Discover the $5bn worth of aquaculture projects in the MENA region


Event Overview

In recent years, governments across the Middle East have developed a robust food security strategy for their nation to ensure access to safe, nutritious, and sufficient food all year round. Improving the local production has been one of the top priorities for these authorities and this has been complemented by the innovations in the aquaculture, poultry, dairy, and livestock farming that have helped farms to improve their quality of products. Having said that, animal health & disease control, food safety, and cost of production have been the prime importance to the producers.

The current lockdown due to COVID-19 has increased the need for the MENA region to be self-dependent and is rapidly reforming food security readiness. This has fast-tracked the move by the aquaculture, poultry, dairy, and livestock sectors towards implementing new technologies and methodologies. The UAE recently announced that the department of food security will remain a priority through two ministers, The Minister of State for Food and Water Security to follow up on national food stock, investments in food technology and international relations in this field while the Minister of Climate Change and Environment to support farmers and developing UAE’s fish and animal wealth. Authorities across the MENA region are offering incentives on all aspects of farming to encourage farmers, operators, and food producers to adopt innovations that contribute to the nation's food security strategies.

The Second DigiConference of the MENA Food Security Forum series will focus on the latest trends and innovations in aquaculture, poultry, dairy and livestock farming, and the opportunities in improving the quality and quantity of local production. This DigiConference will bring together C-suite executives from government, non-government organizations, private sector and consumers across the Middle East and North Africa along with global tech players involved in the development and adoption of farming innovation to engage in thought-provoking discussions and share latest best practices, challenges and thought leadership on ways to improve the local production.

Event in Numbers

200+

Attendees

100+

Decision makers

12+

Speakers

4

Panel discussions

 
3

Innovations

10+

Countries

Speakers and Advisors


Sheikh Dr. Majid Sultan Al Qassimi
Adviser to the Minister,
Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), UAE 
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Mosleh Alzobidi
Deputy CEO. National Fisheries Development Program,
Ministry of Environment, ‎Water and Agriculture, KSA
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Greorges Phrem
Head of Animal Husbandry Service,
Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture
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Rachid Serraj
Delivery Manager - Regional Initiative on Small Scale Family Farming,
Food and Agriculture Organization
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Philippos Papageorgiou
Director of Aquaculture,
National Fisheries Development Program, KSA
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Dimitrios Dimopoulos
Chief Operations Officer,
Tharawat seas
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Dr. Fadi Naser Al-Natour
Risk Analysis Specialist,
Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority
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Dr. Suheel Ahmed
Chief Executive Officer - Holding,
Arabian Farms Investments LLC
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Kayan Akram Jaff
Senior Policy Adviser,
Food and Agriculture Organization
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Steen Hadsbjerg
Chief Executive Officer,
The National Agricultural Development Company (NADEC)
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Efstathios Lampakis
Ichthyologist, Aquaculture Consultant,
International Centre for Bio-saline Agriculture (ICBA)
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Robert Serwata
Global Product Manager Nutrition,
Huvepharma N.V
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Dr. Mohammed Bengoumi
Animal Production and Health Officer,
FAO Office for North Africa
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Youssouf Kamal
Innovation & Partnerships Manager,
Plug and Play
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Nigel David Lewis
General Manager,
Fish Farm LLC
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Dr. Othman Alqaisi
Dairy production specialist,
Sultan Qaboos University


 

Marilou Suc
Director of Business Development,
BiOceanOr


Ahmed Youssri
Abdel Aziz, Head of Commercial, Poultry Sector,
WADI Group

Why Get Involved?

Get in front of your target market:
Get access to the entire spectrum of government and food producers who are currently expanding their operations in the Middle East and North Africa to contribute to the domestic production

Gain project insights:
Get first-hand insights into which technologies the agriculture sector is evaluating for current and future investment from across the Middle East and North Africa region and spot opportunities earlier

Generate strong leads:
Learn which projects are going forward and influence decision-makers and stand a chance of being shortlisted for upcoming projects

Raise your brand awareness:
Opportunity to position your brand as one of the leading companies in the sector helping the primary producers to improve production and the government to achieve their food security strategy goals

Who will attend the MENA Food Security Digi-Conference: Aquaculture and Livestock?

