Thursday 12 May 2022

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM | Welcome Comments from the Chairman
Florian Koemm, Vice President and General Counsel, Siemens Energy Middle East 

9:15 AM  – 10:15 AM | Leading with Authenticity    
What is the role of authenticity in leadership?  Can embracing your authentic self accelerate your leadership? Our panel will explore the natural proclivity towards creating a public version of oneself, based on others' expectations of "a leader". Teams feed off of leaders who are purposeful, but what else matters? How can leaders sustain and remain faithful to their purpose over many years? The speakers, with input from the floor, will discuss among other things how they have embraced non-traditional leadership qualities, curated a personal brand, and gained influence within their organisation. 
Joanna Addison, Head of Legal Qatar / Associate General Counsel GTL Qatar Shell 
Sahia Ahmad, EVP, Dubai Economy & Tourism 
Filippo Cossalter, Head of Legal - Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson 

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM | ESG: The Perfect Storm to Drive Value for Your Organisation
Corporations are increasingly being measured by more than just their stock price, and political leaders are highlighting their dedication towards ESG issues. The growing collaborative capacity of the GC gives them an ideal vantage point to lead creative innovative changes. The speakers will explore the confusing landscape to provide you with a coherent idea of the direction of the reporting standards and the developing rules at a global level. They will discuss how they are defining corporate citizenship, how they are influencing others, and the steps legal departments can take to incite change. 
Florian Koemm, Vice President and General Counsel, Siemens Energy Middle East 

Christian Murad, Legal Director MENAT, Kellogg
Yasser Aboismal, General Counsel, Commercial Director and Compliance Officer, MENA, Schindler Group 

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Coffee and Networking Break

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM | Embracing & Sustaining Change In-House 
A world of organisational change, constant technological advancement and disruption have become the new norm for the context in which many chief legal officers operate in. As the skill-set evolves for modern in-house counsel to focus more on business acumen how can the GC become a catalyst for change within an organisation? With input from the floor, the speakers will discuss their journey of embracing change, strategies to implement technology transformations and smart collaboration to drive value, as well as key tips to create a legal team that is agile and can respond to fast-moving events.  
Francesca Gori, Managing Director, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific and LATAM (Growth Markets), Accenture 

Dominik Engel, Regional General Counsel Europe, Middle East, Africa - Electrification, ABB
Tarek Nakkach, General Counsel MEA, Kyndryl 

12:15 PM - 13:30 PM | Lunch and Networking Break


13:30 PM – 14:25 PM | Navigating Global Chaos 
In today's world the risk profile of companies changes at lightning speed. During this interactive discussion, general counsel members will candidly share their own war stories and the key steps that they have implemented to ensure they can lead the organisation through the next era of global chaos. They will share their most important lessons learnt, whilst also sharing what they would do differently in the future.
Emilia Law, Head of Legal, MEA - Innovative Medicines, Novartis
Afshan Akhtar, Chief Legal Counsel and Board Secretary, Bahrain Petroleum Company 
Maria Scanlan, Head of Litigation, Crescent Petroleum 

14:25 PM – 15:25 PM | Creating a Culture of Inclusion 
Join the panelists for a candid conversation on the topic of diversity and inclusion within the legal sector. With input from the floor, the speakers will discuss the importance of diversity of thought and the successful steps that they have taken to create a culture of inclusion.
Moderator: Shalagh Massingham, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland
Yosr Hamza, Director, Legal Counsel, Middle East, Gartner   
Stuart Davies, General Counsel, The Red Sea Development Company 
Ibrahim Abdel Aziz, Legal Director Consumer Health Africa, Middle East & Turkey, Johnson & Johnson 
Liesje Korff, Senior Legal Counsel, Standard Chartered Bank 

15:25 PM – 15:45 PM | Coffee and Networking Break

15:45 PM – 17:00 PM | The Brain: Fantastic, Fearful and Flawed
We are making ever increasing demands on a brain that is not designed for the pressures of modern-day life. This fast-paced session will explore ten design flaws of the human brain in the modern world and will also offer strategies to help us respond effectively to the world around us. 

Dr Helena Boschi, Renowned Psychologist, Speaker & Author, Chequered Leopard 

17:00 PM | Closing Comments
Florian Koemm, Vice President and General Counsel, Siemens Energy Middle East 

17:00 PM – 18:00 PM | Networking Drinks Reception