13-17 FEBRUARY 2022


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Innovation Summit Speakers

Innovation Summit Speakers

  • Abdulaziz AlMulla

    Abdulaziz AlMulla

    Co-founder and CEO, Madar farms
  • Ahmad Sultan Al Haddad

    Ahmad Sultan Al Haddad

    Chief Operating Officer, Parks and Zones, DP World, UAE Region With his background in advanced technology, Mr Al Haddad’s vision is to integrate innovation and technology with the needs of communities to enable trade in the future
  • Amadou Diallo

    Amadou Diallo

    CEO Middle East & Africa, DHL Global Forwarding Deutsche Post DHL Group is the world’s leading logistics company. The Group connects people and markets and is an enabler of global trade.
  • Andrey Dvoychenkov

    Andrey Dvoychenkov

    Managing Director, Arabian Peninsula & Pakistan Nielsen, Nielsen
  • Angela Simondi

    Angela Simondi

    Director Marketing Services, Greater Middle East & Africa , Tetra Pak
  • Aradhana Khowala

    Aradhana Khowala

    CEO & Founder, Aptamind Partners
  • Arda Cenk Tokbas

    Arda Cenk Tokbas

    Managing Director , PinarArabia First dairy manufacturer to set up a plant and R&D centre in the UAE to serve 17 countries
  • Basil Moftah

    Basil Moftah

    General Partner, Global Ventures
  • Belin Alev

    Belin Alev

    Head of External Communications for Europe and Centra Asia & Middle East and Africa, Tetra Pak
  • Ben Longman

    Ben Longman

    Managing Director, Trendtype
  • Beverley D'Cruz

    Beverley D'Cruz

    Chief Brand Officer PIzza Hut META, Yum! Brands
  • Bhushan N Yengade

    Bhushan N Yengade

    Food Industry Consultant, Binder Technology Consultancy
  • Bina Khan

    Bina Khan

    Co-founder, SUMMIT
  • Carlos Garcia

    Carlos Garcia

    Partner, Middle East Customs and International Trade Leader, PwC Carlos has advised and is currently advising several Customs Administrations and Trade Authorities across the GCC region in transformational projects
  • Chef Amro

    Chef Amro

    Products Innovation Manager, MAM Food co
  • Chef Vanessa Bayma

    Chef Vanessa Bayma

    Chef Bayma Consultancy
  • Colin Beaton

    Colin Beaton

    Managing Director, Limelight
  • Darren Tse

    Darren Tse

    Commercial Director Concessions - Programming, Expo 2020 At the helm of the food & beverage programme for the ‘World’s Greatest Show’ – Expo 2020
  • Deema Khoury

    Deema Khoury

    Marketing and Events Manager, Emirates Bio Farm
  • Dennis Lister

    Dennis Lister

    Vice President - Cargo Commercial Development, Emirates SkyCargo
  • Didier Toubia

    Didier Toubia

    CEO, Aleph Farms
  • Dr James Wilson

    Dr James Wilson

    Business Development Manager , Mintel
  • Ehab Mourad

    Ehab Mourad

    Executive Director, National Food Safety Authority, Egypt
  • Elli Kriel

    Elli Kriel

    Founder, Elli Kosher Kitchen Founder of the UAE’s first Jewish/kosher kitchen and food delivery, making history in Gulf region
  • Emily Neilson-Winkler

    Emily Neilson-Winkler

    Business Development Director & Food-tech Lead, Cockpit Innovation
  • Erich Sieber

    Erich Sieber

    Founder, PeakBridge The only VC fund officially partnered with world’s largest agri-food innovation initiative – EIT Food
  • Greg Ohannessian

    Greg Ohannessian

    Founding Partner, SOMA MATER
  • Greg Wright

    Greg Wright

    Co-Founder, Food People
  • Hani Weiss

    Hani Weiss

    CEO, Majid Al Futtaim, UAE Redefining the retail sector across the Middle East, Africa and Asia as the operator of the Carrefour franchise in over 30 countries
  • Hassan Al Hashemi

    Hassan Al Hashemi

    Vice President of International Relations, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Heather Mills

    Heather Mills

    Founder, VBites
  • Hemant Julka

    Hemant Julka

    Co-founder & COO, VeggiTech
  • Her Excellency Mariam Al Mheiri

    Her Excellency Mariam Al Mheiri

    Minister of State for Food and Water Security , Government of the United Arab Emirates
  • Howard Ko

    Howard Ko

    Executive Chef, CELAVI
  • Ignacio Ramirez

    Ignacio Ramirez

    Global Head of Operations, Managing Director MENA, Winnow Solutions
  • James Joy

    James Joy

    Co-Founder, SUMMIT
  • James Knight-Pacheco

    James Knight-Pacheco

    Executive Chef, ME Dubai , Host of the ‘Chef JKP Podcast’
  • Jochen Bischoff

    Jochen Bischoff

    ByteDance Head of Consumer Business Partnerships GCC , ByteDance (TikTok) Jochen's career in digital tech has been focused on transforming the world's largest advertisers. The EADA Barcelona alumni acquired his subject-matter expertise at Facebook and Publicis Groupe. Jochen currently heads up ByteDance/TikTok's Consumer Business Partnerships across METAP
  • John Kingsly

