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Keynote Speaker

“Prioritising Mentorship in a New World”

H.E. Shaikh Salman bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa

Minister of Finance and National Economy


This panel will feature a group of leading CEOs & Ministers to discuss the even more important role that mentorship can now play in helping organisations meet the challenges they are facing to develop their next generation of leaders as a result of Covid-19 and the resulting hybrid workplaces that have emerged. Today junior and mid-level talent across organisations have less face-to-face interaction and hands on learning opporutnies that at any other time in recent history. Top leaders on the panel will address how this has impacted their organisations, succession planning and how mentorship can be used to meet the learning and exposure gap to senior leaders that is so important in the sustainable growth and evolution of every company.
Jean - Christophe Durand CEO - NBB
A.Aziz Al-Helaissi
Abdulaziz A. Al-Helaissi Group CEO - GIB
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Tala Fakhro Chief Project Officer - EDB
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Samar Muradi Group HR - Bank ABC
Rana Ghandour Salhab - 2019
Rana Salhab People & Purpose Partner Member - Deloitte Middle East

PANEL 2: Mentorship for boards

Many younger professionals are now being appointed as board members as a result of generational transfer of power and wealth in family offices or as a result of initiatives to create more diverse and inclusive boards which include younger professionals and women. This panel will examine effective strategies for board mentoring how best such initiatives can be structured and the benefits and outcomes for all stakeholders.
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HE Khalid AlRumaihi CEO - Mumtalakat
Dr. Esam Fakhro Chairman BisB
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Farah Foustok CEO - Lazard Gulf Ltd.
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Dana Buheji Group CHRO & Sustainability Officer - NBB
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Diana Wilde Co-Founder - Aurora50

Panel 3: Cross Mentorship and the Leveraging of Diverse Talent Pools

In addition to creating internal mentorship programmes, another approach that organisations can pursue is creating successful mentorship programmes through business to business partnerships – so collective schemes between organisations that broaden the mentor pool and the exposure of mentees to other organisations, skillsets and experiences/working cultures. This session will explore opportunities to do this, what kinds of companies could be complementary partners and perhaps feature successful mentoring partnerships between organisations.  
Mutlaq H. Al-Morished CEO - Tasnee
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Marwa Al Saad Executive Director-Human Capital - Mumtalakat
Eman Ebrahim GM Sales & Marketing - Bahrain Steel Company
Pamela Chikhani Co-Founder - Reach Mentoring
Terrence Denton Divisional Manufacturing Leader - Al Marai Company


In the aftermath of covid and the ongoing hybrid work models being adopted across organisations, understanding how to effectively use and maximise the power of technology has become even more significant. This panel will look at the need to set up technology-focused mentorship initiatives and engage leaders at all levels – especially more senior leaders who may not be as technology savvy – so that all members of an organisation have the tools, training, exposure and confidence to effectively use the many new tools out there to effectively work, connect and continue to advance an organisation’s strategy and objectives.    
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Dr. Wajeeha Hussain Awadh Chief Digital Officer - Al Baraka Banking Group
Nicole Gustave HR Business Partner - Saudi Aramco
Dr. Christina Mueller Director, Strategic Planning & Execution Middle East & Africa - London Stock Exchange Group-Data & Analytics.
Karina Chapa Mentorship Program Manager Diversity & Inclusion Division - Saudi Aramco

Panel 5: Mentorship for Entrepreneurs and SMEs

The pandemic has  created an especially difficult challenge for  entrepreneurs and SMEs, who remain  the backbone for a sustainable economy.  This panel will look at approaches to mentorship that are tailored to helping them meet the obstacles they face in the new working order and how they can connect with, engage and benefit from the mentorship of successful, seasoned entrepreneurs and other business leaders across the areas of HR, Tech, Finance and Marketing, among others, to meet the challenges they are facing and to maximise the potential of their businesses.      
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Areije Al-Shakar Senior Vice President-Head of Development Services-EDB
Khalifa Al Mannie
Khalifa Al Mannai Founder & MD -Mannai Technologies Facilitations
Hisham Abu Alfateh
Hisham Abu Alfateh Head of Corporate Communications  - NBB
Ahmed H. Janahi Head of Partnerships & Market Engagement  - Tamkeen
Safa Sharif Leadership Committee Member - Entrepreneurs' Organization

Panel 6: Speed Mentoring

This panel looks at the concept of speed mentoring how it works and the benefits it provides by allowing mentees to interact with multiple mentors in a time-focused session. Panellists will talk about how it is increasingly offered at various institutions and at national and international conferences. This format allows individuals to obtain a variety of expert insights on specific professional and career-related questions, offers opportunities to develop possible longer-term relationships and access to an incredible breadth and depth of collective wisdom. This panel will discuss current success programmes and the way forward.
Nicholas Savastano Founder - Beyond Thinking
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Noorhan Al-Zan CFA Chairperson - Qodwa
Robert Coates HR Consultant - EMIC Training
Ahmed H. Janahi Head of Partnerships & Market Engagement  - Tamkeen
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Nadera Abuali Coporate communications Manager - Citi