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Family Business Forum - Middle East 2017
The Forum is designed to be a friendly and safe environment for you to find the answers to your toughest family business questions. It will address issues that apply to any family firm or family office, while drawing from the particular experiences of families from Asia and the Middle East.

Our next Family Business Forum - Middle East will take place at the in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on November 28-30, 2017 at one of the city's deluxe 5 star hotels (details being finalised).

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Live family cases discussed in table-sized groups

What makes the Forum really special is the range of live family cases. In many sessions, participants hear about a challenge faced by a family speaker, discuss the case in table-sized groups, then learn about what the family actually did. In others, they engage in an interactive dialogue with the speaker. The main facilitator will be one of the world's leading teachers, writers and consultants on family business Mr Peter Leach of Imperial College, London, author of "Family Enterprises, The Essentials".

Complimentary Momentum Club membership

The Forum fee includes complimentary Business Momentum Club membership for one year. Membership means, quite simply, that you can call on us, year-round for support and assistance. We will connect you with other families to learn from each other's experience including one-on-one dialogue, peer-to-peer mastermind calls, internship exchanges and invitations to third party events.

We are in the process of finalising the programme and will post it here as soon as it is ready. Meanwhile, you might like to read below about the most recent Family Business Forum. It will give you an idea of the quality of typical speakers and facilitators, along with the sorts of topics we cover at the Forum. Please note that in 2017, the speakers and topics will be different - they change each time.

Please see the previous (November 2016) Forum programme as an example below:
Tuesday Afternoon
15 November, 2016
The Family Business Forum is designed exclusively for family members with major family firms or family offices. You hear from and work with a wide range of business families. Today’s session will be taught in English.
Mr. Peter Leach
Challenges and Potential Solutions – An Introduction
Mr. Peter Leach
(United Kingdom)
Adjunct Professor in Family Business, Imperial College London
Author “Family Businesses, The Essentials”
Partner, Deloitte Global Leader – Family Enterprise Consulting, Deloitte LLP
One of the world’s leading teachers, writers and consultants on family business, Peter Leach has worked with hundreds of business families all over the world. Each day, Peter will facilitate discussions, draw conclusions and contribute his own presentations. His opening session will introduce key concepts that will be addressed during the Forum.
Family Firms in the Middle East
Challenges and Potential Solutions
This session will explore the most common and pressing challenges for family businesses in the Middle East and elsewhere. Peter Leach will facilitate a discussion to draw on the deep experience of leaders from two highly-respected Middle Eastern family firms.
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Mr. Muhammad Al Agil*
(Saudi Arabia)
Chairman, Jarir Group
CEO, Jarir Investment
Muhammad Al Agil conceptualized and co-founded Jarir Marketing and the Jarir Bookstore chain, today a leader in books and consumer electronics. Muhammad will bring the perspective of a first generation family leader whose interests include a major publicly-quoted subsidiary and a family office.
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Mr Ghassan Nuqul
(Jordan)
Vice Chairman, Nuqul Group
In 1952, Ghassan’s father, Elia, founded a Jordanian trade and import company. This modest operation has grown into a worldwide corporation of 30 businesses. As a second generation leader, Ghassan has introduced non-family general management and has started the family’s transition to the third generation.
Dr. Clare Beckett-McInroy
Considering All the options
Dr. Clare Beckett-McInroy
(Bahrain)
Learning and Development Advisor, BMC and YBA Kanoo (Holdings) W.L.L.
An organisation and executive coach, Clare works both for her own company BMC, and Kanoo, one of Bahrain’s leading family firms. In these roles she advises numerous family executives and the next generation members on their personal and professional development. Clare will suggest that family members often have more ways of contributing than they initially realise, particularly in developing the family governance dimension.
Discovering What is Right for You
To Join or Not to Join the Business
The session will consider the choices that female family members face, including whether to join the family firm and, if so, when and in what role? We will hear from women from two leading Saudi and Bahraini family firms with contrasting career experiences.
Ms. Alhanoof Nass
(Bahrain)
Third Generation Family Member
Director, Sarens Nass
From Bahrain, Nass companies have extended across the Middle East in onstruction, manufacturing, services, marine, trading and marketing activities.
Alhanoof started new companies in the US and Dubai, building relevant external experience, before joining the family’s heavy lifting solutions joint venture as a board director in an operational role.
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Ms. Luluwal Bin-Saedan
(Saudi Arabia)
Third Generation Family Member
Al-Saedan Real Estate Company
From its origins over seventy-five years ago, Al-Saedan has become a significant Saudi and regional real estate group. With male and female siblings working within the business, Luluwal has chosen to practice as an architect outside the family firm, while being a source of external expertise.
Participants are invited to a dinner
Wednesday
16 November, 2016
Today’s sessions answer your toughest questions on family cohesion, next generation choices, governance, succession and how to interact with your business. Sessions are in English with simultaneous Arabic translation.
An Introduction
In the opening session, Peter Leach will consider family business dynamics and the key challenges for family owners at different stages in a firm’s development.
Mr. Ghassan Nuqul
Rethinking How Family and Business Should Interact
Mr. Ghassan Nuqul
(Jordan)
Vice Chairman, Nuqul Group
We will hear from Ghassan Nuqul how, by the late 1980s, the hands-on role taken by the family was creating bottlenecks in this leading industrial conglomerate of over 30 companies. What should Nuqul have done? In this interactive case, you will work in table-sized groups to identify the key issues and potential solutions. After the break, you will hear what Ghassan and his family actually did and how they are now involving the next (G3) generation.
Osama Al Zamil
Osama Al Zamil
Abdulrahman Al Zamil
Abdulrahman Al Zamil
Preparing Cousins for Family Executive and ownership Roles
Eng. Osama Al Zamil and Mr. Abdulrahman Al Zamil (Saudi Arabia)
Third Generation Family Executives, Zamil Group
As leadership transitions from “sibling partners” to a larger group of cousins, new structures are needed. Two third-generation Zamil family members will explain the development programmes for the 30+ family members who will be future owners, whether or not they work in the business.
In discussion with Peter Leach, Osama Al Zamil will bring the perspective of a family executive leading a major subsidiary and his cousin Abdulrahman Al Zamil the view of a family manager earlier on his career path. Each has benefitted from individual career development planning and training.
Mr. Muhammad Al Agil
Family Protocols and Guidelines
Mr. Muhammad Al Agil
(Saudia Arabia)
Chairman, Jarir Group; Chief Executive Officer, Jarir Investment
Muhammad Al Agil co-founded Jarir Marketing and the Jarir Bookstore chain, today a leader in books and consumer electronics. The family office, Jarir Investment, which he leads, has successfully focused on private investment.

