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MENA PPP Virtual Think Tank - Mobilising private sector engagement in regional infrastructure projects

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Sustained low oil prices over the past number of years have had a significant impact on the revenues of oil producing countries, particularly those in the GCC region.  With the current pandemic putting additional strain on economies worldwide, traditional public spending trends in the region are being reviewed and cut back.  Historically governments have invested heavily into infrastructure projects and public assets such as hospitals, schools, transport and more, however in light of the current situation it is clear that new, more sustainable ways of approaching project finance are required.
 
Public Private Partnership (PPP) frameworks have long been used in other parts of the world and the concept has also been explored with mixed levels of interest around the MENA region, however without gaining much traction.  That said, PPP contracts are indeed taking shape in the region, perhaps most notably schools projects in Saudi Arabia, healthcare in Kuwait and water and power projects in Qatar.  In early 2020, Abu Dhabi also announced its intention to tender US$2.7 billion in PPP projects to finance and operate new social, municipal and transportation assets.
 
Given the current global situation, there is no better time for regional governments to turn their focus to alternative project finance solutions such as PPP models and commit to exploring new ways of engaging the private sector, to reduce the burden on public sector budgets and to find more sustainable financing solutions for the future.
 
MEED’s one-day MENA PPP Virtual Think Tank will bring together key public and private sector stakeholders from around the region to discuss the opportunities for PPP with the aim of moving towards real, sustainable project finance solutions to help support infrastructure development for years to come.

SPEAKER LINEUP

  • Richard Thompson, Editorial Director, MEED
  • Ziad Alexandre Hayek, President (WAPPP); Vice-Chair of the Bureau of the UNECE Working Party on Public-Private Partnerships, World Association of PPP Units & Professionals 
  • Jennifer Aguinaldo, Energy and Technology Editor, MEED
  • David Moore, Partner - Projects & Infrastructure Team; Managing Partner - Abu Dhabi, CMS 
  • Mosaab Rashed Alburih, ​Privatization Transaction Management Executive Director, Tatweer Building Company
  • Mohamed Hamad A. Al Dhaheri, Head of Infrastructure Partnerships, Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO)
  • Muneer Ferozie, Regional Head - PPP, Privatization and Infrastructure Financial Advisory - MENA and Pakistan, IFC
  • Morgan Belsher, Principal Technical Advisor - Infrastructure Finance Practice Lead, Mott MacDonald
  • David Moleshead, Senior Counsellor, UK Export Finance
  • Trevor Butcher, Partner, DLA Piper
  • Colin Foreman, Deputy Editor, MEED
  • Sue Barrett, Director, Head of Infrastructure – Turkey, Middle East and Africa, Sustainable
  • Eng. Loay Ghazaleh, Portfolio Advisor – Major Infrastructure and PPP, Ministry of Works Bahrain
  • Eng. Atter Ezzat Hannoura, Director, PPP Central Unit, Ministry of Finance, Egypt
  • Ed James, Director of Content and Analysis, MEED Projects
  • John Franklyn Hurst, Capacity Procurement Director, Emirates Water and Electricity Compan(EWEC)
  • Mahmoud Al Khoshman, Head of the National PPP Programme & Advisor to the Prime Minister of Jordan
  • Sachin Karia, Partner – Dubai, Allen & Overy
  • Peter Naylor, Operators’ Representative & General Manager, Muharraq Wastewater Services Company, Bahrain
  • Dr. Mussaad Al Razouki, Chief Business Development Officer, Kuwait Life Sciences Company
  • Russell Reed, General Manager, Industrial & Environment Division, Samsung Engineering
  • Hani Alsaigh, Director General, Strategic Communication and Marketing Services, National Center for Privatization (NCP), Saudi Arabia 
  • Zamil Al Zamil, Executive Director - Interface Management, Qiddiya 
  • Anil Vijayachandran, Director, Acquisitions & Project Finance, ACWA Power

