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The Role of the Private Sector in the Future of the Kuwaiti Economy



London, UK

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With oil no longer the reliable resource it was, Kuwait is increasingly looking to the private sector to diversify and boost its economy across a range of sectors. By bringing together senior public officials and top local and foreign business leaders at this event, The Business Year hopes to inspire a dialog that will bring new momentum to Kuwait's vision. Hosting this event in London is simply the best way to showcase the country's ambition to the entire global investor community.


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Nabil Al Bourisli
Nabil Al Bourisli
President & CEO
Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI)

Mr. Nabil Bourisli has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (KPC Holdings-Aruba) and the President of Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI) since January 2018. KPI is an international downstream subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC).

Mr. Bourisli was previously the Managing Director for International Marketing of KPC and Chairman of Board for Kuwait Oil Company since May 2013.

He has an impressive career with more than 34 years of experience in the Kuwaiti Oil Sector, which has taken him through four different oil companies (KNPC, KPC, KOTC and KPI).

Mr. Bourisli has been a member of various Boards of Directors as well as a member of various professional organizations and committees.

He is an active participant in regional conferences and prolific speaker at prestigious international conferences.

Abdulbdullah Al Mutawa
Abdulbdullah Al Mutawa
Chairman
Carriage

Chairman of Carriage

Athbi Al-Enezi
Athbi Al-Enezi
Managing Partner
Just Clean

Athbi is the Joint Managing Partner and one of the Co-Founders of Justclean.

Prior to establishing the business, Athbi worked in the banking sector where he gained invaluable knowledge in the field of human resources.

Athbi was born and raised in Kuwait until his late teens when he moved to the United Kingdom. Upon completion his education, he embarked upon a career in the hospitality industry which offered him significant experience of consumer behavior.

Upon his return to Kuwait, whilst still in the banking sector, Athbi along with his brother Nouri Al Enezi, inspired by the fast-moving e-commerce industry in the region, decided to set up the first laundry market place application. They took their motivation from the leading, local e- commerce pioneers and saw an opportunity to merge the traditional method of cleaning with the advancements that the technology sector had to offer.

Together they launched Masbagti in April of 2016 and in February 2017 the business partnered with Faith Capital and was successfully re-launched under the new branding of Justclean.

Fahad Al-Sharekh
Fahad Al-Sharekh
General Manager
TechInvest

Founded TechInvest in 2015 to provide an opportunity for Middle East investors to obtain exposure to private investment opportunities in the technology sector. Techinvest advised and structured several deals in early, growth and late stage VC totaling over $600m in money raised. Over 21 years' experience in global business development, with expertise and specialization in the IT and VC field. Initiated and executed targeted strategies to facilitate joint ventures, partnerships, startups, account generation and public listings of holdings in several capital financial markets including NASDAQ, KSE and DIFC. As CEO of Sakhr Software, he received 3 US patents from US PTO office for Sakhr's proprietary technologies. Played key role in founding 1st Saudi Arabia ISP AWalNet which was acquired by STC in 2006. Developed the first Multilingual Speech to Speech app 'S2S', Language Buddy launched on the App Store in 2009 and was one of the first adopters of "The Cloud". Initiated and supervised the transformation of the 30 year old family IT business company and publicly listing the company on KSE in 2006 under the new name Al Alamiah Technology Group ATG.


Fahad is on the Advisory Board of the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) in the UAE, which is the premier foreign direct investment-focused event and an initiative of the UAE Ministry of Economy. Fahad is also a consultant at the Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority, KDIPA. Previously a Board Member and subsequently Chairman, of Al Mal Investment Company, which is listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange, and served on several boards including ATG, Saftec, AwalNet. Fahad serves as a director on the Board of CODED, the First Coding Academy in the GCC, which educates and trains participants in software development and programming using world-class curriculum and instruction by industry experts. The Kuwait-based company is aimed at young men and women across MENA, with engagement on Barmej.com (CODED's online school) exceeding 150,000 coders (and future entrepreneurs).

Ayşe Hazır Valentin
Ayşe Hazır Valentin
CEO
The Business Year

Ayşe Hazır Valentin is CEO and co-founder at The Business Year.

