Day One - 25th September
08:00- 09:30

CEO Round Table 01 

Role of the Food Industry is securing a robust National Food Security Strategy
UAE Minister of Food Security Round Table with Food and Beverage Manufacturers (By Invitation Only)

H.E. Mariam Bint Mohammed Al Mheiri, UAE Minister of Food Security will lead an invited only round table
discussion on the Role of the Food Industry is securing a robust National Food Security Strategy

Key Themes for the Round Table:

  • How UAE food and beverage manufacturers can play a role in the UAE Food Security national plan
  • Reinventing existing food and beverage manufacturing plans so it supports UAE Food Security Strategy
  • How and why it is important for the UAE to invest in Food Business R&D? What is industry doing for developing R&D capabilities?
  • What are the technologies available to support and secure food manufacturing?
  • Purchasing power - How to leverage UAE's food purchase power to enhance its overall food security
  • Food availability - How UAE food and beverage manufacturers can make a difference?
08:30 - 09:30

Registration and networking

09:25 - 09:30

Welcome Address
Saleh Lootah, Chairman, UAE Food & Beverage Manufacturers Group

09:30 - 09:45

Role of the food industry in securing a robust national food security strategy
H.E. Mariam Bint Mohammed Al Mheiri
Minister of State for Food Security, UAE

09:45 - 09:55

Dubai's growing role in the food supply chain
H.E. Majid Saif Al Ghurair
Chairman, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, UAE

09:55 - 10:05

Evolving role of food regulation
H.E. Abdulla Al Maeeni, Director-General, Emirates Authority for Standardization & Metrology, UAE

10:05 - 10:15

How are traditional and modern F&B brands driving their business growth using innovation?
Tariq Alwahedi, CEO, Agthia Group, UAE

10:15 - 10:25

Keynote address:
Winning strategies for food and beverage manufacturers to enter new markets
Abdulla Aujan, Executive Chairman, Aujan Industries

10:25 - 11:10

Panel Discussion 
Insights into the future of food business that is expected to transform manufacturing and business practise
Tarek Elsakka, CEO, Dubai Refreshments, UAE
Ahmed Belyouha, Chairman, Emirates Macaroni Factory, UAE
Thamer Temairik, CEO, Halwani Bros, KSA
Ahmed El Tijani, CEO, Al Rawabi Dairy, UAE
Saud Abu Al-Shawareb, 
Managing Director, Dubai Industrial City, UAE
Safiyya Akoojee, Director, Thomson Wilks Inc. RSA

11:10 - 11:30

Networking break

11:30 - 11:50

Keynote Address
Innovations in food and beverage Production
Nadim Nakfoor, SVP, Pepsico Middle East, UAE

11:50 -12:30

Panel Discussion
Innovation in food and beverage Production
The future of food production, innovation and engineering could look very different from what we have taken for granted in the present day. The incorporation of several disciplines into the singular process of producing food could see a new age where food producers are able to serve customers without compromising the taste or quality of the food.
Dominique Floch, Regional Director, Tate & Lyle DMCC, UAE
Jacek Plewa, GM, Global Food Industries, UAE
Nicole Rogers, Founder, Agriprocity, UAE
Joachim Yebouet
, CEO, Foodco Holding PJSC
Avinash Ratta, CEO, Grain Velocity

12:30 - 12:40

Solar leasing for food and beverage manufacturing plants
Rory McCarthy, CCO, Yellow Door Energy, UAE

12:40 - 13:30

Networking business luncheon

13:30 - 13:40

Keynote address:
How modern food manufactures rely on disruptive food business innovations
Thamer Temairik, CEO, Halwani Bros, KSA

13:40 - 14:30

Panel Discussion
Key consumer trends that are transforming food & beverage business
In an interesting panel discussion, experts will throw light on key trends in global food and beverage businesses and discuss how F&B manufacturers can stay on top of emerging challenges to continue offering quality products and meet changes in consumer preferences.
Dr. Rabih Kamleh, Senior Vice President, Quality Assurance and R&D, Agthia Group, UAE
Dr. Suheel Ahmed, CEO, Arabian Farms, UAE
Diana Sabrain, Co-Founder, OneAgrix, Singapore
Shashank Vengsarkar, Managing Director, Dohler Middle East, UAE
Dr. Ashraf Mahate, Chief Economist, Dubai Exports

14:30 - 15:30

Workshop one: Disruptive innovation
Innovative solutions to meet nutrient needs and provide health benefits
Dominique Floch, Regional Director, Tate & Lyle DMCC, UAE

15:30 - 15:45

Conclusive remarks by FNB & End of Day

Day Two - 26th September
08:00 - 09:30

UAE Ministry of Economy Export and Trade Development Round Table for Food and Beverage Manufacturers (By invitation only)
A closed-door round table discussion to discuss current and future trends in export market development for Food and Beverage Manufacturers. The discussion will be led by a senior representative of the UAE Ministry of Economy with the aim of preparing an action plan.

