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Top Retailers to Speak at Retail Leaders Circle MENA 2020 Summit

His Excellency Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi, Minister of Commerce and Investment, will deliver the opening keynote at the prestigious Retail Leaders Circle MENA 2020 Summit, taking place for the first time in Riyadh in February, an event on the side-line of the G20 Saudi presidency year 2020. We bring together the brightest and most powerful industry leaders with expertise and insights that will inspire, challenge and encourage our delegation to navigate the evolving future retail and consumer landscape,” commented Panos Linardos, Chairman of Retail Leaders Circle. “Such a distinguished roster of speakers reflects our aspiration to further cement Retail Leaders Circle status as the most significant regional industry meeting for partnership and growth development.”

Held under the patronage of HE Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi, Minister of Commerce and Investment and in partnership with Invest Saudi, local, regional and international leaders will convene in Riyadh to examine the strengths of the retail industry and economic growth opportunities within the sector across the region at the 6th Edition of Retail Leaders Circle (RLC) MENA Summit, taking place on 10-11 February 2020. HE Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi will take the stage at 9 am on the first day of RLC MENA to discuss the Kingdom’s plans to become a leading business, investment and retail destination, in line with Vision 2030 goals to diversify the economy, prioritise ease of doing business and attract direct and value-added foreign investments. 

Details for sessions at the Retail Leaders Circle MENA 2020 Summit will be announced later, whereas Headline speakers include:

  • HEG Ahmed Al Hakbani, HEG, Saudi Customs Authority
  • Mohammed Alshaya, Executive Chairman, M.H. Alshaya Co.
  • Muhammad Alagil, Chairman, Jarir Investment
  • Omar Almohammady, Group CEO, Fawaz Al Hokair Group
  • Patrick Chalhoub, CEO, Chalhoub Group
  • Dr. Bander Talaat Hamooh, CEO, Panda Retail Company
  • Nisreen Shocair, Group CEO for the Middle East, Yoox Net-A-Porter
  • Ahmad AR. BinDawood, CEO, Danube & BinDawood, Bindawood Holding
  • Faraz Khalid, CEOnoon
  • Nilesh Ved, Chairman & CEO, Apparel Group
  • Turki Al Sadhan, CEO, SPAR Saudi
  • Selim Chidiac, CEO, L’Ázurde

“As we look to shape new frontiers, SAGIA is proud to announce our partnership with the Retail Leaders Circle, having successfully attracted the MENA edition to Riyadh for the first time. Hosting one of the retail industry’s biggest global summits begins an exciting year of events in the Kingdom which culminates with the G20 summit in November. Furthermore, this event marks the beginning of many future endeavors led by the INVEST SAUDI national investment brand in line with Saudi Arabia’s G20 Presidency, as we continue to promote the rich investment opportunities the Kingdom has to offer,” commented, His Excellency Governor of SAGIA Ibrahim AlOmar. “Technology is transforming the retail sector across the world and Saudi Arabia is no exception to this trend. At the same time, the emergence of a young, affluent population at a time of rapid social change is creating exciting growth opportunities in the Kingdom. We look forward to partnering with the Retail Leaders Circle to address these challenges and identify new ways for retailers to access the opportunities in Saudi Arabia and across the wider region while highlighting the greater role of the retail industry in our constantly growing economy.”

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