Final agenda released for Leaders in Logistics Summit 2019

With more speakers from the Power 50 List than ever before, and some of the most topical discussion points on the agenda, interest in the event has been stronger than ever so be sure register for a delegate pass ahead of time.
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The final agenda for the Leaders in Logistics Summit 2019, the industry’s premier networking and conference event hosted by Logistics Middle East, has now been released.

With more speakers from the Power 50 List than ever before, and some of the most topical discussion points on the agenda, interest in the event has been stronger than ever so be sure register for a delegate pass ahead of time.

Those interested in attending can contact Evgenia Zhelyazkova, Conference Producer, +971 4 444 3685,

Industry stake holders interested in sponsorship can contact: Sanjay Kathan, Sales Manager, +971 4 444 3377,

Leaders in Logistics Summit 2019 will be held on November 26th at Grosvenor House, Dubai.

The final agenda


09.05  CHAIRMAN OPENING: Kim Winter, Founder & Global CEO, Logistics Executive Group 

09.10  KEYNOTE ADDRESS : Ken O'Rahilly, VP Logistics at ASYAD Group

           Cross border logistics is facing some of its greatest challenges from digital disruption through to uncompromising       customer demand. This also represents the real opportunity for logistics companies that embrace this pace of change.


09.20  Setting the SCENE: Regional Industry Review & Outlook

Following a number of years combatting low oil prices and a deteriorating business environment, the region’s economic outlook is finally improving. Oil prices, so critical to the economic fortunes of the GCC, rose almost 20% at one point this year and government economic diversification programs have started to see results in the last year.

As the region continues to pursue political transformation and economic diversification and with the continued rapid pace of urbanisation across the Middle East, the logistics sector is set to play an important role in facilitating its development.

With strong support from governments and authorities to help bring innovation to this sector, as one of the fastest growing e-commerce markets in the world and as a strategic partner to China’s Belt & Road initiative, the Middle East’s logistics and transport players have a wealth of opportunity to capitalise on today and in the future.

This session aims to provide an overview of the current regional logistics and supply chain sector, analyse recent developments within the industry and their impact on the continued drive towards economic diversification within the GCC.

Elesar Ibrahim Abu Zayed, NAFL

09.40  PANEL DISCUSSION: E-Commerce Growth in the region

The Middle East, and especially the Gulf region, benefits from high spending potential, as the region boasts a high per capita income. The fact that internet penetration and social media penetration is also some of the best in the world means that the Middle East is ripe for online business.

It continues to grow and as a brand, it’s important today to have a presence in the major marketplaces in the Middle East. Marketplaces such as Souq, Noon, Namshi, eBay, Amazon etc. can be a great way to reach more consumers and increase sales.

This session looks at the disconnect between high per capita income and social media penetration, versus e-com sales themselves and the challenges that businesses face in bridging the divide, specifically, what is the role that logistics plays in that process?

Moderator: Deepak Khushalani, Founder & MD, Premier Logistics

Panelists: Abhishek Ajay Shah, Co-Founder & Managing Director, RSA Logistics

                 Madhav Kurup, Regional CEO Middle East & South Asia, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

                 Ali Thabet, Regional eCommerce Director, DHL Express Middle East and North Africa

                 Shobhit Elhance, Associate Vice President - Business Development (MENA), LogiNext

10.20 PRESENTATION: The Importance of Logistics in Developing an Advanced and Sustainable Manufacturing Sector in the UAE

Dubai Industrial City is constantly working to change the industry stereotypes, specifically regarding the environmentally-friendly practises. What they discovered is that a lot of manufacturers can work with environmentally friendly solution providers in order to create a plan that will suit both their budgets and the size of their business. In this session they will reveal the importance and growth of manufacturing logistics in the UAE and will give local and international case studies from the heart of Dubai Industrial City.

           Saud Alshawareb, Managing Director, Dubai Industrial City

10.40  COFFEE break & NetworkinG

11.40  PRESENTATION: Business for Purpose

Tristar was established not only to provide safe operations in over 20 countries and territories, but also to build a sustainable business that contributes positively to communities. It is built on the foundation of ‘Business for Purpose’ and is guided by an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) framework.

Eugene Mayne believes that business leaders should support the 10 Principles of the UN Global Compact (UNGC), ‘not just by lip service but by action’. The 10 Principles cover four areas related to human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption and directly contribute to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. (SDGs).

The SDGs are a set of economic, social and environmental goals ratified by 193 countries, including UAE at the UN in September 2015 which aims to ‘end all form of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change’ by 2030.

This session will reveal how Tristar has started promoting SDG No. 3 on Good Health and Well-being and No. 4 on Quality Education with its road safety awareness campaigns in the GCC and with its support to the education sector in South Sudan and Kenya.

Eugene Mayne, Group CEO, Tristar

12.00  PANEL DISCUSSION: Warehouse automation

With increased uptick in technology use inside warehouses, innovative organisations are adopting robots to absorb peaks, squeeze picking time, keep costs down and mitigate staff shortages. This trend is illustrated by the region’s largest online grocery retailer whose success relies on automating key parts of its supply chain and warehouse in Dubai to keep produce as fresh as possible.

New entrants to the market such as IQ Fulfillment are also providing automated infrastructure to SMEs without the CAPEX to deploy it themselves, while established retailers such as Al Marai and Mai Dubai have teamed up with Swisslog to automate their production and storage facilities. This session will look at the disconnect between the benefits of automation and its relatively untapped potential in the GCC.

Moderator: Deepak Khushalani, Founder & MD, Premier Logistics

Panelists: Jacques Adem, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Logsquare FZCO

                Sean Bradley, Managing Director, Freightworks

                Ako Djaf, Vice President, Contract Logistics /SCM & Land Transport, DB Schenker

                Bassel El Dabbagh, CEO Abu Dhabi, Agility

12.40  PRESENTATION: Digitalization in procurement and supply

What is the effect of technology on Supply Chain and Procurement? What technologies are being adopted and how effective are they? Sam Achampong will give interesting insights on the newest technologies used in the sector and the majority of benefits they bring to drive efficiency and ROI.

Sam Achampong, General Manager, CIPS MENA

13.00  PANEL DISCUssion: Logistics revolution drivers

The logistics industry is evolving fast through digitisation, led by three main drivers – IoT, Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Since everything is already internet-connected, these three make the supply chain more efficient. Though businesses must understand why this trend is taking place, its potential costs, obstacles, and benefits, and what it means for the future of logistics in the UAE.

Moderator: Atif Rafiq, CEO & Founder, Qafila

Panelists: Walid Daniel, Managing Director, SPAN Group

                 Ahmad Chamseddine, Commercial Manager, IQ fulfilment

                 Mustapha Kawam, CEO & Managing Partner, IBX Logistics

                 Brent Melvin, CEO, Gallega Global Logistics


13.40  Closing Remarks


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