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Nov 20
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09:00 - 09:15 15 mins
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CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS
  • Ralph Tabberer - Chairman, BBD Education
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09:45 - 10:30 45 mins
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RECAP: 5 YEAR ANALYSIS
  • Poonam Bhojani - CEO, Innoventures
  • Farzana Firoz - Chairperson, The City School
  • Walid Ramadan - Chief Administration Officer, BEAM
  • Tammam Abushakra - Advisor to Chairman, ESOL
  • Moderator Ralph Tabberer - Chairman, BBD Education
  • Neil Smooker - Deputy Regional Director, SABIS
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Our first edition five years ago ran in a very different climate– with investment in education in the region just taking off and sponsor/operator tensions high. Relations have matured and markets transformed since; but how have education businesses fared since? We bring back five of our leading figures to talk frankly about their companies over the past five years – covering their structures, approaches to external investment, future plans and predictions for the next five years.

10:30 - 11:00 30 mins
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KEYNOTE ADDRESS Opening Keynote Address
  • Dr Abdulla Al Karam - Director General, Dubai Knowledge
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11:00 - 11:30 30 mins
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Morning Break featuring Delegate Quickfire Showcase
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Morning Break featuring Delegate Quickfire Showcase:An Interactive Session Inviting Attendees to Present their Companies to the Audience; followed by networking.

11:45 - 12:30 45 mins
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MAKING THE MONEY WORK – INVESTOR PERSPECTIVES
  • Sylvain Vieujot - Deputy Chairman & CEO, Emirates REIT
  • Sharaf Sharaf - Executive Director, NBK Capital
  • Mohammed Ali Khan - Senior Education Specialist, International Finance Corporation
  • Arty Ahmed - Director of Investments, Amanat Holdings
  • Mark DeSario - Co-Founder & CEO, Investbridge Capital
  • Moderator Niall O’Toole - Partner, Clyde & Co
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In an increasingly sophisticated and competitive investment market, investors’ approaches to education are changing.  What sectors, sizes and geos are attracting attention?  What tenures, values and returns are viable in today’s market?  Our session examines mandates, structures and trends emerging from the region’s PE, VC, Family, Real Estate and Corporate Investors in education. 

12:30 - 13:00 30 mins
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INVESTING IN EDUCATION REAL ESTATE
  • Alexis Waller - Partner, Clyde & Co
  • Mark Ryder - Director and Founder, The Daymer Group
  • Alexandra Dagher - Senior Vice President – Legal, GEMS
  • Imran Sheikh, Equitativa
  • Moderator Ross Barfoot - Partner, Clyde & Co
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In this session Clyde & Co will discuss with a panel of seasoned experts the legal and regulatory issues when investing in education land and premises, including looking at common structures, pitfalls and regulatory complexities in the UAE.

13:00 - 13:50 50 mins
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LUNCH
13:50 - 14:00 10 mins
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TEN MINUTE TALK BACK
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A high energy interactive session commenting on some of the most controversial topics in private education today.

14:00 - 14:30 30 mins
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COUNTRY FOCUS: KUWAIT
  • Hanan Al Mutawa - Co-Founder & Chair of Education Consortium, Co-Founder, Royal Britannia Kindergarten
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Candid insight into the country’s education sector -opportunities, risks and collaboration strategies.

14:30 - 15:00 30 mins
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COUNTRY FOCUS: SAUDI ARABIA
  • Maha Bawazir - Founder, Global Education Consultancy
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An investor, operator and sector specialist provide candid insight into the country’s education sector - opportunities,risks and collaboration strategies.

15:00 - 15:45 45 mins
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COUNTRY FOCUS TABLES
  • Sulaiman Al Ameri - Section Manager Promotion & Marketing & Mohd Al Awaghani, Senior Specialist Promotion & Marketing,, Abu Dhabi Education Council
  • Kalthoom Al Balooshi - Executive Director of Education Development & Punit Vasu, Director of Strategic Projects,, Knowledge and Human Development Authority
  • Kawthar Suliemani - Head of the Investment Section & Siham Riyami, Director of Educational Programmes and Curricula, Private Schools Directorate,, Ministry of Education Oman
  • Taner Topcu - Academic Zone Director, RAKEZ
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Opportunities to attend exclusive networking tables lead by individual countries or regions

16:00 - 16:30 30 mins
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AFTERNOON BREAK FEATURING EI 30/30 NETWORKING
16:30 - 17:00 30 mins
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SECTOR SPOTLIGHT: EARLY YEARS EDUCATION
  • Zahra Hamirani - CEO, Babilou Middle East
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An in-depth session exploring the recent merger of the Blossom Education and Babilou Groups. Considering the perspectives of both the regional chain and international group, the session will explore the relationship, operating structure, vision and growth plan of the newly created group across MENA.  It will outline important options and considerations that business owners have when looking to expand.  The leadership will also share their views on the regional early years education sector, the impact of greater consolidation on the sector and options for investors and operators.

17:00 - 17:30 30 mins
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IMPORTING INNOVATION – BUILDING LOCALISED EDUCATION PLATFORMS THROUGH SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIPS
  • Alan Greenberg - Former Director Apple Education EMEA & Current Director, Advisor and Mentor to early stage education technologies start-ups, Apple Education
  • In conversation with: Ahmed Al-Alawi - CEO, Ray International
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Oftentimes the realities of establishing cross-border businesses in the Middle East differ greatly to the international perceptions.  This session examines the recent development of a number of innovative ventures in the region, set to make a major impact on teaching and learning.

17:30 - 17:40 10 mins
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CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS
17:45 - 18:45 60 mins
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EDUCATION INVESTMENT COCKTAIL PARTY