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Key Sessions

Ryan Craig

THE EMERGING POTENTIAL OF ALTERNATIVE CREDENTIALS AS PREFERRED EMPLOYMENT PATHWAYS

University Ventures

08:50 - 09:00

CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME ADDRESS

Showing of Streams
Showing of Streams
08:50 - 09:00 10 mins
CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME ADDRESS
09:00 - 09:45 45 mins
K12
K12 IN CRISIS: SURVIVAL STRATEGIES IN SATURATED MARKETS
  • Raza Khan - CEO, Al Najah Education
  • Shaun Robison - CEO, BBD Education
  • Michael Lambert - Headmaster, Dubai College
  • Tammam Abushakra - Advisor to Chairman, ESOL Education
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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 - 09:45 45 mins
HIGHER ED
REIMAGINING A FUNDING MODEL FOR INVESTING IN TECHNICAL, HIGHER & VOCATIONAL AND SKILLS PROVIDERS
  • Imad Ghandour - Co-Founder & Managing Director, CedarBridge Partners
  • Jawad Khan - CEO, Punjab Skills Development Fund
  • Salah-Eddine Kandri - Global Head of Education, International Finance Corporation
  • Haji Al Balushi - CEO, National College of Automotive Technology
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09:45 - 10:15 30 mins
K12
BUILDING PROFIT INTO THE K12 BUSINESS MODEL
  • Mansoor Ahmed - Director - Healthcare, Education & PPP, Colliers International, UAE
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09:45 - 10:15 30 mins
HIGHER ED
HIGHER EDUCATION: ACQUISITION VS GREENFIELD IN AN INCREASINGLY MAINSTREAM MARKET
  • Sreekumar Brahmanandan - Director of Operations, Dubai Investments Industries
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What’s exciting MENA’s biggest HE investors today? What value creation levers can investors use to maximise returns in MENA HE? To what extent has HE pricing caught up with the multiples previously seen in the K12 segment? What HE models are required in which areas?

10:15 - 10:45 30 mins
PLENARY
BREAK
10:45 - 12:00 75 mins
PLENARY
CHASING ALTERNATIVE RETURNS: BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN SPECIALISED AND NICHE K12 MARKETS
  • Michael Lewis - Executive Chairman, Riverston Group
  • Nitin Kripalani - CEO, Evolvence Knowledge Investments
  • Faisal Al Hammadi - CEO, Slices
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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.

12:00 - 12:30 30 mins
PLENARY
THE EMERGING POTENTIAL OF ALTERNATIVE CREDENTIALS AS PREFERRED EMPLOYMENT PATHWAYS
  • Ryan Craig - Co-Founder & Managing Director, University Ventures
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12:30 - 13:00 30 mins
PLENARY
OPPORTUNITIES IN ALTERNATIVE CREDENTIALING
  • Ryan Craig - Co-Founder & Managing Director, University Ventures
  • Shireen Yacoub - CEO, Edraak
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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?

13:00 - 14:00 60 mins
PLENARY
LUNCH
14:00 - 14:45 45 mins
PLENARY
MENA MARKET ROUNDUP: THE ESSENTIALS EVERY INVESTOR SHOULD KNOW
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UAE vs KSA vs Egypt vs Morocco: 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 - 16:00 75 mins
PLENARY
SAUDI ARABIA: ACCESSING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE GULF’S MOST DYNAMIC MARKET
  • Yousef El-Khereiji - Deputy CEO, Al-Andalus Private Schools
  • Nasser AlMulhem - Director General, Kingdom Schools
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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.

16:00 - 16:45 45 mins
PLENARY
MOROCCO: INSIGHT FROM NORTH AFRICA’S EMERGING INVESTMENT HOTSPOT
  • Dina Hessissen - Director General, HOLGED
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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
PLENARY
AFRICA: BOLD BUSINESSES CHANGING THE PACE OF PRIVATE EDUCATION DELIVERY ACROSS AFRICA’S MARKETPLACES
  • Gordon Carver - Education Partner, Progression Capital
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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
PLENARY
CLOSE OF DAY TWO