6th - 8th December 2021, Dubai World Trade Centre

ORGANIC INDUSTRY CONFERENCE

ORGANIC INDUSTRY
CONFERENCE
DECEMBER 15th – 17th,
10 AM – 6 PM
DUBAI WORLD TRADE CENTRE

 

ORGANIC INDUSTRY CONFERENCE

The Organic Industry Conference is the only platform where the organic, natural and bio-industry meets annually to discuss right from policymaking to sustainability in the Middle East. The event includes the discussion of a range of thought-provoking topics related to the organic industry.

The 2019 conference attracted 1235 visitors, with a large number of them comprising the decision-making members of their companies. This year, given the uncertainty of the market, we focus on the impact of the pandemic on the F&B, Health, Beauty, Living and Environment sectors along with an understanding of the shifting consumption patterns the  Middle Eastern organic and natural market. We aim to empower our industry by educating them on the trends, certifications, branding strategies and innovative technology that one can adopt to grow their businesses.

2020

Organic Industry Conference

20

Workshops & Panel Discussions

42

Speakers & Industry Experts

2020 PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Identifying Organic Products
Time: 11:00 am - 12 pm

What constitutes an organic product? Which physical attributes differentiate an organic product from a "conventional" product? This topic has been a point of contention for years now. This panel will help the audience properly identify organic products and what suppliers need to do to be considered for certification.

Carlos Salas

Head of Economic Department Embassy of Chile, Trade Commissioner of Chile in UAE

Connecting Chilean exporters with international demand through its 55 offices in 45 countries around the world

The Next Steps in Agri-Tech and Urban Farming
Time: 12 pm - 1 pm

The pandemic has brought about a closer look at the future of food security in the region. The majority of food resources are imported from abroad (nearly 90%), and agri-tech could be the solution to shortage issues. A year of physical disconnection encouraged farmers to innovate even more. So, what happens next? Challenges and solutions will be discussed during this session.

Yazen Al Kodmani

Operations Manager, Emirates Bio Farm

60 varieties of fresh produce from UAE desert

Chandra Dake

Executive Chairman & Group CEO, Dake Group

Award-winning sustainable solutions provider in water conservation and desert farming

Ryan Ingram

Founder, TerraLoop FZE

UAEs first independent Food Waste Consultancy in the Middle East

Kabeer P.C.

CEO, Founder of FarmChimp

Food Security in the UAE
Time: 1 pm - 1.30 pm

COVID-19 has brought about a multitude of changes, one of the primary ones being the way the UAE government has evolved its perspective on Food Security. The National Food Security Strategy 2051 covers several pillars, including organic and natural produce. This session sheds light on the key points of the strategy.

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In Focus: The Next Generation of Healthy Consumers
Time: 2 pm - 3 pm

Generation Z are more aware now than ever before about healthy eating and sustainability. Parents are also on top of their game and want to provide their child with healthy, non-toxic products. What is the present and future looking like with the health-conscious next generation? And how do organic products play a role?

Adam Ragab

General Manager, Bedaya General Trading

UAEs largest distribution network of healthy brands specializing in school distribution

Shauravi Malik

Founder, Slurrp Farm

Most loved childrens health food brand

Dr. Anjuli Murthy

School Principal, GEMS Education

A global leading network of award-winning K-12 schools across the MENA region

The eCommerce Disruption in Organic and Natural Products
Time: 3 pm - 4 pm

The lockdown has disrupted the way people shop. While eCommerce was a growing segment, the leap it has seen in the past year is indisputable. Now testers, feeling, and touching are not as important as visuals, packaging, and a user-friendly website. How far will this trend go and what will it look like 50 years down the line?

Manu Mahdi

Founder, Organic & Real

Dubai's largest online grocery for certified organic products

Mukta Tewani Purain

Co-founder, MissPalettable.com

Middle East’s biggest e-commerce platform for clean beauty

Samer Al-Nimr

Founder, Deliver2Mum

UAE's favourite e-commerce platform that delivers baby consumable products

Healthy Ingredients in Food Production
Time: 4 pm - 5 pm

People are looking at ingredients with extreme precision, as they are more conscious about what they put into their bodies. Moreover, certain immunity-boosting ingredients are in demand after the pandemic. What is the best way to source these ingredients? And how do ingredients constitute as organic?

ModeratorDiana Zavzeatii

Founder, Busy Avocado

Dubai-based Moldovan-born content creator, recipe tester, food photographer

Omer Chauhan

Assistant General Manager, Gulf Fruits Trading Company

Specialised 5 and 4 Star Hotel supplier of Fruits and Vegetables

Roy Koyess

Founder, Freakin’ Healthy®

Fastest growing healthy snack brand in the GCC

Manisha Advani

Founder, Soul Santé Cafe

Dubai's Premium hot spot for Vegans

Organic and Natural F&B Trade: What Are the Current Trends?
Time: 11 am - 12 pm

The organic and natural sector is one of the fastest-growing in the Middle East, especially in food. From fresh produce to snacks, what makes this sector expand and how can different industries contribute to the trend? Experts discuss these pressing questions in this session.

