10:00 – 10:30

Event opening by German and UAE Government Representatives.

Session I

10:30 – 11:00

Europe’s Energy Transition – Impact on the Gulf Countries

Farewell Fossil Fuels – Hello Hydrogen
Europe`s energy transition opens a pathway towards a transformation of the global energy sector from fossil-based to zero-carbon by the second half of this century. Germany has taken a pioneering role in Europe since is the government decided to phase out coal and nuclear energy.
Technological innovation is crucial for the success of this transition. Participation in the global hydrogen market requires new, market-oriented forms of cooperation that are long-term oriented, risk- and innovation-friendly, and implemented in partnerships between governments and companies. The geoeconomic importance of the Gulf region as a supplier of all sorts of energy is undisputed and will remain crucial for energy supply worldwide. Nevertheless, it will probably look much different than in the past. How can it look? Find out during this session.

Session II

11:00 – 11:30

How resilient are your Supply Chains?

Resilience vs. Efficiency vs. Redundancy
For years, companies have been busy eliminating redundancies in sourcing to reduce costs and increase efficiency. During the global pandemic however, companies with redundant and diversified supply chains were able to deal better with supply chain disruptions than their streamlined competitors. Is this a paradigm shift? Is resilience a combination of efficiency and redundancy, or a completely different animal?
Discuss with logistics experts and political officials how a nation’s lifeline – its supply chains – can be prepared to better deal with external shocks.

Session III

11:30 – 12:00

Digital Future – New Business Models and Challenges for the Public Sector

Fast Forward into the Digital Future
The Covid pandemic hurled economies and societies into the digital future. Companies, states, and citizens require – and are showing more openness to – digital solutions than ever before. Yet, the pandemic will surely not remain the last disruptive factor. Climate and demographic change as well as other external shocks pose challenges to existing business models and to governments alike. Both must become significantly more agile and digital to guarantee sustainable growth.
How will our business models change as the industry becomes digital? How do we leverage digital tools in optimizing our public institutions? Those and other questions will be raised – and answered in this Session.