Philip Kotsis
Philip Kotsis
Partner
Al Tamimi & Company

Philip is a Partner and Co-Head at the Al Tamimi & Company Kuwait office, and is head of the Corporate Commercial department in Kuwait. Prior to joining Al Tamimi in October 2009, Philip was a senior legal consultant with DLA Piper, where he focused primarily in the corporate, commercial, banking and finance sectors.

Philip is a US qualified attorney and has accumulated a broad range of experience in the areas of local and transnational commercial and corporate transactions, corporate establishments, mergers and acquisitions, corporate/joint venture organization, banking and finance as well as substantial experience in the commercial and finance aspects of Kuwait PPP projects. He began his legal career in the U.S., where he gained vast experience in complex commercial transactions, petroleum distribution and marketing transactions and has litigated complex commercial matters before U.S. state and federal courts.

Additionally, Philip is known in Kuwait for his vast skills in complex restructurings (corporate and debt related) and has been deeply involved in Kuwait's large infrastructure projects, including water desalination and power generation plants and wastewater treatment plants.

Philip is consistently recognized and awarded by top global ranking agencies as a leading lawyer in Kuwait and is widely known in Kuwait for his expertise in his areas of practice.

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Thursday, June 13

Morning

09:00 AM TO
09:15 AM

Welcome address

Ayşe Hazır Valentin
Ayşe Hazır Valentin
CEO, The Business Year
Ayşe Hazır Valentin
Ayşe Hazır Valentin
CEO
The Business Year

Ayşe Hazır Valentin is CEO and co-founder at The Business Year.

09:15 AM TO
09:30 AM

Opening keynote address

09:30 AM TO
09:45 AM

Speech

09:45 AM TO
10:45 AM

Panel: The increased diversification of the Kuwaiti economy as a fuel for the future

Though a significant portion of its government revenues comes from oil, Kuwait is keen to look into other strategic sectors and encourage greater private sector participation. The nation has identified key opportunities in renewable energy, healthcare, ICT, education, housing, and others that are ripe for investment. Also on the cards is further boosting women's participation in all sectors of the economy, which would further accelerate Kuwait's economic progress.

Nabil Al Bourisli
Nabil Al Bourisli
President & CEO, Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI)
Nabil Al Bourisli
Nabil Al Bourisli
President & CEO
Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI)

Mr. Nabil Bourisli has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (KPC Holdings-Aruba) and the President of Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI) since January 2018. KPI is an international downstream subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC).

Mr. Bourisli was previously the Managing Director for International Marketing of KPC and Chairman of Board for Kuwait Oil Company since May 2013.

He has an impressive career with more than 34 years of experience in the Kuwaiti Oil Sector, which has taken him through four different oil companies (KNPC, KPC, KOTC and KPI).

Mr. Bourisli has been a member of various Boards of Directors as well as a member of various professional organizations and committees.

He is an active participant in regional conferences and prolific speaker at prestigious international conferences.

10:45 AM TO
11:00 AM

Interview

11:00 AM TO
12:00 PM

Panel: The Kuwaiti banking sector renaissance

The Kuwaiti banking sector is undergoing somewhat of a renaissance, with new regulations and private sector credit in turn spurring growth across the economy. Islamic banking, ascendent across the world, is also taking firm root in Kuwait and offering ethical solutions to more people than ever before.

Afternoon

12:00 PM TO
12:15 PM

Guest speaker

12:15 PM TO
12:45 PM

Coffee break

12:45 PM TO
01:00 PM

Company dialog

01:00 PM TO
02:00 PM

​Panel: Digital economy and entrepreneurship

With a nationwide bid to promote digital transformation and spur economic diversifcation, Kuwait seeks to leverage digitization to boost its standing as a digital hub in the region. The nation has established incubators and accelerators to inspire a new generation of Kuwaiti, tech-savvy innovators. How can Kuwait further capitalize on its digital transformation and drive further innovation?

Abdulbdullah Al Mutawa
Abdulbdullah Al Mutawa
Chairman, Carriage
Abdulbdullah Al Mutawa
Abdulbdullah Al Mutawa
Chairman
Carriage

Chairman of Carriage

Athbi Al-Enezi
Athbi Al-Enezi
Managing Partner, Just Clean
Athbi Al-Enezi
Athbi Al-Enezi
Managing Partner
Just Clean

Athbi is the Joint Managing Partner and one of the Co-Founders of Justclean.

