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Alain Kaddoum

Alain Kaddoum

General Manager

Swisslog Middle East

Alain Kaddoum is the General Manager of Swisslog Middle East, an intralogistics provider that delivers robot-based and data-driven automation solutions for customers across a wide range of industries including F&B, retail, e-commerce, pharmaceuticals, spare parts as well as third-party warehouses and distribution centres.

Having worked for Swisslog for more than two years, and in the engineering industry for almost a decade, Kaddoum brings with him a wealth of experience and industry expertise.

Prior to joining Swisslog, Kaddoum has worked for Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in the UAE where he led a research team and worked on the development of advanced non-destructive testing and inspection protocol for the Aerospace industry.

Kaddoum aims to directly drive and support sales and business teams and develop strategies to support the uptake of the company’s automation solutions for forward-thinking customers in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and bordering regions. His goal is to establish Swisslog as the leader in warehouse and distribution solutions throughout the region.

Alain Kaddoum holds a Master’s degree in automatics, informatics and decisional systems from INP Toulouse, France, and B. Eng. in electrical and automation from the INP-ENSEEIHT, in addition to other academic accomplishments and certifications. He is fluent in Arabic, French and English.

Eng. Ashraf M. Kotait

Eng. Ashraf M. Kotait

Consultant and Speaker, Founder and CEO, APTIC Group for Training; Senior Port Operations and Logistics Expert, Center for Graduates and Professional Studies - CGPS - MCBS

Fadi Al-Hanafi

Fadi Al-Hanafi

Head of Supply Chain

NALCO

A well-rounded experienced professional who has taken charge of different aspects of business; from automation engineering to project management; from business ownership to people leadership and from vendor development to customer service excellence. Lived and worked in different countries; Saudi Arabia, Germany, France, Canada and USA. A Palestinian born in Saudi Arabia and Canadian by nationality.

Fahad Khaled Binkhunain

Fahad Khaled Binkhunain

Director and Consultant of Supply Chain Management

National Medical Care Company
Naiyer Hussain

Naiyer Hussain

Head of Supply Chain

Al Jazierah Home Appliances

Naiyer Hussain is a senior supply chain management executive possessing vision and skills to design, develop and monitor supply chain processes through 21 years of operational experience of planning, procurement, warehousing and logistics.

His core competencies include:

  • Implementation of supply chain processes to support paradigm shift of conventional production driven business to demand driven business
  • Development of adequate policies, processes and KPIs for the different supply chain functions to maintain efficient operational excellence including mechanism of monitoring and achieving objectives
  • Leadership support to supply chain network associates for end to end supply chain management
Noë van Bergen

Noë van Bergen

Head of Sales Mobile Automation Central Europe

Dematic
Stefaan Mestdagh

Stefaan Mestdagh

Senior Director - Head of Business Development Middle East, Russia & Turkey

DHL Supply Chain, Saudi Arabia

Stefaan has over 15 years of international experience in the logistics service industry holding positions of responsibility with DHL in operations, solutions design and business development. Prior to this, he holds another 10 years of experience in manufacturing in the areas of Quality Management and Plant Management.His main area of expertise involves Strategic Logistics Partnerships, Supply Chain Re-Engineering and he is regarded as a subject matter expert. He moved to Saudi Arabia to lead the business development agenda in the Middle East, Russia and Turkey  for DHL Supply Chain in 2014. Stefaan is born in Belgium in 1969 and speaks Dutch, English, Spanish, French and German and holds a degree of Mechanical Engineering. He currently lives in Bahrain after having lived in Belgium, Ireland and Spain.