US-Saudi Business Forum

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The 2nd annual U.S. – Saudi Business Opportunities Forum is a high-level gathering of senior officials and business leaders from Saudi Arabia and the United States. This three-day forum will explore opportunities for greater economic collaboration between the two nations as well as provide an unparalleled business networking environment.



The topics which were covered in the forum as the following:

Doing Business in Saudi Arabia: An Insider’s View for New to Market Companies

International Ballroom F

Moderator:Michael Auflick, Financial Advisor, Saudi Aramco

Rami Alturki, President, Khalid Ali Alturki & Sons Co

Khalid Al Abdulkarim, CEO, Al Abdulkarim Holding

Fred Stewart, Managing Director, VSD Global LLC

David G. Caston, Business Development Manager, Tamimi Company/Commercial Division


The World of Coca-Cola

For Conference Sponsors, Speakers, and Host Committee

Introduction: Dennis Lockhart, Chairman and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

The Honorable Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta

Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company

H.E. Abdullah Alireza, Minister of Commerce and Industry


Setting the Theme

International Ballroom A-F

Introduction: Sam Williams, President, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

Lubna Olayan, CEO, Olayan America

The Honorable Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta


Education: Investing in Human Capital

International Ballroom A-F

Moderator: Steve Clemons, Director, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation

H.H. Prince Faisal Bin Abdullah Al-Saud, Minister of Education

The Honorable Anthony Miller, Deputy Secretary of Education (confirmed)

H.E. Dr. Khaled Al-Sabti, Vice Minister, Ministry of Education (confirmed)

The Honorable General James B. Smith, United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (confirmed)

Jeff Barnes, Leader – Global Leadership Development, GE (confirmed)


Maintaining a Stable Global Financial System: Shared Responsibility

International Ballroom A-F

Moderator: Hutham Olayan, President and CEO, The Olayan America Corporation

H.E. Dr. Muhammad Al-Jasser, Governor, Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency

Philip Bleser, Head, Global Corporate Bank – North America, J.P. Morgan; member of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Executive Committee

Fahad Al-Mubarak, Chairman and Managing Director, Morgan Stanley, Saudi Arabia


Higher Education as an Enabler to the Knowledge Economy

International Ballroom A-C

Moderator:Dr. Abdulaziz Jazzar, Executive Partner, Malaz Group

Dr. Mezyad M. Alterkawi, CEO, Riyadh Technical Incubation Center-King Saud University

Dr. Steven McLaughlin, President, Georgia Tech Global, Inc.

Dr. Mohammad Al-Ohali, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Higher Education


Downstream Petrochemicals: National Priority and International Opportunity

International Ballroom F

Moderator: Michael Dolan, Senior Vice President, ExxonMobil

Abdullah Saeed Bazid, EVP Corporate Strategy and Planning, SABIC

Dr. Moayyed Al-Qurtas, Vice Chairman & CEO, National Industrialization Co. (TASNEE)

Mark Lashier, Senior Vice President, Specialties, Aromatics, & Styrenics, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

Dr. Zuhair Allawi, Vice President, Dow Saudi Arabia


Industrial Infrastructure Initiatives: Creating the Foundation for Economic Growth

International Ballroom D-E

Moderator: Dr. Ihsan Bu-Hulaiga, Chairman, Joatha Group

Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, Deputy Ministry for Industrial Affairs and Director General, Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon)

Dr. Mosleh Hamed Al-Otaibi, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Commission in Jubail

Kenneth Wisnoski, President Growth, Energy, Bauxite & Africa, Alcoa

Ahmed S. Osilan, Chief of Staff and International Operations, SAGIA

Monte Wilson, Senior Vice President and Director, HOK


Opportunities in Agriculture

Dogwood A

Moderator: Eng. Omar Bahlaiwa, Secretary-General, Committee for International Trade

Eng. Taha Alshareef, Team Member, King Abdullah Initiative for Agro-Investment Abroad, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Dr. Abdullah Al Obaid, Deputy Minister for Research and Agricultural Development, Ministry of Agriculture

Lloyd Harbert, Deputy Administrator, Office of Country and Regional Affairs, U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service

Zemedeneh Negatu, Managing Partner for Ethiopia and the Head of the Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) for Eastern Africa, Ernst & Young

Donnie Smith, Director, Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, State of Georgia


Opportunities for Finance and Investment

International Ballroom D-E

Moderator: Saleh Al-Husseini, Member, Majlis Al Shoura

Secretary William Cohen, Chairman and CEO, Cohen Group

Dr. Ahmed Alkholifey, Executive Director for Saudi Arabia, IMF

Alberto Verme, Chairman, Europe, Middle East, and Africa Banking, Citi

Ahmed Al-Khateeb, Managing Director and CEO, Jadwa Investment


The Saudi K-12 Education Reform: Setting the Stage to the Knowledge Society

International Ballroom A-C

Moderator: Jinan Al Ahmed, Educational Consultant, Tatweer Holding Co.

