Ahmad AR BinDawood
Ahmad AR BinDawood
CEO - BinDawood Holding
Ahmed Ragab
Ahmed Ragab
Group CEO - Baraka Retail Group

Ahmed Ragab is the group CEO and executive board member of Egypt-based BRG Holding. He is the CEO and board member of Barak Optics Group, as well as board member of Baraka Folio Company and Sigma Construction. Ragab is also a selected entrepreneur with Endeavor Egypt. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the American University in Cairo, Master’s in Business Administration from Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands. He also completed the Scaling Ventures Programme from Harvard Business School in the US. Ragab is a member of the Advisory Board for RetailME and MRF.

Ashish Panjabi
Ashish Panjabi
COO - Jacky's Retail

Ashish Panjabi is the COO of Jacky’s Business Solutions. Panjabi also runs Jacky’s Retail LLC, which operates Samsung Brand Shops across the UAE and is a partner in Cutting Edge Solutions FZE. He is a board member and president-elect for the UAE Chapter of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneur), where the focus is on fostering entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking, education, funding and incubation. He is also involved in various mentorship activities, as a Tech Mentor at in5 Tech and at Techstars, which is a seed accelerator. Panjabi is also a board member of the Dubai Computer Group, which represents the interests of the computer industry in Dubai and is formed under the auspices of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is currently a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) MENA One Chapter as well as a member of the Advisory Board for RetailME and MRF.

Avijit Yadav
Avijit Yadav
CEO - Tamdeen Malls Management
Daniel Gomez
Daniel Gomez
CDO - Al Malki
Hisham Al Amoudi
Hisham Al Amoudi
Group CEO - Kamal Osman Jamjoom Group

After more than 25 years of working with Kamal Osman Jamjoom (KOJ) Group, Hisham Al Amoudi was appointed as Group CEO in 2017. He has worked alongside the KOJ Group founder in establishing and growing the business from a handful of shops in the city of Jeddah in western Saudi in the 1990s to the Group’s nearly 700 stores across the GCC and Morocco today. Aside from successfully establishing the Group’s international franchise brands across the region (The Body Shop and Early Learning Center), Al Amoudi has also played an instrumental role in developing KOJ’s home-grown brands Nayomi, Mikyajy and Mihyar. In addition to his strategic role on the KOJ board, Al Amoudi has direct responsibility for the Group’s business development efforts, overseeing all expansion and investment initiatives. He has successfully led critical projects for KOJ, including ERP launch and implementation, e-commerce and digital transformation, store build factory development and modernisation, building a training academy and labour policy implementation across all countries. A firm believer in the power of people, Al Amoudi has worked alongside the founder in developing KOJ Group as an ethical, professional and people-driven organisation.

James Michael Lafferty
James Michael Lafferty
CEO - Fine Hygienic Holding
John Strickland
John Strickland
Business Development Lead – ME, I & Emerging Markets - Board International
Kartik Bhatt
Kartik Bhatt
COO - Sharaf Retail
Khaled Soliman
Khaled Soliman
Group CEO - Jashanmal
Kishan Palija
Kishan Palija
Managing Director - Geekay Sports
Leena Khalil
Leena Khalil
Co-founder - Mumzworld

Leena Khalil is the Co-founder of Mumzworld, responsible for the developmental strategy and growth of the business in the GCC. Khalil felt compelled to join Mona Ataya, the CEO of Mumzworld, in establishing a comprehensive bilingual online shopping and information portal dedicated to everything mother, baby and child that empowers mothers in the region. Khalil has previously worked for Liberata, a leading business process outsourcer. She started her career in investment banking at a San Francisco investment bank focused on the technology sector. She brings a wealth of experience to her role, combining strong analytical and financial skills with the ability to develop technology driven processes that increase access, reduce costs and improve quality. Khalil’s experience also extends to the listing of a number of Europe’s leading internet and technology firms during her time at Citigroup and Robertson Stephens International. She holds a BA in Electrical Engineering from Cambridge University.

Majed M. Al Tahan
Majed M. Al Tahan
Founder & CEO - AYM and Co-founder & MD, Danube Online

Majed M Al Tahan is the Founder & CEO, AYM and Co-founder & MD, Danube Online. He is an award-winning entrepreneur and e-commerce leader in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with a great passion to impact the apps market. Al Tahan recognised that e-commerce was the missing element in the Saudi retail landscape and he grabbed the opportunity to begin his journey to build the first-ever online service for grocery shopping in the Kingdom in partnership with BinDawood Holding. In 2016, he founded AYM Commerce as the platform to power the technology needed to revolutionise the Middle East’s e-commerce grocery space and set up Danube Online in partnership with BinDawood Holding. In 2019, Al Tahan was recognised for his achievements and contribution to Saudi Arabia’s economy when he was awarded ‘Young CEO of the Year’ at the Saudi Top Achiever Awards and ‘Digital Leader of the Year’ at Seamless Middle East.

