Discover the top PPP projects in the MENA region valued at over $33,681 Million

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Event Overview

After the success of the 2019 PPP MENA Forum, which was supported by key PPP units across the region, and featured exclusive updates of PPP project pipelines by the participating countries, the 2nd edition will bring together all the key stakeholders from government entities, PPP units, developers, operators, investors, contractors and financial institutions to discuss pressing challenges facing the sector and exchange ideas on how PPP projects can be fast tracked, best practices for managing contractual issues and innovative funding models for upcoming PPPs.

The events of the last 12 months and counting have shaken the global community to its core, with effects on all sectors around the world, and the economic impact on Public Private Partnerships is no exception. Many regional PPP infrastructure projects have been greatly affected with bid deadlines extended for new projects, ongoing projects facing interruptions in supply chain, and operational projects experiencing considerable revenue generation challenges.

The 2nd PPP MENA Forum will present a great opportunity for all stakeholders involved to come together and truly come up with innovative solutions that will lead to sustainable and resilient PPPs in order to mitigate the impact of Covid-19.




Decision makers from Regional Central Banks and BFSI Sector


Speakers and Panellists


Media Partners


Countries Represented

Meet the 2021 Advisory Committee

Atter Hannoura

Director PPP Central Unit, Ministry of Finance, Egypt

Abraham Akkawi

PPP and Privatization Expert and Advisor, Minister’s Office, Ministry of Finance, Oman 

Dr Eyup Aydin

Chairman, Istanbull PPP Centre of Excellence 

Loay Ghazaleh

Undersecretary Advisor on Infrastructure & PPP; Bahrain Ministry of Works, Bahrain 

Osama Sulaiman

PPP Director, Ministry of Finance, Jordan

Nayef Al Haddad

Manager, Research and Strategic Planning, Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects, Kuwait

Ziad Hayek

Vice Chair, UN Working Party on PPP, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) & President, World Association of PPP Units & Professionals (WAPPP) & Ex-Secretary General, The High Council of Privatisation and PPP(HCP), Lebanon

Meet the 2019 Speakers

Ziad Hayek

Vice Chair, UN Working Party on PPP, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) & President, World Association of PPP Units & Professionals (WAPPP) & Ex-Secretary General, The High Council of Privatisation and PPP(HCP), Lebanon

Mohammed Al-Shaalan

Executive Vice President, National Center for Privatisation & PPP, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Dr. Eyup Vural Aydin

Chairman, Istanbul PPP Center of Excellence (CoE)

Dr. Dhafir Awadh Al-Shanfari

Chief Executive Officer, Public Authority for Privatisation & Partnership

Muneer Al Muneeri

Chief Executive Officer, Oman Infrastructure Fund (Rakiza), Oman

Dr Ahmed Badr

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director of Regional Center for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)

Corrado Sommariva

Chief Executive Officer, SWPC

Ali Alanazi

Advisor of Municipal Services, Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Saudi Arabia

Eng.Walid Saleh Basoudan

Private Sector Participation Project Director, Vision Realisation Office, Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Dr Ahmad Al Shorbagy

Legal Counsel – Al-Hamad Legal Group and, Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects, Kuwait

Eng. Ahmad M. Alazemi

Private-Sector Projects Department, Undersecretary Sector, Ministry of Electricity and Water, Kuwait

Najib Dandachi

Executive Advisor, Khatib & Alami

Ahmad AlSabbah

Finance, Investment & PPP Consultant, Office of the Under Secretary, Ministry of Infrastructure Development, United Arab Emirates

Samina Akram

Managing Partner, Samak Ethical Finance Ltd

Delwar Hossein

Senior Associate, Baker and Mackenzie

Sabir Ahmed

Executive Director, Standard Chartered Bank

Hassan Idris

Senior Counsel ICIEC, Islamic Development Bank

Dr. Mhamed Biygautane

Research Fellow, Faculty of Law, Monash University, Australia

Ugo Mosanya

Senior Director, Head of Strategy Middle East & Turkey, Philips

Turki Alshehri

Chief Executive Officer – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Engie

