COMPELLING INGREDIENTS OF BEST-IN-CLASS RETAIL INTELLIGENCE

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Why MRF 2020?

KNOWLEDGE  : RETAIL IS A MOVING TARGET. IF THERE’S NO WAY OF KNOWING WHAT’S COMING NEXT, HOW DO YOU NAVIGATE? RE-IMAGINE RETAIL WITH REAL-LIFE GLOBAL INSIGHTS.

SHOWCASE : DISRUPTION-PROOF SPACES, INNOVATIONS, PRODUCTS, SERVICES THAT EVERY RETAILER WILL NEED TOMORROW.

ROLE MODELS : AT THE MIDDLE EAST’S MOST INCLUSIVE, DIFFERENTIATED AWARDS CEREMONY, DISCOVER WHY THE LEADERS LEAD. SEE WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU.

NETWORKING : BOND WITH THE MOST DYNAMIC, INNOVATIVE RETAIL FACILITATORS. CREATE RETAIL MODELS THAT ARE AS DIFFERENTIATED AS CONSUMER EXPECTATIONS.

MRF SHOWREEL
Network directly with retail visionaries who will speak at our conference sessions
Ahmed Ragab
Ahmed Ragab
Group CEO - Baraka Retail Group

Ahmed Ragab is the group CEO and executive board member of Egypt-based BRG Holding. He is the CEO and board member of Barak Optics Group, as well as board member of Baraka Folio Company and Sigma Construction. Ragab is also a selected entrepreneur with Endeavor Egypt. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the American University in Cairo, Master’s in Business Administration from Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands. He also completed the Scaling Ventures Programme from Harvard Business School in the US. Ragab is a member of the Advisory Board for RetailME and MRF.

Amitabh Taneja
Amitabh Taneja
Chairman & Managing Director - Images Group
Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith
Regional Director - Ayton Global Research

Andrew Smith is the Regional Director for Ayton Global Research. When Founder and Managing Director of Ayton Global Research, Susan Ayton, looked to expand into the Middle East, Andrew offered his time and knowledge to help the company become established in this region.

Andrew will be introducing Susan Ayton. Susan Ayton is the Founder and Managing Director of Ayton Global Research Ltd and inventor and owner of Ayton System Software, which has been successfully trading for over 25 years. She has designed and ran consumer studies for over 400 international clients including; contract manufacturers such as PZ Cussons and Acheson & Acheson, large high street chains such as A.S. Watson, Tesco, Walgreen Boots Alliance and The Body Shop, as well as global brands such as Skinny Tan, Oriflame, Liz Earle and Temple Spa.

Susan has been nominated three times for the Who’s Who of Britain’s Business Elite and has won the Mendip Family Business and International Business Awards. Ayton System Software won a British Government Research and Development Grant because of its ability to provide an homogenous global research platform in real-time and in any language. Susan has a life of developing her business model hand-in-hand with some of the largest global cosmetics and toiletries corporations all across the world.

Ashish Panjabi
Ashish Panjabi
COO - Jacky’s Business Solutions and Jacky’s Retail LLC

Ashish Panjabi is the COO of Jacky’s Business Solutions. Panjabi also runs Jacky’s Retail LLC, which operates Samsung Brand Shops across the UAE and is a partner in Cutting Edge Solutions FZE. He is a board member and president-elect for the UAE Chapter of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneur), where the focus is on fostering entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking, education, funding and incubation. He is also involved in various mentorship activities, as a Tech Mentor at in5 Tech and at Techstars, which is a seed accelerator. Panjabi is also a board member of the Dubai Computer Group, which represents the interests of the computer industry in Dubai and is formed under the auspices of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is currently a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) MENA One Chapter as well as a member of the Advisory Board for RetailME and MRF.

Bart Denolf
Bart Denolf
CEO – Franchise - Sacoor Brothers Group

Bart Denolf is currently the CEO – Franchise for the Sacoor Brothers Group. Since he joined the company in 2015, Denolf has been actively driving growth both offline and online and the company has since opened in more than 10 new countries. Prior to joining the Sacoor Brothers Group, he pursued a successful career at Pepe Jeans Group (Pepe Jeans, Hackett) from 2010-15 where he joined as global retail and expansion director and prior to that at MANGO from 2005-10, where he joined as area manager for expansion and became senior vice-president – business development, managing more than 35 countries. Denolf has a Degree in Law from the University of Ghent (Belgium) and a Master’s Degree in European Law from the University of Cantabria (Spain). He also has a second Master’s Degree in Marketing, Sales and Business Administration in ESIC (Madrid, Spain). In 2014 he did an executive programme in INSEAD, Paris. More recently, he has completed a course on application of AI in business strategy from MIT, USA.