Mark Tesseyman
Mark Tesseyman
CEO - LIWA Trading Enterprises

With over three decades of experience in the fashion retail industry, Mark Tesseyman has made his mark as an experienced and successful retailer across the GCC, North Africa, Russia in addition to Europe and the UK. Tesseyman was appointed CEO of LIWA Trading Enterprises in 2015 to restructure and grow the organisation. A key focus has been to target specific market sectors and evolve a retail strategy in line with shifting global trends. He has driven the change management agenda placing the customer first, improving performance and transforming the way the company operates. Tesseyman has extensive international experience, developing and implementing best practice retail management systems and working for industry-leading international companies, including Next Retail, Matalan Ltd, The Peacock Group and Alshaya Group. Prior to his current role, he held key senior positions at both large corporate PLC companies and family-owned organisations. He is also familiar with private equity-backed businesses. Tesseyman is a member of the Advisory Board for RetailME and MRF.

Michael Chalhoub
Michael Chalhoub
President - JVs and Strategy, Growth, Innovation & Investment - Chalhoub Group
Muna Al Gurg
Muna Al Gurg
Director of Retail - Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group
Naim Maadad
Naim Maadad
CEO - Gates Hospitality

Naim Maadad comes with over 38 years of experience in the hospitality world across Australia, Asia and the Middle East in various senior management roles. He has launched and operated some of the world’s best hotels, resorts, spas and lifestyle F&B concepts. During his stint with international hospitality groups, Maadad was instrumental in nurturing sound relationships with owners, securing the best-possible locations, negotiating and formalising contractual agreements and appointing teams to infuse and reflect the ethos of the brands. Being based in the Middle East over the past 20 years, Maadad has witnessed tremendous industry growth, gained a deep cultural understanding and has been endorsed by principals & organisations alike. In 2010, he established Gates Hospitality, a home-grown hospitality company representing F&B brands, including Ultra Brasserie, Reform Social & Grill Dubai, Folly by Nick & Scott and Publique, to name a few. He is a member of the Advisory Board for RetailME and MRF.

Nilesh Ved
Nilesh Ved
Chairman - AppCorp
Phillip Smith
Phillip Smith
Group Head of Digital - Kamal Osman Jamjoom Group

Phillip Smith leads digital transformation for one of the region’s most dynamic home-grown retail groups, Kamal Osman Jamjoom (KOJ) Group. He started his digital career 18 years ago in the UK working across a diverse range of e-commerce businesses, from rapid-paced start-ups to large-scale innovators. After leading the online European expansion of multiple household names, he arrived in Dubai in 2015 at the region’s most exciting time for technology. KOJ Group operates 700 retail stores and 6 e-commerce sites, which include some of the region’s much-loved brands – including Nayomi, Early Learning Center, Mikyajy, The Body Shop, LEGO and more. Smith has taken on the challenge to drive the aggressive digital roadmap and to solidify KOJ Group’s vision of being one of the leading omnichannel, technology-enabled retailers in the Middle East.

Piyush Kumar Chowhan
Piyush Kumar Chowhan
Group CIO - Lulu Group International

In his role at Lulu Group International, Piyush Kumar Chowhan is responsible for digital strategy and execution of technology for all its global businesses across 12 countries, which include retail, hypermarket and shopping malls. He has over 20 years of experience in driving businesses change using the latest technology innovations, thereby enhancing business value. Chowhan has acquired strong domain knowledge in retail, e-commerce and supply chain management while working for global retailers like Walmart, Target, Circuit City, Tesco and Best Buy. He has also been instrumental in leading the deployment of state-of-art, award-winning supply chain replenishment programme, defining the roadmap for future-ready retail stores and Artificial Intelligence and analytics. He has won many awards for his work and is a part of the Steering Committee of the Analytics and Data Science COE (jointly started by the Government of Karnataka and NASSCOM in Bangalore).

Raza Beig
Raza Beig
CEO - Splash and LMI

Raza Beig heads Splash and LMI, the fashion concepts of the retail conglomerate Landmark Group. He is also a Director of Landmark Group. Back in 1993, when Splash was at a nascent stage, Beig was involved in almost every aspect of the business from buying to visual merchandising, budgeting and retail operations. Over two decades with the organisation, Beig’s strong dedication and passion guided Splash to become a category leader and a core brand within the Landmark Group’s portfolio. Splash currently operates over 220 stores and 55 brand stores (offering brands such as Lee Cooper, Bossini, Kappa and more) across 14 countries.

Sander Maertens
Sander Maertens
Head of Middle East - Adyen
Simon Smith
Simon Smith
COO - Landmark Group
Tawhid Abdullah
Tawhid Abdullah
Chairman - Dubai Gold and Jewellery
Tom Harvey
Tom Harvey
General Manager - Spinneys
Toufic Kreidieh
Toufic Kreidieh
CEO - Brands For Less