Carlo Stella

Principal, Arthur D. Little Middle East FZ-LLC

Suleiman Al Qasmi

GM Asset Management, Haya Water

Tim Armsby

Partner Head of Finance and Projects (Middle East), Pinsent Masons

Yuji Nakada

Middle East Representative, Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Aijaz Ahmad

Senior PPP Specialist, Infrastructure, PPPs & Guarantees World Bank Group

Thomas Wigley

Partner, Trowers & Hamlins

Eric Hemu

President of Middle East and Africa Region, Jinluo Water

Bader Mutwali

Director of Enterprise services, Siemens Healthineers KSA

Yvon Mompeyssin

Head of Business Development, Customer Solutions, Middle East, South & Central Asia and Turkey, Engie

Alex Saleh

Partner, Co-Head of Office – Kuwait , Al Tamimi & Company

Dr Ahmed Al Kalawy

Doctorate in PPP, CEO, Kalawy Partners

Abdullah Kashgary

Director of Strategy & Support Services, Davita

Rami Abu Hayah

General Manager, Cubic Art-Pixels (CAP)

Iqbal AlTayer

Director of Technical Supervision Department, Ministry of Electricity & Water, Kuwait

Who will Attend the PPP MENA Forum?

Regional government leaders and senior management officials from different organisations in the Middle East and Africa involved in PPP projects such as:

  • Government officials
  • International and regional investment agencies
  • PPP Units and ministries of finance
  • Development agencies and privatisation bodies
  • Leading international and local corporates
  • Industry experts, senior analysts, and market advisors
  • Industry associations
  • Legal advisors
  • Management consultants and Advisors

Event in Numbers

Event Feature 2019 2021
Attendees 200 400+
Investors 100+
Exhibitors & sponsors 14 30+
Speakers & panellists 42 50+
Countries represented 15 20+
Country project briefings 6 10+
Government leadership awards 13 15+
Media Partners 13 20
Matchmaking and executive meetings 20+

Conference Key Themes

SESSION 1: Investment climate and sources of funding for PPPs in the MENA region
SESSION 2: PPP project financing – The role of traditional and Islamic finance
SESSION 3: Overview of PPP opportunities and developments: PPP project overview per country
SESSION 1: Energy and utilities sector: Water and power PPPs and renewables project spotlights
SESSION 2: Social infrastructure sector: Social housing, health and education project spotlights
SESSION 3: Transportation sector: Roads, rail, airports, ports, mass-transport project spotlight

Why get involved?

Get in front of your target market

Get access to the entire spectrum of stakeholders involved with ongoing and upcoming PPP projects in the region

Gain project insights

Get first-hand details on timelines and requirements of current and future multibillion-dollar PPP project pipelines from across the region and spot opportunities earlier

Understand PPP legislations & Contracts

Get up to date on where PPP legislations are for each country and what the future plans are

Raise your brand awareness

Opportunity to position your brand as one of the leading companies in the sector to help stakeholders and project owners navigate the impact of this global pandemic

Who Should Exhibit & Sponsor?

API Technology Solution Providers

Core Digital Banking

Network and Application Security

Data Integration and Analytics Service Providers

Conference Program

11:00 Meeting Room Opens
11:01 Welcome remarks from Great Minds Event Management
11:05 Opening remarks from Chairman
11:10 Panel discussion 1: Innovating public policies and advancing government operations through data analytics

  • Integrating data enterprise models with strategic leadership across the public sector to enhance decisions and policies
  • Utilizing data analytics to integrate public value into the planning, delivery and monitoring of policies to ensure intervention and prevention in the early stage of decision making
  • Addressing existing regulatory frameworks, setting standards, and removing barriers to manage, share, and re-use data
  • Developing open data platform to improve data sharing between private and public sectors, improve transparency and drive economic growth
  • Implementing proactive organizational change management to speed up data-driven predictive decision-making
  • Overcoming key challenges of government critical data privacy and security