Cameron Mitchell
Cameron Mitchell
CEO - Majid Al Futtaim Leisure & Entertainment and Cinemas

Cameron Mitchell has worked in the entertainment industry for 25 years, initially in various regional operational roles across Australia, specialising in the setup and opening of new complexes and cinema concepts across the country. He joined Majid Al Futtaim in January 2007, and as CEO oversees the existing entertainment businesses, coupled with the company’s aggressive expansion across the MENA region, which has seen VOX Cinemas become one of the region’s largest, and favourite cinema entertainment providers. Mitchell additionally oversees Majid Al Futtaim’s Leisure and Entertainment businesses, which includes 30 Magic Planet family entertainment centres and Majid Al Futtaim’s Ski business including the iconic Ski Dubai located in Mall of the Emirates and Mall of Egypt’s Ski Egypt, with Ski Saudi and Ski Oman under development. In addition to these attractions, Majid Al Futtaim also operates a number of other innovative leisure attractions, including VR experience centre Dreamscape in Mall of the Emirates, along with several other integrated entertainment centres.

Farah Emara
Farah Emara
Co-founder & CEO - FreshSource

Farah Emara has extensive experience with start-ups and SMEs. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Economic Development and Public Policy at Durham University and pursued a Master’s Degree in Management at the London School of Economics. Emara has worked in Procter & Gamble as the head of the strategic communications department as well as entrepreneur selection & growth manager at Endeavor. She has appeared as a judge on CBC’s Hona Al Shabab and awarded the Obama Presidential Award.

Grace Karim
Grace Karim
Co-founder - Bookends

Bookends is the first digital platform in the UAE for buying and selling pre-loved books. Bookends is a UAE-based start-up founded by mompreneurs Grace Karim and Somia Anwar. Karim is a mother of two enthusiastic readers Omar and Adam. While Anwar is also a mother of two avid readers Zoha and Abdullah. While their kids were growing older, they struggled to keep refreshing their book collections at affordable prices. Kids would outgrow the books quickly and always ready to buy new ones. This is where the idea of Bookends came into being. Today Bookends.ae offers a wide variety of books at affordable prices. Readers can buy books and sell their pre-loved books on Bookends.ae.

Halima Jumani
Halima Jumani
Director - Kibsons

Halima Jumani is director and part of the founding family of Kibsons Online Home Delivery Service, which focuses on distributing fresh, healthy food directly from market-to-door for thousands of UAE residents. Jumani has worked at Kibsons for over 10 years, having seen the company go from strength-to-strength and leading the expansion through the practical challenges of implementing several projects/initiatives in the world of operations and trading. Today she oversees finance and operations for Kibsons and a team of over 1,000 across the business and over 5,000 daily orders. Jumani graduated from the London Business School (UK) with an MBA. Whilst she was based in the UK, she worked with Barclays Global Investors as a Project Analyst in the Pooled Funds Division. Post-graduation, Jumani moved to Dubai where she worked with GE as a Six Sigma Black Belt, leading and executing projects to drive improvements in performance, as well as key business and customer processes within Employee and Financial Services.

Heba Al Fazari
Heba Al Fazari
Founder - Coveti

Emirati entrepreneur Heba Al Fazari is a visionary and founder of Coveti. A former diplomat, the first Emirati offshore engineer in 2002 and author of “Politics of fashion: The Global Sourcing Hacks Every Fashion Designers Need,” she has worked and lived in more than 10 countries. Armed with a Georgetown Global MBA and Foreign Relation, Al Fazari is an advisor in global sourcing and non-market strategies. With strong knowledge in factories relocation for best market access, Al Fazari uses many innovative strategies to expand her business across different territories. With Coveti, she has set out on a journey to support the new wave of emerging brands that would otherwise remain undiscovered and unheard. Al Fazari is now on a mission to create a global revolutionary data-driven platform to unite best-emerging brands with millions of people across the globe who are looking for their next unique treasure find.

Hisham Al Amoudi
Hisham Al Amoudi
Group CEO - Kamal Osman Jamjoom Group

After more than 25 years of working with Kamal Osman Jamjoom (KOJ) Group, Hisham Al Amoudi was appointed as Group CEO in 2017. He has worked alongside the KOJ Group founder in establishing and growing the business from a handful of shops in the city of Jeddah in western Saudi in the 1990s to the Group’s nearly 700 stores across the GCC and Morocco today. Aside from successfully establishing the Group’s international franchise brands across the region (The Body Shop and Early Learning Center), Al Amoudi has also played an instrumental role in developing KOJ’s home-grown brands Nayomi, Mikyajy and Mihyar. In addition to his strategic role on the KOJ board, Al Amoudi has direct responsibility for the Group’s business development efforts, overseeing all expansion and investment initiatives. He has successfully led critical projects for KOJ, including ERP launch and implementation, e-commerce and digital transformation, store build factory development and modernisation, building a training academy and labour policy implementation across all countries. A firm believer in the power of people, Al Amoudi has worked alongside the founder in developing KOJ Group as an ethical, professional and people-driven organisation.

