The GCC-UK Trade Summit will host insightful discussions and presentations on subjects that are most relevant to the UK and GCC business communities, delivering key insights through expert speaker panels, case studies, sectoral analysis, high-level conversations, interviews, and networking opportunities.

Please note that timings below are AST

09.00 Virtual platform opens
09.30 CEO Welcome
  • Abdulaziz Almugyteeb, Group CEO, add
09:35 Opening remarks
  • Ed Abankwa, Event Director, add
09:40 A Strategic Approach to Setting Up GCC Business Operations
  • Nazar Musa, CEO, PRO Partner Group

GCC Economies & Investment Overview

10:00 Re-energising GCC-UK strategic partnerships, trade and investment: Opportunities in an era of transformation
  • Dr Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg, Assistant Secretary-General for Political & Negotiation Affairs, Gulf Cooperation Council
10:20 Interactive panel: GCC Government & private sector cooperation and investment to achieve success in economic diversification programmes
  • Moderator: Adel Hamaizia, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
  • Gabriella De La Torre, Director of Consulting, CBRE
  • Dr Ashraf Mishrif, Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chair in Economic Studies, Sultan Qaboos University
  • Saud Abu Al-Shawareb, Managing Director, Dubai Industrial City
11:00 Discussion: Growth prospects for GCC investors in the UK – 2021 and beyond
  • Moderator: Ed Abankwa, Event Director
  • Professor John Bryson, Professor of Enterprise and Competitiveness at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham
  • Matthew Hurn OBE, Executive Director & CFO – Disruptive Investments, Mubadala Investment Company
  • Gavin Holland, Partner, Anthemis Group

Government Initiatives: Stimulating Economic Growth and Development, and Attracting Foreign Investment

11:30 Bahrain: Promoting trade, investment, and meaningful business relationships between the Kingdom and the UK
  • Khalid Al Zayani OBE, Chairman, Bahrain British Business Forum (BBBF)
11:50 Focus on Abu Dhabi: A unique opportunity for businesses looking to establish and grow in the Middle East
  • Tiago Fernandes, Investment Promotion and Business Advisory, Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO)
12:10 In-Conversation Focus on KSA: The Diriyah Gate Project – Catapulting KSA into a global tourism destination
  • Interviewer: Frank Kane, Senior Business Editor and Anchor of Frankly Speaking, Arab News
  • Jerry Inzerillo, CEO, Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA)
12:30 Networking break and exhibition visit

The Case for Environmental Sustainability in the GCC

12:50 Interactive panel: UK-GCC green tech collaboration and sustainability matters
  • Moderator: Jessica Obeid, Senior Advisor and Energy Transition Specialist, Azure Strategy
  • David Reavley, CEO, Solar Water
  • James Hygate, CEO, Green Fuels
  • Alistair Munro, Founder & CEO, Ryse Energy

GCC Megaproject Developments

13:20 Interactive panel: Regional Megaprojects overview and investment opportunities
  • Moderator: Avin Gidwani, CEO, Industry Networks
  • Aradhana Knowala, CEO and Founder of Aptamind Partners, UK and Chair of the Global Advisory board for The Red Sea Development Company, KSA
  • Alistair Gosling, Founder & CEO of EXTREME, Advisory Board Member of Qiddiya
  • Nabil Chaachou, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, King Salman Energy Park

Trade Finance for UK Exporters

14:00 Trade finance for UK exporters to the GCC
  • Julian Lynn, Regional Head, Middle East and Asia Pacific, UK Export Finance

Successful Regional Investment Strategies

14:20 Attracting direct investment into GCC economies and how to become a successful investor in the region
  • Simon Galpin, Advisor for OCO Global, Venture Partner for PlusVC, Former MD of Bahrain Economic Development Board
14:40 Networking break and exhibition visit

Talent and Human Capital Development

15:00 Interactive Panel: Education and training – Developing human talent to achieve GCC visions
  • Moderator: Ed Abankwa, Event Director
  • Saeeda Ahmed, Founder, Education Partnerships UK
  • Anna Yerokhina, Director of International Stakeholder Engagement, Pearson
  • Matthew Anderson, Managing Director, TVET UK

Islamic Finance

15:30 Discussion: Assessing the UK’s role as a global leader in Islamic Finance
  • Moderator: Ed Abankwa, Event Director
  • Bashar Al-Natoor, Head of Islamic Finance, Fitch Ratings
  • Samina Akram, Managing Partner, Samak Ethical Finance

Looking Into the Future

15:50 GCC Economies in 2021 and beyond
  • Tim Callen, Mission Chief for Saudi Arabia and Assistant Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, International Monetary Fund
16:10 Chairperson’s summary and end of summit