23-24 October 2018

The Address Hotel,
Dubai Mall, UAE



1-2 November 2017: Dubai, UAE


Day 1 | 1st Nov 2017

0800 Registration & Coffee
0825 Welcome Remarks by Conference Chairperson:
The coming years will see the evolution of supply chains to the next level. It is forecasted that service chains will become more important than product chains, companies will need to fully report corporate externalities, supply chains will have to be designed to serve the “base of the pyramid”, SCM will have a standard certification process similar to CPA’s, product clock speeds will determine the number and nature of supply chains, artificial intelligence will be embedded in mainstream supply chain activities and many more. How is the ME Industry preparing for this evolution?

Gopal R,
Global Vice President – Transport & Logistics, Frost & Sullivan

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Ms Nadia Abdul Aziz,
President NAFL & Director UNASCO

Special Address – Sanjeev Dutta,
Executive Director - Commodities, DMCC

0930 – 1000 Turkish Cargo Network: Your Key to Global Supply Chain

Turhan Ozen,
CCO, Turkish Airlines

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The introduction of VAT in GCC region is being seen as one of the long due steps towards strengthening of the economy by diversification of revenue base. However, there is yet a need to understand its implications on the manufacturing and retail value chain. How will the Transport and logistics sector be impacted by these changes.

Naveen Sharma
Chairman - ICAI (Dubai Chapter) & Director Internal Audit, Al Shirawi Group

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Gopu Rama Naidu,
Chairman - KGRN Shipping Services

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In the recent year’s policy initiatives have risen to the challenge and effectively supported the buoyant mood in the industry across sectors. While some of these changes are minor revisions of existing framework, there are many which will result into a paradigm shift for the country and the logistics sector.

Arijit Sen,
Global Head Strategy & Market Intelligence, Swiss Singapore Overseas

Yousif Al Mutawa,
Managing Director – Corporate Services, The Cribb

Khaled Musilhy,
Director Globalization Service, SAP SE

Rajesh Pareek,
Group Chief Executive Officer,
1115 – 1130 Refreshment break & Networking with CXO Alliance Members
E-commerce in the Mena region is expected to more than double from $95 bn in 2013 to $200 bn in 2020. UAE is expected to be one of the fastest growing e-commerce markets globally in the next few years. However this opportunity will bring with it the need to up the learning curve on key areas like:
  • Defining first mile aggregation strategies
  • Overcoming last mile delivery challenges
  • Reverse logistics: an essential to build customer satisfaction & loyalty
  • Managing the Order Quantity Barriers Complexity in GCC
  • Building robust processes for COD orders
  • The Growing Challenge of City Logistics
Session Chairperson:
Chaminda Gunasekara FCILT, Board Member of CILT UAE and Director Global Network SEKO

Panelists: Kapil Makhija,
CEO, Unicommerce

Jeremy Skyrme,
CEO, Mara Express

Hussein Wehbe,
Regional Director, Aramex

Eddie Lee,
Director of E-Commerce, Greater China at SEKO Logistics
1300 -1400 Networking & LunchBreak
1400 – 1415 Leveraging Smart Warehousing to Increase Supply Chain Efficiencies

Arif Siddiqui,
CEO, Coign Consulting

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1415 – 1430 IoT for Improving Warehouse Efficiency

Dr. Makrem Kadachi,
General Manager, Ehrhardt + Partner Solutions

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1430 – 1445 Big Data and Human Robotic Collaboration in Warehousing and Supply Chain Management

Daniel Hauser,
Managing Director Central Europe & Middle East, Swisslog Warehouse & Distribution Solutions

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1445 – 1500 Picking Solutions that Work

Andrey Kras,
Key Account Manager, Daifuku

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Session Chair: Arif Siddiqui,
CEO, Coign Consulting

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Dr Makrem Kadachi,
General Manager, Ernhardt + Partner

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Walid Daniel,
Managing Director, Span Group

Abhishek Ajay Shah,
Co-Founder & Global CEO, RSA Global

Navaz Malikakkal,
General Manager –Sales, Kirby UAE
1545 – 1600 Refreshment break
1600 – 1630 Learn How The Internet of Things and Enterprise Asset Intelligence Provides Visibility in The Supply Chain

Farid Vakil,
Channel Account Manager, Zebra Technologies
1630 – 1700 Trends in Global Reefer Logistics Industry and Opportunities for ME Industry

Rafael Llerena,
CEO, Easy Fresh Logistics

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1700 – 1730 Hybrid Airship Technology as a Disruptor for Middle East Logistics