Hozefa Saylawala
Hozefa Saylawala
Director of Sales - Zebra Technologies

In his current role at Zebra Technologies, Hozefa Saylawala covers a large territory, working through channel partners. As Zebra Technologies is introducing new internet of things (IoT)-based solutions on top of its legacy business of barcode/printing products, Saylawala has a strong pipeline of new end-to-end solutions to meet regional demand across a range of vertical sectors. His responsibility is to drive growth and penetration of Zebra Technologies’ new solutions around Enterprise Asset Intelligence, based on ‘sense-analyze-act’ and harnessing IoT technologies in the region. Saylawala likes to work closely with customers and support them in an increasingly complex world. He likes to engage and understand customers’ businesses and relate to the challenges in an ever-changing technology landscape, before suggesting the right solutions to address their specific needs. Saylawala feels that innovation is central to the region’s future, as it looks to diversify and quickly build sustainable, competitive new economies.

Ian Ohan
Ian Ohan
Founder & Chief Executive - KRUSH Brands

A later in life entrepreneur, Ian Ohan has lived, worked and created in the Gulf region for the past two decades. He is the founder & chief executive of KRUSH Brands. KRUSH Brands is a full-service, multi-kitchen, brand development, operating and franchising company. Cool brands that you love, bound together by technology, convenient and reliable, better for you, from a company that cares. KRUSH Brands owns and operates Freedom Pizza, Wildflower Poke & More, Coco Yogo Vegan Kitchen and the Salad Jar with more brands coming soon. It also owns Big Dwarf Food Technology that develops KRUSH Brands’ proprietary digital, online ordering, operating and delivery platforms. All KRUSH Brands concepts are Powered by Freedom – KRUSH Brands’ proprietary technology and delivery platform and its fleet of over 200 professional delivery drivers delivering fast, fresh and safe, every time.

Isobel Abulhoul
Isobel Abulhoul
Co-founder - Magrudy’s

Isobel Abulhoul co-founded Magrudy’s, a bookshop chain, in 1975. In addition to Magrudy’s, she was a co-founder of Jerboa Books, a publishing company which produces children’s books in Arabic and English. Abulhoul has a keen and abiding interest in education and literacy. Following a chance conversation and the support of Emirates Airline, she founded and directed the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, from its inception. In 2013, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and also the Festival patron, issued a Decree forming the Emirates Literature Foundation, naming Abulhoul as one of the trustees on the board. In addition, Abulhoul also holds the position of CEO of the Foundation. She is also a trustee of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction Board, secretary general of the Kalimat Foundation and director of the board for the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library and a member of the Supreme Committee for the Year of Tolerance. Abulhoul is a member of the Advisory Board for RetailME and MRF.

Jeremy Denisty
Jeremy Denisty
Customer Director – Operational Lead MENA - Scopernia

Jeremy Denisty is a transformation & innovation expert leading the MENA office of the Belgian advisory firm Scopernia. For the last 10 years, Scopernia has been helping leaders across all industries transform, innovate and grow towards a strong, future-proof organisation. Scopernia’s expertise is grounded in four best-selling books written and published by its founding partners: Digital Transformation (2014), Corporate Venturing (2016), The World is Round (2020) and Metasystems (2020).

Justina Eitzinger
Justina Eitzinger
COO - Images Group Middle East

Justina Eitzinger is the COO at Images Group, Middle East, the no. 1 retail intelligence and knowledge sharing media house with its monthly print magazine, RetailME app, website and the iconic retail event called the Middle East Retail Forum, which has proven to be a go-to conference for insightful retail content and invaluable networking. Eitzinger has 24 years of experience across media, hospitality and travel industries and has held leadership roles in revenue, marketing and customer service. She is a Harvard certified Digital Marketer, and has an MBA in Marketing from SP Jain School of Global Management, Dubai. In her role as the operations lead, Eitzinger oversees content, business and marketing and is working on growing the portfolio in the region and beyond. Prior to joining Images Group, she served as the Chief Revenue Officer at Forbes Middle East, and also worked at brands like STAR TV, Gulf News, Jumeirah Group of Hotels, ITC Maurya Sheraton and The Oberoi.

