Speakers' Line-up

FEATURED INDUSTRY EXPERTS

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Ahmed Taleb Ali Al Shamsi

Chief Executive Officer

Emirates Foundation

Ahmed Taleb Al Shamsi was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Foundation in September 2019. An emerging pioneer in the field of Youth Empowerment, Al Shamsi possesses an outstanding track record in youth development, mobilization and engagement as well as partnership building, leadership communication and strategic operations.

Ahmed was also the Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Youth Council from 2017 to early 2019 and the first UAE UN Youth Ambassador.

In his role as the UAE UN Youth Ambassador, Al Shamsi focused on enhancing young people’s involvement and contributions to the National Development Agenda and ensuring their voices and needs are heard by different stakeholders.

He is a graduate of the American University of Washington DC with a degree in International Relations with post-graduate courses from Georgetown University, Oxford University, Harvard University, Columbia University and Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst.

Dr. Maliha Hashmi

Executive Director, Health & Wellbeing Sector

NEOM

Dr. Maliha Hashmi is the Executive Director and the Deputy Sector Head for the Health & Wellbeing Sector at NEOM, where she also served as the Executive Director for all Strategic Partnerships. Dr. Hashmi also serves as a Leading Expert & Council Member for the Prestigious Global Future Council on Health & Healthcare at the World Economic Forum.

 

Dr. Maliha Hashmi has held Executive roles in various sectors and globally renowned organizations and is a well-known name in the region for health & wellbeing. Dr. Maliha Hashmi received her Doctorate and Master’s Degrees from Harvard and MIT.

 

Dr. Maliha Hashmi is listed as one of the top 20 women in the Nation in the United States of America for her achievements making it into the Who’s Who in America List.

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Ibrahim S. Al-Suwail

Investor Services & Advisory Deputy,

Ministry of Investment of Saudi Arabia (MISA)

Mr. Ibrahim S. AlSuwail is the Investor Services and Advisory Deputy at the Ministry of Investment of Saudi Arabia (MISA) since July 2017.

He is a member of the board of directors of STC Specialized Telecommunications Company, as well as the Saudi Port Authority and Electricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority. Ibrahim holds a bachelor's degree in international business from [KAU] and an MBA from INSEEC University in Paris.

 

AlSuwail also holds a high diploma in entrepreneurial and small business operations from Washington State University, and has attended several strategy, finance, technology and marketing courses at the London Business School, Harvard Business School, Insead Business School, MIT and Ashridge Business School.

Saima KHAN

Chief Executive Officer,

Step Up Dubai

Saima Khan is a young social entrepreneur who runs a licensed youth organization with government of Dubai. Over the years Saima has grown Step Up to be one of the most approachable youth organizations with 4000+ members, 37 schools and 12 universities. She has event partnered with government of Abu Dhabi and Sharjah for expansion projects. She has won several recognitions such as Emirates Woman of the Year, Splash Fashions - Heart of Gold, Princess Diana Award & Queen’s Young Leader Award, United Nations Delegate and many more.

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"Becoming a CEO in your teens is a feat but when you are driven by a passion that is for a larger good, God helps you achieve what you want."

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Dominic KEOGH-PETERS

Group Human Resources Director,

Axiom Telecom

Dominic Keogh Peters is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and highly experienced in HR Strategy & Delivery, HR Transformation, Performance Management, Organisational Development and Cultural Change. Dominic has worked in,Retail, Platform Distribution, E Commerce, Telecoms and Retail. His 14 + years of experience in the Middle East has been working alongside some of the world’s leading brands in fast paced commercial environments. Dominic currently works as the Group HR Director at Axiom Telecom  a US$ 2 billion Group that specialises in Platform Distribution, Wholesale, Retail, White Label accessories and customisation. His main focus is supporting Business Transformation and the strategic development of Talent, Culture and Capability across the organisation. In addition, Dominic is a lecturer on CIPD programmes for the PWC academy, a mentor for the CIPD and has lectured on HR strategy at leading universities in the UAE and KSA. He is currently pursuing his global fellowship in Talent Management from Wharton Business School.

SIMARNA SINGH

SDGs Advocate | Youth & Women Empowerment | Social Entrepreneurship | MC | Youth Ambassador , United Nations

Simarna Singh is a passionate sustainability advocate and she is actively involved in actioning the SDGs, with a strong belief that “the Youth will make a difference and they will not stop until they are heard...”.

Her exposure and experience revolve around consulting the 4- and 5-Star Hospitality Industry in the UAE on their sustainability compliance. Academically she holds a 1st class Honors degree from the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, in International Hospitality and Tourism, affiliated with École Hôtelière de Lausanne.

At the start of her career in October 2017, soon after Simarna was accepted as a United Nations Global Compact Youth Ambassador in the UAE, she initiated and founded the Sustainable Relationship Partners in Dubai which has held 39 well attended educational sessions bringing together a diverse group of accomplished leaders from the Government, Academia, Private Sector and Civil Society.

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"Policy Makers! You must include the Youth at the Table."

