Opportunity Arabia – Oil and Beyond Conference

'How change in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia unlocks new opportunities'

Location: The Grocers' Hall, Princes Street, London EC2R 8AD
Time: 12:00 to 18:00
Date: Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Organised By: Pathfinder Trade & Invest

Opportunity Arabia – Oil and Beyond will be returning as the must attend occasion of the annual UK-Saudi Arabia bilateral calendar events this year.

Now in its 15th year, Opportunity Arabia - Oil and Beyond, brings together government and business leaders to help promote trade and raise awareness of business opportunities to the Kingdom through presentations and panel discussions. The conference offers insights into the progress of 'Vision 2030' with the aim of identifying current and future business trends.

Draft Programme (subject to change)

Chairman's Welcome
- Sir Alan Munro, former British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia 

Keynote Address
- Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean, Member of the House of Lords, Co-chair of the Saudi British Joint Business Council

Saudi Arabia Economic Update
- Omar A. Bahlaiwa, President, Optimum Business Consulting Bureau

Panel Discussion: The Changing Face of Saudi Arabia
- Mega Projects
- Infrastructure: Antoine Mattar, Director, Consolidated Contractors International (UK) Ltd.
- Transportation
- Q&A

Panel Discussion: Training, Education and Financial Services
- Financial Services
- Cyber Security
- Education and Training: Stephen Bennett, Chairman, Inspirational Development Group (IDG)
- Q&A

Expert Advice on succeeding in the Kingdom - pitfalls, challenges and triumph
- AEI Saudi: Stuart D'Souza, CEO
- Partnerships with Saudi Companies: Gavin Ames - Executive Vice President, Zamil Operations and Maintenance Company Ltd
- UK Export Finance
- Case Study

Panel Discussion:  Oil and Beyond
- Future of Oil (beyond fuel including composites/plastics/3D printing)
- Tourism/Leisure/Sport
- Renewables
- The Role of Women under Vision 2030: Hoda Al-Helaissi, Shoura Council member
- Q&A

Closing Remarks
- Michael Thomas, Chairman and Strategic Advisor, Pathfinder Trade and Invest

Confirmed Speakers (more to be confirmed soon)

- Stuart D'Souza, CEO, AEI Saudi
- Omar A. Bahlaiwa - President, Optimum Business Consulting Bureau
- Hoda Al-Helaissi - Member of the Shoura Council (Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia)
- Nadia Bakhurji - Founder and Design Principle, NBA Design
- Dr Mark Thompson - Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies, King Fahad University for Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM)
- Stephen Bennett - Chairman, Inspirational Development Group
- Antoine Mattar, Director, Consolidated Contractors International (UK) Ltd.
- Gavin Ames - Executive Vice President, Zamil Operations and Maintenance Company Ltd

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