Dr. Ali S. Alhakami, General Manager, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Public Education Reform Project

Dr. Abdullatif Al-Ghaith, President & CEO, Tatweer Education Holding Company

Nawal Othman Al-Kowaiter, Consultant of Girls Education, Ministry of Education

Ali Othaim, Founder, Gulf Rose Group


Business Opportunities in the Oil, Gas, and Petrochemical Sectors

International Ballroom F

Moderator: Joseph Anis, President & CEO, GE Energy Middle East Region

Munir Rafie, Vice President of Materials Supply, Saudi Aramco

Khaled Juraifani, Director of the Localization & Clusters Department of New Business Development, Saudi Aramco

Donald Chen, Parent Company Representative to Sadara Chemical Company, Dow Chemical Company

Moe Merah, Chairman of ITT Saudi Co Ltd and Vice President of ITT Industrial Process for Europe, Middle East and Africa


Strengthening Innovation and Industrial Competitiveness through Standardization and Quality Assurance

Dogwood A

Moderator: Dr. Abdullah Masry, President and Director, Spectrum Holdings

H.E. Eng.Nabil Molla, Governor, Saudi Standards, Metrology, and Quality Organization (SASO)

Mary Saunders, Director, Standards Coordination Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Jeff Grove, Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Affairs, ASTM International

Ali O. Al Zaid, President, Ali-Zaid Engineering Consultants and Chairman, Aqaria Company


Overview of Saudi Health Reforms

International Ballroom A-F

H.E. Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, Minister of Health


Health and Medical Services: Delivering Top Quality Care

International Ballroom A-F

Moderator: Dr. Hanan Balkhy, Executive Director for Infection Control – National Guards/Health Services

H.E. Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, Minister of Health

Dr. Ileana Arias, Deputy Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Mark Bertolini, Chairman, CEO and President, Aetna Inc.

Dr. David Satcher, Director, The Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine, former U.S. Surgeon General

Prof. Anthony Kalloo, Chief, Division of Gastrenerology and Hepatology


Nuclear and Renewable Energy: Building Resources for the Future

International Ballroom A-F

Moderator: Dr. Abdullah Dabbagh, Chairman, Ma’aden, Phosphate Company

H.E. Dr. Hashim Yamani, President, King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy

The Honorable Daniel Poneman, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy

J. M. Bernhard, Jr., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, the Shaw Group Inc.

James Suciu, President, Global Sales and Marketing, GE Energy

James Brown, President, First Solar Utility Systems


Building the Healthcare Sector through Innovation and Technology

International Ballroom F

Moderator: Dr. Mohammad Zamakhshary, Advisor, Ministry of Health

Dr. Emad Abdulaziz Eldukair, Founder & CEO, The Care Group

Dr. Walid Fitaihi, Chairman and CEO, International Medical Center

Dr. Afaf Alshammari, Director General of International Health Department, Ministry of Health

Dr. Scott McNabb, Visiting Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Prof. Selwa A.F. Al-Hazzaa, Head & Consultant of Ophthalmology, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center

Dr. Abdulla M. Abdulla, Clinical Professor of Medicine and former Chief of Cardiology, Medical College of Georgia


Opportunities in Water and Electricity

International Ballroom D-E

Moderator: Asif Hussain, Senior Vice President, North America, Foster Wheeler

Ali Saleh Al-Barrak, President and CEO, Saudi Electricity Company

Abdul Latif Al-Harkan, General Manager of Human Resources, SWCC

Hisham Bahkali, Country Executive, GE Energy Saudi Arabia

Geoff Thomas, Director, Program Management, Burns & McDonnell


Developing World-class Capabilities in Transportation, Supply Chain, and Logistics

International Ballroom A-C

Moderator: Robert Morris, Senior Director of External Affairs, Georgia Ports Authority

H.E. Eng. Khaled Almolhem, Director General, Saudi Arabian Airlines

Louis Miller, Director, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport

Mike Paul, Vice President, Logistics Services, SupplyCore Inc.


Entrepreneurship and the Development of SMEs

Dogwood A-B

Moderator: Benjamin Newland, Partner, King and Spalding

Suresh Kumar, Assistant Secretary and Director General for the Foreign Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce (invited)

Leonard Schlesinger, President, Babson College, Former Chairman Limited brands (confirmed)

Mohammed Hammouda, Director, Kafala Program, Saudi Industrial Development Fund (confirmed)

Dr. Omar Mohammed Bakr, Saudi Entrepreneur


Perspectives on U.S.-Saudi Relations

International Ballroom A-F

Introduction: The Honorable Wyche Fowler, former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

H.E. Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Saeed, Advisor, Royal Court