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Hisham DARWISH

Human Resources Lead, IBM

Currently Based in Dubai, joined IBM in May 2011 as HR Leader for Egypt. In 2013, was HR Leader for North and West Africa before moving to Middle East in 2015. Prior to IBM, was Head of HR at MSD and held other positions in leading MNCs Pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer, Abbott and Sanofi Aventis where he started his professional career in Sales and Marketing . Hisham holds a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and is a certified IBM Design Thinking and Earning Advocacy Practitioner.

"Reinforcing a #peoplecentric culture at workplace is

essential to drive an engaged team."

Jumana ABU HANNOUD

Managing Director, SOS Children's Villages International

Jumana is a Founding Partner and Board Member of Reach, the first non-profit incorporated organization in DIFC, dedicated to female mentoring and professional development in the Middle East. She is also a co-founder and Steering Committee member of the 30% Club GCC chapter, a UK-based voluntary business collaboration platform for accelerating the representation of women on boards and in senior executive positions.

Jumana is a humanitarian and serial entrepreneur having established and co-managed 3 start-ups where she focused on social impact and responsible business, and consulted on projects for UNHCR, UNAIDS, WFP, UNICEF, Dubai Cares and Plan International. She has worked as a Public Information Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and supported the SOS International Children’s Villages, Gulf Area Office in a voluntary advisory capacity for 3 years prior to joining the organization as Managing Director of the Gulf Area Office for another 3 years, serving the cause of orphans and abandoned children in the MENA region and worldwide.

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"Our research shows that 85% of the jobs potentially available in 2030 don't exist yet - that's how quickly technology is changing"

Othman Almoamar

Research Manager, Misk Foundation &

Chair, Y20, Saudi Arabia

Othman is the Chair of the Youth 20 engagement group in 2020 and a Research Lead at the Misk Foundation where he leads multiple research initiatives that aim not only to understand the challenges faced by young people, but also young people can take the lead in solving them. He leads the development of the Global Youth Index that tracks youth development in 25 countries and a Global Future Skills initiative that aims to uncover future learning journeys for youth in six cities globally. Othman manages the content creation of various white papers on topics relevant to young people, such as the future of work, youth leadership, and youth entrepreneurship. He holds his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Penn State University, and a Master’s degree from Duke University. 

Mazoon Al Zadjali

Youth Activist | Focal Point Peer Educator, Youth Peer Education Network 

Mazoon is a youth advocate who cares about youth rights, policies, and empowerment. She started her journey as a Certified Peer Educator age of 15 years and until today she continues the promise she made towards building a better and understanding generation in today's world.

She has started many projects to empower and educate youth such as “invest in youth – Sawalif Shabab and 1 min Advice” these initiatives got recognized by the world where she received several awards to empower more youth around the world.

She has always been a source to inspire the young generation in the world and she always says volunteering runs in her blood in different kinds of fields whether it’s related to Mental health, community, and empowerment.

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Yogesh Kumar

Chief Executive Officer,

Even Cargo

Yogesh Kumar is an empathetic achiever in the endeavors of entrepreneurship,  founder of Even Cargo(2016), India's first women-only e-commerce logistics company and Delhi OYE (2014).

 

His passion and commitment successfully drive his work towards creating a gender just society. Recognized by NY Times, BBC, NDTV, and New Yorker among many, his work towards women empowerment and gender parity has also won him fellowships like Acumen, Westerwelle, TISS DBS, and Unltd India. Yogesh is the winner of Young Social Entrepreneur Award given by Singapore International Foundation (2015). He is one of the only 5 Asia Region Winners of the Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work (2018). His contribution in the field of Social Entrepreneurship is recognized by Global Citizen (NY) and Global Youth Summit (Michigan State) 2019.

Kunal Wadhwani

Group Head – Human Resources (GCC),

Choitrams

As the Group Head of Human Resources for GCC region, Kunal oversees management of over 4500 employees. He is a passionate leader & a hands-on-mentor. Being a business partner with strategic capability, commercial acumen and an enthusiastic preparedness to roll up the sleeve, he possess strong magnitude and the ability to partner with the Board, CXOs and senior stakeholders.

Kunal holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources.  With over 20 years’ experience in linking human capital to business results, he is highly adept at planning & directing Employee Relations, Reward & Talent Management Strategies.  He is an active Business Ally who demonstrates success in negotiating win-win compromises.

 

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Rasha Binaftan

Strategic HR Business Partner,

Saudi Government

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Eng. Anwaar Al Shimmari

Chief Innovation Officer and Director of Design   UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development

Anwaar Al Shimmari is Chief Innovation Officer and Director of Design at the UAE’s Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MOID) where she also leads the artificial intelligence (AI) team and the authority’s Scientific Research committee.

 

Eng. Al Shimmari has 19 years of multi-discipline experience in architecture, urban planning, engineering, and infrastructure sectors. She is official judge, keynote speaker and trainer in the fields of engineering, Innovation, AI, and Leadership. She have judged over 4000 individuals, entities, and projects including Sharjah Innovation Award 2020.

A board member at Sheikh Zayed Housing Program and vice president of ASTM Chapter in UAE, Al Shimmari is a member of numerous entities, such as IAARC, IQLI, GINI Council, Innovation 360, and AIPMM. She had several awards internationally and locally.

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