About Middle East Retail Forum 2018

Theme : Physical meets digital: Rethinking retail with the online-offline convergence

Retail will become stronger, channel agnostic and more agile to adapt to rapid, disruptive, changes. Stores will become inspirational spaces, morphed into lively, immersive environments. Retailers will engage with consumers differently, interacting with them at their preferred touchpoints. While businesses are being digitally-enabled, the key role of people will be at the heart of every organisation. There is a sweeping cultural change in mindset towards promoting bright start-ups in order to build an entrepreneurial community. MRF 2018 will bring together powerful speakers and engaging discussions around future proofing retail.


Abdul Kader Saadi-Managing Director
Glee Hospitality Solutions

Adel Belcaid-Principal
AT Kearney Middle East

Alex Andarakis-Founder & managing director
Andarakis Advisory Services

Alexandre Teodoresco-Founder
Truckers DXB, Street Food Market DXB and Street Nights

Andreas Borgmann-Founder & co-CEO

Arva Saleem Ahmed-Founder
Frying Pan Tourism LLC

Asli Okar-Marketing Director for Middle East
Philips Lighting

Babak Golkar-Co-founder
Emperor London

Bhavik Jhaveri-CEO & Founder
Pretr Pvt. Ltd

Bhupinder Singh-General manager & CFO
Dalma Mall

Chinmoy Ghosh-Assistant Vice President – Performance & Rewards
UAE Exchange

Christine Souffrant Ntim-Partner
Global Startup Ecosystem

Denis Ravizza-Co-founder
ESMOD Dubai & Pôlette Concept Store

Ebraheem Al Samadi-CEO retail
Al Samadi Group

Enjy Kiwan-Founder & Managing Director

Cityland Group

Francesco Magri-Country manager and director
The Woolmark Company

Frank-Matthias Kuntermann-CEO
ABC Group

Hani S Al-Sulaimani-Marketing director
Hamat Property Co.

Ian Ohan-Founder & CEO
Freedom Pizza

Ishwar Chugani-CEO & managing director
Giordano Middle East

James Whelton-Managing director

Juan de Lascurain-Chief dreamer
Dream Big

Karl Schwitzke-Managing Director
Schwitzke GmbH

Khurshid Vakil-Co-founder
Marina Home Interiors

Kristine Lasam-Founder & CEO
Pink Entropy

Lennard Otto-CEO
IMG Worlds of Adventure

Luma Bourisly-Founder & vision creator

Mahmoud Bartawi-Co-founder

Mansour Salameh-Client solutions manager – retail & e-commerce, MENA

Mark Tesseyman-CEO
LIWA Trading Enterprises

Mark Thomson-Director – retail & hospitality EMEA
Zebra Technologies

Matthew King-Co-founder

Matthieu Guinard-CEO
GlamBox Middle East

Mohamed Galal-President & CEO
Tasweeq Shopping Malls, Egypt

Mohamed Haouache-CEO & co-founder

Mohammad Alawi-Chairman of shopping malls committee,
Jeddah Chamber KSA

Mohammed Abdullah Al-Anjari-Chairman
Mohammad Al Anjeri Company

Morten Kirch-Regional manager
SSI Schaefer

Mukul Bafana-Co-founder & CEO
Arvind Internet

Nada Alawi-Co-founder

Nadine Benchaffai-Managing partner
Taqado Mexican Kitchen

Nasif Kayed-Founder & CEO
The Arab Culturalist

Phil McArthur-Founder and managing director

Rachel McArthur-Founder & managing editor
Digital Ink Media

Rajiv Prasad-Chief innovation officer
Xpandretail powered by Sávant Data System LLC

Ramzi Nakad-Co-founder
Fashion Forward Dubai & BRAG

Raza Beig-Director, Landmark Group & CEO – Splash, ICONIC & Landmark International
Landmark Group

Saeed Mohammad Mesam Alfalasi-Executive director – retail and strategic alliances
Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment

Saoud Khoory-General manager
Yas Mall

Shaikha Ahmad Al Bishri-Director
Business Excellence Department, Dubai Economy

Shankar Balan-President
QwikCilver Solutions

Sonia Parekh-Co-founder
The Goodwill Tribe

Stephen Graham Holbrook-Member executive board, director – clothing
Kamal Osman Jamjoom Group LLC

Stevi Lowmass-Founder & owner
The Camel Soap Factory

Tahir Shah-Founding partner
Moti Roti

Tanvi Malik-Co-founder

Tarek Moussawer-Vice president
Virgin Megastore MENA

Tariq Sanad-CFO

TP Pratap-Chief marketing officer
QwikCilver Solutions

Ulugbek Yuldashev-Founder & CEO

Vijay Talreja-Co-founder

Vikram Krishna-Executive vice president, head of group marketing & customer experience
Emirates NBD

Yasser Shamsi-Chairman
El-Shamsi Group, Egypt

Zaid Alqufaidi-Managing director
ENOC Retail

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