waste recovery and recycling projects during plant operation management. He also has proven technical and project management experiences in start-up businesses/factories and green/brown field investments.

Abdulrahman Al Saty

Planning Head, Saudi Pharmaceutical Industries (SPI), KSA

Andreea Zugravu

Principal A.T. Kearney Middle East LLC Project Manager - Shaping the Future of Production , World Economic Forum

Dr. Adel Emam

Regional Operations Manager Americana Foods, National Food Company

Riyad Shatat

Senior Quality & Food Safety Systems Manager, Kudu Corporation, KSA

Andrey Kras

Account Manager - International Business Division, Daifuku, Japan

Kaunain Shahidi

Senior Packaging Innovation Manager – Plastics, Al Marai, KSA

Hafiz Ali

Manufacturing & Operations Excellence Manager, SIG Combibloc Obeikan, KSA

David Romero

Senior Research Scientist and Scientific Project Manager, Center for Innovation in Design and Technology of the Tecnológico de Monterrey University, Mexico

Professor David Romero is a Senior Research Scientist and Scientific Project Manager at the Center for Innovation in Design and Technology of the Tecnológico de Monterrey University in Mexico. His research interests include: Circular Manufacturing, Service Engineering, Cyber-Physical Systems & Human Systems, Advanced Production Management Systems, Green Virtual Enterprises, and Technology and Engineering Management. He is a member of the Society of Collaborative Networks, the IFAC TC5.3 on Enterprise Integration and Networking, the IFIP WG5.7 on Advances in Production Management Systems, the IFIP WG5.12 on Architectures for Enterprise Integration, the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society, IEEE Internet of Things Community and the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Multilateral R&D and Business Innovation Programme as well as an agenda contributor for the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on the Future of Production. He has published more than 100 journal and international conference articles and serves at different editorial, scientific, industrial and governmental committee boards in the disciplines of business and industrial engineering supporting digital transformation. Nowadays, he is focus on promoting the concept of the Operator 4.0 for a socially sustainable Industry 4.0.

Hassan Alhajji

Automation and Digital Transformation Consultant, Ex-IIoT and IR4.0 Project Leader for Refineries & NGLs , Saudi Aramco, KSA

Khalid Almudayfer

Vice President, Logistics & Manufacturing, Al Othaim Markets, KSA

Ahmad Qasem

Director of Manufacturing, Food & Entertainment Co., KSA