'Doing Business in Saudi Arabia' Roundtable

Location: 23 Grafton Street, London, W1S 4EY
Date: 17th July 2018
Organised By: Saudi British Joint Business Council (SBJBC)
Costs: SBJBC Members: Free / Non-members: £50 plus VAT

The Saudi British Joint Business Council (SBJBC) is delighted to be hosting a 'Doing Business in Saudi Arabia' Roundtable which will include presentations and panel sessions on current business opportunity sectors in Saudi Arabia, and the support available to exporters.

The meeting will focus on the practicalities of doing business in Saudi, with a specific focus on recent reforms to improve the business environment and attract investment.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet other Saudi and UK companies already trading successfully in the Kingdom. Keynote speakers will include SBJBC members from different sectors, who have extensive experience of working in the Kingdom.


14:00 Registration, networking plus tea and coffee

14:30 Welcome by SBJBC Co-Chairs

14:40 Saudi Business Environment: Update on Investor Support and Recent Reforms

  • Omar Rebhan, Business Development Manager, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) 

15:00 Panel Session one: Opportunity sectors for UK companies

  • Creative Industries - Richard Parry, Sector Lead, DIT
  • Education & Skills - Frank Edwards, Workforce Development Director, Middle East Pearson
  • Clean Energy - Murray Simpson, Director Climate & Resilience and Sustainability, Wood
  • Tech Sector - Mohammad Almojel, Board Member and Head of Investments, Al Mojel Company
  • Moderator - Hashim Alawadi, CEO, Tech Invest Com & SBJBC Deputy Co-Chair

16:00 Panel Session two: Practical advice and support for exporting companies

  • Chris Innes-Hopkins, Executive Director, SBJBC UK (Moderator)
  • Katherine Garrett-Cox, CEO, Gulf International Bank
  • Jim Tanner, Director, Arabian Enterprise Incubators (AEI)
  • Tony Smith, Senior Executive, British Offset Office
  • Steve Crosley, International Business Development Manager (MENA & LATAM), UK Export Finance
  • Catherine Workman, Partner, Pinsent Masons

16:45 Close & Networking drinks

Please register by contacting Cordelia Begbie by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 0207 824 1933