U.S.-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum

Published: April 12, 2010

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The U.S.-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum will be a high-level gathering of senior officials and business leaders from Saudi Arabia and the United States. The two-day forum is designed to increase understanding and explore opportunities for greater economic collaboration between the two.

U.S.-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum
Chicago, Illinois
April 28-29, 2010

The U.S.-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum will take place in Chicago, Illinois on April 28-29, 2010. This high-level gathering of senior officials and corporate leaders from Saudi Arabia and the United States is designed to increase understanding and business interchange between the two nations.

In light of Saudi Arabia’s growing role in global financial and economic issues and the need for a continued collaborative U.S.-Saudi relationship in these areas, this two-day event will be a major platform for senior businesspeople and high-level government officials from both countries to explore opportunities for greater economic cooperation, as well as to develop new and lasting business ties.

The Forum will feature Davos-style panels, keynote addresses and concurrent breakout sessions. The event will have broad media coverage and offer successful networking opportunities with an emphasis on the unprecedented trade and investment opportunities now available in Saudi Arabia. There will be focus on identifying specific commercial and investment opportunities, particularly for small and medium sized companies.

Sessions will feature senior executives from U.S. companies currently engaged successfully in the Saudi market along with Saudi government and private sector experts in their fields. Specific and immediate business opportunities will be presented, offering profit making potential for U.S. firms.

Breakout topics will include:

  • Energy
  • Finance and Investment
  • Information Technology
  • Water and Electricity
  • Petrochemicals and Plastics Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
  • Agriculture

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SPEAKERS

  • H.H. Prince Faisal Bin Abdullah Al-Saud, Minister of Education
  • H.E. Abdullah Alireza, Minister of Commerce and Industry
  • The Honorable Gary Locke, Secretary of Commerce
  • H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Minister of Finance
  • H.E. Engineer Ali Al-Naimi, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources
  • The Honorable Robert D. Hormats, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Agricultural Affairs
  • H.E. Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Tuwaijri, Chairman & CEO, Capital Market Authority
  • The Honorable Andre Winston Lewis, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
  • H.E. Adel Al-Jubeir, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States
  • The Honorable General James B. Smith, United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • The Honorable Richard M. Daley, Mayor, City of Chicago
  • William M. Daley, Chairman, Chicago Steering Committee, Chairman, Midwest, J.P. Morgan Chase
  • Dr. Khaled M. Al-Sulaiman, Deputy Minister for Industry, Ministry of Commerce and Industry
  • Abdullah Al-Hamoudi, Deputy Minister for Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry
  • Dr. Abdullah Al-Obaid, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture
  • The Honorable Bijan R. Kian, Member, Board of Directors, Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • H.E. Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Saeed, Advisor, Royal Court
  • John S. Watson, Chairman & CEO, Chevron
  • James McNerney, Jr. Chairman, President & CEO, The Boeing Company
  • James Owens, CEO, Caterpillar
  • Engineer Mohamed Al-Mady, Vice Chairman & CEO, SABIC
  • William Hall, Executive Director, WorleyParsons
  • Peter Robertson, Vice Chairman, Chevron – Retired and U.S. Co-Chairman, USSABC
  • Ferdinando Beccalli, President and CEO, GE International
  • Michael Dolan, Senior Vice President, ExxonMobil
  • Dr. Abdallah E. Dabbagh, President & CEO, Ma’aden
  • Mubarak Al-Khafrah. Chairman, Tasnee
  • Dr. Fahad Al Mubarak, Chairman, Tadawul
  • Richard Debs, Advisory Director, Morgan Stanley & Co., and Vice Chairman, U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council
  • C. David Welch, President, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Bechtel Ltd.
  • Peter Oosterveer, Group President, Energy and Chemicals, Fluor Corporation
  • James D. McIlvenny, SVP Performance Products Division, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Dr. Lama Al-Sulaiman, Vice Chairman, Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Ambassador Ford M. Fraker, Senior Advisor and Chairman, Middle East and North Africa, KKR & Company
  • Michael Porter, Co-Founder, Monitor Group
  • Pete Costa, Vice President, Critical Infrastructure, Honeywell Automation and Control Systems
  • Thomas O’Neill, Senior Vice President, Exelon Corporation
  • Thamer S. Al-Sharhan, President & CEO, Marafiq
  • Nabil Habayeb, President & CEO, General Electric Middle East and Africa
  • Erik Fyrwald, Chairman & CEO, Nalco
  • Jerry Roper, President, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. Afnan Al-Shuaiby, CIT Member and Secretary General & CEO, Arab British Chamber of Commerce
  • John Lefas, CEO, Ingenia Polymer
  • Engineer Azzam Shalabi, CEO, Saudi Arabia’s National Industrial Cluster Development Program
  • Dr. Ibrahim Babelli, CEO, National Industrial Strategy
  • Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, Director General, Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon)
  • Abdulaziz Al-Fahad, Chairman, Committee for International Trade
  • Dr. Abdulaziz Jazzar, Executive Partner, Malaz Capital
  • Anant K. Upadhyaya, Senior Vice President, Aquatech International
  • Dr. Ali Alsoma, GM for E-Government Program in Saudi Arabia
  • David Weinstein, President of Chicago Entrepreneurial Center
  • Dr. John Sfakianakis, Chief Economist, Banque Saudi Fransi
  • Dr. Abdulaziz Jazzar, Executive Partner, Malaz Capital
  • Taha Asad Alshareef, Team Member, King Abdullah Initiative for Agro-Investment Abroad, Ministry of Commerce and Industry
  • Dr. Ihsan Ali Buhaligah, Chairman, Joatha Business Development Associates
  • Steve Clemons, New America Foundation

