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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.

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  1. To promote your products and service offering and make your brand top of mind
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  4. To become a provider of choice in the Retail sector
  5. To demonstrate your thought leadership to key decision-makers
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Building brand recognition and positioning your organisation as the partner of choice.

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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.

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.

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.

Khurshid Vakil
Khurshid Vakil
Co-founder - Marina Home
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
Mark Tesseyman
Mark Tesseyman
CEO - LIWA Trading Enterprises

With over three decades of experience in the fashion retail industry, Mark Tesseyman has made his mark as an experienced and successful retailer across the GCC, North Africa, Russia in addition to Europe and the UK. Tesseyman was appointed CEO of LIWA Trading Enterprises in 2015 to restructure and grow the organisation. A key focus has been to target specific market sectors and evolve a retail strategy in line with shifting global trends. He has driven the change management agenda placing the customer first, improving performance and transforming the way the company operates. Tesseyman has extensive international experience, developing and implementing best practice retail management systems and working for industry-leading international companies, including Next Retail, Matalan Ltd, The Peacock Group and Alshaya Group. Prior to his current role, he held key senior positions at both large corporate PLC companies and family-owned organisations. He is also familiar with private equity-backed businesses. Tesseyman is a member of the Advisory Board for RetailME and MRF.

Marwan Moukarzel
Marwan Moukarzel
CEO - Fawaz Alhokair Fashion Retail

Marwan Moukarzel is the CEO of Fawaz Alhokair Fashion Retail, a leading fashion retail group in Saudi Arabia. At Fawaz Alhokair Fashion Retail, Moukarzel oversees all facets of the business, across all operating territories. He drives growth and maximises value for shareholders, brand owners and customers, pivoting the company to new heights of success. Prior to joining Fawaz Alhokair Fashion Retail, Moukarzel served as general manager of AZADEA Group. Under his leadership, AZADEA Group witnessed immense growth, entered new markets and fostered strong relationships with brand owners and major real estate developers. Prior to taking on this position, Moukarzel also served as the deputy CEO and CFO of the company. With over 25 years of professional experience, he has held various other positions – including external auditor with Deloitte (Abu Dhabi) and Ernst & Young (Lebanon) and head of internal audit for a major retail and wholesale operator in Qatar. Moukarzel is a certified public accountant (US), certified internal auditor (US) and holds a Bachelor Degree from Notre Dame University (Lebanon) and an Executive MBA from INSEAD.

Meenaxy Vashishtha
Meenaxy Vashishtha
Founder - GoOrganic

Meenaxy Vashishtha started her journey with plant-based food eight years back when after both her boys were born. After going through two back-to-back C sections in just a period of 1-year and 3 months, the whole process put a tremendous pressure on her body.  Living on multiple multivitamins and pills was not helping and was only adding to her discomfort. This is when her husband introduced her to juicing. Having 2 green juices for 3 months daily with plant-based food changed her completely. She lost weight, had a lot more energy, clearer mind and a clear focus. She started reading more about juicing and plant-based eating. This is how GoOrganic was born with a mission to bring out the goodness of REAL (Restorative Energetic Authentic Living) food. Today, GoOrganic manufactures not only cold pressed juices and juice cleanses, but has also launched its range of soups, shots, Keto shakes, celery juices and protein smoothies and will soon launch 24 new products suitable for all lifestyles.

Mohamed Attia
Mohamed Attia
CEO - SALA (Salman Al Hokair Leisure & Attractions) Entertainment
Mona Ataya
Mona Ataya
CEO & Founder - Mumzworld.com

Mona Ataya, CEO & founder of Mumzworld.com, has proven to be one of the Middle East’s most prominent women entrepreneurs. Beyond leading a successful and growing SME, and inspiring her employees and communities, Ataya is on a mission to change the region, one mum at a time. She has managed to grow Mumzworld from a business plan on paper to a leading brand reaching more than 2 million mothers across the region over the past nine years. Founded in 2011, Mumzworld has pioneered a revolutionary and gold standard e-commerce shopping experience for all things mother, baby and child in the Middle East region. Today, Mumzworld offers over 250,000 products, an engaged community, exclusive product offerings and delivery to over 20 different countries in the fastest, most convenient and cost-effective way, at everyday low prices. Under Ataya’s leadership, Mumzworld has undergone tremendous growth and successfully established itself as the regional leader in this vertical space. Ataya is a member of the Advisory Board for RetailME and MRF.

Naim Maadad
Naim Maadad
Chief Executive & Founder - Gates Hospitality

Naim Maadad comes with over 38 years of experience in the hospitality world across Australia, Asia and the Middle East in various senior management roles. He has launched and operated some of the world’s best hotels, resorts, spas and lifestyle F&B concepts. During his stint with international hospitality groups, Maadad was instrumental in nurturing sound relationships with owners, securing the best-possible locations, negotiating and formalising contractual agreements and appointing teams to infuse and reflect the ethos of the brands. Being based in the Middle East over the past 20 years, Maadad has witnessed tremendous industry growth, gained a deep cultural understanding and has been endorsed by principals & organisations alike. In 2010, he established Gates Hospitality, a home-grown hospitality company representing F&B brands, including Ultra Brasserie, Reform Social & Grill Dubai, Folly by Nick & Scott and Publique, to name a few. He is a member of the Advisory Board for RetailME and MRF.

Nawal El Masri
Nawal El Masri
Founder & Storyteller - exhale

Nawal El Masri is the founder and storyteller of exhale, a mindful and conscious driven e-commerce brand that seeks to change perspectives through storytelling, art, visual journeys and clothing. El Masri believes that through exhale she can bring awareness for mental wellness and break stigmas in order for the society to use the tools they have at hand to heal themselves. Artists from around the world, storytellers, writers, painters, illustrators and poets come together to tell stories with exhale. The brand also teams up with educational awareness events such as The Global Teacher Prize to target and bring awareness to the millennials. El Masri has partnered with UNHCR to further initiate and activate the process of supporting and healing. She is a speaker at the American University of Sharjah advocating mental health, alongside forming a lecture collaboration at DIDI Institute in d3 for fashion students about mindful designing.

Who can Participate

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

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

For any query please contact,

Jehan Mandap
IMAGES MULTIMEDIA FZ-LLC,
Office 304, Makateb 2, Dubai Production City, Dubai, UAE

Tel: +971 44 46 7555, +971 50 122 0017
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