    John Kingsly

    Managing Director, MP Industrial Development Corporation
  • José Silva

    José Silva

    CEO, Jumeirah Group Silva was awarded ‘Hotelier of the Year’ by Virtuoso, the leading luxury travel agencies network and, during his tenure, the Four Seasons George V was awarded 5 Michelin stars, still the most Michelin starred Palace in Europe and Americas
  • Khaled Ismail

    Khaled Ismail

    VP Communications - Europe, Central Asia, Middle East & Africa Region , Tetra Pak
  • Koen Theunis

    Koen Theunis

    Founder and Partner, RBnH Solutions
  • Kris Fade

    Kris Fade

    Founder of Fade Fit and Host of The Kris Fade Show, Virgin Radio, Virgin Radio
  • Majid Alnuaimi

    Majid Alnuaimi

    Head - Business Development & Strategy, Bee’ah Group
  • Marcio Barradas

    Marcio Barradas

    CEO and founder, 3D Essence Food and Moodbytes
  • Marcus Smith

    Marcus Smith

    Extreme Athlete, Founder of Inner Fight and Smith St Paleo
  • Maria Gedeon

    Maria Gedeon

    Marketing Director, Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas and Majid Al Futtaim Leisure & Entertainment
  • Marwan Tarabay

    Marwan Tarabay

    Co-Founder & CEO , The Leap Nation
  • Mekapati Goutham Reddy

    Mekapati Goutham Reddy

    State Minister, Andhra Pradesh Government
  • Mike Fairburn

    Mike Fairburn

    General Manager, Sony Music Entertainment Middle East
  • Mohamad Ballout

    Mohamad Ballout

    CEO and Co-founder, Kitopi
  • Mohammed Bin Sulaiman

    Mohammed Bin Sulaiman

    Senior Manager - Business Relations, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Monique Naval

    Monique Naval

    Senior Research Analyst, Euromonitor International
  • Mustafa Shamseldin

    Mustafa Shamseldin

    Chief Marketing Officer - Africa, Middle East, and South Asia, PepsiCo
  • Nir Goldstein

    Nir Goldstein

    Managing Director, GFI Israel Launching the next generation of innovators, connecting students, scientists, and entrepreneurs with opportunities in the academic and for-profit sectors
  • Nizami Imamverdiyev

    Nizami Imamverdiyev

    Economic Researcher - Economic Research & Business Development, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Paul Boots

    Paul Boots

    Head of Business Development, Dubai Global Connect (DGC)
  • Peter DeBenedictis

    Peter DeBenedictis

    Chief Marketing Officer, Microsoft, MEA
  • Pierre Engelbrecht

    Pierre Engelbrecht

    Senior Project Manager, Carter Stephenson Quinn
  • Poonam Malakondaiah

    Poonam Malakondaiah

    IAS, Special Chief Secretary, Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries, Government of Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Rabbi Joel Weinberger

    Rabbi Joel Weinberger

    Head, India South Asia Operations, Star-K
  • Rabbi Levi Duchman

    Rabbi Levi Duchman

    Rabbi of the Jewish Community of U.A.E., Founder, Emirates Agency for Kosher Certification Spiritual leader of the UAE’s Jewish community; founded the first entity offering kosher certification in UAE
  • Rabbi Zvi Holland

    Rabbi Zvi Holland

    Director Special Projects, Star K
  • Rabih Omran

    Rabih Omran

    Managing Director , Rocfort Kitchens
  • Roha Daud

    Roha Daud

    Brand Consultant - Food & Wellness, Founder of Cause Kitchn
  • Ron Hicks

    Ron Hicks

    CEO & Founder, HerdX
  • Roye Rahav

    Roye Rahav

    Co-founder and CEO, Yokwe Technologies Group
  • Samir Moftah

    Samir Moftah

    Director - Research & Innovation, Danone
  • Saqr Ereiqat

    Saqr Ereiqat

    Chapter Leader, Global Innovation Institute
  • Satvik Jaitly

    Satvik Jaitly

    Consultant, Food & Nutrition, Frost & Sullivan
  • Sheikh Dr. Majid Al Qassimi

    Sheikh Dr. Majid Al Qassimi

    Founding Partner, SOMA MATER Dr. Majid has the ability to see both a holistic “all of country” approach to Food Security and development of local food production, as well as dive down into specific technical subjects to navigate challenges and opportunities
  • Suzanne Radford

    Suzanne Radford

    Radio Presenter, Producer, Writer and Trainer
  • Tal Laizer

    Tal Laizer

    CEO and Founder, Practical Innovation
  • Tomaso Rodriguez

    Tomaso Rodriguez

    CEO, talabat Founded in 2004 by a small group of entrepreneurs in Kuwait, Talabat’s success expanded to the rest of the GCC region & Jordan, making it the largest and most popular food ordering app in the region.
  • Toon Gyssels

    Toon Gyssels

    COO, talabat
  • Triska Hamid

    Triska Hamid

    Editorial Director, Wamda
  • Troy Payne

    Troy Payne

    Eccentric Cook, Pangolinan Group
  • Willem Van Walt Meijer

    Willem Van Walt Meijer

    CEO, Al Ain Farms, UAE The UAE’s largest integrated dairy company and a renowned regional brand, also engaged in production of fresh juices, camel milk and poultry
  • William Skidmore

    William Skidmore

    Copywriter, LMTD
  • Ziad Kamel

    Ziad Kamel

    Founder and CEO, Cloud Restaurants

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