Fourth Arab Luxury World conference introduces headline INSEAD Executive Workshop

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INSEAD Business School to shed light on disruptive innovation and luxury via interactive case studies

Arab Luxury World

Dubai, UAE: The fourth edition of Arab Luxury World, the Middle East’s leading luxury business conference, is partnering with INSEAD Business School to conduct a three-hour Executive Workshop of interactive business case studies. The workshop will run on May 22 and 23 at The Westin Dubai during the conference, serving as a unique discussion platform and shedding light on the major disruptions and innovations that are expected to shape the future of the luxury industry.

Julien Hawari, Co-CEO of Mediaquest, commented: “The aim of INSEAD’s Executive Workshop is to create a constructive environment where speakers and attendees – including world-class speakers and business executives – have a chance to brainstorm together and find new ways to create value for both customers and stakeholders in this sector. We are pleased to be working with INSEAD to provide this opportunity for attendees, as the school is renowned for producing intellectually rich and globally diverse case studies that promise to distil wisdom that can be practically applied in the business world.”

The workshop will be opened with welcome notes from Julien Hawari and moderated by Martin Roll, Business and Brand Strategist at Martin Roll Company (INSEAD’99), with an introduction on ‘Storytelling in the World of Technology’ from Mac McClelland – CEO of the Marketing Luxury Council in Dubai.

Three in-depth discussions will follow, accompanied by comprehensive case studies presented by some of the key players in the premium goods and services sector. Professor Felipe Monteiro, INSEAD Affiliate

Professor of Strategy, and Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer, will host the first discussion on the ‘TAG Heuer Connected Watch’, with a case study exploring ‘The Innovation Imperative and The Importance of Leadership in Grasping New Value Opportunities’. The discussion will explain TAG Heuer’s innovative move into connected watches and reveal the management skills required to face the challenges of rapid change and growing market uncertainty in the face of disruptive technological innovation.

The second discussion will see Ramzi Nakad, Co-Founder and CFO of Dubai Fashion Forward, sharing his views on the ‘UAE as the World’s Hub for Creativity and Innovation’ and the role that the country’s world-class luxury experiences have played in positioning the UAE as an indisputable global centre of creativity that fosters a dynamic relationship between the arts, luxury businesses and the public. ‘Luxury & Ecommerce: Best Practices to Embrace The Digital Revolution’ will be addressed in the third discussion, with a market overview presented by Samer Bohsali, Strategy& Digital Practice Partner (INSEAD MBA’04); and case studies from Kunal Kapoor, CEO of Luxury Closet (INSEAD MBA’08), and Jose Antonio Grajales, Director of the Fashion Department at Noon.com (INSEAD MBA’13).

Arab Luxury World serves as a dynamic platform for regional and global professionals from the premium goods and services market to engage in meaningful discussions about the latest trends and core challenges facing the luxury industry today. The conference will feature more than 30 separate activities spread over the two days, with participation from industry leaders, luxury brands, distributors, agents, retailers, mall operators, service providers and media representatives to lend greater depth to the sessions.

Arab Luxury World has grown into a global networking platform that is generously supported by key movers in the industry, including Gold Sponsors Laha magazine, Jamalouki magazine and OMD; Bronze Sponsor AMEX; Official Car Sponsor INFINITI; Nespresso; Trade Association Partner The American Business Council of Dubai and Northern Emirates; Official Print Media partner Arab News; and Media Partners Haya magazine and Sayidaty magazine.

First launched in 2014, last year’s Arab Luxury World conference saw approximately 700 industry professionals and 50 media representatives hear from 80 speakers. Set against a backdrop of shifting consumer behaviour and mounting economic pressure, the forthcoming edition will serve to equip attendees with the insights they need to face challenges head on and secure ongoing business in the sector.

About Mediaquest:

Mediaquest is one of the region’s largest, most successful and most influential privately owned media companies. Established in 1997, Mediaquest’s mission is to inform, educate and entertain audiences across the MENA region, thereby building bridges between the Arab world and the West. Mediaquest generates a combined online and offline portfolio of more than 20 titles, covering marketing, communications, women’s interests, lifestyle, entertainment and automotive. Reputed brands include: Marie Claire Arabia, Haya magazine and Buro 24/7 Middle East, as well as the highly regarded business-to-business media: TRENDS, Saneou Al Hadath, AMEinfo, Arabies, Gulf Marketing Review and Communicate. Mediaquest’s dedicated dotmena network hosts 75 premium websites that attract more than 41 million unique visitors each month. Mediaquest creates, project manages and delivers some of the region’s best-known industry events, including the Arab Luxury World, a conference on the business of luxury; the Top CEO Conference and Awards; the Festival of Media MENA Conference and Awards; the Marketing to Women Conference; and the prestigious annual MENA Effie Awards, which are recognized as a benchmark for achievement in the region’s marketing sphere.