Gregory Gottlieb,
Managing Director, Airships Arabia
1730 Closing remarks and end of day 1

Day 2 | 2nd Nov 2017

0800 Registration & Coffee
0825 Welcome Remarks by Conference Chairperson:
0830 – 0900 6 ways to Building 20/20 vision for your Digital Enterprise

Sanjay Sharma,
CEO, Roambee

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How Creating a Balanced Retail Strategy Can Increase Basket Size, Grow Conversion Rates, and Reduce Inventory Losses. Globally, meeting omni-channel expectations of customers was the biggest priority for the future. It was also the biggest challenge, with a two digit per cent citing failing to meet the demands as the biggest concern, and a majority saying they could not currently fulfil omni-channel demand profitably. The cost of fulfilment, especially returns, is being cited as the most expensive aspect of omni-channel operations.

Michael Stockdale,
CEO, B2C Logistics

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Transportation and shipping costs represent one of the largest spend categories for companies. Sourcing and managing this category is very complex for many reasons, including effectively managing various modes of transportation, inbound Consignments from suppliers, outbound to customers, ongoing volatility in fuel costs and a dynamic supplier base, to name a few.

Matthias Hormuth,
Director Solution Management Logistics bei PTV Group

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1000 – 1030 Data Shaping The Future of Supply Chian & Logistics"

Shubham Yadav,
AVP, FarEye
1030 – 1045 Refreshment break
Blockchain enhanced by electronic tracking technology can help speed up supply chains, while adding greater intelligence along the way. It could be especially powerful when combined with smart contracts, in which contractual rights and obligations, including the terms for payment and delivery of goods and services, can be automatically executed by an autonomous system that’s trusted by all signatories."

Iqbal Ali Khan,
Strategy & Business Development Executive, IBM Corporation
Industry 4.0 and Logistics 4.0 are expected to significantly change the way supply chains will function in the years to come. It will definitely open some new opportunities and necessitate upgradation of some existing processes. How can the GCC market optimize its efforts and strategies to benefit from the same.

Marcus Meissner,
Managing Partner, Camelot Management Consultants Middle East

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End-to-end supply chain visibility empowers supply chain and logistics managers to make educated decisions. It helps companies to decrease the impact of disruptions on the supply chain by providing actionable data. Supply chain leaders recognize the importance of visibility as it streamlines operations, reduces business risk, increases efficiencies and enables better decision making and forecasting based on insights offered by real-time data.

Christopher Stein,
Sales Director, Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics LLC

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Baljeet Nagi, Director,
ERP-SCM Sales Development & Strategy - Middle East Africa, Oracle
Forward-thinking businesses are continuously redesigning and improving their supply chains by using modelling technology to examine how their supply chains will perform under a wide range of market conditions and assumptions and analysing the trade-offs of cost, service and risk.Needless to say it is the “design” of a supply chain that brings the maximum benefit across key metrics like cost, service, sustainability and risk

Suryanka Jatain,
Principal Consultant, KPMG Lower Gulf

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1300 – 1400 Networking Lunch
1400 – 1430 Digital Disruption in the freight forwarding industry

Kareem Naouri,
CEO, Logistaas
Telematics plays a vital role in developing innovative solutions for efficient supply chain logistics and fleet management. Telematics provides real-time visibility and data to optimize procedures and processes, maintaining product integrity, optimizing shelf-life, reducing losses and insurance risk across the supply chain. It is a critical component in commercial logistics and supply chains because it addresses key challenges related to safety and regulatory compliance, driver monitoring, insurance and infrastructure.

Brodie von Berg,
Head - Sales and Marketing, MiX Telematics Middle East and Asia

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1500 – 1530 Refreshment break
1530 – 1600 Training & Development – an essential for growth in the region

Shankar Subramoniam,
Executive Director, NAFL

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The value chain is a game of layers, and with each layer an organisation adds, transparency vulnerabilities grow. The key elements being to enhancing the supply chain integration to foster visibility, make visibility a priority and harness the innovation needed to create it, build real-time reporting capabilities, create control over forecasts and sustainability, develop trust with your suppliers

Kunal Gupta,
Director Supply Chain, Bateel International

Mohammed Saifullah,
Technical Manager, Restrata

Samee Ashfaq Patel,
COO, RSA Logistics & RSA Cold Chain

Stephen Ashcroft,
Head of Technical Assistance, AECOM

Sanjay Sharma,
CEO, Roambee

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1645 - 1700 Closing remarks and end of CONFERENCE