Ananya Narayan

Managing Director, Hunter Foods L.L.C.

Middle East & Asia's leading snacks and food manufacturer, packer and distributor

Davina Shah

Founder & Managing Director, The Goods Collective & Co

GCC’s premier health & organic food supplier and distributor

Katarina Gjosheva Cheshlarov

Founder, Midway Middle East

Major distributor of organic, gluten-free, non-GMO products in the region

Why Clean Beauty is the Future
Time: 12 pm - 1 pm

From base makeup to mineral powders, clean beauty is setting the path for sustainability in the beauty industry. Eco-friendly packaging, vegan products, ethically sourced — these are some of the key terms being used. What does the future hold?

ModeratorAmna Abbas

Consultant – Beauty & Fashion, Euromonitor International, UAE

World's leading independent provider of strategic market research

Anisha Oberoi

Founder & CEO, Secret Skin

UAE based tech enabled clean beauty enterprise for organic, ethically-sourced skincare for men, women and non-binary friends

Leena Al-Abbas

Founder & CEO, The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge

The UAE’s first-ever premium organic & vegan salon

Itay Yosef Lachman

Founder, Arugot Organic care

Israel's finest organic beauty brand

Efforts Towards Building an Organic Community
Time: 1 pm - 2 pm

The Organic and Natural movement in the UAE and the greater region was built on a community spirit, as people visited weekly markets to get their fruits and veggies. It's the backbone of this industry, and great support to farmers and local produce as well. This panel takes a deeper look.

Mitun De Sarkar

Founder, Simply Healthy Foods

Dubai-based clinical dietitian and health influencer supervised diet meal delivery service

Trends in the Sustainable Tea & Coffee Industry
Time: 2 pm - 3 pm

A good cup of tea or coffee can brighten anyone's day! But at what cost? Are all forms of tea ethically sourced? Are farmers getting their due? Organic Tea and Coffee has been rising over the years, and so have sustainable and ethically sourced leaves or beans. We take a deeper look at this.

Kim Thompson

Founder & Managing Director, RAW Coffee Company

Dubai’s largest coffee beans supplier

Tania Lodi

Founder, Tania's Teahouse

Dubai’s hotspot for everything tea-related, serving a wide range of flavoured teas and specialty coffees

Vivek Hans

Founder & CEO, BevArabia

Leading producer and distributor of beverages in the UAE & KSA

Natural Health: The Way Forward
Time: 3 pm - 4 pm

Holistic healing through natural methods has skyrocketed after the pandemic. Multivitamins and natural medicine have been shown to help boost immunity and keep the public protected. The ingredients behind each product are just as important. This session takes a closer look.

Imran Masud

Operations Manager, Supercare Pharmacy

A one-stop health destination, with over 45 pharmacies in the UAE, 6000 customers per day and 400 employees.

Veenisha Fatnani

Nutritionist, New Country Healthcare

Market leaders in marketing and wholesale and retail distribution of Pharmaceuticals, Nutraceuticals and Personal Care products

Wade Lightheart

Co-Founder & President, BiOptimizers, USA

Author, Athlete, Nutritionist and Expert on Fixing Digestion

Pandemic Proof Business: Business at the Time of Crisis
Time: 4 pm - 5 pm

While some businesses have been negatively affected by the pandemic, others have put strategies in place that made them beat the odds. How should businesses cope during a crisis and what measures should be put in place to safeguard themselves?

Sajid Azmi

CEO, Yegertek

A leading digital solution provider in the omni-channel customer experience and retail analytics space

WHY ATTEND

  • Optimum networking event for the regional bio industry
  • Highlight your company’s expertise in your field by showcasing yours
  • Learn effective bio business management from successful entrepreneurs
  • Learn the latest trends in the organic industry from key experts
  • Learn how we can help you get your products licensed in UAE
  • Be part of the region’s organic and natural think tank
  • Get inspired by the big ideas for the growth of the regional organic market

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

The 2019 conference brought together key experts and decision makers in the Middle Eastern organic industry. It brought in visitors engaged in import, HoReCa, re-export, manufacturing, retail and wholesale within the bio market.

The 20 sessions of the conference saw a high level of engagement from its audience; with Organic Trade Association (OTA) Board President Melody Meyer and and International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM – Organics International)’s Deputy Director Thomas Cierpka’s speeches  being particularly well received.

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