PROGRAM

TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2010
5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Reception at Sheraton Hotel

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010
7:30 A.M.
Registration and Coffee

8:30 A.M.
Welcoming Remarks
William M. Daley, Chairman, U.S.-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum, Chicago Steering Committee, Chairman, Midwest, J.P. Morgan Chase (Confirmed)
Setting the Theme
James W. Owens, Chairman & CEO, Caterpillar (Confirmed)
James McNerney, Jr. Chairman, President & CEO, The Boeing Company (Confirmed)
9:00 A.M.

Panel Discussion
The U.S. and Saudi Arabia: A New Economic Order
Moderator: Richard Debs, Advisory Director, Morgan Stanley & Co., and Vice Chairman, U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council (Confirmed)
H. E. Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Minister of Finance (Confirmed)
The Honorable Neal Wolin, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury (Confirmed)
William M. Daley, Chairman, U.S.-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum, Chicago Steering Committee, Chairman, Midwest, J.P. Morgan Chase (Confirmed)
H. E. Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Tuwaijri, Chairman and CEO, Capital Market Authority (Confirmed)
H.E. Dr. Muhammad Al-Jasser, Governor, Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (Invited)
10:00 A.M.

Discussion

10:30 A.M.

Networking Break

10:45 A.M.

Panel Discussion – Global Energy Interdependence, Global ResponsibilitiesModerator: Ferdinando Beccalli, President & CEO, GE International (Confirmed)
H.E. Engineer Ali Al-Naimi, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources (Confirmed)
The Honorable Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy (Invited)
Peter DuPrey, CEO, Acciona Energy (Confirmed)
John S. Watson, Chairman & CEO, Chevron (Confirmed)
Khalid Al-Falih, President and CEO, Aramco (Invited)
11:45 P.M.

Discussion

12:15 P.M.

Luncheon

Keynotes: Expanding U.S.-Saudi Trade in a Competitive World
Introduction: Dr. Afnan Al-Shuaiby, CIT Member and Secretary General & CEO, Arab British Chamber of Commerce (Confirmed)
H. E. Abdullah Alireza, Minister of Commerce and Industry (Confirmed)
Introduction: James Albaugh, President and CEO, Commercial Airplanes, The Boeing Company (Confirmed)
The Honorable Gary Locke, Secretary of Commerce (Confirmed)
2:00 P.M.

Panel Discussion – Strategies to Promote Economic Growth/Saudi Industrial StrategyModerator: Joe Fuller, Co-Founder and CEO, Monitor Group (Confirmed)
Dr. Ihsan Ali Buhaligah, Chairman, Joatha Business Development Associates (Confirmed)
H. E. Dr. Khaled Al-Sulaiman, Deputy Minister for Industry, Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Confirmed)
Dr. Ibrahim Babelli, CEO, National Industrial Strategy (Confirmed)
Engineer Azzam Shalabi, CEO, Saudi Arabia’s National Industrial Cluster Development Program (Confirmed)
2:45 P.M.

Discussion

3:15 P.M.

Panel Discussion – Education: Saudi Arabia’s Commitment to its Future – Moderator: Steve Clemons, Director, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation (Confirmed)
H.H. Prince Faisal Bin Abdullah Al-Saud, Minister of Education (Confirmed)
H.R.H. Princess Loulwa Al Faisal, Vice Chairman, Effat University (Confirmed)
The Honorable Andre Lewis, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education (Confirmed)
H.E. Dr. Khaled Al Sabti, Deputy Minister of Education (Invited)
Mark Emmert, President, University of Washington (Confirmed)
4:15 P.M.

Discussion

4:45 P.M.

Day 1 Break

6:00 P.M.

IMAX Film on Saudi Arabia and Dinner
* Please note: business attire required

Keynote Speakers
Introduction: Abdulaziz Al-Fahad, Chairman, Committee for International Trade
H. E. Adel Al-Jubeir, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States of America (Confirmed)
The Honorable General James Smith, U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (Confirmed)
The Honorable Richard M. Daley, Mayor, City of Chicago (Confirmed)
THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010
8:00 A.M.

Registration and Coffee

9:00 A.M.