Kiran Karanki
Kiran Karanki
CEO - Semnox Solutions

Kiran Karanki is the CEO of Semnox Solutions, a multi-national company focused on developing solutions for the leisure and amusement industry. In this role, he oversees the overall strategy and the operations of Semnox, setting the focus and driving the execution. Semnox is an innovation driven company and Karanki has architected the hardware platform and is currently actively engaged in re-architecting the solution platform to drive the next stage of growth. He has been instrumental in growing Semnox’s business in the theme and water park segment. In the past, he was responsible for the Far East and the American markets which he built from ground up. Karanki was deeply involved in setting up the China JV partnership. Prior to Semnox, Karanki was with Infosys Technologies, where he managed the multi-million-dollar relationship with a key customer in the US.

Kris Fade
Kris Fade
Founder - Fade Fit

Kris Fade is the Australian/Lebanese radio phenomenon that has taken the region by storm. He hosts The Kris Fade Show on Virgin Radio speaking to one million listeners daily and his show is also airing on Australia’s largest radio network, KIIS Network, with more than 2 million listeners. Fade hosts the official Middle East Chart, regularly interviews the biggest celebrities both on and off air and is the official Middle East TV host at the red carpet of the Oscars every year for OSN. His unparalleled live entertainment skills have made him one of the most coveted people in the industry and his authentic content creation on social media in combination with that has resulted in multiple brand ambassadorships. An entrepreneur at heart, Fade is also the founder of a successful healthy children’s snack (Fade Fit Kids), partner in a fitness company (Enhance) and founder of Fade Fit, a community for people who are looking at being inspired to get fit and healthy.

Kristian Stinson
Kristian Stinson
Co-founder & CEO - Hopi

Kristian Stinson is the co-founder and CEO of Hopi, a premium daily contact lens brand selling directly to consumers across the GCC. Stinson co-founded Hopi, together with business partner Charles Wright, in December 2019 to disrupt the antiquated contact lens retail model and bring high-quality daily lenses directly to customers at honest prices. Stinson is responsible for overseeing the overall development of Hopi, including marketing, sales, finance and distribution management. This is his second entrepreneurial venture. Prior to launching Hopi, he co-founded Studio EM in 2011, a Dubai-based interior architecture firm specialising in retail, hospitality and F&B projects. As pioneers of the direct-to-consumer e-commerce model in the Middle East, Stinson and Wright have also set up the DTC ME group to facilitate knowledge exchange between other DTC colleagues to help other co-founders operating in the space.

Majed M. Al Tahan
Majed M. Al Tahan
Co-founder & Managing Director - Danube Online

Majed M Al Tahan is the Founder & CEO, AYM and Co-founder & MD, Danube Online. He is an award-winning entrepreneur and e-commerce leader in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with a great passion to impact the apps market. Al Tahan recognised that e-commerce was the missing element in the Saudi retail landscape and he grabbed the opportunity to begin his journey to build the first-ever online service for grocery shopping in the Kingdom in partnership with BinDawood Holding. In 2016, he founded AYM Commerce as the platform to power the technology needed to revolutionise the Middle East’s e-commerce grocery space and set up Danube Online in partnership with BinDawood Holding. In 2019, Al Tahan was recognised for his achievements and contribution to Saudi Arabia’s economy when he was awarded ‘Young CEO of the Year’ at the Saudi Top Achiever Awards and ‘Digital Leader of the Year’ at Seamless Middle East.

Exclusive Partnership Opportunities

The Middle East Retail Forum is the perfect platform to meet senior level decision makers from the Retail industry across the region under one roof. Partners of the forum have the opportunity to showcase their leadership, their products and solutions to a captive audience. Our partnership packages give maximum exposure within all our platforms including digital, print and events.

WHY PARTNER
  1. To promote your products and service offering and make your brand top of mind
  2. To get quality face-time with 9+ hours of dedicated networking
  3. To source intelligence and on ground challenges to help your clients further
  4. To become a provider of choice in the Retail sector
  5. To demonstrate your thought leadership to key decision-makers
YOU WILL RECEIVE

Unrivalled opportunities by introductions to decision makers from the leading players in the Retail Industry.

Sourcing new introductions and having valuable face time to discuss new business opportunities and current on-going Deals.

Building brand recognition and positioning your organisation as the partner of choice.

Who can be a Partner

Shopping Centers and Retail Real Estate Developers
Retail Technology Providers
Logistics and Warehousing
Packaging and Merchandising
Digital Signage Solution Providers
Store Design and Fitouts
Visual Merchandising Solution Providers
Footfalland Checkout Technology
Cloud Solutions
Inventory Management
Retail Analytics
Retail Lighting Solutions
HVAC

For any query please email us at partnerships@imagesretailme.com