Regional C-suite executives from:
 

Conference Format



Conference Program

Gulf Standard Time (GMT +4) Conference Program
10:00 Meeting Room Opens
10:05 Welcome Remarks from Great Minds Group
10:10 Opening remarks from Chairman
10:15 Keynote presentation: The potential and the challenges for the further development of aquaculture in the region, at the aftermath of COVID-19

Philippos Papageorgiou, Director of Aquaculture, National Fisheries Development Program, KSA
10:30 Regional briefing: Local production of Livestock, Poultry, Dairy, and Aquaculture towards self-sufficiency

  • Upcoming projects, and what is happening in the region?
  • What’s new and understanding regional trends
  • Policy and regulation updates

Moderator:
  • Kayan Akram Jaff, Senior Policy Adviser, Food and Agriculture Organization

Panelists:
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Mosleh Alzobidi, Deputy CEO. National Fisheries Development Program, Ministry of Environment, ‎Water and Agriculture, KSA
  • United Arab Emirates: Sheikh Dr. Majid Sultan Al Qassimi, Adviser to the Minister, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE)
  • Lebanon: Greorges Phrem, Head of Animal Husbandry Service, Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture
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11:10 TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION SESSION:

*This session will highlight key emerging innovations that cater to the aquaculture, poultry, dairy, and livestock farming sector in the MENA region. The session consists of three (10 minutes) back-to-back presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights on the successful application of a variety of innovations and case-studies.

Moderator:
  • Youssouf Kamal, Innovation & Partnerships Manager, Plug and Play
Industry insight 1: How to increase feed efficiency and reduce waste?
Robert Serwata, Global Product Manager, Huvepharma N.V. Industry insight 2: Improving dairy feed efficiency: case studies from Oman
Dr. Othman Alqaisi, Dairy production specialist, Sultan Qaboos University
Industry insight 3: Offshore aquaculture in the Red sea
Dimitrios Dimopoulos, Chief Operations Officer, Tharawat seas
Industry insight 4: Smart Water Quality Monitoring : The use of IoT and IA for Digitalized and Sustainable Aquaculture.
Marilou Suc, Director of Business Development, BiOceanOr
Q&A With the presenters
12:10 Panel discussion: Animal health issues, disease control and biosecurity
  • What are the top 3 emerging concerns about animal health in the MENA region?
  • Decoding the causes of reduced performance in animals
  • Understanding the impact of an epidemics such as avian flu on the food security and national economy 
  • How do we source affordable quality feed for livestock, poultry, and aquaculture production?

Moderator:
  • Sheikh Dr. Majid Sultan Al Qassimi, Adviser to the Minister, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), UAE

Panelists:
  • Dr. Suheel Ahmed, CEO - Holding, Arabian Farms Investments LLC
  • Dr. Mohammed Bengoumi, Animal Production and Health Officer, FAO Office for North Africa
  • Efstathios Lampakis, Ichthyologist, Aquaculture Consultant, International Centre for Bio-saline Agriculture (ICBA)
12:50 Panel discussion: Improving food safety and encouraging the local purchase of livestock and aquaculture?
  • What are the challenges at the retail of livestock and aquaculture?
  • Highlights of some of the initiatives taken by retail and government
  • How to improve the food safety of eggs, dairy products, meat to reduce rejections from retail and customers?
  • What are the available food safety certification for systems and how effective are they?
Moderator:
  • Kayan Akram Jaff, Senior Policy Adviser, Food and Agriculture Organization
Panelists:
  • Dr. Fadi Naser Al-Natour, Risk Analysis Specialist, Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority
  • Nigel David Lewis, General Manager, Fish Farm LLC
  • Ahmed Youssri, Abdel Aziz, Head of Commercial, Poultry Sector, WADI Group
13:25 Closing remark by chairman and of the Conference

MENA Food Security: Agriculture Highlights & Testimonials

Testimonials


Highlight video


The first of its kind virtual Digi-conference hosted from Dubai took place on 29 – 30 June, 2020 via video conferencing technology. The conference launched with the goal of gathering a select group of experts in the agriculture sector to discuss the latest trends and innovations in agriculture and the opportunities in improving the quality and quantity of domestic produce.

How can you contribute as a supplier?

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP PRESENTATIONS Establish pre-eminence amongst your peers

USE CASE PRESENTATIONS Demonstrate how you have successfully helped other farms and food producers

BRAND
Awareness Multiple opportunities to increase your brand visibility, before during and after the event

NETWORKING & SOCIAL Use the exhibition floor to demonstrate your latest products and technologies

LEAD GENERATION Increase your new business opportunities from a highly targeted audience

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