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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H.E. Dr. Khalid Al Midfa

Chairman
Sharjah Media City (Shams)

 
"As Chairman of Sharjah Media City (Shams) since February 2017, Dr. Khalid al Midfa is focusing on raising Sharjah's profile as a hub for media excellence and production.  He previously led the modernization  and transformation  of Sharjah Television and Radio between 2011 and 2017, as General Manager.
 
 
He combines his passion for media with a deep technical understanding  of networks developed through his multiple degrees in electronic and telecommunications  engineering, first from Khalifa University and later from the Centre of Telecommunications Research, Bristol University, United Kingdom. Dr. Al Midfa holds a PhD in Telecommunications Engineering. (2003)
 
 
He studied internationally because he strongly believes in exploring best practices around the world and bringing the knowledge back to Sharjah. He still travels regularly with his team to gather the latest insights on media, entrepreneurship  and business modelling.
 
 
Dr. Al Midfa plays an active and influential role within the local community. He is one of the founders of Sharjah Tatweer Forum and a former member of the Sharjah Emirate
Consultative Council (2003 - 2007). He has also worked as Assistant Professor in
Telecommunications  Engineering in Khalifa University  (2003 - 2007)."


Sessions of the speaker

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