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There are two things a modern business cannot live without – a sustainability plan and supply chains.

These two vital forces make the global economy and our future secure, henceforth, the SMEN 2024 Conference speaks to all manner of organisations, thought leaders, and international figures from around the world of business and sustainability.

Whether you’re in banking, fashion, logistics, or government, you’re going to need a comprehensive and agile strategy to work seamlessly in increasingly complex sustainable supply chains.
This Conference then is focused on taking away that headache.

By compiling the leading voices in sustainability and logistics, you will leave the event with a clear, easy-to-understand action plan to implement in your business.

The action plan – which will be reaffirmed at the end of every session – will show you optimal sustainability and logistical practices, as well as how to harmonise with other sectors to form a smoothly functioning future-proof system that makes your business lives cleaner, greener and easier to manage.

DAY 1

We begin the day with ample time for registration, and if you’re an early bird, you can use this time to take advantage of extra networking time, as well as to survey our conference area, sponsors displays and to enjoy the complimentary refreshments on offer.
SMEN will welcome you to the conference, offering a brief outline of what’s to come in the day, when breaks will be held and how you can interact in person or digitally throughout the event.
Our chairman will deliver a short keynote speech outlining the ethos of the event and offering some key insights on the intricacies of the sustainability and supply chain sectors.

This session will highlight the biggest threats from climate change today, as well as offer a cutting-edge insight into how businesses can navigate the modern world with confidence and an ethical, practical approach.

 

Key areas covered:

  • Climate change
  • Sustainable business practices
  • Thought leadership (sustainability & supply chain)
  • Integration of disparate sectors

One of the first rules of business and sustainability is being ready for the future; early-entrants to blossoming sectors always prosper after all. With this in mind, this session will be dedicated to analysing future technologies, practices, developments and realities that any ambitious and green business must be aware of in order to survive and thrive.

 

Key areas covered:

  • Future technologies
  • Future business practices
  • Climate changes in the future
  • Incoming regulation
  • Futureproofing

Use this time to take advantage of networking, as well as to survey our conference area, our sponsors displays and to enjoy the complimentary refreshments and snacks on offer.

This session will look into the ways in which businesses can harmonise with other organisations in order to make their supply chains highly efficient, easy-to-understand, and most importantly, green. By harnessing the wisdom of experts in sustainability, business and logistics, you will get a holistic understanding of what your business needs.

 

Key areas covered:

  • Sustainable business practices
  • Future business practices
  • Supply chains & logistics
  • Governance & regulation

Take the time to sit down and catch your breath, as well as satisfy your appetite with our complimentary lunch meal which will offer tasteful for all dietary demands. Refreshments will be available, as will time for networking and enjoying our sponsor displays.

A key industry figure will offer a highly insightful keynote speech. Get your pads at the ready to jot down some unmissable insights.

This session will focus in on the more granular aspects of a modern business and show you how you can make significant cost and green savings in your day-to-day operations. By utilising the lessons learned from several in-field insights, you will learn what works now rather than theories that need to be tested over weeks and months.

 

Key areas covered:

  • Optimal (green) business practices
  • Handling wastage and overspill
  • Maximising performance in peaks and troughs
  • Building a green corporate ethos & brand message
  • Engaging staff and customers alike in your shared business values

Use this final break to take advantage of networking, as well as to survey our conference area, our sponsors displays and to enjoy the complimentary refreshments and snacks on offer.

The final session of the day will be a bit of extra fun for our audience members, and a challenge for our esteemed experts (let’s hope they don’t get too hot under the collar!) The aim here is for our audience of business professionals and thought leaders to question leading figures in business, sustainability and supply chains about whatever they see fit – the beauty of this session is that we don’t know what’s coming!

 

Key areas covered:

  • TBC (but we can imagine most of the aforementioned and more)

A closing message in which we’ll reaffirm the action plan from the day, as well as outline the plan for Day 2. Time will be available for extra networking.

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DAY 2

We begin the day with ample time for registration, and if you’re an early bird, you can use this time to take advantage of extra networking time, as well as to survey our conference area, sponsors displays and to enjoy the complimentary refreshments on offer.

SMEN management will briefly outline the key takeaways from Day 1 and outline how Day 2 will unfold.

This session will highlight the specifics regarding sustainability in the Middle East, considering the best practices in the region, governmental initiatives and regulations, and how different parts of the Middle Eastern economy are interacting in novel green ways.