Key themes for the Round Table:

  • How the UAE Ministry of Economy can facilitate export, market development for UAE Food and Beverage Manufacturers
  • What are the joint initiatives that can be planned between the Ministry and Food and Beverage Manufacturers Business Group
  • Nature of exports - what are the key exports?
  • Major trade challenges - how to overcome them?
  • Regions of interest - where we need to focus?
  • Awareness and capacity building - what can we do together to promote UAE food and beverage markets?
09:30 - 10:00

Registration and Networking

10:00 - 10:30

Keynote Address:
From grass to glass - The inspiring story from milk production
How F&B manufacturers can ensure control over the nutritional quality and safety aspects within production.
Sumeet Mathur, CEO, Friesland Campina, UAE

10:30 - 10:55

Keynote Address:
Trends that are redefining traditional food business - how the industry should re-position?
Mella Frewen, Director General, Food and Drink Europe, Belgium

10:55 - 11:25

Keynote Speech:
Importance of small retailers for manufacturers in UAE - why are they important to F&B Manufacturers & how should you approach them? 
Shravan Narula, Founder & CEO, The small Data Store, UAE

11:25 - 11:40

Networking break

11:40 - 12:30

Panel Session:
F&B manufacturers regulatory challenges and managing regional Industry expectations
The aim of this session is to assess how to craft regulatory reforms that produce better outcomes which are both economically desirable and politically feasible. The panellists will share interesting insights on how regulatory challenges can be identified and addressed through establishing industry-wide awareness, learnings from past experiences and set expectations for the future.
Ahmed Elshal, General Secretary, Nutricia Middle East DMCC
Wael Ismail
, Senior Director, Public Policy Government and Corporate Affairs, Pepsico Middle East
Abdul Majeed Alotaibi, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Nestle
Mona Ghobashi, MEA Scientific and Regulatory Affairs (SRA), MARS

12:30 - 12:40

Keynote Address:
What can regional food and beverage manufacturers do to enhance their people and human resources?
Luke Truin, CEO, Food People

12:40 - 13:20

Panel Session:
What can regional food and beverage manufacturers do to enhance their people and human resources? 
People are as essential to business as are trends, prices and technology. Human resources must receive your careful attention - they affect the most product, financial and marketing decisions. Whether you're running a small operation or a large corporation, aligning your business for success requires a strong and effective human resources plan, which includes hiring and keeping high performing, engaged people.
- Reduce turnover
- Improve the quality of the people you hire
- Make HR plans that have a positive and direct impact on your business
Mubarak Al Mansoori, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Agthia Group, UAE
Jacek Plewa, General Manager, Global Food Industries, UAE
Lamia Fakhr,  Corporate Affairs Director Middle East, North Africa & Turkey, Kellogg’s, UAE
Bader Dagher, Human Resources Business Partner, Nestle Middle East

Luke Truin, CEO, Food People

13:20 - 14:30

Workshop two - Overview on food fraud vulnerability assessment (FFVA)
Food fraud is an illegal deception for economic gain using food, including economically motivated adulteration (EMA) defined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be a “substance” for “economic gain.”  FFVA has now become a mandatory requirement for all the GFSI approved food safety standards like BRC, FSSC etc.  In this session, we are going to give brief information on the following: 

•    What is food fraud?
•    Food regulatory definitions of food fraud
•    How does food fraud differ from food safety?
•    Classification of food fraud 
•    How to capture information related to the history of food fraud 
•    Discuss reported cases of food fraud statistical data and its interpretation
•    Food fraud vulnerability assessment (FFVA/VACCP) 

Sahil P.A.P
Auditor & Trainer (Food Safety)


Networking luncheon & End of the Day





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