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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME ADDRESS

  • Ralph Tabberer - Chairman, BBD Education
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08:50 - 09:00 10 mins
CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME ADDRESS
  • Ralph Tabberer - Chairman, BBD Education
09:00 - 10:00 60 mins
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K12
K12 IN CRISIS: SURVIVAL STRATEGIES IN SATURATED MARKETS
  • Raza Khan - CEO, Al Najah Education
  • Michael Lambert - Headmaster, Dubai College
  • Tammam Abushakra - Advisor to Chairman, ESOL Education
  • Neil Smooker - Deputy Regional Director, SABIS

What is the long term prognosis for premium K12 offerings in MENA’s more developed markets? What are business owners doing to curb losses and take advantage of niche growth opportunities? Where are the spending priorities in times of increased competition, decreased values and bursting supply pipelines?

09:00 - 10:00 60 mins
HIGHER ED
REIMAGINING A FUNDING MODEL FOR INVESTING IN HIGHER EDUCATION: ACQUISITION vs GREENFIELD IN AN INCREASINGLY MAINSTREAM MARKET
  • Imad Ghandour - Co-Founder & Managing Director, CedarBridge Partners
  • Jawad Khan - CEO, Punjab Skills Development Fund
  • Sreekumar Brahmanandan - Director of Operations, Dubai Investments Industries
  • Kevin Dunseath - Head of MENA, City - University of London
10:00 - 10:30 30 mins
K12
BUILDING PROFIT INTO THE K12 BUSINESS MODEL
  • Mansoor Ahmed - Director - Healthcare, Education & PPP, Colliers International, UAE
10:30 - 11:00 30 mins
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Speed Networking
11:00 - 11:30 30 mins
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BREAK
11:30 - 12:15 45 mins
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CHASING ALTERNATIVE RETURNS: BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN SPECIALISED AND NICHE MARKETS
  • Michael Lewis - Executive Chairman, Riverston Group
  • Faisal Al Hammadi - CEO, Slices
  • Yahya Jalil - Co-Founder, Catamaran Partners

Discover new investment models in emerging education sectors. You’ll hear the key dynamics of the sector they operate in, why that segment is attractive, and why allocating in their niche market will be your next smartest move.

12:15 - 12:45 30 mins
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DEVELOPING A CREDIBLE FUNDING PROPOSAL TO ENABLE SUSTAINABLE EDUCATION BUSINESS GROWTH
  • Daniel Howlett - Regional Head of Commercial Banking - MENAT, HSBC

To what extent are providers of alternative credentialing (bootcamps, nanodegrees, micromasters etc) disrupting or threatening higher education providers in MENA? Do these new modular solutions better plug the MENA skills gap than traditional linear HE providers? How long do new credentials take to hold value in MENA markets? How can regional HE institutions become modular providers who align to employer training needs in more targeted ways?

12:45 - 14:00 75 mins
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LUNCH
14:00 - 14:45 45 mins
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MENA MARKET ROUNDUP: THE ESSENTIALS EVERY INVESTOR SHOULD KNOW
  • Ross Barfoot - Partner, Clyde & Co
  • Taimur Malik - Partner, Clyde & Co
  • Ayham Ayche - Business Development Director, SABIS

UAE vs KSA vs Egypt vs Oman: What are the pros and cons of four of MENA’s most dynamic markets? We discuss demographics, fees, structures, transparency, ease of doing business. What 3 key learning points do operators on the ground have to share? Discover which market provides the best opportunity for your business

14:45 - 15:30 45 mins
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SAUDI ARABIA: ACCESSING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE GULF’S MOST DYNAMIC MARKET
  • Nasser AlMulhem - Director General, Kingdom Schools
  • Julia Jefferson - Director, Intuitive Education
  • Basim Ibrahim - Investment Development Manager - Education & Training, SAGIA

What is the current status of Saudi Arabia’s private education market? How accessible is the market to external providers and how should they be positioning themselves to provide services? Insight direct from the Kingdom’s active players into key considerations when entering the Saudi Arabian market.

15:30 - 16:00 30 mins
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Afternoon Networking Break
16:00 - 16:45 45 mins
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MOROCCO: INSIGHT FROM NORTH AFRICA’S EMERGING INVESTMENT HOTSPOT
  • Dina Hessissen - Director General, HOLGED

What is the size of the opportunity for investors and which strategies can successfully deliver meaningful returns in this emerging market? How does it compare to other MENA markets in terms of opportunities, valuations and exit routes? Which segments will be the drivers of growth in the next 5 years? What legislation affects the ease of doing business as international operators in Morocco?

16:45 - 17:30 45 mins
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AFRICA: BOLD BUSINESSES CHANGING THE PACE OF PRIVATE EDUCATION DELIVERY ACROSS AFRICA’S MARKETPLACES
  • Gordon Carver - Managing Director, Arboreum
  • Jussi Hinkkanen - CEO, FUZU
  • Mark DeSario - Co-Founder & CEO, Investbridge Capital

How attractive is East Africa to global capital and MENA operators? Identifying emerging private education marketplaces: Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Nigeria. What operating and financial models deliver in this region? Insight from dynamic companies driving growth through private education alternatives

17:30 - 17:45 15 mins
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