Prior to establishing the business, Athbi worked in the banking sector where he gained invaluable knowledge in the field of human resources.

Athbi was born and raised in Kuwait until his late teens when he moved to the United Kingdom. Upon completion his education, he embarked upon a career in the hospitality industry which offered him significant experience of consumer behavior.

Upon his return to Kuwait, whilst still in the banking sector, Athbi along with his brother Nouri Al Enezi, inspired by the fast-moving e-commerce industry in the region, decided to set up the first laundry market place application. They took their motivation from the leading, local e- commerce pioneers and saw an opportunity to merge the traditional method of cleaning with the advancements that the technology sector had to offer.

Together they launched Masbagti in April of 2016 and in February 2017 the business partnered with Faith Capital and was successfully re-launched under the new branding of Justclean.

Fahad Al-Sharekh
Fahad Al-Sharekh
General Manager, TechInvest
Fahad Al-Sharekh
Fahad Al-Sharekh
General Manager
TechInvest

Founded TechInvest in 2015 to provide an opportunity for Middle East investors to obtain exposure to private investment opportunities in the technology sector. Techinvest advised and structured several deals in early, growth and late stage VC totaling over $600m in money raised. Over 21 years' experience in global business development, with expertise and specialization in the IT and VC field. Initiated and executed targeted strategies to facilitate joint ventures, partnerships, startups, account generation and public listings of holdings in several capital financial markets including NASDAQ, KSE and DIFC. As CEO of Sakhr Software, he received 3 US patents from US PTO office for Sakhr's proprietary technologies. Played key role in founding 1st Saudi Arabia ISP AWalNet which was acquired by STC in 2006. Developed the first Multilingual Speech to Speech app 'S2S', Language Buddy launched on the App Store in 2009 and was one of the first adopters of "The Cloud". Initiated and supervised the transformation of the 30 year old family IT business company and publicly listing the company on KSE in 2006 under the new name Al Alamiah Technology Group ATG.


Fahad is on the Advisory Board of the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) in the UAE, which is the premier foreign direct investment-focused event and an initiative of the UAE Ministry of Economy. Fahad is also a consultant at the Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority, KDIPA. Previously a Board Member and subsequently Chairman, of Al Mal Investment Company, which is listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange, and served on several boards including ATG, Saftec, AwalNet. Fahad serves as a director on the Board of CODED, the First Coding Academy in the GCC, which educates and trains participants in software development and programming using world-class curriculum and instruction by industry experts. The Kuwait-based company is aimed at young men and women across MENA, with engagement on Barmej.com (CODED's online school) exceeding 150,000 coders (and future entrepreneurs).

02:00 PM TO
02:15 PM

Closing remarks

Ayşe Hazır Valentin
Ayşe Hazır Valentin
CEO, The Business Year
Ayşe Hazır Valentin
Ayşe Hazır Valentin
CEO
The Business Year

Ayşe Hazır Valentin is CEO and co-founder at The Business Year.

02:00 PM TO
02:15 PM

Closing keynote address

Philip Kotsis
Philip Kotsis
Partner, Al Tamimi & Company
Philip Kotsis
Philip Kotsis
Partner
Al Tamimi & Company

Philip is a Partner and Co-Head at the Al Tamimi & Company Kuwait office, and is head of the Corporate Commercial department in Kuwait. Prior to joining Al Tamimi in October 2009, Philip was a senior legal consultant with DLA Piper, where he focused primarily in the corporate, commercial, banking and finance sectors.

Philip is a US qualified attorney and has accumulated a broad range of experience in the areas of local and transnational commercial and corporate transactions, corporate establishments, mergers and acquisitions, corporate/joint venture organization, banking and finance as well as substantial experience in the commercial and finance aspects of Kuwait PPP projects. He began his legal career in the U.S., where he gained vast experience in complex commercial transactions, petroleum distribution and marketing transactions and has litigated complex commercial matters before U.S. state and federal courts.

Additionally, Philip is known in Kuwait for his vast skills in complex restructurings (corporate and debt related) and has been deeply involved in Kuwait's large infrastructure projects, including water desalination and power generation plants and wastewater treatment plants.

Philip is consistently recognized and awarded by top global ranking agencies as a leading lawyer in Kuwait and is widely known in Kuwait for his expertise in his areas of practice.

02:15 PM TO
05:00 PM

Networking lunch

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