Les Entretiens d'Abu Dhabi 2022 - Programme

9am-9.25am - Opening Session

  • Welcome note: Geoffroy Bunetel, President - CCI France UAE
  • Opening speech: H.E. Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade (Video Message)
  • Keynote address: Jean-Baptiste Chauvel, Regional economic counsellor for the Arabian Peninsula - Embassy of France
  • Keynote address: Jean-Yves Le Drian, Former Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France (In French)

9.25am-10.10am - Roundtable 1: Transition to a Knowledge Economy

Keynote speech 

  • H.E. Zaki Nusseibeh - Cultural Advisor to H.H. President of the UAE and Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University


  • Ismail Abdulla Director - UAE Clusters, Chief Executive Officer Strata Manufacturing’s - STRATA
  • Elias Kassis, President - TotalEnergies EP UAE & TotalEnergies Country Chair in the UAE
  • Moderator: Chavan Bhogaita, Managing Director and Head of Market Insights and Strategy - First Abu Dhabi Bank

10.10am-10.55am - Roundtable 2: Higher and righteous Education & Digitalization of learning

  • Benoit Jeannin, President - Learn & Go; Script & Go
  • Marcos Muller Habig, CEO 42 Abu Dhabi
  • Professor Ahmed Murad, Professor & Associate Provost for Research - UAE University
  • Professor Silvia Serrano, Vice-Chancellor Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi
  • Moderator: Valerie Hawley, Director Corporate Partnerships Sorbonne Centre for Artificial Intelligence

11.15am-12pm - Roundtable 3: Creating an innovation ecosystem

  • Nayef Abdulla, Director of Innovation & Knowledge (COAD) - Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development
  • Mona Alhashmi, Acting Division Director – The Authority of Social Contribution - Ma’an
  • Dr. Khadija Al Ameri, Founder - Ingfit
  • Dr. Ebtesam Al Mazrouei, Director Artificial Intelligence Cross-Center Unit - TII
  • Moderator: Alexis Lecanuet, Regional Managing Director Accenture Middle East


  • Richard Forest, Founder & CEO - SEAir


12.05pm - 12.50pm - Roundtable 4: Corporates, a key to Hiring and Promoting talents

  • Felicie De Gonfreville, HR Regional Director - Societe Generale Middle East
  • Florence Bulte, Chief Sustainability Officer - Chalhoub Group
  • Nabil Almessabi – Chief Human Resources Officer - TAQA
  • Francois Regnier, Head of Country UAE & CEO Abu  Dhabi & Dubai branches - BNP Paribas UAE
  • Moderator: Marwa Al Mansouri, Board member Abu Dhabi Business Women Council and CEO Prosper Partners Consultancy

12.50pm - 1pm - Closing Remarks

  • Jerome Chartier, Founder of “Les Entretiens de Royaumont”

1pm - Lunch

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