 

Key areas covered:

  • Middle East
  • Climate change
  • Sustainable business practices
  • Thought leadership (sustainability & supply chain)
  • Integration of disparate sectors

Is there anywhere else in the world with a future as exciting and ambitious as the Middle East? If you can think of anyone, let us know! This session will look to the mega-projects that are not just changing the Middle East, but the world. By understanding the projects and practices of the future, you can prepare your business for a very exciting and environmentally conscious time.

 

Key areas covered:

  • Middle East
  • Mega-projects
  • Future technologies
  • Future business practices
  • Futureproofing

Use this time to take advantage of networking, as well as to survey our conference area, our sponsors displays and to enjoy the complimentary refreshments and snacks on offer.

This session will offer something a bit different, but especially useful; an insight into sustainability practices that have created a greener business that is profitable and popular with its customers. Expect some vital insights here from people on the ground who’ve made it work.

 

Key areas covered:

  • Sustainable business practices
  • Future business practices
  • Supply chains & logistics
  • Governance & regulation

Take the time to sit down and catch your breath, as well as satisfy your appetite with our complimentary lunch meal which will offer tasteful for all dietary demands. Refreshments will be available, as will time for networking and enjoying our sponsor displays.

A key industry figure will offer a highly insightful keynote speech. Get your pads at the ready to jot down some unmissable insights.

A key facet of green business practices is the foundation it stems from – a conscious approach to life, our work and our planet. Henceforth, we will open out the understanding of sustainability to see how it aligns with ethical business considerations regarding equality and social justice.

 

Key areas covered:

  • Optimal (green) business practices
  • Diversity & inclusion
  • Fostering an equitable workplace
  • Futureproofing

Use this final break to take advantage of networking, as well as to survey our conference area, our sponsors displays and to enjoy the complimentary refreshments and snacks on offer.

The final session of the event will offer a conference overview featuring a roundtable of our speakers offering their key takeaways, action steps, and reviews of the event.

 

Key areas covered:

  • All aforementioned.

A final thank you message for those in attendance and a short period for networking after the conclusion of the event.

Confirmed Speakers

Host & Moderator

Karl W. Feilder,
Karl W. Feilder
Regional Expert on Biofuels, Advisor on corporate Net Zero strategies, The Neutral Group

9:05 – 10:00 SESSION 1 SUSTAINABILITY TODAY: THEMES TO LOOK FOR IN 2023

Malachi
Sir Malachi Halliday
CEO Founder
Halliday Growth
Confirmed Speaker
David Gatward
Chief Engineering & Technical Services Officer, AD Ports Group
Tobias-Maier
Tobias Maeir
CFO, DHL
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Kivanc Karayol
Market Director & Electromobility Champion, Volvo Group

10:05 – 11:00 SESSION 2 PIONEERS IN SUSTAINABILITY: HOW TO LEARN FROM THE BEST

Dr Stephen Wilkinson a
Dr. Stephen Wilkinson
Head of the Smart and Sustainable Cities Research Cluster, University of Wollongong
Manali-Desai
Manali Desai
Chief Sustainability Officer at PepsiCo AMESA
priya sarma
Priya Sarma
Head of Corporate Affairs & Sustainability
Unilever Middle-East
Raji Hattar
Raji Hattar
Chief Sustainability Officer – Aramex

11:40 – 12:40 SESSION 3 SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS PRACTICES: A WHOLE BUSINESS OVERVIEW

Confirmed Speaker
Maria Flouda
Founder and Managing Consultant Sustainability Switch Consultancy
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Kivanc Karayol
Market Director & Electromobility Champion, Volvo Group
Mary-Ndandi-Final
Mary Ndandi
Head of Marketing & Communications Ehfaaz
Rohan-Chopra
Rohan Chopra
Regional Director, Sustainability - MEA!
Johnson Controls

14:00 – 5:30 SESSION 4 SUSTAINABILITY ROUNDTABLE

Dr Stephen Wilkinson a
Dr. Stephen Wilkinson
Head of the Smart and Sustainable Cities Research Cluster, University of Wollongong
Dustin
Dustin Cherniawski
Director, Enviroserve UAE
Muhammad-Danbappa-final
Muhammad Danbappa
Chief Commercial Officer Ehfaaz

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Hosted by industry professionals, the conference will provide an opportunity to attend in person in Dubai, or online for those further afield, meaning attendees will be able to ask questions, debate issues and witness roundtables in real time.