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Schedule

· Networking
Networking
An opportunity to connect with all attendees ahead of the Virtual Think Tank on 13th October
· Stage
MEED Projects Awards Showcase
· Networking
Networking
· Stage
Welcome Note & Opening Address
The time is now: Embracing innovative and collaborative approaches to infrastructure project finance and delivery
Richard Thompson Ziad Hayek
· Stage
Keynote Fireside Chat
Public and private sector partnerships: A new investment model for a new era of collaboration
Mohamed Hamad A. Al Dhaheri
· Stage
Keynote
PPP Project Landscape: Trends and Analysis
Ed James
· Stage
PPP Leaders Panel
Regional PPP Projects and Opportunities Outlook
David Moore Richard Thompson Eng. Atter E. Hannoura Hani Alsaigh Mahmoud Al Khoshman
· Sessions
Breakout Track 3: Power and Water Infrastructure
The power and water infrastructure breakout track will bring together industry experts specialising in electricity, renewables, water and wastewater projects
John Hurst David Moleshead Anil Vijayachandran Jennifer Aguinaldo Peter Naylor Russell Reed Zamil Al Zamil
· Sessions
Breakout Track 2: Transport Infrastructure
The transport infrastructure breakout track will bring together industry experts specialising in metro, rail, airports, roads projects
Trevor Butcher Morgan Belsher Eng. Loay Ghazaleh Muneer Ferozie Richard Thompson
· Sessions
Breakout Track 1: Social Infrastructure
The social infrastructure breakout track will bring together industry experts specialising in education, healthcare, housing projects and finance
Sachin Karia Sue Barrett Colin Foreman Dr. Mussaad Al Razouki Mosaab Rashed Alburih
· Networking
Networking
An opportunity to connect with new connections you made during the Virtual Think Tank on 13th October

Speakers

Anil Vijayachandran

Director, Acquisitions & Project Finance @ ACWA Power

David Moleshead

Senior Counsellor @ UK Export Finance

Trevor Butcher

Partner @ DLA Piper

Ziad Hayek

President (WAPPP); Vice-Chair of the Bureau of the UNECE Working Party on Public-Private Partnerships

David Moore

Partner - Projects & Infrastructure Team; Managing Partner - Abu Dhabi, CMS

John Hurst

Capacity Procurement Director @ Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC)

Morgan Belsher

Principal Technical Advisor @ Infrastructure Finance Practice Lead, Mott MacDonald

Sachin Karia

Partner – Dubai @ Allen & Overy

Sue Barrett

Director, Head of Infrastructure TMEA, Sustainable Infrastructure [email protected]

Mahmoud Al Khoshman

Advisor to the PM of Jordan & Head of the National PPP Programme

Hani Alsaigh

Director General, Strategic Communication &[email protected] Center for Privatization

Mohamed Hamad A. Al Dhaheri

Head of Infrastructure [email protected] Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO)

Zamil Al Zamil

Executive Director @Interface Management, Qiddiya

Russell Reed

General Manager, Industrial & Environment [email protected] Engineering

Richard Thompson

Editorial [email protected]

Peter Naylor

Operators Representative & General [email protected] Wastewater Services Company, Bahrain

Muneer Ferozie

Regional Head - PPP, Privatization and Infrastructure Financial Advisory - MENA and [email protected]

Mosaab Rashed Alburih

Privatization Transaction Management Executive [email protected] Building Company

Jennifer Aguinaldo

Energy and Technology [email protected]

Eng. Loay Ghazaleh

Portfolio Advisor Major Infrastructure and [email protected] of Works Bahrain

Eng. Atter E. Hannoura

[email protected] Central Unit, Ministry of Finance, Egypt

Ed James

Director of Content and [email protected] Projects

Dr. Mussaad Al Razouki

Chief Business Development [email protected] Life Sciences Company

Colin Foreman

Deputy [email protected]

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