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Lord Jim Knight

WHAT I’VE LEARNT ABOUT MARKET CYCLES IN 20+ YEARS IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

TES Global Ltd

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Showing of Streams
Showing of Streams
08:00 - 08:45 45 mins
PLENARY
REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING BREAKFAST
08:45 - 09:00 15 mins
PLENARY
CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME ADDRESS
  • Rosamund Marshall - CEO, Taaleem
09:00 - 09:45 45 mins
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PLENARY
WHERE ARE THE BEST RETURNS IN EDUCATION TODAY?
  • Michael Staton - Partner, Learn Capital
  • Yahya Jalil - Co-Founder, Catamaran Partners
  • Ayham Ayche - Business Development Director, SABIS
  • Chinmay Jhaveri - Senior Manager, L.E.K. Consulting

What returns can investors expect in different market segments across MENA’s diverse and volatile markets? What new sectors are emerging that offer better prospects than traditional assets? How are firms changing tack and positioning themselves to take advantage of these new market dynamics?

09:45 - 10:15 30 mins
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PLENARY
WHAT I’VE LEARNT ABOUT MARKET CYCLES IN 20+ YEARS IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
  • Lord Jim Knight - Chief Education and External Officer, TES Global Ltd

How do business leaders drive business growth throughout fluctuating markets? What scenarios have we dealt with in the past 20 years and what lessons have we learnt to assure future disruption?

10:15 - 10:50 35 mins
PLENARY
NETWORKING BREAK
10:50 - 11:50 60 mins
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PLENARY
DISRUPTING THE NORM: WHAT MODEL OF LEARNING DO WE NEED FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS?
  • Richard Gerver - Global Learning Expert & Author, Learning Expert

How relevant are today’s education systems for the economy of the future? Do we need a system at all? What model of learning will support tomorrow’s students? Experience how dramatic disruptions to learning models will challenge your business plans today

11:50 - 12:20 30 mins
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PLENARY
DATA DRIVEN DECISIONS
  • Ashwin Assomull - Partner, LEK Consulting

What are the true market dynamics across the breadth of MENA’s diverse markets? Where are there similar markets to replicate existing successes? Demand, supply, fees, returns. How does it differ from the last 5 years and what’s the outlook to 2020?

12:20 - 13:00 40 mins
PLENARY
Morning Keynote Address
  • Abdulla Al Karam - Director General, Dubai Knowledge
13:00 - 14:00 60 mins
PLENARY
LUNCH
14:00 - 14:45 45 mins
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PLENARY
MATCHING SUPPLY TO DEMAND: OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR BUSINESS TO CONTRIBUTE TO NATIONAL PRIORITIES
  • Siham Al Riyami - Director Education Programmes & Curriculum Development, Ministry of Education Oman

Highlighting the segments and suppliers that Ministries and regulators across the region are looking for. What is their vision for education provision in their country or region long-term? Which sectors, curricula, locations, models and ideas are they actively looking to attract to invest in?

14:45 - 15:30 45 mins
PLENARY
DELIVERING AFFORDABLE MODELS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
  • Shehzad Jamal - Partner, Knight Frank
15:30 - 16:00 30 mins
PLENARY
AFTERNOON NETWORKING BREAK
16:00 - 16:45 45 mins
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EARLY YEARS
GUEST TALK: CREATING SCALE IN EARLY YEARS BUSINESSES
  • James Tugendhat - Managing Director, International, Bright Horizons

Hear about Bright Horizons global expansion into one of the largest early childcare providers across the world. Hear how they have and continue to approach international expansion, their view on changing consumer demand, greenfield vs acquisition, brand equity in global markets, expansion financing options, as well as Bright Horizons’ own exciting expansion plans.

16:00 - 16:45 45 mins
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VC & EDTECH
FINDING THE MISSING PIECE IN THE MENA EDTECH & VC SECTOR
  • Ahmed El-Sharkasy - Co-Founder & CEO, Knowledge Officer
  • Kamel Haddar - Co-Founder & CEO, iMadrassa
  • Riyad Abou Jaoudeh - Managing Director, Middle East Venture Partners
  • Nafez Dakkak - Managing Director & CEO London, Queen Rania Foundation
  • Thea Myhrvold - Founder and CEO, teachmenow
  • Raman Thiagarajan - Founder, nexquare

What’s the mismatch between what MENA early stage tech companies want and what MENA VC investors need? What’s missing in the ecosystem to catapult regional innovation onto the global stage? A candid conversation between the creators and catalysts of the regional edtech market.

16:45 - 17:30 45 mins
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EARLY YEARS
LET’S GET REAL ABOUT EARLY YEARS: THE TRUTH ABOUT INVESTING IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IN MENA
  • Priya Krishnan - Founder & CEO, Founding Years Learning Solutions
  • Umair Tariq - CFO, DML Education
  • Zahra Hamirani - Founder & CEO, Blossom Education
  • Ismail Zorob - CFO, Evolvence Knowledge Investments

Just how appealing is early years education to investors and how serious are they about the sector? Geography vs proposition: What’s the real revenue driver? From an operator’s perspective, what are investors’ greatest misconceptions about the sector: dynamics, expectations and returns? Regional success stories
of building scale: debt vs merger vs equity. What opportunities do increased competition and consolidation hold? To what extent do smaller ticket prices increase the potential for scale? How can standalone businesses remain viable when competing with the increasing number of EY businesses that act as ancillaries to larger groups?

16:45 - 17:30 45 mins
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VC & EDTECH
LIGHTNING TALKS – EARLY STAGE EDTECH COMPANIES
  • Ahmed El-Sharkasy - Co-Founder & CEO, Knowledge Officer
  • Kamel Haddar - Co-Founder & CEO, iMadrassa
  • Thea Myhrvold - Founder and CEO, teachmenow
  • Raman Thiagarajan - Founder, nexquare

7 companies. 7 minutes each. You decide who’ll make the money.

17:30 - 18:30 60 mins
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