  • Ali Abuzinjal, Director of Digital Transformation, Sharjah Research Technology and innovation Park Authority, Sharjah
  • Laila Abdullah Khasib Al Hadhrami, Senior Executive Digital Transformation – eTransformation, MTCIT & Director of Building Capacity, Smart City Platform, Oman
  • Dr. Ahmad Altarawneh, Senior Digital Transformation Consultant – Pioneering and Excellence, Dubai police, UAE
  • Senior Representative, Automation Anywhere
  • James Lovegrove, EMEA Public Policy Director, Redhat


  • Naveed Shafeek Ahmed, Information Security & IT Governance Consultant, National Information Centre- SDAIA​, KSA
11:55 Keynote session Open Unlocks (Digital Government) Potential
Jim Craig, Senior Product Manager, Red Hat Global Government
12:10 Technology innovation session 1
This session will highlight latest technologies in advanced data management and analysis. The session consists of 10-minute back-to-back presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of a variety of advanced data management and analytics innovations.
Industry insight 1

  • Vijay Jaswal, Chief Technology Officer, Middle east & Turkey, Software AG

Industry insight 2

  • Public Sector Alignment with Updated Digitization Strategies

Industry insight 3

  • Senior Representative, Automation Anywhere

Mohammad Wahba, Systems Engineering Manager, Nutanix, Saudi Arabia

12:40 Panel discussion 2: Leveraging data and analytics to transform governmental sector organizations

  • Leveraging the full potential of enterprise data management to enable business excellence
  • Establishing data management processes on the collection, storage, and use of data for predictive analytics to increase the efficacy of mission-critical programs
  • Implementing data governance to break silos, create efficient data centralization hub, develop effective data sharing system across sub authorities
  • Leveraging data monetization to obtain the quantifiable return of investment
  • Upgrading the operational data framework to optimize the use of data mining and descriptive analytics


  • Fatmah Ahmed Alabdouli, Director of Information and Statistics, Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, UAE
  • Mohamed Ali Alshaya, Executive Director- IT, Ajman Free zone, UAE 
  • Gabriele Obino, Vice President – Southern Europe & Middle East, Denodo
  • Bassel Kassem, Regional Manager, South Gulf & Pakistan, Nutanix


  • Alaa Mahjoub, Former Data Management Expert, Department of Transport, Abu Dhabi
13:25 Technology innovation session 2
This session will highlight latest technologies in advanced data management and analysis. The session consists of 10-minute back-to-back presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of a variety of advanced data management and analytics innovations.
Industry insight 1 Senior Representative from Seagate
Industry insight 2 Yousef Mohammad Mhana, Principal Systems Engineer, Middle East, PureSorage
13:55 Panel discussion 3: Utilizing advanced data analytics tools to optimize generated data

  • Integrating business intelligence and advanced data analytics to capitalize on collected data
  • Identifying the right AI-based technologies for your data analytics strategy (machine learning, NLP, ERP, computer vision, etc.)
  • Looking at the role of cloud computing in improving analytics performance and streamlining projects with Data Management in consideration
  • Discussing the role and complexities of multi-cloud platforms to overcome key challenges (data privacy, security, silos and centralization…etc)


  • Badar Khan, Director of Digital Mobility, NEOM, Saudi Arabia
  • Dr. Kalthoom Mohammed Al Blooshi, Director of Hospitals Department, Hospitals Sector, Ministry of Health and Prevention, UAE
  • Loay Ghazaleh, Advisor, Ministry of Works Bahrain, Bahrain
  • Sriram Padmanabhan, Senior Enterprise Architect, Dubai Customs
  • Yousef Mohammad Mhana, Principal Systems Engineer, Middle East, PureSorage


  • Syed Adnan Ali, Digital Transformation Consultant, Qatar
14:15 Closing remarks and end of DigiConference

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Sponsorship Opportunities

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