Concurrent Workshops

Session One

Panel 1: Opportunities in the Energy Sector
Moderator: Michael Dolan, Senior Vice President, ExxonMobil (Confirmed)
Munir Al-Rafie, Vice President of Materials Supply, Aramco (Confirmed)
Peter Oosterveer, Group President, Energy and Chemicals, Fluor Corporation (Confirmed)
Paul Bonner, Business Director, Honeywell Process Solutions (Confirmed)
Ahmed Suliman Al Rajhi, Vice Chairman, Al Rajhi Group (Invited)
Thomas O’Neill, Senior Vice President, Exelon Corporation (Confirmed)
Panel 2: Opportunities in Water and Electricity
Moderator: Anne Pramaggiore, President & COO, ComEd (Invited)
Thamer S. Al-Sharhan, President & CEO, Marafiq (Confirmed)
Nabil Habayeb, President & CEO, General Electric Middle East and Africa (Confirmed)
Anant K. Upadhyaya, Senior Vice President, Aquatech International (Confirmed)
Erik Fyrwald, Chairman & CEO, Nalco (Confirmed)
Loay Al Musallam, CEO, National Water Company (Invited)
10:30 A.M.
Networking Break

10:45 A.M.

Concurrent Workshops

Session Two
Panel 3: Meeting Saudi Arabia’s Infrastructure Needs
Moderator: Manar Al-Munif, SAGIA (Invited)
Dr. Abdallah E. Dabbagh, President & CEO, Ma’aden (Confirmed)
William Hall, Executive Director, WorleyParsons (Confirmed)
C. David Welch, President, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Bechtel Ltd. (Confirmed)
Dr. Awad Al-Awad, Deputy Governor for Investment Affairs, SAGIA (Confirmed)
Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, Director General, Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon) (Confirmed)
Panel 4: Opportunities in Downstream Petrochemicals
Moderator: Charles S. Hallab, Chair, Middle East Practice, North America, Baker & McKenzie LLP (Confirmed)
Engineer Mohamed Al-Mady, Vice Chairman & CEO, SABIC (Confirmed)
James D. McIlvenny, SVP Performance Products Division, The Dow Chemical Company (Confirmed)
Mubarak Al-Khafrah, Chairman, Tasnee (Confirmed)
John Lefas, CEO, Ingenia Polymer (Confirmed)
Special Workshop: Saudi Arabia’s Agricultural Initiative
Abdullah Al-Hamoudi, Deputy Minister for Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Confirmed)
Taha Asad Alshareef, Team Member, King Abdullah Initiative for Agro-Investment Abroad, Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Confirmed)
Dr. Abdullah Al-Obaid, Deputy Minister for Research and Agricultural Development, Ministry of Agriculture (Confirmed)
12:15 P.M.

Networking Break

12:30 P.M

Luncheon

Keynotes: Creating a Workforce for the Future
Introduction: Rita Athis, President, World Business Chicago (Confirmed)
Dr. Lama Al-Sulaiman, Vice Chairman, Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Confirmed)
H.H. Prince Faisal bin Abdullah Al-Saud, Minister of Education (Confirmed)
2:30 P.M.

Concurrent Workshops – Session Three

Panel 5: Building a Knowledge-based Society
Moderator: Dr. Abdulaziz Jazzar, Executive Partner, Malaz Capital (Confirmed)
Dr. Ali Alsoma, GM for E-Government Program in Saudi Arabia (Confirmed)
David Weinstein, President, Chicago Entrepreneurial Center (Confirmed)
Feroz Sanulla, Executive Director, Middle East, IntelCapital (Confirmed)
Tim Draper, Managing Director, Draper Venture Capital (Confirmed)
Panel 6: Finance and Investment
Moderator: Khaled Olayan, Group Chairman, The Olayan Group
Dr. Fahad Al Mubarak, Chairman, Tadawul (Confirmed)
Ambassador Ford M. Fraker, Senior Advisor, Middle East and North Africa, KKR & Company (Confirmed)
Mark Garvin, Chairman, Treasury and Security Services, JP Morgan Chase (Invited)
Dr. John Sfakianakis, Group General Manager and Chief Economist, Banque Saudi Fransi (Confirmed)
4:15 P.M.

Final Session – Incentives for Trade and Investment
Moderator: Peter Robertson, Vice Chairman, Chevron – Retired and U.S. Co-Chairman, USSABC (Confirmed)
The Honorable Bijan R. Kian, Member, Board of Directors, Export-Import Bank of the United States (Confirmed)
The Honorable Robert Hormats, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs (Confirmed)
H.E. Abdullah Alireza, Minister of Commerce (Confirmed)
4:45 P.M.

Discussion

5:00 P.M.

Closing Remarks
Introduction: Jerry Roper, President, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce (Confirmed)
H.E. Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Saeed, Advisor, Royal Court (Confirmed)
William M. Daley, Chairman, U.S.-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum, Chicago Steering Committee, Chairman, Midwest, J.P. Morgan Chase (Confirmed)