Under the Patronage of

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

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Douglas van den Berghe

Vice President Advisory
Conway, Inc.

Douglas van den Berghe has more than 20 years of experience in FDI, economic development and corporate advisory. He holds a PhD in Business Administration from Erasmus University Rotterdam. As a management and strategy consultant, he has assisted many corporate clients in successfully implementing their global investment strategies, their location selection, as well as optimising their global supply chains across the world. Some of his corporate clients include Shell, Philips, Electrolux, HB Fuller, Appvion, John Deere, Johnson Controls, Knowles, Appnovation Technologies, and ING. Douglas is currently advising multiple countries in emerging and frontier markets on their investment (promotion), economic development and investment and incentive policies. He also works closely with many countries and private developers in successfully setting up and developing free zones and industrial parks. His latest work increasingly focuses on Industry 4.0, sustainability and competitiveness. Douglas is a stimulating guest speaker at numerous events and conferences around the world including UNCTAD World Forum for Investment, Annual Investment Meeting (AIM), International Economic Development Council (IEDC) annual conference, World Forum for FDI, CAIPA Investment Forum and World Free Zone Organization (World FZO) and many local conferences and seminars around the world.


Sessions of the speaker

23-MAR-2020

23-MAR-2020

14:00 - 17:00


Technology is disrupting the world of investment promotion and this session focuses on what your agency should be thinking about when it comes to marketing and prospecting for investment projects. Look to the future; this session will help you understand the changes taking place in investment promotion marketing and how to utilize tools like LinkedIn to generate leads and connect with investors.

Speakers:
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Douglas van den Berghe
Vice President Advisory
Conway, Inc.

25-MAR-2020

25-MAR-2020

10:00 - 11:00


SEZs can make essential contributions to the growth and development of an economy. They can help attract foreign investments, create jobs and boost exports – both directly and indirectly where they succeed in building linkages with the broader economy. Zones can also support global value chain (GVC) participation, industrial upgrading and diversification. 

Given the rise of digitalisation, the SEZs need to adapt and innovate to attract further investments, making the process of setting up a business simpler and faster. There are nearly 5,400 zones across 147 economies today, up from about 4,000 five years ago, and more than 500 new SEZs are in the pipeline. In this session, the panellist will discuss the advantages of having SEZs and how SEZs are innovating to attract new business.

10:00 - 10:05

Introduction

Speakers:
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Douglas van den Berghe
Vice President - Advisory
Conway

10:05 - 10:55

Panel Discussion

Speakers:
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Ahmed Bin Sulayem
Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
DMCC
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Eng, Khalid Al-Salem
Director General
Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones “MODON”
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Dr Samir Hamrouni
Chief Executive Officer
The World Free Zones Organization
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Mohammed Al Muallem
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
DP World
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H.E. Dr. Khalid Al Midfa
Chairman
Sharjah Media City (Shams)

10:55 - 11:00

25-MAR-2020

15:30 - 17:00

- Start-up funding cycles and understanding investors requirement.
- Identifying and penetrating the target market.
- Perfecting your Pitch Deck.
- Challenges to acquire funding for your startup.
- What are the keywords investors are looking for in a startup / entrepreneurs?
- What do investors see in startups/entrepreneurs?  
- Do investors invest in idea or founders? 

15:30 - 15:35

Introduction

Speakers:
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Douglas van den Berghe
Vice President Advisory
Conway, Inc.

15:35 - 15:55

Keynote Address

Speakers:
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Amine Housni
Co-Founder and Head of Middle East
Blueground Middle East

15:55 - 16:55

Panel Discussion: Investors: perspective towards investing in Startup / Entrepreneurs

Speakers:
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Andrea Hojdu-Howe
Partner, Head of Capital
Antler
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Basil Mofta
General Partner
Global Ventures
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Ana Barjasic
Founder
Connectology
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Sandile Shabangu
Founder and CEO
Startup Mzansi Foundation NPC
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Sufyan Al-Issa
Regional Head of Operations for Middle East and North Africa
International Finance Corporation (IFC) – World Bank Group
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Tushar Singhvi
Director
CE-Ventures (Crescent Enterprises)

15:55 - 16:00