13-17 FEBRUARY 2022


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Taming The Black Swan Webisode 1: Can Our Food Supply Chain Cope

Taming The Black Swan Webisode 1: Can Our Food Supply Chain Cope


Why this webinar is a must attend event:

If global isolation strategies stay in place, what will happen to food supply chains?

During the 2007/8 crisis The World Bank blamed export restrictions for price increases of between 30% for rice and 45% for wheat. Is this a sign of things to come? We are already witnessing countries restricting major export commodities, significant logistics challenges and big increases in freight and shipping costs.

So, to put everybody’s mind at ease, we will answer the looming question: Can our food supply chains cope another month or more of quarantine?

► Duration: 45 minutes speaker debate + 15 minutes Q&A

A focused webinar agenda will highlight:

► How are retailors responding to the crisis and exponential increase in demand? 
► How will the increasing export bans affect food on shelves?
► Social distancing in production lines: What impact it has on productivity and output?
► How can local production support the food manufacturing industry
► What innovations and changes are required today are here to stay beyond the disruption?

With the world's largest annual exhibition for Food and beverage- Gulfood is excited to bring the world together in February 21st- 25th, 2021. Until we meet live, get your questions answered in our newly launched webinar series – Gulfood.Virtual, a FREE-TO-ATTEND platform.

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Hani Weiss
CEO, Majid Al Futtaim Retail, UAE

Leading the exclusive franchisee of Carrefour in over 30 countries across the MENA operating with exceptional customer centricity and strong omnichannel offering. Today, Hani leads a business of 37,000 colleagues, operates over 300 Carrefour stores across 16 countries, and serves more than 750,000 customers a day.


Tolga Sezer
CEO , Al Safi Danone, KSA

Tolga is the CEO of a powerhouse of leading dairy brands like Al Safi, Activia, Danette, Danao, Actimel and Safio. With a vow to keep production going strong to support KSA, the company is suppling products to more than 32,000 retailers across Saudi and the Middle East region.


Willem Van Walt Meijer
CEO, Al Ain Farms, UAE

With decades of international expertise in Unilever, and many other companies, Willem is currently the CEO of the UAE's leading Dairy, Juice and Poultry company, Al Ain Farms, which is at the helm of becoming the country’s largest integrated food company.


Bhushant Gandhi
COO, Truebell, UAE

Dominating F&B supply within the region and beyond, he leads Truebell’s food distribution unit which has respect as a leading Importer & Distributor in the United Arab Emirates, also making a mark for itself in the lucrative export markets, across the MENA region.


Moderated by:

Kantha Shelke (USA)
Ph.D., CFS, Senior Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University and Principal, Corvus Blue LLC, USA

A senior lecturer in Food Safety Regulations at the Johns Hopkins University Master of Science Program in Food Safety Regulations, Kantha is an author, editor and assertive voice on food science. She also, runs the eminent Chicago-based science and research firm.


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