This interactive case will explore family protocols and rules, particularly how to give the next generation the opportunity to test themselves in business and investment. Working in table-sized groups, participants will discuss potential solutions to a challenge in the case, before hearing from Muhammad what actually happened.
Mr. Stuart Musgrave
How Can you Ensure Family and Business Stay Connected?
Mr. Stuart Musgrave
(Ireland)
Musgrave Group
Over time, as family members increasingly follow careers outside the business, how do you help family members to engage positively with the family firm?
Founded in 1876 in Cork, Musgrave Group, is Ireland’s leading food retail/wholesale company and private employer, with over 45,000 people, including retail partners. Interviewed by Peter Leach, fifth-generation (G5) family member Stuart Musgrave will discuss the family’s 15-year process to maintain family and business cohesion. Initiatives have included a family governance system, family council and constitution, along with programmes to educate and engage with the 50+ G5 family members who work outside the business today.
Participants are invited to a dinner hosted by Northern Trust
Thursday
17 November, 2016
The final morning is devoted exclusively to peer-to-peer advice and discussion. In feedback each year, this session is rated as the most valuable part of the Forum. It is the opportunity for participants to seek advice on whatever questions are on their minds by drawing on the hard-earned experience of the other families and practical advice from the facilitators.

Participants will work in table-sized groups to explore their own challenges or opportunities. The facilitators will answer outstanding questions so that participants return home with clear next steps. There are two alternative parallel sessions taught in English
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Mr. Peter Leach
Mr. Peter Leach
(United Kingdom)
Adjunct Professor in Family Business, Imperial College London
Author “Family Enterprises, The Essentials”; Partner, Deloitte Global Leader – Family Enterprise Consulting, Deloitte LLP
Peter Leach is a leading advisor, teacher and writer, helping family owners around the world, including in the Middle East. His work includes creating governance structures, facilitating next generation participation and drafting family constitutions.
Dr. Clare Beckett-McInroy
Dr. Clare Beckett-McInroy
(Bahrain)
Learning and Development Advisor, BMC and YBA Kanoo (Holdings) W.L.L.
An organisation and executive coach, Clare works both for her own company, BMC and Kanoo, one of Bahrain’s leading family firms. In these roles she advises numerous family executives and next generation members on their personal and professional development.
The Family Business Forum is sponsored by (in alphabetical order):
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Testimonials
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Chris Brenninkmeyer, Germany
The Family Business Forums are a unique insight for Families at every stage in their evolution, from founding members all the way to some who we met which span over 8 generations.
Fouad M. Makhzoumi, Chairman, Future Group, UAE
To me, the Family Business Forum is an annual ritual that I look forward to attending.
Abdullah Adib AlZamil, Zamil Group, Saudi Arabia
The Family Business Forum is an opportunity to meet with and exchange expreriences with leading business families from all over the world, in a friendly and safe environment.
Dr. Fouad F. Alkhadra, Chairman & CEO, Dan Holding Group, Kuwait