UAE National Security: Food Security Opportunities and Challenges

AmCham Abu Dhabi invites you to a thought-provoking discussion: ‘UAE National Security: Food Security Opportunities and Challenges.’  In our increasingly interconnected world, recent global events have brought to light the vulnerabilities within our food supply chains, emphasizing the importance of food security for national well-being.

Join us for an evening featuring a fireside chat, a dynamic panel discussion with subject matter experts, and remarks by esteemed VIP guests. We’ll delve into the exciting world of AgTech and explore how technology can enhance our food security efforts.

Be part of the conversation and discover strategies for a more resilient future, where nations can protect the well-being and security of their citizens. Don’t miss this chance to engage in this important dialogue.


9:30 am – 9:55 am   
Registration and Networking
10:00 am – 10:10 am  
Welcome Remarks
10:10 am – 10:15 am 
Keynote Address 
Hassan Halawy, Co-Chair, Tech & Innovation Committee, AmCham Abu Dhabi; General Manager, Elite Agro Projects
10:15 am – 10:45 am
Fireside Chat: ADIO – UAE Cyber Security Council 

• His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti, Head of Cyber Security for the UAE Government, UAE Cyber Security Council
• Mohamed Al Hosani, Head of Domestic Direct Investment, Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO)
• His Excellency Eng. Mohammed Mousa Alameeri, Assistant Undersecretary of the Food Diversity Sector, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE)
Moderated by Dr. Abdulmonem Al Marzouqi, Chief Executive Officer, Elite Agro Holding 
10:45 am – 11:15 am
Panel Discussion 1: Pillars of Food Security: Production – Supply Chain – Finance – R&D – Governance

• Abdulla Al Hamed, Vice President, mSMEs, Emirates Development Bank (EDB)
• Yasmin Fansa, Middle East Sustainability Lead, PepsiCo
• Dr. Amal Magzoub, Section Head, Partnerships & Resource Mobilization Section, Proposal Development Specialist, ICBA (International Center for Biosaline Agriculture) – DP – PRM
• Robert Leo Maslamoney, Global Senior Vice President – PMO, DP World
• Dr. Afkar Qasem Salman Hilles, Business Development Expert, Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA)
Moderated by Lina Lampkin, Board Member, AmCham Abu Dhabi; Chair, Arts, Culture, and Education Committee, AmCham Abu Dhabi; Strategic Planning and Institutional Performance Expert, Ministry of Education
11:15 am – 11:45 am
Panel Discussion 2: Framework for Utilizing Technologies – selection – building roadmaps and strategies – Stakeholders + Big tech
• Arkan Khedair, SVP Services, International, World Wide Technology
• Nadeem Hoda, Principal Account Cloud Engineer, Oracle
• Dr. Mason Xu, Sr.  Director Solution Engineering, Presight
• Dr. Prashanth Marpu, Vice President – R&D, G42 Cloud / Bayanat AI
Moderated by Hassan Halawy, Co-Chair, Tech & Innovation Committee, AmCham Abu Dhabi; General Manager, Elite Agro Projects
11:45 am – 12:00 noon
Q&A Session
12:00 noon – 12:10 pm
Closing Remarks


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